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NATIONAL: McGill number eight in counterculture

McGill students can now brag to their friends at UBC about a new top-ten ranking, but its not one that university administrators will be talking about. In the October issue of cannabis magazine High Times, McGill has been ranked as the number eight counterculture school in North America.
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NATIONAL: Schools quit rankings

Some of Canada's largest research universities delivered a pointed message to the editors of Maclean's magazine last month when they announced in an open letter that they would no longer assist the publication in preparing its annual university rankings issue.
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CAMPUS: Controversy over travel directive continues

After working to send McGill student teachers to Indonesia for over a year, professor Fiona Benson was "gobsmacked" to learn that the university's new travel directive would force the trip's cancellation less than a month before departure. "I was given a green light to go to Indonesia by [Faculty of Education Dean Hélène Perrault] and by the administration," said Benson, who is also the director of the Faculty of Education's Office of Student Teaching.
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CAMPUS: MUNACA still without contract

The McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association's negotiation committee rejected McGill's latest contract offer last week, informing the administration that they would not lower their salary demands. MUNACA, a union representing non-academic employees like nurses, librarians, and administrative assistants, wants a 13 per cent salary increase over four years.
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STM to launch new express bus service to Trudeau Airport

At the end of the month, the Montreal Transit Association (STM) will launch a new bus service providing direct transportation from downtown Montreal to Trudeau Airport. Service on the 747 Express bus starts on March 29. The bus will offer rides to and from the airport 24 hours a day, and will cost $7 each way.
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Newburgh to face J-Board

Four weeks after the Students' Society's Winter General Assembly, the SSMU Judicial Board has accepted a submission from members of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights concerning the impartiality of Zach Newburgh, the current speaker of SSMU Council and next year's SSMU president.
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Five Days for the Homeless fundraiser comes to McGill campus

As most McGill students went to bed on a rainy Sunday night last week, Jennifer Sault, Andreas Mertens, and a handful of other students huddled in sleeping bags under an overhang outside the Bronfman Building. The students had committed to spending the next five nights sleeping outdoors on campus as part of the Five Days for the Homeless, an annual campaign to raise money and awareness for the homeless.
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