LOVE – every day of my life at MAC was filled with LOVE and OPENNESS. Every experience inspired me to do better. All the people that came into my life; whether it was for a brief period of time, or longer, influenced me. Through all this we smiled, laughed, got emotional, explored and discovered ourselves more. Spending time with so many great people (friends, roommates, professors, peers), and having the chance to truly BE YOURSELF is a memory I never want to give back!
These are the glory days — they aren’t going to last forever. To all the first years at MAC: BE GLORIOUS!
Two photos of McMaster memories:
Graduation Day 1950: (L-R) Doreen, Frances, Marni and Margaret.
Aloise, Janet and Jean. Note the long skirt which became fashionable after the War, and the head scarf.
I was in Mac 1974-1978. Even though it was more than 3 decades ago the sweet memory of life at Mac is still fresh. A small group of us from Singapore and Malaysia had a niche in Mills Library. Mills was our first home. We spent more hours in Mills than in our apartment at Camelot Towers. In between classes or when we need a break from studying, we would go down to Mills basement to have our coffee from the coffee machine and just chilled out with a cup of hot coffee. We still refer to Mills Library and our coffee time at the basement with very fond memories whenever we get the time to have a get-together in Singapore.
Meeting my beautiful wife (Laura ’07)!
This picture was taken just prior to our wedding this past summer on campus outside of faculty hollow. We don’t live in the area anymore but wanted to have our pictures taken at a special place for both of us.
A Magical, Exotic place — Memories of McMaster
Mac was much smaller when I started in 1947, with about 1100 students. The war had just ended, and a lot of returning veterans provider a countervailing stability to us cocky youngsters fresh out of high school. Most of the time, that is. A bunch of vets lived in Edwards Annex and they had a reputation of being the Campus Wild Ones, escaping the Officially Dry campus with sorties to Paddy Green’s pub. The Annex was one of several buildings built for the military. Now surplus, they were moved to campus to become a men’s residence; they also served as classrooms, library annex, book store and student centre (“the Rec Hut” where you could buy coffee for a quarter, even sandwiches.)
As someone who’d come from a small town in an agricultural community, the Mac that I encountered was a magical, exotic place.
One of my favourite things at Mac is the tetrahedral sculpture that is sort of hidden in the below grade-level patio area outside the cafeteria in the A. N. Bourns Building. To me, it not only symbolizes the art of organic chemistry, which has always been a research strength at Mac, but it also symbolizes the very accessible Valence-Shell Electron-Pair Repulsion model that was invented by now-retired, but long-time McMaster Chemistry Professor Ron Gillespie.
Ron tinkered with various ways of demonstrating the preferred molecular shapes, including the tetrahedron in the patio, that were very successfully predicted by his model. He employed balloons, styrofoam balls, as well as clusters of grapes and nuts. I do not believe it would be an overstatement to say that of all *living* chemists, his ideas are the most popularly taught in science classrooms *all over the world*. If this comes as a surprise to you, consider that virtually all freshman chemistry textbooks in the world, in every language that science is taught in, will inevitably have pictures of such models featured prominently in the chapter on Molecular Shape, and specifically refer to the “rules” of the VSEPR model. Also consider that in countries that believe science should be taught early *and well*, there are also thousands and thousands of K-12 teachers that are teaching about molecular shape the way that Ron has taught us to do so.
A beautiful campus, fantastic teachers, the opportunity to have a profession that I truly love, and the beginning of lifelong friendships that I will always treasure.
Thank you McMaster!