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Laughing at the Leacock

Russ Merifield, BA'38, BCL'41, the oldest surviving past president of the Students' Society of McGill University, and his wife, Helen Merifield, BA'39 with a McGill friend at the Toronto Leacock Luncheon held in May. Guest speaker was Jane Farrow, host of CBC Radio's Workology. Dentistry grads joined in the fun as well.

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Published on : 09 Oct 2003

Good Dome Makes Good Neighbours

Not to be confused with those inflatable jumping castles for kiddie parties, the new manure dome on the Macdonald Campus landscape has area residents breathing a bit easier. The hog herd at the Macdonald Farm may be happy pigs but their manure generates quite a smell in the summer months. Now a double-layered, green inflatable dome takes care of the unpleasant odour from the manure tank.

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Student Sent Off in Style

Sevag Yeghoyan, BA'97, Director of the McGill Alumni Association of Toronto, presents first-year McGill student Laura Cornish with the association's Community Service Award in August. This $500 award is given to a student who has demonstrated a love and passion for community service. Despite the blackout that occurred two hours prior to the event and shut down much of southern Ontario and the eastern U.S., 20 first-year undergraduates showed up to meet McGill alumni, current students and fellow frosh and to have last-minute questions answered about Montreal and life at McGill.

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New Dean for Arts Renaissance

John Hall is the new dean of the Faculty of Arts.

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Tilting

A well-written and beautifully illustrated book by McGill architecture professor Robert Mellin, Tilting interweaves tales of the lives and lifestyles of the inhabitants of this small fishing village on Fogo Island, eight miles off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, with descriptions of the various buildings they have constructed.

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Redpath Revived

One of Canada's most venerable museums is looking brighter in the wake of a recent makeover. While the renovations to McGill's Redpath Museum, first opened in 1882, were principally aimed at bolstering its research and teaching efforts, there is no arguing that the museum is also now a much more pleasant place to while away an afternoon.

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Respectable Burial: Montreal's Mount Royal Cemetery

For those interested in the last 150 years of Montreal history - its cultural development, its changing religious complexion, the role of wealth and the voice of the poor, the importance of the landscape - there is no better institution to study than Mount Royal Cemetery. McGill history professor Brian Young, who earlier gave us The Making and Unmaking of a University Museum, on the McCord, here gives us a remarkably colourful and lively social document.

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Desmond Morton - On Guard for Us: The State of Canada's Military

Recent reports say Canada is near the bottom of NATO countries in military spending, equipment is outdated and capabilities limited. To find out how well armed our forces really are, we turned to historian and military expert Professor Desmond Morton. He's written several dozen books on this nation's military and social history, labour and industrial relations, and politics. A graduate of Royal Military College who served in the Canadian Army for ten years, he was founding director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

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Help! I've Inherited an Attic Full of History

Althea Douglas has written a useful book for anyone with a surplus of dusty, musty "treasures" hiding in attics, basements or crawlspaces.

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Homecoming and Human Rights

Homecoming is almost upon us and the excitement is building as it always does with just a couple of weeks to go.

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Playing the Game: Don Meehan Wins Respect and Top Salaries

Don Meehan is one of the most powerful players' agents in the world of professional hockey. Meet the man who looks after some of your favourite stars.

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Early Evening Pieces

Early Evening Pieces is Marianne Bluger's eighth collection of poetry, nine poems that, with simplicity and grace, describe mundane events such as highway driving and the onset of winter as things of beauty.

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Historic Occasion

On October 6, 1933, the cornerstone of the Montreal Neurological Institute was laid at an impressive ceremony presided over by McGill's Principal, World War I general Sir Arthur Currie.

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McGill Up Close

With so much on-campus history and heritage architecture, McGill has many familiar sights, nooks and crannies that get overlooked by passersby. In this photo essay, we move in for a closer view.

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McCallum's Island

This debut CD features all original compositions from drummer and McGill Jazz Studies graduate Jon McCaslin, BMus'99, MMus'02. Yet another example of some of the outstanding talent coming out of the jazz program at McGill, McCaslin's quintet features some of the city's best young players on melodic and swinging contemporary jazz.

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