Public outreach news
Former Cabinet Minister and current Secretary-General of the OECD Donald Johnston in receiving an honorary degree at the October 23 convocation. In addition to his many political achievements, the McGill alum is a former roommate of Leonard Cohen's.
For the GlaxoSmithKline vaccines clinical working group meeting held in Montreal, Craig Laferriere -- the company's therapy area leader of vaccines for Canada -- organized a pilgrimage to the resting place of Sir William Osler. Here, Laferriere unveils a donation of $1,000, happily received by Osler librarian Pam Miller on October 15.
Despite the cold, blowing rain, hundreds of MUNACA members turned up at the Roddick Gates on October 21 to express their displeasure with the administration's position on contract negotiation. Chanting slogans and wielding placards, the demonstrators marched from the gates to demonstrate in front of the James Administration building. MUNACA represents 1,500 clerical and technical staff, library assistants and nurses. The university is asking staff to work more hours and has proposed eliminating some paid holidays.
Itching to emulate Kojak or Vin Diesel? If so, Adam Conter wants your hair. The third-year history student has spearheaded a McGill chapter of Mix 96's Shave to Save Campaign, which raises funds for breast cancer research and treatment.
Queer alumni - get your McGill sweaters out of the closet! A networking cocktail is being held as part of Homecoming celebrations by the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People, in association with Queer McGill, on October 17. The second annual event, called Return to the Rainbow, welcomes McGill's queer alumni and current students, as well as staff and faculty. When: Friday, October 17, from 5:00 pm -- 7:00 pm. Where: University Centre, 3480 McTavish Street, 3rd floor.
Now that the weather's getting colder, we'll want to put on extra layers to keep us toasty warm. And what better way than by padding your belly with flavourful kosher fare from the world of North Africa? El Morroco II's lunch specials start with hearty soups — practically meals on their own — and offer a main course range from tuna salad to chicken couscous. Best to order mint tea at the end instead of their coffee, but only if you like it sweet. The Arabian Nights-like setting is a riot of carpets, wrought ironwork, pillows and miniature leather camels.
The Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Conference that ran from October 2nd to the 5th had a theme this year of "Creativity, Spirituality and the Arts." Attendees could learn about everything from fairy tales to suicide in Indian cinema, and how it reflects on the nuances of cultural psychiatry.