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1 | My university jersey
I had a tumultuous football career at Queen’s. I tore my hamstring in second year, and it took me a while to get back to form. This jersey is from my last year, when I went All-Canadian. It symbolizes everything university was to me—a process of self-discovery in athletics and in life.

The List: Brad Smith2 | My first catch
In my first game playing for the Argos—my first game in the CFL—I was lucky enough to catch a pass from Damon Allen, one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league. It was a great feeling, something I’d dreamed about since I was 12 years old. And I got to keep the ball.

3 | My other sport
I don’t watch football now that I’m not playing, but I never miss a Montreal Canadiens game. I would give anything—my five years in the CFL—to play just one shift in the NHL.

The List: Brad Smith4 | My “Insanity” workout DVDs
I was sucked in by the infomercial, and it’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I throw up after every workout. Because it’s all cardio, it helps me stay lean. I don’t want to turn 30 and be at my football weight, hulking and with bad knees.

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How academic pressure may have contributed to the spate of suicides at Queen’s University

Jack Windeler

Jack Windeler was 18 years old and in his first year of university when he died. (Image: courtesy of the Jack Foundation)

Early one Saturday morning in March 2010, Eric Windeler and his wife, Sandra Hanington, arrived home after a spinning class at the Granite Club to find an urgent message from the police. They called back, and the police said they’d be right over. Windeler and his wife quickly took inventory: grandparents fine, two of their three children safely at home. Only the eldest, 18-year-old Jack, was unaccounted for, away at Queen’s University in Kingston. “We texted him and called him. There was no answer.”

Then a police officer was at their door. “I’ve got terrible news,” he said. “Your son has died…We think it was suicide.” The couple called their other kids into the room and told them what happened. Then the four of them collapsed in a tangled heap in a single chair.

Jack Windeler’s was the first of a string of deaths at Queen’s. In the ensuing 14 months, five more students would die, three by suicide, two by what the cops call misadventure (likely alcohol related). Queen’s, widely considered one of the best universities in the country, is a popular destination for students in the top five per cent of their graduating class. The entrance grade average in 2008 was 87.3 per cent. These were kids who seemed headed for success, which made their deaths all the more shocking.

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