Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media
more often than you might think!
A photo of Jerry Tomberlin, dean of the John Molson School
of Business, appeared in the National Post Business Magazines
special issue on business education, on April 2. The masters in
investment management program was featured, and the JMSBs masters
of business administration program was ranked sixth in Canada in a poll
taken by the magazine, behind the University of Toronto, Queens,
Western, York and McGill.
Nelofer Pazira is both the author and focus of the cover story
in the current issue of Elm Street magazine. Pazira, who immigrated
from Afghanistan with her family in the aftermath of the conflict with
the Soviets, is completing a masters degree in sociology at Concordia.
She has had a whirlwind year as the result of the film Kandahar,
which she conceived and starred in. In Elm Street, she describes
the real-life drama that lay behind the film.
Rhona Richman Kenneally (Design Art) and Michael Longford
(Design Art) were interviewed recently by Katherine Gombay on CBC Radios
Art Talks. Their discussion focused on initiatives by graphic designers
currently engaged in integrating social and political concerns into their
daily practice. The interview arose out of an international symposium
hosted by their department last October.
Jason Hughes, Allison Deer and Lilia Goldfarb were featured
recently in the careers and education column in the Saturday Gazette.
They are all members of the first graduating class in the graduate diploma
in community economic development, offered through Concordias School
of Community and Public Affairs. Hughes runs La Maison Verte, a co-op
store in NDG that sells environmental products. Deer works as a liaison
aboriginal communities with the Canadian Executive Service Organization.
Goldfarb is a consultant with the Quebec Community Table, which promotes
An article in The Gazette by Donald McKenzie was carried by the
Canadian Press in a number of papers across the country. It quoted Bryan
Barbieri (Marketing) on a poll done by Leger that shows about one-third
of Canadians are losing interest in professional sports. People
are concerned about salaries, he said. Theyre becoming turned
off, and are comparing multi-million-dollar athletes salaries to
priority issues such as health and education.
An article in both the Halifax Chronicle-Herald and the Mail
Star featured Graham Metson (Studio Arts), who had a show of
his paintings there in February. In it, he talks about going to the U.S.
from his native London, and parking his Rolls Royce in front of The Factory,
making the scene with people like Andy Warhol. A keen jive practitioner,
Metson still dances at home with his wife, a photographer and lawyer.
He revisited his British wartime childhood through artworks that were
shown this month in the Ellen Art Gallery. (See
CTR, Apr. 11.)
The positive views on Harry Potter of Rev. Raymond Lafontaine (Campus
Ministry) were quoted in a Toronto Star article about various sects
reactions to the popular series of books.
The Gazette published an article on Thomas DArcy McGee,
member of parliament and victim of assassination April 7, 1868, by some
fellow Irish Catholics, the Fenians, who considered him a sellout to the
British. The story mentioned an excellent article in the latest issue
of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies on McGee, and published
a great photo of Archivist Nancy Marrelli and Michael Kenneally,
editor of the Journal. They are looking at McGees walking
stick, which is the property of Concordia.
Barbara Woodside (Psychology/CSBN) was interviewed on CBCs
Home Run during Brain Week.
Maria Peluso (Political Science) was interviewed on Global TV (CKMI)
by alumnus Tim Sargent on political patronage. She said that in
our system, its appropriate to reward loyal supporters and party
organizers, but only provided that those so rewarded are competent and
reasonable. Julius Caesar was good at it, she said, and so were Pierre
Trudeau, Robert Bourassa, and Bill Davies, former premier of Ontario.
The worst in Canadian history were Maurice Duplessis and Mayor Drapeau,
Peluso said, and former federal works minister Alfonso Gagliano isnt
looking too good, either.
Nabil Bissada (Environmental Health/Safety) was on Global TV news
in March, as part of an environmental series on acid rain, PCBs, and air
pollution. He talked about the Technoparc, built on old airport land on
the Bonaventure highway between Victoria and Champlain bridges, whose
PCB-contaminated soil is now leaching into to the St. Laurence River.
However, Bissada pointed out, new regulations will remove the PCBs from
all service equipment by the year 2010, and by 2015, all PCBs should be
Fred Krantz, Harvey Shulman and Geoffrey Fidler made it into
the April 19 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education (U.S.).
The Chronicles critic at large, Carlo Romano,
covered the recent core curriculum conference hosted by Concordias
Liberal Arts College. He also quoted Melissa Castro, president
of the Liberal Arts Society for Students, who praised the LAC in glowing