Arcade Fire. Wolf Parade. DJ A-Trak. Socalled. These are all talented musicians and performers, but they have more than that in common. McGill's impressive tradition of graduates who rock is alive and well.
C'est un sport de grâce, de synchronisme, de coordination, sans oublier bien sûr les heures d'entraînement intense. Pour les bûcheronnes et bûcherons de McGill, il n'est pas question de vivredans l'ombre des équipes sportives mieux connues.
The courses may be miniature, but the crowds attending sure aren't. Mini lectures in Medicine, Law and Music offer the Montreal community a glimpse of what goes on at McGill, and have created a buzz that is anything but small.
Willard Boyle, BSC'47, MSC'48, PHD'50, and George Smith, co-inventors of the charge-coupled device, or CCD, have been awarded the $500,000 Charles Stark Draper Prize by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Stephen Toope, BCL'83, LLB'83, a popular former professor and dean of the Faculty of Law, is the new president of the University of British Columbia. He's the second McGill grad in a row to be named to UBC's top job, replacing Martha Piper, PhD'87.
Brenda Plant, BA'92, BSW'95, is a businesswoman who mixes a passion for social justice with hard-headed capitalism. Plant is the co-founder of Ethiquette.ca, a for-profit web-based company that takes all the work out of responsible purchasing.
Two McGill grads -- Montreal criminal law expert Paul Skolnik, BCL'75, and Algoma University College law professor John Flood, BCL'85 -- are among 134 lawyers from around the world named to serve as defence counsel in International Criminal Court proceedings.
Ian Brodie, BA'90, applies classroom theory to his real life as Prime Minister Harper's chief of staff. Brodie took a political science course under the late James Mallory, the country's reigning authority on parliamentary politics.
In the wake of two remarkable gifts that yielded a combined $42 million and broke philanthropic records, a pair of McGill faculties have new names and students will soon benefit from the creation of dozens of new scholarships.
As part of an inter-university competition, graduate students David Bédard-Barrette, BScArch'04, and Nicholas Chan, BScArch'04, were chosen by the McGill School of Architecture to design a room in this year's rendition of Quebec's Ice Hotel.
The latest documentary by Simcha Jacobovici, BA'75, is "The Naked Archaeologist," a 26-part series airing on Vision TV in Canada and soon to be broadcast on the History Channel in Britain.
Michael Manga, BSc'90, a geophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, has earned both a coveted MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the "genius grant") and a place among the Hollywood hunks featured in People magazine's annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.
The Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has given its 2005 Gold Award for North America to a firm headed by three McGill alumni.
Students in McGill's mining engineering program can be real gold diggers – literally. Industry is lining up to offer them jobs once they've done their time in the mines.