Opera McGill's latest production, Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, opened last night at Pollack Hall. In this scene, Ariadne (Ann Rowe) is comforted by sympathetic nymphs (Julia Dennard, Dina Martire and Jennifer Maines-Chamandy). Performances continue until Saturday night. Call 398-4547 for ticket information. PHOTO: OWEN EGAN
Shapiro talks tough

In a recent speech to Montreal's Canadian Club, Principal Bernard Shapiro said, "I am angry and I want an opportunity to say so." The source of his frustration? The fact that in the face of "draconian" funding cuts to Quebec's universities, the province's business leaders "remain strangely, unaccountably silent."
McGill pours millions into Quebec economy

According to a new report by economics professor Jagdish Handa and doctoral student Ossama Mikhail, McGill has injected $4.9 billion into the Quebec economy over a 10-year period. The money comes from out-of-province students, research grants, private donations to McGill and other sources.
EcoResidence: Design for better living

Come September, Macdonald Campus will have a student residence unlike any other in Canada. The EcoResidence will be a unique attempt at making daily living as environmentally friendly as humanly possible.
First Peoples House open for business

McGill's aboriginal students now have a place to call their own -- the new First Peoples House. "Aboriginal students often feel that they're not part of the university community," says Professor Albert Snow, a Mohawk. He hopes the new centre "gives them a greater sense of belonging."
Federal research code nears approval

A controversial new set of national guidelines for research has been significantly amended to reflect researchers' concerns. These guidelines will establish Canada-wide procedures for reviewing the ethics of all research involving humans.
"Scientist of the year" studies lifestyle diseases

Dr. Lucien Abenhaim, Radio Canada's "scientist of the year," says we live in "an uncertain world." For instance, we're still not sure about the long-term effects of many of the drugs we use to treat our illnesses and ailments.
Storm lessons

What steps can Hydro-Québec take to better prepare itself for a future ice storm-like calamity? Some McGill experts have their say.
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Cave in

Workers had to cut ice off the roof of Wilson Hall on University Street on Tuesday. The accumulated snow and ice caused part of the structure to collapse. Wilson Hall is home to the Schools of Nursing and Social Work. PHOTO: OWEN EGAN