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McGill Campus Becomes Pedestrian Friendly

McGill took several steps to make campus more pedestrian-friendly this summer, drastically reducing the number of vehicles on both Lower Campus and McTavish Street. On May 28, McTavish Street was closed to cars and non-official traffic was eliminated from across campus.
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For the Gazette, no more Sundays

Twenty-two years after its introduction, the last copy of the Sunday Gazette hit Montreal's dépanneurs and doorsteps on August 1, cutting the Gazette's printed editions down to six days per week. The venerable newspaper-Montreal's sole English-language daily-made the announcement in mid-July, citing the small amount of advertising dollars brought in by the Sunday edition.
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Management Frosh Theme Changed After Allegations of Racism

Less than a week before the start of faculty frosh, the Management Undergraduate Society changed their controversial "Tribal Frosh" theme following complaints of racism and cultural insensitivity. Much of the controversy began on August 19, when Sarah Woolf, a U3 Arts student and former Students' Society councilor, posted a Facebook note complaining about the MUS's racist promotional videos.


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McGill Buys Third Former Hotel to Boost Residence Space

McGill added a third former hotel to its residences earlier this summer with the purchase of the Marriott Courtyard Montreal, which will be transformed into a residence in fall 2011 after a year of renovations. The university had previously expanded its residence system by purchasing the Renaissance Hotel in 2003-now New Residence Hall-and the former Four Points Sheraton in 2009-now starting its second year as Carrefour Sherbrooke.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: COUNCIL

SSMU's Legislative Council has had, by many accounts, a disappointing year. Although it's difficult to evaluate the performance of a body of this type, the Tribune feels that this year's Council deserves a below-average grade. Although there were some councillors who were proactive, well-informed, and contributed in a constructive manner to debates, there were too many councillors who seemed to revel in making mountains out of molehills, and speaking mainly to hear the sound of their own voices.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: SARAH OLLE – VP Clubs and Services

Although her portfolio has quieted down in the second semester, Sarah Olle has had an extremely successful term as vice-president clubs and services. The Tribune had high expectations for Olle, who came into the position after serving as interest group coordinator last year.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: JOSE DíAZ – VP Finance and Operations

Vice-President Finance and Operations Jose Díaz began his term in the most difficult position of any of the executives. Tobias Silverstein, his predecessor, had resigned midway through his term, leaving the rest of the executives to handle his portfolio. Despite this initial disadvantage, Díaz stepped confidently into his position and has handled his portfolio well throughout the year.
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SSMU REPORT CARDS: REBECCA DOOLEY – VP University Affairs

At this time last year, the Tribune voiced concerns with Students' Society Vice-President University Affairs Rebecca Dooley's lack of experience. Before her tenure as VP UA, she'd been Queer McGill's political action coordinator, which, the Tribune believed, was insufficient training for the portfolio.
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