A bold new world?

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

If you’re flipping through the pages of this magazine right now, chances are you’ve mused once or twice over the years about what it might be like to be a McGill student again. That wistful daydreaming probably doesn’t last for long. You’ve got bills to pay, a job to hold down and a lot of [...]

Do these numbers add up?

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

As you make your way through the contents of this issue, I anticipate a few of you might notice something that seems, at first glance, to be jarringly inconsistent. In a couple of articles, we note that McGill is contending with severe budget cuts from the Quebec government—to the tune of $38.3 million (if you [...]

Yes, jobs are important, but…

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

When I graduated from McGill, I didn’t have a dream job waiting. To pay the bills, I worked for months in a cosmetics factory that specialized in bargain-priced products. (A friendly aside – you may want to think twice before purchasing any heavily discounted nail polish or lipstick. Just trust me.) I became a whiz [...]

Tales from times gone by

Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Much of this issue concerns itself with history and that’s no accident. As I strolled along Peel Street on my way to work this morning, I walked past several street lamp banners, heralding the University’s 190th anniversary (the banners were designed, coincidentally, by the same talented fellow who helps put together this magazine— Steven McClenaghan). [...]

Drawing comfort from art

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

When I began my undergraduate studies at McGill in the mid-eighties, I wasn’t terribly confident about my ability to fit in. My parents hadn’t gone to university, nor had my grandparents. In my extended family, I knew of only a single cousin who had made the leap before me.

Saluting some colourful characters

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

I never did outgrow comic books—as anyone who has glimpsed the collectibles in my office knows full well (they’re not dolls, they’re action figures). I know I’m not the only one, either. Some of the most influential writers, filmmakers and TV producers around, people like The Fortress of Solitude author Jonathan Lethem, Buffy The Vampire [...]

A witness to history

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:22 am

In an era of around-the-clock news stations that often seem more inspired by the likes of Cops and Entertainment Tonight than by Edward R. Murrow, it’s easy to become jaded about what constitutes newsworthiness these days. Supermarket magazines have been dishing on Angelina, Brad and Jen for four years now. Is there really anything left [...]

Of pucks and politics

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

It is the most iconic sports trophy in all of North America. It’s a prize that boys skating on neighbourhood rinks across Canada daydream about with starry-eyed wonder. It’s an award that can make even the most battle-hardened hockey veteran choke up once he has earned the right to hoist it above his head. It [...]

In Praise of Inventiveness

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm

All right, bring it on. Call me a nincompoop. Tell me where we went wrong and what we left out.I can take it. In fact, I’d appreciate the input. In this issue, we shine a spotlight on 40 of the history-making inventions, discoveries and innovations that have been produced by McGill professors, students and graduates [...]

The Problem with Magic

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:01 am

About seven years ago, when I was working in McGill’s media relations office, Bernard Shapiro, McGill’s principal at the time, dropped by for an informal “state of the University” chat with the communications officers. McGill had recently embarked on an ambitious and unprecedented hiring exercise. The plan was to hire 1,000 new professors over a [...]