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Don’t sit on the sidelines: Community Engagement Day needs you

By Neale McDevitt

Universities as ivory towers, disconnected and aloof from the outside world, is a symbol that has been around for centuries. On Oct. 5, McGill’s first ever Community Engagement Day (CED) will try to tear down that unfortunate image brick by ivory brick.

“There’s this notion that McGill operates in a bubble,” says Max Halparin, CED Communications Coordinator. “This day is to show that it’s not true.”

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Aboriginal Awareness Week: Getting better (and bigger) all the time

By Neale McDevitt

On the eve of the second annual Aboriginal Awareness Week (from Sept. 24-28), organizer Allan Vicaire believes that the event is already living up to its mandate, as spelled out in its title. While he worked with partners in organizing last year’s first Awareness Week, he basically put together the entire schedule of events himself. This year, he estimates some 40 per cent of the program has been conceived and organized by other partners in the community within the Roddick Gates and beyond.

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