Something to build on

A year from now, McGill students will enjoy a spanking new student services building which Dean of Students Rosalie Jukier pledges, "will not only transform the quality of student life at McGill, it will enhance campus architecture and our urban environment." Jukier, pictured above, took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the building last week, along with Duncan Reid, president of the Students' Society of McGill University (second from right). Montreal mayor Pierre Bourque was also on hand.

McGill students are contributing $3 million towards the new building.

The cost of the facility, estimated at around $10.5 million, is also being financed with contributions from donors. John MacBain, a former McGill student president, and his wife Louise, are funding the building's Student Aid Centre, while William Brown is underwriting a new health and mental health centre as a tribute to his wife Mary. Coca Cola is sponsoring a meeting place for international students.

The building will include daycare facilities for students who have children and will house the Office for Students with Disabilities, and offices for the First-Year Coordinator, Career and Placement Services, the Ombudsperson, and Chaplaincy Services, in addition to Financial Aid, Counselling and Tutorials, the health services and the Office of the Dean of Students.