Believe it or not, Open Air Pub (OAP) has been a McGill tradition since 1982. But if McGill veterans have a hard time remembering those first, heady events, they can be excused. “We’ve been told that the first OAP was just a few engineering students handing out drinks from a single table on lower campus,” says Annie Pike, one of the organizers of the upcoming OAP Lite taking place on April 23-24. “Needless to say, we’ve expanded a bit since then.”
Established in 2007, the Edible Campus garden – which does the impossible every year by making the concrete plaza surrounding Burnside Hall bloom with fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers – is an oasis for many McGillians who gather there to read, relax and recharge amidst nature’s beauty. This year, a section of the garden will be opened for members of the University community to grow their own food.
Few communication tools are as versatile as our voice. With it we convey facts and feelings; we create art and build bridges between people. Voices can soothe us or warn us, inspire us or teach us. Just listening to a person’s intonations will tell us whether they are happy, sad or completely indifferent. Accents give us clues as to a person’s cultural background and exact part of the world from which they hail. The foundation of civilization is cooperation and one of the cornerstones of that foundation is communication. Without voice where would we be as people and as a society?
On March 10, classical music superstar pianist Lang Lang gave a masterclass to students of the Schulich School of Music. Lang Lang is credited as the being the key reason why nearly 40 million young people are studying piano in China.
Have you done some theatre and are looking for new ways to stimulate your creative side? Would you like to help the McGill School of Social Work (SSW) select the very best students for its specialized M.Sc.(A) Couple and Family Therapy Program? If so, the SSW has an opportunity for you.
Only six months after launching, McGill’s new Seeds of Change crowdfunding platform has produced 12 fully funded projects, and brought in $271,387 from over 1,000 individual gifts to McGill. Put simply – it’s off to a good start.
Professor Delphine Collin-Vézina will deliver the prestigious Claude Ryan Lecture at the Newman Centre of McGill University (3484 Peel St). Her lecture, titled “Breaking the silence about child sexual abuse: How to promote safer places for our children,” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12, a 5:30 p.m.
On Jan. 14-16, McGill hosted Canada’s third annual Fair Trade Conference with The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN). The three-day event brought together leaders from across the country committed to the advancement of Fair Trade, both on a small scale and globally.
For the second year in a row, the Reporter put a call out to the McGill community to share with us their respective holiday reading lists. The response was enthusiastic as we received input from virtually every constituency of the university including students, staff, faculty, alumni and upper administrators. Not surprisingly, the list we’ve compiled is long, challenging at times and diverse, ranging from fiction and non-fiction to poetry and even podcasts.
It’s 4 a.m. and Kathleen Massey, McGill’s Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services, is already checking the Environment Canada weather website. She’ll be back on that website no less than 10 times a day until final exams are finished. Massey and her team need to confer by 5 a.m. about whether weather will compel them to postpone by an hour the start of the 9 a.m. morning exams. In the seven years Massey has been at McGill, she can’t recall weather forcing an exam to be cancelled.