Remembering Jack Gelineau

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Jack Gelineau, BCom’49, was once the NHL’s top rookie, but walked away from hockey soon after. A Redmen alum recounts how he later met the former star under surprising circumstances.

Lessons in Learning in Leacock 132

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

One of McGill’s most fabled lecture halls, Leacock 132 has played host to some of the most remarkable minds of our times, including Nobel laureates, Booker Prize winners and Oscar recipients.

Four trees out of so many

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Montreal tree expert Bronwyn Chester, BSW’81 has a particular fondness for the arboreal splendor offered by McGill’s campuses. Here are some of her special faves.

What I did on my summer (also winter, spring and fall) vacation

Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

by Cleo Paskal, BA’90 Oh, I’ve heard the rumours going around. So let me set the record straight. Sure I’m always on the move, travelling to obscure corners of the world, but contrary to popular belief, I am not an illicit tulip bulb smuggler. Or a spy. Or even a trafficker in genetically engineered DNA [...]

It’s her turn now

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Just think, I could be living in Kingston!” said my daughter, as we walked the lively streets of Montreal under a shining full moon.

The North becomes her

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm

By Hélèna Katz, BA’87 I had just returned home from walking the dog when I heard a rustling sound too loud to be a squirrel. I turned to see a big black bear, 15 feet away, staring at us. If there’s one thing I never had to worry about when I called Montreal my home, [...]

Inside Bordeaux

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 10:28 am

by Andrew Steinmetz, BA’89 Sometime in 1992, I went to Bordeaux to lead my first creative writing workshop. By Bordeaux, I don’t mean the wine region in France but the medium-security prison for men on the northeast tip of the island of Montreal. That Bordeaux. My previous writing workshop experience was limited. Five years earlier, [...]

The Primacy of Pleasure

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

by Megan Williams, BA’88 The other day, my 13-year-old daughter was lurching about the house like a bull in the ring, emitting heavy sighs and trapped glances. “I’ve got a science test tomorrow,” she finally moaned, “and I’ll fail if I don’t skip hip hop to study.” I’m not a particularly strict parent. I don’t [...]

Look Out Below!

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm

by Bruce Gravel, BED’79 TZIGANE When I attended McGill decades ago, all of 18 and flush with the heady freedoms of new adulthood, I craved unique experiences. Already a scuba diver, I reasoned that if I enjoyed swimming underwater, then surely I’d enjoy soaring above water. So I joined the McGill Skydiving Club. I paid [...]

Looking for Lulu

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

by Joel Yanofsky, BA’77, MA’81 On the final day of class last spring, students in my magazine writing course at Concordia University asked if they could take me out for a beer. They’d liked the class, they said, and would be in touch. I won’t say I rushed home to check my email, but I [...]