Over the years, the end of final exams has inspired any number of spontaneous displays of pure happiness, including high fives, chest bumping and uncontrollable giggling. But what was up with the 100 or so students boogying in the streets at the crossroads on lower campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3 – two days before finals kicked off?
Suzy Newing is sounding breathless. And a little zingy, but in a very good way. McGill’s 136th Rhodes Scholar is clearly still a bit in shock. “They called me on Saturday evening at around 5:30 and I couldn’t believe it because I had just had the interview that afternoon.” Newing is in the final year of an Arts BA doing an Honours degree in International Development Studies, with a Minor in African Studies. Her interest in Africa is hardly surprising since she has spent the past three summers and part of a gap year between CEGEP and university working in Ethiopia with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), an NGO founded by her mother in 2002. “When people think of Ethiopia, they often talk about the poverty. But what I saw was an alternate reality, an amazing culture and wonderful people and a country that is full of hope and promise,” Newing said.
The McGill Centraide campaign has passed the halfway mark in reaching its goal of $400,000. So far, the campaign has notched more that $250,000, according to the campaign’s website, with a number of events yet to come.
The paradigm for global health is shifting away from a service-based model towards a multidisciplinary approach that will have a long-term impact towards reducing health disparities in populations worldwide.
In the wake of reports about three McGill students being charged with sexual assault arising from an incident in September 2012, the University is moving to address concerns expressed by different groups and individuals in the community who felt the University’s response to the incident was inadequate.
Meet the Honorary Doctorate recipients from McGill’s 2013 Fall Convocation.
While the stars of yesterday’s Convocation ceremonies were the 1,800 graduating students, McGill also took the time to celebrate some of its most dedicated educators.
One is a French Canadian crystallographer, the other a hockey coach from Saskatchewan. On Monday, Suzanne Fortier and Mike Babcock came together to deliver similar messages to the graduating Class of 2013 – this day marks the beginning, not the end, of something special.
The focus of last week’s annual joint Board-Senate meeting was mental health, with participants breaking into groups to discuss various examples of how mental health issues arise at this university and, as is widely documented, at universities around across Canada and around the world. “There is hardly a topic that deserves more attention than mental health,” said Principal Suzanne Fortier as she kicked off the session. McGill, she said, is looking to take action on this issue, which, as the meeting would discover, affects more than undergraduates cramming for exams.
The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature (named for McGill alumnus Peter Cundill), is set to be awarded at a private awards ceremony tonight, Nov. 20. The winner, chosen from amongst 116 submissions, will walk away with $75,000 US – the world’s richest prize in historical non-fiction.