Thursday, January 20, 2005

Queen's lingo

Here's some campus jargon:

- a party organized for law students (smoking allowed outdoors)

- a party organized for law/ med/ MBA students to, you guessed it, mix

- a chance for alumni to visit the school and reminiss over pancakes & beer

[Can you see a trend?]

The Ghetto
- neighbourhood north of the university full of students (and the best parties)

- like a Smoker, but with a keg

The Hub
- an intersection of Kingston famous for bars, clubs and parties

[Non-party related:]

The Dungeoun
- the windowless basement of the school

The Lounge
- a common room with comfy chairs, couches, kitchenette and a seldom-used foosball table

Soit, Droit, Fait
- the school's French motto: "let the law be made" (or, "let right be done"); coined by Stuart Ryan

- an oral competition where students pretend to be trial lawyers

I'm sure I'm missing some, but that's off the top of my head.


At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey there, as this is my 5th year at merry old queen's, i can add some.

N.O.P., aka 'north of princess', which refers to student housing north of princess street. some, nay most people think this is a sketchy, far, and possibly even dangerous place to reside, but i like it and lived there for three years. and i am going back next year. rent is cheap and the danger factor is pretty much an urban myth, uh, for the most part.

'run of the nerds', this term is used most often during exams and then mostly for stauffer library. it is when students actually line up before [way before!!!] the library is even open, and then once the doors are finally unlocked, everyone looks like they are running for their lives to stake out the best study spots, wherein they camp for the entire day. i work there, and all's i can say is no one's marks should be that bad off or no one should want their A that badly to warrent camping in front of the library!!! the place is open until 2am, people!!

'aberdeen', need i say more.

'sketchy', which is not a queen's term per say, although i certainly did not use it as frequently before i came here. one of my fellow students last year discreetly referred to our prof as 'Sketchy McSketch', and we're talking a 4th year English seminar here. i thought the term would fade with time, but it still seems to be going quite strong.

and 'smokers', just to clarify, are not a law school invention, although you can have a law smoker. a lot of campus based volunteer organizations have them at different places and different times of the year to raise money, and are inter-faculty, so drink up for a great cause.

At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to add to the "smoker" comment. Yeah it's not law school exclusive. It seems to mean any party run by a campus organization to raise funds. And personally? It's a stupid word. Why "smoker"?

At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the motto is latin.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger a blawger said...

If you follow the link, you can read about the Queen's motto. It is commonly confused to be latin, but, in fact, it comes from French.


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