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Queen’s students don’t need homecoming to party

First weekend students return to Kingston sets the stage for town-and-gown tensions


Students in Kingston demonstrated this weekend that they don’t need a homecoming party to stir up trouble.

Police received 20 calls — mostly noise complaints — Sunday night in the student residential area.

In one incident, an intoxicated student was the victim of a hit-and-run but refused to seek medical attention or cooperate with police. He was struck by a blue car after wandering into the street in a drunken state. When emergency personal informed him that an ambulance was on its way, the victim fled the scene.

The fire department was also called when a group of young people threw a gasoline tank on a chair outside of a house party and lit it on fire. No one was injured in the incident.

The debaucherous start to the school year is typical of Kingston, which is famous for its rowdy — and sometimes destructive — student parties. In June, Queen’s University and Kingston city council announced that the annual homecoming party would be cancelled, starting in 2009.

The party turned in a full-scale riot, resulting in a car getting flipped and lit on fire and extensive vandalism. Outnumbered police were pelted with rocks and beer bottles.

Last year’s party was hailed a success after “only” 50 partiers were arrested of the 6,000 (many non-students) who showed up.

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Queen’s students don’t need homecoming to party

  1. I think it’s important to note here that the Aberdeen Street party is not a Queen’s sanctioned event. Although the article (and previous articles) ignore this fact, for the sake of the university’s reputation people should know that this party is a) off the grounds of the university; and b) something the university condemns.

    Furthermore, the car-flipping took place in 2005, not last year (or every year) as the article implies.

  2. To try to imply that the Aberdeen Homecoming is not related to Queen’s shows a staggering degree of dishonesty. What a coincidence that it always happens on the same weekend as Queen’s Homecoming event, on a street that is inhabited soley by Queen’s students.

    Go figure.

  3. Its obvious that the Aberdeen Street Party is related to Queen’s homecoming, but as the article clearly states many of the partiers are not students of the university. so it is unfair that so much of the blame is put on the university, especially since it does not sanction the event at all. the school should not be blamed because one of its longest traditions, the homecoming weekend, is used as an excuse by non-students to party and riot which in turn leads to all the negative publicity for the school

  4. Many of the students that come out to Queen’s Homecoming are actually from other universities. Based on my experience, I have met many students from other schools that come down during homecoming weekend to join in on the fun. It is important to note that during Homecoming weekend, all the hotels in Kingston are fully booked out to accomdate students that are not from Queen’s.

    I personally believe Queen’s Homecoming is part of the experience here. Instead of reading articles that slam the event, perhaps people should come out to experience it and realize that it is nothing more than people drinking with friends on Aberdeen street.

  5. As a recent Queen’s Alum (I was in third year during the car-flipping/burning incident in ’05), I think Aberdeen was getting out of hand. I don’t think it should be banned and eliminated, but something really should be done about how bad it gets.

    Still, don’t blame Queen’s for Aberdeen. Like others have said, Aberdeen is mostly comprised of non-Queen’s patrons. Kingston residents, youth from the surrounding area, and students of other universities have a lot to say in what goes on at Aberdeen. What’s more, they don’t *care* how bad things get there–it’s not their school’s (and their degree’s) reputation on the line.

    In ’06 and somewhat in ’07, the efforts to tone down the insanity on the street seemed to be sufficient to me. Let the students celebrate (they’re busy getting anxiety disorders and being insanely competitive the rest of the time!).

    I wasn’t down in ’08, so I can’t say what it was like this year, but still.

  6. It is unfortunate that Queen’s gets slammed for this party. The school has a rich history, and graduates very educated students. The party has grown out of control, and I see the only way to curb (excuse the pun) the party is to out and out stop it. If I were to call up even a few dozens of my friends, close off a street and have a party, you can rest assured that we would all be charged. The people that show up for the party should be arrested or charged for breaking any laws.
    Homecoming should be a fun time for alumni, a chance to catch up, and sure party. But this should not be on the streets and bothering the other residents and students.