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Writing for the Tribune

After some (much) cajoling from one of my debate teammates, who also happens to be the Opinion editor at the McGill Tribune, I’ve started writing a biweekly column there. You can find my pieces here if you’re interested in reading them.



  1. Simmon
    18/11/2014 at 1:36 pm

    I read your article about the “Birks building”and had a couple of questions: 1) I thought that was the religious studies building, are there other departments that have classes there, how many have you had there? 2) So, you have to leave your shoes outside of the classrooms in the birks building? What exactly is the policy? If you walked into birks for the first time, how would you know to take them off?

    • Tim
      20/11/2014 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, Birks is the Religious Studies building, but at McGill you often have classes all over campus. Stewart Bio is theoretically for biology and psychology students, but many economics classes are there. Leacock is nominally the social science building but most first-year science classes are held in Leacock 132. Many first year political science classes are held in Adams Auditorium, despite Adams being the engineering building. McGill has a very limited supply of classrooms, especially ones with large capacities, so the name of a building doesn’t always reflect its predominant use.

      You’re supposed to leave your shoes in the lobby, but theft has become more common over the last couple years, so many opt to bring a plastic bag for their shoes and then carry them to class. There are signs up in the lobby.

      Taking your shoes off in Birks is important for two reasons. Because the floors there are marble, they get EXTREMELY slippery when only a little wet – taking your shoes off keeps the floors dry and stops people from slipping down flights of stairs. It also reduces the wear on the floors, which would otherwise be hugely expensive to maintain and replace.

      • Simmon
        22/11/2014 at 9:01 pm

        Oh, I see. so the whole building is like that, not just a few rooms. Do most people bring a second pair of shoes or just go to classes in their socks? Was there so many shoes in the lobby that a theft could go unnoticed?

      • Tim
        23/11/2014 at 5:44 pm

        Yes, the whole building is like that. Most people who remove their shoes wear their socks, and yeah there are lots of shoes in the lobby so nobody would notice.

  2. Simmon
    13/01/2015 at 7:54 pm

    Would you, by any chance, be willing a video walk through of that building? Maybe other buildings on that row for other students whom may be thinking about mcgill, maybe?

    • Tim
      14/01/2015 at 2:27 am

      If I was still there, I would. You could try contacting SSMU, the Student Society of McGill University. I’m sure they would be willing to help you out.

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