Meighen to the Class of 2014: Give back and serve your community

Meighen to the Class of 2014: Give back and serve your community

In his first-ever address to graduating students in his new role as Chancellor, Michael Meighen stressed one quality above all; service – hardly surprising for the grandson of former Prime Minister Arthur Meighen and someone who sat for over 20 years in Senate.

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News

Hiring freeze will help McGill keep salary-increase promises – Masi

Hiring freeze will help McGill keep salary-increase promises – Masi

Imposing a hiring freeze for administrative staff at the University will help McGill to keep its promises and meet its obligations with regard to salary increases, while still respecting the provincial government’s demand that universities trim their administrative salary mass, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Open House forums on McGill’s financial situation held Monday.

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Queen Victoria reigns supreme, off to finals of Canada’s Smartest Person

$2.9M in funding to boost child and adolescent mental health research

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Research and Discovery

Lowering cholesterol early is key to preventing aortic valve disease – MUHC researchers

Lowering cholesterol early is key to preventing aortic valve disease – MUHC researchers

An international research team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Lund University has provided new evidence that aortic valve disease may be preventable. The findings show that so-called “bad” cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) is a cause of aortic valve disease – a serious heart condition that affects around five million people in North America and is the most common cause for valve replacement.

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Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Osteoporosis treatment may also benefit breast cancer patients

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Athletics

McGill conquers Concordia, claims fourth national baseball crown

McGill conquers Concordia, claims fourth national baseball crown

Game MVP Tim Jones of Lake Jackson, Texas, gave himself a pretty special birthday gift with a complete game, eight-strikeout performance as McGill University cruised to a 6-1 victory over Concordia to capture the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship, Sunday, at Gary Carter Field on the grounds of Trudeau Park.

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Two McGill athletes among CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

Coaching tandem of Boies and Hilaire takes over helm of McGill football team

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Kudos

Graham A.C. Bell inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Graham A.C. Bell inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Graham A.C. Bell, James McGill Professor of Biology, was among one hundred-sixty four influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge on Saturday, Oct. 11.

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Plucky comeback performance gives Chan Lee Golden Violin Prize

Michael Meaney awarded 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

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Extra! Extra!

Consent campaign aims to heighten awareness across campus

Consent campaign aims to heighten awareness across campus

McGill is launching its first #ConsentMcGill Campaign next week, from Oct. 20-24 at the downtown campus and Oct. 22-24 at Macdonald campus. The event is an educational campaign to increase understanding on campus of consent, as it applies to sexual activity and people’s day-to-day lives. #ConsentMcGill will discuss the three main aspects of consent: Asking, Listening and Respecting one another.

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Bell Let’s Talk donates $1 million to McGill and Université de Montréal in support of student mental health programs

CAUBO honors McGill for ‘McGill Marketplace’

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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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In Focus

Collaboration the key to streamlining the exam deferral note process

Collaboration the key to streamlining the exam deferral note process

The deferral note process, the process for submitting the necessary note from students to defer a final exam for health reasons, was presenting a challenge. Everyone working with the process knew there was a glitch somewhere, but nobody knew where that might be. Here’s how two employees found – and fixed – the problem.

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The evolution of the Quartier de l’innovation’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Pow Wow marks colourful end to successful Indigenous Awareness Week

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Blog

McGill marks a decade atop Maclean’s rankings

McGill marks a decade atop Maclean’s rankings

For the 10th year in a row, Maclean’s magazine has ranked McGill as the top university in Canada among institutions offering medical-doctoral programs. McGill achieved its high standing despite having the 12th-highest operating budget, as weighted by full-time equivalent student, among the group of 15.

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Senate: Principal updates McGill’s financial situation

Principal Fortier provided a quick update on McGill’s financial situation following news from the government, earlier this month, of further cuts to universities this fiscal year. “We don’t have details yet on the size of these additional cuts, but we hope to know more by January,” she said. These cuts come on the heels of the approximately $15 million shortfall to McGill’s operating grant announced in September.

Read More → McTavish St. construction to stretch into November

McTavish St. construction to stretch into November

Delays from such causes as having to chew through more bedrock than expected to problems with construction permits mean the City of Montreal’s water main and sewer line replacement project on McTavish St. will not be finished until the end of November, although much of the street should be reopened by the middle of next month.

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Winter Coat Project for international students

The McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is collecting warm jackets for the Winter Coat Project. Beginning Oct. 21 through Dec. 5, international students can pick up a free, lightly used winter coat generously donated by members of the McGill Community and various Montreal faith groups.

Read More → Nov. 14-15: Rape Aggression Defense course for women

Nov. 14-15: Rape Aggression Defense course for women

Sign up now for R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), a self-defense course for women taught by certified instructors at McGill Security Services. The one-and-a-half day training course is offered to all female students, faculty and staff at a cost of only $20

Read More → Call for submissions: Scrivener Creative Review

Call for submissions: Scrivener Creative Review

Scrivener Creative Review is currently seeking poetry, fiction, art/photography and book reviews for publication in an online issue later this semester. Get your original work out into the literary/art world.

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Connect, discover, inspire… mentor

The Staff-Student Mentoring Program is looking for interested McGill faculty and staff to mentor undergraduate students. This is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to connect and explore a wide variety of interests including public speaking, travelling, exploring Montreal… even playing badminton.

Read More → Sign up for Farmer’s Market organic produce basket

Sign up for Farmer’s Market organic produce basket

Want to pick up a basket of local, organic produce right on campus every week? The McGill Farmers’ Market is now taking signups for its 2015 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. The CSA is a way of supporting local farmers and getting seasonable, organic produce at the same time.

Read More → Oct. 27: Open Forums on McGill’s financial situation

Oct. 27: Open Forums on McGill’s financial situation

On Monday, Oct. 27, McGill’s Provost, Professor Anthony C. Masi, will host a series of Open Forums on the new government funding cuts and McGill’s financial situation. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

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McGill Innovation Week focuses on students

Once again, McGill’s Quartier de l’innovation is leading the way for McGill Innovation Week, from Monday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 8. Highlights of the week will include a panel discussion on how to enrich the student experience in the QI, an Innovation Fair organized by the QI Student Working Group and a Hacking Health Design Challenge that is part of the Montreal Summit on Innovation.

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McGill to study shared-space model for cycling

McGill will conduct research on the concept of adopting a shared-space model that could pave the way to allow cycling on the downtown campus under certain conditions, after the senior administration accepted the recommendations put forward by a Working Group tasked with addressing the question of cycling on campus.

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AskMcGill and get the right answer… quickly!

AskMcGill is an instant response service that provides quick answers to students’ questions. Simply type a question in everyday language and receive an answer and/or links to additional information.

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McGill places 39 in THE world rankings

McGill remains one of three Canadian universities among the top 40 in the world, according to the 2014-15 Times Higher Education world university rankings. Most Canadian universities in the top 200 of the THE list slipped in rank this year. McGill placed 39, compared with 35 last year.

Read More → Spot the optical illusion

Spot the optical illusion

At first glance, the picture above seems like just another photo of the iconic Arts Building. But people with an eagle eye will notice that all is not as it appears.

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Other News

Busty’s cups runneth over: Named top university band in Canada

Busty’s cups runneth over: Named top university band in Canada

As announced on Oct. 27, Busty and the Bass, a nine-member electrofunk band comprised entirely of musicians from the Jazz Performance program, won CBC’s Rock Your Campus contest. The competition, a nationwide talent search looking to discover the “next big campus music act,” was open to anyone enrolled at a Canadian university that received hundreds of entries.

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Marvin Corber, Robert B. Winsor to receive honorary degrees

McGill community votes Busty into Top 10 of Rock Your Campus competition

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Four Burning Questions

Oct. 29: Redefining the concept of inclusive user experience on the Web

Oct. 29: Redefining the concept of inclusive user experience on the Web

Denis Boudreau, Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems, will deliver the 5th Rathlyn Lecture in Disability Studies on Oct. 29. The lecture is titled We are all disabled, or soon will be: Redefining the concept of inclusive user experience on the Web.

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“I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society

Four Burning Questions for Anne Applebaum, winner of the 2013 Cundill Prize

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Notes from the field

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Douglas Gordon, an undergraduate linguistics major, spent his past summer in Listuguj, QC aiding the ongoing effort to revitalize the native Mi’gmaq language. He writes about the importance of such efforts and his enlightening experience in Listuguj.

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The Marquesas: My South Pacific home away from home

Important lessons learned during semester in East Africa

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Profile

Leenders-Cheng vying to be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person

Leenders-Cheng vying to be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person

Victoria Leenders-Cheng is one of those people. You know the kind; incredibly accomplished, well rounded and, yes, impossibly nice too. And, for the purposes of this article, it’s important to note that she’s smart. Really smart. So smart, in fact, that she’s vying for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person as one of the contestants on the new CBC program of the same name.

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Allan Downey: Using lacrosse to teach, inspire and heal

SSMU President saw need for woman in election

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In the Community

Community Engagement Day: McGill community pitches in

Community Engagement Day: McGill community pitches in

On Oct. 2, some 550 members of the McGill community took part in the University’s third annual Community Engagement Day. People like Marie-Gil Fabris, a 2nd-year Management student, who worked in the kitchen of the Benedict Labre House, helping prepare supper for homeless people.

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Centraide campaign off and running

October 2 is a day to engage with Montreal

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