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More face-time with profs not so bad

McGill Tribune At council this week, VP (University Affairs) Josh Abaki discussed his goal of limiting “contact hours”—lectures, conferences, and other face time between professors and students. He hopes to reduce contact hours from the current 39 hours per course per semester to 36, an amount more standard across Canadian universities. As a result, McGill… Keep Reading

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Gifts of $3 million fund new Chair in Medical Education

McGill’s Faculty of Medicine is set to establish a new Chair in Medical Education following gifts of $1 million each from Herbert Black, Deirdre Stevenson and Dr. Robert Stevenson, and the Molson Foundation, totaling $3 million in donations. The donation came on the heels of a $2.4 million donation in October by Chancellor Arnold Steinberg… 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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University considers cutting semesters from 13 weeks to 12

The McGill administration is currently considering a number of changes to the university’s academic calendar, including a proposal to shorten the lengths of the fall and winter semesters by reducing the number of hours students are in contact with their professors. Standard McGill classes currently give students three hours of contact with instructors per week… Keep Reading

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City’s streak of firebombings continues

Montreal has seen more than 30 firebombings since last year. In November alone, there have been more than 10.   The latest incident occurred last Wednesday at a Haitian grocery store, Marche Steve Anna on Belanger Street in Rosemont. According to media reports, at around 3:30 a.m., passers-by noticed smoke coming from inside the establishment.… Keep Reading

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SSMU Report Card

  Zach Newburgh President  With student consultation as one of the main themes of the semester, President Zach Newburgh has thus far done an exemplary job representing the students at McGill. Newburgh was an effective public face during the Arch Café saga and helped to mobilize students by speaking at the first café rally and… Keep Reading

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Speaker discusses nebulous state of copyright law

On Friday, Roberto Caso, an associate professor of comparative private law at the University of Trento in Italy, addressed a small but full room of law students and faculty at Chancellor Day Hall, discussing copyright law and technology across various contexts. In his presentation, Caso explained that there is a “need to increase the study… Keep Reading

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Libraries to have extended hours

McLennan Library will begin offering 24-hour access as early as October 4 this year, after the Students’ Society’s decision to allocate an additional $80,000 towards extending the library’s hours.. The Students Society’s Library Improvement Fund Committee will be allocating roughly $200,000 towards extended hours, as compared to $120,000 allocated last year. Data collected by the… Keep Reading

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Landlord abuse prevalent

Demands for illegal deposits, unlawful refusals of leases, collection of private information, and harassment and intimidation are among the many complaints that university housing offices have been receiving from international students in Montreal. In response, Concordia’s Student Union is urging the Quebec’s Human Rights Commission to look into the allegations. “Abusive practices by landlords [are]… Keep Reading

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