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.
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.
Mike Babcock, the only hockey coach to have ever won the Stanley Cup and gold at both the Olympic Games and World Championships, will receive an honorary degree at fall Convocation ceremonies along with Calgary philanthropists Richard and Carolina Walls.
Thousands of Montrealers observed a moving ceremony involving dozens of soldiers and cadets and both pipe and brass bands on McGill’s lower campus this morning, paying tribute to Canada’s war veterans.
If seen from above, Thursday’s Remembrance Day Ceremony at Macdonald Campus would seem entirely holistic. At the centre, Mac’s permanent memorial, ringed by some 1,000 people made up of war veterans; local elementary and high school students; students, staff and faculty of Mac campus and John Abbott College, and residents of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Finally, this tightly knit group of people was encircled by a ring of oak tress planted in 1931 by Macdonald College to honour members of its community who had been killed in World War I.
The normally bucolic scene at McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm was disrupted early this morning when a fire broke out in the feed storage area adjacent to the dairy barn, home to some 135 dairy cows. Although property damage is extensive, no people or animals were harmed, thanks largely to the timely actions of Farm employees and a group of student lumberjacks who pitched in to lead the spooked cows to safety.
McGill’s Faculty of Arts announced today the three books selected from 116 titles published from all over the globe, in contention for the 2013 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature. Now in its sixth year, the award features a $75,000 U.S. grand prize, making the Cundill Prize the world’s most lucrative international award for a nonfiction book.
The open discussion at this week’s Senate meeting focused on how to improve that body, with suggestions ranging from having more meetings of Senate to reducing the size of the agenda to allow for more discussion, to curtailing the number of annual reports presented to Senate for information.
Tensions were high last Thursday night as two prominent figures clashed over Quebec’s most talked-about issue: the proposed Charter of Values. Curious minds gathered at Moot Court to hear proponents of both sides of the controversy – McGill’s Philosophy Professor Emeritus Charles Taylor and Université de Montréal Law Professor Daniel Turp – speak their minds.