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Interview with McGill Olympian Joseph Polossifakis

“I was more of a full-time athlete and did part-time school,” 2014 McGill Management graduate Joseph Polossifakis said, laughing. “[At McGill] my schedule was: Ten to 12 practice, one to four school, five thirty to seven thirty [practice]. After getting home [...] that day of work, I just wanted to sleep, but of course I had to then start homework and studying. It was a tough couple of years.” Keep Reading

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10 Things: McGill in the Olympics

121 McGill students and alumni have competed in the Olympics. The first was Percival Molson, who represented Canada in track and field at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, MO. McGill athletes have been mainstays at the Olympics since the 1988 Seoul Winter Games. In the past 28 years, McGill has captured over half… Keep Reading

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The Zika virus, explained

News headlines are swarming with concern over outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. First discovered in 1947, the Zika virus is part of the flavivirus family and was believed to pose no threat to humans; however, this virus is the recent cause of over 4,000 cases of microcephaly in infants—an illness causing underdevelopment of the… Keep Reading

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10 Things: Ski Flying

The 2015 FIS Ski Flying World Championships will be held from the 15th to the 17th of January, 2016 in Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf, Austria for the fifth time. The defending world champion is Severin Freund. The sport of ski flying is derived from ski jumping, but much greater distances can be achieved in the former. Athletes… Keep Reading

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Raining on Toronto’s two billion dollar parade

When Toronto was chosen in 2009 to host the 2015 Pan American and Parapan Games, the provincial and municipal governments celebrated the chance to bring a boom of tourism to the shiny capitalist engine of Canada and revitalize the city. Toronto would follow up the legendary Vancouver 2010 Olympics with its own summer spectacle, and… Keep Reading

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