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McGill Reporter
March 2, 2006 - Volume 38 Number 12
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Palace intrigue alive and well at McGill

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W. Russell Flint illustrated many Gilbert and Sullivan operas, including scenes from Princess Ida, above.
Courtesy of Boise State University

What happens when a princess betrothed to a prince balks on her wedding day and locks herself away in a school for women? Well, cross-dressing, hostage-taking, man-slagging, castle-sieging and, of course, singing. Lots of singing - this is Gilbert and Sullivan, after all. For its 42nd annual production, the McGill Savoy Society is tackling Princess Ida (or, Castle Adamant), one of G&S's classic operettas. While it has sometimes been criticized for being anti-feminist, many modern commentators suggest that the real target of this pointed satire is all human folly.

March 2-4, 8-11 at 8:00 pm, March 5 at 2:00 pm. Moyse Hall. $20 general admission, $12 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets or for more information call 398-3001 (ext. 09632) or go to

Lecture series attracts human rights heavyweights

Illustration of world in chains
istock photo

Optimism, action and global awareness - three prevalent themes in this month's Human Rights Speaker series organized by McGill's Humanistic Studies Student Association (HSSA), in association with Project Wakadogo and Community Outreach for Immigrants. The series will feature a number of distinguished speakers, including former President of Rights and Democracy Warren Allmand and Senator Mobina Jaffer.

"We want to encourage people to get active and take an interest in Human Rights - both in Canada and abroad," says Sarah Berger Richardson, President of the Humanistic Studies Student Association. "The series is important because students can hear firsthand about human rights as opposed to reading about it in a textbook."

Topics for the six events range from women and the sex trade, night commuters in East Africa, to immigrants' Rights, and will end on March 22 with a stellar after-party at Brutopia with bands, a West African troupe, and door prizes. Party proceeds will be donated to various groups in the series. Lectures are free.

Following the series, the HSSA will publish a journal of essays by Humanistic Studies students, writings by several of the speakers, and a section of undergraduate human rights-themed pieces. Undergraduate essay submissions (maximum five pages) can be emailed to

Events run from March 6 to March 22. For schedules or more information email humanrightsmonth@

Charity is always in P[h]assion

Woman with fashionable haircut
istock photo

In sumptuous surroundings, the DJ spinning the sexy, slow-burning hot track yanks the needle at the precise point the model hits the runway's apex. Locking eyes with you in a catatonic glare, she strikes a pose amidst the popping flashbulbs and then, quicker than a hiccup, performs an about-face and stalks her way back into the shadows, leaving you slack-jawed.

Such is the allure of Wanderlust, the annual P[h]assion show that has become the can't-miss event on McGill's social calendar. P[h]assion, presented by the Management Undergraduate Society, is afoot yet again on March 10, allowing you to hobnob with various catwalkers and comely folk at the Just For Laughs Museum. All proceeds from the event will be donated to an HIV/AIDS charity (this year the MAC AIDS fund), so altruistic McGillians have the opportunity to help fund the cure while looking good doing so.

Bruce Hunter, Executive Program Director for the MAC AIDS fund, is "delighted" that his charity is the recipient of P[h]assion's goodwill, adding that it's extremely important for "the Montreal community to become involved in the fight against AIDS." This is your chance, McGill. Being part of the solution is in your hands.

Wanderlust, the P[h]assion fashion show, March 10. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. 2111 St. Laurent (Just For Laughs), 5th Floor. Tickets: $20 students; $25 others; VIP table for 4 with bottle for $200. Dress: casual/elegant. See for more info.

Into the fold

An origami bird
Kate Hutchinson

Once you've seen Robert Lang's Dancing Crane, you'll no longer be impressed with simple paper cranes, those few-fold creations synonymous with the art of origami. As part of the "Into The Fold" exhibit currently at the Redpath Museum, the wondrously Byzantine creature suspended in graceful flight is but one example of Lang's expertise in the art form to which he has devoted over thirty years.

Among the most intricate and beautiful of Lang's works on display are the smallest. His Centipede, Silverfish, and Scorpion varileg (all part of his insects & arthropods collection) are meticulous in their detail. His Jackson's Chameleon, Field Mouse, and particularly the Hummingbird & Trumpet Vine boast infinitesimal nuance and otherworldly precision.

One of the world's foremost origami experts, Lang, who holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech, is renowned for his pioneering work in the "cross-disciplinary marriage" between origami and mathematics. Such work has examined and circumvented contemporary engineering, technological, and design problems by way of the gentle art's minute complexities and the underlying mathematical algorithms.

Lang will give a talk for the opening of the show, March 3, at 11 am.

Into The Fold is at the Redpath Museum, 2nd Floor, until March 30. For more examples of Robert Lang's origami and information about computational origami and origami technology, visit his website at

Jan Wong to dish on letters and leadership

The Scarlet Key Society is welcoming acclaimed author and journalist Jan Wong back to her alma mater today, March 2. The former McGill Dailywriter will share her perspective on life, leadership and what it takes to make it as a national columnist and international correspondent. Jan Wong is known for her salty "Lunch with Jan Wong" columns and for her reporting from China, where she covered Tiananmen Square. The Scarlet Key Society has been a prominent part of McGill since 1925 and seeks to promote and acknowledge students who display courage, leadership and originality. Jan Wong, Thursday, March 2, 5:30 to 7:00, Leacock 26.

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