January 13, 2000

January 13, 2000 McGill University

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January 13, 2000 - Volume 32 Number 08
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Students belonging to the inter-university fraternity Phi Delta Theta were busy doing good deeds this week. The students raised money for the Old Brewery Mission by selling coffee and hot chocolate to passers-by on campus.

College town big time

A recent McGill report is making headlines and giving politicians cause for thought. In a finding that points to the crucial role universities play in Montreal's daily life, the McGill study indicates that Montreal has the most university students, per capita, of any major city in North America.

Beating the bug

It was a case of "Apocalypse Not" when the calendar page turned and McGill faced the menace of the Y2K millennium bug. Not much happened. Was the Y2K threat a hoax? Not according to Vice-Principal Bruce Pennycook.

What do babies feel?

Two decades ago, babies didn't even receive pain-killers for such invasive procedures as open-heart surgery. The notion that the newborn don't experience pain has been eradicated thanks to the work of researchers like nursing professor Celeste Johnston.

McGill Newsmakers 1999

Which McGill research projects attracted the most attention last year? Which graduates were most frequently in the news? The answers are right here.

Deciding on dentures

Insurance companies and government policymakers prefer funding cheaper conventional dentures over surgically implanted dental prostheses. Dentistry professor Jocelyne Feine says that's wrong-headed -- the implants are less expensive in the long run and offer a better quality of life.

The write track for the workplace

Is it the job of universities to teach students how to write for their future careers in different professions? Not really, say a pair of McGill education professors. But universities can do more to help the process along.

Tuning in to dropping out

Why do students quit their studies? What can be done to help them tough it out until they graduate? There are a number of factors at play and sometimes the best solution for a students is to leave.

Also in this issue

Profile of Trish Duff, Sexist imagery in the JAMA, Contoversy at York

On campus
Beading course, Julie Payette, Canadian Olympic Collection, Islamic masters of book making, Eleanor Wachtel

News from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Third-year architecture students So Hyeon Lee and Cathy Willis test the cardboard chairs of their junior colleagues. This first-year architecture design project gives a whole new meaning to the word recycling. Every year the students are assigned to design and build functional chairs out of layers of corrugated cardboard.

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