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May 8, 2014

Welcome to the Rector's Blog!







In an effort to make the Office of the Rector more accessible to the student body, I am starting up a blog that will feature a post once every two weeks. The posts will vary in content, ranging from prevalent issues facing Queen's at a given time, different initiatives I am currently undertaking and wish to share, or something completely different. This will hopefully be a way to meaningfully engage with Queen's students such that they will better understand just what the Rector does. If you read about something in a blog post and would like to be a part of it, please let me know!

I won't be delving deeply into anything serious in this blog post, but I will pass along an introduction that the Queen's News Centre put together. Take a look here. It is difficult to fully explain how excited I feel about coming into this role during a short interview, but I do truly feel ready for the challenges that await. I am standing on the shoulders of a giant in Nick Francis, both literally and figuratively, and he has taught me a great deal about what it means to be a leader, a friend, a resource, and a good person. It is an absolute honour to have been elected to this office and I will work every single day to make sure I make the most of this opportunity by improving, and sustaining, the exceptional student experience we have access to at Queen's. That being said, I cannot do this alone. I will need all of the help I can get when it comes to starting new initiatives, spreading the word about important issues/happenings on campus, and doing the work that is necessary to be done. That's where you come in. If you're ever interested in getting involved, whether that be in mental health initiatives, equity advocacy, student autonomy, or something different from what I have been working on, please get in contact with me so we can work together. During every class-talk I did during my Rector campaign, I asked that you let me dedicate my time to you. I sit here in my new office with the same sentiment, both willing and ready to make good on that promise. At the end of the day, I am your Rector and my day-to-day agenda will be dictated by the issues that students bring to my office.

At long-last, there is finally a Rector Twitter account that is separate from my personal account. This way, you can keep up to date with what initiatives/issues your Rector is dealing with without having to read tweets about how many times I have watched the O.C., which is too many. This twitter account, in tandem with this blog, are two of the promises I made during the Rector campaign that pertained to making this office more accessible, and I sincerely hope that they help accomplish this. I have also established a section of the Rector website called Resources where I will be posting every report I submit to the AMS, SGPS, and Board of Trustees, to go along with the speeches made to the board. I hope this will serve to make this office more transparent and accountable to the student body. If you have any further suggestions for things I can be doing to accomplish this, please let me know.

That's it for this post! If there is anything specific that you'd like to see discussed in this blog, please send those ideas to rector@queensu.ca. Stay tuned for the first real post in two-weeks' time! Until then, drop by the office and say hi if you happen to still be in Kingston. I look forward to engaging with you in as many ways as I can throughout my term. Don't be a stranger.

Princeps Servusque Es,
Mike Young