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McGill institutes $150 fee for study abroad applications

Students applying to study abroad in the 2011-12 academic year will be charged a non-refundable $150 application fee, due to a new policy instituted by the McGill administration this past September. Applications to study at a foreign university had previously been processed by McGill for free.   According to Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)… Keep Reading

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Thousands celebrate newly canonized Brother Andre

Alice Walker Alice Walker Olympic Stadium’s postmodern curves have hosted metal concerts, monster truck rallies, and the MLB All-Star Game, but they have rarely formed a cathedral. On Saturday, however, the blue-and-gold plastic seats served as pews as tens of thousands celebrated the canonization of Alfred Bessette, commonly known as Brother André. The Catholic Church… Keep Reading

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SSMU may facilitate ablutions

When McGill Muslim students perform the ablution ritual, in which they wash their feet and hands multiple times before daily prayers, it can lead to wet countertops in Shatner bathrooms. To avoid the inconvenience and to ease the the ritual’s practice, the Students’ Society is attempting to take initiatives towards installing ablution-friendly facilities. In 2005,… Keep Reading

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Volunteers raising funds for homeless-run laundromat

Alice Walker For many of those at the St. James Drop-In Centre on St. Catherine Street, finding a job in Montreal is not easy.  A new laundromat, however, could make a difference. Inspired by a similar project in downtown Toronto, some of the administrators of the centre are looking to open a small commercial laundromat… Keep Reading

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2nd Arch Cafe rally outside Senate, working group formed

Miranda Whist To the tune of drums and cymbals, students held a second protest for the Architecture Café during Wednesday’s senate meeting. The protest took place near the entrance to the Leacock building, where senate meetings are held, and was led by Mobilization McGill, an ad-hoc group formed in response to the Café’s closure. Students’… Keep Reading

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Quebec’s Bill 115 eases access to Anglophone schools

Thousands gathered outside Premier Jean Charest’s Montreal office to protest the recently approved Bill 115 on October 18. The legislation grants students access to the English public school system after spending three years in a private non-subsidized English school and after having followed a so-called “genuine educational pathway,” which protesters feel is a threat to… Keep Reading

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Food Security Institute launched

The planet produces enough food to feed all its occupants, yet one sixth of the world’s population is chronically hungry. This was one of several startling statistics that prompted McGill’s Third Conference on Global Food Security. The event brought together students, faculty members, and international delegates for a dialogue on water and nutrition challenges. The… Keep Reading

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After Obamania, McGill’s Americans mail ballots once more

As a heated U.S. midterm election campaign enters its final week, American students at McGill appear to be voting in fairly large numbers, despite the hassle of requesting absentee ballots and the lack of a presidential contest. When Barack Obama squared off against John McCain for the presidency two years ago, students on campus got… Keep Reading

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Mile End construction disturbs businesses

For anyone living on Park Avenue above Mount Royal, the recent construction on the street is well-known and unwelcome. Noise starts as early as 7 a.m., while dust, gravel, and a maze of metal slabs and bright cones mar the sidewalk. The construction is meant to facilitate the revamping of an important aqueduct that runs… Keep Reading

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