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Acclamation a growing problem for campus societies

The turnout for last week’s Arts Undergraduate Society elections was a relatively healthy 14.4 per cent. What the AUS didn’t have, though, was enough candidates. Five of the 10 elected positions, including the presidency, were acclaimed. This is an all-too-familiar story in McGill student politics. It’s rare to find a Students’ Society or faculty association… Keep Reading

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McGill student takes the New York Metropolitan Opera

Adam Scotti Adam Scotti Most little boys dream of making a crowd go wild, maybe with a game-winning grand slam in the World Series or a goal in the Stanley Cup final. For Phil Sly, a U3 vocal performance student at McGill, something similar actually happened on March 13. He was one of five winners… Keep Reading

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New Rez catches fire

Students who live in McGill residences are all too familiar with fire drills. Last Tuesday, however, New Residence Hall experienced the real thing. In the late morning, a small fire on the 14th floor set off the sprinklers, causing major water damage to 12 rooms, which has dislocated a number of students to a hotel… Keep Reading

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Schwarcz debunks psychics in lecture

Joe Schwarcz can fill a room, even over reading week. Last Thursday, McGill’s renowned science educator gave a talk titled “Science and the Paranormal” to a near-capacity crowd in Leacock 232. The talk was sponsored in part by the McGill Freethought Association, a club that encourages skepticism about, among other things, religion. Schwarcz’s talk, therefore,… Keep Reading

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MUS passes referendum to change constitution

In a referendum that closed on Thursday, 92.4 per cent of voting Management students approved major changes to the Management Undergraduate Society’s constitution.  “[The constitution is] very, very altered,” said Eli Freedman, Management representative to the Students’ Society Council and member of the redrafting committee. “We basically took a document that was not public, that… Keep Reading

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Before there were hipsters…

Holly Stewart Though it usually operates on a smaller scale, this week Opera McGill will debut a big-budget, big-cast version of what is arguably the world’s biggest-name opera: Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. “It’s the world’s favourite opera, in some way,” says Patrick Hansen, the director of McGill’s Opera Studies program. “A lot of people would… Keep Reading

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New conservative student news source launched Monday

The year in campus media took perhaps its most interesting turn last Monday with the launch of the Prince Arthur Herald, a new online conservative student newspaper based at McGill. The website’s political positions, which tend to be libertarian, are articulated in a 25-point Statement of Principles.  “Our paper supports freedom of the individual, individual… Keep Reading

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Saucy explosion

I’d like to think that most criminals get their due. A horrible mishap that I had at my summer job this summer, though, has changed my mind. Now, I’m more inclined to think that for every criminal that gets punished, there must be 10 that fly under the radar.   The scene:  my summer job … Keep Reading

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Harvard student found to have fabricated stellar career

Holly Stewart, The Harvard Crimson In December, a virtuosic liar narrowly missed fooling one of the best and most rigorous universities in the world. After fraudulently making his way through Harvard University as a phony literary critic, Adam Wheeler, 24, pleaded guilty on December 16 to charges of fraud, identity theft, falsifying endorsements, and pretending… Keep Reading

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Undergrad’s thesis makes unlikely trip around the world

lisburncity.gov.uk When you write an impressive term paper, maybe a couple of people will know about it.  Your parents might read it, but you wouldn’t dream that it would make you famous.  Frank Kachanoff, a U3 psychology student at McGill, probably didn’t either, but his undergraduate thesis has inadvertently gone global.   A few weeks… Keep Reading

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