In his time with the McGill Redmen, Jean-Philippe Darche was described as having cunning awareness, and was seen as a team leader and a dominant force. While many college stars make no impact at all in professional football, Darche has gone on to become a respected pro in the National Football League.
Karen Richardson, BA'01, is a storyteller, editor, artist and poet whose mission is to convey the African Canadian experience. She is a griot — a spoken word artist — who seeks to keep the history of the African Canadian community alive.
The McGill community will have a contingent of nearly two dozen people at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Judo, track and field, diving, triathlon, rowing and water polo teams will include men and women affiliated with the University (graduates or students).
Former hockey great and new cabinet member Ken Dryden, LLB'73, is joined by Irwin Cotler, BA'61, BCL'64, John McCallum, PhD'77, Albina Guarnieri, BA'74, MA'77 (Minister of Veterans Affairs), Jim Peterson, DCL'70 (Minister of International Trade), and Jacques Saada, Dip(Trans)'78 (Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Quebec and Minister Responsible for the Francophonie).
Jovino Santos Neto, BSc(Agr)'77, has played with some of the biggest names in Latin jazz, has produced countless albums, and has blended old world charm with new melodic beats.
Dr Avijit Chaudhuri, a professor in neuroscience at McGill, is working on an artificial eye that will allow the blind to view images; he wants to use a video device to bypass the normal eye-to-brain circuit.
The McGill Racing Team's prototype car bested all Canadian universities at a recent Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition in Pontiac, Michigan and placed 15th worldwide out of 140 entrants.