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A group of McGill legends will be honoured at the annual Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon in October during Homecoming festivities, including the sharply dressed fellows to the right, members of the 1932-33 Redmen ski team known as the Redbirds. This year's inductees also include Mark Reade, BA'86, BCom'89, who, at 41, is the youngest man to join the ranks of the Hall of Famers for his years as a star centre in Redmen hockey.
He'll be in lofty company, as another inductee is the late Frank Patrick, one of the most visionary and influential figures in professional hockey. Patrick played at McGill 100 years ago, and he went on to win a Stanley Cup with the Vancouver Millionaires, but most importantly he wrote much of the hockey rulebook - quite literally - including the introduction of the blue line.
Also selected for recognition is the multi-talented Anne Turnbull, BSc(PE)'55, winner of the Muriel Roscoe Award in 1954-55 as the top graduating female athlete. Now 71, Turnbull captained the women's basketball, soccer, archery and sailing teams between 1952 and 1955 and also excelled in swimming, badminton and rifle-shooting.
Others joining the Hall of Fame include Sydney Pierce, BA'22, BCL'25, LLD'56, who competed as a hurdler for Canada in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, Dr. Leo Konyk, BSc(PE)'58, DDS'62, a hockey and football star from the early 1960s, and Doug Heron, BSc'49, a flashy fullback on the Redmen football team and an all-star defenceman on the hockey team from 1945-49.
New McGill students and their parents were welcomed on the downtown campus during Frosh Week at the McGill Alumni Association's Parents' Tent. Manned by parent volunteers, McGill students and staff, the service is popular with out-of-town parents bringing their kids in to start their new lives in Montreal.
Over 1,000 mostly first-time McGill parents and new students passed through the tent. They received a parents' handbook with all the information on services and important dates their children won't give them, and students were able to open bank accounts, get insurance, and check out what's on offer from the McGill computer store and student services. McGill backpacks, Frisbees and more were handed out with registration in the McGill Parents Association.
The parents' welcome was tied into the Ask Me campaign, an information program for the start of the school year where McGill volunteers roam the campus answering questions and offering sage advice to all comers, and the Rez Move-In program, in which students, staff and alumni greet newcomers and their parents as they arrive at the residences, handing out bottled water, cookies, city maps and even helping to carry a box or two.
Macdonald Campus was also in on the campaign, with the Alumni Association sponsoring a catered lunch for incoming students and parents, with Mac alumni as hosts.