Rosalinde (Leslie Michaels) tries passionately to console Eisenstein (Joseph Kaiser) when he learns that his jail sentence for contempt of court has been increased from five to eight days. The operetta is Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus (The Bat), Opera McGill's third and final full-length production this year, conducted by the opera program's artistic director, Timothy Vernon, and prepared by director of opera studies Dixie Ross-Neill. The three-act comedy opened last night and continues until this Saturday, Jan. 30. PHOTO: OWEN EGAN
Next VP (Academic) named

Université de Montréal physicist Luc Vinet has a reputation as an outstanding academic and a talented consensus builder. The director of the widely-respected Centre de recherches mathematiques, Vinet will soon be bringing those talents to McGill as the new vice-principal (academic).
New job for Pound

Fresh from his widely-covered investigation into shady dealings involving some of his International Olympic Committee colleagues, Richard Pound is about to take on another major challenge. On July 1, Pound becomes McGill's new chancellor.
Tosca by way of Texas

Students think the world of them, but music professors Dixie Ross-Neill and Bill Neill can be tough taskmasters -- Dixie sports an "I am not your mother" button. Their sometimes stern approach is neccesary -- the world of opera can be cutthroat and the Neills want their students to be able to compete on an international level.
Stressed and perplexed: First-year students have their say

Huge classes. A sense of feeling alienated. Fears over being "weeded-out" of their programs. First year students have a lot to be concerned about.
Paving the way for entrepreneurial engineers

In an increasingly competitive world, being a good engineer sometimes isn't enough. A new minor in the Faculty of Engineering hopes to equip students with the management skills they'll need to really make a name for themselves once they graduate.
Ed. note: Silver linings, silver tidings
Senate: Security dominates discussions
News from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Singing those January blues: Nothing brings them out like karaoke. At least that was the thinking behind a recent reunion night that brought together the members of McGill's Hong Kong Dragon Students. The event was intended to get members re-acquainted with one another now that a new semester is underway, says HKDA president Herman Woo. Management student Bonny Lee and architecture student Jamie Yick (photo above) were among those who handled the mikes. The HKDA is a 150-member club that organizes sports activities, community work and social events for students hailing from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.