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International housing competition puts students to the test
The McGill and Concordia students and faculty taking part in the 2018 Solar Decathlon not only have to design and build a solar-powered home, they have to figure out how to bring it to China.
$25 million gift to fund unique new retail school
Thanks to the support of Aldo Bensadoun, BCom’64, LLD’12, and his family foundation, a proposed new school will examine the world of retail with a focus that makes it unique in the world.
Fine dining app offers tips from top chefs
The for True Foodies only app, co-developed by former McDonald’s marketing executive Joanne Carter, BCom’90, features restaurant recommendations and recipes from more than 200 top chefs.
The wisdom of youth

For the next two years, McGill students Simone Cavanaugh and Neha Rahman will be supplying advice to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet on a wide range of issues as members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

Oh, the places you can go (with ToursByLocals)
By building up an international network of tour guides who offer out-of-the-ordinary experiences, Paul Melhus, MBA’83, and his company serve tourists around the world.
Your McGill network is waiting
The McGill Alumni Association recently launched McGillConnect, a new career network that makes it easy for McGillians to connect with one another and to receive or offer mentoring and career advice.
Soular Backpack gets boost from Oscar winner
Salima Visram, BA’15, wants to improve the lives of young students in African communities who don’t have access to electricity. Her Soular Backpack offers a unique solution and she has Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o in her corner.
Experiencing construction in a whole new way
The McGill architecture graduates behind KANVA believe major construction projects can be made bearable – even beautiful. And they'll be put to the test when St. Catherine St is ripped open and their inflatable tunnel makes its debut
Remembering Leonard
On November 7, McGill lost one of its most accomplished alumni and the City of Montreal lost one of its greatest sons. Leonard Cohen, BA’55, DLitt’92, one of the world’s most revered songwriters, passed away at the age of 82.
A medical professor who championed music
The late Graham Sommer, MDCM ’72, believed in the transformative power of music. Thanks to his generosity, a unique new competition for young composers will be launched next year.
The rigours of The Revenant
A geology degree helped get Michael Diner, BSc'87, hired as the supervising art director for The Revenant, a recent Hollywood blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Big thinking for small spaces
Eric Bunge, BSc(Arch)'89, BArch'91, has added his own signature with a new project that might have an immense impact on how people live in New York.
A business conference like no other
APEX 2016, an unusual and ambitious one-day business conference that will feature a roster of star speakers, is the brainchild of evenko's Brent Steer, BCom'09.
Touring the world with Madonna
Ric'key Pageot, BMus'03, used to play Madonna covers at weddings. Now, he’s touring the world as a member of her band.
Portrait of the PM-designate as a young man
What kind of prime minister will Justin Trudeau, BA’94, be? And what other McGillians will he work with on Parliament Hill after the federal election?
Montreal's other great hockey team
Expectations are high for the rebranded CWHL squad Les Canadiennes de Montréal this season, with a roster stacked with McGill alumni.
Making a living on YouTube
Blais, BSc'11, MSc'13, has been spending the past three years creating pun-heavy YouTube videos under the moniker A Capella Science.
A fresh take on a cult classic
Laura Regan, BA’99, is part of the cast of one of the most buzzed-about new shows of the fall season.
Triumphant in Toronto. Next stop, Rio?
McGill students Dori Yeats and Sarah Mehain have a goal in common--be among the best in the world in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
Promoting the great outdoors
McGill students Minh-Tâm Thompson and Justin Fisch spent the summer hiking, biking, kayaking across the country – and encouraging others to do the same.
A tour of tasty treats
That Montreal is one of North America's great cities for food is hardly a secret. But Mélissa Simard, BA'08, knows where to find the city's best culinary riches.
An inventive mind
On May 12, the late blood bank pioneer Charles Drew, MDCM’33, joined a very exclusive group as an inductee of the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Wrong turn set her on the right path
McGill arts student Hannah Taylor founded the Ladybug Foundation, which has raised more than $4 million for soup kitchens, emergency shelters and food banks.
A voice for the voiceless
McGill law professor François Crépeau, BCL'82, LLB'82, is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, a position that has recently been in the spotlight.
This backpack could be a life changer
When McGill student Salima Visram had her ‘lightbulb’ moment, it came with a backpack, a solar panel, a battery and a lamp.
A rising star in Quebec film
Nancy Grant, BA'06, is one of the top Quebec film producers, thanks in part to her collaborations with cineaste Xavier Dolan.
Seeds of Change is bearing fruit
Only six months after launching, McGill’s new Seeds of Change crowdfunding platform is off to a good start.
A tale of two James McGills
We thought we'd offer our readers these useful tips to help them distinguish Better Caul Saul's Jimmy McGill from McGill's own James McGill.
Another date with the Academy
Oscar voters obviously have a soft spot for the gentle, quirky charms in films by Torill Kove, MUP’89, including Oscar-nominated Me and My Moulton.
The economy and the environment: Do we have to choose?
McGill economics professor Chris Ragan knows government policy.
Life and love on the Rez
Cynthia Knight, BA'97, describes her TV series Mohawk Girls as a "Sex in the City on the Rez,” an apt tag line for the dramedy set in real-world Kahnawake.
Engineering the future of The Walrus
Jonathan Kay, BEng’92, MEng’94, recently became the Walrus magazine's fourth editor-in-chief, with a mission to refocus the magazine on long-form journalism.
Two for the Rhodes
No university in Canada has produced more Rhodes Scholars than McGill, and Joanna Klimczak and Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer makes a grand total of 138.
Cooking for a good cause
The team behind The Smart Palate, a new cookbook devoted to nutritious food, makes no apologies for being choosy.
No ordinary swim
Jordan Waxman, BA’86, LLB’91, BCL’92, decided to mark his 50th birthday with a 20.1-mile swim from Catalina Island to the mainland of Southern California.
A child’s-eye view of the Charter
What’s a good basis for a children’s book series? Dustin Milligan, BCL/LLB'10, thought the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was one place to start.
The right to die
Eugene Bereza, BA’78, MDCM’88, the director of the medical ethics program in McGill’s Department of Family Medicine, offers insight into Quebec’s controversial new euthanasia law.
Meet Canada's top university band
McGill’s Busty and the Bass prevailed over musical acts from universities across the country in the first-ever CBC Rock Your Campus battle-of-the-bands competition.
Posters offer insights into “The Patriotism of Death”
A unique collection of First World War propaganda posters from the McGill Libraries play a major role in an upcoming exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Bell gift supports mental health resources for students
McGill’s Mental Health Services Clinic is developing a new online tool that will help students assess their symptoms. The site will also steer them to the help they need.
On the frontlines in the Ebola crisis
As the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières, Joanne Liu, MDCM’91, IMHL’14, has been playing a major role in trying to contain the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic.
Offering comfort to the disorganized and distracted
Having trouble staying focused amid all the emails and tweets? In his new book, psychology professor Daniel Levity offers advice on how to attain The Organized Mind.
Fuelling student projects through crowdfunding
McGill’s new Seeds of Change initiative will use crowdfunding techniques to support a wide range of student-focused projects.
Meet the MAA’s new president
Alan Desnoyers, BCom’85, answers questions about himself, his presidency and his vision for the future of the McGill Alumni Association.
Out of the closet and onto the ice
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Charline Labonté, BEd’12, comes out publicly and talks about her life as a gay athlete.
Rebuilding hope in Lac Mégantic
A year after the town’s core was reduced to ashes, three McGill students have come up with a bold business plan to help Lac Mégantic get back on its feet.
An oasis of green
McGill’s two campuses offer visitors no shortage of lovely scenery during the non-winter months. Find out about some of the work that goes on behind the scenes that helps make this possible.
Fact-checking with Dr. Joe
In his latest book, Joe Schwarcz, BSc’69, PhD’74, the director of McGill’s Office for Science & Society, takes on the shaky claims and media hype surrounding everything from organic food to fad diets.
Better living through science
Live a better life through tips gleaned from published research papers. Useful Science can show you the way (Malcolm Gladwell is a fan).
The one and only Honora
For many McGill graduates, Honora Shaughnessy, MLS’73, is almost as emblematic of the University as the Roddick Gates. The longtime senior executive director for alumni relations will soon be retiring.
A flair for fashion
Designer Tanya Taylor, BCom’07, caught the fashion bug at McGill – along with the management skills required to run her business. She was picked by Forbes as one of the top young talents in the world of art and style.
Making “waste not” a way of life
Bernice Ting is a proud Macdonald Campus student. The feeling is more than mutual. The energetic environmentalist is one of this year’s winners of the Gretta Chambers Student Leadership Awards.
Where is Canada’s Breaking Bad?
Many believe that this is a new golden age for television, with shows like Mad Men, Game of Thrones and House of Cards attracting cult-like devotion. Can Canada be a player in an era of high-quality TV?
The crisis in Ukraine: Is the Cold War back?
The eyes of the world are focused on Ukraine, as tensions between Russia and the West reach levels not seen in decades. Assistant professor of political science Maria Popova sheds light on the crisis for us.
Grounding video games in good science
Scientists Sebastian Alvarado, PhD’13, and Maral Tajerian, MSc’08, PhD’13, are the founders of Thwacke! The company advises video game makers on the scientific elements of their storylines.
Once a Savoyard, always a Savoyard
Never doubt the timeless charms of a good Gilbert and Sullivan musical. The McGill Savoy Society marks its 50th anniversary this month with a production of The Mikado.
A big night at the Grammys
The 2014 Grammy Awards proved to be a night to remember for several McGill graduates. Four alumni won music’s most coveted prize, while three others were nominated for the award.
Bound for Sochi
When the Canadian women’s hockey team defends its gold medal at the Winter Games in Sochi, three players very familiar to McGill hockey fans will be part of the action.
Master of puppets
Shadow puppeteer Jeffrey Achtem, BSc’00, has dazzled audiences and critics around the world with his eclectic, hand-crafted creations and his unique tales of flying ninjas and opera-singing mice.
Language lovers tackle the Story of Spanish
Following their best-selling books about France and the French language, the husband-and-wife team of Jean-Benoît Nadeau, BA’92, and Julie Barlow, BA’91, explore the origins of Spanish.
How to win a Stanley Cup
Assistant coach Jamie Kompon, BEd’89, has been part of two NHL championships in a row. The 2012 and 2013 Stanley Cup champs were very different teams in some respects, but they both persevered when it counted the most.
Rethinking Canada's place in the world
Joe Clark believes that Canada is moving in the wrong direction in terms of how it engages with the international community. The former prime minister recently discussed his concerns with the McGill News.
From firefighting to fashion
Kresse Wesling, BA’00, is the co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, a line of accessories made from old fire hoses. The company’s belts and bags attract attention for being both stylish and environmentally friendly.
It’s official: Suzanne Fortier installed as McGill’s new principal
Suzanne Fortier, BSc’72, PhD’76, had just left the Arts Building as part of the academic procession heading to Redpath Hall where she would be installed as McGill’s 17th principal.
Big man on campus
The New York Jets have shown interest. So have the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. And on September 28, the Chicago Bears apparently sent a professional scout to Montreal to have a look. [...]
Giving girls an equal chance at education
Olympic moguls medalist Jennifer Heil, BCom’13, has raised $1 million in support of efforts to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift them out of poverty.
The physics of Freddie Mercury
Soaring melodies, lyrics with cosmic implications and a sock-puppet Einstein. Meet Tim Blais, BSc’11, the McGill graduate student who has become a YouTube sensation.
The man behind Montreal's youngest TV station
Broadcaster Bob Babinski, BA’86, recently received a crash course in developing TV shows, launching two new programs for City TV’s Montreal station within six months
An insider's look at the Olympics
IOC member Richard Pound, BCom’62, BCL’67, LLD’09, offers his thoughts on the selection of Olympic cities and the continuing struggle to stamp out the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports.
Lights, camera, Chloe!
McGill nursing student Chloe Wilde, BSc’11, recently triumphed in a reality show competition to become MuchMusic’s newest on-air personality.
An obvious passion for McGill
Once Suzanne Fortier, BSc’72, PhD’76, begins her new job as McGill’s 17th principal in September, it won’t take long for her to become a very familiar figure on campus, predicts her friend Julie Payette, BEng’86, DSc’03.
A coordinated approach to combatting cancer
Cancer care in Quebec is about to get a lot better—and McGill and its affiliate hospitals are a big reason why.
A peek behind the cameras
When Meg Tilly received the “Best Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Series” Canadian Screen Award in March for her role in Bomb Girls [...]
An open air art gallery
“No matter where you are in Montreal, you should be able to see art,” says Emmanuelle Hébert, MA’07, the co-founder of MU, a non -profit organization that supports street art in the city.
Royal connections
One of the biggest forensic mysteries in history was finally solved, with help from the family of McGill graduate, Joy Ibsen (née Brown), BA’52.
What's so funny about being Jewish?
From Groucho to Woody Allen to Seinfeld, many of our funniest, most skillful comedians have been Jewish. Harvard professor Ruth Wisse, BA’57, PhD’69, explores Jewish humour in her newest book.
From trash to treasure
Each spring, graduating students trash their belongings in their rush to move on to the next chapters of their lives. Each fall, new students arrive, anxious to buy things as cheaply as possible. Campus Swaps is there to connect the dots.
The Sundance Kid
Thanks to her much-praised work in Breathe In, a film that recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, Mackenzie Davis, BA’10, is attracting a lot of attention in Hollywood.
Jazz-trained Suuns create a sound all their own
Their CD is earning rave reviews and they’re fresh off an appearance at SXSW. The Suuns (three of its four members studied at McGill) are a band on the rise.
Dumb beasts? Hardly
According to author Virginia Morell, MA’73, scientists keep uncovering new evidence that animals are emotionally complex creatures and much smarter than we once thought.
This boss went undercover
This isn’t how Mood Media CEO Lorne Abony, BA’91, typically dresses. It’s part of his disguise for an appearance on the hit TV show Undercover Boss.
Flashpoint co-creator takes aim at final season
Stephanie Morgenstern, BA’88, made TV history when the Toronto-based police drama she co-created aired on U.S. television without disguising its Canadian setting.
How sweet it is
Shortly before McGill began its attempt to break Fresno State University’s Guinness World Record for the largest fruit salad, Mathieu Laperle, director of McGill Food and Hospitality Services, admitted, “This is easily the craziest thing we have ever tried.
VD, or not VD: that is the question
When most people think of William Shakespeare, they imagine great tragedies, kings and queens, and star-crossed lovers. But as John J. Ross, MDCM’92, points out, many passages in the Bard of Avon’s works are also laced with references to something decidedly less grandiose: venereal disease.
Striking the right note
A student-run McGill program is using the power of music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children—as well as those of their volunteer teachers.
Is there a spectre in the stacks?
Could there be any truth to the Internet rumors that the McLennan Library is haunted? The McGill News investigated.
Is there a spectre in the stacks?
Could there be any truth to the Internet rumors that the McLennan Library is haunted? The McGill News investigated.
What the well-dressed daredevil wears
Millions watched as Felix Baumgartner made his record-breaking jump of 128,000 feet. Shane Jacobs, BEng’04, helped design the suit that kept Baumgartner alive during his fall.
A new kind of piano man
Eclectic musician Chilly Gonzales, BMus’94, relishes walking the fine line between art and entertainment as he collaborates with everyone from Feist to Drake.
The veterans’ advocate
Several years ago, a chance encounter with a war veteran during a visit to the Canadian War Museum had a profound effect on Paul Kavanagh, BSc’75, DDS’79.
The battle for the White House
Historian Gil Troy, an expert on U.S. presidential campaigns, says the battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney has yet to capture the imagination of voters.
A rollercoaster year that ended on top
The Los Angeles Kings shocked hockey fans this spring when they won the Stanley Cup after barely squeezing into the playoffs. Jamie Kompon, BEd’89, was there for all the highs and the lows.
McGill's first Olympian
More than 100 years ago, at the 1908 London Games, Percy Nobbs, the young director of McGill’s School of Architecture, became the first McGillian to compete for a Canadian squad in the Olympics.
These scientists can strut
McGill’s cancer researchers have long been known for their acumen in the lab. Thanks to an award-winning video that went viral, they’re now also known for their dance moves.
In a McGill State of Mind
Trip Yang, BA&Sc’11, is not the first to compose a song about McGill.
Rocking that recorder
When Vincent Lauzer, BMus’10, was four, his parents enrolled him in music school. But while Mom and Dad hoped he’d take up the violin, Lauzer had something else in mind: the recorder.
Our prime minister in waiting?
When Tom Mulcair, BCL’76, LLB’77, became the new leader of the NDP in March, he knew the media would be carefully scrutinizing his speeches.
New residents at the Redpath
Earlier this year, an eclectic mix of stuffed and mounted African mammals turned up on the Redpath Museum’s third-floor landing.
Well worth the wait
It took them 136 years, but the McGill Redmen, the oldest organized hockey club in the world, won its first ever national championship in March, beating the Western Mustangs 4-3 in an overtime thriller in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) finals.
A different kind of frat
When you hear “fraternity,” “gay” isn’t generally the next word that comes to mind.
Fit for a queen
As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth, a spectacular exhibition of the monarch’s personal jewels will be on view at Buckingham Palace this summer.
Don’t expect any lean cuisine
As the host of Epic Meal Time, an online cooking show with a taste for excess, Harley Morenstein, BEd’09, the self-proclaimed Sauce Boss and his friends each week prepare – and consume – a dish that is not for the faint of stomach.
Jazz vet earning raves
Trumpet player Kevin Dean laid down the foundations for McGill’s thriving jazz program. Dean’s latest album offers further proof that he was the right man for the job.
Stats whiz hopes to help give Cubs some growl
It’s been more than 100 years since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series. Can Shiraz Rehman, BCom’00, help the Cubs build a brighter future?
After Afghanistan: McGill veterans of the war look back
Meet three McGill graduates who put their lives on the line to keep the Taliban at bay.
World champ is a smooth talker
Meet McGill economics student Joe McGrade, a young man with no fear of public speaking whatsoever. And he’s got the world title to prove it.
Bewitched by Quidditch
The McGill Quidditch team won the national championship, proving that they’re no run-of-the-mill Muggles. Harry Potter’s favourite sport has crossed over into our world and it’s taking college campuses by storm.
Remembering Richler
It’s no accident that all five of Mordecai Richler’s children have gone on to write books or to work as journalists. The mischievous satirist, one of Canada’s greatest novelists, was deadly serious when it came to the subject of writing well.
A Savvy Auntie Indeed
Aunts don’t always get the best press. They’re often portrayed as sweet, but dull or as eccentrics who care little about kids. Melanie Notkin, BA’92, is redefining what it means to be an aunt.
The Greatest of the Greats
After nearly 60,000 votes and months of sometimes furious debate, the results are in for the Greatest McGillians contest. And the winner was a bit of a surprise.
Beating the Off Campus Blues
McGill has come a long way since it first opened its doors in the 1840s to a handful of students who studied in the Arts Building and probably slept there too.
Triumph and tragedy
On Monday October 3, the Nobel Prize Foundation announced that Ralph Steinman, BSc’63, would be the seventh McGill graduate to become a Nobel laureate. First the news was sensational. Then it was sad. Then it got a little strange.
Fired up about basketball
When an internationally celebrated rock star visits his alma mater, fresh on the heels of winning both the Grammy and the Polaris Music Prize, one might expect hoopla, not hoops.
This School is for Learning
Whether you're interested in taking courses for business or pleasure, chances are that McGill's newly renamed School of Continuing Studies offers what you're looking for.
The Accidental Physician
Harvard neurobiologist David Hubel, BSc’47, MDCM’51, DSc’78, has had no shortage of illustrious awards in his career. One of a handful of Canadians to have earned the Nobel Prize, Hubel also has a dozen honorary degrees to his credit.
Blowing the whistle on sex trafficking
In her feature film debut, director Larysa Kondracki, BA’99, is making waves by focusing on the plight of young women forced into prostitution while the international community looks the other way.
Surfing the orange wave
History and cultural studies student Laurin Liu was part of the “McGill four,” a quartet of youthful McGillians who will all play a role as members of NDP leader Jack Layton‘s official opposition.
Putting research into motion
Lawrence Bloomberg, MBA’65, partnered with Manulife Financial to create a major new award at McGill's Faculty of Education for research achievement in the area of active health.
Making it at the Met
On a Sunday afternoon in March, while other students might have been on spring break, Philippe Sly walked on stage at the Metropolitan Opera and began to sing.
All that jazz
Over the course of the last several months, the Schulich School of Music played host to many prominent names from the world of jazz. These musicians all took part in Schulich’s Year of Jazz.
Bringing Mile End to Brooklyn
New York, a city of delights for the most discriminating of foodies, has been conquered by a smoked meat sandwich that traces its roots back to Montreal.
Is it too early to say dynasty?
The McGill Martlets won their third national championship in four years when they beat the St. Francis Xavier X-Women 5-2 in the deciding match of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) finals.
A cause for smiles
On Quyen Su’s first day at her new clinical rotation, a patient had a seizure in her chair. But the fourth-year McGill dentistry student wasn’t shaken by the challenging start she faced at the Jim Lund Dental Clinic at Welcome Hall Mission (WHM).
Scrubs star headlines McGill grad’s feature film debut
Deborah Chow, BA’96, goes beyond standard Hollywood notions of “good” and “evil” in how she treats her characters in The High Cost of Living.
On the hunt for stolen art treasures
Clarence Epstein, BA’90, is leading a three-university effort that’s tracking down the paintings that were forced out of the hands of a prominent art dealer by the Nazis decades ago.
A timely upgrade
For the first time in living memory, the four clocks at the Roddick Gates are working. Equally amazing is the fact that the bells inside the clock tower, which were silent for more than 75 years, are now chiming 
with Westminster melodies.
Growing gracefully
McGill’s Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, home of the McGill Redmen football team and the Montreal Alouettes CFL franchise, underwent a transformation this past summer.
Reducing the run-around
McGill’s new Service Point was officially opened in October, providing one-stop administrative services for new and prospective undergraduate and graduate students.
Under surveillance
The yellow taxicab is one of New York’s most instantly recognizable icons. For artist Amir Baradaran, BA’04, the cabs represent a rolling portrait of race and class divisions, of the figurative and literal wall separating driver and passenger
Charging up the change agents
Deron Triff, MBA’98, along with his business partner Alex Hofmann, has introduced another portmanteau into the online world: Changents.com, a site that aims to highlight people who are working for good causes around the world.
Advocates for the arts
Created in large part by McGill law students, the Montreal Artists Legal Clinic (CJAM) provides expert advice to artists and arts organizations of their legal rights and provides information to those that can’t afford a lawyer.
Viceregal and very familiar
Former McGill principal David Johnston's LLD’00 admirers, promise that Canada’s 28th governor general will be among the finest representatives of the British monarchy that this country has ever seen.
Hall Stands Tall
Earlier this year, Thomas Hall wasn't even sure he'd be competing in the Beijing Olympics, never mind ascending the podium.
Pulling strings for a one-of-a-kind collection
Visitors to the McLennan Library have the rare opportunity to see some of the library’s unique “residents”– a priceless collection of puppets and marionettes.
A different take on national security
Prism, a new online journal launched earlier this year by Maher Arar, BEng’95 and managing editor Richard Swain brings to light the human cost aspect of national security practices.
Two for the Rhodes
A Bermuda native, Michèle Smith was named the recipient of that country’s sole Rhodes Scholarship for 2010.
Never too old to learn
The McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement—itself a mere 20 years old—provides a welcome remedy for aging brain cells: keep learning and share your knowledge.
Sailing into history
Charles Drew, MDCM’33, received perhaps his most unusual honour yet when a 210-metre U.S. Navy ship was christened in his name.
Aviation all-stars
A pair of high-flying graduates from very different eras will soon be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
An Olympics to remember
Months later, Canadians are still basking in the glow of the 2010 Vancouver Games.
The mental work behind medals
Meet the sports psychology consultant who helped three Canadian Olympians win medals in Vancouver – including one, Joannie Rochette, who faced the harshest challenge of all.
A hall of fame effort
Located downstairs in the Bell Centre, the new hockey shrine is the brainchild of Ray Lalonde, BEd’86, the Canadiens’ vice president for marketing and sales.
Telling tales through her lens
Most aspiring young photographers face a tough time establishing themselves in their chosen profession. Kitra Cahana, BA’09, has a definite edge in that regard, having just earned one of the top prizes from the annual World Press Photo Contest.
Willard Boyle, BSc’47, MSc’48, PhD’50, was fast asleep in his Nova Scotia home on October 6 when he and his wife Betty were awakened by a telephone call announcing that he had won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics.
Star on TV? Check
When McGill undergrad Jonnie Penn first encountered The Buried Life in English 202, little did he know that a few short years later, he would end up starring in an MTV show named after Matthew Arnold’s stirring poem.
Keeping tabs on a dangerous world
Starting a new job always presents a steep learning curve. But when you become Canada’s top spy, the level of detail can stagger even the best prepared.
Concierge to the stars
Heidi Small, BA’96, headed south after completing her McGill degree, eager to break into the movie business.
Is there a doctor on the plane?
One out of every 150,000 aircraft passengers experiences some sort of medical problem, says Vincent Poirier, MDCM’96. He knows better than most the sorts of things that can go terribly wrong during a flight.
Cosmic canucks
McGill grads meet in the darnedest places. Aboard the International Space Station, for instance, some 220 miles above the Earth.
Steinberg Named New Chancellor
H. Arnold Steinberg, BCom’54, LLD’00 will begin a three-year term as McGill’s 18th chancellor on July 1, replacing Richard Pound who is stepping down after 10 years in the role.
On the Road with Feist
During Feist's most recent tour, Clea Menacer BA'02 shared the stage with the Grammy nominee, but she wasn't playing guitar or pounding on drums. Minaker orchestrated the imagery that appeared behind Feist while she sang.
The One and Only Flo
If you talk to anyone who has worked at, lived in, or knows anything about McGill's student residences, they know who Flo Tracy is.
Remembering Jim
Jim Wright was one of a kind. Wright, BA'65, was a beloved and long-standing volunteer at the University—a former McGill Alumni Association (MAA) president who never encountered a McGill-related cause he didn't embrace wholeheartedly.
Starting points for success
McGill law student Alexander Herman had just completed his previous degree in English and history when he was struck by an uncomfortable question, one that gnaws at many a freshly minted grad: What now?
Hall Stands Tall
Earlier this year, Thomas Hall wasn't even sure he'd be competing in the Beijing Olympics, never mind ascending the podium.
The White Stuff
Christian Lander, BA’01, is one of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people who quietly started a blog this past January. But his received a little more traffic than usual.
McGill’s Life Sciences Complex Opens a New World of Research
With the September 18, 2008 opening of the McGill University Life Sciences Complex, McGill turned the page on a new chapter of innovative interdisciplinary research.
Kickass Chemist
Tatiana Vassilieff ended 2007 with a bang. Not only did she manage to wrap up her McGill master's degree in chemistry Vassilieff also found the time to add the words "World Champion" to her resumé.
A Game of Numbers
Shane Jensen, BSc'97, MSc'99, earned the dubious distinction of attracting hate mail after making a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held this year in Boston. The subject? Baseball.
Another Kind of History
In 1958, Andrew Gault bequeathed his estate on Mont St-Hilaire to McGill, to preserve his "most treasured possession… for all time to come."
A Blast for the Past
What makes a successful mutual fund manager decide to create a history book prize? "I think there's an analogy between the disciplines of finance and history," explains Peter Cundall, BCom'60. "Both study the past to understand the present and predict the future."
First he took Manhattan…
Leonard Cohen, BA'55, DLitt'92, is many things. A wondrous wordsmith. A snappy dresser. An ordained Zen Buddhist monk. But a rock and roller?
Not Your Grandmother's Library
In this digital age, libraries have to contend with an image problem—the notion that they're drab, dusty and dimly lit. The McGill Libraries' new Cyberthèque ought to puncture a few stereotypes.
Mountain man
On May 22, 69-year-old Werner Berger, MSc(A)’63, became the oldest North American to summit Mount Everest. Then, after soaking in the hard-won view from the top of the world, he flew a kite.
The many shades of Shatner
To celebrate the 76th birthday of William Shatner, BCom’52, Calgary’s UPPERCASE Gallery commissioned 76 illustrators, painters and sculptors to craft impressions of the iconic Emmy winner.
Seeing the big picture
The Faculty of Science made history in more ways than one this September when it kicked off Canada’s first integrated Earth System Science (ESS) program.
Cooking the books
Forensic accountants combine auditing and investigative skills with accounting expertise to expose illegal financial activity and fraud. And Philip Levi, BCom’70, is one of the best in the field.
Body language
Charles Hodgson, BEng’81, is a dedicated logophile and has compiled the origins, meanings and uses of hundreds of anatomical words and phrases in Carnal Knowledge.
No two solitudes here
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Thomas Hellman, BA’98, MA’04, is part of a rare breed — musicians who create and perform well-crafted songs in both English and French.
The gap year that grew
After completing her first year as an undergraduate at McGill in 1937, Michelle Tisseyre, BA’06, took a break from her studies. Now, some 70 years later, she finally has the degree she began so long ago.
Developing McGill’s International Influence
Does Canada matter on the world stage? Former prime minister Joe Clark – who also served as Canada’s secretary of state for external affairs from 1984 to 1991 – doesn’t think it’s even a question worth asking.
A lawyer at long last
In 1914, McGill law alumna Annie MacDonald Longstaff became the first woman in Quebec to earn a degree in law. It wasn’t until this fall, however, that she was finally granted posthumous admittance to the Quebec Bar.
Star Recruit is Medicine's New Dean
It’s an awfully good sign when the fellow heading up the country’s most important funding agency for health research gets excited about your pick for a new dean of medicine. [...]
Erickson on your envelope, Moriyama on your mail…
In honouring the 100-year history of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) through a new series of stamps, Canada Post is also paying tribute to a trio of remarkable McGill architecture graduates.
Taylor takes Templeton
On May 2, the Duke of Edinburgh presented McGill philosophy professor emeritus Charles Taylor, BA’52, with the 2007 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries About Spiritual Realities.
The flying physician
In the mid-1970s David Nichols, MSc’72, MDCM’76 took break from his studies to visit his parents in Virginia. The experience spurred Nichols to start his own family medicine practice on the small isolating community of Tangier Island.
What Canada is reading
It wasn’t all that long ago that Heather O’Neill, BA’94, sold self-produced chapbooks of her writing for a buck a pop outside clubs and metro stations.
A design that's out of this world
When Dr. Dave Williams, BSc’76, MSc’83, MDCM’83, blasts off into the cosmos aboard the space shuttle Endeavour this summer, he’ll be carrying along some of McGill engineering student Mustafa Kerouch’s handiwork.
And the Oscar goes to...
Now that Torill Kove is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, she might need to work on her ability to correctly identify celebrities. Chances are she’ll be bumping into them more regularly.
This fiddler goes for baroque
Eight years ago, violinist Sarah Burnell found herself at a crossroads. Despite her talent, her passion for her instrument had waned and she was considering laying down her bow. [...]
Rhodes worthy
Two globally active McGill students are the latest recipients of the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic award, the Rhodes Scholarship.
Mac keeps memory alive
Along the sidelines of the old Macdonald College football field, a ring of oak trees has stood for 75 years in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War I.
Wise world of sports
Anyone who believes that athletic ability and academic prowess are mutually exclusive will find a record number of Martlets and Redmen who disagree.
Aspiring Apprentice
Millions of viewers are tuning in to The Apprentice to watch Muna Heaven, BCL/LLB’04, do everything she can to avoid having one of television’s most stinging catchphrases – “You’re fired” .
Slam dunk historical find
An important cache of James Naismith’s personal effects was recently found and it included photographs and documents providing fresh insights into Naismith’s invention of basketball in 1891.
The dividends of childhood wonder
Curiosity may not be kind to cats, but in the case of Lorne Trottier, the entrepreneur’s curiosity about the marvels of the universe will do wonders for McGill’s Science and Engineering faculties.
A to-do list to die for
While many students spent last summer hitting the beach or waiting tables, McGill arts undergraduate Jonnie Penn
Arctic anxiety
McGill Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences professor Bruno Tremblay, BEng’87, PhD’97, has concluded in a recent study that the Arctic coastline could be virtually ice-free during the summer months as early as 2040.
Old Macdonald has a stamp
Macdonald College was part of a select crowd in 2006, chosen by Canada Post to be featured on special commemorative stamps.
Task Force Reports Progress
New environments, professors, colleagues and courses can be overwhelming. The Principal’s Task Force on Student Life and Learning has been studying the problems faced by McGill students and has plans to fix them.
Inventive Mind
Willard Boyle, BSC’47, MSC’48, PHD’50, is the co-inventor of the charge-coupled device, and while you probably haven’t heard of Boyle’s innocuous-sounding brainchild, you’re certainly familiar with the things that the CCD has made possible.
Star Recruit is Medicine's New Dean
It’s an awfully good sign when the fellow heading up the country’s most important funding agency for health research gets excited about your pick for a new dean of medicine.[...]
Toope is Top at UBC
The announcement of a new president at the University of British Columbia brought nods of approval all around McGill. The choice was Stephen Toope, BCL’83, LLB’83, a popular former professor and dean of the Faculty of Law.
Buying a Better World
Brenda Plant, BA’92, BSW’95 is the co-founder of Ethiquette.ca, a for-profit web-based company that takes all the work out of responsible purchasing.
From Maclean's to McGill
Chances are there isn’t a single person in Canada who has a better sense of the country’s universities – warts and all – than Ann Dowsett Johnston.
Valuable Lessons
Ian Brodie, BA’90, remembers the day a classmate challenged their political science professor about why they needed to learn the ins and outs of such rare events as non-confidence votes in the House of Commons. [...]
I'll Take Interesting Jobs for $200, Alex
Billy Wisse, BA'84, MA'94, puts words in Alex Trebek's mouth -- and makes sure the dapper TV game show host is able to pronounce them properly.
Will & Grace & Alex
Alex Herschlag, BA'79, who begins his first season as the new executive producer of NBC's hit sitcom, Will & Grace, has plenty of good memories of both Montreal and McGill.
Students Put Their Skills on Ice
Graduate students David Bédard-Barrette, BScArch’04, and Nicholas Chan, BScArch’04, were chosen by the McGill School of Architecture to design a room in this year’s rendition of Quebec’s Ice Hotel.
Baring the Bible
While the title of his show might lead you to think otherwise, Simcha Jacobovici, BA’75, remains fully clothed during his new show The Naked Archaeologist.
Never too Old to Tango
When McGill physical and occupational therapy professor Patricia McKinley took up tango, she began musing about the benefits the sultry Argentine dance might provide for senior citizens.
Ready for their Close-ups
Six professors – Ken Borris, Allan Hepburn, Maggie Kilgour, Monique Morgan, Derek Nystrom and David Williams – appeared in a photo that dominated a full page of the National Post.
Design for Disaster
McGill Engineering Students Andrew Gartshore, Samer Abu-Ghannam and Amrit Richardson, focus intently on their rescue vehicle which has descended from a mock Mount Royal to collect victims trapped in skyscrapers in a flooded Montreal.
Carrying on Humphrey's work
In 1948, John Humphrey, BCom’25, BA’27, BCL’29, PhD’45, LLD’76, a young law professor on leave from McGill, authored the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Dental Detective
Robert Dorion, DDS'72, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, has a very special part-time job.
Ping-pong and Politics
Irwin Cotler, BA’61, BCL’64, had a busy summer: scouting for Canada’s next Supreme Court judge, wrestling with the gun registry, testifying before the Senate committee on same-sex marriage. Oh, and competing in a world table tennis tournament.
Clean Sweep
Approximately 50 McGill undergrads took to the streets to pluck litter from the Milton-Parc community in an event organized by the University Relations Office.
Producer Pow-Wows
Jake Eberts, BEng'62, producer of Oscar-winning films Dances With Wolves and Gandhi, recently teamed up with six family members - all McGill grads - to create the Eberts Endowment.
No Space for Mistakes
Julie Payette, BEng’86, DSc’03, was the Capsule Communicator – CAPCOM in space-speak – on the recent Discovery mission.
Getting off to a Fresh Start
Arts Legacy is the new curriculum, officially inaugurated September 9, designed to help first-year Arts students get their post-secondary studies off to a solid start before selecting a major.
Big Job in Baghdad
Imagine that you've just been made Canada's ambassador to a country that hasn't had an ambassador from Canada in 15 years, a country that is wracked by violence and might well be the most dangerous place on the planet.
Playing with Pop Culture
Rick Miller, BSc(Arch)'93, BArch'94 decided he wouldn't be designing buildings after all. Instead he used his degrees to add visual sophistication to his work as a playwright and theatrical director.
McGill Rolls out the Welcome Mat
McGill offered a warm welcome to its 177th class of fresh new students, laying on a week's worth of activities and services.
A Matter of Degrees
Close to 6,000 McGill graduates donned caps and gowns for spring convocation ceremonies, bidding farewell for now to their alma mater in what Principal Heather Munroe-Blum characterized as "the culmination of a journey."
From Chambers to the Chambre
Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, BCL/LLB'00 has recently become President of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM), the largest network of young businesspeople in North America.
10,000 and Counting
Elise Juzda, BA'04, didn't expect any hoopla as she was signing up for the Alumnilife website. But after sending in her registration information, it turned out that she was the 10,000th member of the McGill Alumni Association's online community.
The Accidental Physician
Harvard neurobiologist David Hubel, BSc’47, MDCM’51, DSc’78, has had no shortage of illustrious awards in his career.
McGill Remembers
Now two McGill staff members have created a website to honour those members of the University community who served in World War Two.
Au Revoir to Vinet
After six years as McGill's number-two man, Luc Vinet has crossed to the other side of Mount Royal to become the Rector of Université de Montréal.
PR for Pageants
Brooke Johnston, BA'01, recently represented the United Kingdom at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok.
Young Man Goes West
At 21 years and four months, McGill receiver Robert LeBlanc, BCom'05, was the youngest player chosen in the 2005 Canadian Football League draft in May.
Little Big Man
Redmen point guard Denmark Reid, BA'05, might only be five foot seven, but he is a towering figure in the history of basketball at McGill.
Bird Brains
Australians apparently love their emus. Biology professor Louis Lefebvre discovered this fact the hard way recently when he spoke before the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mac Challenged to Help
Speaking as part of Mac’s Founder’s Day celebrations in February, Stephen Lewis, LLD’87 gave a stirring and emotional lecture that described the devastation he has witnessed in his work as the special UN envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Improvaganza
Members of McGill Improv participated in a 24-hour madcap improv marathon and fundraiser called "Vaganza" in the Shatner Building in February.
Covering the Musical Map
Jason Beck, BMus'94, might be Canada's answer to David Bowie - a talented musical chameleon whose frequent and surprising transformations keep both fans and critics guessing.
Kudos to Cotler
Canada's Minister of Justice, Irwin Cotler, BA'61, BCL'64, was well known before entering politics as a prominent human rights lawyer, and his dedication to humanitarian causes recently earned him the inaugural F.R. Scott Medal of Distinguished Service.
Promising Documentary Debut
One film, one Oscar nomination. So far, Hubert Davis, BA'00, has an enviable track record.
She Manages Moguls
Sometimes a break can make all the difference in the world. Take Jennifer Heil, for instance. After giving her body a rest, studying management at McGill, Heil earned three world championship titles when she returned to the slopes.
Stompin' at the Savoy
The McGill Savoy Society has been entertaining Montrealers with their spirited versions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas since 1963.
Historical Detectives
One of the largest and most ambitious projects ever undertaken in the social sciences and humanities in Canada is the History of the Book in Canada (HBiC) project.
The Return of the Ring
If you lose a ring in the streets of a city, you can count on never seeing it again. Right? Maybe not, if it's Montreal and a McGill class ring.
Convocation Honours
Joni Mitchell who was awarded an honorary doctorate at Fall convocation in October was not the only one being honoured at the Fall convocation. McGill commerce graduate John Cleghorn, BCom'62, was also awarded a Doctor of Laws.
Students research success stories
This year, 107 students and postdoctoral scholars have been awarded funding totalling $5.9 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Panorama on Quebec
McGill teamed up with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) recently to launch a new website all about our home province. Panorama sur le Québec is a complete guide to Quebec's culture, people and history.
Thirst for knowledge
The McGill Alumni Association recently co-hosted with Concordia University the first in a series of "Public Conversations."
Operatic Offred
After Stephanie Marshall, BMus'98 performed the role with the English National Opera in London last year, the critics took note, and her career has been ascending ever since graduating from McGill's music program.
The Arcade Fire is red hot
Once upon a time, a tall Texan traveled to a foreign land, where most people spoke a different language, and decided to study religious scripture and form a band. [...]
The legend of Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson, BSc(PE)’58, MEd’78, is a name familiar to many alumni, especially those who are donors, many of them convinced by Tom to crack open their piggy banks and stock portfolios and give to his favourite cause: McGill.
Supporting team spirit
It sounds like a philanthropist's dream come true: a canny fundraising idea will allow you to "Adopt a Cheerleader" and help McGill.
A Visit from the Prime Minister
McGill Principal Heather Munroe-Blum welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin when he visited McGill in September as part of the Inter-Faith Conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture.
McGill Teams Up with U-Miami
McGill researchers are no doubt looking forward to winter meetings at the University of Miami and exchange students will be packing their swimsuits after the deal signed by the two universities to work together on ventures in engineering and information technology.
Sports Heroes of the Past
A group of McGill legends will be honoured at the annual Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon in October during Homecoming festivities. .
Frisbees and Frosh
New McGill students and their parents were welcomed on the downtown campus during Frosh Week at the McGill Alumni Association's Parents' Tent.
Food for the Fearful
Freelance journalist and super-foodie Amy Rosen, BA'92, has a mission in life. She's taking the cooking challenged and leading them gently to a level of culinary sophistication they probably never dreamed of achieving.
Psyched Up for Epic Journey
McGill's first-ever "Epic Journey" was based loosely on the hit show The Amazing Race, with 22 of Abela's Psychology lab and research assistants as the competitors.
An Ear for Music
New research from the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill indicates that blind people are better than the sighted not only at hearing but at pitch discrimination as well, and their blindness may aid in musical development.
Top Ethics Watchdog
One could hardly blame Bernard Shapiro, BA'56, LLD'88, if he empathized with reluctant Mafia don Michael Corleone, who declared in The Godfather, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" [...]
Audubon Honoured
It took some doing, but Canada finally got around to issuing a stamp to recognize John James Audubon's visits to this country to capture - at least on paper - 33 bird species in areas that now form Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
Engineering in the Real World
According to Professor Peter Radziszewski, the Mechanical Engineering Project course - in which final-year students work in teams to design and build real-world mechanical devices - is "the capstone engineering design endeavour" in his department's program.
Olympians Head to Greece
As the country cheers on the Canadian women's national water polo team's efforts during the 2004 Summer Olympics, the McGill community will have special cause to root for the squad - half its members are either current students or recent graduates.
Big Name in Brantford
The name Digby carries a lot of weight in Brantford, Ontario. Since 1830, residents have grown accustomed to the remarkable civic leadership and medical skills exhibited by four generations of Digbys. [...]
Convocation Al Fresco
Eight convocation ceremonies were held under the big top from May 31 to June 4.
Up, Up and Away
Paul Moller, MEng'61, PhD'64, founder and president of California-based Moller International Inc., has spent years working on a commercially viable design for the Skycap. Yes, a flying car.
Tough Titanic Survivors
James Hanley teaches his students how to sleuth their way through statistics.
Surf and Turf Robotics
This January, researchers tested AQUA the underwater robot in its first sea trials on the coral reefs of McGill's Bellairs Research Institute in St. James, Barbados, and by all accounts things went swimmingly.
Queen of Colleens
McGill student and St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen Tara Hecksher waved and smiled to an enthusiastic throng of loyal subjects lining Montreal's St. Catherine Street on March 14.
Warm and Fuzzy
The Knitting Knetwork, one of the newest of the more than 100 student clubs at McGill, offers a warm welcome to all comers at 6 o'clock every Tuesday night on the fourth floor of the University Centre.
The Tuques Bleues Race Again
While folks from out west may raise an eyebrow when we refer to "the Mountain," there's no doubt Mount Royal holds a special place in the hearts of Montrealers.
Lost Letters
Marian Engel, MA'57 stirred up controversy with her book Bear. Still, it became a best-seller and earned the Governor General's Award for English literature in 1976.
Book-Loving Benefactor
Calling it "one of the most significant gifts offered to McGill in recent decades," the Division of Rare Books and Special Collections has received a donation of children's books from Sheila Bourke, BA'49, the product of a life-long passion.
Studying Suicide
Dr. Gustavo Turecki, PhD'99, heads up a new multidisciplinary team of researchers determined to shed light on the risk factors related to suicide.
Three Scholars Off to Oxford
It isn't easy becoming a Rhodes Scholar. The scholarships were to be awarded to students who displayed strong scholastic achievements, fondness for and success in outdoor sports, truth and courage, [and] moral force of character and instincts.
Online at the Info Commons
The wired generation of student library users recently got a high-tech boost in the form of the McGill Libraries Information Commons, a custom designed research and study facility, which opened up in the Redpath Library building this fall.
Speeding Medical Discovery
There's a new research powerhouse on campus and with it McGill's TechSquare is definitely starting to take shape.
Macdonald’s Spider-Man
Natural Resource Sciences professor Christopher Buddle is developing a long-term biodiversity monitoring system, using such McGill field stations as Mont St. Hilaire, the Morgan Arboretum and the Molson Reserve.
African Adventure
The Canadian Field Studies in Africa (CFSIA), designed 12 years ago as a multidisciplinary "campus under canvas," is a nomadic field classroom undergraduates from seven universities across the country have the chance to see what they learn being put into practice.
Team China Takes the Ice
The Chinese women's hockey team stopped at McGill in November to take on the Martlets during a 21-game, 30-day tour of Canada. And, to coin a phrase, they came to play.
Not Just Another Pretty Face
Each year, more than 6,000 Canadians enrol in modelling schools with an eye towards becoming the next Naomi Campbell or Christy Turlington. McGill grad Heather Young, BA'02, has what these people are chasing - a successful modelling career.
Historic Occasion
On October 6, 1933, the cornerstone of the Montreal Neurological Institute was laid at an impressive ceremony presided over by McGill's Principal, World War I general Sir Arthur Currie.
Centennial Project
As part of Mac's 100th anniversary celebrations in 2006, there are plans to enlarge and refurbish its library facilities.
A Moving Experience
The former Renaissance Hotel was purchased last spring by McGill and adapted into a residence.
Captured Flag Comes Home
In 1946, during a McGill Redmen football game against the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues, an ambitious electrical engineering student from the University of Toronto shinnied up the flagpole at Percival Molson Stadium to capture the McGill flag.
Titillating Television
Actor Colin Ferguson's new television series, Coupling, started making waves months before its debut this autumn on NBC.
Weighty Matters
Jeane Lassen, Pavia, Italy, is the latest of many places around the world where she has earned a bunch of weight-lifting medals since leaving her home in the North five years ago.
Heard the One About the Blaring Cell Phone?
Ryan Wilner, BCom'03, was facing off against top comedic talents from across Canada Performing recently at the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival's annual "Homegrown Comic Competition".
Fun for New Recruits
First-year Faculty of Arts students went through "boot camp" during Frosh Week at the start of the fall semester.
Organ Grinders
Every two years, talented young organists from around the world flock to Montreal to hone their skills with some of the planet's most respected masters of the instrument.
Dunwoody Does It All
He retired almost 20 years ago, but 79-year-old Thomas Dunwoody, BEd'69, hasn't been parked in a Barcalounger sipping tea. He's one of those people whose schedule makes your head swim.
Good Dome Makes Good Neighbours
Not to be confused with those inflatable jumping castles for kiddie parties, the new manure dome on the Macdonald Campus landscape has area residents breathing a bit easier.
New Dean for Arts Renaissance
John A. Hall, a world-renowned sociologist whose expertise is broad-ranging, from history to economics to political science and more is taking over a faculty that's bigger than a number of Canadian universities.
Redpath Revived
McGill's Redpath Museum is looking brighter in the wake of a recent makeover.
Nancy Wells Is New V.P.
After serving as Vice-Principal for seven years, Derek Drummond, BArch'62, returned to teaching at the School of Architecture in May. His successor is Nancy Wells, the associate vice-president and director of university development of Stanford University.
Harry Potter Mania Comes to McGill
The wizards were donning their pointed hats and dragon-hide gloves as the McGill Bookstore was transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the evening of June 20, and all were anxiously awaiting the stroke of midnight.
Football Field Facelift
McGill's Percival Molson stadium is getting a multimillion-dollar facelift, thanks in part to Irish rockers U2.
Raptors on the Runway
Carl Millier, BSc (Agr)'94 and Mark Adam decided to use birds of prey to protect aircraft from collisions with seagulls, geese and other birds and animals.
Residence Renaissance
McGill recently purchased the Renaissance-Montreal Hotel and is currently converting the building into a new residence hall capable of housing about 650 students.
Saluting a Stargazer
A crater on Venus has just been named after Allie Vibert Douglas, BA’20, MSc’21, PhD’25, LLD’60, and it’s an apt tribute since Douglas, who died in 1988, was a trailblazing astrophysicist.
Our Spidey Senses are Tingling
Chris Williams, BA’93, and Thomas Pushpathadam, BSc (Arch)’90, BArch’92, both work for Sony Pictures and were members of the technical team that was responsible for making the superhero’s physically impossible feats look plausible on screen.
A Series of Fortunate Events
Lemony Snicket's wildly popular children's books, "A Series of Unfortunate Events" might not exist at all if not for Susan Rich, BA'91, a senior editor at Harper Collins' children's books division.