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Along the sidelines of the old Macdonald College football field, a ring of oak trees has stood for 75 years in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War I. Now a permanent memorial – a bronze plaque on a granite base – tells the story of how the trees were planted by students to honour the 34 young men from Macdonald College and Macdonald High School who perished in the war.
McGill recently established a new national best, producing 147 student-athletes who earned Academic All-Canadian status. It's the seventh consecutive year that McGill has had more than 100 honorees receive the Canadian Interuniversity Sport designation.
Richard I. Levin, currently the vice-dean for education, faculty and academic affairs at New York University School of Medicine, takes over the helm of McGill's oldest and most fabled faculty on September 1.
Thanks to McGill biology professor Ronald Chase, we now know more about the strange world of snail sex. His latest set of experiments has led to a new discovery about the "love dart."
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.
Ann Dowsett Johnston, for 14 years the principal architect of the annual Maclean's university rankings issue, has been named McGill University's Vice-Principal of Development, Alumni and University Relations.
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.
McGill's summer "Be a Computer Scientist for a Week" program, offered free of charge, provides an opportunity for 60 senior high school students to step away from the joysticks and X-Boxes for a few days, and either design a robotics mission to Mars or develop their own software games.
Funding, families, finances and flexibility. These are just a few of the things McGill's 6,000 graduate students must consider as they help drive the research that is vital to the University's continued success.
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.