The end is near and it's time to party like it's 1999. That pretty much sums up the attitude of the arts and science students who attended a semi-formal bash organized by their respective student societies to mark the approaching end of the school year. Enjoying the vibe are political science student Clarissa Rodriguez, microbiology student Ashok Krishnamurthy and political science student Janice Cheung. PHOTO: OWEN EGAN
Mixed reviews for budget

The provincial government's recent budget offers a measure of relief to universities, but the chronic underfunding of higher education in Quebec continues.
Deans set goals

Mining and metallurgical engineering professor John Gruzleski has been chosen to become the next dean of engineering, while Dean of Continuing Education Morty Yalovsky has been appointed to another term. The two men recently discussed their plans for the years ahead.
Reporting on the referendum: was there bias?

In a new book, communications professor Gertrude Robinson probes the way in which the English and French media covered the 1980 referendum on Quebec sovereignty. She says a number of behind-the-scenes factors affect the way such referendums get reported.
Choosing the lesser evil

According to psychology professor Thomas Shultz, our ability to make rational choices isn't the only thing that separates us from the animals. Our ability to rationalize our choices does too.
No debate about who won

They came, they argued, they dominated. McGill's Debating Union made their presence known at the national debating championships, earning several honours including first prize over-all.
Baby mouse leaves scientists breathless

The humble little Julia Creek dunnart, an animal that wasn't even thought to exist anymore a few years ago, is rewriting the rules of respiratory ventilation. Newborn dunnarts were recently discovered to be the only mammals in the world that can breathe through their skin.
Telling more stories of the dead

Thanks to the work of forensic anthropologists and dentists, crucial clues to grisly crimes can be uncovered from the skeletal and dental remains of murder victims. Kathy Reichs and Robert Dorion captivated a crowd of McGill alumni with tales of their scientific approach to solving crimes. Reichs, a best-selling mystery writer, also dropped a few clues about her next book.
The learning's lush in Panama

Howler monkey sitings. Snorkelling on coral reefs amongst starfish. Haggling for hammocks in a bustling street market. Welcome to McGill's new Panama Field Course, a semester of learning like no other.
Reexamining nationalism

Thanks to atrocities in places like the former Yugoslavia, nationalism has earned a bad reputation. Is it a bum rap?
The play's the thing

The University's talented student playwrights and directors recently had a chance to strut their stuff as the McGill Drama Festival staged several productions and played to packed houses.
In memoriam: Helmut Blume
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News from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

The Students' Society of McGill University's annual Culturefest, a week-long celebration of the cultural diversity of McGill's students, culminated in an evening of performances showcasing dances from across the world.