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September 14, 2000 Names in the News






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

Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos (Journalism) was interviewed on CBC Radio’s Art Talks with Katherine Gombay about her novel, Jackrabbit Moon. Over the summer, she did readings at bookstores, including four in Ottawa alone. July 1, Canada Day, found her reading from the novel about Montreal’s suffering underclass in Paris’s English-Canadian bookstore, the Abbey. Gazette reviewer Jude Isabella called the book “worth a look. . . because Arnopoulos draws readers behind sensational headlines.”

An article in University Affairs (June/July) discusses Adaptech, a two-year project by a team that included Dawson, McGill and Concordia researchers, notably Education graduate student Jennison Asuncion, working on adaptive learning technology, Web sites and educational programs aimed at the disabled student.

Neil Gerlach (Sociology) told Gazette careers columnist Stephanie Whittaker that new job titles are being created to jump old job hierarchies, reflecting the importance of information technology, teamwork and a client-centred approach. In another careers column, Whittaker quoted Bakr Ibrahim (Management) on smart ways to structure a family business.

The National Post published an article in July about courageous graduate Robert Duval (BComm 75), who returned to his homeland of Haiti as an activist during the regime of “Baby Doc” Duvalier, working to get political prisoners released from jail. At one point, he was in jail himself for 17 months, some of it in solitary confinement. Now Duval, 46, runs a non-profit organization called Athletics of Haiti, which provides training, food, medication and schooling for the children of the Cité Soleil slums.

The Financial Express of India published an extensive overview of Concordia in the Canada supplement of their July 17 issue. The article emphasized India-Canada exchanges and joint projects, the renewal of our faculty complement, and the recent establishment of international undergraduate scholarships by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

John Davis, stage manager at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, revived his long-defunct band The Gruesomes last spring. They played to packed house at Café Campus, then did a quick tour of southern Ontario. The Gruesomes have released a new CD of instant-garage-rock classics. Not to be outdone, his colleague John Jordan, who does promotions for the concert hall, revived his band, Me, Mom and Morgentaler, for the Montreal Fringe Festival and the wedding of a friend this summer, as noted in a Gazette feature article.

Futurist and cyber-philosopher Arthur Kroker (Political Science/ CTheory) called for a national electronic university in a presentation at Moses Znaimer’s TEDCity conference this summer in Toronto. As reported in the National Post, he envisions an open institution that would look to software for its curriculum and “not be weighted down with hierarchy and bureaucracy.” The conference on technology, entertainment and design (i.e., TED) drew 500 participants, each of whom paid a $3,000 registration fee. Kroker and his partner in cyber-theory, Marilouise Kroker, were the subjects of a documentary, Road-Stories for the Flesh-Eating Future, which was shown on Radio-Canada on August 16 under the title La Technologie mangeuse de chair. The film was made by Lewis Cohen of Galafilm.

Lance Evoy (Institute of Management and Community Development) and urban planner John Zacharias (Geography) were consulted by Gazette columnist Peggy Curran about a move to tighten the zoning bylaws that affect pawnshops. Evoy called them “the shock troops, the precursors of what is happening to a neighbourhood.” Zacharias traced the proliferation of these questionable businesses, and of garish street signs, to a relaxation of regulations in the early 1990s.

Edith Katz (Diploma in Sports Administration) was quoted in an article in Marketing magazine about the Montreal Canadiens hockey team’s slump in fan spirit. “The Molson Centre has an image problem,” she said. “It’s not the old, comfortable pair of shoes people knew in the Forum.” In the same magazine, Michel Laroche (Marketing) said that the Expos baseball organization has missed the boat, neglecting numerous chances to build fan support through energetic advertising and broadcasting deals.








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