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Vol. 29, No. 14 


Three historic murals rescued from the 
gutted shell of the former York Cinema 
have been restored and integrated into an 
auditorium in the new Engineering, 
Computer Science and Visual Arts 
Complex, where the York once stood. 

The murals were commissioned by 
Emmanuel Briffa, who decorated more 
than 130 cinemas in Canada. They were 
created by artist Kenneth Hensley 
Holmden (1893-1963) to complement the 
York's Art Deco style. 

The murals adorned the walls of the cin- 
ema on Ste. Catherine St. between Guy 
and Mackay Sts. from the opening in 1938 
until it was badly damaged by fire in 1989. 
When the university acquired the proper- 
ty in 1998, the murals were removed. They 

York murals restored to former glory 

were restored by Laszlo Cser of Restorart. 
(See page 5.) 

The Art Deco period began around 1900 
and ended around 1930. This distinctive 
style includes elements of the Orient, 
Egypt, and Greek and Roman antiquity. A 
big hit at the Paris Exposition of 1925, it 
spread quickly, and in North America, it 
survived the Depression and continued 
until the Second World War. 

Holmden, the artist who created the 

murals, was born in Ottawa of British par- 
ents. After studying art in Ottawa and 
Toronto, he came to Montreal, where he is 
credited for works in the original Ruby 
Foos, on Decarie Blvd., and the Imperial 
Bank of Canada building on St. Jacques 
and McGill Sts. One of his works is in the 
permanent collection of the National 
Gallery of Canada. 

Holmden lost a leg in the First World 
War, and spent many years in hospital. 
Amazingly, he stood on a scaffold on one 
leg to paint these vibrant and colourful 

The restoration and integration of the 
York murals into the new building are part 
of Concordia’s commitment to the promo- 
tion of public art. A giant, leafy work by 
Nicolas Baier, one of the biggest public 
commissions ever by the Quebec govern- 
ment, adorns the building’s exterior. 

The unveiling on Monday was attended 
by Francine Senécal, the city councillor 
responsible for culture and heritage. 

Monday being World Heritage Day, a 
conference was held in the university's 
DeSéve Cinema under the title Historic 
Interiors: A Heritage Worthy of Recog- 
nition and Protection. 

We're going under Nigel Rapport’s microscope 



Nigel Rapport feels he has come to the right place to fur- 
ther his research in cosmopolitanism. 

Rapport has joined Concordia’s Department of 
Sociology and Anthropology from the University of St. 
Andrews in Scotland. It’s a change from a small medieval 
town that he describes as “Cambridge by the sea” to a large 
city with an urban campus. 

The British anthropologist has been made the Canada 
Research Chair, Tier 1, in Globalization, Citizenship and 
Social Justice. 

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Matt Soar on graphic icons 

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Planners revive trams 

He is also the founding director of the Concordia Centre 
for Cosmopolitan Studies, launching research programs 
and workshops that promote an appreciation of the rights, 
the capacities and the experience of the global individual. 

Cosmopolitanism is the study of individual diversity, 
Rapport explained, an interdisciplinary form of anthropol- 
ogy that emphasizes the individual rather than the group. 

“The recent history of anthropology has focused on cat- 
egories of identity such as culture, society, nation, gender, 
class, ethnicity and religion,” he said. “I feel that these have 
detracted from a vision of the complex human singularity. 

“Human nature is individual nature. And understanding 
the individual is a key way in which, as an anthropologist, 
I can try to access the human.” 

Combining anthropology with social theory, philosophy, 
literature and psychology, Rapport has tried to find ways 
to generalize without leaving the reality of individual expe- 
rience behind. 

“I try in my anthropology to keep the voice and experi- 
ence of my individual informants and the individual 
researcher that is me, alive.” 

As part of that approach, Rapport is trying to get social 
science to take the reality of the individual seriously, he 

“The individual is not a mere mouthpiece for the social 
or the cultural or the ethnic or the religious,’ he argued. 
“The individual is not merely a mouthpiece for the gener- 
al truths that social science tends to deal in.” 

Cosmopolitanism is an effort to take that concept into 
account — and what better place to pursue it than 

“Cosmopolitanism in the sense that I’m hoping to set it 
up here will try to find a way to conceive of Montreal, of 

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Quebec, of Canada, as a place of freedom where people can 
have the space to live out their individual lives, and not be 
trapped by conceptualizations of identity on the basis of 
ethnicity or gender or class or nation.” 

As such, it has a political aspect to it, defining a new role 
of the state vis-a-vis the individual, in a globalized world 
where the nation-state is becoming less of a force than it 
has been during the past several centuries. 

The role of the 21st-century state should be as an arbiter 
among individuals, Rapport said. 

“The role of government should be about ensuring a 
kind of space in which individuals have the right and the 
freedom to create their own senses of self, so long as their 
fulfillment does not impinge on the possibility of those 
people around them to do the same.” 

Canada is an interesting place in this regard, as “a coun- 
try that does not have an essential sense of self but is itself 
an aggregation of difference.” 

Still, Rapport’s cosmopolitanism resists the Canadian 
notion of multiculturalism, with its emphasis on cultural 

“I'm very anxious that Cosmopolitan Studies is a kind of 
argument against identity politics, against a kind of super- 
ficial multiculturalism that says that people are first and 
foremost members of a cultural community,” he said. 

“The cosmopolitan vision says that culture is not an 
essential aspect of self, that the community that you're 
born into is not going to determine who you are always 
and forever. 

“So I’m happy to be exploring this project in Montreal, 
in Canada, because it seems to me to be a place where 
these are key issues of public debate.” 

Clean machine debut 

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Wine tasting for MBAs 

Biographers choose what to include 


Want to know a secret about National Film 
Board founder John Grierson? 

It’s a startling confession that Grierson 
made 35 years ago to Concordia Com- 
munications professor Gary Evans, who 
was then a graduate student writing his 
thesis about the great documentary pio- 
neer. Grierson forbade him to reveal his 

Evans, who went on to publish Grierson 
biographies and a history of the NFB, told 
an audience at the recent Blue Metropolis 
Literary Festival that “it was quite impor- 
tant as a moment of truth, and I’ve never 
been able to put it into print.” 

The Blue Met workshop was called The 
Public and the Private I: The Limits to 
What Writers Can Say About Other People, 
and it was sold out to the room's capacity 
of 50 people. There were four panelists, all 

“What you include and what you excise 
is up to you,’ Evans said. “Our goal should 
be do no harm.” 

He left out Grierson’s copious drinking 
in his first biography, but did include it in 
his recent one. He dismissed a current 
trend to sex-and-violence bios as “gonzo 
histories” and “tabloid journalism.” 

Muriel Gold, a guest lecturer at 
Concordia’s Drama Therapy program, was 
also on the panel. She said it was a greater 
challenge to produce a good yarn that does 

not rely on lurid details. “It’s more diffi- 
cult to write something interesting 
without taking cheap shots.” 

Gold recently published a portrait of 
her parents. Now she is working on a 
history of the Saidye Bronfman Centre 
Theatre, where she was artistic director 
for eight years. 

Psychoanalyst Mary Kay O'Neil said 
her book, The Unsung Psychoanalyst: 
The Quiet Influence of Ruth Easser, 
included only those private details she 
felt shed a light on Easser’s professional 
significance. “I didn’t ask about whether 
she had lovers.” 

Susan Gabori, on the other hand, said 
she “seduces” murderers into spilling their 
guts in interviews and then reports what 
they say as they say it. “And they tell me 
some pretty horrific things,” she said. 

“I presume that what people reveal is 
what they want to. I think there’ a little 
suitcase in all of us that we want to open, 
and the key is a question.” 

People can forget they’re being taped, 
Gold said. “If I think something said in an 
interview is off-colour, I ask if they want it 
off record. I feel responsible for the people 
I'm interviewing and the people they're 
talking about.” 

Grierson’s secret was that he claimed to 
have been an agent of the MI-6 British 
intelligence unit during the Second World 
War. Evans considered this a hugely impor- 
tant detail, since Grierson’s career at the 

Delirium Press editors Kate Hall and Heather Jessup hold their most recent publications 


Two Creative Writing MA students are 
already deeply immersed in the publishing 

Poet Kate Hall established Delirium 
Press in 1999, when she lived in Vancouver. 
She began by publishing broadsheets fea- 
turing silk-screen images. While complet- 
ing her master’s at Concordia, she met 
writer Heather Jessup. After publishing 
Heather's work, Boxcar, Kate invited her to 
form an editorial team. 

Last year, Delirium’s focus changed to the 
chapbook, a short, collectible book that 
showcases a small collection of writing. 

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Their writers, culled from Concordia 
University, include postgraduate students 
in the creative writing MA program, alum- 
ni and professors. 

The chapbooks are modestly published, * 
each signed by the author or illustrator in a 
limited edition print run of 50. The photo- 
copied pages are hand-stitched and bound 
in simple, colourful covers. 

The subject matter is eclectic. It ranges 
from the elegiac to the whimsical, from the 
alternating lucidity and near-incoherence 
of Mikhail Iossel to the luminous poetry of 
Elisabeth Marshall or Regan Taylor. 

The students fund the publication of the 
books themselves, and rely on a strong net- 

A113» [¥ 

Drawing of John Grierson by 
Magali Lefrancois, from the cover 
of Evans’s biography of the 
founder of the National Film 

NEB ended when he was accused of being 
a Soviet spy. But Grierson said that he 
would deny it if Evans went public. 

Evans told the Blue Metropolis crowd of 
about 50 that he had done some checking 
into Grierson’s claim. 

“He was not a paid member of MI-6, but 
it doesn’t mean that he wasn't tied in with 
MI-6. It remains a mystery, and you're the 
first people I’m sharing it with in 35 years.” 

Evans's John Grierson: Trailblazer of 
Documentary Film will be launched at 
Paragraph Bookstore on May 17, at 6:30. 

work of friends and colleagues to ensure 
their publication. As Kate explains, “It’s 
really a community creative project, a 
stitching party where friends come over. 
We put on a pot of soup and sew the books 

Although the press does not receive uni- 
versity funding, they find intellectual suste- 
nance through their involvement in the 
creative writing MA program. “The English 
Department is really supportive, in my 
experience,” Kate said. “All the professors 
are fabulous and the tools for editing are 
taken directly from the workshops.” 

Heather agreed. “They care about your 
actual life, and it’s incredible to be sur- 
rounded by a lot of people who are really 
excited by ideas.” 

Last week, the Press launched three pub- 
lications: The Electric Man, a work of fic- 
tion by Johanna Skibsrud, with illustrations 
from Jeneve Parrish; a work of prose fiction 
entitled Bird-Watching by Zac Schnier, 
accompanied by the prints of Malcolm 
Sutton and Amber Yared; and Lines 
Crossed Out, Jason Camlot’s collection of 
poetry, fiction and imagery, illustrated by 
the eminent Montreal artist Betty 

Each book is an example of what can be 
achieved with a moderate budget and a lot 
of determination. “It’s out of nothing; 
Heather said with a smile. “It wouldn't be 
there if we didn’t do it.” 

Delirium Press books are available 
directly from the publishers, at, or can be pur- 
chased from independent booksellers such 
as The Word, The Double Hook or at Café 

features art by Betty Goodwin, a family 
friend. Here is an excerpt from the title 

Concordia couple 
lecture in China 

Part-time faculty members Gary Evans 
and Karen Doerr are in China to lecture 
at Hainan University (Haikou City), the 
China University of Communications 
(Beijing) and Beijing University. 

Evans teaches at Concordia in 
Communication Studies, and Doerr 
teaches in Classics, Modern Languages 
and Linguistics and at the Simone de 
Beauvoir Institute. 

Doerr explained in an e-mail, “This 
academic connection is a felicitous 
result of the visit of the Chinese scholars’ 
delegation to Concordia in July 2004. It is 
a great honour to represent Canada and 
Concordia, and we are very excited. 

“Gary will be organizing Canadian 
Cinema Week at Hainan and the Beijing 
universities, where he will present a 
series of Canadian films, followed by 
lectures and seminars. 

“I will be lecturing on Canadian 
women writers and on women’s studies 
in Canada with a special emphasis on 
the cutting edge work being done here at 

“We see our lecture tour as an exten- 
sion of the academic Canada-China con- 

The Department of Foreign Affairs 
will cover transportation costs, and the 
Chinese universities will take care of the 
couple's food and lodging. 

- Barbara Black 

The words need 
room to breathe... 

Pieces of Time III, by Betty Goodwin, courtesy 
of the Galérie René Blouin 

English Professor Jason Camlot’s chap- 
book, published by Delirium Press this 
month, is called Lines Crossed Out, and 

piece, about her influence on his work: 

It wasn't the kind of talk about poetry I 
had expected. It was rather technical 
talk about the situation of words. Over 
each of my poems she placed a piece of 
tracing paper and then, on the tracing 
paper, she crossed out all of the words 
and lines that she felt took away from 
her experience of my words. “The words 
need room to breathe,” she said, and 
after her markings, sometimes only a 
few words per line remained. 

From Lines Crossed Out, 
by Jason Camlot 

Media scholar uses graphic design 

Matt Soar, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, stands beside images of the Montreal 
skyline which form part of his ingenious internet project,, and a poster he designed. 


How do you relate to the logos and signs in this city? 
Matt Soar, associate professor in the Department of 
Communication Studies, would like to know. 

He and a team of students from the Master's pro- 
gram in Media Studies are building a flash-based 
website, Logo Cities, which features the beautiful 
skyline of Montreal photographed from four van- 
tage points. 

Highlighted on the website are the major logos 
perched on top of the city’s most prominent high- 
rises. Among them: the signs of Desjardins, Hydro 
Quebec and Farine Five Roses, as well as the bright- 
ly lit cross on Mount Royal. 

“These logos are there, obvious, but unques- 
tioned,” Soar said. 

The ingenious website, which is to be launched at 
the beginning of this sum- 
mer at, will 
allow viewers to pan over the 
city’s image and find out 
more about each illuminat- 
ed logo. 

Clicking on it will reveal 
information about when it was built, who designed 
it, and why it is mounted on that particular building. 

“This is a first step in providing information that 
many people perhaps never thought about before,” 
Soar explained. 

With the intention to de-familiarize the obvious, 
Soar will interview “all kinds of people who are 
directly involved or whose lives are affected: archi- 
tects, city planners, sign-makers, designers, people 
who work or live near these huge signs and build- 

What he is looking for are stories about people's 
relation to the signs in Montreal. “I want to find out 
what part logos play in our experience of living in 
the city.” Soar said anyone who would like to share 
stories is welcome to contact him. 

This project is just one component of a larger, 
three-year research on logos for which Soar received 
a SSHRC research/creation grant. The full title of the 
research is The Cultural Lives of the Logo: Critical 
and Creative Explorations of Trademarks and 
Branding Devices in a Hypercommercial Media 

Currently, Soar is working on another website, 
also part of this research. It is to be an interactive, 
public site called Brand Hype, which takes a critical 
aim at the practice of product placement. 

Product placement has overtaken Hollywood 

“What part do logos play in our 

experience of living in the city?” 

movies. “It involves putting brand name products 
and services into the frame often adjacent to one of 
the stars,’ Soar explains on his personal website, where he has assembled various exam- 
ples of product placement in recent Hollywood 

Soar hopes that Brand Hype will become a useful 
tool for students, researchers and media literacy 
advocates alike. It will feature a database where 
examples of product placement will be easy to find 
by year, film, actor, and movie studio. 

“Anyone can help to build the database, and it's 
designed to be as easy to use as possible,” Soar said 

“The hope is that it will increase awareness about 
this practice by promoting discussion, debate, and 
further research.” 

As a practicing graphic designer in addition to 
being an academic, Matt 
Soar believes graphic design 
has a deep political signifi- 
cance. His work confirms 
his conviction. 

Matt Soar received a 
degree in Building from 
Nottingham Trent University, because engineering 
runs in his family. He then went to an art school and 
worked as an art director for an advertising agency 
in London, England. 

His next stop was Vancouver, where he took a 
communications course in advertising and began to 
develop a critical perspective on media, culture and 
society. He got his MA from Simon Fraser and then 
went to University of Massachusetts Amherst for his 

While doing his doctorate, he got involved in the 
Media Education Foundation, which Sut Jhally, the 
well-known media scholar and critic, had founded 
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Soar 
worked as the in-house graphic designer there 
under Jhally’s directorship. 

Now he creates political graphics, book covers for 
colleagues, and posters for university events. 

When asked how he reconciles his two seemingly 
different roles as an academic and graphic designer, 
Soar said he has no problem whatsoever. “This is 
just a brilliant situation for me.” 

Soar’s website features a personal blog and portfo- 
lios with his inspiring creative and research proj- 
ects. It will also provide links to his two upcoming 
websites when they are launched. 

You can contact Matt Soar at 

Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/@ pop 
up in the media more often than you might 

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Leukemia is no obstacle for Concordia student Damon Hartung 
(Political Science), according to a story in The Gazette. Hartung 
was told he had contracted the life-threatening disease last 
December. However, it did not stop him from running for presi- 
dent of the Political Science Students Association. 

LActualité featured a portrait of alumna Katia Jarjoura 
(Journalism) who spent some time in the city of Karbala in Iraq 
while preparing the documentary L‘appel de Kerbala about a prin- 
cipal shrine for Shiite Muslims. Her film is to be shown this fall on 

Zsolt Szigetvari (John Molson School of Business, Communi- 
cation Studies) and John Connolly (John Molson School of 
Business) have teamed up to create the Internet search directory 
Zenome. In a Gazette story March 29, Szigetvari and Connolly 
describe their project as a community-based research tool that 
produces “fewer pages, but much more precise, relevant results” as 
compared to the giants Yahoo and Google. 

Joanne Locke, vice-dean of curriculum and appraisals in the 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, supports the argument that liberal 
arts degrees are valuable because they give students transferable 
skills. In The Gazette article titled “Arts degrees open doors,” 
Locke says parents should be aware that employers in fact seek 
out arts graduates because of their critical, analytical and argu- 
mentative abilities. 

Edith Brunette, Cinema student and communications director 
for the Proje(c)t Y short film festival, was quoted in The Gazette 
about this annual event, launched at Concordia in 1997. The festi- 
val gives rare opportunity for film students to show their work 
“outside their academic environment,” Brunette said. Her five- 
minute film Silence Variations was also screened during the three- 
day festival. 

Mrugank V. Thakor and Lea Katsanis, both associate professors 
of marketing, were interviewed by La Presse on Bell Canada’s 
recent acquisition of 50 per cent of the wireless telephone compa- 
ny Virgin Mobile Canada. Both Thakor and Katsanis are optimistic 
about Bell's future success in this deal. Maybe Bell is looking into 
buying the whole company, once it penetrates the young people's 
market, Katsanis speculated. 

Patsy Lightbown (Applied Linguistics) was quoted in a Gazette 
story about earlier and more serious English language instruction 
in Quebec schools. Lightbown says that Grade 6 students who take 
intensive ESL classes during the school year know as much 
English as high school students who have studied the same num- 
ber of hours over a longer period of time. In the same article, 
Joanna White (TESL Centre) asks why it is all right for English 
students to start learning French in Grade 1, but “it’s not OK for 
French kids to learn English early.” 

The Gazettes Frangois Shalom’s regular column, Entrepreneurs, 
featured a story on Mechtronix, a flight-simulator manufacturing 
company founded almost 20 years ago by two Concordia engineer- 
ing students, Fernando Petruziello and Jo Frazao. Today, 
Mechtronix is a prosperous firm on a global scale, with big clients 
such as Bombardier and Panama's Copa Airlines. 

An article on online chatting in The Gazette profiles research done 
by Richard Schmid (Education) and graduate student Sharon 
Peters. They have discovered that academically successful stu- 
dents have the least enjoyment from chatting online with their 
peers, while “average and learning-challenged” students enjoy it 
the most. 

In a Gazette story April 12, Enn Raudsepp (Journalism) endorsed 
the Superior Court decision to fine CHOI-FM and its morning host 
Jeff Fillion for bullying weather reporter Sophie Chiasson on the 

Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 | 3 


Start Right popular 
with new students 

In an article in the recent April 7 edition 
of the Thursday Report, "Academic advi- 
sors share insights, experience,” an aca- 
demic advisor expresses her desire "to see 
an introductory course for students who 
are about to enter the university 
[because] students are unprepared; they 
don't know what to expect from universi- 
ty life." 

I would like to point out that we in 
Counselling and Development heartily 
endorse this recognition of the need for 
students to prepare themselves for uni- 
versity studies before they begin. In fact, 
that is the very purpose behind orienta- 
tion programs offered by the New 
Student Program in Counselling and 


In our last issue, we published informa- 
tion about the HIV / AIDS course in con- 
nection with an art show called [SIC]. We 
inadvertently published the wrong num- 

Development, including a pre-university 
mini-course, Start Right. 

Start Right is a program designed to 
teach students basic study skills and 
learning strategies, as well as prepare 
them for what to expect once they start 
classes at Concordia. 

This program consists of eight mod- 
ules on learning strategies, including 
Effective Academic Reading, Problem- 
Solving Skills, Writing Academic Papers 
and Time Management, as well as four 
information sessions. 

Start Right is offered to newly regis- 
tered students in two formats during the 
summer prior to their beginning classes 
at Concordia: four evenings in mid- 
August, or two full days at the end of 
August. It is also offered in December for 
students beginning in January. 

Counselling and Development has 
been offering Start Right since summer 
2002, with annual attendance of approxi- 
mately 1,000 new students. Feedback 
from the students has been very positive; 
students repeatedly thank us for prepar- 
ing them to cope with the new demands 

of university learning. 

Mary O'Malley, Coordinator, Student 
Learning Services, 

ber of students who have taken this 
groundbreaking interdisciplinary course 
over its 13 years: not 100, but 1,000. 

We also gave the incorrect date for the 
Loyola honorary certificates ceremony. It 
was held on March 31, not March 30. 

Counselling & |. 

See yourself graduate on DVD 

This year, for the first time, graduating 
Concordia students and their proud families 
will be able to buy a digital video disc of their 
convocation ceremony. 

Convocation has been steadily going high- 
tech. Last year, a company called 
Momentum projected the action onstage 
onto a large screen so that those seated at 
the back of the hall could have a better view. 

DVDs were made of the 2004 spring and 
2004 fall convocations as trial runs. This 
year, the university is ready to offer the DVDs 
for sale. 

Five DVDs will be made by Quietus Film, 
one of each ceremony, and the university will 
break even if about 500 are sold. That's about 
15 per cent of this year's graduating class. 

For $24.95 plus tax, the purchaser will get 
a DVD with about two and a half hours of 
professional footage. This will include high- 
lights of the convocation ceremony, and 
close-ups of students receiving their degrees 
from Chancellor Eric Molson. 

It will also include scenes of life on cam- 
pus, and a commemorative “convocation 
collage” that will be a fitting memento of this 
high point in the student's academic career. 

Because it’s an innovation, a special effort 
is being made to promote the DVDs. 
Promotional flyers and order forms are 
being inserted in the packages mailed this 
week to potential graduates by the Office of 
the Registrar. They will also be distributed 
with the academic gowns on June 7, 8 and 9 
and at convocation itself, on June 13,14 and 

A page on the alumni website and on the 
convocation website will promote and take 
orders for these DVDs. There will be moni- 
tors at gowning showing short, five-minute 
portions of selected material. 

Jesse Heffring, who is producing the DVDs 
for Quietus, studied film production at 
Concordia, and will likely graduate himself 
next year. 

Fellowships to honour Dr. Lowy 

Concordia’s outgoing president will be com- 
memorated through a $3-million endow- 
ment to create 10 fellowships of $15,000 
each for graduate students, to be called 
Frederick H. Lowy Scholars. 

Faculty and staff are invited to join other 
donors in honouring him for his 10 years of 
visionary leadership of the university. 

Dr. Lowy’s term will end June 30, and a 
number of events are being planned around 

his departure. 

These fellowships recognize one of Dr 
Lowy’s main concerns: that proper funding 
is available to attract bright graduate stu- 
dents to Concordia. 

To donate to the endowment, please con- 
tact Debbie Dankoff, Associate Director, 
Major Gifts, at, or 
at ext. 5205. 

Defeating evil starts with us, genocide experts say 


More than half a century after the 
Holocaust, the spectre of geno- 
cide still haunts the world, and 
the international community 
must do more, speakers at a 
Concordia panel said recently. 

Eric Saul, author and the cura- 
tor of the Visas for Life exhibit, 
said that a vital part of the histo- 
ry of the Holocaust has been 
underreported: that of the heroes 
who saved millions of lives from 

"The state of Israel now recog- 
nizes 23,000 individuals who 
saved Jews, but in fact, by current 
estimates, one million people 
saved 3.5 million Jewish refugees 
from the Holocaust. 

“How many people have heard 
this statistic? Why does it have to 
be a footnote in a book? Why is 
that not central to Jewish and 
Western education about the 

“These are empowering stories, 
and I don’t know why there are 
less than 50 books on rescue in 
the Holocaust, while there are 
over 80,000 books and articles 
about the other side of the 

Saul noted that such a dearth 
of knowledge did not start with 
the Holocaust. 

"In every conflict in the history 
of mankind, there have been peo- 
ple who stood up against the 

tyrants. More often than not, they 
have been completely forgotten 
by history and by every culture.” 

Visas For Life, which was 
exhibited at Concordia from 
March 7 to April 11, is a travelling 
exhibit honoring diplomats who 
used their status to save lives in 
Nazi occupied countries during 
World War II. 

History professor Frank Chalk, 
co-founder and co-director of 
Concordia’s Montreal Institute 
for Genocide and Human Rights 
Studies, said genocide dates back. 
to pre-history. 

"It begins with our ancestors, 
who almost certainly committed 
genocide in Stone Age struggles 
between Neanderthals and Cro- 
Magnons and others. 

“We have within us an urge for 
social dominance, which is 
always there to be tapped by peo- 
ple who wish to exploit it. 
Together with the bonds of soli- 
darity which we form naturally, 
we are also subject to ethnocen- 
trism and xenophobia, which 

may have originated as protective - 


Chalk described a process of 
collective thinking that leads to 
systematic victimization of a des- 

ignated group. 
Cultures of cruelty 

"Cultures of cruelty emerge in 
many societies; we are socialized 

4 | Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 

to violence, group solidarity is 
exploited, and we often surrender 
our personal identity and values 
to the collective, group identity, 
and abandon our principles.” 

The next step in this grim 
process is to ostracize and perse- 
cute the targeted group. 

"We create the ‘social death’ of 
the victim in society, excluding 
them from the universe of social 
obligation. We humiliate and 
degrade members of the group as 

‘if we were trained to do so from 

childhood, and come to regard 
them as threats to the welfare of 
our society.” 

What can be done to prevent 
history from repeating itself? "We 
can fight poverty around the 
world; we can work politically to 
prevent war, which is often the 
environment in which genocide 
flourishes. We can create a cli- 
mate of accountability for geno- 
cide and crimes against humani- 
ty. We have to implement the 
report from the International 
Commission on Intervention in 
State Sovereignty.” 

That report, commissioned by 
the Canadian government, was 
presented to the UN in 2001. It 
offers recommendations as to 
how and when, and under whose 
authority, humanitarian inter- 
vention should occur. 

Major Brent Beardsley, a Sir 
George Williams graduate who 
served as Gen. Roméo Dallaire's 

personal staff officer during and 
after the Rwandan genocide, said, 
"We decided that saving the lives 
of Rwandans was not worth our 
time and trouble, while hundreds 
of thousands were being slaugh- 

“Forty years after the 
Holocaust, to which we said 
‘never again, we once again stood 
aside while one of the fastest 
genocides in history occurred.” 

Beardsley said that racism is 
implicit when an African geno- 
cide is not treated with the same 
urgency as one in other parts of 
the world. The normally slow 
decision-making process at the 
UN is just not good enough when 
death is sweeping across a nation. 

"Every day the UN deliberated 
over Rwanda, another 8,000 to 
10,000 people were butchered. 
Will we have the same failure in 
Darfur? What can each of us do to 
give meaning to the phrase ‘never 

The panel was held as part of 
Democratic Discourse in a 
Multicultural Society, a one-day 
conference on April 3 

The conference was sponsored 
by Concordia’s Montreal Institute 
for Genocide and Human Rights 
Studies and the Canadian Friends 
of Tel Aviv University. 

A video of the conference can 
be viewed at: http://publicaf- 


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Tramline in the Point proposed by students 


Revitalizing venerable Point St. Charles 
was this year’s project for the students in 
Concordia’s Advanced Urban Laboratory. 

Pierre Gauthier's two-semester course 
combines the most recent approaches to 
urban planning with social, economic and 
historical analysis. His students learn how 
to plan future built environments by 
exploring their own back yard here in 

They did months of socio-economic 
research to back up their proposals to revi- 
talize the area, and presented them on 
April 7 to an audience that included urban 
activists from the Société du Havre, the 
South West Borough and Réso Info- 

Gauthier, the professor in the 
Department of Geography, Planning & 
Environment who teaches the lab, chose 
the Point because “its blue-collar neigh- 
borhoods were hit the hardest by the car- 
oriented planning practices of the ’50s and 

“Freight and passenger trains go around 
the clock here, and the entrance points of 
highways go right through backyards. This 
is unacceptable.” 

The lab’s six student groups wrestled 
with how sustainable development could 
be encouraged and how the district's his- 
torical integrity could be maintained. 

In 1997, the federal government commit- 
ted $100 million to revitalizing Point St. 
Charles. The investment permitted clean- 
ing up the Lachine Canal, which was 

Jason Blackman, Marc Heckmann, Andrea Pearson and Kent MacDougall in the Point. 

reopened to pleasure boating in 2002, and 
for the creating a park along its banks. ~ 
Since then, the area has seen an emer- 
gence of converted lofts from former 
industrial space — GE's former headquar- 
ters is now occupied by multimedia com- 
panies — yet the community still has 
obstacles to overcome, such as environ- 
mental contamination, infrastructural 
neglect and inefficient public transit. 
Point St. Charles suffers from crumbling 

infrastructure, lack of public services and 
very little commercial activity. Métro 
Charlevoix and infrequent buses are the 
only forms of public transportation in the 

Drawing investment into the communi- 

ty is difficult because of inefficient public 
access. Moreover, CN and Via Rail run 

¥31SO1 Uv 

trains through the heart of the Point, and 
for years, residents have complained about 
the traffic. 

Jason Blackman, Marc Heckmann, Kent 
MacDougall and Andrea Pearson propose 
a tramline using existing CN rail lines. It 
would reduce air and noise pollution, and 
remove the physical barrier dividing the 
community’s haves from its have-nots. 

“The Point is isolated by the canal, 
industrial lots, the CN rail line, the 
Bonaventure Expressway, and the Décarie 
Expressway,’ Heckmann said. 

The team says a tramline would provide 
the Point with accessibility it has never 
had, giving it the fuel it needs for rejuvena- 
tion. Tramways would catalyze sustainable 
development in the surrounding areas, and 
connect the area to the métro system. 

These students also believe a tramline is 
the key to averting gentrification that 
could spoil the historic district for its long- 
time residents. 

There's been a boom in condominium 
development along the edges of the canal. 
Some condos have sold for upwards of $1 
million, and there are no signs of a slow- 
down. “If the trend continues, the middle 
to lower classes will be forced out of Point 
St. Charles by the emerging ‘condo wall of 
wealth; ” Heckmann said. 

Gauthier thinks it’s an idea worth con- 
sidering. “Assessing the feasibility of con- 
verting CN rail lines into tramlines 
remains to be the big question in this 
debate, but I feel momentum is building in 
Montreal towards the re-introduction of 

Art deco murals from York Cinema underwent transformation 


The unveiling of the York Cinema murals 
in the new Integrated Engineering, Com- 
puter Science and Visual Arts Complex on 
Monday afternoon represents a successful 
act of art restoration. 

When the York Cinema was built in 
1938, Emmanuel Briffa, one of the most 
sought-after theatre decorators in Canada, 
was hired by the architects Perry, Luke and 
Little. His elegant interior featured art 
deco motifs and materials that included 
terrazzo, marble, stainless steel, plastic 
veneer, vitrolite and plate glass. 

Unfortunately, the theatre complex was 
left to deteriorate for decades before 
Concordia acquired the property in 1998. 

Although the decision was taken to 
demolish the building, the city and the uni- 
versity agreed that what could be saved, 
would be. 

As Director of Special Projects Clarence 
Epstein explained, “There were elements 
of the York decorative scheme that justi- 
fied restoration, and we wanted to make 
sure these were incorporated into the new 

Unfortunately, the interior of the theatre 
had decayed well past the point of repair, 
and only three of the eight original murals, 
as well as three stylized theatre masks on 
metal and a set of chevron decorative pan- 
els, could be recovered before the demoli- 

The murals, painted by Kenneth Hensley 
Holmden, featured stylized nymphs that 
were considered somewhat daring at the 

His paintings were met with consider- 
able acclaim. La Presse described them in 
an article from November 1938 as “sections 
where a fortuitous diversity of lines and 
colour manifest themselves” (our transla- 

Laszlo Cser, of the Toronto firm Rest- 
orart, was responsible for the complicated 
conservation process. A distinguished 
restorer who has worked on the Parlia- 
mentary Library in Ottawa, he described 
the challenges he faced. 

“The degree of damage that the murals 
sustained during and following their 
removal from the original site location was 
extensive,” he said. This damage included 
mold, water damage and cigarette burns. 

The most noticeable difference in the 
restored murals is the renewal of the origi- 
nal colour scheme. “The colour palette was 
determined by the original oils,” Cser 
explained. “Removal of the dirt and grime 
accumulations and the discoloured var- 
nish layers revealed the original palette.” 

After the time-consuming conservation 
was completed — each mural took 
between 120 and 500 hours to repair — the 
next question was how the panels would 
be incorporated into the new auditorium. 

With a considerably smaller theatre 
space to work with and only three of the 
eight murals, their configuration could not 
be in its original sequence. However, 
Epstein, KPMB Architects and Laszlo Cser 
found a creative solution. 

Epstein described how they were inte- 

“The larger works feature nymphs facing 
in different directions, and so it was decid- 

One of the murals before restoration (above) 
and after (at right). 

ed to have these works face the front area 
of the auditorium, giving the impression 
that the nymphs are immersed in the lec- 
turer, or what is on the screen.” 

The third mural faces the front. It has 
been placed into the entrance of the the- 
atre, so that people can interact with the 

As for the continued appreciation of the 
murals, Laszlo Cser concluded, “It will be 
left to the judgment of others to determine 
if the result was successful.” 

Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 | 5 


“ati 7 

Awards for student life 


a a ee 

Christopher Gray, chair of the Philosophy Department, with Dean of Students Keith Pruden 

Peter Schiefke, CSU VP Student Life 

Stuart Letovsky, president of the Education 
Students Association 




Russell Lobo, president of the International 

Students Association 

6 | Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 

The Concordia Council for Student Life 
gives awards to people who have made 
exceptional contributions over the past 
year. This year, the awards were handed 
out on April 8 at a reception in the down- 
town Faculty Club. 

The Council is an advisory body that 
makes recommendations to improve stu- 
dents’ non-academic life. Chaired by the 
Dean of Students, it comprises six direc- 
tors, two support staff members, one sen- 
ior academic administrator and 10 stu- 
dent representatives. 

The teaching award went to 
Christopher Gray, chair of the Philosophy 
Department, (top photo) who organized 
the first bursary program in the depart- 
ment, helped implement a peer tutoring 
program, and created a student advocacy 

Gray said he operates on the assump- 
tion that “life is hard, always, for young 
people. My task is not to keep setting the 
bar ever higher, but to lower it as far as 
compatible with responsible and 
respectable higher education.” 

Undergraduate education and its lively 
experiences are the centre of university 
education, he said, and “the SRF [Student 
Request Form] is as important a docu- 
ment as a transcript. Things go wrong. It 
is one of our jobs is to try and make them 
go right again.” 

Peter Schiefke is an undergraduate stu- 
dent in Political Science. Last year he was 
VP Finance of ASFA, the Arts and Science 
Federation of Associations, and this year 
he is VP Student Life of the CSU. 

Peter helped create an ASFA student 
handbook, and he helped organize the dis- 
play of a huge Canadian flag on 
Parliament Hill for Remembrance Day, 
2002. Now he is organizing a student vol- 
unteer project in Africa called the 
Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program. 

Stuart Letovsky won a CCSL Award for 
his volunteer work. As president of 
Concordia Education Student 
Association, he oversaw the giving and 
wrapping of over 2,500 gifts for needy chil- 
dren at Christmas. He's also an active 
Stingers fan. 

Russell Lobo, an undergraduate student 
in Electrical Engineering, was_ VP, 
Activities, of the Concordia International 
Students Association last year. This year, 
he's CISA president. 

He helped organize more than 20 social 
activities this year for international stu- 
dents, and was a valuable link between 
CISA and the Concordia Student Union. 


John Ivor Smith remembered 

The first sculpture teacher at Concordia 
died last August of prostate cancer. John 
Ivor Smith was hired by Alfred Pinsky in 
1966 for the Sir George Williams 
University fine arts program, and took 
early retirement in 1982. Former student 
Richard Furbacher, with help from Lynn 
Mclvor, Fraser Smith and Sylvia Tait, has 
provided some reminiscences: 

“John arrived in Canada at the age of 
13 as part of the refugee program to keep 
English children safe during the Second 
World War blitz on England. He was 
billeted with the Wiggins family in 
Montreal, with whom he always 
remained close, and he became fast 
friends with the neighboring Tait family. 

“John earned a degree in physics at 
McGill University and went on to work 
for the Northern Electric Company (now 
Nortel), making ad films. From the earli- 
est days John was a remarkable inventor 
who had a keen appreciation of the aes- 
thetic and loved to draw. 

“Sylvia Tait convinced John to take 
evening courses at the School of Art and 
Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine 
Arts. He studied under Jacques de 
Tonnancour, Eldon Grier and Arthur 
Lismer, winning two scholarships in 

drawing and one in sculpture. It was 
here that John’s interest in sculpture 
became his passion, and subsequently, 
his career. 

“During the ‘60s and ’70s he was influ- 
enced by the Italian sculptors Marino 
Marini and Manzu, but the irrepressible 
Smith humour and aesthetic still domi- 
nated all his work, despite the intense, 
creative purpose involved. 

“John won a Canada Council fellow- 
ship, which enabled him to spend a year 
in Italy to work and study new and 
ancient techniques of casting. Other fel- 
lowships and awards followed. 

“Two of his immense standing figures 
with welded steel substructures and 
reinforced polyester resin exteriors were 
displayed at Montreal’s Expo 67. John 
invented a novel technique to very accu- 
rately enlarge maquettes to the desired 
scale long before computers would facil- 
itate and simplify this process. 

“John and his friends established a 
coterie a la bohéme, travelling to New 
York and Europe to explore the arts, 
since art was not yet a big word in 
Canada. His humour, warmth, empathy 
and sensitivity made him greatly loved 
and respected by his students.” 

Animated tale of Africa 

Above, a still from L’arbre aux esprits, 
the latest animated film by Cilia 
Sawadogo. Its world premiere was held 
at the National Film Board cinema on St. 

Denis St. on April 15. 

Sawadogo is head of the animation 
unit at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim 
School of Cinema, and is originally from 
Burkina Faso. She has directed three 
films with the National Film Board, 
including Le Joueur de Cora. 

Larbre aux esprits is meant for chil- 
dren as well as adults. It uses elements 
from African legends and the current 

interest in the environment to create a 
lively and inspiring adventure story. 

In the savannah, two children, Kodou 
and Tano meet Ayoka, the spirit of an 
ancient tree threatened with destruc- 
tion, and together, they find a way to 
save it. 

The film was shown in a series called 
21 Days of African and Creole Cinema, 
which is itself part of the big annual 
Vues d’Afrique. 

It will also be shown at the Cinema 
Beaubien on April 19 at 9 p.m. and April 
23 at 3 p.m. 

Conference on Africa today 

A conference titled LAfrique réconciliée: 
Images et mémoires is being held today 
in Room 767 of the Henry F. Hall 
Building as part of the 21st annual 

Festival Vues d'Afrique. 
The conference is jointly sponsored by 
Concordia’s Departement d'études 

francaises, York University and the 
Centre de recherche Le soi et l’autre at 
the Université du Québec 4 Montréal 


It will bring together scholars and 
filmmakers to discuss the representation 
of Africa in film and literature, the links 
between images and narratives of Africa, 
representations of violence in times of 
genocide and the representation of 
memory in African cinema. 

For more information, please contact: 

Undergraduates’ art Roundup starts tonight 


Roundup, the annual Concordia Undergraduate Student 
Exhibition, is a showcase for the best art produced by 
Faculty of Fine Arts undergraduates. It opens at the 
Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery with a vernissage 

The final selection of work by 18 artists involved a some- 
what daunting elimination process, as 140 artists applied 
to have their work shown. 

“It's a very tough show to put on,” said Carla Benzan, co- 
director of the VAV Gallery and an organizer of this year’s 
show. “People are so disappointed not to get in. And what- 
ever choices are made, there will always be criticism.” 

The process is democratic, however. A jury of eight 
undergraduate students evaluates the submissions, which 
are presented anonymously to reduce favoritism. The 
scores from the silent jury are tallied up and the work is 

“We try to encourage representation from the less repre- 
sented departments, although where there are more stu- 
dents studying [e.g., in photography, sculpture and paint- 
ing], there is more work to choose from, and consequently 

these departments are more present in the show.” 

Benzan would like to have seen more work from Fibres 
and Ceramics, but “our aesthetic frame is pre-determined 
along lines of more traditional [and commercial] media.” 

Next year, she thinks the VAV co-directors will provide 
more parameters for selection of pieces for the show. They 
could require at least one piece from each department and 
accept the highest ranking from each one. This year, more 
than three artists have shown at the Undergrad show in 
previous years. 

“Perhaps this should change to allow for more people to 
benefit from the exposure.” 

Benzan, a Painting and Drawing student with a BA in art 
history from the University of British Columbia, co-ordi- 
nated the show along with Kyd Campbell, the VAV’s other 
co-director, and the Ellen Gallery. 

The opening for the show is today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 
the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, on the ground floor 
of the J.W. McConnell Library building. Artists’ talks begin 
at 4:30 for those who want to find out more about the ideas 
behind the work, often key to getting more out of contem- 
porary art, with its strong undercurrent of conceptual 
thinking.. The show continues until May 14. 

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Carla Benzan, an organizer of this year’s Undergraduate 
Student Exhibition, stopped by the gallery to check out a dis- 
play during a break from a studio class where she was wearing 
a dust mask. 

Changing city inspires art 


Laura St. Pierre, a second-year MFA student, says Concordia’s location in the 
middle of downtown Montreal gives it unusually close contact with the city’s life 
compared with universities like the University of British Columbia, whose cam- 
pus is “very separate” from Vancouver, and divided from the city by old-growth 
forest. Her work, like that of Triptych (below) are part of Décalage, an end-of-year 
show by Masters of Fine Arts students, at the Parisian Laundry until April 24. 

Apparatus/Construct/Manipulation (above) is a first effort by the collective 
Triptych, film production students Justine Litynski, Terryll Loffler and Kim 
| Simard. It’s made up of three films side by side with a soundtrack fusing each per- 
spective, and makes comical references to early instructional films with its force- 
ful male narration. “I'm a big fan of cinema from the 60s and ’70s, when directors 
like Godard and Bergman pushed the medium’s reflexivity,” Loffler said. Each 
| member shot, hand-processed and edited his own piece separately, resulting in “a 

series of unexpected moments of significance” in its final form, Simard said. 

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Photo show by graduating class 


Inspired partially by Dutch still-life painter Vanitas, Concordia photography student Carlyle Routh’s work puts 
living organisms under a microscope in search of imperfection. “Modern society tries to deny that imperfections 
and decay exist” Routh said. Untitled (above) will be on display until April 29 at Galerie Art Mur (5826 St-Hubert 
St. (Metro Rosemont) as part of Meristem, an exhibition by graduating students from the university’s undergrad- 

uate Photography program. 


Students from Concordia’s Vi- 
sual Arts photography program 
are holding a group exposition 
at Montreal's Art-Mur gallery. 
Financed by a silent auction at 
the VAV Gallery over a month 
ago, the show includes the work 
of the 28 students who will be 
this year's graduates. 

Andrew Finlayson's brooding 
black and white photos of 
bleached whalebones strewn 
along an Alaskan beach imme- 
diately grab the viewer's atten- 
tion. His haunting Leaving 
Dutch Harbor is full of respect 
and deep affection for the sea 
and those who sail on her. 

Vincent LaFrance was in- 
spired to do his bad bunny pic- 
tures when he brought two rab- 
bits home and let them have 
the run of his apartment — a 
mistake, as shown by his pic- 
tures of a ruined teak salad 
bowl, a chewed up wall and tiny 
pellets on a white bedspread. 
The final picture of the rabbit 
itself has a sinister feel to it, as 
if this was truly the bunny from 

Yana Kehnlein's wall-sized 
digital reconstruction of a 
photo taken in Mexico speaks 
to the deconstruction and 
reconstruction going on in the 
third world. Kehnlein, who 
studied philosophy in Paris, 

StART for young artists 

Concordia student painters Victoria Stusiak and 
Trevor Kiernander had their work chosen for a 
show called stART at Studio 21 gallery in Halifax 
that showcases two promising artists each from 
Concordia, the Ontario College of Art and Design 
and Halifax's NSCAD University. The show contin- 

ues until April 20. 

Trevor, who was a co-producer of the Art 
Matters festival this year, also has work in Harvest: 
The Contemporary Canadian Landscape, a show 
at Concordia’s student-run VAV Gallery from April 
25 to 30. The Halifax show can be viewed at: 

said he tried to include as many 
elements as possible in the 

Other photos include Chri- 
stophe Jiuraj’s compassionate 
portraits of physically chal- 
lenged Angels, Darren Ell’s 
stark portraits of Palestinian 
refugees working in Montreal's 
underground immigrant econ- 
omy, and Ali Shakur's pictures 
of the elderly. 

"It's a good strong show,” said 
Concordia's Professor Evergon. 
His students "had a lot to say, 
and said it well.” 

Meristem continues at the 
Gallery Art-Mur, 5826 St. Hubert 
St, métro Rosemont. 

Psychoanalysts screen 

The Quebec English branch of the Canadian 
Psychoanalytic Society will show two excellent 
films, followed by discussion. 

On Friday, April 29, at 7:15 p.m., the movie is 
The Believer (USA, 2001). Directed by Henry 
Bean, it’s about a young Jewish man who 

becomes a neo-Nazi, and is based on a true 


The film shown on May 6 will be Kadosh 
(Israel, 1999), directed by Amos Gitai. It’s about 
two Hassidic sisters who test the limits of their 
traditions. Both screenings are in the DeSéve 

Cinema, and admission is $8. 

Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 | 7 

Automotive engineers build a cleaner snowmobile 


The snow is all gone, but that didn’t stop 
nine mechanical engineering students 
from starting up their snowmobile behind 
Reggie's earlier this month. 

The Clean Snowmobile team unveiled 
the final version of their “hybrid drive 
snowmobile” on April 6 as a requirement 
for their capstone project. In order to qual- 
ify for anything higher than a B-plus, the 
students had to demonstrate to program 
coordinator Henry Hong that the sled 
actually works. 

To the untrained eye, the machine looks 
like a relic. It is a beat-up 1985 Bombardier 
377 Safari the students bought for $300. 
Although they couldn't take it for a spin, 
they raised it up on jacks and stripped the 
seat and hood to give passers-by a look at 
what makes this machine different. 

The first things that catch the eye are 
the three large batteries under the seat. 
These power an electric motor, which in 
turn assists the traditional internal com- 
bustion engine during acceleration. There 
is a switch that controls the speed of the 
motor and how and when it engages. The 
engine runs on E85, which is a potent 
blend of ethanol and gasoline. 

The students were required to choose 
and execute a capstone project as part of 
their fourth-year studies. 

“There wasn't too much faith in us at 
first,” said Erik Paldy, who helped work on 
the engine. Paldy says they got the idea for 
the project in September from a competi- 
tion held each year by the Society of 


The Concordia students taking part in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge. From the left, Kim Fortin, 
Caterina Asquino, team captain Robert Huszar, Nick Brodeur (in front of him), Erik Paldy (red 
shirt), Nicolas Marchand, Todd Lane, Jarid Gurman, and Kevin Jack. 

Automotive Engineers (SAE), where stu- 
dents are challenged to build a clean-burn- 
ing, quiet, comfortable and cost-effective 
snowmobile. The SAE discourages high- 
cost solutions, and the Concordia students 

Two teams, one to develop the engine 
and the other to work on the drive train, 
were given budgets of $500 each to see the 
project through. In all, they spent only 

$800, coming in $200 under budget. 

Captain of the drive train team Nick 
Brodeur says the biggest challenge facing 
his squad was the shortage of money. With 
the funds to buy more technology, he says 
he would have installed a more sophisti- 
cated switch and allowed the motor to 
recharge the three sixty-pound batteries 
while idling. 

So was the machine really green? Yes. 

They think. 

One of the cost compromises the stu- 
dents made was to test the sled’s power on 
a freshly repaired, untested dynamometer. 
They were reluctant to rev it up for fear of 
shaking the apparatus to bits, so showed 
only a mediocre six horsepower. 

Their emissions tests, on the other hand, 
were more promising. They ran tests with a 
catalytic converter and without while run- 
ning the machine on straight gasoline to 
get an idea of what kind of pollutants they 
could expect. They replaced the fuel with 
E85 and ran the same tests. To everyone's 
disbelief, the catalyzed E85 tested free of 
carbon monoxide, a greenhouse gas. 

This was Concordia’s first attempt at 
building a clean snowmobile, but unfortu- 
nately this green machine won't make it to 
the SAE competition. Many of the vital 
parts are on loan and by the time you read 
this story they will have been removed and 
returned to their rightful owners. 

The Concordia chapter of the SAE is 
extremely active, competing against uni- 
versities around the world in a variety of 
design competitions. 

Two weeks ago the Aero Design team 
took their radio-controlled cargo-bearing 
airplane to competition in Florida. The 
Formula team designs and fabricates 
small, formula-style racing cars and 
they’re currently trying to style a machine 
based on the mighty F1 racers. The Mini 
Baja team is dedicated to creating a small 
off-road vehicle that can compete in pun- 
ishing races. 

Computing skills test on briny sea 


When thinking about computer science, 
the last thing that comes to mind is a tiny 
boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 
but the spray of salt water and the rush of 
tropical winds are about to earn two 
Concordia students some credits. 

Branislav Radojcic, a fourth-year com- 
puter science student, departs May 27 for 
South Africa, where he and four other men 
will pilot a 48-foot catamaran northwest in 
a bid to cross the Atlantic and reach the 
island of Grenada. His classmate, Miroslav 
Damjanoski, will stay in Montreal, awash 
in work maintaining a database designed 
to automatically track the boat. 

Besides being a rookie sailor on a small 
boat in a big ocean, Radojcic will be 
responsible for maintaining a laptop and 
the specialized radio system it will use to 
send and receive information. 

Their goal is to not only track the course 
the boat takes, but to retrospectively calcu- 
late the best possible course, taking into 
account the curvature of the earth and the 

The boat sets sail May 31 and will make 
stops in St. Helena and Brazil before arriv- 
ing at Grenada 33 to 45 days later, depend- 
ing on weather and currents. The men have 
set up a program that will show, in real 
time, the position of the boat on a map. 
They have programmed a system to crunch 
the numbers after the trip is complete. 

The project is anchored in technology. 
While it is easy for a crew to receive coor- 
dinates from a global positioning system 

8 | Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 

(GPS), it is much more difficult to transmit 
those coordinates and other data. To do 
this, the boat’s computer will receive its 
coordinates from a GPS, then automatical- 
ly send e-mail over a high frequency radio 
band known as SSB. 

Those signals will be picked up by an 
existing worldwide network known as 
Winlink, which provides radio data service. 
From there, the message travels over the 
Internet to Damjanoski’s server in 
Montreal, which interprets the e-mail, 
pulls out the necessary information, 
updates the mapping program and stores 
the information in the database. 

There is also a program on the server to 
retrieve and store weather data so the men 
can make their final calculations when 
Radojcic sheds his sea legs and returns 
home. Due to security concerns the pair 
were not permitted to piggyback their sys- 
tem on Concordia’, and had to set up their 
own server. 

Damjanoski predicts that if there's a 
problem, it will be at this end of the opera- 
tion. “It’s not going to be very stable. We're 
going to have a backup, of course.” If the 
system is unable to receive or interpret e- 
mail and weather information, it won't 
have data to use for the calculations. 

For their efforts, each will earn six cred- 
its in project courses. They must do a full 
analysis of the project and submit a techni- 
cal report. Their supervisor, Peter Grogono, 
suggested that by the time it is complete 
the men will have put in at least 500 hours. 
You can track their progress at: 

Awards for service and talent 


Ramin Sedaghati, Alexander Santos and Kudret Demirli 

Every year the Department of Mech- 
anical and Industrial Engineering gives 
out awards for academic achievement 
and service. It’s like a family celebration, 
the “house” filled to overflowing with 
admiring relatives (in this case, col- 
leagues and fellow students). 

In the photo above are Professor 
Ramin Sedaghati, who won a Certificate 
of Recognition for Excellence in Service 
to the Department for Faculty Research; 
student Alexander Santos, CSME Gold 

Medal Winner, who also got a Certificate 
for Undergraduate Student Involvement; 
and Kudret Demirli, who won the CSIE 
Teaching Award. Honours went to Nadia 
Bhuiyan for teaching, Sophie Merineau 
for administrative support, Dainius 
Juras, for technical support, and William 
Wong, for lab and professional support. 

Certificates were also given for long 
service: Professors Georgios Vatistas and 
Subesh Rakheja have each given 20 years 
to the department. 

MBA students acquire a good nose for business 

Sommelier Carola Price shows MBA student Atieh Ghouchani and her friend Babak Norouzi how to judge the age of a red 
wine by looking at it. The older the wine, the lighter the colour. 


Even the best school can’t supply 
some of the lessons a successful 
executive needs to know. That's 
why the MBA students in the 
John Molson School of Business 
are going in for wine tasting. 
Fifty-three students took a 
break from studying for their 

final exams on April 8 to meet 
sommelier Carola Price, of In 
Vino Veritas, for an evening of 

Price graduated from a pro- 
gram at Mount Saint Vincent 
University given by _ the 
International Sommelier Guild, 
and she is a specialist in New 
World wines. Her wine tasting 

sessions make the point that the 
nose holds the key to distinguish- 
ing and appreciating wine. 

Price had six participants don 
blindfolds and try to identify sub- 
stances by their smell. The sub- 
stances turned out to be the basic 
identifying elements of red or 
white wine: milk chocolate, 
créme de cassis, truffles, nutmeg, 


strawberries and orange extract. 

She had the students taste four 
wines, but she made them wait a 
long time before they did so. First 
she told them about the best wine 
glasses — thin and relatively 
small; she never washes hers in 
soap, because it might leave a 
residue. They were told to hold 
the glass by the stem. 

Then she told them to look at 
the wine against the white table- 
cloth, and pointed out various 
clues to its age and provenance. 
Next, they swirled their glasses 
clockwise, stopping briefly to 
“nose,” or smell, the wine. 

When they finally got to take a 
sip, she advised them to breathe 
out afterwards to get the maxi- 
mum effect. The students tried to 
identify the elusive flavours. Was 
that a hint of dried orange peel, 
or was there a little pipe tobacco 
in there? 

All the wines she gave the stu- 
dents cost under $20 at the SAQ. 
Price chose a delicious Riesling 
from Cave Spring Cellars, of 
Ontario's Niagara region, as the 
white wine. 

She had the students taste 
three red wines. None was a 
Merlot or a Cabernet Sauvignon, 
despite their current popularity. 
The first was a Pinot Noir by 
Robert Mondavi, of California. 
The second was a Shiraz from 
Australia, and the third was a 
pleasant surprise — and a bar- 

“It's a very strange wine, and 

not everyone will like it,” Price 
warned the students. “It’s meant 
for stinky cheese, runny sauces 
and bold flavours.” It turned out 
to be a $12 Cetto from Mexico, 
made from the Petite Syrah grape. 

Here’s a quick quiz based 
on Price’s remarks. 

1. What are the three 
basic types of wine? 

z What's the difference 
between Shiraz and 


Ss How full should you 
fill your guest’s glass? 

4. What dish should 
never be served 
with wine? 

5: When a wine tastes 
like truffles, what is 
it like? 

6. Does wine have to be 
vintage to be good? 

7. Can you keep leftover 
wine in the fridge? 

8. Is it in bad taste to 
serve wine with a 
screw top instead of a 

Answers found on page 11 

Young engineers sent to West Africa to work 

Diane Cousineau and Andrea Spector 

For the first time, the Concordia chapter of 
Engineers Without Borders is sending two students 
abroad for the summer as volunteers. 

Diane Cousineau is a fourth-year environmental 
engineering student, and she will be spending the 
summer in Mali, on the fringe of the Sahara Desert. 

She will work with a non-governmental organiza- 
tion called WaterAid to create a water and sanita- 
tion community outreach program for communi- 
ties in the Sahel area, in the north of the country. 

She recently told the student newspaper The Link 
that 30 per cent of the diseases caused by contami- 
nated water could be eradicated just by getting peo- 
ple to understand how contamination happens. 

“If clean water is provided and peole do not know 
about the transmission of E.coli, it will just get con- 
taminated anyway.’ The actual teaching will be 


done by local citizens. 

Andrea Spector is in her second year of a civil 
engineering program. She'll spend the summer in 
Senegal with an NGO called Enterprise Works. 

She will work with local entrepreneurs-to provide 
advice on the manufacturing of tools for agro-pro- 
cessing; specifically, cashew processing equipment, 
so that farmers can get better prices for their crops. 
She'll also work on an irrigation project that uses 
treadle pumps. 

EWB is committed to promoting human develop- 
ment through access to technology in the develop- 
ing world through awareness campaigns here and 
volunteer work overseas. 

Since EWB began in 2000, over 80 young engi- 
neers have volunteered abroad in agriculture and 
food processing, water and sanitation, energy and 
natural resource management, and information 
and communication technology. 

The idea is to develop the local technical sector 
to ensure that innovative, appropriate, and sustain- 
able solutions to people's problems are locally gen- 
erated and available. In their efforts to engage 
Canadians about sustainability and development, 
they have had a presence here at Concordia. 

During Engineering Week in early March, veteran 
volunteer Ryan Sparkes told students in the engi- 
neering core course Impact of Technology on 
Society about his experiences in Uganda and Kenya. 

When they get back from Africa in the fall, Diane 
and Andrea expect to carry on this practice by giv- 
ing presentations about their experiences abroad. 

The funding for their trip came in part from a 
$5,000 prize awarded to the Concordia chapter of 
EWB last year by Forces Avenir, a Quebec non-prof- 
it agency that encourages student initiative. 

MBA Society adds social skills as 
supplement to their courses 

This is the third year the MBA 
Student Society has hired Carola 
Price to do a wine tasting, and it’s 
part of a strategy aimed at adding 
value to its academic program. 

These students already have 
degrees under their belts. They 
are taking the Master's in 
Business Administration to fash- 
ion the knowledge they already 
have for the corporate world. If 
they can refine their personal 
skills to match, so much the bet- 

Kyle Deguire, president of the 
John Molson MBA Society, said 
that golf lessons offered last fall 
were equally popular. The Society 
runs a popular speaker series 
whose most recent event was a 
talk on the Molson-Coors merger. 

It also runs a partner program 
that matches senior students 
with incoming students; not 
everyone takes advantage of it, 

but it can be a godsend for inter- 
national students. 

For the same reason, Deguire is 
pinning his hopes on an intern- 
ship program initiated by the 
MBA Society, to be run with the 
Co-op Institute, perhaps as early 
as next September. 

“It’s going to be great, because 
half our [MBA] population are 
international students who can't 
work off campus, and it will pro- 
vide MBA-level business experi- 
ence to those who don’t have it.” 

Deguire himself is an interna- 
tional student from the U.S. “I’ve 
only been able to do a paid intern- 
ship with the Concordia Small 
Business Consulting Bureau. 
That's only open to four people a 
year, so there's a lot of competi- 
tion. This program with the Co- 
op will make it possible to work 
in Montreal, or around the 

Harvard business guru tomorrow 

Michael Beer, of the Harvard 
Business School, will speak 
tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. in 
Room GM 403-02 on “Over- 
coming the Silent Killers to High 
Commitment and Performance.” 

His talk is sponsored by the 
Concordia University Research 
Chair in Organizational Devel- 
opment, which is currently held 
by Professor Steven A. Appel- 

Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 | 9 

Career adviser says,“Become your own career activist” 


Human Resources & Employee Relations 
has established a new unit called Career 
Services, and Matt Santateresa is ready to 
take on the challenge. 

Wondering how well suited you are to 
your role at Concordia? Considering a 
return to school? Thinking of applying for 
another position? Need help with writing a 
cover letter or CV? 

“Helping employees find answers to 
those questions for employees is going to 
be enormously gratifying,” Santateresa 

Santateresa received graduate training 
in career development at Royal Roads 
University in Victoria, B.C., and interned at 
La Passerelle Career Transition Centre in 

Reporting to the Director of Employ- 
ment and Employee Development, he will 
help staff members “gain a better perspec- 
tive of their strengths, and apply this self- 
knowledge in a resourceful way.” 

He continued, “Career coaching is 

How are you really? Wellness 


Most people, when asked, "How are you?” 
respond with the word, "Fine." Usually, it's 
not just the question that gets a perfuncto- 
ry answer, it's our own wellbeing that 
seems to fall to the bottom of the to-do list. 

Since the 1980s, people across North 
America have become aware of their well- 
being and how it affects other aspects of 
their lives. Now companies and organiza- 
tions are getting into the mix, since it's 
been proven that programs designed to 
help employees make better lifestyle 
changes tend to have a positive impact on 
the organization's bottom line. It also cre- 
ates a much better working environment. 

The buzzword is wellness. 

At Concordia, a group of caring individ- 
uals decided to tackle the whole issue of 

important, because it enables one to learn 
how to make decisions and explore 
options through self-exploration. It’s a col- 
laborative process in which the career 
advisor acts as a coach.” 

Career advising at HR is a voluntary 
service, and the advising process adheres 
to a strict ethical code that ensures the 
employee's privacy. 

“Providing a safe and comfortable envi- 
ronment for discussion is important, so I 
am available by appointment at any time of 
the workday or during lunch hours and 
outside of working hours,” he explained. 

One of the tenets of career development 
these days is continuous learning. To 
progress in an organization and ensure 
that their skills remain relevant, employees 
are encouraged to take advantage of the 
opportunities offered by their employer for 
training and professional development. 

“We all know the cost of courses,” 
Santateresa said. “Some professional train- 
ing is expensive and runs into hundreds, 
maybe thousands, of dollars. Every 
employee should jump at the opportunity 

"wellness" head on. The results are 
Wellness Concordia, a group of individuals 
from around the university who are work- 
ing on centralizing resources that con- 
tribute to employee and student wellness, 
and "Making Time for Us,” two weeks of 
wellness activities to get the ball rolling. 

Beginning May 9, activities will be held 
in various locations around both SGW and 
Loyola campuses that are sure to interest 
you. From career advising to financial 
workshops and from art appreciation to 
wine tasting, there's bound to be some- 
thing for everyone. 

Wellness Concordia has the participa- 
tion of such departments as Health 
Services, Human Resources & Employee 
Relations, Recreation and Athletics, the 
Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the 
Ellen Art Gallery, the Multi-Faith Chap- 
laincy and Continuing Education, just to 

Matt Santateresa 

offered by the Individual Development 
Plan — I did. It’s a chance to increase your 
skills and marketability.” 

If you're interested in setting up an 


appointment or discussing your career 
path, contact Matt Santateresa at ext. 3298 
or email him 

Concordia wants to know 

name a few. 

Each department will contribute to the 
Concordia community's wellbeing in their 
own way. The Ellen Gallery will show us 
how art appreciation can contribute posi- 
tively to our lives, and Recreation plans to 
show how yoga and other physical activi- 
ties can reduce the effects of stress. 
Continuing Education will offer one-time 
courses on such subjects as personal finan- 
cial management, and on how laws affect 

Two JMSB professors, Tracy Hecht and 
Kathleen Boies, will be performing a 
Wellness survey. It is your chance to tell us 
how you find wellness in your life, which 
may help others find wellness in their lives, 
The survey will be found on the Wellness 

Also on the Wellness site, you'll find the 
Resources page. Any time you're feeling 

lost and don’t know where to turn, try this 
page: It's 
organized into four categories: Taking Care 
of Business, Family Life, Community Life, 
and On the Road to Adventure. 

You'll also find out which departments 
at Concordia are able to assist you in any 
way. If you think something is missing, by 
all means, let us know. 

On the Wellness site, you can submit 
your own wellness tips to share with your 
colleagues and friends. 

From May 9 to 20, the Making Time for 
Us wellness fair will be held across campus 
in many locations. 

Be sure to check out the program to see 
what events interest you most. There will 
be much more to come. We hope to see you 

Re-engineering of Quebec draws fire from activists on panel 


The current re-engineering of the Quebec 
state is really destruction of its cherished 
institutions, speakers at a Concordia panel 
argued recently. 

Louis Roy, first vice-president of the 
CSN, said the Charest government has bro- 
ken records for voter dissatisfaction and 
manage to maintain those low numbers as 
a result. His union has taken up the fight 
against the current government because 
that is part of a union's mandate. 

“Everywhere in the world, any time 
right-wing governments want to impose 
neo-liberal policies, the first line of resist- 
ance always comes from unions. That's 
because unions are the best organized to 
mobilize resistance.” 

He said the CSN would prefer to sit down 
to talk rather than fight, but the govern- 
ment has left no room for such an inter- 

“There has been an inflation of rhetoric 
on both sides, and a growing chasm 

10 | Concordia’s Thursday Report | April 21, 2005 

between the two; there is no common area 
for debate and dialogue. If the government 
doesn’t want to negotiate, we have to react 
and make them listen, which is something 
very different from a dialogue." 

As if to prove his point, two of Quebec's 
three major political parties declined an 
invitation to send a representative to the 
panel; one accepted, but the designated 
spokesman failed to appear. "I don’t want 
to criticize people who aren't here, but I 
live with this all the time,” Roy said, gestur- 
ing at the empty seats. 

The sole other speaker was Alexandra 
Pierre, coordinator at the citizen's move- 
ment organization D'abord Solidaires. She 
said re-engineering is "a menace to our 
institutions, and public access to them.” 

"This is the Quebec version of the IMF 
and World Bank reforms which have been 
implemented in the Southern countries of 
the world. We're seeing a steady disappear- 
ance of social services, deteriorating health 
care, cuts in financial support for students 
and environmental protection.” 

Don MacPherson, Gazette Quebec 
affairs columnist and moderator for the 
event, asked whether the province still has 
the means to pay for public institutions, 
considering that Quebec is more indebted, 
taxed and poorer than the ROC. In addi- 
tion, Quebec will soon have two retirees for 
every worker. 

Pierre answered, "The demographic cri- 
sis has been exaggerated, because we've 
greatly increased our productivity. The 
question isn’t whether we're rich enough, 
because we've never been as rich as we are 
today. The question is whether we can 
escape from the narrow ideological frame- 
work of today's administration.” 

At the federal level, the current balloon- 
ing government surplus is an alarming sign 
of apathy to public needs. 

"I simply don't believe them when they 
say that we can no longer afford the public 
services that we collectively decided, a long 
time ago, that we want and need. The proof 
is that governments amuse themselves 
with projects and schemes we don't need, 

and waste money on things like the spon- 
sorship scandal.” 

Roy said nationalist squabbling in 
Quebec has detracted from broader issues. 
"We became so polarized over the nation- 
alist question that we lost sight of what 
else the state is all about. We don't live in a 
sect; we live in a pluralistic society with 
many ideas, and those ideas must circu- 

The problem goes far beyond the ideolo- 
gies of a given political party. 

"In two years, we'll be facing a choice 
between the Liberals and PQ again. No 
matter whom we elect, they will do what 
they want without consulting the public. 
The problem was not created by the 
Liberals; the problem is a democratic 
deficit in Quebec. We need to re-appropri- 
ate a political space where ordinary citi- 
zens can have a say in how the state is run.” 

The panel was organized by students of 
the School of Community and Public 

Athletes cap a great year 


Phil Langlois receives the plaque for Male Athlete 
of the Year. 


Call it icing on the cake. Basketball player Phil 
Langlois and hockey player Cecilia Anderson were 
named the Concordia Athletes of the Year at a gala 
awards dinner attended by more than 300 people 
earlier this month. 

Anderson actually was forced to miss the awards 
dinner, but she had a good reason. Concordia’s all- 
Canadian goaltender was busy winning a bronze 
medal as a member of Team Sweden at the 2005 
Women's World Hockey Championship held in 
Linkoping, Sweden from April 2 to 9. 

Anderson dressed for all five of her team's games 
and played in three, accumulating 91 minutes of 
playing time. She gave up five goals and posted a 
3.31 goals-against average. 

Sweden posted a 2-1 record in the preliminary 
round. In the playoff round, Sweden lost its semifi- 
nal game to the U.S. and then beat Finland 5-2 to 
win a bronze medal at the tournament. 

Anderson tuned up for her debut on the world 
stage by leading the Stingers to first place in the 
Quebec women's hockey league and a berth in the 

university championship. She was named a sec- 
ondteam all-Canadian, the Quebec conference MVP, 
a Quebec all-star and her team MVP. She was pre- 
sented with the Sally Kemp Award by Vice-President 
Services Michael Di Grappa. 

Langlois, a senior guard, had an exemplary career 
as a Stinger. The team captain led Concordia to a sil- 
ver medal at the national championship and to their 
first Quebec title in five years. 

"Winning the Quebec title as great but we fell one 
game short at the Nationals,’ Langlois said. "That 
really would have been the perfect way to end the 

Langlois was named a first team all-Canadian, 
only the third Stinger in 30 years to make the first 
team. He was the QSSF MVP and was a Quebec all- 
star for the fourth time in four years. He was also 
among the national leaders in several categories, 
including assists, steals and free throw shooting. He 
was given the Dr. Robert J. Brodrick Award by Di 
Grappa. Here are all the major awards: 

Ron Lapointe Award for academics, athletics and 
community service: George Vouloumanos, men's 

Denise Beaudet Award for academics, athletics 
and community service: M.J. Raposo, women’s bas- 

Male Rookie of the Year: Tim Wadsworth, 

Laurie Brodrick Award/Female Athlete of the 
Year: Sandy Roy, hockey 

Fittest Female Athlete: Marie-Pier Cantin- 
Drouin, hockey 

Fittest Male Athlete: Mickey Donovan, football 

Awards of Distinction in recognition of outstand- 
ing career: Kelly Sudia, women's hockey, and 
Francois Bastien, men's soccer 

Marvin Cooper Award, presented to a student 
athlete who has overcome adversity through hard 
work, commitment and dedication: Kesner 
Coridon, football 

Academic Excellence Awards (top GPA): Michael 
Wong, ski team; Andrea Dolan, women’s hockey 

President's Award (combination of athletics and 
academics): Tyler Marghetis, wrestling 

Concordia-McGill Media Award: 
Vleminckx, Journal de Montréal 


Staff stars on ice 

Stingers roundup 


Wednesday, April 20, proved to be quite the day for top-notch ath- 
letics at Concordia's Loyola campus. The Montreal Impact, 
defending champions of the United Soccer League's First Division, 

‘ took on the Stingers men’s team in the morning, while the 
National under-23 rugby team took on the Quebec University All- 
Stars in an evening match. 

The university All-Stars feature the 
best rugby players from McGill, Bishop's 
and Concordia. The national under-23 
team, which goes by the name Pacific 
Pride and is based in Victoria, B.C., is in 
Eastern Canada for two weeks of match- 
es and clinics in Montreal, Ottawa and 

The Pride's coaches and players put 
on a rugby clinic last Monday geared 
towards high school players. 

McGill head coach Sean McCaffrey is the head coach of the 
Quebec side. The Redmen are two-time defending Quebec cham- 
pions. He was assisted by Concordia head coach Graeme McGravie 
and Charles Goode, an assistant coach at Bishop's. 

Top university players include: scrum half Tim McEwen, a native 
of Ste. Anne de Bellevue and a member of the Concordia Stingers. 
Etienne Bouchard was the starting fullback. This Montrealer has 
tremendous tackling ability. 

Other top players included McGill flyhalf Matt de Graff, a 
Beaconsfield native who is the Quebec university all-star kicker; 
and Bishop's prop Matt Taylor, from Oakville, Ont. 

Pride players included winger Scott Gill, a former Concordia 
Stinger and native of Beaconsfield; as well as Bishop's Matt 
Phinney, a flanker from Toronto. 

Since its inception in 1996, the National Rugby Centre Pride pro- 
gram has exposed 120 of Canada's top young rugby players to elite 
standards of competition, coaching, fitness training and personal 
development in an intensive two-year residential setting. The pro- 
gram is recognized for raising the level of the league and commu- 
nity game in Canada and developing more than 50 players for the 
national 15s and 7s teams. 

Prizes won at research fair 

In our last issue, April 7, we cov- 
ered the participation of Com- 
puter Science PhD student Dong- 
wook Cho in the First Quebec 
National Research Forum, held at 
Complexe Desjardins. 

Of the four Concordia students 
who participated in this competi- 
tion, two actually won prizes. 

Walter Wittich, a graduate stu- 

prize in the Life and Health 
Sciences category, for a project 
on “Improved visual function 
assessment in seniors with age- 
related vision loss.” 

Carolyn Shaffer won second 
prize in the Literature, Arts and 
Humanities category for “Sa- 
laam/Shalom: Muslim-Jewish Di- 
alogue in Montreal.” 

dent in Psychology, won first 

ANSWERS to the wine quiz on page 9: 

1. No, not red, white and rosé, but still, sparkling and fortified. 

2. None; they're the same grape. Shiraz, which is enormously popular in 
Ontario now, is of Australian coinage. 

3. Half full. 

4. Salad. The vinegar in the dressing ruins the taste. 

5. The truffle is a fungus that grows under ground and is rooted out by 
pigs, so there's a whiff of the barnyard, but wine connoisseurs prize the 

6. Certainly not. Ninety per cent of the world’s wine is meant to be drunk 
within five years. The other 10 per cent is very expensive. 


Despite the NHL lockout and fabulous offers from Europe, the 2005 staff hockey team players stayed at home and 
completed another dynamic season. The Black and White teams battled for the symbol of hockey supremacy, the 
coveted Alex Lawrie Cup, which was created by carpenter Steven St-Arnauld, painter Patrice Gingras and Richard 
Saltzman from Montreal Stencil. From left, back row: Jay Mazzamauro, Chris Mikos, Michel Bujold, Manny 
Palladini, Karrwright Lee, Martin Dicaire; Middle row: Jay Garland, Darcy Sowden, Serge Bergeron, Laurie Zack, 
Steve Ranger-Dube, Henry Kovalcik, Phil Gale, Terry Rogers. Front row: Doug Wong, Paul Chesser, Christopher 
Alleyne, Glenn Weir, Murray Sang, Howard Bokser. 

7. Sure, up to two weeks. 

8. In fact, it’s probably safer. One in 12 bottles is spoiled because of the 
cork. When people get past the idea of the screw top, it will catch on. 

[ree lene WUE ans Se 

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April 21 - May 5 

Events, notices and dassified ads must reach the intemal Relations Department (BC-120) no later than 5 p.m.on Thursday, the week prior 
to the Thursday publication. They can be submitted by e-mail ( with the subject heading classified ad. For more 
information, please contact Lina Shoumarova at 848-2424 ext. 4579. 



Until April 24. 31 visual artists from Concordia’s MFA program 
take over the Parisian Laundry Building, 3550 St.Antoine West. 
This exhibition will include media and sound projects, film 
projections and performance as well as installation, painting, 
drawing, print, photography and sculpture work. 

Viewing hours at the gallery: noon-5 p.m., Wednesday though 
Sunday. For more details call 489-9254, 

VAV Gallery 
Student-run gallery in the Visual Arts Building, 1395 Réné 
Lévesque W. http:/ 

CLEAN HANDS - Annual Student Print Exhibition. Until April 22. 
Concordia‘s Print Media department presents a dynamic exhibi- 
tion of recent student works. The richness of Print Media's tradi- 
tional past flourishes in contemporary practice with students 
ever conscious of the influence of emerging technology on the 
art form. The exhibition has been juried by Matthew Letzelter, 
Master Printer from the New York print studio Derriére I’étoile. 
For more info contact Pascale Tremblay or Robert Truszkowski at 
ext. 4686 or 

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery 

Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. LB-165. Free 
admission, wheelchair accessible. Info at ext. 4750. 

ROUNDUP - Concordia University’s Annual Undergraduate 
Student Exhibition. April 22 - May 14, Organized by the Co- 
Directors of the VAV Gallery, Carla Benzan and Kyd Campbell, and 
the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Opening: April 21, 5:30 - 
8 p.m. For further information: 


Until April 29, at Galerie Art Mur, the work of 28 graduating 
photography students will be on display. The title is a botanical 
term dealing with the maturation of plant life, in the same way, 
this exhibition offers viewers the maturing work of the next 
generation of Canadian photographic artists. Galerie Art Mur is 
located at 5826 St-Hubert Street (Metro Rosemont). Viewing 
hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday 12-8 
p.m. and Saturday 12-5 p.m. Contact Darren Ell at 483-2458 or 
Amélie Brault at 525-2723 for further details, 

Oscar Peterson Concert Hall 

Located at 7141 Sherbrooke W. Box office: Monday to Friday, 
9:30 noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., ext.4848. 

For the full listing of events, visit 
Unless otherwise indicated, tickets for the following events will 
be sold at the door only: $5 general admission, free for students 
with ID. 

TAMMY LYNN DERY, FLUTE. April 21, 5 p.m. Student of Guy 
Pelletier, dassical repertoire. 

ANDRE CHALIFOUR, GUITAR. April 22, 6 p.m. Student of Garry 
Antonio, works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Erroll 
Garner and Joe Pass. 

MIN JUNG LEE, MEZZO-SOPRANO. April 22, 8 p.m. Student of 

Winston Purdy, works by George Philip Telemann, Henri Duparc 
and Ottorino Respighi. 

VOCAL JAZZ RECITAL April 24, 8 p.m. Studio of Madeleine 
Thériault, jazz repertoire. 

LINDA BRADY, PIANO. April 25, 6 p.m. Student of Lauretta 
Altman, works by Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert. 

AHAD SIANATI, PIANO. April 25, 8 p.m. Student of Gregory 
Chaverdian, works by Johannes Brahms. 

EMSB CHORALE. May 1, 3 p.m. 25th Anniversary Spring Gala 
Concert. Patricia Abbott and Amy Henderson, conductors; Anne- 
Marie Denoncourt, piano, Works by J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Paul 
Halley, and more and the Canadian premiére of Paul Jarman’s 
Tum on the Open Sea. Information and reservations: 483-7200, 
ext. 7234. $10 for adults, $5 for senior and students. 

Meetings and Events 

Concordia Toastmasters Club 
Master skills to formulate and express your ideas, improve 

your ability to listen and evaluate other people's ideas. 
Monday evenings at 6 p.m. Contact Susan at 637-0190 or 
login at 

Tickets for Cirque du soleil 

Concordia University Alumni Association invites you to 
explore the world of dreams at the Cirque du Soleil's newest 
touring show. Purchase tickets from the CUAA for $120 ($25 
tax receipt) and support the Concordia Alumni Endowment 
Fund. The show will be held under the Cirque du Soleil Big 
Top at the Old Port of Montreal on April 29 at 8 p.m. For 
more information visit 
dar/cuaa/ or call ext.4397. 

Workshop for Leaders 

Bernard J Mohr and Joan Chadbourne. Participants will be 
introduced to a powerful way of addressing major organiza- 
tional challenges, such as developing and implementing 
shifts in strategic direction, culture change, diversity, know!- 
edge management, business process redesign, leadership 
development, customer satisfaction, and more. 

For registration fees and procedures, contact Susan Dinan at 
848-2273 or at 

Helenic Studies Unit Lecture Series 

Dr. Jacques Perreault, director of the Centre of Classical 
Studies of the University of Montreal, will present the lec- 
on May 20 at 7 p.m. in H-767 and will finish with a wine 
and cheese reception. Free. For further details, contact Nikos 
Metallinos at or at ext. 2536. 

Tour de L' lle 

For the past 21 years the city of Montreal has been holding 
its Bike Fest. This is the 3rd year the Colors of Concordia Team 
will participate in the Tour de I’lle event, which is a 48 km 
bike ride around Montreal to be held on June 5. Come to 
learn and share with people from other cultures while doing 
a fun event. Register at the GM Building, 1550 de 
Maisonneuve West, room 20. Passes can be picked up for you 
from Velo Quebec. 

ITS Computer Workshops 

Register for all workshops on the IITS Web site at iits.concor- All workshops are free of charge for 
Concordia faculty, staff and students. They take place in the 
Learning Centre, H443. 

+ Dreamweaver | - April 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

+ Dreamweaver Il - April 25, May 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

+ Access Il - April 29 and May 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

University of the Streets Café 

Open to anyone and everyone, the Café sessions take place 
in both French and English. For details and a full list of 
events: html or con- 
tact Eric Abitbol at ext.3967. 

HUMAN-SCALE ECONOMY. On April 26, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 
Moderator: Lance Evoy. Guests: Margie Mendell and Norman 
Nawrocki. In Cafe Rico, 969 Rachel East. 

the Our neighbourhood, here and elsehwhere series. 
Moderators: Azad Temisjian and Nayiri Tavlin. April 27, 7-9 
p.m. In La Corbeille-Restaurant le Festigoit, 5080 rue 
Dudemaine. 856-0838. 

David Brown, McGill School of Urban Planning. Moderator: 
Janice Astbury. On May 3, 7-9 p.m. In L'Oreille de Van 
Gogh, 4800 Wellington, Verdun. 761-4644. 

Centre for Teaching and 
Learning Services 

CTLS organizes a series of workshops for faculty and teach- 
ing assistants to enhance their teaching skills. For a full list 
of workshops and for registration, call ext. 2495 or visit: 

Rethinking Teaching: A Course Design Workshop 
for Professors 

This one-week workshop is designed to support professors 
in the development of their courses. By week's end, they will 
have a detailed syllabus and a plan for implementing new 
teaching strategies. May 26, 27, 30, 31 and June 1 in LB- 
553-2, SGW. 9:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. (the last day ends at 
1:30). For further information, contact Janette Barrington at or at ext.2499. 

Counselling & Development 

Student Success Centre 

The Student Success Centre helps all Concordia students 
achieve their goals by providing access to programs and 
activities aimed at promoting academic and personal suc- 
cess, Drop in - no appointment necessary. 

SGW - H 481, LOY - AD 103-9. 

Self-help and Support 

Mature Student Mentor Program 

Advice about school, referrals, or a friendly ear, New mature stu- 
dents can meet with a CMS mentor one-on-one throughout the 
year, by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Contact Brigeen 
Badour or Nelly Trakas at ext. 3890. 

Employee Assistance Program 

A voluntary, confidential counselling and information serv- 
ice available 24/7 to all employees eligible for health bene- 
fits at Concordia, including their immediate family. English 
Services: 1-800-361-4765. French Services: 1-800-387- 
5676. Visit the EAP web site at: 

Art Therapy 

For people experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, loss, 
felationship difficulties, Humanistic / psychodynamic 
approach. Contact Beverly at 989-2270. 

Frontier College: Students for Literacy - Concordia 
This non-profit organization is recruiting volunteer tutors to 
work with children and adults in various community centres 
in Montreal. Call ext. 7454 or e-mail stu4lit@akor.concor- 
ra ft jRoeive aes Getals and to eghiter for an orienta 
tion/training session. 

Methylphenidate (Ritalin) Adult Users Needed 

To complete confidential interviews and questionnaires in 
the Psychology Department at McGill University. All partici- 
pants will be compensated. Contact 398-6119 or mcgilldru- for further information. 

Hypnosis Group 
Individual searching for others interested in forming a casu- 

al hypnosis practice group. More info at: innerworkingscen- 

OCD Research 

The Fear and Anxiety Disorders lab in the Department of 
Psychology is looking for participants for a study that exam- 
ines compulsive checking. If you repeatedly check things like 
appliances, the stove, door locks or faucets more than one 
hour a day contact Stefanie at 848-2424, ext.2199. 

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy 

MOTHER HUBBARD’S CUPBOARD: Great vegan food, excel- 
lent company and engaging conversations, all for a loony or 
two. Thursdays 5 to 7 p.m. Annex Z, Room 05. Ellie Hummel, 
ext. 3590, 

MEDITATION RETREAT with quest teacher Noah Levine, author of 
Dharma Punx. June 17-19. For more datails: Daryl. Ross@con- or call ext.3585. 

CHAPEL: Sundays at 5 p.m., Mon.-Wed. at 12:05 p.m. Thurs.-Fri 
Communion at 12:05 p.m. 

World Youth Day 2005 

This intemational, multicultural gathering of catholic youth 
from more than 150 countries will take place this year in 
Cologne, Germany, August 9-23. For info and registration con- 
tact Michelina Bertone at 848-2424, ext. 3591 or Fr. Georges 
Pelletier at 848-2424, ext. 3587. 

CPR Courses 

Courses are offered monthly through the Concordia 
University Environmental Health and Safety Office. For 
more information and prices call ext. 4877. All courses 
are recognized by the Quebec Heart and Stroke 

Language Services 

. Translation, 

Master's student from France offers her expertise and care 
to help you with your translations and proofreading. 
$20/hour. Contact 

Research paper/essay assistance 

Concordia PhD grad will help edit your essays and research 
papers for clear expression, spelling, punctuation and gram- 
mar. Reasonable rates. Call Higher Grades at 409-2122. 

Word processing 
Tape transcription, term papers, manuscripts, CVs. Near 
Atwater & Souvenir. Call Carole at 937-8495. 

Math tutors wanted 

We are looking for math students to tutor at primary and 
secondary levels. Send your CV at 
with a copy to Call 684-1469, 

Japanese to English translator needed 

For translation of magazine articles from the 1940s and 50s. 
Good written English is required. Send a CV and a writing 
sample to Catherine Russell, Mel Hoppenheim School of 
Ginema, FB 319. 


First impressions last. With more employers accessible sole- 
ly by email, we help you separate from the pack with an 
amazing online resume delivery system. Contact for details. 

Custom résumés 

By former college English teacher. Cheapest rates in town. 
Word processing, editing, audio transcription, basic graphic 
design. Sacha, 594-6136, 

Seeking a job overseas? 

Concordia graduate will prepare your resume and coach you 
in finding the ideal overseas assignment. Over 10 years of 
experience in various intemational organisations. Call for 
one-on-one consultation: 915-3201. 

Editing, proofreading 

Concordia graduate, experienced in tutoring of students 
from different cultural backgrounds. Translation from French 
to English. Price is negotiable and particular attention is 
given to each student. Call 223-3489, 606-6222, or e-mail 

Study Italian in Florence, June 2005 

In a private school. 7 levels of Italian offered. Other classes 
also available May 28-June 25. $1,600. Package includes 4 
weeks accommodations and registration fees. Contact Josee 
Di Sano at 488-1778. 

Experienced English tutor 
Need help with your pronunciation, conversation skills, 
grammar?Let us help you meet your English goals. aprilred- 

Math, physics, and science tutor 
Physics graduate with 7 yrs. tutoring experience available 
for ALL levels. 10$/hr. Call 862-2189. 

Interpreters wanted for public conversations 

The University of the Streets Café seeks volunteer inter- 
preters and translators. If interested, contact, or call ext.3967. 

Italian teachers wanted 
Send your CV to: 

Language courses 
6$/h. Small groups. TOEFL and TESOL certificate, student visa 
assistance. Metro Peel. Call 868-6262. 

GMAT preparation seminar 
Summer and fall sessions in downtown Montreal. Improve 
your GMAT score for entry into the MBA program. For info: 

Apartment for rent 
Big 3 1/2, metro Guy, Smin to SGW, May 1-August 30, can be 

and deppanneur in the building. or 

For rent 

Upper duplex in NDG,2 bedrooms, all fumished, all induded: 
heating, cable, 6 appliances, linens, dishes. Large and bright, nice 
garden and fireplace. Short or long term. 484-2163. 

Apartment wanted 

Executive who has to spend some time in the Montreal area is 
looking for furnished accommodations (3 months to a year). 
Condo or apartment of staff on sabbatical would be ideal. 
Contact Lise Mailloux, lise-m@mt!, with details of accom- 

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Mmodations and for more specifics. 

Room to sublet 

For May and June (with possible lease takeover). Bright 5 1/2 at 
Sherbrooke & Beaconsfield. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, non 
smoking. Close to Loyola, grocery stores, banks, post, etc. 
$314/month. Indudes heating and hot water. Call 487-8797 or 

For rent 
Spacious 4 1/2 on Dr. Penfield. Parking, indoor swimming pool 
with sauna and outdoor courtyard. Huge balcony with amazing 
view, dose to restaurants, dubs. $1650/month all inclusive. 
Available June 1 but the date is flexible. Call Jordana or Jen at 

Apartment for rent 

Bright 2-bdrm with double living/dining room. High ceilings, 
storage space, quiet, very well kept building. Fully furnished + 
TV. lose to metro, grocery, library, park, shops, 15 min walk to 
Concordia. $ 1200/month (all included).792-5580. 

Condo for rent 

Nun's Island. Luxurious 2-floor condo. 2 bedrooms, hardwood 
floors, 3 appliances, 24 hr security. Pool, sauna, tennis & squash 
courts, gym. Heat, electricity, cable, garage & locker included. 
$1400/month. Call 909-2246 or 945-3104. 

Lower duplex for rent 

Adj. Westmount, near The Boulevard, 10 min. from Hall Building, 
spacious 8-room with two bathrooms, oak woodwork, fireplace, 
exquisite garden, fully equipped, parking. $1780, July 1. 893- 

Duplex 5 1/2 for rent in LaSalle 

Good, quiet neighbourhood. Close to shopping centre anc! buses. 
Very dean, spacious, electric heating, possibility of parking in 
garage, balcony in front and back overlooking backyard, Call 
361-2345 (pager) after 7 p.m. 

Family home for rent 

Until July 2006. In Pointe-Claire, 4 +-2 bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, 
dining and family rooms, large deck in backyard, garden, private 
parking. Walk to trains, buses, schools, lose to shopping malls, 
library, arena, parks and more. Call 808-4768. 

You have a chalet but you 

don't go there every weekend? 

Why not share it? We are an academic French-German couple 
with two kids, We are looking for a quiet place close to a river or 
lake not more than 2 hrs away from Montreal to go there about 
10 weekends a year. If you are interested in this kind of arrange- 
Ment contact us at 

Condo exchange 
Luxury 3 1/2,5 min. from Concordia. In exchange for similar near 
UofT in Toronto, From July 1 for one year or more. 931 8231. 

House for rent 

Cozy semi-detached cottage with 3 bdrms and a finished base- 
ment. Carpeting, appliances, driveway, large garden. Available as 
of summer 2005 for 1 year or more. In a beautiful residential 
area. $1,750/month (heating extra). Contact Chris at 738-7055 
or e-mail at: 

House for rent 

Great and sunny. 4 min. to Loyola. Garage, private garden, 4 bed- 
rooms, 2+1 bathrooms, new kitchen, stainless steel stove, dish- 
washer, fridge. Hardwood floors, bright and freshly painted. 
$2,000/month from July 1. See photos at, Call 486-2830. 

Condo for rent 

NDG, next to Loyola, comer unit, 4-1/2, sunny, 5 new appliances, 
blinds, A/C, balcony, indoor parking, $1,275/month. July 1. Gal 

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Finandal Services 

* There is no freedom without financial freedom. Investments, 
tax preparation, budgeting, debt management. J.L. Freed, MBA. 

* Concordia graduate, with the experience in filing the income 
tax offers confidential and affordable service to all. Call 606- 

* Income tax preparation. A professional with 20+ years of 
experience prepares local as well as intemational taxes for staff 
and students. Starting at $10, Call 573-5750 or e-mail taxex- 

Furniture for sale: 

* IKEA couch, white, indudes green removable cover, paid $350, 
asking $75 flat, like new, Call Carol at 941-6606. 

* Solid, spacious desk with special area for computer and key- 
board. Has 2 drawers and shelves. Light oak colour. $200. Call 

* Fridge, 16 cubic feet (white) in excellent condition - $200. 
Sofa, love seat (green).$175, Monitor - $150. Call 367-4190 after 
7 p.m. or e-mail 

To buy 
Seeking a flatscreen monitor for $150 or less. Call 367-4190 after 
7 p.m.or e-mail 

Do you like dogs? 

We are looking for responsible adults to walk, feed and play with 
dogs at a boarding kennel located in Dorval. Staff needed 24/7, 
Call420-0101, fax 420-0278, e-mail 

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