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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. 

ng years 

siblings here. 

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 
page 9). 

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 
the West.” 

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 

continued on page 10 


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.” 

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Changes to procedure 

Actuarial math 


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 
and potential. 

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 


Sivakumar Narayanswamy 


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 
engineering building. 

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 
between them.” 

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 
end products. 

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 
of reward.” 

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 

in aging.” 

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 
events planned. 

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 
later date. 

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 
to vote. 

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 
Beauvoir Institute 
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 
George Papadakis. 

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 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. 

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proven to be very generous. 

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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 
and environmentally.” 

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, 
including humans. 

“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 
and Environment. 

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 
Human Development. 

Beverly AKERMAN 

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 
over it.” 

These experiences are instructive, 
Guzder said. “As the multicultural compo- 
nent of our population increases, less ver- 
bal methodologies will become increasing- 
ly significant.” 

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 
and rehabilitation. 

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 

Mel Hoppenheim 


“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 
good luck.” 

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 
Fine Arts. 

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 
Nazi regimes. 

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 
April 11. 

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. 

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Electroshock art at gallery 

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Lynn Pook came from Europe to demonstrate her artwork at the Leonard 

and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. 

MARC Losier 

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 
any more. 

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 
modern _telecommunications 
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 
sensory overload! 

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 


Marc Losier 

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: 
travaux récents. 

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 present.” 

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. . 


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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 
Journalism Department. 

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 
students’ learning.” 

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 

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. 

Business Magazine. 

The survey is based on the aver- 
age GMAT score of entering MBA 
students in 36 Canadian MBA pro- 

8 | Concordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005 

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 university. 

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 

Roller Blades. 

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- 
lowing website: 

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- 
ness people. 

“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 
mutually exclusive. 

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 
about Alzheimer's. 

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 
candidates’ alignment." 

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- 
dent consideration. 

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- 
paign material. 

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- or 

Computer-deprived are 
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 
world's disadvantaged. 

"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 
new reality. 

"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 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. 

Science College grads return | 

continued from page 1 

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 

10 | Concordia’s Thursday Report | March 17, 2005 

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 
above Concordia. 

ia University Alumni AssOlatign 

Get back in touch: hep / 

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. 



Stingers roundup 


All-Canadian honours 

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 
the Year. 

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 
University athletics. 

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 ( with the subject heading Classified ad. For more 
information, please contact Lina Shoumarova at 848-2424 ext. 4579, 


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

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 

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 noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., ext. 4848. 

For the full listing of events, visit http// 
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 repertoire. 

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. main.htmt 

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. 

Seminars on 

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: 

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. 

Lectures and Conferences 

Peace and Conflict Resolution Lecture Series 

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 
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 

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 
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. 

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 
the everyday. 

English Department Public Lecture 
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, 
Two Concordia graduate students, Eve DeGarie-Lamanque and 
Luke Nicholson, will take part in the symposium. For full sched- 
ule of events, visit 

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'? 
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. 


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. 

Public Lecture 

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 

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 or at 848-2424, ext. 4074, 

Public Lecture 

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 

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 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: 

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- 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:! 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- 
Urbain, 284-9335. 

+ CREATING IN EVERYDAY LIFE. April 3, 2-4 p.m. Moderator: 
Nayiri Tavlin. At the Monet Bookstore, 2752 de Salabery, 
Galeries Normandy. 337-4083 

p.m. Moderator Janice Astbury, At the Café L'Utopik, 552 St- 
Catherine E., 844-1139. 4 

Centre for Teaching & 
Learning Services 

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

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: 

Art Therapy 

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 stu4lit@alcor.concor- to receive more details and to register for an orienta- 
tion/training session. 

Methylphenidate (Ritalin) Adult Users Needed 

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

Hypnosis Group 

Individual searching for others interested in forming a casu- 
al hypnosis practice group. More info at: innerworkingscen-! 

OCD Research 

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

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Multi-Faith Chaplaincy 

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

CPR Courses 

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 

Language Services 

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, 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. or 

Apartment for rent 
Downtown, near Concordia. Quiet street, upper duplex, 4 1/2, 
furnished, equipped, washer/dryer, $1000, + hydro. 932-6367. 

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

Apartment wanted 

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

For rent 

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- 


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