When Abdullah Kurdi walked into the dining hall on the grounds of Duhok University in northern Iraq on Oct. 8, he was expecting to participate in a graduation ceremony. It seemed the perfect fit for the 40-year-old Syrian refugee. The ceremony, he was told, would honour those who had lost their lives fleeing the region for Europe.By ADNAN R. KHAN
They’ve been there, done that. They’re moving on (well, a few are still in school). But who is in a better position to tell you what it’s like to go to university than 25-year-old Canadians, who were born the same year as the Maclean’s University Rankings?By ZOE MCKNIGHT, ZANE SCHWARTZ
Sunday was a perfect fall day, says Clarence Smith, a fisherman from the Ahousaht First Nation, known locally as Smitty. By noon, the sun had mostly burned through the morning fog. “There was a little swell. A little chop. A light breeze,” he adds.
The American novelist, essayist and, lately, confidante of Barack Obama, is quite literally peerless. It’s not merely that Robinson does what she does far better than anyone else—craft exquisitely graceful novels and intricate engagements with modernity that are both Christian and appealing to the irreligious—there isn’t anyone else in American letters who mines the same territory.By BRIAN BETHUNE
If there is a lesson to be drawn from this election (“Unfinished business,” Election 2015, Oct. 26), it is that democracy is alive and well in Canada. The loss of a quarter of the Conservative vote from the previous election was mainly due to the perception that Stephen Harper’s majority government was a one-man show, that the cabinet and the caucus members were puppets and that the Chief Justice of the Supreme could be rebuked.
Tim Flannery is quite sure humanity can no longer change course fast enough to prevent warming the Earth’s climate by two degrees Celsius. Yet the scientist, activist and former head of the Australia Climate Commission has called his new book Atmosphere of Hope.By JASON MARKUSOFF
GRADES ARE A strong indication of student quality and potential. Maclean’s presents two measures of entrance grades: the overall grade averages of incoming first-year students and a breakdown by ranges. Other measures on the following pages include the percentage of first-year students who return for a second year, the proportion who graduate in a reasonable time, and average class sizes.
On a cloudless October afternoon, Albert Adrià—chef sibling of Ferran Adrià, and his partner in the game-changing elBulli (closed now, but, for over a decade the world’s most famously inventive restaurant)—was in Calgary creating ethereal perfection on a waffle iron that looked straight out of a Holiday Inn Express.By JENNIFER COCKRALL-KING
The elephant in Dan Harris’s living room is an obvious and uncomfortable question. It asks him, at 36, after living and breathing Parliament for four years as an MP and not getting re-elected: What, in the name of career and family, is he going to do with his life?By MEAGAN CAMPBELL
If you think the workload in high school is bad, just wait until you get to university. It’s sink or swim. Don’t hand in an assignment? No one will notice. Not prepared for a test? No one will care. Anita Acai, a master’s of health science education student at McMaster University in Hamilton, wants to help you tackle that workload by ensuring you’re studying properly.By ZANE SCHWARTZ
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