Principal Fortier ushers in new academic year with block party

Principal Fortier ushers in new academic year with block party

Yesterday afternoon, Principal Suzanne Fortier stood in the square in front of the James Administration Building and surveyed a scene that made her smile. Hundreds of people – students, staff and faculty of McGill, and probably a few passersby – crowded the square, eating free sandwiches and bopping happily to Tonal Ecstasy’s a capella rendition of Some Kind of Wonderful. “This is our Piazza del Campo,” she said to the person standing beside her, referencing the famed public square in Sienna, Italy. “What a wonderful place we have here.”

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The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist announced in Moyse Hall

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist announced in Moyse Hall

Students, faculty, administrators, press, and members of the Montreal literary community filled Moyse Hall on the morning of Sept. 16, to watch the presentation of the longlist for Canada’s richest literary award for fiction. It was only the second time the longlist has been presented outside of Toronto.

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Making safety everybody’s business

East meets West at Desautels

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Other News

McGill maintains Top-25 place in QS rankings

McGill maintains Top-25 place in QS rankings

McGill has maintained its ranking of 21 in the QS World University Rankings, it was announced earlier today in London, England. This is the 11th year in a row that Quacquarelli Symonds has ranked McGill in the Top 25 of the world’s universities. McGill is Canada’s second-ranked university in this year’s QS standings, almost tied with the University of Toronto, which ranks 20th.

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McGill renews agreement with Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

Behemoth brownie serves up a whole lot of smiles

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Profile

Allan Downey: Using lacrosse to teach, inspire and heal

Allan Downey: Using lacrosse to teach, inspire and heal

People often say sports can forge character. But for Allan Downey of the Nak’azdli First Nation and a newly hired academic associate in Indigenous Studies at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, it goes even deeper than that. “Lacrosse was my gateway,” he says. “It was my bridge to an education. It’s unbelievable to me the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the communities I’ve been welcomed to all because of this game, because of this stick.”

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SSMU President saw need for woman in election

Adam B. Coape-Arnold: Artisantrepreneur

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Kudos

McGill’s Myriam Denov awarded prestigious Trudeau Fellowship

McGill’s Myriam Denov awarded prestigious Trudeau Fellowship

There are thousands of children born of war-time rape worldwide, but very little is known about their lived experiences and their relationships with their families and communities. Professor Myriam Denov, of McGill’s School of Social work, has been awarded one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards to help fill this knowledge gap. Named today as one of three recipients of 2014 Trudeau Fellowships, she hopes to shed some light on an “invisible, but resilient” population of children and youth.

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RSC names new members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Royal Society of Canada honours four McGill researchers and scholars

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In Focus

National consortium to tackle dementia to be headquartered in the Lady Davis Institute

National consortium to tackle dementia to be headquartered in the Lady Davis Institute

On Sept. 10, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the launch of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a national initiative aimed at tackling the growing onset of dementia and related illnesses and improving the lives of Canadians with these illnesses, as well as their families and caregivers. The CCNA is headquartered in the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital.

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Wish you were here: McGillians on vacation

Don’t get burned by your fun in the sun

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Around Campus

New food outlets to tickle McGill taste buds

New food outlets to tickle McGill taste buds

McGill has several new food offerings opening up this fall, including such well-known names as Première Moisson and St-Hubert Barbeque, as well as a revamped cafeteria in the McConnell Engineering Building and changes at several other locales.

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First-ever Aboriginal Homecoming event headlines Indigenous Awareness Week

Pedestrian safety concerns on McTavish construction site

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In the Community

October 2 is a day to engage with Montreal

October 2 is a day to engage with Montreal

Some 50 projects involving a variety of community groups will be featured on Community Engagement Day (CED), which will take place on campus and around the city of Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 2. Members of the McGill community can be involved with existing projects happening around Montreal – learning experientially about societal issues and challenges facing communities in Montreal while doing something to address them.

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Heels to Heal: Medical and dental students strut the runway to raise awareness about eating disorders

McGill students for a day – and maybe beyond

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Budget Corner

The Budget Corner

The Budget Corner

Welcome to the Budget Corner, your source for the latest information on McGill’s finances.

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McGill’s financial situation: “We are on the right track,” Di Grappa and Masi tell Senate

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Blog

Smoke forces class cancellations in McIntyre Medical Building

The sighting of smoke on the third and fourth floors of the McIntyre Medical Building Thursday afternoon has prompted the University to cancel classes for the rest of the day and evening until the source can be determined.

Read More → Two entering students awarded major scholarship

Two entering students awarded major scholarship

Anna Henley and Simona Bene Watts have been named McGill University’s 2014 Schulich Leaders, each receiving a Schulich Leader Scholarship for students entering undergraduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)

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McTavish St. stairs are closed for now

As part of the measures being taken to enhance security and safety around the City of Montreal’s McTavish St. sewer and water-main construction project, the stairs at the intersection of McTavish St. and the south side of Dr. Penfield Ave. will be closed immediately for an indeterminate period of time.

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Dads and dads-to-be wanted for McGill study

McGill researchers are looking for new dads and dads-to-be to help them develop a new website to provide dads-to be and new dads with information and strategies to help adjust to the changes of parenthood, enhance emotional wellness and engage in healthy behaviours. By participating in this research study, you will help tailor the website to the needs of new dads and dads-to-be.

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Cedars Cancer Centre to open next June

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) has announced today that the new Cancer Centre at the Glen hospital site will be known as the Cedars Cancer Centre and is set to open in June 2015.

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DAR embarks on Advancement path

Eagle-eyed visitors to McGill’s website may notice something slightly different. As of Labour Day, the unit previously known as Development and Alumni Relations officially changed its name to “University Advancement” (or “Avancement universitaire” in French).

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MISC turns 20 in style with September symposium

On Sept. 23, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) will mark its two-decade anniversary with a public symposium, Canada Remix, which will bring together some of Canada’s leading thinkers.

Read More → Four McGill researchers receive Arthritis Society grants

Four McGill researchers receive Arthritis Society grants

On Sept. 9, the Arthritis Society announced the commitment of $3.4 million in funding for arthritis research across Canada this year. Four McGill researchers received Arthritis Society grants, including Dr. Shawn Robbins, Dr. Hélène Beaudry, Dr. Hugues Petitjean and Dr. Jessica Widdifield.

Read More → Heartbleed: McGill will double your password if you don’t do it first, IT says

Heartbleed: McGill will double your password if you don’t do it first, IT says

If you haven’t yet changed your McGill Password, it’s time to get to it. Early next month, all faculty and staff members who did not change their password when prompted to earlier this year will have their McGill Password doubled.

Read More → New McGill community rates for Schulich concerts

New McGill community rates for Schulich concerts

For McGill staff members, prices are now just $10 for nearly all Schulich concert tickets for the 2014-2015 season. The Schulich School of Music is offering this special rate for two tickets per concert.

Read More → Curious about your pension balance?

Curious about your pension balance?

Did you know that you can view your current McGill University Pension Plan balance every day? Simply log into your account and select the “Monitor” tab. A paper copy of your Annual Pension Statement covering the year ending Dec. 31, 2013 will be mailed to you on Sept. 30.

Read More → IT will go phishing to improve awareness about scams

IT will go phishing to improve awareness about scams

Each year, the McGill community is targeted by hundreds of phishing emails, many of which can be hard to recognize and identify. So in the coming weeks, IT Services will send out several mock phishing emails to the McGill community as part of a proactive approach to build awareness of phishing.

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McGill instrumental in launching Indigenous initiative

McGill played an important role in the establishment of Canadians For a New Partnership (CFNP), an initiative looking to strengthen ties between Indigenous People and Canadian society. CFNP was launched on Sept. 4.

Read More → Top fifteen useful sites for students

Top fifteen useful sites for students

You’re already finding your way around campus — now find your way around the Web! Here are the 15 most useful sites for new and returning McGill students.

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Research and Discovery

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050

Increased water-recycling and improved irrigation techniques are among six strategies identified as key to successfully reducing global water scarcity.

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Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land

Speedier diagnosis of diseases such as cancer likely thanks to new DNA analysis technique

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Athletics

Welence wondrous as baseball Redmen double Carabins, extend win streak to five

Welence wondrous as baseball Redmen double Carabins, extend win streak to five

Tyler Welence of Ridgewood, N.J., continued his torrid pace and collected three hits and as many runs batted in as the McGill men’s baseball team doubled the Montreal Carabins 4-2 at Gary Carter Field in Trudeau Park, Wednesday.

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McGill’s Foster helps Canada win gold at FISU rugby sevens world championship

McGill hoops coach DeAveiro takes Canada to U-17 tourney title in Troyes

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Four Burning Questions

Four Burning Questions for Audra Simpson, professor of Anthropology at Columbia University

Four Burning Questions for Audra Simpson, professor of Anthropology at Columbia University

As part of McGill’s first Aboriginal Homecoming event on Sept. 18, Audra Simpson, a McGill alumna who is an associate professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote address. In advance of the event, Professor Simpson took the time to speak with the Reporter about the significance of McGill as a training ground for scholarship and engaged political life.

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Literature, authors and the woman he loved

MISC to celebrate 20th year with busy fall schedule

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News

McGill had prepared for more Quebec budget cuts, Fortier tells Senate

McGill had prepared for more Quebec budget cuts, Fortier tells Senate

Because McGill had already anticipated another round of funding cuts from the Quebec government, the University is well placed to weather this next round of spending reductions, Principal Suzanne Fortier told Senate Wednesday afternoon.

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Construction project launched at Schulich Library

Berk is new Ombudsperson for Students

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Entre Nous

Leaving university stresses students more than starting it, Dean of Students says

Leaving university stresses students more than starting it, Dean of Students says

It’s a busy time of the year for Dean of Students Andre Costopoulos, who is also a Professor of Anthropology, as students flood back for another fall term. Dean Costopoulos found a few minutes to sit down with The Reporter to discuss his role as Dean and a wide variety of issues confronting students and administrators, including sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, student discipline and the changing relationship parents have with the University.

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Make your mark with pride and integrity

Entre Nous with Rowan Barrett: Between the genes of adaptation

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