Welcome back to a new term and a new year. Mother Nature has thrown a few curve balls our way in the last couple of days. Despite our adverse weather conditions, classes will resume on schedule Monday morning. It would be a good idea to leave extra time for getting to class (whether you’re living on or off campus) and to be careful in the slippery conditions. While our grounds crews will be working hard to make sure pathways are salted, the weather forecast calls for a significant drop in temperature, which may render salt less effective.
From naming Michael A. Meighen as the University’s new Chancellor in January to having two students earning Rhodes Scholarships in December, 2014 was yet another eventful year for McGill. As we head into the final weeks of 2014, the Reporter looks back on the year that was, highlighting some of the key happenings over the past 12 months in words and pictures.
When Dr. David Jenkins, 2014 winner of McGill’s Bloomberg Manulife Prize, set out to become a physician, he did so thinking he would be able to solve all of the world’s health problems. But as he explains, he soon realized that medicine on its own was not enough. Something was missing. “Doctors did not have the weapons to combat disease,” he says.
Read more and listen to the audio interview here.
What are the holidays without a little seasonal music? On Dec. 13, a cross-section of McGill’s student body – organized by students Cedric Yarish, Natasha Fontarensky and Jacqui Geday – performed Michael Buble’s rendition of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). The lip dub was shot entirely on upper campus, just outside the Redpath Museum. Perhaps the most unique part of this lip dub is that some of the participants use American Sign Language to recite the lyrics of the song. Click the video below or go here.
By McGill Reporter Staff
Our long McTavish Street nightmare is over – almost.
After six months of heavy construction work that closed McTavish St. from Sherbrooke St. to Dr. Penfield Ave. to allow for the installation of new water mains and sewer lines, McTavish is almost back to normal.
Asphalting work on McTavish is now complete and the road is now open to pedestrians and to local deliveries from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The stairs at the intersection of McTavish and Dr. Penfield are also now open to pedestrian circulation.
A McGill-led project was among the two funded under the inaugural call for the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network’s (TVN) Strategic Impact Grant Program. The funded projects are collaborative by design, requiring that researchers work together with other like-minded researchers with projects in similar areas to achieve greater impact. Strategic Impact Grants are awarded to four to six projects annually for up to 24 months, to a maximum of $300,000 per year.
A vigil to honour the memory of the victims of this week’s brutal massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, is being organized by Pakistani students in Montreal to take place at 6 p.m. this evening at McGill’s Roddick Gates.
“I encourage people to attend this event to show solidarity with the victims and their friends and loved ones, and to make a strong statement against such barbaric acts of terrorism that have no place in any society,” said Ollivier Dyens, McGill’s Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning).
By McGill Reporter Staff
It was a very eventful year, both here at McGill and around the world. How closely were you paying attention to events? Here’s a year-end quiz to test your knowledge of the University and global events in 2014. Answers can be found at the bottom of the page.
1. You will have heard the name Kevin Vickers this year. What does he do?
2. “You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together – and blow.” For two points, name the actress who died this year and the movie in which the line was spoken.
By Meaghan Thurston-Dawes
McGill is celebrating a milestone in its support for the fight against poverty in Greater Montreal. The McGill Centraide campaign announced today that it has met its highest fundraising goal ever, and surpassed it by almost $20,000. At the time of publication, the grand total stands at $444,559, and pledges are still coming in.
Last year, the Reporter asked members of the McGill community what books were on their holiday reading list.