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The Arts Lounge (basement of the Leacock building) is one of the many services provided to Arts students by the Arts Undergraduate Society. With lots of couches, a computer lab, and even a pool table, it’s the perfect place to hang out between classes!

Table of Contents LETTER FROM FEARC............................................................................................3 ARE YOU EXCITED FOR... ARTS FROSH!?...........................................................4 WHAT IS THE AUS?.................................................................................................5 AUS SERVICES........................................................................................................6 WHAT TO BRING......................................................................................................8 FOR YOUR NEEDS IN MONTREAL......................................................................10 IMPORTANT DATES 2012-2013.............................................................................11 LIVING IN MONTREAL: RESIDENCES AND OFF-CAMPUS...............................12 MEAL PLANS..........................................................................................................17 WHAT WE WISH WE HAD KNOWN.......................................................................18 McGILL VOCABULARY..........................................................................................20 SPOTS ON MCGILL CAMPUS...............................................................................26 STUDENT RESOURCES........................................................................................29 GETTING INVOLVED: AUS DEPARTMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS..........................31 GETTING INVOLVED: AUS COMMITTEES...........................................................32 GETTING INVOLVED: CLUBS & SERVICES........................................................33 GETTING INVOLVED: STUDENT GOVERNANCE AT MCGILL...........................34 U0 VERSUS U1 AND CHOOSING YOUR CLASSES............................................35 ADVISING: ARTS OASIS AND DEPARTMENTAL ADVISERS.............................39 A MODEL SYLLABUS............................................................................................40 SAMPLE FRESHMAN PROGRAM (U0) COURSES..............................................44 USING MINERVA.....................................................................................................45 THE FIRST FEW DAYS..........................................................................................47 WHEN YOU’RE NOT STUDYING: THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL....................49 GETTING AROUND MONTREAL...........................................................................52 TRAVEL...................................................................................................................53 FEARC: first-year events and representative council..................55 ©MMXII The Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University. Neither this document nor any part herein may be reproduced without express written permission from the Office of the President of the Arts Undergraduate Society. All rights reserved. Thanks to the Freshman Events and Academic Representative Committee (FEARC) of the AUS 2011-12 for their work that has assisted in the production of this document. Special thanks to all those who worked on previous editions of this handbook for a great model with which to work. Portions of this document, including images contained herein, have been obtained from sources outside of the Arts Undergraduate Society and/or McGill University. Where possible, content has been credited and used with permission. The AUS and FEARC are not responsible any accidental factual inaccuracies or broken links contained within the document.


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Dear First-Year Arts students, Welcome to McGill! The next eight months are going to be a whirlwind: you’ll meet lots of new people, possibly move out of your parents’ house, discover your interests, grow as an individual, and begin “the rest of your life.” Not only is university the time to enrich your mind and further your stuties, but it is a time to branch out, experience new things, and broaden your horizons. McGill has so many resources to help you on your journey, and this guide will outline some of these for you. From your first days and Frosh Week to living in Montreal, to final exams, this manual is meant to be your first introduction to the resources at your disposal as a new McGill student, as well as give you tips that have been passed down between generations of first-years. At times first-year will feel overwhelming. Balancing many new aspects of your life is complicated, and sometimes it will feel like a lot to handle. Anyone who’s gone through first-year will tell you that being homesick, seeing your grades drop, feeling lost and confused, and any other range of emotions you might be feeling are completely normal. McGill, the Arts Undergraduate Society, Rez Life, the Off-Campus Fellow Program, and the Students’ Society of McGill University all have resources and support systems for you to utilize. Although first-year will be challenging at times, there are even more great times ahead: meeting new people, joining clubs and councils, discovering your interests, exploring a new city, and maybe living on your own for the first time. These are all parts of first-year that bond you and your classmates, giving you great memories and shared experiences. From Frosh Week, to the DepARTmental Cup, exploring areas of Montreal to finding your favourite study spot, the next year will be your first experience to the universe that is McGill. As we send you on your way to face these adventures, we give you the knowledge, resources, and wisdom that has been passed down among first-years, and hope that you will make the best out of this amazing year. Check out FEARC on Facebook and Twitter (@FEARCMcGill), or email any questions to Justin Fletcher, VP Internal, at! For information on applying for FEARC next year, please check out page 55! We wish you all the best and some great memories in the upcoming year. Be smart, be safe, and don’t forget to HAVE FUN! Love, FEARC 2011-2012 First-Year Events, Academic, and Representative Council


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Are you excited for... Arts Frosh?! Frosh at McGill is more than getting oriented with the McGill campus, services, and the city of Montreal – it’s one of the best weeks of your life! Frosh is a great way to meet other people in your incoming class. We’ve been hard at work all summer planning four days of awesome activities to show you how much fun this school and city are. Our goal is for you to finish Frosh excited for the years to come and with absolutely no regrets that you chose to come to McGill!

Activities include: Carnival day on Lower Field Pub Crawl in downtown Montreal Boat cruise on the St. Lawrence River Food, drinks, and music on campus during the day Private club events at night Beach Day Evening concert Montreal/McGill scavenger hunt ...and SO MUCH MORE!

Registration opens in early July! Find us online for more information: Website – Facebook – Twitter - @AUS_Frosh

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We can’t wait to see you in August! It’s going to be AMAZING!


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The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) is the student association of all McGill students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) degree. As a student organization, it is run and managed by Arts students just like you who have a particular passion for the well-being of undergraduates and the functioning of their student government. From the first-year committee to the environmental council, the AUS encompasses several services that enrich the academic life of students attending the university. An Arts degree at McGill can take on several different meanings. Your degree could be in political science, languages, sexual diversity studies, even the sciences, or any combination thereof! The AUS amalgamates the interests of varied departments throughout the school, ensuring their equal representation on the AUS Council. The AUS also plays the role as collaborator with other faculties such as Science, Engineering, and Management, creating a McGill-wide interconnected student government. In addition to its academic responsibilities, the AUS coordinates and plans fun events for students such as Bar Des Arts, St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, and the Graduation Ball. The AUS is an organization that hopes to provide you with the optimal experience during your undergraduate career. However, you should not feel limited to enjoying the many services of the AUS. The Arts Undergraduate Society provides a variety of opportunities for students to become involved with student government! There is truly something for everyone! As an Arts student, you are automatically a member of the AUS. On page 6, you will find a comprehensive list of the services the AUS provides for you each year. < Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on twitter! > @AUSMcGill Froshies take a picture after running through the fountains at Place Des Arts as part of the Frosh Scavenger Hunt.


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AUS SERVICES Arts Lounge (Leacock B-12) A great place to study, play a game of pool, or hold a meeting. The AUS lounge, located in the basement of the Leacock Building, is a spacious area filled with desks, couches and computers that provides a great atmosphere in which to work. Board rooms in the lounge are provided for meeting and group work, and there is also a design suite you can book that has access to several Adobe programs, which makes doing creative work, such as poster or journal production, a breeze. Ferrier Computer Lab Located on the 3rd floor of the Ferrier Building, the AUS provides you with a 24-hour computer lab. Black & white and colour printing is also made available and is charged to your student account. Check it out when you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a seat in McLennan library, or if you just need a change of setting! 24-Hour Lounge & Courtyard The AUS provides you with 24-hour study space on the 2nd floor of the Ferrier Building. Food, soft drink and coffee/tea vending machines also ensure that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got what you need to study for long periods of time! When the weather cooperates (in September and in late April) a courtyard accessible from the 2nd floor of the Ferrier Building also provides great outside chill and study space. Peer Tutoring The AUS operates a free peer tutoring in some of our most popular courses. In the Winter semester of 2010, peer tutoring was available in 150 courses spanning 31 disciplines. Language tutoring is also available, as is skill tutoring in areas such as subject area-specific essay writing and effective exam writing. For more information, contact Tom Zheng (VP Academic) at Essay-Writing Center The Arts Undergraduate Society Essay Center is a service, offered on behalf of AUS Peer Tutoring, which provides students with free essay-writing assistance from qualified student volunteers. The Essay Center will offer drop-in hours Monday to Thursday in the Arts Lounge, where an essay tutor will be available to assist students by proofreading essays, or by offering general writing tips and answering questions. For proofreading, students must come ready with a printed copy of their essay. All proofreading must take during office hours, with the student requesting help present. For more information about the AUS Essay Center please contact Tom Zheng (VP Academic) at


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Graduate School Fair Each year, the AUS plays host to graduate schools and programs from around the globe. All Arts students are invited to find out about their options for pursuing graduate studies and to make contact with admissions personnel from a variety of schools. The Career Fair is coming up, so keep your eyes open! For more information, contact Brian Farnan (VP External) at Work Your B.A. Sick of those management kids telling you that you will never get a job? Ever wondered what your B.A. degree will be useful for? We do – every day. That is why the AUS runs a week-long set of speeches and seminars on how to use your B.A. degree effectively. Hosted by prominent gradutes of McGill’s Faculty of Arts, “Work Your B.A.” is a great opportunity to find out exactly how these two letters add to your resumé. Events From Frosh to the world-renowned Bar Des Arts, the AUS holds a variety of social, cultural, and professional events throughout the academic year. You’ll get a taste of exactly what the AUS does during Frosh. In your Frosh kit, you will also get a copy of the AUS handbook with all of the dates of our great events pre-marked in the calendar, so you won’t miss anything! For more information, contact Josh Greenberg (VP Events) at Departments Once you decide on an honours/major/minor (or any combination thereof), you will also become a member of a departmental association. Operating under the AUS, these departments also hold events, provide student services relating to your curriculum, and other cool stuff (such as departmental clothing – who doesn’t want to buy a “McGill Political Science” sweatshirt?). For more information on departments, see page 31 or contact Justin Fletcher (VP Internal) at!

There’s plenty more where that came from! This is just a handful of what the AUS has to offer. If you have any questions about specific services, please feel free to email the executive committee member listed under that activity. If you have any other questions about the many services the AUS provides, please contact Devon LaBuik (President) at!


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WHAT TO BRING Keep in mind that room and storage space is limited before bringing your entire home-theatre system with you to university. Surely, you do not want to be too cluttered. You can always purchase things once you are in Montréal, or bring things you have forgotten on trips back home. See “For Your Needs in Montreal” (page 10) for some great places to shop once you see what else you need. General Items: 1Student visa/passport for international students (and other important documents) 1LOUD alarm clock 1Computer, possibly a laptop for class use (although you can also use McGill’s many computer labs if you do not own a laptop. The Arts Faculty has a 24-hour computer lab at the Ferrier Building. The McGill Libraries also have laptops including Macbooks available for loan.) 1Printer (you might want to wait and coordinate with your roommate) 1Camera 1Sunglasses 1Power strip and extension cords 1Waterproof Backpack (seriously, it rains and snows) 1School supplies: notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, calculator 1Agenda (you’ll be given one from your faculty at the beginning of the year) 1Health Card and/or insurance information 1Drivers License or other form of government ID 1Cell phone and charger: there are tents from each phone provider set up during Orientation if you’ll be setting up a new cell phone account Hold off on textbooks; you will probably change your schedule the first week of class. There are plenty of opportunities to save money by purchasing used books via the McGill classified ads or The Word Bookstore on Milton Street (see “What We Wish We Had Known”, page 18). Bedroom Basics: 1Sheets, pillow and bedding 1Extra blankets 1Posters, room decorations, pictures (also, check out the poster sale in September!) 1Stereo and headphones 1CDs, DVDs, other entertainment 1Foam Mattress pads (optional, but may improve your sleeping) Raingear: 1Waterproof jacket with hood 1Waterproof shoes 1Umbrella


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Health and Hygiene: 1Toothpaste and toothbrush 1Nail scissors/clippers 1Band-Aids 1Pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil) 1Thermometer 1Basic medication (Cold medicine, Pepto-bismol, Gravol etc.) 1Contact lens supplies & Glasses 1Prescription medication 1Facial tissue 1Flip-flops (if you’re living in some residences you may want them for the shower) 1Hair styling items 1Toiletry bag/bucket for the shower 1Medical information 1Towels, facecloths, loofah 1Toiletries 1Vitamins (your diet might be changing a bit!) Winter Gear: Start buying early if you are from a warm climate, as the cool stuff tends to sell out before winter hits! 1Well-insulated winter coat (during the colder months, it is recommended you have a belowthe-knee coat) 1Long underwear (trust us on this one!!!) 1Gloves, scarves, toques (winter hat) 1Heavy-Duty, waterproof boots with tread (we recommend the company “Sorel”) 1LOTS OF LAYERS! Cooking Gear: Even if you are in a residence with a full meal plan, dishes and dish soap can come in handy for late night snacks! Many of the residences also feature kitchenettes and kitchens, so if you are bored on a Tuesday night, get a group of friends together and cook a delicious meal! 1Dish cloth and hand towel 1Dish detergent and scrubber 1Mug, cups, plate, and bowl (microwave-safe) 1Cutlery 1A pot and/or frying pan Don’t worry if you have forgotten anything! Everything you need is in Montreal. See the next page for a list of suggested shopping locations in the city.


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FOR YOUR NEEDS IN MONTREAL Realized you forgot something? Don’t freak out! You’ll be living in a large city, and if you are missing anything, the farthest it will be is one metro or bus ride away. Here are some great places you can go if you find you forgot something from home or if you just need something during the year. Dollarama ( - Tons of great items for CHEAP. Everything is around $2 or less. They’ve got everything: toilet scrubbers, hangers, Halloween costumes, greeting cards, calculators, candy, and more. There are many Dollaramas in the area!

Galeries du Parc Underground Mall / 3575 Avenue du Parc, near New Residence Promenades Cathedrales Mall / University and Maisonneuve Place Montreal Trust Mall / McGill College and Maisonneuve

IKEA ( - Scandinavian furniture store that we all know and love. You might need your parents, or at least a car for this one, as it is pretty far away from McGill.

9191 Boulevard Cavendish, Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1M8 / (514) 738-2167

La Baie/The Bay ( - An upscale department store right downtown. Fairly expensive but well stocked with quality items.

585 Saint Catherine Street W
/ (514) -281-4422

Canadian Tire ( - Nope, it’s not just an auto parts store. It’s a great place to go for all of your home needs, such as tools, hardware, paint, and general useful things.

6275 St. Laurent Street / (514) 273-2428

Place Alexis Nihon (at Atwater Metro Station, Green Line) / (514) 939-1820

Walmart (

Accesible via Namur Metro station on the Orange line / (514) 735-5295

Provigo ( - your local supermarket

3421 Avenue du Parc / (514) 281-0488

Metro ( - another local supermarket for all of your food needs.

Galeries du Parc Underground Mall, 3575 avenue du Parc / (514) 843-3530

Marché Lobo - a great place to go for CHEAP produce, fruit, and vegetables.


3509 Avenue du Parc / (514) 843-7737

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IMPORTANT DATES 2012-2013 • Monday, June 11 – Registration begins for new U1 students admitted from CEGEP • Monday, June 18 – Registration begins for new U1 students with AP, IB, etc. credits • Tuesday, June 19 – Registration begins for new U0 students • Tuesday, August 14 – Last day to register without late registration penalty fees. • Saturday/Sunday, August 25 & 26 – Residence Move-In Days • Monday, August 27 – Rez Fest • Tuesday, August 28 – Discover McGill Day • Wednesday, August 29 – (1) Discover McGill’s Academic Expectations, Advising Day (2) Discover McGill Street Fest • Thursday, August 30 – Faculty Frosh • Tuesday, September 4 – First Day of Classes • Tuesday, September 18– Fall Semester Add/Drop Deadline • Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving (No school!) • Tuesday, December 4 – Classes End • Thursday, December 6 to Wednesday, December 19 – Fall Exam Period • Monday, January 7 – Classes Begin • Tuesday, January 22 – Winter Semester Add/Drop Deadline • March 3 - 9 – Study Break (“Reading Week”) (No school!) • Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1 – Good Friday (No school!) • Tuesday, April 16 – Classes End • Wednesday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 30 – Winter Exam Period Make sure to write down all of YOUR important dates in your AUS Agenda that you will receive during Orientation Week! It’s a great way to keep tabs of your events! 11

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LIVING IN MONTREAL: RESIDENCES AND OFF-CAMPUS Many students who come to McGill, especially those from other provinces in Canada and from abroad, choose to live in residence for their first year. This is a great opportunity to get to know other first-year students. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a residence: 1) Respect, respect, respect: Whether you love or hate where you end up, all the McGill residences do not tolerate any form of discrimination or bullying based on gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc. 2) If you are really disappointed with your residence, remember that you may have the option of switching out a few weeks in. A “switch” isn’t recommended, but it is possible. 3) Each of the residences has its own pros and cons. But some things we list below that are pros to one person may be a con for another. When making your decision for residence next year, keep in mind your personal habits and preferences: do you want to live close to the libraries? Are you a night owl? Do you want to have the unique experience of commuting to school? Do you want to live with a roommate? Are you living off-campus in your first-year? That’s cool, too! If you need help finding an apartment in Montreal, check out the McGill Off-Campus Housing website at In addition, the McGill Off-Campus Fellows program is a relatively new program: the OffCampus Fellows each are responsible for a neighbourhood in Montreal, and they plan events and activities for McGill students living in that neighbourhood. Check out their website for more information, which is available here:

There are four types of residences at McGill: “Dorm”-Style

Douglas Hall, Royal Victoria College (RVC) Upper Residences (McConnell, Molson, Gardner)


Carrefour Sherbrooke, New Residence Hall, La Citadelle

“Apartment”-Style Greenbriar Apartments, Solin Hall MORE

MORE Houses (Various)

Above: The Royal Victoria College entrance. Top Right: The Douglas courtyard in winter. Bottom Right: Gardner (Upper Residence)


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“DORM”-STYLE RESIDENCES This is probably what you think of when you conjure thoughts of living in residence: the stereotypically small room with a shortage of living space. You WILL find a way to make it work. Despite the small rooms, they have the (awesome!) environment you also thought of. There is a required meal plan (page 17) in addition to monthly rent! NOTE: University Hall and Presbyterian Rez are both dorm-style but are part of MORE Council. See the page on MORE Residences (page 16) for more information on these two residences.






UPPER REZ: McConnell, Molson, and Gardner

Royal Victoria College (RVC)

Douglas Hall

3905/3915/3925 University St Montreal, QC

3425 University St Montreal, QC H3A2A8

3851 University St Montreal, QC H3A2B4

COST 2012-2013 Single $9.11.50/mo. Double $850.75/mo.

COST 2012-2013 Single $1, 048.75/mo. Double $962.50 to $980/mo.

COST 2012-2013 Single $990/mo. Double $930/mo.

~200 people per residence • McConnell: grand piano and a dark room; single-sex by wing • Molson: sauna, music room, and grand piano • Gardner: larger games room and a second TV room •McConnell is single-sex by wing; Molson, Gardner entirely co-ed

~250 people • Has a co-ed tower and an allfemale wing • Cafeteria directly in residence, open 7 days a week • Piano room, games room, TV room, and aerobics room • Courtyard

~180 people • Features a grand piano • Gothic architecture • Cafeteria directly in residence, open 5 days a week for breakfast and dinner only. • Features a library (study room) • Has a beautiful courtyard!

• Typical “university” experience: people are very social • Beautiful views as you are at the top of the hill. Also, Mont Royal is easily accessible via Upper Rez • Cheaper cost than Douglas and RVC • Removed from downtown Montreal, so there is a sense of privacy • Loud and known for partying (can also be a con)

• New social reputation after becoming co-ed in 2010-2011 • Single-sex bathrooms • Option of a girls’ wing • The closest you can possibly get to campus – the metro station is accessible, Tim Hortons 24 hours is across the street; You can wake up at 8:30 for your 8:35 class! • 24 hour front desk • Wing rooms are quite large

• Beautiful wooden décor • Divided into “houses” • The library allows for late-night studying • Known as the “Harry Potter” residence • Many common rooms throughout Douglas provide for a sense of community • Removed from downtown Montreal, so there is a sense of privacy

• Co-ed bathrooms (except in McConnell) • At the top of the hill; far from campus (15 minutes); can be difficult during the winter • Social atmosphere can be loud • Small rooms! • Cafeteria is not located inside any of the residences

• Division between the tower and wing • It’s easy to get lazy! And it is an uphill walk to get to the gym • Tower rooms tend to be small • More expensive than Upper Rez, but cheaper than the hotels • Can get loud living in the center of downtown Montreal (ex: firetrucks)

• Co-ed bathrooms • At the top of the hill; far from campus (15 minutes); can be difficult during the winter • Rooms vary greatly in size • Often isolated from the Upper Rez • More expensive housing option than Upper Rez, but cheaper than the hotels.


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“HOTEL”-STYLE RESIDENCES These are not your typical residences! In fact, they’re quite unique. McGill has purchased two hotels in the area near McGill and has converted them into residences. So while they unfortunately do not come with the perks of room service, you get a private bathroom, a larger-than-normal bed, and in some ways, the atmosphere of living in a hotel all year. There is a required meal plan (page 17) in addition to monthly rent!






New Residence Hall

Carrefour Sherbrooke

La Citadelle

3625 Avenue du Parc Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8

475 Sherbrooke W. Montreal, QC H3A 2L9

410 Sherbrooke W. Montreal, QC

COST 2012-2013 Single $1,159.50/mo. Double $1,028/mo.

COST 2012-2013 Single $1,159.50/mo. Double $1,028/mo.

COST 2012 - 2013 Single $1,194.25/mo. Double $ 1,059/mo.

~700 people • Co-ed by floor, single-sex by room • Cafeteria located in building • Bathroom with shower in each room • Air conditioning • Common rooms on each floor with kitchenettes • Lobby with a grand piano and nearby games room & study room in basement • Close to the McGill gym • 10 min. walk to McGill • Connected to Galeries du Parc, an underground mall with a supermarket, Dollarama, liquor store, etc. • Roommates (can also be a con) • Tight-security • Not as close to campus (about a ten minute walk) • Roommates (can also be a pro) • More expensive than the other residences • Isolated from the other residences

~300 people • Co-ed by floor, single-sex by room • Cafeteria in building • Bathroom with shower in each room • Air conditioning • Common rooms on every other floor with awesome whiteboard walls

~300 people • Co-ed by floor, single-sex by room • Cafe located in building Carrefour Sherbrooke’s full cafeteria is across the street • Bathroom with shower in each room •Air Conditioning •Flatscreen TVs in every room!

• Only two blocks from campus • Right in downtown Montreal! • Roommates (can also be a con) • Smaller than New Rez • All rooms have queen-sized beds • Tight-security

• Only two blocks from campus • Right in downtown Montreal! • Roommates (can also be a con) • Double beds in each room • Meal plans for students in this residence will count ALL RESIDENCE CAFETERIAS as “home base” cafeterias

• One of the newer residences, so it lacks a “reputation” • Smaller lobby than other residences • Roommates (can also be a pro) • More expensive than the other residences • Smaller cafeteria than New Residence, fewer options

• It is the newest residence, and therefore lacks a “reputation” • Roommates (can also be a pro) • More expensive than other residences • Far from the McGill gym

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APARTMENT-STYLE RESIDENCES Looking to live the independent style? Love to eat home-cooked meals? Have a dietary restriction that would make eating in a cafeteria difficult? Apartment-style residence might be the type for you.






Greenbriar (Part of MORE Council)

Solin Hall - a Former Chocolate Factory!

3575 University St Montreal, QC H3A 2B1

3510 Lionel-Groulx Montreal, QC H4C 1M7

COST 2012-2013 Double: $614/mo. - $732/mo. Studio: $1, 014/mo.

COST 2012-2013 Single Room: $874/mo. - $908/mo. Double Room: $612/mo. - $677/mo. Studios: $930/mo. - $1, 004/mo. ~260 people • Located four metro stops away from campus at Lionel-Groulx Metro station • Fully-furnished apartment with kitchen • Option to purchase commuter/saver meal plan • Utilities included in rent

~96 people • Fully-furnished apartment with kitchen • Option to purchase commuter/saver meal plan • Utilities included in rent • Located on University St., directly across from McGill campus • Located across from McGill campus! • Independent lifestyle living in an apartment • Cheaper option compared to other residences • Eleven month lease means you can stay in Montreal for the summer or sublet the apartment

• Explore a cool neighborhood most students won’t see • Cheaper option compared to other residences • Buying a metro pass gives you freedom to explore • Eleven month lease means you can stay in Montreal for the summer or sublet the apartment

• Cooking may be difficult to manage as a firstyear • Because of the apartment atmosphere, it may be more difficult to meet other students

• Cooking may be difficult to manage as a first-year •Farthest residence from McGill campus; daily commute • Additional cost of metro pass, but it is relatively cheap • Metro shuts at 12:30 most nights and 1:30 on Saturdays, so alternate travel arrangements must be made

< Greenbriar

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“MORE” RESIDENCES The idea behind MORE is cooperative living: smaller residences with a greater sense of community. The MORE Council is part of the Residence Council and it consists of the MORE Houses, Presbyterian Residence, University Hall, and Greenbriar (see the previous page.) Each of them is smaller than the “dorm”-style and “hotel”-style residences. Pres Rez and Dio have required meal plans; MORE Houses do not. NOTE: Greenbriar Residence, which is apartment style, is also part of MORE Council. See the previous page.






Presbyterian Residence (Pres Rez) and University Hall (Dio) (DORMSTYLE) Pres Rez: 3495 University St.. Dio: 3473 University St. Montreal, QC H3A 2A8 COST 2012-2013 Single $911/mo. Double $850.75/mo. Pres Rez: 36 people; University Hall: 45 people • Eight-month lease (no option to sublet) • Traditional dorm style • Meal plan with RVC/BMH as home cafeterias • Single-sex bathrooms • The closest you can possibly get to campus directly across from the Milton Gates! • Smaller size in a traditional dormitory setting allows for close interactions and tight bonds • Part of MORE Council • You must walk outside to get to the dining halls • Smaller size may limit your social interactions

University Hall in Winter


MORE Shared-Facilities Houses Various Locations Montreal, QC COST 2012-2013 Single: $822/mo. - $965/mo. Double: $620/mo. - $795/mo. Range from 13 to 30 students per MORE House • Each house features several kitchens, which residents share • Each house is different in design, but there are single and double rooms and shared common spaces • Eleven month lease means you can stay in Montreal for the summer or sublet the apartment • Option of purchasing a meal plan • All are very close to McGill campus • Smaller size allows for close interactions and tight bonds. MORE Houses tend to be close. • If unable to find a subletter, three months of rent may be lost • Cooking may be difficult to manage as a first-year • The small size may make it difficult to branch out and meet other students.

Two of the MORE Houses on Ave Des Pins.

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MEAL PLANS Your meal plan may seen confusing at first glance. Here is our guide to helping you understand all of your gastronomic needs next year! All students living in Residence (excluding Solin Hall, the MORE, and Greenbriar) will be automatically subscribed to a mandatory meal plan. The Residential Meal Plan consists of “Basic Food Dollars” and “Flex Dollars”. The former can be only used at your “Home based” dining halls, with at least one being located close to, if not in your own residence (for “La Citadelle”, all of the five residence cafeterias qualify as your “home based” dining halls). “Flex Dollars,” on the other hand, can be used at any of the residence cafeterias in addition to a number of locations on campus. This means coffees in between classes at Tim Horton’s located in the Redpath Basement, lunch at Subway located in the Arts Building or the new Second Cup located in the Stewart Biology Building. The Residential Meal Plan (both “Basic Food Dollars” and “Flex Dollars”) operates on a declining balance basis: you pay for an initial balance at the beginning of the school year and the cost of individual items is subtracted from this balance. While this may not be the most ideal setup for big eaters in comparison to “all-you-can-eat plans,” you may always “top up” your account with additional money online. Ultimately, this setup offers considerable flexibility depending on your eating habits. For example, a dinner at BMH range can cost from four dollars (packaged sandwich and water) to nearly fourteen dollars (hot meal, soup, desert and bottled beverage). Thus, this leads to a final point. It is important to check REGULARLY your balance and allocate your food dollars accordingly. Doing so is relatively easy, as the cashiers in each cafeteria will normally provide you with a receipt indicating your current balance. Thus if you have been assigned to a residence with a meal plan, carefully consider your eating habits when choosing the level of your mandatory meal plan - Light, Regular, or Varsity. A typical receipt... items bought $cost 1 western omlette $4.00 Your receipt will indicate your “Flex” balance, and your “home” balance.

Amount Paid: $4.00 Balances: Home $1, 496 Flex $ 200

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There are also Commuter meal plans and Saver meal plans, which students who live in the residences without a mandatory meal plan and those students who choose to live off-campus can purchase. This gives you the flexibility to buy food items when on-campus! For more information, please visit this site:


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WHAT WE WISH WE HAD KNOWN Not all of life’s lessons must be learnt through your own personal experience. Here are a few of the things that we’ve learned the hard way—so that you might not have to:

 - “I wish I had created a budget before frosh. I managed to blow an absurd amount of money those first few weeks. If I had set myself a limit, I wouldn’t have been scrambling for cash for the rest of the school year. “ - “I wish I had known that the syllabus was my guide to succeeding in the course. It’s not just a piece of paper with assignments! To see a sample syllabus, see page 40, “A Model Syllabus.” - “I wish I had known that lecture recordings aren’t a substitute for going to lecture. You won’t always watch that lecture when you say you will, and watching seven political science lectures the night before the midtem won’t prepare you. They’re set up to help you review and catch details you might not have seen in lecture the first time.” - “I wish I hadn’t opted for the phone service in residence. I ended up using my cell phone a whole lot more for a whole lot less, especially with the great deals I got form my providers.” - “I am an international student and I wish that I had gotten the phone service in residence. While Rogers, for example, charges 30 cents/minute for international calls, residence phone will only charge you 5 cents/minute.” - “I wish I had sent more back with my parents after moving in! Living in residence, especially in a space that is shared with a roommate, has really taught me the true definition of a necessity! Be honest with yourself when moving into residence, and only keep the things that will be of use! And don’t worry if you didn’t bring something you need - you can find everything you need (page 10) in Montreal. - “I wish I knew that McGill had a free one-hour tutoring service that’s offered to all freshmen.” - “I wish I’d visited residence BEFORE coming to McGill. Try and get a residence tour if you come to visit; you can see how big the rooms are, and what facilities the residences offer.” - “I wish I knew that there was a free essay-editing center available at the Arts lounge in Leacock. I would have been more confident with my papers before handing them in once someone else has had a look at them.” - “I wish I had known about the McGill buildings that have underground connections. Montreal winters wouldn’t have been so bad. There are tunnels from the library to Leacock, and from Burnside to Otto Maass Chemistry Building and Adams, which is connected to Schulich Library. There’s also a tunnel from Stewart Biology Building to McIntyre Medical Building.”


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- “I wish I had known about other, cheaper places to buy textbooks. In fact, a lot of my course material can be purchased from places other than the McGill bookstore. New books can be bought online or from stores like Indigo and good quality used books from other students on McGill Classifieds often for a fraction of the price at the bookstore! Check Amazon, Barnes & Noble, McGill classified, and the Word Bookstore on Milton just in the McGill Ghetto. Just make sure you check your course syllabus to ensure you buy the proper edition!” - “I wish I had known McGill Classifieds has so much more than just books. Looking for a good deal on used clickers? Printers? A bicycle? You name it, you can find it here: http://www.” - “I wish I had known that my student fees provide tangible benefits for me, including my access to the Arts lounge, Arts computer labs, and more. Check out what fees you’re paying and research more about all the services they give you access to. For example, the AUS provides peer tutoring and an essay service as part of your fee to them!” - “I wish I knew to speak to my adviser during the first week of school. It really would have helped me figure out my schedule for next year and to make sure that I am taking the proper classes for the Freshman Program. See “Choosing Your Courses” (page 35) and “Freshman Program (U0) Courses” (page 44). - “I wish I had moved into residence a couple of days earlier than the move-in date. Most residences will allow students to come a few nights early (for an additional $/night fee). This way, I could have gotten moved in and settled, and still had a few days to explore Montreal before the move-in madness that happens in rez began, and before Frosh and classes starting.” -”I wish I knew I could borrow a laptop from the library! They have both PCs and Mac laptops that you can borrow for two days at a time. This way, I can use the computers in the library when I’m working there and a laptop when I’m working at my apartment or in residence.”

ABOVE: Ready for a jello shot power hour? LEFT: Students pose for a picture during a break from Laser Tag, an event that took place during the AUS’s DepARTmental Cup.


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McGILL VOCABULARY Coming to university requires learning almost an entirely new language--and most of the words in this new language are acronyms. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what we think might help you most: AUS – Arts Undergraduate Society. All Arts students are members of the AUS. The AUS is in charge of representing students to the university, the government, and other organizations. The AUS maintains a student lounge in the basement of the Leacock building, and runs events year round like Arts Frosh and Pub Nights. The AUS funds and supports a number of endeavors including lounges, a 24- hour computer lab, the Fine Arts Council and the Freshman Events and Representative Council. BdA - “Bar des Arts” is a weekly get together in the Arts Lounge, which is located in Leacock’s basement. Serves $1 beers and various snacks. A great way for art students to mingle! Brown Building – This is the home of all student services, located at McTavish at the corner of Dr. Penfield, including C.A.P.S. (the Career Planning Service), Scholarships and Student Aid, the First Year Office, the International Students Office, Student Heath Center, and the Shag Shop. In addition, lots of workshops are held here, including server training and exam preparation. Check out the student services website: CGPA – This is your cumulative grade point average and includes ALL of your classes. Your GPA, on the other hand, is only for ONE term and includes classes taken that semester. CKUT - 90. 3 FM - YOUR campus radio station! They are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and “provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming.” They have tons of opportunities to get involved in all aspects of radio production. It is regularly ranked as one of the top radio stations in Montreal. For more, see Conference – Most large first and second year courses will include a weekly conference session. These are small discussion sections with 10-30 students, and they are led by TAs who break down lectures and go over readings. Also, they will try to get you debating certain aspects of the material. The TAs are usually graduate students. Conferences offer a chance to converse and ask questions about the material. They also offer participation and attendance marks, often as much as 25 percent of your grade – so don’t skip them and speak up! Cyberthèque – This is the basement floor of Redpath library. It is bright, has tons of computers, table space, couches, and the famous “Pod” study rooms. It is a favourite study spot at McGill. You will often see Facebook statuses saying “Just another long night at the Cyber…” The Daily – One of our school newspapers. They cover a lot of activism in Montréal and McGill and have a fascinating Features section. Their office is found in the basement of SSMU (Shatner) behind the Gerts bar. If you are interested in writing, don’t hesitate to get involved. Check out their website at Their sister newspaper, written in French is Le Délit. Their website:


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Dep – Depanneur or corner store. Most of the deps around McGill stock your standard corner store fare, such as snacks, pop/soda, household items, and even beer/wine. Discipline – (1) A level of categorisation more specific than faculty (Arts) but more general than program (e.g. film studies). Examples of disciplines include: humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, etc. (2) An undesirable consequence for compromising your academic integrity. Make sure to read the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures in the “Green Book” to know what McGill expects of you, and how you can avoid such measures as academic probation, suspension, or expulsion. Double Major – Can’t pick just one major? Solution: Take two! A double major consists of 36 credits in one department and 36 in another. It means fewer electives, but your degree will cover more subject areas and may be more specialized. Also, keep in mind that classes cannot be counted twice for two different majors. For example, Microeconomics (ECON 208) applies for International Development and Economics, but you would need to pick for which which major you would want it to count. Dr. T – The online persona of Dr. Pierre-Paul Tellier, Director of Student Health Services, who can answer your health-related questions. Check it out! FEARC – Freshman Events and Academic Representative Committee. As an AUS Committee, FEARC works closely with AUS’ s VP Internal to represent first year students’ interests to McGill’s administration. They also handle your academic and social concerns and help to integrate first years into McGill. They hold events such as “First Year Bar Des Arts” to introduce first years to important AUS events and “Apartment Crawls” to help first years find apartments when they move out of residence. For more information on what FEARC does and how to get involved in FEARC, please visit page 55. Final Exam Period – A three-week period when McGill shuts down, the library stays open for 24 hours, and few students see the light of day. It occurs in December for the Fall term and April for the Winter term. This is the time to study, study, study. Exams can count as much as 100%, so don’t take them lightly. For information, visit Fish Bowl – This is a room on the main floor of Redpath Library with tons of study carrels and tables. Starting about two to three weeks into the semester, it is open 24 hours a day for late night studying. Floor Fellow (or Don or MORE Fellow) – He or she is your go-to person on your residence floor. Your floor fellow is responsible for your general safety, well-being, and happiness. He or she is also a great person to talk to for academic, social, or emotional advice. In addition, he or she helps plan social events for your floor. Keep in mind that your Floor Fellow or Don is not a disciplinary officer. His or her goal is simply to make your experience in Rez the best it can be. For those first-years who choose to live off-campus, there are also “Off-Campus Fellows” for various neighbourhoods popular among students.


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Freshman Program – This is the program you must follow in your U0 year, meaning you have to take a certain number of classes in different areas, including humanities, social sciences, language, and science. See “Choosing Your Courses” (page 35) and “Freshman Program Courses” (page 44). Frosh – See “Orientation” below in the dictionary. FYC – The SSMU First Year Council, whose goal is to assist first-years in everything McGill. FYO – First Year Office: Home of the First Year orientation centre. This is located in the Brown Student Services Building. They will email you and send a bunch of important publications. Visit their informative website at GPA – Grade Point Average: The average of all your course grades for ONE term, expressed on a scale out of 4.0. It’s definitely important, but do not get too caught up up in the numbers. Your CGPA, on the other hand, is cumulative and measures your grade point average for all completed terms to date. Honours – A high degree of specialization in one area of study. It is like a major, but you complete more credits (usually 60, but this varies) in your department. There are more required courses, including upper-year seminars and research courses. You will need a GPA of 3.0 to get into most honours programs, though some departments might require higher. This is a wonderful option to consider if you are planning on doing grad school or law school, as it demonstrates that you are taking on a higher difficulty of work in your undergrad years. Most programs have a thesis-writing component. IRC – Inter-Residence Council. Comprised of student representatives from each residence, the IRC looks out for your well being in residence. They throw wild parties and represent your interests to McGill’s administration. Keep a look out in early September for information sessions on joining IRC. ISIC – International Student Identification Card: Use this card to get student discounts. You can pick up your card at most travel agencies and train stations. On campus, the ISIC card is available at Travel Cuts in the SSMU building on the first floor. It costs $16 a year, but you will save more! Visit Joint Honours – This program is similar to a double major curriculum with 36 credits in each department, but each major is taken at the honours level. Graduating with joint honours is not that common, which means that it is impressive. However, it is a rigorous program; and there are specific GPA and course requirements for the joint honours component of each major. Check it out in the course calendar and talk to your advisers (page 39) if you are interested. Lecture – A 1-3 hour time slot of you listening to a professor talk. Some professors videotape/ record lectures and post them on WebCT. However, not all classes are recorded; as a rule of thumb, your Arts classes will NOT be recorded. You should make an effort to attend every lecture, no matter how bad you may think the professor is or if the lecture is recorded. This way you are able to keep up with all of the required readings. Although professors usually do not take attendance, keep in mind that some classes factor in participation as part of your grade.


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ListServ – This is an IMPORTANT and FUN email you will get periodically from the AUS, SSMU, and other organizations for which you sign up. It tells you about upcoming events and opportunities in which you can get involved. There could always be something that catches your eyes in these emails! Make sure you read each one, as they contain critical information for your student life at McGill! Major – Your primary area of study. A major consists of 36 credits from one department, including a certain number of required and complementary courses. Martlet (meal plan) – The brand name of your mandatory meal plan while in residence. Martlet meal plans offer a fair bit of flexibility - based on a declining balance, you are able to eat almost anywhere on campus using only your student card as proof of payment. For more information, check out the Food and Dining Services website at and read the section above on the Meal Plans on page 17. Martlet (school mascot pertaining to female athletes) – a mythical bird without legs and in perpetual flight symbolizing McGill’s eternal quest for knowledge and learning. For men, see “Redmen” below in the dictionary. McGill Bubble – Literally, this refers to the McGill campus and surrounding neighbourhoods. The term is used to refer to the traditional sights and sounds every McGillian is exposed to during their every day lives. We recommend that you use orientation week and your weekends to get out of the bubble - visit some lesser-seen places on the island of Montréal, dine in the old city, or just hop on a metro car with a couple of friends and explore. Montréal is a fantastic city, and you unfortunately do not see enough of it when you are spending those late October nights in the library. McLennan Library – This library is 7 stories tall, making it McGill’s largest library. It offers endless book stacks, countless study carrels, numerous computers, several conference rooms and an information desk. Be sure to check out the movable bookshelves! Midterm – A test given anytime during the semester before finals. While they are generally not as comprehensive as final exams, they can be specific and difficult. Your first midterms will come sooner than you think. Make sure you keep track of your midterm dates, and study hard! Minerva – Minerva is the online program for students in which you register for classes, pay your e-bill, access your unofficial transcript, and a whole lot more. It is accessible through your MyMcGill web portal. More information is available at “Using Minerva” on page 45. Minor – Your secondary area of study. It consists of 18 credits from a department DIFFERENT from that of your major. (The Faculty of Arts requires the multi-track system: that you study disciplines from two departments.) The exceptions to this rule are: if you do two minors, one may be in the same department as your major, or if you do a “Faculty Program” in Environment or in Industrial Relations.


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MyCourses – (Also known as WebCT) A link found within your MyMcGill account, also accessible from the McGill website. This is where you go for all of your course information. Check here for class slides, course syllabi, readings, discussion boards, and mark updates! Make sure to print out all resources you need in case MyCourses stops working two hours before your exam - it has happened before. MWF – Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Classes are often offered “MWF” and usually involve a one-hour lecture on each of these days of the week. Also see “TR” below in the dictionary. Off-Campus Fellow - upper-year McGill students, from a wide array of backgrounds and personalities, who are knowledgeable about the University and city, and are committed towards making your first year at McGill and Montreal as fun and successful as possible.They organize different events within their respective neighborhoods, depending on their participants’ interest and feedback. This way, the program is catered specifically towards YOU! Orientation – A momentous week of academic and social activities to acclimate you to your new home! This includes “Discover McGill,” a day in which you learn all about the AUS, McGIll academic policies, and how to get around campus. This is followed by “Frosh,” a period of drinking, singing, making friends, and exploring Montréal. You will make awesome friends very fast, so put your social hat on! It just may be the best week of your life. Ever. It is also a great time to get to know McGill and the greater Montréal community! Take the time to be social during Orientation – many of the people you will be with are in the same situation as you, in a new setting without many people they know. This is a prime opportunity to make new friendships! See the Orientation schedule on page 11. Placement Exam – For some language classes, notably French, you are required to take this test at the start of the year to determine your level of proficiency and the class you should take. Many science classes also require placement exams. These are often taken during Orientation week, so make sure you plan your schedule accordingly. QPIRG McGill - a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, education and action on social justice and environmental issues in McGill and the Montreal area. QPIRG organizes and facilitates a broad range of activities including Rad Frosh and groups such as Campus Crops, B.Refuge, and many others. For more information, check out Quiz – a short exam given sometime during the term before final exams. This is not as big as a midterm, but in university, you will have fewer assignments than in high school, so every mark counts. Reading Week – McGill’s version of “Spring Break” takes place near the end of February to the beginning of March each year. This one-week break from class gives you the time to catch up on coursework (a really good idea) or laze in the sun in some tropical destination… or sleep. Redmen (school mascot pertaining to male athletes) – This is the male athletics mascot. A Redman is a male who is red. For the female version, see “Martlet” above in the dictionary.


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Reduced Course Load – Something worth looking into, especially for first semester. Typical course loud is 15-credits, but a reduced course load is a 12-credit term, or 4 classes. This is useful in helping you adjust to university life. You will still have full-time student status. Redpath Cafeteria – This cafeteria houses Tim Horton’s, Pizza Pizza, a salad bar, a Première Moisson bakery, and more! This is a great place to stop if you are stressed out in the library. It supports all the Martlet Meal Plans and is open 24-hours during exam period, a treat for late-night studiers. Rez Fest – In the first few days in residence, you get to experience Rez Fest. There will be a lot of bonding with your floor and with your residence through games, sports, movies, and just hanging out. Useful orientation and info sessions also occur during Rez Fest, so try not to miss them! Semester – Half the school year. Most of your classes are one semester long, although McGill does offer some year-long classes, mostly in languages and in economics. Service Point – This is the location at McTavish and Sherbrooke where you will go to pick up your student ID. Service Point’s mission is to centralize many student services, such as Minerva assistance, transcript pick-up, tuition information, and more. Visit: SSMU – Students’ Society of McGill University. In addition to being part of the AUS, you are a part of this, too. Those in charge of it run a big part of your lives on campus. SSMU is in charge of the Shatner (SSMU) building, a textbook exchange, Gerts bar, and campus-wide events, such as SSMU frosh and Four Floors. SSMU represents you to the administration and Canadian government. SSMU offers plenty of ways for you to get involved, so keep an eye out for their ListServs. For more: S/U Option – Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option (also known as Pass/Fail), in lieu of letter grades: useful for protecting a GPA from a predictable blow. Unfortunately, this option is only available for non-prerequisite courses and may be employed a limited number of times. You also cannot use it for any classes that count toward your majors or minors! Think about using it for interest courses or languages – courses that you are interested in but are worried about them hurting your GPA. Remember that this option MUST be selected by the end of add-drop, even for full-year courses, and that only a certain number of courses you take can be from the S/U option. Make sure you check out all of the conditions if this interests you. For more information: Term Paper – A paper you will have often in your Arts classes. Some will be course-based, whereas others will be research-based. They carry significant weight in your grade, so make sure you work hard! This is an opportunity to show what you know and express it intelligently. Tim Hortons – He just might be your best friend this year. Coffee shop popular in Canada. There is one located at Sherbrooke and University, another in the basement of Redpath Library, and one on Parc just north of Sherbrooke across the street from Provigo.


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The Trib (The McGill Tribune) – One of our school newspapers. It covers news, arts and entertainment, sports and often has great content on student life. It comes out every Tuesday. The Trib’s office can be found on the first floor of Shatner. If you’re interested in writing, don’t hesitate to get involved. Check it out at TR – Tuesday/Thursday. Classes are often offered “TR” and usually involve a ninety-minute lecture on each of these days of the week. U0 – Your first year, during which you will complete the Freshman Program (page 45). U1 – Your second year (or first year if you enter with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate credit). You will need to declare your major(s) and/or minor(s) in U1. Web CT – Also known as MyCourses. See “MyCourses” above in the dictionary. We realize this is quite a bit to know, and it can surely be overwhelming. This is just a guide to helping you navigate your first year at McGill. You’ll likely still have questions after reading this handbook, so do not be afraid to ask questions! Someone will have an answer for you. Check out “Student Resources” (page 29) for more information on how to seek the answers you need.

< The AUS plans an annual Graduation Ball, a night full of food, dancing, and memories to celebrate your accomplishments during your three or four years at McGill.

SPOTS ON MCGILL CAMPUS FEARC knows that the McGill campus can get intimidating from time to time, and we also know that it has a lot more to offer than most students ever make use of. Don’t be afraid to explore! We have come up with a quick shortlist of important spots on campus, but it is certainly not exhaustive! Adams Auditorium One of the larger lecture halls, you may find that many of your classes and midterms are held in the Adams Auditorium. Schulich Library is also connected to the Adams building; it is a great study spot.


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(Subway)           The symbol of McGill Arts, the Arts building is as gorgeous as it is recognizable (see the AUS logo if you want more proof). The building is connected to Leacock and the McLennan Library via underground tunnel, and we challenge you to find the indoor shortcut on the third floor to the 24-hour computer labs in Ferrier. Need a study break? Try the Subway sandwiches franchise in the basement of the Arts building - Eat Fresh!

Bookstore & Computer Shop            Located on McTavish at Sherbrooke, the Campus bookstore is a great place to get your textbooks, school supplies, and McGill merchandise. However, if finances are a concern, we suggest that you consider other venues, like Paragraphe, The Word, or the McGill classifieds. The McGill computer store, on the second floor of the bookstore, is a great place to get discounted software and equipment. Bronfman & Cafeteria (Sinfully Asian) The Management Building is where all of the business classes at McGill take place. It also has a fantastic cafeteria named Sinfully Asian, where all of your Asian gastronomical desires can be satisfied, from tom-yum soup, bubble tea, fresh sushi, General Tao Chicken, to Vietnamese beef subs and more. “The Hill” Montréal is one big mountain, but “The Hill” refers to the stretch of University Street from Sherbrooke to the end of the street in Upper Rez (McConnell, Gardner, Molson, and Douglas). It usually takes a student 10-15 minutes to walk it from top to bottom. Make sure your winter boots have good tread. It is a miniature workout, but you can handle it! James Square For the 2010-2011 academic year, McGill undertook a renovation of the area near Milton Gates to create a new area for students to relax during the warmer months. It is a set of stairs starting at the Milton Gates leading to the area near the Arts Building, right by the James Administration Building. It is nice spot to sit down and relax on a sunny day or do some reading between classes. Check it out!


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Leacock and AUS Lounge This building is the 10-story home of Arts students. It is also home to the Arts Lounge, located in the basement. The lounge is the perfect place to hang out with a few friends, shoot a game of pool, or catch up on some work. For more information on the Arts Lounge, see page 6 or drop by!

Lower Field Your Frosh Destination! Also the location of choice for Carnival and winter hockey. When events aren’t being run on this central field, it is great for a friendly game of Frisbee, football, soccer or tag. Watch out for the skating rink that comes out during winter! There is also a small incline where students like to sun themselves on in the earlydays of fall term. Redpath Library & Cafeteria The Redpath Library is open 24-hours starting a few weeks into the term. It has the Fish Bowl, a computer lab, group study rooms, group study tables, and the famous Cyberthèque. There’s also a cafeteria that supports the Martlet Meal Plans and serves Tim Horton’s, Pizza Pizza, grilled sandwiches, mac and cheese, and Asian noodle soup bowls. The cafeteria is open 24 hours during exam time for when you desperately need a cup of coffee, but it has limited evening hours throughout the rest of the year. McLennan Library (Humanities & Social Sciences) Also known as the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, McLennan Library is seven stories tall, making it McGill’s largest library. It offers endless book stacks, countless study nooks, numerous computers, several conference rooms and an information desk. SSMU Building (“Shatner”) The SSMU Building is a building located on McTavish just below Dr. Penfield. It contains meeting rooms, a cafeteria, a coffee shop, an ATM, and more. Also, located on the first floor is the lounge, which has the comfiest sofas on campus. In fact, most people go here not to study, but to catch up on sleep! Grab a couch early, though - this place tends to fill up fast!


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STUDENT RESOURCES McGill is a large university, but there’s never a shortage of resources available if you ever need anything. Here’s a short list of phone numbers and websites to help you through your McGill career. Academic Advising and Information: For more information on Arts advising, see page 39. Student Services / An organization that coordinates a variety of academic and extra-curricular services. These range from the First Year Office (FYO), Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), OffCampus Housing, to Career Planning Services (CaPS). If a student needs guidance or direction, McGill Student Services is the first place to go. For its full offerings, please follow the above link. Athletics/Gym: 514-398-7000 / Drivesafe: 514-398-1716 (Add to your phone!) / A SSMU-run service that offers rides home on Friday and Saturday nights. For whatever reason, do not be hesitant to call Drivesafe. It is free and confidential, but it is not a substitute for a taxi. Information Technology Help Desk: 514-398-3398 McGill Operator: 514-398-4455 Minerva Hotline: 514 398 7878 / If you need help with Minerva, give this number a call! For more information on Minerva, see page 45. Nightline: 514-398-MAIN (Add to your phone!) Ask them any question – literally anything – from 6pm to 3am during the regular school year! Want to know where the closest pizza place is? Have a question about how to unclog your toilet? Nightline can help. An anonymous and confidential information/referral service. Regardless of the issue, McGill Nightline ensures every student is able to cope with problems that might arise during the school year. Ombudsperson: 514-398-7059 / An organization that offers confidential and informal conflict dispute resolution services. If you wish to prevent academic tensions between yourself and the administration, the Ombudsperson offers a number of solutions in the form of information, advice, intervention, and referrals.


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Queer McGill: 514-398-6822 / A support and informational service for lesbian, transgendered, gay, and bisexual students. Regardless of your background or culture, Queer McGill offers a variety of social groups and activities to create a sense of community within the university. Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students Society (SACOMSS): 514-398-8500 / The center provides a variety of services for survivors of sexual abuse. Volunteer and student-run, the organization offers help to any McGill student in need, regardless of the situation. McGill Security: 514-398-3000 (Add to your phone!) / This McGill service patrols campus and ensures the safety of students 24 hours a day. If you have an emergency on campus, do not be afraid to call the above number. Scholarships and Student Aid: 514-398-6013 / Paying for your education is a challenge. Don’t be afraid to go to this office in the Brown Building if you need help or if an emergency comes up. They give out scholarships, approve work-study, and deal with government loans. Before you go, make sure you fill out an application form on Minerva. Student Health Services: 514-398-6017 / There are doctor’s appointments and a drop-in clinic available. Montreal Télésanté: 811 (Add to your phone!) A great place to get your health questions answered when you can’t access a doctor. Available 24/7. Walksafe: 514-398-2498 (Add to your phone!) A volunteer student-run calling service that accompanies any individual who does not feel comfortable walking home alone. However, the service is not available during the summer or exams.

Our Advice: It may be difficult to find exactly what you need at McGill. McGill is a large school, and there are a lot of students seeking the same resources as you. You might need to wait in line. You may need to send a few emails. You may need to do a little research on your own. But at the end of the day, these resources are here to help you out. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!


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GETTING INVOLVED: AUS DEPARTMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS When you choose your minor or major in your U1 year, you will become a member of several departmental association. For example, if you are studying East Asian Studies, you will be a member of the East Asian Studies Students’ Association (EASSA). These associations provide a wonderful opportunity beyond traditional clubs listed on the previous pages in which students can get involved. Each has numerous leadership positions, which are either elected or appointed, as they plan events for the members of the association. In addition, the departmental association represents the department within the AUS on AUS Council, which meets biweekly. Come to the Departmental Fair, during which tables will be set up in from each of the departmental associations. This is a great opportunity to get to meet the students involved in your department, find out which courses are the coolest, and sign up for email lists. Don’t worry if you are U0 or if you haven’t yet declared your minors or majors; departmental associations events (such as movie nights and “current events” discussions) are often open to all. Below is a list of the departmental associations of the AUS. If they maintain a website, their website is also listed. You can also search their name to find them on Facebook. If you would like to get in contact with any of the departmental associations, please contact VP Internal Justin Fletcher at • African Studies Students’ Association (ASSA) • Anthropology Students’ Association (ASA) • Art History and Communication Studies Students’ Association (AHCSSA) •Association Générale des Étudiants de Langue et Littérature Françaises (l’AGELF) • Canadian Studies Association of Undergraduate Students (CSAUS) • Caribbean, Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies Association (CLASHSA) • Classics Students’ Association (CSA) • East Asian Studies Students’ Association (EASSA) • Economics Students’ Association (ESA) • Department of English Students’ Association (DESA) • McGill Undergraduate Geography Society (MUGS) •Gender, Sexual Diversity, and Feminist Studies Students’ Association (GSDFSSA)

• McGill Environmental Students’ Society (MESS) • McGill Industrial Relations Association (MIRA) • German Students’ Association (GSA) • History Students’ Association (HSA) • International Development Studies Students’ Association (IDSSA) • Jewish Studies Students’ Association (JSSA) • Society of Linguistics Undergraduates of McGill (SLUM) • Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students (SUMS) • Middle East Studies Students’ Association (MESSA) • Philosophy Students’ Association (PSA) • Political Science Students’ Association (PSSA) • McGill Psychology Students’ Association (MPSA) • Religious Studies Undergraduate Society (RSUS) • Russian Undergraduate Students’ Society (RUSS) • Sociology Students’ Association (SSA)


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GETTING INVOLVED: AUS COMMITTEES The AUS has numerous committees that work to get things done! They serve different purposes but share the goal of improving Arts students’ lives. The committees have responsibilities ranging from reviewing funding applications to planning amazing events for Arts students. Here is a listing of our committees and the contact person, so you can get involved. The Academic Council The Academic Council is composed of students who sit on Faculty of Arts committees, including the Faculty of Arts Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Committee on Student Affairs. The Academic Council then discusses these issues. This would be great for you if you are interested in working with the administration to promote students’ interests. Send an email to to contact VP Academic Tom Zhengif you have any questions. Constitutional and By-Law Review Committee The AUS has lots of governing documents, and they must be reviewed regularly to ensure that they follow Quebec law and that they do not contradict each other. This would be a good committee for someone who is detail-oriented and/or interested in going into law in the future. Contact President Devon LaBuik at if you have any questions. Freshmen Events and Representative Council FEARC is the first-year committee for U0 and new U1 students of the AUS. FEARC plans events and represents the interests of first-year students within the AUS. It’s an awesome opportunity to get involved right from the beginning here at McGill. In fact, this is the awesome committee that has written this handbook for you! Please see page 56 for information. If you have any other questions, please contact VP Internal Justin Fletcher at Arts Undergrad. Society Environment Committee The AUS has a commitment to sustainability and that is where the AUSec comes in! AUSec works to ensure that all AUS ventures are as sustainable as possible. Last year the AUSec has done a garbage audit and purchased reusable coffee mugs for AUS’s coffee shop. Contact VP Internal Justin Fletcher at if you have any questions. Marketing Committee The AUS and AUS groups plan great events, but they are not fun if no one comes! The Marketing Committee undertakes unique promotional techniques to ensure that everyone knows about what’s going on in the world we like to call the AUS. If you interested, email to contact Yasmeen Gholmieh, VP Communications.


The Financial Management Committee (FMC) FMC looks at and reviews departmental budgets and goes over many funding requests received from the various campus groups, Arts departmental associations, and student-run publications. The FMC usually has around $30,000- $40,000 in funding to disburse. This would be a good committee for anyone who likes managing finances, looking over budgets, or enjoying free pizza. Contact VP Finance Saad Qazi at if you have any questions. The Community Outreach and Engagement Committee (COEC) (NEW for 2012-2013!) The COEC is a new committee for 2012-2013 that will be responsible for coordinating the AUS’s affairs with the community, including but not limited to, philanthropic ventures and activities with our neighbours in Montreal. Contact VP External Brian Farnan at if you have any questions. Arts Undergrad. Improvement Fund Committee Each year the AUS collects several hundred thousand dollars in fees and distributes to benefit you. AUIFC reviews applications and disburses the money to improve the undergraduate experience of Arts students at McGill. In 2012 AUIFC gave $110,000 to renovate the McLennan Library and money for coffeemakers and microwaves to our departmental associations. Contact VP Finance Saad Qazi at if you have any questions. Event Planning and Implementation Committee EPIC can be defined only by the adjective that is its namesake. EPIC plans and coordinates events for Arts students, which in the past have included the Departmental Cup, and Destress with the AUS. This is a great opportunity if you see event planning in your future. Contact VP Events Josh Greenberg at if you have any questions. Sponsorship Committee The AUS takes on large endeavours throughout the year, and sometimes that requires support from the community in the form of in-kind support or donations. Think you might have a future in PR? Apply for the Sponsorship Committee! Contact President Devon LaBuik at if you have any questions.

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GETTING INVOLVED: CLUBS & SERVICES The importance of getting involved in the McGill community is well worth repeating. Dedicating a few hours per week to a club or sport will have little—if any—negative effect on your grades. Rather, involvement has been shown to improve student performance, and the overall satisfaction you experience at McGill will increase substantially. University-wide clubs and services are administered by the SSMU, the campus wide student union. We also encourage you to attend Activities Night, which will be held in early September and again in January. This evening is a great opportunity to see what is available in which to get involved at McGill. The above list is JUST a sample of the many clubs the SSMU has that you can join. For a complete list of the SSMU’s clubs and services and their contact information, and for information on how to start your own club, please visit the following links: and Artistic, Musical, & Dance Charitable Effusion A Capella Getting off the Streets (GOTS) Tango Society at McGill Mtrl Children’s Health Alliance Urban Groove Dance Project Think Pink (Breast Cancer) SynesthAsia Rotaract Environmental Networking & Leadership Climate and Sustainability Advocacy DECA U Greenpeace McGill Global China Connection World Wildlife Fund McGill Debating Union (The) Conservationists McGill Financial Markets Group Religious, Cultural, & Linguistic Social Activism & Political Assn. of North American Born Asians Borderless World Volunteers Choose Life Bulgarian Association of McGill Campus for Christ Journalists for Human Rights Friends of Israel NDP McGill Wellness, Athletics, & Recreation Publications and Other Birds of Paradise (Yoga) Red Herring Cupcake Club Folio Magazine McGill Quidditch Team Chess Club McGill Outdoors Club (MOC) Utopian Project

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Black Students’ Network McGill Walksafe McGill First Aid Service McGill Drivesafe McGill Nightline Elections SSMU McGill International Students’ Network (MISN) Midnight Kitchen Mature and Re-entry Students’ Association Organic Campus The Plate Club TVM (formerly TVMcGill) Queer McGill The Flat (Bike Collective) SSMU Volunteer Program Savoy Society First Year Council Players’ Theatre Sexual Assault Center (SACOMSS)

Don’t be afraid to sign up for an email list (ListServ). It’s a great opportunity to hear about upcoming events and activities. There’s no commitment when you sign up for clubs - sign up for anything that catches your interest so that you can get more information! Try to get involved, but don’t over-commit. It is your first year, and you have plenty of time to stay involved. Try a couple of things here and there - and aim for variety while keeping your interests in mind - but academics are your priority. There is a lot to choose from, as you can see, from humanitarian causes, intramural sports, to ethnic societies, and more - give everything a chance!


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GETTING INVOLVED: STUDENT GOVERNANCE AT MCGILL As you can see from the previous pages, there is no shortage of opportunities for student involvement here at McGill. As members of student associations, there are other ways to get involved in critical democratic processes that shape the direction of your student associations. As an undergraduate student registered for a program on the downtown campus, you are automatically a member of the Students’ Society of McGill University, SSMU. For information on governance, including the SSMU Constitution and bylaws, check out the SSMU website at As a student registered in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Arts & Science (B.A.&Sc.), you are also a member of the Arts Undergraduate Society. For information on governance, including the AUS Constitution and bylaws, check out our website at As members of these associations, you have the right to participate in democratic processes: • Elections for the student executives take place yearly. In the AUS, they occur in mid-March. Take into consideration what all the candidates have to offer, check out their websites and Facebook groups, attend the debates, and don’t forget to vote! • Referenda are questions you vote on that guide how your student association spends its money or runs. Referenda are generally held twice each year and contain questions about AUS or SSMU fees and amending the constitutions that govern each student association. • General Assemblies (“GAs”) are exciting meetings in which concerned students meet to discuss and debate critical issues. In 2011-2012, the AUS held three general assemblies, and in November 2011, the AUS voted to go on a one-day strike for the tuition hike protest movement. Your vote counts, so make sure to attend! Both SSMU and AUS hold GAs. Check your listserv for more information about upcoming general assemblies. • AUS Council Meetings occur every two weeks and, when not in confidential session, are open to the public – every other Wednesday in Leacock 232. Listen to what is going on in your student association and provide your perspective to the AUS Councillors! • SSMU Council Meetings occur every two weeks and, when not in confidential session, are open to the public – every other Thursday in Lev Bukhman in the SSMU Building. The AUS sends four representatives to SSMU Council to represent the interests of Arts students. Contact VP External Brian Farnan at if you have an issue you would like to raise at SSMU Council. We understand the bureaucracy can be confusing, but do not be afraid to ask any of your elected executives any questions. Want to improve your student association? Want to hold a general assembly? Want to put a question up for referendum? In your student association, you can. Contact President Devon LaBuik at with your questions. Check the AUS listserv periodically for further opportunities. The AUS holds tons of events throughout the year, such as Volunteer Week, Charity Week, the Grad School Fair, Work Your B.A., and more; and the AUS can’t do it all without your help and participation! There are lots of opportunities to get involved in your student association, so don’t be shy!


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 The classes in which you decide to enroll can have a major influence on your university experience. There are many things to consider when making your choices, and while this information is by no means a substitution for a face-to-face meeting with a McGill Academic Advisor (see page 39), we believe we have tackled some major things you should consider when choosing your courses.

Questions to Ask Yourself: a) Does it meet my freshman (if you’re a U0 student) or program (if you’re a U1 student) requirements? Keep in mind most classes are 3-credits. Typical course load is 15 credits (5 courses), and reduced course load is 12 credits (4 courses). Both are full-time status. Some courses, such as Calculus 2 or language courses such as Chinese, Arabic or Korean, are 4 or 4.5 credits each, respectively.

If you are a U0 student, you will be taking courses in the Freshman Program (see page 44). This requires you to take all of your credits in 3 of the following 4 areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, and Mathematics & Sciences. This means you can take two courses in one of the four areas per term. The reason for the Freshman Program is so that you are able to explore many different disciplines in your first year so that you will find something that interests you. The list of approved courses in the Freshman program is available at the following site: Look at major and minor programs you may be interested in, and start getting the prerequisites done! For instance, if you are considering doing Honours Economics or a minor in Mathematics, it would be wise to complete the Math prerequisites, which also satisy a component of the Freshman Program! For more information, visit:

If you are a U1 student, this means you have either completed CEGEP, APs, IBs, or

another system that gave you advanced standing. This means you have at least 24 and at most 30 advanced standing credits. You should declare your major at the beginning of the year. But DO NOT worry; you are NOT committed to this major! Begin taking classes for the major you choose, but take some classes in other areas, too, to see if there is anything else you may be interested in studying. Check out the McGill program requirements here: http:// Our advice: get all of your prerequisites out of the way! For example, Honours Economics requires that you take 3 math classes. It would be a good idea to take these 3 math classes as soon as possible, so you can begin the program. For more information, visit: oasis/ba/departmental.

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b) Am I interested in the class? You are far more inclined to do well if you enjoy what you are studying. There is a good chance that you will find yourself procrastinating a lot less and having a much better sense of intuition when it comes time for the exam. Do “Natural Disasters” or “The Art of Listening” really appeal to you, or are you taking them just because you heard they are easy? Check out the syllabi of courses taught in the past to see if it is something you may be interested in taking. Many departmental websites, such as History and Political Science, have previous course syllabi available on the website for you to peruse. Do not get freaked out by large reading loads or numerous papers when reading the syllabi. Think about it this way: every course is going to have a large workload. Reading a syllabus for the first time and actually being in the class are two completely different things. Many professors also tend to cut readings from the syllabus if they believe they have assigned too much, so do not be too intimidated when looking at syllabi online. For a sample syllabus that outlines course expectations, see page 40. c) Does the professor have a good reputation among students? McGill University prides itself on the quality of its professors; however, it is well worth your time to visit the “Mercury Course Evaluation Menu” on Minerva (see “Using Minerva” on page 45). Here, you can access reviews of classes and professors that students have submitted. Another good place to check is, where you can get a better sense of the professor’s specific teaching style. Do not be too swayed by some bad ratings. Remember that some students who do poorly may have a negative opinion of the professor. Ultimately, the best way to see whether or not you like the professor is to go to a couple of the classes during the “Add/Drop” period at the beginning of the term. You are not committed to the class. Pick a few classes to attend, and pick your favorites! You may also want to consider the professor’s research areas and interests and whether you would be interested in working with this professor later in your McGill career. d) How does it fit into my schedule? Your first priority when scheduling classes should be to avoid direct conflicts (in other words, over- lapping classes). Although Minerva will let you know about any such conflict, it will not prevent you from signing up. A ten minute gap between classes is usually sufficient to get from one lecture hall to another, but there are some exceptions. You should try walking out your planned schedule during the week before class to get a feel for where your classes are held. Two classes back-to-back are manageable; three is difficult. Watch out for four classes in a row, especially, because that is a lot of class! Do not underestimate the value of an hour or two between classes to prep for the next lecture, eat some lunch, or have a midday nap. It may be a good idea to use the website Visual Schedule Builder, available at “” It will help you plan your schedule. Be careful, though; changes in the schedule do occur that are not updated on VSB. Check the schedule VSB produces for you with the actual schedule on Minerva. This will save you some pain during registration.


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One final note: although it might seem nice to fit in all your classes on MWF to take TR off, theoretically, this could leave you with all of your midterms, presentations, and papers due all in one day. This is rough – try to achieve some balance in your schedule. For instance, perhaps 8:35 classes everyday will be too difficult for you if you are not a morning person. A better option for you, then, may be to alternate 8:35 and 11:35 classes. e) How balanced is my course load? Diversity in the McGill lecture theatres comes not only through the subject matter that differs from course-to-course, but also through teaching styles that each professor employs and the evaluative tools he or she uses. Note that although some courses are reading intensive, others call for multiple choice exams, and others yet involve regular essay and report writing. Something to consider: first semester takes some adjusting—socially, academically, athletically, and otherwise. If it is an option, you might want to think about choosing a reduced courseload of four courses instead of five during your first semester, so you become more acquainted with how university courses are conducted. For example, economics classes will be more math-heavy than an English class. The Freshman program includes math/science and languages. Four or five highly reading-intensiveclasses may be challenging during your first year. Try taking classes in other disciplines to achieve some balance. You should also consider taking FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS (FYS). These are classes that only first-year students can take that have a limit of 25 students per course. The goal of these is to maximize your interaction with a professor and to help you with your writing and speaking abilities. Check them out! f) Am I challenging myself or thinking outside of the box? Many McGill students have not yet found their direction and are hoping to keep as many doors open as possible until they are ready to sort out their plans. You should consider taking a few courses unrelated to your concentration. You will broaden the scope of your intellect, and you may discover a new field you wish to explore! Many students change their field of study multiple times through their four years. It is perfectly acceptable - and common - to make such changes. Take time to ensure that your formal education—and life thereafter—is everything you want it to be! Once you’ve assembled a short-list of classes to take, you will need to register for your classes on Minerva. Check page 11 to see when you will register. It is a good idea to become accustomed to MINERVA, McGill’s online course registration system, before you actually have to register. That way, when your course selection date finally arrives, you can login, enter your CRNs into the Quick Add worksheet, and finish your registration in under 5 minutes. All of this will be explained - see page 45 for more information on how to use Minerva!


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QUICK REVIEW: FEARC’S GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR CLASSES • Don’t be afraid to try something new. First year is the time to try out different classes to see what you ACTUALLY like. Many first years end up changing their mind about what to major in once they’ve “shopped” around the classes! • Make sure it meets your requirements, whether you are U0 or U1. • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are advising sessions before the start of the academic year, and even an advising phone line you can call for help! • Make sure you don’t have any conflicts in your schedule! Websites such as Visual Schedule Builder ( may help you plan your schedule, but only Minerva is 100% correct. • Try to find a balanced workload. Ultimately, the goal of the Freshman Program is to help you discover your interests and to achieve a balance in the subjects you study during your first year. < This photo is a promotional poster for 2012’s Nuit Blanche. The Fine Arts Council’s annual Nuit Blanche event showcases the artistic talents of all McGill students. Although McGill does not have a formal “fine arts” program, the Fine Arts Council makes sure that every student has the opportunity to demonstrate their artistic talents. The Fine Arts Council organizes Nuit Blanche and provides funding and support to all artistic initiatives on campus, including magazines, theatre productions, and art exhibitions. To get in touch with the FAC, like them on Facebook at http://www. or send any questions you may have to

The McGill Psychology Students’ Association (MPSA) won the award for Large Departmental Association of the Year. Check out page 31 for more information about getting involved with your departmental association.>


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ADVISING: ARTS OASIS AND DEPARTMENTAL ADVISERS So, after you read all the information about choosing your courses and using Minerva, we know it is overwhelming and difficult. Fortunately, McGill does not expect you to be able to figure everything out on your own! In fact, McGill has an entire set of staff dedicated to helping you academically outside of the classroom. These are your FACULTY ADVISERS. They represent the Faculty of Arts and are part of the Arts OASIS, or the Arts Office of Advising & Student Information Services. The home of your faculty advisers is Dawson Hall, located right next to the Arts Building. Their informative website is Check it out for more information on academic policy and advising. Sometime during the fall semester, you will be assigned a faculty adviser. Even before you are assigned an adviser, you can either attend a drop-in advising session or make an appointment to see an adviser. There are two types of advising: drop-in and appointment. Drop-in advising occurs when you go to Dawson Hall, preferably early in the morning, and get a drop-in card. You should try to attend the drop-in session of your own adviser, but it is not necessary; a schedule of advisersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drop-in hours is available on the OASIS website. Drop-in sessions are typically ten minutes or fewer. For information on the faculty advisers, including their schedules, visit this website: If you have a serious problem or if you anticipate needing more than ten minutes to have your questions answered, you can make an appointment. You can do this by emailing your adviser with your name, student number, and your weekly availability. Word of Advice #1: Do not wait until the last possible moment to see an adviser. If you end up needing help later down the road and you have not met with your adviser at all during your academic career, it will be difficult to explain your situation. Rather, if you have met regularly, and a problem does come up, your adviser will know who you are and will be much more understanding of your situation. Therefore, he or she will be able to help you more effectively than if you have never met before. Think of it this way: meeting your adviser can only help you in your McGill academic career. Advisers are there to HELP you! When you declare your majors and minors, you will have DEPARTMENTAL ADVISERS. Your departmental adviser can tell you which courses you should take to complete your major or minor. They are more knowledgeable about the individual program you are completing. To figure out who your departmental adviser is, please visit your individual departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Word of Advice #2: See an adviser and attend a departmental information session during Orientation week! We assume you want to start your McGill career off on the right foot... We suggest meeting with BOTH your faculty and departmental advisers regularly (i.e., once per semester). One of the worst things academically that could happen is you find out you missed a required course before you expect to graduate.


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A MODEL SYLLABUS When you come to McGill and you attend your first classes, you will receive a syllabus. This is your guide to succeeding in the course. When in doubt, check the syllabus! We have created a sample syllabus to demonstrate what a typical syllabus is like. Keep in mind that not every syllabus follows this format, but each syllabus should contain information such as the professor’s contact information, course topics, grading schemes, and a statement that McGill requires regarding academic integrity.

HIST 287: History of McGill University Fall 2011 Lecture Time: MWF, 11:35-12:25 Location: Leacock 132 (Note: This is a fictitious course!) Instructor Professor Angelica Pickles Office: Truman Hall, Room 336 Office Hours: MW 3:00-4:00 or by appointment Email: (preferred method of contact) Teaching Assistants TA: Doug Funny, Office: Truman Hall, Room 320 Office Hours: R 1:00-2:00 or by appointment

TA: Patrick Star, Office: Truman Hall, Room 324 Office Hours: T 2:00-3:00 or by appointment

Your professor and your TA are here to help you. Take note of their contact information, office hours, and more. Also, make sure you keep note of whether or not there is a “mail” in the email address. In general, you should see your assigned TA before seeing the professor. If the office hours conflict with one of your classes, be sure to set up an appointment.

Introduction to the Course You may be wondering: why is it important that I know the history of the institution at which I am studying? There are many reasons for this. Founded in 1821 by James McGill, McGill University has become a world-class institution whose teaching and research have changed indelibly the academic landscape throughout the world. Why was James McGill interested in founding a university in Montreal? What are the reasons for McGill’s success? What is the educational philosophy at McGill? What complications have there been regarding university policy, student activism, and the greater Montreal area? Some issues we plan to examine are the French/English language issues, the creation of a campus focused on agricultural science, and the organization of student governments at McGill. By the end of the course, you should be able to answer this question: Are the ideals behind James McGill’s founding of the university in 1821 realized today in 2011? Course Objectives ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

You will learn about the history of McGill University through various case studies involving the founders, the development of curricula, problems between administration and students, the international reputation of the university, and the educational philosophy of McGill. You will complete a research task designed to help you understand the historical research process. You will become familiar with McGill libraries and how to write a research paper in Chicago style. You will learn to work with primary source materials to supplement your understanding of basic episodes in the history of McGill. You will become familiar with how to participate in an engaged and active discussion with your peers during your conference section.

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Conference Participation (10 conferences scheduled throughout the term): 15% Mid-term exam (in-class, Wednesday, October 12, 2011): 20% Term Paper (due Monday, November 28, 2011): 25% Final Exam (date TBA, administered by McGill): 40% HIST 287 Syllabus, Fall 2011 – Page 1


HINT: Review the syllabus before your final exam. As your final exam is supposed to test whether or not you learned the course objectives, reviewing these objectives could give you possible hints as to questions on the final exam that examine the scope of the course.

Don’t take this as a list of priorities. Each item, despite varying percentages of worth, is critical to your success in the course. For instance, don’t take conference participation lightly. Even though it’s 15% in this course, it could be the difference between passing and failing.

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Required Materials 1. A Brief History of McGill University by Chuckie Finster (2011 edition): Available at Paragraphe Books o Make sure you purchase the most recent edition, as it includes new chapters that are required for this course that are not available in the 2005 edition. o Because this is a new edition, you will not be able to purchase the book from previous students. You may find it cheaper online, but you will be delayed in your first few reading assignments. Do this only at your own risk. 2. Course-pack of readings: Available at McGill Bookstore. Many of these sources include articles from McGill and Montreal-based newspapers. It also includes sources from the McGill archive that are relevant to the topics we will be studying this year. 3. Other sources may be posted on WebCT. Online sources will be denoted as such in the syllabus. We also will be following and discussing current events on campus. You should read The Daily, The McGill Tribune, and/or The McGill Reporter to keep tabs on important events at McGill. Recommended (i.e., not required) readings are included in the syllabus. You may read them if you wish to supplement your knowledge on a specific topic. You will not be tested directly on these articles, but if you include them on an examination, it may significantly enhance your mark. Knowledge of French is not required for the course, but it may be of assistance when doing your research assignment.

Get your books as soon as possible! Books can and do sell out. Make sure you definitely want to take the class before purchasing the book, though. Make sure to check on the syllabus WHERE you should buy your books. Professors often order textbooks to different locations; not every book is available in the bookstore. Check out McGill Classifieds and the Word Bookstore (on Milton) for cheaper copies of your textbooks, but make sure you have the right edition. HINT: Your course-pack readings are just as important as those in the textbook!

Examination Policy The mid-term exam scheduled for October 12, 2011, will be held in-class. You must come 5-10 minutes early so we can begin the exam promptly at 11:35. Exams will consist of ID questions in which you will have to define several terms and explain the significance thereof. The mid-term will include ID questions and an essay. The final exam will include ID questions and two essays. Please note that the final exam is cumulative; that is, it includes material from before and after the mid-term exam. If you cannot take the mid-term exam for medical reasons or a family emergency, you must present valid documentation to the professor (not your TA). A make-up exam will be scheduled for two weeks after the exam, but you can only take this make-up exam if you have an approved, legitimate excuse. The professor reserves the right to refuse a student’s excuse if it does not appear legitimate. The final exam will be scheduled and administered by the university. The date of the exam has not been scheduled yet; the schedule should be released sometime in October. Please read about McGill examination policy regarding supplemental and deferred exams.

Take note of whether or not your exams are cumulative, as this can make a HUGE difference when studying. Even for non-cumulative exams, don’t forget all of the material from before. Important themes you have broached throughout the course can still come up, even if you discussed them before the mid-term.

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You will have a weekly conference beginning the second week of class lasting until the end of the term. These conferences will have between 15 and 25 people. During these conferences, you will discuss the primary source articles that have been assigned on the syllabus below. You will also be discussing any important, current issues that come about during the term. This is why you must read the school newspapers on a regular basis. Note that you will not have a conference during the week of the midterm and the week before your paper is due. Instead, the professor and TAs will hold additional office hours for your paper. HIST 287 Syllabus, Fall 2011 – Page 2

Your conferences will generally be with a TA, although some are with the professor. This is a great opportunity to revise your understanding of significant aspects of the material. Feel free to talk to your TA if you are having any problems with the course.


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You must register online for your conference on Minerva as soon as possible. If you are not registered for a conference, you will not be on the list, and you will not get credit for attending. You will have to hand in conference assignments throughout the term, including reading responses. It is your responsibility to keep track of these assignments. For instance, you must hand in a list of research ideas for your paper for your second conference. Late assignments will not be accepted! Conferences will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday only. Please register for the conference during the Friday lecture period only if the other conferences do not fit in your schedule. There are six available conference sections. Two will be held during the Friday lecture period. We will hold one conference in French if there is sufficient demand. I will field interest about such a conference during the first class meeting. You will not be graded on attendance solely; rather, you will also be marked on the quantity and quality of your discussion, the interaction with your peers, and your conference assignments.

Register early for your conferences to make sure you get one that is best for your schedule, but be considerate of others. If you are free during a conference that takes place outside of your lecture slot, you should register for that conference.

Discussion is about much more than quantity. HINT: Prepare talking points before conference!

Term Paper You will be writing a 10-15 page research paper for this course. You will be investigating a contentious event in McGill history, be it problems between administration and students, a student protest, any controversial and well-documented disciplinary cases, etc. More information about the research paper, including requirements, detailed questions, topics, and more will be distributed in mid-September. (Keep in mind that if you wish to write about a topic not on the list, you must get approval from your TA or the professor.) You will need to use the McGill archives. You will have an introduction to the McGill archives at the library during your second conference to help you with your research. The paper must be written using the Chicago Manual of Style. If this is your first time writing in this style, you should see your TA during his or her office hours. Also, visit You may write your paper in either French or English. Instructor’s Policies ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

Lectures will not be recorded; therefore, it is imperative that you attend class. Keep in mind that you must take both exams and hand in the term paper to pass the class. If one of these components is not completed, you will fail the course. There will be no exceptions. Internet surfing is not allowed during lecture and conference. You may not submit extra work to pass the class. Grades will be calculated using the formula above. I will not accept electronic copies of your paper. All papers must be handed in to me or to your TA. When we collect your research papers, they must be handed in within the first five minutes of the lecture. After this five-minute window (at 11:40 AM), the essays will be considered one day late. All grades will be reduced by one grade level for each calendar day the paper is late, including weekends. For instance, an A- will become a B+, a B+ will become a B, etc. Please note that the course does not proceed chronologically. Rather, we will be focusing on different topics and themes throughout the history of McGill University, such as McGill architecture, conflicts between students and administration, James McGill, etc.

Statement on Academic Integrity McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of student conduct and disciplinary procedures (see for more information). HIST 287 Syllabus, Fall 2011 – Page 3 Not surfing the internet during lecture should be a given. Not only is it distracting to your peers who are trying to learn, but it will also decrease how much you gain from lecture. Save the facebooking for after class! This statement regarding academic integrity appears on EVERY syllabus you will receive at McGill! Don’t treat it lightly. Academic integrity is serious here.


A term paper is your OPPORTUNITY to take what you have learned to the next level. Take the themes you have discussed in class, and apply them to realworld issues.

Take note of the preferred citation style that your professor wants. Points can be deducted for incorrect citations.

The instructor reserves the right to establish his or her own rules for the classroom. These differ from professor-toprofessor. Take note of these policies!

In general, Arts professors do not record lectures. If they do, however, this is not a substitute for attending lecture. Lectures are not only part of the academic experience; attending lecture will also help you keep up with the material and digest it properly.

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Course Schedule Starting the SECOND week, the Friday lecture will be replaced by a conference. That is, once conferences begin, you will no longer come to Leacock 132 for Friday lecture. Introduction to the Course ¥ F 9/2: Distribution of the syllabus, explanation of academic policies, discussion of class topics Week One: The Life of James McGill ¥ M 9/5: Lecture One ! Finster, Ch. 1 ¥ W 9/7: Lecture Two ! Finster, Ch. 2 ¥ F 9/9: Lecture Three ! Course-pack: REQUIRED: Excerpts from The Autobiography of James McGill; RECOMMENDED: Patrick Star, “James McGill: From Philanthropist to University Founder,” p.79-123 Week Two: History of the McGill Landscape ¥ M 9/12: Lecture Four ! Finster, Ch. 3 ¥ W 9/14: Lecture Five (Guest Lecture, Jimmy Neutron, Architecture Department) ! Finster, Ch. 4 ¥ R/F 9/15-16: Conference One (Note that we no longer will be having Friday class now.) ! Coursepack: Helga G. Pataki, “How McGill Architecture Reflects Historical Developments,” p.33-72 Week Three: History of the McGill Archives ¥ M 9/19: Lecture Six ! Finster, Ch. 5 ¥ W 9/21: Lecture Seven ! Finster, Ch. 6 ¥ R/F 9/22-23: Conference Two (held at McLennan Library) ! WebCT: Olga Pataki, “On the Establishment of the McGill University Archive: The Significance of Record-keeping.” (Available on Web-CT only) o CONFERENCE ASSIGNMENT: Formulate a list of potential research ideas for your paper. This is to be handed in to your TA! Week Four: The Language Debate ¥ M 9/26: Lecture Eight ! Finster, Ch. 7 ¥ W 9/28: Lecture Nine ! Course-pack: The McGill Daily, Op-Ed by Timmy Turner: “McGill’s Language of Instruction Should be French.” (2004) ¥ R/F 9/29-30: Conference Three ! Course-pack: The McGill Daily, Op-Ed by Penelope Taint: “The Language of the World is English. So Should McGill’s.” (2004) Week Five: The Development of Student Governments ¥ M 10/3: Lecture Ten ! Finster, Ch. 13 ¥ W 10/5: Lecture Eleven ! Finster, Ch. 9 ¥ R/F 10/6-7: Conference Four ! Course-pack: A collection of campaign materials from throughout McGill’s history. Compiled by the McGill University archives. Week Six: Mid-term Exam ¥ M 10/10: Lecture Twelve ! Review for Mid-term Exam ¥ W 10/12: MID-TERM EXAMINATION ¥ No conference this week. (The syllabus continues…) HIST 287 Syllabus, Fall 2011 – Page 4

Most syllabi will contain a list of readings for the course. It is your responsibility to keep up with the readings. In general, you should try to complete the reading BEFORE the day’s lecture. You should also try to finish the entire week’s readings BEFORE the week’s conference.

Take note of required and recommended readings. Recommended readings will enhance your understanding of the material. Citing a recommended reading may help you on your exams.

Take note of DUE DATES -- write them in your calendar, store them in your phone, etc. Lateness is NOT your friend in university.

The same thing above goes with exam dates. Do not forget! HINT: Begin preparing for exams as early as you can. Keep detailed notes of your readings. Try to find sample exams online, create practice questions, and listen to hints from the professor regarding possible examination questions. Use your syllabus to prepare for the year. Compare your syllabus for one class with your other classes’: see if you have papers due within the same week and see when your midterms are scheduled. Do this to plan ahead, so you don’t fall too far behind when things get busy.


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SAMPLE FRESHMAN PROGRAM (U0) COURSES For information on the Freshman Program, please see page 35 under “If you are U0...” The Freshman Program requires U0 students to take all of your credits in 3 of the following 4 areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, and Mathematics & Sciences. This means you can take two courses in one of the four areas each term. You must satisfy 30 credits of Freshman Program courses. If you have come in with Advanced Standing credits but are not U1, you must complete the difference between 30 and the amount of advanced standing credits you have received. You can check the number of advanced standing credits you have on Minerva on your Unofficial Transcript. NOTE TO U1 STUDENTS: Many of these courses are introductory courses. While you do not have to take courses from each category, you will nonetheless end up taking courses that are part of the Freshman Program. This contains SOME, BUT NOT ALL, courses that satisfy each classification. Humanities ARTH 205 Introduction to Modern Art CANS 200 Intro to the Study of Canada CLAS 200 Intro to Ancient Greek Lit COMS 210 Intro to Communication Studies EAST 212 Intro:East Asian Culture:Japan EAST 216 Chinese Action Film ENGL 200 Survey of English Literature 1 FREN 250 Litt française avant 1800 ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization JWST 199 FYS:Images-Jewish Identities MUAR 211 The Art of Listening PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1 RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam WMST 200 Intro to Women’s Studies Languages Latin, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek Korean, Chinese, Japanese English as a Second Language French Language and Literature (for fluent speakers) French as a Second Language German, Spanish, Portuguese Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Persian, Hebrew, Yiddish Italian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Russian

Social Sciences ANTH 208 Evolutionary Anthropology ANTH 210 Archaeology of Early Cities ECON 208 Microeconomic Analysis and Applications ECON 225 Economics of the Environment HIST 195 FYS: Sources of World History HIST 208 Intro to East Asian History HIST 236 Russia from 1801 to 1991 LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics POLI 227 Developing Areas/Introduction POLI 244 International Politics: State Behaviour SDST 250 Intro: Sexual Diversity Studies SOCI 247 Family & Modern Society WMST 200 Intro to Women’s Studies Mathematics and Sciences ATOC 185 Natural Disasters BIOL 111 Principles:Organismal Biology CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 CHEM 181 World of Chem: Food COMP 250 Intro to Computer Science EPSC 182 Astrobiology MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry MATH 140 Calculus 1 PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics

The complete list of courses is available at If you are U0, you must have your Freshman Program courses approved. You can do that at the following link:


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USING MINERVA You have used Minerva before when filing your application to come to McGill. We know it can be confusing and that there are many menus to navigate, but we promise that once you figure it out, it is not that bad. Here is our guide on how to register for courses using Minerva. Please note that you can do other things on Minerva, such as see how much you owe McGill for tuition and housing, view your unofficial transcript, print letters showing your proof of enrollment, apply for financial aid, and more. 1. Navigate to You can also access Minerva through MyMcGill, a portal which gives you access to myCourses, McGill Email, and Minerva. See: 2. Login using your McGill Username and Password. If it is your first time logging in, you have to use your Student Number and the temporary PIN that comes with your acceptance package. Your username will be There may be a number after your last name if there is another student at McGill with the same name. 3. Once you’ve logged in, find the “Student” tab at the top. Then click on the second link that reads “Registration Menu.” 4. It’s a good idea to find out what year you are in and to check if there is anything prohibiting you from registering, such as unpaid fees. Click on the “Step 1: Check your Registration Eligibility...” link. Select “Fall 2012” when prompted as the semester. 5. If everything is in order, you will see a message like this:

0 If your year is “Year 0,” it means that you are a freshman (“U0” student). This is the most likely case if you’re entering McGill from high school. If your year is “Year 1,” you are a “U1” student. This is the most likely case if you did the IB, AP or French Bac in high school, or attended a CEGEP. It may take some time for McGill to process your transfer credits. Please be patient! 6. Click on the “Step 2: Search Class Schedule...” button to find out what classes are available. You can search by Subject and by Faculty. For full course descriptions, as well as a list of the courses that are required for your program, check out the course calendar at courses/calendars/. If you are U0, keep in mind the course options from the Freshman Program on page 44. If you are U1, try to start completing prerequisites and required courses for your major. For more information on programs, see


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7. It is a good idea to write down the CRN (Course Registration Numbers) of each of the courses in which you are interested on a separate sheet of paper. It will make registration much easier than repeatedly adding and dropping courses. All you do is type in the CRNs for each course you would like! 8. Once you have ensured that your courses do not conflict with each other, make sure that you have a list of the CRNs for the courses for which you want to register when your registration date comes around (see page 11.) Here is an example of a course listing with the course description and a restriction. Course Name


Course Code

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Check for restrictions! 9. When it is your time to register (see Calendar on page 11), logon to Minerva and navigate back to the Student Registration menu. Click on “Quick Add or Drop Courses.” 10. At the bottom of the page that loads, you will see something called a “Quick Add Worksheet.” It looks like this ----> All you have to do to register is enter the CRNs you have previously compiled and hit the “Submit Changes” button. You will be informed if there were any issues with your registration choices. Add/Drop Period: The First Two Weeks of Classes: Minerva will be an important resource throughout the year, but especially during the “Add/Drop” period during the first two weeks of each semester. During this period, you can attend different classes and drop them without it being on your transcript if you do not wish to continue taking it. Think of it as class shopping. This is so that you can pick the schedule that best meets your wants and needs. More About Minerva: The “Student Menu” section is your friend. If you are trying to rework your schedule, check Minerva constantly to see if spots open up. From the Student Menu, you can add and drop courses, register for waitlists and view your status on them, and see your transcripts and curriculum (major, minor, classes etc.). In addition, you can view and print out your class schedule by section or in visual layout and access information about the time, days, locations, TAs, and professors. Using WebCT (MyCourses): Although it is not a part of Minerva, a lot of professors use WebCT (myCourses, Blackboard) to put readings, lecture notes, slides, and other course-related information online. Some classes use WebCT a lot, while others barely have any activity at all. You will figure out to what extent you need to use it over time, but check it at least every couple days during the semester, so you do not miss anything important. It is accessible from the myMcGill menu.


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THE FIRST FEW DAYS Your arrival in Montréal is going to be action-packed. But in the rush and fun of it, do not forget to: Get your ID card right away You will need your ID to buy food, to get into your residence, and to demonstrate proof that you are a McGill student. You will have to get your ID card at Service Point, located at McTavish just above Sherbrooke. You will see signs pointing you there. Arrive early, because the line can get long. You may want to consider punching a hole in the top of your ID card, which you can have done at the Ferrier building, and attaching the card to a lanyard. This reduces the chance that you lose it; replacements are $25. Have your ID card validated for your meal plan If you are on a meal plan (see page 17), they will validate your ID to purchase food at Service Point when you get your ID. Make sure McGill has all the paperwork it needs from you This means: the Permanent Code Data Form if you are an out-of-province student, Proof of Canadian Citizenship if you are a Canadian student, or a Study Permit if you are an international student. This information will be collected when you go to get your ID at Service Point. Set up your internet and/or phone This can be done on the internet. If you live in residence, you have two free weeks of internet at the beginning of the year. However, you will have to pay for Internet during the year. Check out for details. Visit the First Year Office Run by the First Year Office in the Brown Student Services Building if you have any questions! They also have lots of resources, such as calendars and discount coupons, that can help you throughout the year. Attend the Rezfest BBQ You will get details about this if you live in Residence, but it’s a great opportunity to meet people in your residence. Also, there will be lots of clubs giving out information about joining and getting involved. Check it out! Attend Discover McGill/Orientation (For dates, see page 11.) This is the start of your orientation program at McGill. This is a great way to meet the executive of the AUS, find out important information about McGill and meet your fellow Arts students! You will get a tour of campus, receive tons of informative pamphlets, and learn about the academic policies and standards of the McGill Faculty of Arts.


Arts Undergraduate Society Register and confirm your course schedule on Minerva Finish registering for your classes soon, and make sure you have no conflicts! Also, take advantage of the “Add/Drop” period, so that you can pick the classes that interest you most. Open a bank account (for International students or those who do not already have one) Something to keep in mind: there are RBC and Scotiabank ATM’s throughout campus. Figure out your phone plan There will be tents from each of the major phone providers set up during the first few days around residence move-in on McGill Lower Field. Shop around before you make your decision, but they will have student pricing available, so it might be a good time to buy then. Organize your residence room/apartment      If you are living with a roommate, make sure to have a chat about the way you generally carry out your day-to-day life. Review things such as schedules, and discuss other important issues like music-playing rules and guest protocol. Covering topics like these will make for a much smoother year!
If you are alone or with roommates, make sure you are unpacked and ready to begin your first semester!
If you find you need something, see page 10 for a list of suggested places. Attend AUS & SSMU activities nights During these events in mid-September, you can learn about the many clubs here at McGill.
 Explore Montréal Now is the perfect time to see everything because before you know it, it will be midterm season! ENJOY YOURSELF!   

Frosh leaders eagerly await the arrival of their froshies!


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WHEN YOU’RE NOT STUDYING: THINGS TO DO IN MONTRÉAL NIGHTLIFE Montreal is famous for its nightlife - for good reasons. On any given night, there are tons of things to do. Let’s guide you through it, but DO explore on your own-- find your own favourite spots! A (serious) word of caution: Although we like to believe that Montreal is a safe city and its citizens are mostly very good people, we urge you to practice street smarts. Always travel in groups, always keep an eye on your drink, and be careful where you end up! Also, commit these numbers to your phone:

 Walksafe: 514-398-2498 Drivesafe: 514-398-1716 McGill Security: 514-398-3000 Both are free services run by McGill student volunteers. Walksafe ( provides a student patrol to walk you home so that you do not walk home alone. Similarly, Drivesafe is another service ( that provides vehicular transportation home. While provided by SSMU, these services can be used by anyone, anywhere on the island of Montréal.

HOT SPOTS The Main St. Laurent Boulevard, known around North America as “The Main,” is home to historic pubs, clubs, shops and bars and is one of the most culturally-rich areas of Montréal. It leads all the way from the Old Port up through downtown, the Plateau, the Mile End, and beyond. You will probably spend a lot of nights out on this street bar hopping. Check it out here: hotspots/montreal-boul-saint-laurent/ Crescent Crescent Street is a few blocks west of campus and is a more upscale area. It has a fantastic nightlife strip and is home to great bars, luxurious clubs, and retailers. Check it out during the day, too! Ste. Catherine If it is in Montreal, you can find it along Ste. Catherine. The city’s major artery, this street is home to department stores, shopping malls and runs parallel to both the underground city and the metro’s Honoré-Beaugrand (green) line. Go far enough east (Beaudry Metro), and you will end up in the Village, Montréal’s bustling queer neighbourhood. The Milton-Parc Community Probably the most widely-used term you’ll hear at McGill as it pertains to living arrangements. This community is immediately east of McGill’s campus, bounded on the east by Parc Ave, to the North at des Pins and to the South at Sherbrooke. As for nightlife, house parties are the norm here.

MUSIC Montréal has an amazing music scene. Every North American tour seems to have a stop here. Use the Internet to find out where your favorite bands are playing, and check the sites for the following locations constantly so that you do not miss your favorites!


Arts Undergraduate Society ... Live Music Club Soda (p) 514-286-1010; 1225 Blvd St Laurent; Club Soda is a popular destination for Carnival events, but during the “off-season,” it turns into a club that hosts established acts including jazz, avant-garde groups, heavy metal, and comedy acts. Cafe Campus (p) 514-844-1010; 57 Rue Prince Arthur Ouest; This popular student club has great live acts, most of which are French rock and Québecois bands. ... Concerts BELL CENTRE (p) 514-932-2582; 909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal; This is downtown where the beloved Montréal Canadiens play hockey. This venue hosts the biggest (and most expensive) acts that come through town. Our advice: try to buy tickets early! METROPOLIS (p) 514-844-3500; 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; This large venue is for bands that cannot quite pull a stadium-sized crowd but are popular among university students. There are always great shows here for around 30 bucks. LA TULIPE (p) 514-529-5000; 4530 Avenue Papineau; This more intimate Mile End venue boasts an authentic atmosphere for lesser-known acts that are still touring. Also look up La Sala Rosa, Le National, and Il Motore for similar style venues!

PUBS AND BARS Brutopia (p) 514-323-9277; 1219 Rue Crescent; Relaxed atmosphere with live music, booths and a shuffleboard. Pints here are $2.50 all night on Monday and until 8pm every other day of the week. Bar des Arts (p) 514-398-1993; Leacock Building B-12; Thursdays, 4pm – 9pm One of your AUS student services! Every Thursday, “BdA” provides $1 beers as well as $2 grilled cheese sandwiches to get the weekened off to a great early start. Le St. Sulpice (p) 514-844-9458; 1680 Rue St Denis One of the largest outdoor terraces (if not the largest) in Montréal is boasted here. A great place to go in the early days of fall, St. Sulpice is spread over four levels in an old Victorian stone house, a cafe, several terraces, disco, and a sprawling back gaden. Peel Pub (p) 514-844-6769; 1107 Rue St. Catherine Ouest; This is your classic student pub. It has cheap pitchers of beer, great deals on shooters on Thursdays, and delicious greasy-spoon food. The 30 big-screen TVs are a big draw during any playoff season... but be prepared for a very sticky floor.


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CLUBBING Club 737 (p) 514-397-0737; 1 Place Ville Marie; This is an exclusive, glamourous club set on the 43rd floor of an office building. The romantic skyline never disappoints. Tokyo (p) 514-842-6838; 3709 Blvd St Laurent; A big draw for first years, especially on Thursdays when admission is lowered for students. Watch out for this club’s water-filled backlit bar, sunken circular sofas, rooftop bar, and two dance floors. NIGHTLIFE PROMOTIONAL COMPANIES Within your first weekend of going out in Montreal, many of you will come in contact with one of the many promotional nightlife companies around Montreal. The two most common resources you’ll find are: SwagMTL

Hype Productions

Look them up online and “like” them on Facebook if you’d like to get updates about what’s going on around the city.

montréal ATTRACTIONS la ronde (p) 514-397-2000; 22 Chemin Macdonald (Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro); www.laronde. com This amusement park has several large roller coasters for the thrllseekers and some smaller attractions for those intimidated by high speeds and steep drops. Tickets are about $40 for a day pass, but if you plan on visiting often, it may be more cost-effective to buy a season pass. The park closes in late October, but October is Fright Fest: the park is decorated for Halloween with haunted houses! old port 303 Rue Notre-Dame Est; Transport yourself to Europe just by taking a quick metro ride to Place D’Armes or by walking all the way south along St. Laurent. Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and delicious Beaver Tail treats meet to bring you a wonderful retreat from the hastiness of downtown city life. Check it out! mont royal See the mountain in the middle of the city? Yeah, you can climb it! There is a staircase that leads directly to the top. You can access it from Upper Rez between Gardner and Molson. There’s a little cut in the fence you can go through. Or you can go up Rue Peel past Pine, and you will see a set of stairs. The views are beautiful! There is also a small ski slope, an observatory, and a man-made lake.

This is just a small list of fun things to do in the city, but there is so much more for you to see and love in Montréal. Check out the city and explore on your free time. You are sure to find some AMAZING places!


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GETTING AROUND MONTREAL Montréal is a large city with a wonderful public transportation system. You can virtually get anywhere you want by taking a metro (subway) or bus ride. There are many diverse neighbourhoods to explore. Do not feel limited to just the McGill Bubble! Here is a guide to getting around the city. Bixi “Bixi Bikes” are a revolution in individualized transport. They are rental bikes that belong to the city and are available from around mid-April to mid-October. Subscriptions are available at any Bixi bike stand or online; they are available only with credit card. Subscription fees vary based on duration: $7 per day, $28 per month or $78 per year. Check out for more information. Buses Buses are a fantastic, above ground method of transportation that will bring you almost anywhere: (just check the routes and schedule before planning your trip. Students living far from campus might want to consider investing in a monthly pass: check out for more information. There is a student discount that reduces the cost of a monthly fare from $72.75 to approximately $41. For more information, visit Cab A cab is a good option if you are splitting with people. Just do not forget to factor in the tip (~15%)! Most of Montreal is relatively close together and cab prices are cheap compared to most cities, so taxis are an affordable and convenient way to get around. Often times if you do the math, taking a taxi somewhere with 3-4 people may be cheaper than fares for the Metro! Taxi Diamond - 514-273-6331 Atlas Taxi - 514-485-8585 Royal Taxi - 514-274-3333 Metro The metro runs from 5:30 AM to 12:30 AM from Sunday to Friday and until 1:30 on Saturday. Students living far from campus should consider buying a monthly pass: visit for more information. There is a student discount that reduces the monthly fare from $72.75 to approximately $41. There is a day on campus on which you can purchase a student metro pass at the Brown Building. Check your email for information on that. You can also buy 6 tickets for $14.25 at the station. Suggestion: Buy a student transport pass for a month and try to use it as much as you can, even if it is just a random bus trip for no purpose. There is so much of this city for you to explore that you might not see otherwise! In Summary... The transportation options in Montréal are great. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help with directions or getting around. There is so much to explore and discover because there are so many unique neighbourhoods. Investing in a student pass or multi-ride tickets is much more cost-effective than buying single tickets.


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TRAVEL Whether you like it or not though, there will come a time when you have to make use of some means of travel to come to McGill, visit home, travel to another part of the country, or get around the city. If this is your first time away from home, you might want to consider booking your first visit home around Canadian Thanksgiving at the beginning of October. Going home too soon can make it difficult to establish yourself in your new home, and if you tell yourself that you will brave it out until winter, you might regret your decision when it is a bit too late.This gives you time to adjust. There are several options to consider as means of travel: plane, train, bus, and automobile! By Plane: - This can be an attractive choice for points (Air Miles, etc.) collectors. - Be sure to book EARLY, because it can save you chunks of cash. - The Montreal airport is the “Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport” (975 Romeo Vachon Street North, Dorval, QC), and its airport code is “YUL”.

Getting to the Airport The airport is not located downtown; you will have to take a bit of a trip to get there. Cabs offer a flat rate for getting to the airport, but you must remind them about it before they start the trip. The cost is $38 and the duration of the ride is usually between 30 and 45 minutes. You can often find other students leaving from a close area to you going to the airport around the same time, so try to carpool if you want to safe a few bucks. Remember to tip! The best way to get to the airport on the cheap is the “747” shuttle offered by the STM (Service de Transports de Montreal – Montreal’s public transit service). For a $8 fare, you can take one of the shuttles driving between Montreal’s Trudeau airport and the Berri-UQAM metro station in downtown Montreal. The shuttle service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Note: The $8 fare is payable ONLY in coins, not bills or other payment method. You can buy tickets at Berri-UQAM, the airport, and to the bus driver. For more information: By Train:

 If you are traveling from Montreal to another big city in Canada more than a couple times a year, the Via Rail 6-pack is perfect. If you buy your tickets in bulk, you can save a lot of money. If you can, make sure you get on an express train. It will cut the trip length considerably. For information on Via Rail, please visit If you live in the USA, you can take Amtrak to New York City. For more, see Getting to the Train Station The train station is located right on University, just south of Rene Levesque. If it is a cold day - and let’s face it, you live in Montreal now - you can walk all the way there through the underground city. It is about a 15-minute walk from campus, but it will take longer if you are bringing a lot with you. Make sure you leave lots of time to get there early. It is not easily accessible by metro or bus. If you do not want to walk, we recommend taking a cab.


Arts Undergraduate Society By Bus: Buses are reliable and cheap, but they do take longer than planes or trains. Megabus is a great company which runs the Montreal - Toronto corridor. They sometimes they have amazing seat sales. People have been known to find a trip to Toronto for as little as $10. Check out Check out the Greyhound website at and or Coach Canada at to find schedules, fares and specials. If you are traveling from Montréal to another Canadian big city, then the buses offered by Coach Canada run often, and you do not need to purchase a bus ticket ahead of time. To get a student price, you must present your student ID card along with your ticket as you get on the bus. For travels to the US, you must purchase your bus ticket ahead of time. If you are really on the ball, buying a round trip ticket more than 2 weeks in advance is often a better deal than the student discount, but you must know exactly which you will be traveling on. Remember that your ticket does not guarantee you a seat on the bus. Arrive early, especially on holiday weekends! Getting to the Bus Station Station Centrale d’Autobus / 505 Maisonneuve Est. The bus station is farther from campus than the train station but easier to get to by metro. You can also take a cab. To get there by metro, make your way down to the McGill metro station and take the green line towards Honoré-Beaugrand. Get off at the Berri-UQAM station and follow the directions to the Station Centrale. It is within walking distance, but it will be difficult with your luggage. By Car:
 Rent-a-Wreck: (514) 343-5500,
 Discount Rentals: (514) 286-1929,
 Enterprise Rent-a-car: (514) 844-9794,

 Note: Discount and Enterprise both allow individuals under the age of 25 rent cars, if you are a registered student at McGill. They also both provide a discount to McGill students. You may also want to consider Ride-Sharing. Check out Amigo Express ( and Allostop ( for more information.


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First-year EVENTS, ACADEMIC and REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL Interested in getting more involved next year? Want to make a difference in the First-Year community? FEARC just might be the right committee for you! FEARC (pronounced “fierce”), the committee that made this handbook for you, is the first-year council for Arts students. Appointments for the committee are made in late September or early October. The goal of FEARC is to represent first-year Arts students within the Arts Undergraduate Society and to plan events for the Arts first-year community. FEARC has about six or seven positions, but the entire committee works together to plan events and to build camaraderie among first-years. It is an incredible experience that you will benefit not only your first year, but all years to come. It’s a great way to get involved in student life at McGill right from the beginning – take advantage! Some events that FEARC 2011-2012 held were: • First-Year TOGA Party: Held at McGill’s on-campus bar - Gert’s - FEARC invited First Years to come dressed in all their ancient Grecian garb and enjoy a night of mingling, dancing, and fun! The goal of this event was to introduce First Years to the amazing-ness that is Gert’s, and to give them the opportunity to meet some of their peers. • First-Year Bar Des Arts: Bar Des Arts is an event the AUS holds each week on Thursdays. FEARC sponsored the “St. Paddy’s Day Kick-off” and promised one free beverage for each first-year Arts student who attended. • First-Year Apartment Crawl: The First-Year Apartment Crawl was an event FEARC hosted to help students find apartments in the McGill Ghetto, and help them understand what to look for when apartment hunting. They took groups of approximately twenty people each to six apartments. • First-Year “Finals Study Session”: Held in the AUS lounge in the basement of the Leacock building, FEARC offered complementary coffee and donuts to stressed students during finals. If you are interested in getting involved in student life and/ or student politics, FEARC just might be the a great stepping stone for you. It is a great way to learn about how the AUS works and to meet older students. To apply, fill out the application form here: Wy5AU or for more information about getting involved in FEARC, please contact VP Internal Justin Fletcher at

Freshman Events, Academic, and Representative Council, 2011-2012

NOTE: Unlike how it may look, FEARC is open to firstyear students of any gender!


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Where can I find more information? Arts Undergraduate Society | (514) 398-1993 | @AUSMcGill New Students: FEARC | @FEARCMcGill

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Arts Undergraduate Society First-Year Handbook 2012-2013  

This is the Arts Undergraduate Society First-Year Handbook 2012-2013. This is your one-stop-shop for all of the information you need to have...