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FEATURES: The e-death of the novel?

It's likely that the average McGill student reads more words per day off of a computer screen than from in his or her books. Material for essays, labs and other class work are readily available on a number of databases - the most useful of which are even paid for by McGill.
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FEATURES: Shh…trashy books no longer a dirty little secret

When the Beatles sang about "the dirty story of a dirty man," who longs to be a "Paperback Writer," they accurately depicted the stereotypes that still surround popular genre fiction. You know the type; you might even know it intimately. Trashy romance novels, fantastical sci-fi, horror stories, detective mysteries, even the more highly acclaimed chick lit and dick lit genres fit into this category.


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FEATURE: Party on, Quebec!

Montreal is a politically charged city in a politically charged province; even the most insulated McGill ghetto resident knows that. When put to the task, it is a good bet that most students could also tell you a bit about Quebec's beef with Canada, Canada's beef with Quebec, and do a half-decent impression of Jean Chretien (hint: as you're talking, move your mouth like you are, in fact, chewing beef).
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FEATURE: Sainte-Catherine did…what?

During a drunken night out on the town, no one thinks to question the political affiliation of his or her favourite street. Enjoying the bars on St-Denis? You might be promoting a military regime. Walking along Stanley? You could be a potential colonizing bastard.


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FEATURE: More than just a language barrier

The shiny brochures in the Welcome Centre may romanticize student life, but they cannot exaggerate this fact: McGill is a unique institution. As an internationally renowned, English university located in the centre of a French-speaking province, most McGill students come in contact with a tongue that they do not understand every day, whether it be French, Arabic or Japanese.


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FEATURE: Extra, Extra!

As informatiive - and enthralling - as student textbooks are, in order to be a truly knowledgeable student in Montreal, it is important to read the city newspapers (no, the Tribune doesn't count). Although McGill is situated in the heart of one of the most socially and politically active cities in Canada, many students are unaware of what happens beyond the campus gates.
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JOKE ISSUE: Frosh will be booze free in future

Frosh will go alcohol-free this Fall as part of a series of massive changes which are the result of a decreasing interest in getting shitfaced. Students' Society Vice-President Internal Alex Brown said, "It's really too bad that it's come to this, but incoming students just don't want to party.
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FEATURE: Cheap meat

This is for all the U1 students out there who are finally discovering the joys of having their own apartments. Although you might miss the glory days of Rez, you will soon realize the far superior nature of living off campus. One of the hardest things to adjust to is cooking your own food.
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FEATURE: Deadbolts and deadbeats

It's a common misconception that burglaries in this city occur exclusively at nighttime, when the windows are shut tight, the doors are barred and security systems are active. In fact, recently, home invasions in Montreal during the daytime hours have become less of an anomaly, especially in the suburbs.
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FEATURE: Last call for froshies

In a vibrant city like Montreal, McGill students are constantly urged to get out of the campus "bubble." There is even a student club called - surprise! - Outside the Bubble, whose sole purpose lies in integrating anti-social McGill students into the greater Montreal culture.
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