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Making Good Things Happen

Imagine a filing cabinet stuffed to bursting with important correspondence from some of the world's most influential individuals and organizations. Now conjure up a bookcase spilling over with academic journals and mainstream journalism, books by classical philosophers, and works by modern political theorists. Then dump the contents of both onto every flat surface in a modest office...


In every issue

  • Mountain High

    Molecular biology professor Fiona Brinkman is one of 100 people under 35 whose work "will change the world" according to Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's magazine on innovation. Brinkman researches bacterial pathogens and is honoured for creating a free online program called PhyloBlast that allows researchers to compare relationships between the genetic codes of bacteria and the cells they infect. Brinkman also has a lead role in a major genomic project recently funded by Genome Canada.
  • Book Takes

    Criminologist Karlene Faith first met Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of Charles Manson's infamous "family" in 1972 at the California Institute for Women. Faith, a graduate student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, was teaching and researching at the prison. Van Houten was serving life for her participation in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca killings. They've stayed in touch ever since.
  • Changing Faces

    David MacLean started his career as a family practitioner in rural northern Nova Scotia. He says it was a wonderful experience in which he "learned a heck of a lot." But he quickly realized it wasn't enough. He wanted to find the answers to the broader, more far-reaching medical questions that determine health policy.
  • Alumni Watching

    Business grad Bailey Klinger (BBA'02) wins the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship, the province's highest academic award. With a major in business and a minor in economics, Klinger plans to pursue a career in economics so he can be involved in poverty reduction and the promotion of economic development of third world countries.

Speak Peak

Everything's a target for student protestors. Political activist Jim Harding accepts his PhD and attempts to kiss the feet of chancellor Gordon Shrum during convocation; Harding nearly loses his teeth as Shrum aims a kick.


You ignored it. You studied it carefully. It was a collective. It was hierarchical. It was bad. It was good. And sometimes, once in a while, it was wickedly funny. It may have been just part of campus life, but give it credit, for better or worse, the Peak has chronicled campus life and the ongoing fashions in campus journalism for 37 years.