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 [...]

In memoriam Spring/Summer 2008

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm

THE 1920s ABRAHAM EDEL, BA’27, at New York City, on June 22, 2007. SAMUEL GODINSKY, BA’27, BCL’30, at Montreal, on October 15, 2007. THE 1930S FRED MOREHOUSE, MSc’31, PhD’32, at Montreal, on November 13, 2007. MARGARET E. FOUNTAIN, BA’32, at Seattle, Wash., on July 6, 2007. PHILIP B. FRENCH, BEng’34, at Brockville, Ont., on April [...]

Alumnotes Spring/Summer 2008

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:53 am

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences / Macdonald Campus JAMIL MUSTAFA, BSc(Agr)’73, MSc’78, is the Head of the Science Department at A’Takamul International School in Kuwait. Architecture LOUIS B. MAGIL, BArch’36, is the founder of Magil Construction Ltd, a Montreal construction company whose projects have included the Bell Centre, Place Montréal Trust and Tour McGill College. Louis, [...]

Alumni Activities Spring/Summer 2008

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:44 am

Western Chic Last fall, the MAA of Southern Alberta hosted a sophisticated soiree at the stylish Axis Contemporary Gallery. Surrounded by the paintings of Calgary artist Chris Bowman, alumni like Vanessa D’Souza, BSc(PT)’98 (left) and Natalya Nicholson, BSc’99, learned how to pair wine and cheese like master sommeliers. Intrepid Alumni Adventurous McGill grads followed in [...]

Reviews Spring-Summer 2008

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:33 am

THE UNEXPECTED WAR: CANADA IN KANDAHAR by Janice Gross Stein, BA’64, PhD’69, and Eugene Lang, published by Viking Canada Canada’s road to war in Afghanistan was more of a creeping descent than a charge into battle, and coloured more by our fear of snubbing Washington than our terror of the Taliban. That’s the central conclusion [...]

Dr. Spaceman

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:25 am

Photo: Owen Egan Astronaut Dave Williams has hung up his flight suit, but he’s not done with space just yet. by James Martin, MLIS’05 Dave Williams’s new house in Oakville, Ontario, reminds him of the space shuttle cargo hold. There are boxes everywhere (“total chaos”) but instead of freeze-dried food and hi-tech electronics destined for [...]

Understanding Islam

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:10 am

“McGill has long recognized that this institute is one of its most renowned academic units.” —ROBERT WISNOVSKY RACHEL GRANOFSKY In its 56 years of existence, McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies has grown from a gesture of interfaith camaraderie to a vital site of wide-ranging study. BY MARK ABLEY On a high shelf in Robert Wisnovsky’s [...]

More Ideas That Made History

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:09 am

41. Who says competition isn’t healthy? For five years, endocrinologists Andrew Victor Schally, BSc’55, PhD’59, DSc’79, and Roger Guillemin joined forces in the hunt for the fabled hypothalamic hormone. But their collaboration was so fraught with tension that, in 1962, they split to feverishly work solo. As luck would have it, the two men separately [...]

Ideas That Made History

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:02 am

IDEAS THAT MADE HISTORY How McGill minds and their “Eureka!” moments helped change the world Your idea of a quintessential McGill moment might be cramming for exams in the McLennan library. Or soaking up some spring sun on the steps of the Arts Building. Or indulging in an all-night bull session with your best buddies [...]

A Montreal Murder Mystery

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 10:59 am

TZIGANE On the morning of June 14 1901, Montrealers awoke to shocking news. The night before, the sound of gunshots had disturbed the normal tranquility amongst the gracious mansions of the city’s Square Mile. In the Redpath manor, servants rushed to the master bedroom to find their employer, Ada Redpath, the niece of powerful sugar [...]