Tonight was the CSMM Christmas Party, organised by the Communication Studies and Multimedia Students Society. It was a great time. The students booked a room in 1280, McMaster’s newly-renovated undergraduate student pub, which used to be called Quarters. At first, there was a little noise, as just beside us, the Social Sciences students were having their annual charity auction, but that ended quickly and soon we were able to converse comfortably. Our students had bought some great Two Oceans cabernet wine and a few trays filled with tasty cheeses and nachos. We all had a chance to connect and reconnect with each other, professors and students alike, in a casual and elegant setting. A wonderful night. I love our students. They are so full of life and optimism and passion and creativity. They inspire me.