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Vol. 31, No. 12
March 17, 2005
Twenty-five years of encouraging young
scientists can put a smile on your face, and
there were plenty of those on March 12,
when Concordia’s Science College held a
dinner dance at the downtown Omni
About 150 students, alumni, fellows and
guests were on hand. The guests of honour
included founding principal Elaine
Newman, her successor, Geza Szamosi,
and Acting Dean June Chaikelson.
The Science College, like the Liberal
Arts College and the Simone de Beauvoir
Institute, was established to create an inti-
mate setting for like-minded students to
meet one another, benefit from intensive
mentoring, and do original work, even as
One of the Science College's outstanding
graduates was Majid Fotuhi, whose story is
like something Hollywood might envy. As a
teenager avoiding being drafted into the
murderous Iran-Iraq war, Fatuji hid in the
At the back are David Mumby, acting principal; Ramesh Sharma, Fellow (Physics), Vesselin Petkov,
LTA in Philosophy, Michael von Griinau, principal (on sabbatical), John McKay, fellow (Computer
Science/Mathematics). In the front row, Diane Poulin-Dubois, fellow (Psychology), Acting Dean
June Chaikelson, Natalie Phillips, fellow (Psychology), and Lillian Jackson, assistant to the principal,
who organized the event.
He enrolled at Concordia in 1983, and
entered the Science College, becoming
president of its student association and
editor of the newsletter. Now he's a neu-
rologist at Johns Hopkins University, one
of the leading medical centres in the U.S.
He gave an invited lecture March 10 as
part of the anniversary celebrations (see
Anita Brown-Johnson was in the first
graduating class of the Science College.
Now a physician, she is director of the
Secondary Care Division of Family
Medicine, and head of Transition Care
Services for the McGill University Health
Paule Poulin spoke briefly at the dinner
about her early days at the Science Centre.
She marvelled at how in 1979, at her
entrance interview, Dr. Newman was able
to detect her ability through her then rudi-
mentary English. Now she is doing ground-
breaking work at the University of Alberta
in stem cell research, devising new tech-
top floor of a factory.
"I filled the bathtub with old clothing
and turned it into a bed,” he recalled later.
"I covered the toilet bowl with a piece of
wood and made it into a small bookshelf. I
Day of protest to restore student aid
studied English, French and German 14
hours a day, with the hope that one day I
could pursue my education somewhere in
He thought it would be only two or three
weeks until he could get out of Iran, but it
stretched into two years. He and a younger
brother got to Canada on false passports,
and were granted refugee status.
Eventually, he was able to bring his other
niques for surgeons.
Alumnus Christopher Pearson is a physi-
cian, a CIH Research Scholar, and a
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BARBARA BLACK AND JASON GONDZIOLA
An estimated 350 Concordia students joined upwards of
100,000 others from Montreal colleges and universities yes-
terday to march through downtown streets.
The daylong strike at Concordia and open-ended strikes
in several other institutions are an expression of anger at
the Quebec government's cutbacks in student aid, which
were announced last fall. Student associations have kept
up the pressure since then, demanding restoration of $103
million to the aid program.
Roughly 6,000 Concordia students depend on the gov-
ernment student aid program to help finance their studies.
However, tuition for Quebecers remains the lowest in
Canada at $1,862 a year, thanks to a longstanding tuition
Activities at the universities proceeded normally yester-
day despite the strike. While it was difficult to gauge atten-
dance in classes, traffic in the student services area was as
busy as ever.
The daylong walkout was approved in a vote on March 9
| °. Actualizing actuaries
| Russians tour math program
3 Athletic affinities
James Gavin devises a model
on both campuses that was organized by the Concordia
Student Union. To be valid, the strike vote needed 50 per
cent plus one of 2.5 per cent of the eligible students. Out of
a population of about 25,000 students, 768 voted for the
walkout. There were objections from some students to
what they saw as lack of representation.
Professors were asked by the administration not to
penalize students who did not attend classes or write
exams, or submit papers on March 16. Professors who can-
celled their classes were expected to make them up.
David Frost, president of CUFA, said the full-time facul-
ty association supported the aims of the student boycott
and stood by the administration's call for leniency for par-
ticipating students. However, he said his colleagues are
divided on the issues raised by the protest.
Maria Peluso, president of the part-time faculty union,
said, “CUPFA supports the strike because we are commit-
ted to the principle of accessible public education for all.
Our members are being given the option to cancel their
classes if they can. We hope the students across Quebec are
successful in having their voices heard.”
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Art Matters panel
The day of protest is one of a series of activities stretch-
ing back to November, when 12,000 students took to the
streets. Activists also conducted a campaign of telephone
calls to the offices of members of the National Assembly.
Tim McSorley, chair of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Quebec, said, “Forty per cent of students in
Quebec are on financial aid, but the turnout shows that
more than 40 per cent of students are concerned about it.”
9 CSU election
Changes to procedure
Professor José Garrido, director of Con-
cordia’s actuarial mathematics program,
warmly welcomed a delegation of six
Russian economists and lawyers earlier
this month. The visit was part of a nine-
day tour of three Canadian cities designed
to familiarize the government officials and
civil servants with the Canadian actuarial
and pension plan systems and legislation.
After a brief tour of the Richard R.
Renaud Science Complex on Loyola
Campus, Garrido gave a presentation on
actuarial education in North America and
in Concordia in particular.
The visit of the Russian delegation was
organized and sponsored by the
Governance Advisory and Exchange
Program, part of the Canadian
International Development Agency, whose
aim is to ease the exchange of information,
expertise and experience between
Canadian and Russian public and private
organizations and institutions.
Their plan is to implement pensions sys-
tems, both public and private, in Russia,
Garrido explained. "These will require a
proper legal framework, as well as an actu-
arial professional body that could oversee
the work of actuaries and design pension
plans and advise on their funding.”
According to the Jobs Rated Almanac,
the actuary career is one of the most
rewarding in North America. Actuaries use
their mathematical knowledge and cre-
ative thinking to estimate future risks and
uncertainties based on statistical data.
Then they devise plans to reduce these
risks and solve complex financial and
social problems. In short, they try to meas-
ure the future based on what has happened
Concordia’s actuarial math program was the only one visited in Canada by the Russian business del-
egation, seen above on the Loyola Campus. :
in the past. ;
Figures compiled by the Canadian
Institute of Actuaries show that this type
of expertise finds its best application in
the insurance and consulting industries. A
smaller percentage of graduates choose to
work in the government or academic sec-
Concordia offers degrees in actuarial
mathematics on both undergraduate and
graduate levels. A new program in actuari-
al mathematics and finance was recently
created in co-operation with the John
Molson School of Business.
About 200 undergraduate, six master's
and two doctoral actuarial mathematics
students are currently enrolled, Garrido
said. It is an ambitious field of study where
academic excellence is essential.
Garrido also remarked that the co-op
actuarial mathematics program is particu-
larly popular as it gives students the
opportunity to gain valuable experience
before graduation. "Many students land a
permanent position even before they com-
plete their studies.”
Co-op students are admitted to the pro-
gram after undergoing an interview and an
evaluation of their academic credentials
program sets a new educational model
Once accepted, they go on to work for
provincial or federal government agencies,
consulting firms, insurance, software or
research-oriented companies and other
organizations in the private sector.
To become fully qualified actuaries, the
students have to go through a series of
competitive professional exams. After suc-
cessfully completing all eight of them, they
receive the title Fellows of the Canadian
Institute of Actuaries. University prepares
the students for the first four exams, which
contain a technical component, Garrido
"After graduation they work as actuarial
analysts and complete the advanced
exams. The last four exams cover the more
qualitative aspects of the training, like the
necessary legislation and a professional
code of conduct.”
Some students in the program envision
academic career. Such is the case with Yi
Lu, who defended her doctoral thesis last
Thursday with Garrido as her supervisor.
In her work, she modelled the intensity of
the risk of hurricanes on the east coast of
the U.S., a timely topic given the strong
storms that ravaged the states of Florida
and Texas last year.
"These models would provide an effec-
tive method for insurance companies to
measure risk more accurately, and any
interesting results would make theoretical
and practical contributions to the litera-
ture of risk theory,’ Lu explained.
Lu said she loves teaching and research.
She has already been interviewed for
tenure track positions at the University of
Toronto, Simon Fraser University and the
University of Central Florida in Orlando.
The icing on the cake: She has just won a
two-year NSERC postdoctoral fellowship.
Nanotechnology creates great application opportunities
The niche that engineer Sivakumar Naray-
answamy has created for himself is a very
small one, but it has huge potential.
His work focuses on nanotechnology, a
nanometer being one billionth of a meter,
or about 1/100,000 the width of a human
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“Nanotechnology is the new buzzword
in the industry,’ said Narayanswamy, refer-
ring to fields such as microelectronics and
biotechnology. “This is’ relatively an
uncharted area, so there is scope for about
30 or 40 years of work to be done.”
Narayanswamy arrived at Concordia’s
Department of Mechanical and Industrial
_ Engineering about six months ago to fill a
new Canada Research Chair in Laser
Metrology and Laser Micromachining.
This Tier 2 chair for exceptional emerging
researchers brings a total of $500,000 to the
university over five years. Narayanswamy
plans to use it to set up a laboratory for laser
metrology and micromachining in the new
Narayanswamy was born in Chennai, in
southern India, and did his undergraduate
degree at Madras University and a Master's
in Engineering Management at Queen-
sland University of Technology in Aus-
He then went to Singapore in 1997 to begin
a PhD program at Nanyang Technological
University, just as that institution was setting
up a strategic research program to comple-
ment Singapore's hard disk drive, semicon-
ductor, and microelectronics manufacturing
industries. There he developed an expertise
in interferometry, a technique that uses a
split laser beam to measure with accuracy
in the range of nanometers.
There are several applications for such
high precision measurements and he gives
the example of hard disk drives. Hard disks
can hold vast amounts of information, so a
sensor (slider), sitting just above the rotat-
ing disk, must be able to distinguish
between and read very densely packed
“The gap between the slider and the
hard disk may be 10 to 15 nanometers at
this stage, and is expected to go to five to
seven nanometers in the future. We need
to control these distances very accurately,
so we need a very precise measurement
system,” he explained.
Vibrations in the spinning disk have to
be taken into account, and surface
smoothness is another crucial factor.
When you are this close, you don’t want
the surface to be rough.
“This is the equivalent of flying a 747 air-
plane within 1.5 millimeters of the run-
way, so even small variations in the sur-
face are unacceptable. He is using interfer-
ometry to measure these variations, and is
also applying interferometry to microma-
Using the method he has developed, low-
power lasers can efficiently measure small
defects, both on the surface and on the
sub-surface. “We can use this kind of
machining method to suit the semicon-
ductor, and photonics [fibre optics] indus-
tries,’ he explained.
Narayanswamy’s work also has applica-
tions in microelectronics. These devices
are not only shrinking in size, they have
more functions, so components are being
packed closer together. “If you are going to
put transistors so close together, you have
to be able to measure the distances
Narayanswamy will collaborate with
Concordia’s team of MEMS researchers.
MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical sys-
tems) are devices that are micrometers in
size and have a variety of applications,
such as pressure sensors for vehicles, heat
sensors for aerospace applications, and as
drug delivery systems.
His research will not only put Concordia
on the leading edge of this expanding field,
it will have immediate applications in
Canadian industry, leading to savings in
time and cost, and increasing the value of
James Gavin on choosing a sport
James Gavin stretches at the beginning of his aikido class.
Sport builds character. The old adage is still rele-
vant, but what often hasn't been discussed is how
one’s style can or should influence the choice of a
James Gavin, of Concordia's Department of
Applied Human Sciences, has created a model to
help those who can’t stick to a regular exercise
routine. Using seven dimensions of personal style,
a person can find the most suitable sport or active
The seven dimensions are: sociability, spontane-
ity, self-motivation, aggressiveness, competitive-
ness, mental focus and risk-taking.
Gavin's findings were published in the December
issue of The Physician and Sportsmedicine. The
research has also been published by Reuters and has
appeared in newspapers across Canada.
"There have been many armchair psychology
attempts on this subject in the past but little
research behind them,” Gavin said. "We know exer-
cise can reduce anxiety and improve mood, but
choosing the proper activity depending on the per-
son's mental makeup can help the person stick to
something, enjoy it more, and even learn some
important lessons for life.”
"Someone who is not sociable, can't focus on one
task and doesn't like competition probably should-
n't take up something like racquetball. They might
be better off taking up something that allows them
to go at their own pace without having to focus,
like swimming, walking or jogging.”
Gavin says it is not always this clear-cut, howev-
er. “Individuals who regularly exercise can take the
model further by choosing activities that run
against the grain of their personal makeup. This
can serve to make their own behavioural patterns
more like those required by the activities they
Clinicians who understand how the seven per-
sonal style dimensions relate to various sports can
help their patients identify activities that work for
"Perhaps a more fundamental issue influencing
exercise participation concerns the individual's
sense of physical competency,’ Gavin said. "Self-
efficacy theory argues that an individual’s sense of
competency influences involvement in specific
"For instance, if someone does not feel compe-
tent to swim, he or she will avoid the water. In exer-
cise psychology, research clearly suggests that
increasing patients’ physical self-efficacy will
improve exercise participation.
“Once the question of competency has been
assessed, it seems logical to then identify activities
that are more suited to patients’ personal styles or
personalities, rather than directing them toward
ones that don't interest them.”
Gavin says that all physical activities make dif-
ferent psychological demands of participants.
These demands may match or mismatch an indi-
vidual's personal style.
“Athletes who play rough, competitive sports
like hockey or football are likely to reinforce
aggressive behaviour patterns as a result,” Gavin
said. "You don't see too many yogis getting into bar
Gavin has participated in a variety of activities
himself, including modern dance and competitive
swimming. Now his chosen sport is aikido, which
he says has taught him “to stand his ground in the
midst of strong conflict.”
Gavin hopes his. model will help people think
beyond the stereotypes of sports and fitness activ-
ities and experiment with new forms of physical
involvement that have greater potential for influ-
encing personal development. "This whole area
needs much more research,’ he said. "I want people
to see that physical activity is at least as relevant to
the mind as it is to the body.”
Researchers successful with CIHR
Several Concordia researchers had much to cele-
brate recently after receiving word that they were
successful with their funding applications to the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
In the Operating Grants Competition, Jim Pfaus,
who is also a member of the Centre for Studies in
Behavioural Neurobiology (CSBN), received $93,070
per year for the next four years as principal investi-
gator (PI) of a project titled “Neural and behaviour-
al mechanisms of conditioned sexual response.”
In the same competition, another CSBN member,
Peter Shizgal, received $78,802 per year for the next
five years for his project, titled "Neural mechanisms
The Centre de recherche en développement
humain's (CRDH) Paul Hastings and Lisa Serbin,
along with the University of Manitoba's Rosemary
Mills, will collectively receive $148,290 per year for
five years as co-principal investigators on a project
titled "Harnessing and extending Canadian devel-
opmental trajectories research on early-emerging
internalizing problems,’ which also features
Concordia CRDH members Dale Stack, Professor
Emeritus Alex Schwartzman, and Jamshid Etezadi.
In the Pilot Projects Grants in Aging
Competition, Natalie Phillips, of the Psychology
department, along with external co-investigators
Jean-Pierre Gagne and Daniel Saumier, will receive
$49,793 in equipment and operations funds for
their one-year project, titled "Perceptual and cogni-
tive mechanisms of audio-visual speech perception
Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/@ pop
up in the media more often than you might
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David Howes (Sociology and Anthropology) was interviewed on
Feb. 16 about his new book, Empire of the Senses, by Laurie Taylor,
host of the BBC 4 radio show Thinking Allowed.
Fine Arts alumna Mary Francis Moore was one of the authors of
Bittergirls, which was favourably reviewed in the Globe and Mail.
She and two girlfriends, Annabel Griffiths and Alison Lawrence,
wrote a play that was a hit at fringe festivals in Toronto and
England, and then expanded it into a book.
André Gagnon (Career Services) was the subject of an article
titled “Graduates’ great expectations” in The Gazette on Feb 21. He
said that one way of developing employability is to engage in
extracurricular activities while still in school. Gagnon also wrote
an article in Career Options magazine.
Audiences for the Oscar presentations earlier this month heard
best director (Million Dollar Baby) Clint Eastwood mention
Cinema alumnus Steve Campanelli as his dependable steadicam
and camera operator.
Julian Schofield (Political Science) was on CBC’s Daybreak March
2, debating the wisdom of Prime Minister Paul Martin's decision
not to participate in the U.S. missile defence program. He said
Canada should participate in order not to leave North American
defense entirely up to the United States.
Dennis Murphy (Communication Studies) was invited with Gil
Troy of McGill to tape an interview on universities and freedom of
speech with representatives from various Toronto institutions, for
broadcast next weekend on Sunday Edition (CBC Radio 1).
Lisa Serbin (Psychology), director of the Centre for Research and
Human Development, has been involved in an inter-generational
research project since the 1970s. The Concordia Longitudinal Risk
Project focuses on 1,200 families and aims to explain why and how
children repeat their parents’ mistakes. In an article in Le Devoir,
Serbin said that children who grow up in disadvantaged condi-
tions are likely to become parents of a disadvantaged generation,
susceptible to psychosocial and health problems.
William Bukowski (Psychology), a specialist in adolescent devel-
opment, was interviewed for a Gazette article on the use of body
sprays by teenage boys. Bukowski said this trend might be due to
the fact that the cosmetics industry and media increasingly target
young boys with messages on how to improve their style and be
more likable to girls.
In its February issue Québec Science magazine portrays Concordia
photography graduate Susan Coolen and her "archeological" art-
work. Coolen is fascinated by science, and her camera captures the
beauty of nature's creatures such as plants, insects, rocks and fish,
the article explains.
Bram Canzer (Marketing) is suspicious about the figures in
recent statistics that only 0.5 per cent of Quebecers who use the
Internet visit pornography sites. "Porn use is huge,” he exclaims in
an article in The Gazette, and adds that porn has driven the
Internet industry just as it drove the popularity of videotape years
Concordia film graduate Amber Goodwyn has gained media
attention recently. The Mirror proclaimed her as one of the
Noisemakers for 2005 and last month. The Gazette ran a story on
her work on the second issue of the "feminist and sex-positive”
zine Lickety Split.
The Globe and Mail featured Lawrence Kryzanowski (Finance)
on the subject of the proposed changes to the U.S. social security
system. In a long term, the changes might have a negative impact
on the stock markets as the baby boom generation moves away
from buying stocks into making more conservative investments.
Concordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005 | 3
A meeting of University Senate, held March 4, 2005.
Searches: Provost Martin Singer said that the advisory
search committee for a Dean of Arts and Science was draw-
ing up a shortlist of three or four candidates from more
than 50 applications from all over the world. The candi-
dates would start March 9 to make daylong visits to
Concordia that would include meetings with administra-
tors, faculty, staff and the advisory board. He welcomed
feedback, which should be sent to Ann Bennett, secretary
of the committee. The search committee for the Dean of
Fine Arts has received about 35 applications and they con-
tinue to come in (see below). He is pleased at their quality
and at the level of interest. In answer to a question,
President Frederick Lowy, whose second term ends in June,
said he had no news to report about the search for his suc-
cessor, and was not involved in the process.
Senate composition: A document outlining proposed
changes to article 41 of the by-laws regarding the composi-
Dean of Arts & Science candidates presented
tion of Senate was discussed. The changes to the voting
membership were proposed in accordance with the agree-
ment in principle adopted at the May 21 Senate meeting;
changes to the non-voting membership were proposed by
steering committee as the result of new titles and new
positions. CUPFA president Maria Peluso, with speaking
privileges, reminded Senate of the election procedures of
the part-time faculty association, which would determine
the choice of the part-time faculty members of Senate.
Questions were raised about the proportion of undergrad-
uate vs. graduate students, and the proportion of graduate
students from the four faculties. CSU president Brent
Farrington proposed an amendment by which there would
be three graduates and 12 undergraduates, rather than 11
and four; this was defeated. The revised composition of
Senate was then approved, as proposed by steering com-
Senate Research Committee: This proposal to alter the
membership and mandate was questioned by William
Bukowski (Arts & Science) as being too vague. Dean Nabil
Esmail (ENCS) agreed, and said the document should go
through the faculty councils. Dean Jerry Tomberlin (JMSB)
asked for background information.
President’s remarks: Lowy said that under new leader-
ship, fundraising is becoming very active, with a number of
Appointment of senior administrators: Lowy dis-
cussed an issue that has raised the concern of the Faculty
Association (CUFA), namely, changed procedures for
recruiting and hiring senior administrators. He explained
that as the university has grown in size and complexity, the
need for non-academic experts has become apparent, and
such experts do not readily apply under the conditions laid
out in the university's search procedures. In the case of
Marcel Danis, while he is a professor, in his new role as
Vice-President, External Relations, he is concentrating on
his extracurricular expertise, dealing with the Quebec gov-
ernment. The executive committee of the Board recog-
nized that appointing senior administrators in this way
would require changes in procedures, and asked Me Rita
De Santis to assemble a working group for that purpose.
For his part, CUFA president David Frost, with speaking
privileges, said he was distressed that the position of Vice-
President, Institutional Relations, was abolished and the
position of Vice-President, External Relations, was created
in a closed session of the Board on Dec. 15, and was not
announced until January. He felt it was a violation of
CUFA’s collective agreement and of the Board’s own proce-
dures. “The method appears to be underhanded and
should not have taken place.” Catherine Mackenzie (Fine
Arts) said she hoped the Board “keeps in mind that regard-
less of skills and origin, these people represent our commu-
nity and our values. There has to be a way for our voice to
be heard.” Bukowski pointed out that in order to preserve
the balance of interest groups in an enlarged Senate, one of
the non-academic administrators (Vice-President,
Services) had just become a voting member; he recom-
mended that this issue be brought back to Senate for more
discussion. Lowy replied that he had no intention to make
these appointments in a way that provoked division.
Canada Research Chairs: Esmail announced that
Engineering and Computer Science has acquired two more
Canada Research Chairs, their names to be announced at a
Student action: Farrington said a “massive movement”
to recoup financial aid was being mounted. He asked facul-
ty members to be sympathetic to students who may not be
in class March 16. Further, he reminded them that there
will be a student election in late March, and students
should be allowed to leave class 10 minutes early in order
Next meeting: April 1.
Is @#$A&* a word?
I was delighted to see the article about my
colleague Viviane Namaste's success in the
contest to identify the most beautiful
German words (CTR, March 3).
Unfortunately, the first words of the
piece caused me to utter a most unattrac-
tive English word, because Dr. Namaste
was mis-identified as a part-time faculty
member at the Simone de Beauvoir
Institute. She is, in fact, an assistant pro-
fessor, that is, a full-time on the tenure
Lillian S. Robinson, Principal, Simone de
The editor humbly apologizes.
In a photo in the March 3 issue about
Engineering Week, we wrongly identified
Shahnaj A. Shimmy as the current presi-
dent of the Engineering and Computer
Science Students Association. She was the
president last year. The current president is
We are guilty of a typographical error in
the obituary of Daniel Feist. The year of his
death was not 2003, but 2005.
In the column At a Glance, an item about
a paper by Nghi M. Nguyen was inadver-
tently dropped. The title of his paper was
“Global Project Management for Market
Economies: An Asian Pacific Perspective.”
The editor apologizes for these errors.
4| Céntordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005
Four shortlisted candidates for the position of
Dean of Arts and Science toured the campus
and held meetings March 9, 10, 11 and 14.
Each candidate met over the course of a
single day with administrators, the Faculty
Advisory Board, faculty members and stu-
dents. They also made themselves available at
open meetings of the university community
held at lunchtime on the Sir George Williams
The candidates are Kevin McQuillan,
Professor and past Chair, Department of
Sociology (1997-2002), University of Western
Ontario; Reeta Tremblay, Professor and Chair,
Department of Political Science, Concordia
University; David Graham, Professor of French
and Dean of Arts, Memorial University of
Newfoundland; and John Capobianco, Professor
of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Vice-Dean,
Research and International Relations, Faculty
of Arts & Science, Concordia University.
The number of scholarships, bursaries and
awards have more than doubled from 1996 to
2004, from 329 to 833, worth close to $1 mil-
lion. However, this still only covers 3 per cent
of the Concordia student population.
Studies have shown that 70 per cent of stu-
dents who drop out of university do so for
financial reasons. More than 50 per cent of
Concordia students receive some form of gov-
ernment aid, yet the university is only able to
help 30 to 40 per cent of the students who
The same is true on the graduate side,
where students tend to be older and likely to
have even more financial responsibilities.
Only 5 per cent of grad students who applied
for fellowships in 2003-04 received them.
Still, the upward progress of the number
and size of gifts shows that things are improv-
ing — and the Concordia community has
The candidates’ CVs are available in the
Provost's Office on the Loyola Campus (AD-
226) and at the reception desk on the second
floor of Bishop Court, for a limited time.
Written comments concerning the candi-
dates were invited by the advisory search
committee by noon tomorrow, March 18.
They should be signed and addressed to Ann
M. Bennett, Secretary to the Advisory Search
Committee, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science,
c/o: Office of the President, at L-AD-224.
Comments may also be sent by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 848-4508.
The advisory search committee is expected
to make a decision by the end of the month,
for recommendation to the Board of
Governors’ meeting in April.
In the ongoing search for the next Dean of
Fine Arts, the following dates have been
reserved for presentations by shortlisted can-
didates: March 29, 30 and 31.
~Community Campaign: All about the students
proven to be very generous.
Fifty named awards are now handed out
yearly thanks to Concordia faculty and staff,
including 12 new scholarships and bursaries
from last year's campaign. In total, 168 stu-
dents benefited from the Concordia commu-
nity’s largesse. Already this year, CUPFA, the
Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science
and the Faculty of Arts & Science have helped
established five new awards.
The theme of this year's campaign is “Your
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Geography students critique Indian dam project
A group of graduate students in Environ-
mental Impact Assessment (EIA) have a
chance to put their work and their program
of study on the map.
Last November, Patrick McCully, direc-
tor of the International Rivers Network
(IRN), based at UC Berkeley (California),
gave a talk at Concordia about the adverse
social and environmental effects of large
dams. After his speech, Professor Monica
Mulrennan, director of the EIA diploma
program, and Professor Kathy Roulet, an
instructor, were approached by the NGO to
see if graduate students were interested in
taking on one of IRN’s missions.
All students in the program were given
the opportunity to participate in the proj-
ect as part of a required course or an equiv-
alent three-credit research paper. A group
of seven students jumped at the offer, and
are now working hard to complete a 200-
page report before their April 6 deadline.
“The task is to critique an environmen-
tal assessment of a large-scale dam, enti-
tled the Siang Middle Project, proposed for
the northeast of India, in the state of
Arunachal Pradesh, a state mostly com-
prised of tribal peoples who practice sub-
sistence cultivation,” said Jennifer Taylor,
one of the students.
“The best-case scenario would be for our
report to reach decision-makers and con-
vince them that the plan is incomplete and
incapable of mitigating the many negative
effects this project will have, both socially
Carla Pesce, Jennifer Taylor, Natacha Labonté, Keshav Letourneau, Eleonora Cayer, Laila Malik.
Missing from photo, Joe Ronzio.
Environmental assessment is a way to
predict what impact a development proj-
ect is going to have on the environment,
“I think everyone would agree that this
is an incredible opportunity,’ said Joe
Ronzio, another member of the group.
“The fact that this is a ‘real world’ project
and that the lives of many people and the
environment depend on it, definitely
increases our motivation to perform a
quality analysis, and inspires us to go
beyond the typical student effort to ensure
the job is well done.”
There are many aspects to the critique of
this assessment, each of which is covered
by a different student. These include
aquatic ecology and fisheries, an environ-
mental management plan, a catchments’
treatment area plan, as well as provision
for resettling and rehabilitation.
Taylor explained, “India has a fairly
notorious history of poor planning when it
comes to dam projects, with estimates of
the number of people displaced by them
ranging from 20 to 50 million in the last 50
years or so.
“This project, judging by the assess-
ment, is also lacking in pretty much every
aspect, including adequate baseline stud-
ies, proper disaster management strate-
gies, fair compensation, and adherence to
international law regarding indigenous
Established in 2000, the graduate diplo-
ma program in EIA offers students a one-
year multidisciplinary curriculum in a field
that is lacking qualified personnel. This
program, designed for recent graduates as
well as working professionals, is offered by
the Department of Geography, Planning
According to Mulrennan, “A major
emphasis of our program is to expose stu-
dents to the real-world application of envi-
ronmental impact assessment.” She added
that most of the research conducted by
students during their studies tends to
focus on local projects because of the
familiar policy context as well as accessi-
bility of documents and information.
“Access to information concerning EIA
in less developed countries is usually
extremely problematic, which is why the
opportunity presented by the IRN project
was so unusual.
Because the students were invited by the
IRN to contribute to the review and ana-
lyze the EIA report, it has meant that they
have had access to individuals and local
NGOs who are intimately familiar with the
She also said that based on the experi-
ence of this project, “learning first hand
about the nature and extent of the impacts
of large-scale dam projects, particularly
with respect to environmental degrada-
tion, has proven to be a much more power-
ful learning tool than the conventional
textbook or lecture on this topic.”
Creative Arts Therapies Week takes the idea of play seriously
A workshop in movement with the developmentally challenged in the Centre for the Arts in
The Arts as Pathways to Healing was the
theme of a bilingual weeklong celebration
launched March 4 by Concordia's Creative
Arts Therapies (CATS) Department, in col-
laboration with the Association des arts
thérapeutes du Québec and the Asso-
ciation québécoise de musicothérapie.
Activities were scheduled throughout the
Stephen Snow, acting director of CATS
and a drama therapist, explained that the
field took off in the 1980s after a doctor
named Israel Zwerling published an article
called “The creative arts therapies as real
therapies.” He explained that non-verbal
media tap into the emotional conscious-
ness, a basic, primordial form of communi-
cation, one that is "more direct than words
and yet is reality-based.”
The CATS Department has 50 to 60 stu-
dents, and accepts 12 Master's of Arts stu-
dents in its art and drama options.
Concordia is the only Canadian university
to offer professional training at this level.
A music option will be available in 2006.
Dean of Fine Arts Christopher Jackson, a
musician, said at the launch that he is
"truly convinced that disciplines like art
and music therapy are taking their rightful
place among the more linear disciplines.”
A panel of professionals working in the
arts, psychiatry, and education made pre-
sentations and answered questions at the
Jaswant Guzder, a child psychiatrist at
the Jewish General Hospital, explained
that in the kind of work he does with
young children, art and play are the cor-
nerstones of connection.
“We treat kids at risk, many of whom
have conduct disorders. They love music,
rap, and singing as a group. They feel vali-
dated by putting on an annual play togeth-
er. It is absolutely extraordinary for their
parents to see these children up on stage,
functioning as a team to make the play
work,” given their histories.
Guzder said that after the tsunami in
South East Asia last December, the imme-
diate needs of children affected by the dis-
aster were for safety and basic survival, but
after that, “they needed play and art, to
help them feel safe enough to express and
discard their experiences, to help them get
These experiences are instructive,
Guzder said. “As the multicultural compo-
nent of our population increases, less ver-
bal methodologies will become increasing-
Brian Greenfield, a physician who is
director of the Adolescent Suicide
Prevention Unit at the Montreal Children’s
‘Hospital, explained that since 1996 his
team has been looking at the impact of art
They estimate that they can decrease
hospitalizations for the adolescents in cri-
sis seen by his unit. “The beauty of creative
arts therapy is that it facilitates an alliance
with youth.” The incidence of depression in
young people "may be as high as 20 per
cent. Suicidality — anything from think-
ing about it to mild attempts — may affect
20 to 50 per cent.”
CATS Week started with a festival of
documentary films showcasing the arts in
various settings for prevention, therapy
Art therapist Nicole Paquet works with
children having serious problems "who
don't have the words to speak about them.”
Using kinaesthetic expression, through
drawing and music, "actions lead to words,
and that leads to understanding.”
Drama therapist Louise Rinfret works
with adolescents. "They like the confiden-
tiality; they feel safe. There are things they
cannot express, but when they are in char-
acter, they are often surprised at how what
they create brings things out of them. They
say things like ‘I had a knot inside of me,
and this unravels it.”
The length of treatment depends on the
client and the milieu, music therapist
Guylaine Vaillancourt pointed out.
Working with individuals affected by
diverse conditions, from cancer to autism.
She is grateful to the charitable founda-
tions that provide seed monies to start
innovative treatment programs. Greenfield
mentioned the Hogg Family Foundation as
having been especially helpful.
Paquet's clients, from the homeless to
addicts, can all benefit from creative arts
therapies. "Results are impressive, but I am
frequently told there is no money for 'play’.
In England, these therapies are well inte-
grated in the health care system.”
Everyone at the launch of Creative Arts
Therapies Week was focused on the day
they will be able to say that about Canada,
Concordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005 | 5
“You've chosen a very difficult profession,’ Mel
Hoppenheim warned his audience, made up mainly of cin-
ema students and alumni. “It’s a rough road, I wish you all
But Hoppenheim, whose Mel's Cité du Cinéma complex
is where the big Hollywood movies shoot when they come
to Montreal, said there are bright spots in the outlook for
cinema in Quebec. He was speaking at a panel discussion
on the future of Quebec cinema, part of the first annual
Alumni/Art Matters Film Festival.
One bright spot is that producers don't have to listen to
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when he tells
Hollywood studios to stop shooting films in Canada,
Hoppenheim said, “He can’t tell the filmmakers of the
world where to shoot their films!”
One dark cloud over the movie industry is the problem
of pirated copies of films. After a movie is released in the-
atres, “a week Monday in Asia, 90 million pirated copies
are made. The industry can’t afford it,” Hoppenheim said.
A possible solution could be to release DVD copies as soon
as the movies appear in theatres, and sell them on the
Internet at $4 to $5 each.
The Quebec industry was traumatized in December
when Ontario increased its tax credit for foreign film com-
panies to 18 per cent, seven points higher than Quebec's 11
per cent. He called Michel Trudel, his longtime partner
and a major movie-equipment supplier, and after some
lobbying, he said with a smile, Quebec boosted its tax
credit to 20 per cent, “two points higher than Ontario.”
Montreal Film Commissioner Daniel Bissonnette said
international competition to attract film shoots “has been
ferocious” lately. The cost of making films in Montreal
must be comparable to Vancouver and Toronto to make it
attractive to shoot here, Bissonnette said.
Matt Holland, Montreal president of ACTRA, the actors’
association, paid tribute to Hoppenheim’s investment in
state-of-the-art facilities here. While “it’s good to have
three, four or five Hollywood films blow in each year, there
is a need to develop our indigenous production.” However,
even when domestic films draw audiences, they can be
pushed aside by foreign products.
Paul Thinel, a Concordia cinema graduate and feature
film director, said the limited financing for local produc-
tions means many good projects can’t be made. The panel
was moderated by Patricia Lavoie, vice-president of the
alumni association and vice-president at production
house Zone 3.
Hoppenheim was presented with an Achievement
Award (Builders Category), by John Aylen, president of
Concordia’s alumni association, with the help of Chris
Godziuk, president of the Fine Arts Student Alliance.
Richard Kerr, chair of the Mel Hoppenheim School of
Cinema, also spoke of Hoppenheim’s accomplishments at
the award ceremony.
Outstanding short films by alumni and student film-
makers were screened at the event. They included
Electrinité, by Félix Lajeunesse, which won the top student
film prize at the 2003 Festival des Films du Monde.
Another was a personal documentary by MFA graduate
Michael Rollo, who now works as production co-ordinator
at the School of Cinema.
Each film was introduced by the filmmaker, who provid-
ed the context for what the audience was about to see. The
student films presented were chosen by the Cinema
Students Association, represented by Ameesha Joshi.
Diplomats used their power for g
television on March 21.
ood Cinema professor in Genie contention
Look for Concordia content in the 25th _ best original screenplay, for A Silent Love.
annual Genie Awards, to be handed out on
It's a charming love triangle about a
Montreal man, his mail-order Mexican
Federico Hidalgo, who teaches in the
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and
his wife, Paulina Robles, are nominated for
bride, and her beautiful mother.
A Silent Love had a run in Montreal, at
the AMC Forum.
Art historian at MMFA on spirituality
Frangois-Marc Gagnon, director of the
Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute
for Studies in Canadian Art, is giving a
series of talks about spirituality in
Canadian art. All are on Wednesdays at
3:30 p.m. in the Max Cummings
Auditorium at the Montreal Museum of
French: March 30, spirituality in West
Coast native art; April 6, a new look at the
paintings of New France; April 13, the art
of Ozias Leduc; April 20, Lawren Harris
and Emily Carr; April 27, the view of mod-
ern paints that Catholicism was a form of
peasant folklore; May 4, the psychedelic
Julie LaPalme, a master’s student in Littératures francophones et résonances médiatique, reads
about the “righteous diplomats” who saved Jews from the Nazis.
Some people may have learned something
new about the mid-20th century in Europe
from a display of large placards in the atri-
um of the J.W. McConnell Building. Others
who have long wondered why no one did
anything to stop the Nazis have taken
some comfort from it.
The freestanding boards recall, in pho-
tos and text, some of the more than 100
diplomats who risked their careers, and in
some cases, their lives, to save Jews from
They include a Japanese diplomat in
Lithuania, a British official in Berlin, and
the Swedish envoy Raoul Wallenberg in
Hungary. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the
Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, France,
signed 30,000 visas alone.
Visas for Life is a travelling exhibition
mounted here by the Canadian Friends of
Tel Aviv University and the Montreal
Institute for Genocide and Human Rights
Studies that has visited 130 institutions so
far, including the United Nations head-
quarters in New York City.
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The curator of the display is Eric Saul,
from Los Angeles, who discovered the sto-
ries of the diplomats through his work as
a volunteer interviewer for a Stephen
Spielberg project about Shoah survivors.
He spoke at the official opening at
Concordia on March 8. So did Montreal
businessman Thomas Hecht, whose visa
was issued by Mendes so many years ago.
Visas for Life: The Righteous and
Honourable Diplomats will continue in the
atrium of the J.W. McConnell library
building until March 27. Then it will be in
the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex on
the Loyola Campus from March 30 to
The sponsors of this exhibition will hold
a conference called Democratic Discourse
in a Multicultural Society on April 3.
Professor Frank Chalk said one of the
speakers will be one of his former stu-
dents, Brent Beardsley. Now in the
Empty Bowls, kind hearts: Nicole Whitson (left), a second-year art education stu-
dent, checks out a bowl at the Ceramics Students Association's Art Matters sale on
the Mezzanine of the Hall building, while Studio Arts student Virginie Beaudoin
(centre) and Amélie Proulx, third-year Studio Arts, help Nicole with her selection.
Proceeds of about $1,500 from the sale of many of the 400 bowls on display went to
Canadian Forces, Beardsley was with Gen. | Santropol Roulant, which provides meals to those in need. The concept began in
Romeo Dallaire during the Rwandan geno- | the U.S., and Francine Potvin initiated it at Concordia.
cide of 1994. le sf
art of Jacques Hurtubise. Starting May 11,
Here are the dates of his lectures in this weekly series is repeated in English.
Electroshock art at gallery
Lynn Pook came from Europe to demonstrate her artwork at the Leonard
and Bina Ellen Art Gallery.
We live in a world where the need
for physical interaction is being
overtaken by convenience. Why
go out when you can visit your
local chat room? Why hold a
meeting when you can use have
video conferencing? You don't
even need a phone to order pizza
How isolating technologies
have affected our daily lives, and
our relationships, presented a
challenge to French artist Lynn
Pook. She came to Montreal last
week as part of the Tracking the
Traces exhibition at Concordia’s
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art
Pook’s brilliant installation A
fleur de peau, which was on dis-
play in the gallery from March 2
to 12, explored the sense of
touch, which she feels has been
greatly affected by our increasing
use of technology.
“In Western society, the human
sense of touch has waned as
have progressed,” she _ said.
“Virtual realities have given peo-
ple new identities, and they're
losing their grip of themselves.”
Using a German synthesizer
from the 1970s Pook composed
“sonic textures.’ These were then
split up, programmed and ampli-
fied through non-membrane
micro-speakers aimed at reach-
ing areas of the body that rarely
receive any physical contact.
With speakers drooping from
the ceiling like spiders spooling
their webs, Pook strapped me to
her piece. Covered from temples
to toes by 16 miniature speakers,
I began slowly to experience blips
and blurps bouncing from one
extremity to the other.
Nerve endings started shoot-
ing signals across my body, which
gyrated in a sort of electroshock
therapy. Spreading exponentially,
it formed a veritable network of
electricity under my skin, a real
The sounds used are not so
much heard as they are felt with-
in the body. In this case, the
human body is the artist’s can-
vas. This is rather daring, for it is
not tangible or visual, nor does it
give the participant control.
“I built a haptic experience
that finds the participant and not
the other way around,’ Pook said.
A fleur de peau lasts approxi-
mately 10 minutes, yet its effect
lasts much longer. It raises ques-
tions of our obsession with tech-
nology and convenience.
A fleur de peau is a truly mar-
vellous artistic and inquisitive
response to these developments.
Unfortunately, it was on for 10
days only. Tracking the Traces
continues at Gallery, however,
until April 9.
A touch of violence: Don’t even think about it
Erin Manning (above) is a joint professor in Studio
Arts and Cinema. She teaches courses that combine
art practice, politics and philosophy, and she’s also
the director of the Sense Lab, aimed at exploring the
body in movement in conjunction with art practice,
culture, politics and philosophy.
She gave a presentation on March 11 as part of the
Defiant Imagination lecture series that explored the
relationship between the act of touching and the
unknown consequences it presupposes. One can
never be sure what to expect when a decision is:
made to reach out towards someone or something.
What or who will come of it?
Reading from her book Erring toward Experience:
Violence and Touch, Manning suggested that the
most dangerous violence of all is that split second of
indecision in which we decide our course of action.
Manning will present an art exhibit in the fall of
2006 entitled “We know not yet what the body can
The Defiant Imagination is a series of talks rang-
ing across the spectrum of the arts, presented by
Concordia'’s Faculty of Fine Arts and the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts.
The next event in the series will be this afternoon
at 3:30, in the Cummings Auditorium, when art pho-
tographer Raymonde April, winner of the Prix Paul-
Emile Borduas, presents Passages et bifurcations:
On March 31, Lynn Hughes, Concordia University
Research Chair in Studio Arts, will present Quand
l'art devient ‘recherche’: ossification ou liberation?
Art is usually seen as an expressive, synthetic
practice, while research is analytical, but many
artists are beginning to call themselves researchers.
Hughes asks if this is desirable, and how New Media
have contributed to the phenomenon.
Tomorrow at the MMFA, graduate students in art
history from several universities will take part in Art
Faces Death: Myth, Memory and Body, which
addresses themes from the current MMFA exhibi-
tion, Eternal Egypt.
The participating students from Concordia are
Eve DeGarie-Lamanque and Luke Nicholson.
Soul meets Sophocles
A student production of the
Broadway oratorio The Gospel at
Colonus will be staged April 6, 7
and 8 at the Oscar Peterson
Concert Hall under the direction
of Jeri Brown.
_ The Gospel at Colonus is an
oratorio set in a black Pente-
costal service, in which Greek
myth replaces the Bible story.
Conceived by Lee Breuer, it
played on Broadway in the 1980s,
and the original cast included
Morgan Freeman and Five Blind
Boys of Alabama, among others.
An exuberant mix of American
gospel, jazz, rock and popular
music, The Gospel at Colonus, is
sung, acted, and preached by the
characters. The preacher ad-
dresses the audience, and the
choir serves as the onstage con-
The principals in this produc-
tion include Rica Francois (Anti-
gone), Valerie Gagnon (Ismene),
Yves Aimes Pierre (Oedipus, the
Singer), Chimwemwe Miller (Oe-
dipus, the Preacher), Shannon
Lynch (Creon). Jeri Brown’s Con
Chords provide the Gospel Choir.
The co-director is Diane Roberts,
artist in residence in the Theatre
Department, and the choreogra-
pher is Elizabeth Brooklyn.
The director, music professor
Jeri Brown, played the role of
Ismene, daughter of Oedipus, in
the Canadian premiere in 1998 in
Nova Scotia. There were 28 per-
Dancing feet at Ar
t Matters festival
formances of that production.
An essay by the Rev. Earl F.
Miller, who performed in the
Broadway production, explains
the roots of this work:
“One of the main characteris-
tics of black preaching is story-
telling. In the past, there was a
script that even those who were
illiterate knew. The script was
made up from the Bible stories,
scriptures and songs that had
been passed on.
“In a black church, the preach-
er has to get outside of himself,
or in church language, let the
spirit take control. In order for
the people to judge the preacher's
call to the ministry authentic, at
some point in the sermon he has
to lose his cool because he isn't
supposed to be in charge anyway.
“The Gospel at Colonus uses
the idea of re-imagining in a
striking and original way. The
concert presentation of this play
is not meant to be Sophocles’
Oedipus Rex, but to be new,
derived from the original read-
ings, different from it and yet
true to its essential spirit, build-
ing on the genius of the past to
create something wonderful for
The Gospel at Colonus will be
presented April 6, 7 and 8, at 8
p-m. in the Oscar Peterson
Concert Hall. See the Back Page
for more information. .
Chloé Beaulé-Poitras, in her first year of studying design for the theatre, takes
some tips in puppeting from Chris Godziuk, at an Art Matters marionette
workshop that explored the creation and manipulation of marionettes. Chris,
who is president of the Fine Arts Student Alliance, is a dance student who also
participated in a dance workshop at Art Matters.
Concordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005 | 7
Art educators learn from Chinese children’s work
Professor David Pariser and visiting scholar Liu Wancen
When Concordia Visiting Scholar Liu Wancen travelled
from Beijing to Montreal, she packed hundreds of colour-
ful children’s drawings, paintings and prints in her lug-
gage. The pieces represent the diversity of traditional,
modern, popular and folk styles currently practiced in
regions throughout China.
Choosing two paintings from her collection, Liu points
out significant differences in the pieces, painted by two
young artists close in age.
The first, by an 11-year old, shows two ducks in a pond
painted according to traditional conventions. Ink brush-
strokes of varying opacities form the ducks’ bodies, while
their beaks and feet are marked by orange paint. The sec-
ond, painted by a 12-year old, depicts impressions of sim-
plified blue and yellow cranes and outlined lotus flowers
on a flat plane. While the subject matter is traditional, the
style, composition and colours are unconventional and
more modern or “Western.”
“The painting of the cranes emphasizes more personal
experience and self-expression, whereas the other is
regarded as standardized skills,” says Liu. “But it’s hard to
judge the difference in skill levels because of the influence
of the teachers and the skills they choose to emphasize.”
As Associate Professor and Vice-director in the
Department of Research at the Chinese National Institute
of Educational Research in Beijing, Liu’s research interests
include cross-cultural art teaching and evaluation criteria.
They are interests shared by David Pariser, Concordia
Professor in Art Education.
With a background in Education and Developmental
Psychology, Pariser, along with professors from the
University of BC and McGill, is conducting a study on the
teaching of drawing skills in Brazil, Canada and the
province of Taiwan, making Concordia an ideal institution
for Liu to pursue her research.
Her visit is made possible by financial support from the
Office of the Dean of Fine Arts. Duan Lian, Lecturer in the
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, and
Angela Yingwei Fan, MA student at the John Molson
School of Business, have provided translation.
While at Concordia, Liu is sitting in on lectures as well
as giving her own illustrated presentations. On March 16,
she discussed the historical development of children’s art
education in China, the current situation, as well as future
“Whereas Chinese art has an ancient history, art educa-
tion in schools only began in the nineteenth-century,’ she
explains. “There was a big Western influence on the sys-
tem. The standard curriculum, for example, includes a
portrait-drawing requirement, but in the textbooks the
portraits were all of Western figures. Still now, students
can only pass university entrance exams with Western-
style portraits, not with traditional Chinese drawings.”
Liu's own interest in art began as a child and developed
in later studies, where she learned drawing techniques of
lighting, modeling and anatomy by sketching from nature
as well as from sculpted plaster busts — standard nine-
teenth-century European teaching methods.
For Liu, “there should be an emphasis on Chinese art
traditions in Chinese art education.” The children’s paint-
ings, however, exemplify the importance of encouraging
both local traditions and modernization. She explains that
part of the incentive to modernize is pragmatic.
“Traditional drawing, poetry and calligraphy traditions
do continue, but companies will not employ students with
these skills. Mastering Western drawing skills is very prac-
tical because there is a demand in the market. These stu-
dents can easily find jobs in companies that need design-
ers of products or software.”
From her position at the Central Institute, Liu influ-
ences textbook content, scholarship, policy and the
national curriculum in China at the primary, secondary
and post-secondary levels. One such policy change, in
accordance with the Chinese Ministry of Education, will
establish classrooms in poorer areas to allow local artists
to teach regional techniques and styles.
Liu says, after visiting public school classrooms, she has
learned that art educators in Canada teach art apprecia-
tion and self-expression, though not necessarily to the
exclusion of skill.
For the best teachers, their own learning never stops
Barry Lazar in the classroom
When it comes to learning how to teach,
Olivia Rovinescu, Director of Concordia’s
Centre for Teaching and Learning Services,
calls Barry Lazar a star pupil.
“T hadn't heard that, but that’s great,” he
said, with a laugh. Lazar caught the teach-
ing bug after 20 years in radio, TV, newspa-
pers and film. Seven years ago, he accepted
an invitation to teach from Concordia’s
Today, his workshop in documentary
filmmaking and courses in public affairs
broadcasting and literary journalism fill
almost half his time; the rest is devoted to
producing documentaries and writing. He
has crossed the bridge from the workaday
world to academia.
In an interview, he admitted, “We're
hired for our skills, but teaching requires a
whole new set of skills.
“I started off as, I think, a very bad
teacher. I thought all I had to do was stand
up and talk, theyd take notes, I'd give them
a test and that would be it.
“I found that students don’t really learn
that way. I’ve evolved a sense of teaching
as a collaboration between students and
teacher, and I learn something in the
process as well. I’ve had to learn how to
teach, and that’s been quite rewarding.”
Lazar cheerfully endorses the Centre for
Teaching and Learning Services. In fact, he
describes it as a superb resource for teach-
ers who want to learn. The Centre offers
feedback, discussion groups and work-
shops on everything from course design to
PowerPoint in the classroom.
Rovinescu explained that faculty mem-
bers “have subject-matter expertise, but
not necessarily pedagogical expertise.
We're finding that many students at
Concordia, because it’s an open access uni-
versity, need professors who know how to
help students learn.”
She calls Lazar a natural pedagogue. He
attended a three-day instructional skills
workshop, a variety of other workshops
and a five-day session on course design.
. “He really took to the notion that you
could design your teaching, find ways to
speak to students’ individual needs, and
find really interesting ways of motivating
students. He's been growing by leaps and
“With such a varied background, he
completely redefined himself as a teacher.
It's just fascinating to watch. Now he's
going to co-facilitate some workshops.
That's where the learning really occurs,
when you become a mentor for others.”
Rovinescu has taught at all levels, from
elementary to university, and is teaching a
new course for PhD students who are
embarking on academic careers. Her pas-
sion is evident.
“I've always felt strongly that there's a lot
to learn about teaching,” she said. “I’m still
“I look at my job as getting people talk-
ing to each other about teaching, getting
them passionately engaged. It’s not so
much about pedagogical theory; it’s get-
ting people motivated to care about their
CTLS gave Lazar the confidence to teach
a 13-week course and the skills to
approach 25 or 30 hours of lectures. For
example, he has learned to use music and
controversial quotes to set off discussions
and provoke new ideas.
“When I walk up the steps at Loyola, I
feel that it’s a privilege to teach, an oppor-
tunity not many people have,” Lazar said.
“Simply standing up there talking
doesn't provide much except a little ego-
stroking. When there's a great class, there's
really no better high. We're working
through something together, and when
they feed it back to me, that’s my satisfac-
The following workshops are planned by
the Centre for Teaching and Learning
Services: Strategic Learning, March 24;
Developing Questioning Skills, March 29;
Teaching Dossier, in April; Rethinking
Teaching: A Five-Day Course Design
Workshop, May 26 - June 1.
For more information, go to the CTLS
website, at concordia.ca/ctls/workshop
JMSB retains fifth-place ranking
The John Molson School of grams.
Business ranked fifth in the March JMSB's score of 646 was tied with
2005 edition of the National Post McGill.
The survey is based on the aver-
age GMAT score of entering MBA
students in 36 Canadian MBA pro-
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Queen's ranked first with 675,
Schulich ranked second with 663
and DeGroote and Ivey tied for
third with a score of 650.
History made by graduate students
On March 5, the Concordia Graduate History
Student Association held the tenth edition of its
History in the Making Conference.
This year, the theme was Nations, Nationalism,
and National Identity. Mére than 20 graduate stu-
dent presenters from a variety of disciplines and
schools took part.
The opening presentation was by Vincent
Carey, of SUNY Plattsburgh, titled “Massacre and
National Identity: The Problem of the 1641
Rebellion in Ireland.”
The event closed with Université Laval profes-
sor Jocelyn Létourneau on "Postnationalism?"
Bridge succumbs to Crusher
Concordia’s "Silver Strutters" — left to right, Rowena Fay Patenaude, Tiffany Sam, and Dean Sam — watch as their
bridge of popsicle sticks and glue is tested by The Crusher in H-110. The popular Bridge Building Competition, held
March 4, was the climax of Engineering Week at Concordia. The winners were the Lanpi Pont team from College de
Chicoutimi, for the second year in a row. Second and third place were captured by the Ecole de Technologie Supérieur.
Fourth and fifth place went to Ryerson University.
Allégo for alternative commuting
Allégo Concordia encourages the use of alternatives
to single-occupancy cars commuting to and from
The Allégo project was started by the Agence
Metropolitain de Transport (AMT) and is being imple-
mented by more than 20
businesses and institu-
tions in Montreal.
At Concordia, the
project starts with an
analysis of the commut-
ing habits of students
and employees and the
accessibility of the uni-
The first step is to find out roughly where people
live in relation to their work or study at the univer-
sity, and how they arrive on campus. This will be
done through a survey, which was launched last
Friday. It can be taken online at:
At the same time, an accessibility profile will be
made to understand Concordia’s physical character-
istics as regards transportation. For example, what
our facilities are for bicycle racks, parking lots and
public transportation access.
for all members of the university community to dis-
cuss what initiatives can be developed. Specific
projects will start to be implemented in the fall.
These may include a carpooling program, more
bicycle racks, and other initiatives.
The Allégo Concordia
project committee com-
prises representatives of
the staff, students and fac-
ulty. Particularly active on
the committee are geo-
graphy professor Craig
Townsend, graduate stu-
dent Donny. Seto, and
Bernadette Brun, a consultant from Voyagez Fute
who works with the AMT. Sustainability Coordi-
nator Melissa Garcia Lamarca is coordinating the
Prizes for completing the survey before April 1
include five TRAM passes ($70 each), two pairs of
first-class VIA tickets to Quebec City, a bicycle
worth $500, gift certificates from the bookstore and
There's more information about Allégo on the fol-
This summer, after both sets of data have been
collected and analyzed, there will be open forums
Don't forget to take the survey!
Sustainable Business Conference draws 250
More than 250 people took part in
the Sustainable Business Con-
ference, held March 11. They
included students from HEC,
York, the Université de Montréal,
McGill, Concordia and some busi-
“The business classes I take are
more focused on profitability and
they don’t generally touch on sus-
tainability,” said co-op Marketing
student Debbie Carman.
The SBC was the inspiration of
Chantal Beaudoin and Geneviéve
Rivard, two students in the John
Molson School of Business. Both
were volunteers with the
Sustainable Concordia Project
Author and former senior
money manager Bob Willard said
making money and protecting the
environment do not need to be
Claude Ouimet, Senior VP
Marketing of Interface Flooring
Systems, said his company has
saved $231 million since 1995 and
reduced energy consumption by
35 per cent in the process.
With its no-sweatshop policy
and decent salaries for its work-
ers, American Apparel has earned
a loyal following. CEO Dov
Charnay said, “Treat people well,
offer fair wages and decent work-
ing, conditions, and make sure
everyone is having a good time.
There's lots of money to be made
by practising sustainability.”
Alzheimer’s can be averted
Speaking to an audience of most-
ly grey heads, Majid Fotuhi, of the
Johns Hopkins University School
of Medicine, delivered a simple
message at a public lecture for
the Science College on March 10:
There is no need to be fatalistic
Fotuhi wants people to under-
stand that they can take preven-
tative steps, at any age, to cut
their risk of developing the neu-
rological disorder. While genetics
play a part, he stressed that
lifestyle is the number one risk
factor, and fears about environ-
mental causes have thus far been
He also cautioned against alar-
ism. "Memory problems are com-
mon, and there is no reason to
think that you are developing
Alzheimer's just because you for-
get things. Stress, lack of sleep,
fatigue, side effects of medication
or alcohol are all likely causes.”
The number one thing you can
do to prevent Alzheimer's? Take
care of your heart. "What is good
for your heart is good for your
brain; that's because what is bad
for your heart can cause mini-
strokes, which damage the brain.”
High blood pressure is the
deadliest enemy for your heart, "a
silent killer, because many people
don't know that they have it. A
combination of high blood pres-
sure and high cholesterol carries
the highest risk for Alzheimer's.”
Those with hypertension
should cut their intake of salt,
lose weight, quit smoking and
increase daily exercise.
“You don't have to spend two
hours in the gym; 30 to 45 min-
utes of walking will do fine.” The
key is continuous exercise; run-
ning around the office does not
A diet rich in antioxidants like
vitamin E reduces inflammation
in the brain. However, no one
should take more than 400 IU
(international units) of Vitamin E
per day. Protecting your head
from injury is also important.
Fotuhi, a Science College grad-
uate, is a professor of neurology
at Harvard and Johns Hopkins,
and author of The Memory Cure:
How to Protect Your Brain Against
Memory Loss and Alzheimer's
CSU election coming up
A small change in the Student
Union election process will add a
positive twist to this year's vote,
says Chief Electoral Officer Mark
This year, nominees for the 37
available council, Senate, and
Board of Governors seats can
declare an affiliation with one of
the participating executive
slates. This is a departure from
past elections, where candidates
officially ran as independents.
"It could be kind of interesting
this year,’ said Small, whose man-
date is to run the election and
ensure that it is done fairly.
When submitting their nomi-
nation papers, candidates will be
asked if they wish to declare an
affiliation that will be noted on
the ballot. Small says that one
weakness in the old system was
that often candidates were elect-
ed based solely on name or posi-
tion on the ballot.
"Now at least they [the stu-
dents] will have some idea of the
Up for grabs are one executive
slate, 30 council seats, five Senate
seats and two seats on the Board
of Governors. There are also nine
referendum questions for stu-
The executive slate is open to
groups fielding one president and
between three and eight vice-
presidents. The winning slate has
full discretion on how to define
the vice presidential portfolios.
There is a lot at stake.
"It's always a very competitive
process,” Small said. "They have
salaries that are around $19,000,
so it's like a full-time job. It's an
enormous amount of responsibil-
It's so competitive, he says, that
candidates may be tempted to
flout the election rules. There are
spending limits for each individ-
ual and group, including the ref-
erendum yes/no committees.
There are also limits on how can-
didates communicate with vot-
One grey area in the past has
been the use of club e-mail lists
to rally support, which Small has
forbidden this year. He has also
barred the use of any Concordia
logo, faculty or faculty associa-
tion logo or CSU logo in any cam-
Small has the authority to dis-
cipline those who step out of line.
In the past, CEOs have used cash
sanctions, prohibitions on cam-
paigning and even threats of dis-
qualification to maintain order,
but Small is keeping his strategy
low-key. He says if he defines
penalties ahead of time, some
might see them as acceptable
costs to gain a seat.
Nominations for the elections
closed Monday night at 11:59 and
one minute later students flood-
ed the Hall Building to mark the
official start of the campaign
with a massive postering blitz.
Campaigning ends March 28, and
is followed by three days of
polling, March 29 to 31.
Professor Emeritus Henry
Habib and representatives from
Elections Quebec and Elections
Canada will provide third-party
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International Women’s Day
Sunera Thobani spoke on International Women’s Day, March 8, at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She is seen above,
flanked by Principal Lillian Robinson and Tanisha Ramachandran, who teaches part-time at the Institute and is a PhD
candidate. Thobani is an assistant professor of women's studies at the University of British Columbia, and was the first
woman of colour to serve as president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada's largest fem-
inist organization. She attracted notice, much of it critical, for a speech she gave after 9/11 in which she said that “there
will be no emancipation for women anywhere on the planet until Western domination of the planet is ended.” She has
subsequently developed this theme, saying that militarism in the name of democracy does not further women’s libera-
tion in the third world, and only oppresses women here by brutalizing their men. Her talk at Concordia, titled “Imperial
Longings, Feminist Responses: Recasting Canadian Nationhood After 9/11,” was well attended.
Coming up tomorrow at the Institute, 2170 Bishop St., at 1 p.m., Ann Braithwaite, coordinator of the Women’s Studies
Program at the University of Prince Edward Island, will present material from Troubling Women’s Studies, book of essays
on the future of the discipline, and how it will be passed on.
Outstanding women recognized
Congratulations to painter Francoise Sullivan, given
a Governor-General’s Award in Visual and Media
Arts. It is far from the first award she has won.
Sullivan was one of the signatories of the Refus
Global, the 1948 manifesto by young artists that
inspired the Quiet Revolution. In her youth, she was
known for her modern dance, but painting is her
first love. She has taught at Concordia since 1977.
Montreal as seen
A colloquium on how Montreal’s cultural identity
was fundamentally redefined in the 1960s will take
place at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and
Concordia from March 31 to April 2.
It is presented by the CCA and the Faculty of Fine
Arts as a complement to the exhibitions The 60s:
Montréal Thinks Big and Expo 67: Not Just a
Souvenir. The organizers are Rhona Richman
Kenneally and Johanne Sloan, both from the Faculty.
Local and international scholars across various
disciplines will offer new perspectives on this piv-
otal time in the life of Montreal. Addressing the
interstices between architecture and other cultural
practices, they reveal how the consequences of
Congratulations also to Danielle Morin, Vice-
Provost, Academic Programs, who is one of the
finalists in the education category for this year's
Women of Distinction Awards, given by the
Women's Y. Before her current appointment, she
was an academic administrator and popular profes-
sor in the John Molson School of Business.
The finalists will be revealed at a gala on April 26.
from the street
“thinking big” were played out “at street level.”
Admission to the inaugural session on March 31
in the Paul Desmarais Theatre at the CCA (1920
Baile St.) is free, but seating is limited. Costs for
attending the Friday session at Concordia’s De Séve
Cinema (atrium of the J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West) and Saturday's at
the CCA are $20 per person for the two days, payable
at the door.
The program is open to the public and admission
is free for students. Those wishing to attend can reg-
ister online at http://www.mtlatstreetlevel.concor-
dia.ca or http://www.cca.qc.ca/mtlatstreetlevel.
the new disadvantaged
In roughly a decade, the Internet
has gone from a luxury to a
necessity, speakers at a
Concordia panel discussion said
recently. There was a lot of dis-
cussion but very little debate, as
panelists came to a quick con-
sensus concerning the need to
provide access to more of the
"We're confronted daily by
information that is available only
on the Internet, and organiza-
tions that only exist online,” said
Catherine Roy, board member of
community group Commun-
autique. "That is a cause for con-
. cern, because many people still
don't have access to it.” Speaking
for her organization, she declared
Internet access “a fundamental
Yvon Gagnon, director of
coummunity group L'@venue
Inc, agreed, but he said that many
other non-profit groups have
lagged behind in recognizing this
"We found it hard to convince
other community groups to offer
community Internet and to teach
people how to use it. They would
often say they are dealing with
‘real problems, like food and
lodging; basically, they saw the
internet as a toy.’ Gagnon’s
organization provides social inte-
gration to youths in need, includ-
ing low cost Internet access.
"I told them, if you think you
have problems now, just wait 10
years, when these people become
doubly illiterate. Disadvantaged
people spend a half hour on the
phone to get information that
they could have gotten with two
clicks of a mouse.”
Gagnon noted that he was
astonished by the results of a sur-
vey among the users of commu-
nity Internet access services.
"Granted that our survey was
not an exhaustive one; it was not
a large representative sample, but
I think the results were neverthe-
less very significant; we found
that 50 per cent of those surveyed
intended to buy a computer in
the coming year. These are people
with limited financial resources,
but they intend to buy a comput-
er; they quickly understood that
this is a necessity, and not a toy
or a luxury.”
Since those pioneering efforts
of groups like L'@venue, 12,000
community groups across
Canada are now connected, as
well as every library in the coun-
try, according to Robert Delorme
of Industry Canada.
"We now have an environment
favorable to the cyber economy;
we are number two in the world
in terms of preparation for
Internet skills.” He noted, howev-
er, that Canada’s First Nations are
the least connected communities
in the country.
While the problem is being
addressed within Canada, the
"digital divide” is a gaping chasm
on the international scale, partic-
ularly between North and South.
"It is very difficult to believe
that we are on the same planet
when we look at worldwide dif-
ferences between the ICT (infor-
mation and communication
technologies) haves and have-
nots,” said George Sciadas of
Statistics Canada. "And if you
think we have inequalities now,
that is nothing compared to 20
years from now.”
He noted that the accelerating
pace of technological advance
makes it almost impossible for
less advanced countries to catch
"It will take generations for
countries at the bottom to reach
those in the middle of the pack,
and by then, those at the top --
North America, Europe, Japan —
will have moved much further
ahead...you may be progressing a
little, but if I have a head start
over you and I am progressing
too, the gap can only widen.”
Sciadas suggested that the
importance of Internet access for
the poor is not being addressed
in many countries because it
inevitably ends up near the bot-
tom of a long list of more press-
ing needs that are not being met.
"Access is less of an issue in
countries like ours. Consider
South Africa, which is the most
advanced country in Africa, but
40 per cent of the population has
no electricity. So for these people,
Internet access is really a moot
The panel was presented by
students of the School of
Community and Public Affairs.
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Canadian Genetic Disease Network Scholar at the Hospital
for Sick Children in Toronto. Another graduate, Michel
Cété, is a professor of physics at the Université de
Not all the alumni of the Science College become work-
ing scientists, but they stillead fascinating lives. At the din-
ner last Saturday was Dominic Beliveau. He went:to Japan,
where he worked for five years for the government and
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learned Japanese well enough to speak it fluently. Now he’s
back in Montreal, working for a pharmaceutical firm.
Also at the dinner was Ehab Abouheif, who grew up in
Dorval. He has been all over the United States since he
graduated. Now that he has his doctorate in evolutionary
biology, he is an assistant professor at McGill.
Professor Newman told the dinner guests that she want-
ed to rededicate the Science College to its goal of pursuing
research in an atmosphere of fellowship and idealism, and
paid tribute especially to her successor, Geza Szamosi, who
came from Ottawa with his wife to renew old frienships.
The Science College currently has 79 students, most of
them in biochemistry, biology and psychology. Twenty-
three faculty members are associated with the College as
fellows, from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and
Psychology. The College sponsors lectures and workshops,
many of them held in their quarters at 2080 Mackay St.
Stingers off to Halifax final
The Stingers celebrate with whoops of joy after their semi-final victory on March 11.
The kings of Canadian University men’s basketball
will be crowned on Sunday in Halifax. and our very
own Concordia Stingers have as good a chance as
any of bringing home the national title.
The Stingers will be seeded second out of 10
teams when they hit the floor tomorrow to take on
either Waterloo (No. 7) or St. Mary’s (No.10) in
their opening game of the CIS men's basketball
The Stingers enter the tournament as Quebec
champions, having scored a dramatic 75-72 victo-
ry over the No. 5-ranked Laval Rouge et Or last
Friday night at a jam-packed Concordia Gym.
Rookie Dwayne Buckley scored 17 points,
including two last minute free throws, to seal the
St. Patrick's ==
victory. Ben Sormonte and Chris Blackwood each
chipped in with 13 points.
It is the first Quebec title for the team since 2000
and the 16th conference title for the Stingers since
the university was formed 30 years ago. It is also
head coach John Dore’s ninth provincial champi-
Concordia and Waterloo did not cross paths this
season, but the Stingers defeated Saint Mary's 71-
63 on Jan. 2.
If the Stingers win their first game, they will face
the winner of the Brock/Victoria matchup. The
semifinal showdown is scheduled for 6 p.m.
(Atlantic time) on Saturday and will be broadcast
live on TSN.
The Carleton Ravens are the only team seeded
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Everybody was Irish last Saturday, when about 30 alumni and a dog walked down Ste. Catherine's St.
in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. They got lots of support from the crowd, and cries of “Yay,
Concordia!” The “Queen” this year was a Concordia student, Stephanie Glezos.
Three members of the Concordia Stingers
- women's hockey team were named to the
CIS all-Canadian team at a gala awards
banquet held last week. .
Roxanne Dupuis, a defender and assis-
tant captain, was named to the first all-Canadian team. She is
considered the leader on the Stingers’ defence, but also has an
adept scoring touch. She finished the regular season with three
goals and eight assists for 11 points in 15 games.
"She's probably the best one-on-one player we've had here in five
years,” said Stinger head coach Les Lawton. "She's not flashy, but
she gets the job done."
Goaltender Cecilia Anderson and popular centre Dominique
Rancour were named to the second all-Canadian team.
Anderson was the 2004 CIS Rookie of the Year and a 2004 first
team all-Canadian. The native of Sweden, she posted an 8-2-2
record and a goals-against average of 1.70. She is also a member of
the Swedish national team and travels home regularly to train
with and represent Team Sweden.
Rancour, a high-scoring centre, won the Quebec scoring race
with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 15 games. She was
also a second team all-Canadian in 2004.
Defender Sandy Roy was named to the CIS all-rookie team. The
first-year player from CEGEP Limoilou was also QSSF Rookie of
It’s a wrap for Raposo
The Stingers women's basketball program has its first major
national award winner in the 30-year history of Concordia
Fourth-year guard Maria-Jose Raposo has won the Sylvia
Sweeney Award in recognition of her excellence in basketball, aca-
demics and community involvement.
On the court, Raposo claimed second-team Quebec all-star
honors this season, one year after being named conference MVP
and a second team all-Canadian.
She finished second in the Quebec league in scoring in 2004-05
with an average of 13.1 points per game, and placed in the top five
in steals, three-point field goal percentage, rebounding, assists
and free throw percentage.
A sociology student from Montreal, Raposo has volunteered her
time with a program called "Le carrefour des jeunes lusophones,”
an organization committed to reducing high school dropout rates
in Montreal's Portugese community.
She has also worked with a campaign for sensitization to conju-
gal violence in ethnic communities, the Centro de ajuda a familia
(a centre to assist victims of conjugal and family violence), and
has been a part of her team's fundraising effort for Canadian
Cancer Society. She and three teammates shaved their heads last
December to help raise money for the society.
"MJ is an exceptional young woman, a leader on our team and
in her community,’ said Stinger coach Keith Pruden. "She has
excelled on and off the court and, in addition to shouldering the
normal burdens of a student athlete, has given selflessly of her
time to truly worthy causes. She exemplifies the very best qualities
of the university student athlete.”
Lady Stingers come up short
The Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team made a return to
the national championship tournament after a two-year absence
but lost all three games at the event held last week at McGill.
The Stingers lost 2-1 to St. Francis Xavier in the fifth-place
game on Sunday.
Previously, Concordia participated in five consecutive nation-
als, winning the inaugural championship in 1998 and defending
the title in 1999. The Stingers were also bronze medallists in 2000.
Awards for contributions to student life
Deadlines are fast approaching for Spring Convocation Awards
(March 31) and Concordia Council for Student Life Awards (March
21). For more information about the criteria, please contact the Dean
of Students Office.
Concordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005 | 11
Events, notices and classified ads must reach the Internal 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 (email@example.com) with the subject heading Classified ad. For more
information, please contact Lina Shoumarova at 848-2424 ext. 4579,
Student-run gallery in the Visual Arts Building, 1395 Réné
Lévesque W. http:/Avww.vavgallery.com
FLEETING ARRIVALS/AWAITING DEPARTURE. Until March 19. A
large interdisciplinary show organized as part of the acclaimed
Art Matters Festival 2005.
Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. LB-165. Free
admission, wheelchair accessible, Info at ext.4750.
TRACKING THE TRACES, Until April 9, Curator: Nicole Gingras.
This exhibit draws attention to the act of listening. It brings
together diverse works: kinetic and sound installations, video,
collection of artifacts, works on CD and live performances.
Visas For Life Exhibit
VISAS FOR LIFE: THE RIGHTEOUS & HONOURABLE DIPLOMATS
tells the story of heroic diplomats who served in Nazi occupied
Countries during the chaotic days of WWII. The exhibit goes on
until March 27 at the J.W. McConnell Building Atrium, SGW
and from March 30 to April 11, at the Richard J. Renaud
Science Complex, Loyola. Along with the exhibit, there will be a
conference on April 3, entitled DEMOCRATIC DISCOURSE IN A
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall
Located at 7141 Sherbrooke W. Box office: Monday to Friday,
9:30 a.m.to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., ext. 4848.
For the full listing of events, visit http//oscar.concordia.ca
Tickets for all of the following events will be sold at the door
only: $5 general admission, free for students with ID.
BIG BAND. March 18, 8 p.m. Students directed by Dave Tumer,
JAZZ MPROVIZATIONS. March 23, 24, and 30, 8 p.m. Students
directed by Charles Ellison, Dave Tumer and Gary Schwartz will
present jazz repertoire.
AN EVENING OF VOCAL MUSIC. March 31, 8 pam. Voice students
of Jeri Brown, Jocelyne Fleury, Beverley McGuire, Valerie Kinslow
and Madeleine Thériautt. Featuring performances by the Jeri
Brown Public Master Class students.
JAZZ ORCHESTRA. April 1, 8 p.m. Students directed by Gary
Schwartz, themes and impressions of The Wizard of Oz.
GOSPEL AT COLONUS. April 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. Performances
by students directed by Jeri Brown.
Meetings and Events
5th Art Matters Festival
Concordia’s only student-organized arts festival is back
until March 18. More than 200 artists will put on shows at
over two dozen venues at the university and around
Montreal. Details about this year’s fest at http://artmatters.
Krishnamurti Video Presentations
All screenings are free and take place at 1 p.m. in SP365.01,
Loyola and 8:30 p.m. in #420 SGW. Contact 937-8869. On
March 18 the film What is Supreme Intelligence? will con-
tinue the exploration of this semester's theme, VIOLENCE.
Professional Development Day
On March 18. Part of Writers Read at Concordia. Will feature
presentations by Joshua Knelman, journalist, head of
research and associate editor of The Walrus (1:30-2:20
p.m.), Jackie Kaiser, agent with Westwood Creative Artists
(2:45-3:45 p.m.), Martha Sharpe, publisher of House
Anansi Press (4-5 p.m.), and more. The event is free.
Will explore the themes of spiritual search, our journey
within and creating harmony. Will include meditation exer-
cises and philosophy. March 22, 29 and April 5 at 8:30
p.m., at H-400-2. Free. Contact : 938-5304 or 842-1564.
Quench Your Thirst on World Water Day
Sustainable Concordia Project and £co-quartier
Décarie/Loyola will screen the acclaimed film Thirst in hon-
our of World Water Day, on March 22 at 7 p.m. at Loyola.
The documentary looks at the debate over who owns the
water we drink, and the worldwide efforts to keep water
sources from being privatized. Call 482-8778 for details.
Rhodes Scholarship Information Session
Will be held on March 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. at GM 302,
1550 de Maisonneuve.
Graduates of Loyola College Convocation
A special honorary convocation will be held on March 31 at
6 p.m, at the Loyola Chapel. On this occasion, Concordia
President Frederick H. Lowy and Rector Robert Lacroix of
Université de Montréal will celebrate the historical ties
between the two institutions, by conferring upon graduates
of Loyola College an honorary certificate from Concordia
University. RSVP by March 18 by phone 848-2424, ext.
4397, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Video Creations ; Proposals from Emerging Artists
March 31- April 2. This 14th edition of the Evénement
Interuniversitaire will recognize the work of video artists
from the Université de Montréal, Université Laval, Concordia
and UQAM. www.unites.ugam.ca/eicv/
Lectures and Conferences
Peace and Conflict Resolution Lecture Series
* MISSED OPPORTUNITY: ARE WE LOSING THE AIDS BATTLE BY
IGNORING THE HUMAN RIGHTS CONNECTION? Part two of a
series of lectures on the AIDS epidemic. Lecturer Joanne Csete
will speak on March 17, at 6 p.m. in H110.
* Screening of Route 187, part of the BORDERS AND BRIDGES: A
SERIES OF FILMS ON RECONCILIATION series. March 20, 10:30
a.m. in room H-110. The screening will be followed by a discus-
sion. The film follows the travel of directors Michel Khieifi and
Eyal Sivan, through their native Palestine. For more information
about this lecture contact Dr. Loma Roth at ext. 2535 or at
+ HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION AND RECONSTRUCTION. The
second lecture in the series, COLLATERAL BENEFIT, will be given
by prof. Michael Blake of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of
Government. He will address the difficult questions related to
humanitarian intervention. On March 22, 10:30a.m.-
12:30p.m., in the Faculty Lounge H 763, Hall Building.
Defiant Imagination Lecture Series
For questions or comments, e-mail email@example.com
* PASSAGES ET BIFURCATIONS : TRAVAUX RECENTS. March 17 at
3:30 p.m. Raymonde April, a professor of Photography, will
"present her most recent and never exhibited works. In Frenich at
the Fine Arts Museum's Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, 1379
Sherbrooke St. W.
+ ART AS“RESEARCH” ? OSSIFICATION OR LIBERATION? A lecture
by Lynn Hughes, Research Chair in Studio Arts. March 31 at
3:30 p.m., in French at the MMFA. Art reveals the imagination,
and opens us to the realms that normally lie smothered under
English Department Public Lecture
FEVERISH:CHARLATANISM AND RESENTMENT IN LONDON'S MID
18TH-CENTURY LITERARY MARKET, a talk by Simon During, pro-
fessor in English at the John Hopkins University. His most recent
bookis Cultural Studies: Critical Introduction. March 17,6 p.m.,
in LB 540.
Graduate Student Symposium
On March 18 the MMFA presents ART FACES DEATH: MYTH,
MEMORY AND BODY ATTHE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS.
Two Concordia graduate students, Eve DeGarie-Lamanque and
Luke Nicholson, will take part in the symposium. For full sched-
ule of events, visit www.mmfa.gc.ca/symposium
Sodology and Anthropology Student Conference
Entitled VISIONS OF TOMORROW, this event will take place on
March 18 (from 4:45 p.m.) and March 19 (from 8:30 a.m.).
It will feature, among others, Dr. Katja Neves-Graca from the
Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia, who
will present the talk ASKING QUESTIONS IN 'POST-WORLDS'?
CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS. In room H-
763, March 19.For more details and the full schedule of events,
2nd Annual DSA Sport Business Conference
Interested in Sport Business? The DSA Sport Business
Conference features prominent leaders from the world of sport
and is designed to educate students about the opportunities
available in sport business and provide them with the unique
chance to make valuable contacts. March 18-19, Hotel Delta
Centre-Ville, 777 University Street.
Simone de Beauvoir Institute Presents
For more information about the following events, call ext. 2373.
+ Atalk by Ann Braithwaite from the University of Prince Edward
Island. She will present material from her collaborative book
Troubling Women's Studies: Pasts, Presents and Possibilities. On
March 18, in the Lounge of Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 2170
Bishop, Room 101, 1 p.m.
+ WHEN | DARE TO BE POWERFUL... LOOKING FEAR IN 'DA EYE, a °
lecture by the queer black feminist/actor/playwright and come-
dian Trey Anthony. She will read from her hit play ‘da Kink in my
hair and will speak about the personal experience of combating
her fears, March 21, 7 p.m. in the Atrium of Samuel Bronfman
Building, 1590 Dr. Penfield Ave.
ATTACKING THE GREAT PROBLEMS OF THE PLANET: THE NEED
FOR NEW STRUCTURES AND NEW TEAMS. March 21, 6-8 p.m.
in Room H 763. Speaker will be Dr. Bill Fyfe, whose background
isin geochemistry, which has placed him ideally for studying the
impact of human activities on the planet. His recent work has
induded research into soil erosion, soil quality, and sustainable
food production. For more information, call 248-9148.
Liberal Arts College Presents
60th Anniversary of World War Il Lecture
Prof. David Bercuson from the Center for Military and Strategic
Studies, University of Alberta will address the topic of WAR AND
PEACE: THE DEFENSE OF THE WEST on March 21 at 8:30 p.m. in
H-937. Call ext. 2565 for further details.
Renewable Energy Technology Seminar Series
On Tuesday aftemoons throughout March solar, wind, geother-
mal (March 22, 1:30-4 p.m., H767) and biomass (March 29,
1:30-4, H767) energy will be examined by panelists from
industry, academia, the environment, and development &
human rights organizations, offering their particular on the
technology at hand. Organized by Engineers Without Borders at
Concordia and the Sustainable Concordia Project. All members
of the university are encouraged to attend. Register by e-mail-
Department of Political Sdence Conference
Entitled EMERGING ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN PUBLIC POLICY,
the one-day conference will happen on March 24. Three panels
are scheduled between 9:00-4:30 p.m. Invited speakers
indude Matt James (U of Victoria), Judith McKenzie (U of
Guelph), Michael Orsini (U of Ottawa), Eric Montpetit (U of
Montreal), Patrik Marier, Daniel Salée, Francesca Scala and Reeta
Tremblay (Concordia). The conference will be held in the Hall
Building, Room 767. For more information, contact Francesca
Scala at fScala@sympatico.ca or at 848-2424, ext. 4074,
WASASE: INDIGENOUS PATHWAYS OF ACTION AND FREEDOM,
presented by Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, a Canada Research Chair and
Director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the
University of Victoria. Well known Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk)
scholar from Kahnawake, he is the author of Heeding the Voice of
our Ancestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native
Nationalism. On March 29 at 4 p.m., Samuel Bronfman
Building, 1590 Dr. Penfield.
Canadian Irish Studies Public Lecture Series
FROM KITCHEN CUAIRD TO GLOBAL STAGE: AN ILLUSTRATED LEC-
TURE ON THE CHANGING ROLE OF WOMEN IN IRISH TRADITION-
AL MUSIC. A presentation including a documentary film and
musical performance by Dr. Geardid 6 hAlimhurdin, professor of
Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St-Louis and a fourth-
generation concertina player. On March 30 at 8:30 p.m., H-
820, 1455 de Maisonneuve West. Admission is free.
Fine Arts Colloquium
MONTREAL AT STREET LEVEL. March 31-Apeil 2.A collaboration
between the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Faculty of
Fine Arts. The colloquium will look at how Montreal's cultural
identity was fundamentally redefined in the 1960s. Local and
international scholars across various disciplines will participate,
Deadline for registration is March 24, Info/registration at
wwwntlatstreetievel.concordia.ca. Contact Nancy Dunton, at
846-8904 for details.
John Molson School of Business Visiting Speaker Series
Christopher Worley, professor of Business Strategy at the
Pepperdine University, will speak on the topic BUILT TO CHANGE:
ALOOK AT THE FUTURE OF ORGANIZATIONS AND OD. On April 7,
2-4 p.m. in the Guy Metro Building, Room GM 403-02.
lITS Computer Workshops
Register for all workshops on the IITS Web site at iits. concor-
dia.ca/services/training. All workshops are free of charge for
Concordia faculty, staff and students. They take place in the
Learning Centre, H443.
+ Excel | - March 21, April 1, 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: http://univeafe.concordia.ca/html/home.htm! or con-
tact Eric Abitbol at ext.3967.
+ POWER OF FOOD. March 31, 3-5 p.m. How is food a source
of nourishment and culture? Moderator Gerardo Sierra will
meet participants at the Santropol Roulant, 4050, rue St-
+ CREATING IN EVERYDAY LIFE. April 3, 2-4 p.m. Moderator:
Nayiri Tavlin. At the Monet Bookstore, 2752 de Salabery,
Galeries Normandy. 337-4083
+ PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. April 5, 7-9
p.m. Moderator Janice Astbury, At the Café L'Utopik, 552 St-
Catherine E., 844-1139. 4
Centre for Teaching &
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:
Strategic Learning: A Program to Increase Student
Success and Retention
This session will outline how the SL program works and will
present statistical outcomes based on Concordia students.
March 24, H 760, SGW, 10:30 a.m. - noon.
Facilitators: Mary O'Malley & Juliet Dunphy from the
Student Learning Services.
Developing Questioning Skills
This workshop will teach participants how to ask questions
that promote clarity, seek relevance, invite consideration of
multiple points of view, and seek to distinguish relevant
from irrelevant information. March 29, AD 429, Loyola, 10
a.m. — noon. Facilitator: Olivia Rovinescu.
Teaching Dossier: Tips and Samples
In this session, participants will gain ideas on what to
include in their teaching dossier. April 4, AD 429, Loyola. 10
a.m. — noon. Facilitator: Janette Barrington.
Self-help and Support
Peer Support Program
Stressed about assignments? Frantic about finances?
Emotional worries? The Peer Support Program is open! We
are students who are here for other students to listen, give
information and refer! Downtown: Monday - Thursday, 11
am-5Spm., Annex Z (2090 Mackay), Room 05. Loyola:
Tuesdays, 11am -5 pm, Guadagni Lounge. Drop in and check
us out! Or phone 848-2424, ext. 2859.
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: eap.concordia.ca
For people experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, loss,
relationship 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 firstname.lastname@example.org-
dia.ca to receive more details and to register for an orienta-
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-
email@example.com for further information.
Individual searching for others interested in forming a casu-
al hypnosis practice group. More info at: innerworkingscen-
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.
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SCHEDULE OF EUCHARIST (ROMAN CATHOLIC) IN THE LOYOLA
CHAPEL: Sundays at 5 p.m., Mon-Wed. at 12:05 p.m. Thurs.-Fri
Communion at 12:05 p.m.
Courses are offered 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
Experienced English tutor
Need help with your pronunciation, conversation skills,
grammar?Let us help you meet your English goals. aprilred-
Seeking Translators for Public Conversations
The University of the Streets Café seeks volunteer transla-
tors and interpreters who would land their skills during the
public sessions as well as for the text that goes on the Café’s
website, flyers and other documents. If interested, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call ext.3967.
Apartment for rent
Charming, new, sunny. Conveniently located, Parc metro, view of
Mt. Royal. Wood floors, semi-open kitchen, 5 appl., A/C, quality
finishings, balcony, indoor parking. $1150/month. 762-2186.
Apartment for sublet
In NDG, Harvard Ave., near metro and Loyola, sunny, warm
7 1/2 lower duplex, renovated, equipped, fireplace, parking.
References. $1400. 486-2937.
Apartment for rent
Big 3 1/2, metro Guy, Smin to SGW, May 1-August 30, can be
and deppanneur in the building. firstname.lastname@example.org or
Apartment for rent
Downtown, near Concordia. Quiet street, upper duplex, 4 1/2,
furnished, equipped, washer/dryer, $1000, + hydro. 932-6367.
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.
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, ise-m@mt! feric.ca, with details of accom-
modations 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
Spacious 4 1/2 on Dr. Penfield. Parking, indoor swimming pool
with sauna and outdoor courtyard. Huge balcony with amazing
view, close to restaurants, dubs. $1650/month all inclusive.
Available June 1 but flexible to begin between June and
September 1. Call Jordana or Jen at 845-9556.
Apartment for rent
Bright 2-bdrm with double living/dining room. High ceilings,
storage space, quiet, very well kept building, Fully furnished +
TV.Chse 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-
There is no freedom without financial freedom. Investments, tax
preparation, budgeting, debt management. J.L. Freed, MBA.
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Weare looking for responsible adults to walk, feed and play with
dogs at a boarding kennel located in Dorval. Staff needed 24/7.
Gall 514-420-0101 or fax 514-420-0278. Email info@biuerib-
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