Monkeys threaten crop production in Barbados

( Caldwell-Rafferty / McGill Tribune) ( Caldwell-Rafferty / McGill Tribune) Every two years McGill’s department of geography sends a group of McGill students on an environmental field study in Barbados.  Led by Professor Thom Meredith this year, 14 students touched down on Feb. 18 to spend reading week studying in[Read More…]

Rooting for the grassroots

  It was the week before Christmas in 2009, and an air of disappointment hung over environmentalists around the world. The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen had just ended in failure, only weeks after world leaders strode confidently into the downtown Bella Center, brimming with hope for the future[Read More…]

Multitudes of microbreweries available in Montreal Every year as the Superbowl comes around I am painfully reminded of the cheap, watery, tin-flavored, mass-produced beer being consumed endlessly across the continent. The attraction of this yearly football phenomenon is synonymous with Budweiser and Coors, as countless advertising campaigns and beer sales will attest. But now that[Read More…]

The chaos, it seems, has passed

Last semester I remember walking by countless campus tours, the huddled crowds of eager high schoolers and their skeptical but silent parents, and thinking to myself, “God, they came to visit at the wrong campus.” Considering that one of the main concerns of protesters last fall was the lack of[Read More…]

The dark side of Black Friday

I’ve always thought the generic soft-pop music played in department stores and supermarkets works fairly well to calm shoppers.  It lulls you into a peaceful state, and is never catchy enough to excite you.  But on Black Friday, in America, it’s useless.  Stores might as well blast Metallica or angsty-screamo-punk[Read More…]

A chronology of campus protests at McGill

Sam Reynolds Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or found yourself trapped in a chemistry lab because the person with the key is a MUNACA worker, by now you’ve caught wind of the protests dominating our campus. If you’re looking for an impassioned defence of the protesters, or even[Read More…]

From James McGill’s crest to Molson stadium

During the national soul-search last week surrounding the dire question of “beaver or polar bear,” I felt left out. National symbols embody the spirit of a distinct people, and despite three glorious years now spent in Canada, I am still indubitably and irrevocably American. Thus, forgoing the right to soliloquize[Read More…]

Geuss’s winning maxim

Last October, philosopher Raymond Geuss stood in a graveyard in Cambridge, England for a mysterious filmed interview. In an eery setting, Geuss communicated an inspired statement: knowing the historical context of what you stand for “will change your attitude toward the world and toward yourself … It will prevent you[Read More…]

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