It’s Thursday October 6th. Good Morning I’m Karim Mosna with your daily news brief. In the news…
Queens University Principal Patrick Deane released a statement on the protests in Iran. Deane wrote in a letter to the Queen’s community, “Like so many of you, I have watched with horror the events unfolding in Iran. The latest attacks by Iranian police on students protesting at Tehran’s Sharif University have brought this matter even closer to home. For several weeks, the world has watched as brave citizens have taken to the streets after the senseless death of a young woman at the hands of an oppressive regime. They have used their voices to challenge and criticize sexism, inequity, violence, and abuse.
The role of universities is to encourage critical thought and to create safe spaces for people to debate freely and without encumbrance. The spectacle of that space threatened, even terminated by brute force and intimidation demands a strong and unequivocal response from Queen’s and other universities worldwide. While our primary concern must be the Iranian people, and particularly our colleagues at Sharif University, what is at stake in Iran has serious ramifications for us all. We must condemn in the strongest terms any government that threatens to extinguish what is at the core of any university, free thought. And we must stand up for equity, justice, and an end to intolerance.”
That was taken from a letter addressed to the Queen’s community written by principal Patrick Deane. There are resources available for those affected by the deaths and protests including: The International Student Advisor at the Queen’s University International Centre, and the Student Wellness Services team.
The Kingston A-Strings part of the Kingston Youth Orchestra will now be collaborating with Sistema Kingston running a program at Molly Brant School The A-Strings, is a feeder ensemble for the string section of the Kingston Youth Orchestra.
Danielle Lennon, Conductor of the Kingston A-Strings says, “This new partnership will allow our community to grow and to continue to nurture young musicians beyond the elementary school years. Our aim is to see A-Strings and Sistema Kingston students thrive as musicians and to set their sights on joining the Kingston Youth Strings, the Kingston Youth Orchestra and beyond.”
Sistema Kingston is a Queens Faculty of Education outreach program offering a free intensive after-school program through group-centered music learning for elementary students.
Sistema Kingston Director Karma Tomm says, We are excited to collaborate with the Kingston Youth Orchestra programs to create a pathway for Sistema Kingston students to pursue their interests in string ensemble and orchestra as they grow on their musical journey.”
That’s all for your daily news brief. I’m Karim Mosna, if you have any news tips email me: firstname.lastname@example.org