Monthly Archives: February 2009

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You have a duty to demilitarize McGill

Vox Populi from The McGill TribuneBy Zoë Miller-Vedam & Sabina Roan

What do the words “I am a McGill student” mean? As we receive our degrees from McGill, do we have an obligation to turn and question the hand that feeds us? If we plan to cash in on the name of our prestigious university, it stands to reason that we also carry some responsibility for the university’s actions and reputation. Do we have an obligation to ask questions? If we really care about the meaning of being a McGill student, we must be aware of the actions carried out under the auspices of McGill University.

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Higher learning or higher-tech weapons?

Hyde Park from the McGill Daily, February 16th, 2009

By Nat Marshik

Weapons, to state the obvious, are extremely complicated. High-tech explosives are not something your average McGill student understands particularly well. This may be one reason why the student body, as a whole, is relatively under-informed about ongoing weapons research taking place at our University.

Yet perhaps there are other reasons why students remain in the dark – like the fact that “transparent” is not a word one would use to describe McGill’s internal machinations. Or the fact that it takes a tremendous amount of public pressure to get the University to create a process for the ethical evaluation of academic research.

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SSMU General Assembly Results!

Motion Re: Military Research

“This motion PASSED.  The SSMU is now mandated by the undergraduate student body to oppose any McGill involvement in the development of thermobaric weapons.  The upcoming revision of McGill’s Policy on the Conduct of Research may be an ideal opportunity to act on this mandate.”

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