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

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As announced earlier today, Busty and the Bass, the increasingly popular, nine-member electrofunk band comprised entirely of musicians from the Jazz Performance program of the Schulich School of Music, has made it to the semi finals of CBC Music’s Rock Your Campus contest. The competition, a nationwide talent search looking to discover the “next big campus music act,” is open to anyone enrolled at a Canadian university. Your votes helped get the band into the semis and your votes are needed for it to make it to the finals.

McGill Book Fair opens an exciting new chapter

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It’s baaaack. Following a one-year hiatus, McGill’s beloved Book Fair is primed and ready to go. From Oct. 21-23, Redpath Hall will once again be the scene of bookish bedlam as hundreds of people peruse tens of thousands of used volumes, French and English, in categories ranging from architecture to zoology. In addition to volumes old and new, the Book Fair also offers CDs, LPs, DVDs, and sheet music.

World-renowned green chemist joining McGill

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Dr. Robin Rogers, one of the world’s most renowned green chemists, will become Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill. Under the CERC Program, the University will receive up to $10 million in funding from the federal government over seven years to support Prof. Rogers and his team’s ambitious research program.

Shortlist announced for 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

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The six books vying for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature were announced on Sept. 19, by Professor Christopher Manfredi, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. The books, which have as their respective themes, repercussions of war, genocide and slavery, are competing for the US$75,000 grand prize.

McGill maintains Top-25 place in QS rankings

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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.

McGill renews agreement with Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

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McGill has renewed its relationship with the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, which is responsible for the Savué Scholars program that annually brings up to14 young people from around the world to the University to broaden their horizons and encourage exchanges on a host of critical and fascinating issues.

Behemoth brownie serves up a whole lot of smiles

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Yesterday was a bad day to start your diet if you were on McGill’s lower campus. But, if you have any kind of a sweet tooth, it was a day for the record books as the good folks from Student Housing and Hospitality Services whipped up and served a humungous 4,400-pound brownie to the delight of thousands of hungry people.

Our home and creative land

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Two McGill alums spent their summer crossing the country as part of a collaborative art project exploring Canadian identity. “Our goal is to find out who we are and what defines us through authentic stories and expressions from the diverse body of people that live in this country,” says Aquil Virani, who is collecting stories and sketches for the project with partner Rebecca Jones.

What’s in McGill’s giant brownie?

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What measures 30×15 feet, tops the scale at a gut-busting 3,500 pounds and is chock full of Fair Trade goodness? Student Housing and Hospitality Services gigantic brownie, that’s what. What to sample the behemoth brownie? Bring your sweet tooth to lower campus on Aug. 26.

The School of Information Studies joins the Faculty of Arts

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The Faculty of Arts and the School of Information Studies (SIS) are pleased to announce their new administrative alignment. SIS, which has been offering programs for library and information professionals at McGill for over 100 years, offers graduate-level degrees in Information Studies, and conducts interdisciplinary research in Human-Computer Interaction, Information Behaviour and Services, and Information and Knowledge Management.