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, [...]

In memoriam Spring/Summer 2009

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm

1930s ELISE H. (GREEN) GROSSBERG, BA’31, at Toronto, on December 13, 2008. LORNA MARGARET (CLOGG) ALLEN, BA’34, at Windsor, Ont., on August 3, 2008. AMELIA (MORRISON) BEALL, BScAgr’35, at Wilmington, NC, on October 19, 2008. EDWARD KINGSLAND, BEng’37, at Hudson, Que., on January 14, 2009. HELEN (MCMASTER) PAULIN, BA’38, at Hamilton, Ont., on December 30, [...]

Alumnotes Spring/Summer 2009

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES / MACDONALD CAMPUS SONDRA SHERMAN, BSc’76, BSc(FSc)’78, TINA KADERG, MD’86, and Joyce Arsenault, who are all certified diabetes educators in the Jewish General Hospital’s endocrinology department, successfully completed their third marathon, this time in New York City on November 2, 2008, as part of Team Diabetes Canada. They were joined by [...]

For Whom the Bells Toll

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

COLIN ROWE Just about every visitor to Ottawa has heard them: the bells that toll from high atop the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Not the dull, familiar chimes that signal the time of day, but the melodic, almost hypnotic melodies that resonate for blocks around, every noon hour in the nation’s capital. To the [...]

Adventures in Antartica

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 11:51 am

South Pole record setters Kevin Vallely, Richard Weber and Ray Zahab Photo Courtesy of Kevin Vallely As KEVIN VALLELY, BSc(Arch’87), BArch’88, listened to José Saramago’s Blindness on his iPod earlier this year, he had no trouble imagining the visual deprivation that the Nobel Prize winning author was trying to convey in his novel. Vallely was [...]

Alumni Activities Spring/Summer 2009

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 11:12 am

Deck the Palm Trees Graduates gathered at the home of Jim Torosis, BSc’77, MDCM’81, and Susan Cummings, MDCM’79, in Los Altos, for the McGill Alumni Association of Northern California’s annual holiday party. Young and old enjoyed munchies, swapped stories of Montreal winters, and re-gifted the previous year’s yuletide duds at a white elephant present exchange. [...]

Explaining the Extraordinary

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 11:08 am

When JOHN RALSTON SAUL, BA’69, DLitt’97, agreed to edit Penguin Canada’s Extraordinary Canadians, a new series of biographies about particularly significant Canucks, he had something bigger in mind than simply telling a few life stories. “I wanted to explore the creation of modern Canada.” According to Saul, the 20 people showcased in the books—among them, [...]

Long-Winded Story Tellers Need Not Apply

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:48 am

McGill’s award-winning Six Words campaign proves that a gripping yarn requires only a handful of words. According to publishing lore, some of Ernest Hemingway’s drinking buddies once bet the fabled author that he couldn’t craft a compelling story using just six words. Not one to shy away from a challenge, the future Nobel laureate used [...]

Je choisis McGill

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

The University is home base for almost 6,000 francophone students BY JEAN-BENOÎT NADEAU, BA’92 TRANSLATED BY CH-KAY TRANSLATIONS Owen Egan A committed indépendantiste, Hugues Doré Bergeron, BA’06, arrived at McGill a few years ago from his native Saguenay, in part, to work on perfecting his English. What he didn’t expect to discover once he began [...]

McGill en français? Plus que jamais!

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:37 am

McGill a bien changé depuis l’époque de McGill français, mouvement qui condamnait notamment l’unilinguisme de l’Université. Aujourd’hui, le français y est bien présent. PAR JEAN-BENOÎT NADEAU (B.A. 1992) Chloé Dominguez Owen Egan Natif du Saguenay, Hugues Doré Bergeron (B.A. 2006) est un indépendantiste convaincu, venu à McGill dans le sillage de ses deux soeurs aînées [...]