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February 7, 2002 In Brief



Anti-war author Grace Paley reads at Concordia

The well-known writer Grace Paley will speak and read from her work on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. in Room 765 of the Hall Building.

Paley was born in the Bronx in 1922. She is the author of several acclaimed collections of short fiction and poetry, including The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), Later the Same Day (1985) and Leaning Forward (1985).

She has taught at Columbia and Syracuse Universities, and currently teaches at City College of New York, where she is writer-in-residence, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she has taught creative writing and literature for over 18 years.

Actively involved in anti-war, feminist and anti-nuclear movements. Paley has been a member of the War Resisters’ League, Resist, and Women’s Pentagon Action, and was one of the founders of the Greenwich Village Peace Center in 1961. She regards herself as a “somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist.”

In 1987, she was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature.

Paley will also give a literary reading at McGill on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 232 of the Leacock Building. Her appearances are sponsored by the Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University, and the English Departments of Concordia and McGill Universities. For more information please call 398-6546 or 848-2068.

Business students excel in games and events

A big contingent of undergraduate business students went to Ottawa Jan. 11-14 to compete in the Commerce Games, and came home with first prize in the academic competitions and fourth prize overall.

It was third academic gold out of four years in which Concordia has offered a course to prepare students specifically for the Games. The course was taught by Professor Mark Haber.

Teams from the John Molson School of Business won six medals out of a possible nine for their case competitions (seven out of 11, counting the debate).

This included golds in entrepreneurship, international business and finance, a silver in tax, and bronzes in marketing and human resources. More than 1,000 students from 12 universities took part. The business schools were from Quebec, plus Ottawa and Moncton. They competed in social, sports and academic events, including a debate and a stock simulation.

Undergrad CA conference here

Concordia’s John Molson Accounting Society played host to the Undergraduate Canadian Accounting Conference Feb. 1 to 3 at the Hotel Hilton. It was the first conference of its kind, and the brainchild of third-year student Tommy Baltzis.

It started as a Concordia event, but grew to attract participants from outside Montreal, even outside Quebec. About 100 students, with about 50 others, including speakers and faculty members, enjoyed the workshops and social events. The official sponsor was KPMG. Tommy is already starting to work on next year’s edition.

The next big event for business students will be the Undergraduate National Case Competition, which starts today.

Concordia ties for first in UBG

Concordia tied the Richard Ivey School of Business for first place in the Undergraduate Business Games, held Jan. 18-20 in Toronto.

The Concordia team also placed second for the creativity award, based on their costumes for the theme nights, and third for congeniality.


When two won’t do, it’s time to hit the road

A different take on Valentine’s Day is provided by filmmaking couple Maureen Marovitch and David Finch, who have turned their differing views on monogamy into a film called When Two Won’t Do.

It is billed as a feature-length documentary on “the ups and downs of polyamory,” and will be given its first screenings, followed by a live discussion period, Feb. 12 to 15, starting at 9 p.m., in the NFB/ONF Cinema at the corner of St. Denis St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd. Tickets are $7. The film also premieres on TVO on Feb. 13.

In this couple, it’s Marovitch who is keen on multi-partner relationships, and Finch who wants her only. Unable to agree, they undertake a cross-continent filmmaking trip, visiting a swingers’ convention in Las Vegas, a clan of rural pagans in northern California, a group family in San Jose, and a polyamory convention in New York state.

Both filmmakers are Concordia alumni. Marovitch graduated in communication studies in 1991, and Finch in science and human affairs in 1992. They met while volunteering with the street-teens agency Dans la rue, and have been making films about social issues every since, including two on street youth called Longshots and Back Roads.

When asked how making When Two Won’t Do affected their relationship, Marovitch said, “We’ve both moved a little in our attitudes. I’m less idealistic about multi-partner relationships, and David’s more accepting. And we’re still together!”


Cupids deliver chocolates around Concordia

The children and parents of Concordia’s daycare, the Centre de la Petite Enfance Les P’tits Profs, organized a Valentine’s Day fundraiser, in which they offered to deliver Belgian chocolates to members of the Concordia community on both campuses.

Their efforts were met with great enthusiasm and encouragement, and young representatives from the daycare, accompanied by their parents, will be delivering approximately 100 boxes of chocolates, confirming that “love is in the air.”

The children always enjoy interacting with the larger university community, and frequently venture out on the Loyola campus to participate in dance and movement, skating and gym programs. The funds collected will be used to support some of the children’s special programming.

The daycare hopes to make this Valentine’s Day fundraiser an annual event.

If you would like to have chocolates delivered to loved ones or friends, send us an e-mail at glpp@alcor.concordia.ca. Thank you, Concordia!

— Crista McInnis


Simard appointed education

As the result of a shuffle of Premier Bernard Landry’s cabinet, Sylvain Simard, former head of the Treasury Board, has been appointed education minister, replacing François Legault.


SCPA students put the focus on health care

Lisa Gallarino, Samy Agha and Christine Munro are looking forward to rubbing shoulders with big names in the national health care debate, including former premier and head of a royal commission on health Roy Romanow, former federal health minister Monique Bégin, and architect of Quebec’s network of CLSCs Claude Castonguay.

The three students are in Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs, which requires second-year students to organize panel discussions on subjects of current interest.

Usually, this takes the form of panel discussions in the SCPA’s Mackay St. annex to a relatively small audience, but Gallarino, Agha and Munro are organizing a panel on community health that is part of a big two-day conference organized for Feb. 15 and 16 by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Marguerite Mendell, who teaches the students in her integrative seminar, SCPA 301, says that the conference should be particularly lively, given Alberta’s recent controversial health report, the interim report released yesterday by the Romanow commission, and Liberal leader Jean Charest’s announced intention to make health care the centrepiece of the next Quebec election. In a sense, piggybacking on a bigger event meant less logistical work for the three Concordia students, who didn’t have to worry about booking a room and other practicalities, Agha said. “It gave us more time to communicate with our panelists, and concentrate on achieving a balance [of opinion on the panel].”

Look for other SCPA panels being put together by Mendell’s students this term, on subjects that include privacy issues and protest movements.

GSA presents Careers with a Conscience, Febraury 13-16

• February 13: Opening ceremony, 2030 Mackay St; Diegal Leger: “Reaching the Hiphop Generation,” H-769, 5-9pm.

• February 14: Danusia Lapinski, “Creative Reflections on Career Choices,” 11am-1pm, VA-200; Kevin Chin, “Educational Technology and Human Rights, 1-2pm, 2030 MackaySt.; Compassionate Activism Inter-faith Reflection, 2-3pm, 2090 Mackay St.; Mark Kaiser, “Reinventing Fatherhood in the Context of Shared Parenting, 3-4pm, H-773; “Reaching the Hiphop Generation,” 5-9pm, H-769.

• February 15: “Reaching the Hiphop Generation,” 5-9pm, H-769, Reggie’s Bar, 1455 de Maisonneuve West.

• February 16: Alexandre Pirsh, “Reflections from the World Social Forum,” panel, 3-5pm, H-110; Nisha Sajnani, “Playback Theatre: Building Communty Stories,” 4-6pm, VA-200; “Reaching the Hiphop Generation,” H-769, 5-9pm.


MBA students, staff face off in hockey

Can the combined wiles of the Master’s of Business Administration students, including those in the Executive MBA, defeat the sheer grit of the aging warriors on the Concordia staff hockey team?

Come out to the rink at the Loyola campus and find out, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

We hear that there will be free bagels, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of one of the MBA students. There is no charge for admission, but donations from players and spectators will go to the Quebec Easter Seals campaign.