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We sang her praises in the December 8 issue of the McGill Reporter but it took the rest of the world a little while to catch up. On February 5, La Presse named Dominique Henri, McGill's newest Rhodes scholar, its Personality of the Week. Calling her a "rising star," the article said that Henri is living proof that a person can be both studious and happy at the same time - which begs the question, what does that make all the other students at McGill? The outrageously accomplished Henri - also a journalist, playwright, flamenco dancer and environmental activist - has a BA in French literature from McGill with a minor in social anthropology and is presently finishing a masters in the Department of French Language and Literature.
Matt Haimovitz is once again garnering "bravos" from across the border. Having already been featured in Billboard magazine, the Schulich School of Music performance prof earned a glowing review in the Los Angeles Times for a recent performance in L.A.'s Knitting Club, a well-known resto/night club. In the article, the former child prodigy cellist who has made a name for himself by bringing classical music out of the concert halls and into more mainstream venues, was called "a virtuoso" who sprinkles his classical repertoire with Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. "Mostly, as pop elements infiltrate the new music scene," the reviewer wrote, "Haimovitz moves in the opposite direction, bringing high-minded, challenging music to clubland."
It would appear that many university students just don't know when to fold 'em. An article in the January 25 edition of The Christian Science Monitor says that online gambling is nearing epidemic proportions on campuses across North America. The situation is reaching critical mass, as witnessed by the recent arrest of Lehigh University's sophomore class president for robbing a bank to cover his gambling debts. The article cited Jeffrey Derevensky, co-director of McGill's International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems & High Risk Behaviour as saying that many campus counselors are woefully lacking in the necessary training to understand what the issues are around gambling or even to identify what constitutes a gambling problem.