QL Students Take Afternoon to Appreciate Finer Things
In one of my favourite scenes from The Office, Jim Halpert becomes a member of the office’s “Finer Things Club” and is attempting to discuss Frank McCourt’s memoir, Angela’s Ashes.
The club is skeptical if Jim has even read the book after he says one of the most depressing books of all time was a “really fun read”, so Toby asks Jim who the main character is.
Jim responds: “Angela… no—the ashes.”
To help Queen’s Law students be less like Jim and provide options for students to commingle outside of the Grizz and the law building, Class of 2019 President Liam McMunagle hosted the school’s first-ever private, guided art tour November 18 at the campus gallery, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
McMunagle said he thought of the idea after he noticed a distinct lack of arts and culture events at the school.
“I heard students mentioning the Centre and how they’d like to go but said they’d likely never get around to it—given an apparent lack of shared interest—so I figured organizing a group tour would help get people out,” he said.
The art gallery treated students to the National Film Board’s still photography collection of Canadian life; portraits and character studies in Baroque painting; and African art and community responses to it, including one by Queen’s Law PhD student Kuukuwa Andam.
The tour ended with some contemporary art by Ciara Phillips.
“I thought it was a really great event and enjoyed it a lot,” said Ryan Mullins, a first-year law student who attended the tour. “Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and context of the various displays.”
The event happened just days before the Law Students’ Society plans to host an informal meeting on the continuing viability of Smokers and possible alternatives.
“The current social culture at Queen’s Law is centered on partying,” McMunagle said, “which is understandable and fine by me, but there is a need to provide more options for students to hang out together in different contexts and share positive and enriching experiences together without feeling worried about losing sleep or productivity due to a hangover.”
McMunagle hopes to continue offering these types of events in the future.
“The 2019 council has also organized an outing to watch the Frontenacs play at the K-Rock Centre next week,” he said. “So these events are not limited to arts and culture, but rather are just non-drinking events that don’t go super late into the evening.”
“I am also looking into organizing some sort of artistic workshop where students can make their own art, as well as an outing to a play or symphony. These ‘Coolers’ are part of my vision to help temper the culture here at Queen’s Law and help ensure that everyone’s interests and social needs are met.”
Callum Micucci (2L) is the Co-Culture Editor for Juris Diction.