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McGill Reporter
January 26, 2006 - Volume 38 Number 10
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Think fast... and funny!

A toy chicken

Kick-off your weekend with some side-splitting spontaneity improv-style. Bring your gongs, seltzer bottles and giant hooks and cheer the McGill Improv troupe as it hosts its fourth annual Improv Summit. This interuniversity tournament, of which McGill is the defending champ, will feature teams from Princeton University (the Summit's first American participants), Université du Québec à Montréal and Carleton University. Short improv sketches will be performed in an arena-like setting, with the audience voting for their favourite sketches.

Friday, February 3, on the 2nd floor of the Shatner University Centre, 3480 McTavish St., from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Admission is $3. For more information contact Christopher Dye at 932-2476 or

Our house is your house

Open house photo

Come one, come all to McGill's 2006 Open House, a chance for prospective doctors, divas and dieticians to learn more about what our university has to offer, as well as meet with faculty, staff and student representatives. There will be information sessions and presentations on behalf of individual faculties, as well as tours of campus, residences, libraries and athletics facilities. This year, a free bus service will be available to students from outlying areas of the province. Attendees will have a chance to win a $1,000 tuition prize and other great door prizes.

Open House, Sunday, January 29, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. To register (required) or more information about the bus service, volunteering or other Open House activities visit or call 398-5377.

Got an axe to grind?

Lumberjack illustration
Jack Ruttan

Think roller derby and snowboarding are extreme activities? Puh-leaze! Try wielding souped-up chainsaws, tossing axes through the air and clambering up a 10-metre hydro pole wearing leg and toe spurs. On January 28, Mac will be the site of the Macdonald Campus Woodsmen Competition, an event that will attract some 200 lumberjacks and lumberjills from Eastern Canada and New England. Singles, doubles and team competitions include such events as the Super Swede Saw, Underhand Chop and Pulp Throwing. So don your favourite checkered lumber jacket and come check out the budding young Paul and Pauline Bunyans of tomorrow. Oh, and leave your wimpy snowboard at home.

1) Learn; 2) Act

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Wealth and Politics Economy, Massive Change Exhibition
Courtesy of Bruce Mau Design

Torontonian Bruce Mau has seemingly designed it all. The instantly recognizable book covers for Zone Publishing. Logos for Toronto's high-end pastry shop Dufflet as well as for the Art Gallery of Ontario. He's designed graphic elements that define spaces such as MoMA, the Seattle Public Library and the Grand Museum of Egypt. His scope goes from small - plates, carpet tiles, videos - to tackling broad projects such as Tree City in Toronto's Park Downsview, and Puente de Vida, a museum of biodiversity in Panama City. In short, he wants design to take on the world.

The McGill School of Environment has invited Mau to talk of the ways that design can improve the quality of life, and address social and ecological challenges around the world. He will draw on his role in the multimedia initiative Massive Change, whose simple directives say it all: 1) Learn; 2) Act. You can start by going to the lecture.

Environment Public Lecture, Bruce Mau, February 2, 6:00 pm, Moyse Hall. For info, email Sarah Schiff, or call 398-2827.

Happy Birthday, Chucky D

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Having already swung one rung up the evolutionary ladder, this well-dressed little guy ponders his stock portfolio.
iStock photo

One hundred and ninety-seven candles on a birthday cake? Talk about fire hazard! Well, there may not be a birthday cake ablaze, but evolutionary snacks and fortifying lectures a-plenty will be served up to celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday on February 12 and 13 at the Redpath Museum. Professors Brian Alters and Hans Larsson will both discuss the always hot and recently controversial topic of evolution. From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on both days Alters, Tomlinson Chair in Science Education and expert witness in the recent U.S. Federal trial on evolution and education, will address "Defending Darwin and evolution today." From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Larsson, Canada Research Chair in Vertebrate Paleontology, will lead a tour of the museum and give the presentation: "Defending evolution with fossils." On the menu between events to make sure the strongest will survive: Burgess Shale shrimp, Transitional wings, Cretaceous seeds and a variety of other sumptuous snacks.

February 12 and 13, same programme each day. Redpath Museum Auditorium, 859 Sherbrooke St. West. Admission free. For more info: or 398-4086, extension 4094.

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