Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more
often than you might think!
Even when he was manager (until earlier this year) of the Oscar Peterson
Concert Hall, Neil Schwartzman was well known around Concordia
as a ferocious opponent of spam, or unwanted e-mail, and he has helped
IITS clean out the universitys in-boxes. Hes still doing it,
according to a Gazette column by alumnus Andy Riga. In fact,
the peppery Schwartzman is embroiled in an online spat with a spammer
that has been reported in Wired News, Good Morning Silicon Valley,
Slashdot and Newsbytes. Schwartzmans own site has had
2.4 million hits over 20 days, Riga reported, and one surfer even wrote
a one-act play about it, called Spamlet.
Daniel Salée (SCPA) was among those interviewed by The
Gazette about Bill C-36, Canadas anti-terrorism law. Philip
Authier quoted him as saying he was surprised at the ease with which Canadians
flushed away their own rights. There is a lot of blindness owing
to Sept. 11. People say it can hurt us but it will not affect us because
we are not terrorists. People dont see themselves that way.
Mike Gasher (Journalism) and Bill Buxton (Communication
Studies) fired off a letter to The Gazette protesting Southams
imposition of national editorials on the local paper. David Gobby
(Rectors Cabinet) had a protest letter on the same page, on Dec.
8. Gasher was the studio guest on CBCs Radio Noon, which
received blistering phone calls from listeners about this issue, and Enn
Raudsepp, chair of Journalism, was on CBCs The National,
taking the owners of Southam to task for their heavy-handedness.
Lillian Robinson, principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute,
was one of those invited to comment on a CBC Radio Noon phone-in
on the subject of gay marriage.
Marc Lalonde (Religion) was interviewed by CBC Radio as part of
an item about empty churches in Montreal. He said that the trend away
from conventional Christian observance is likely to continue.
Mick Carney (Management) continues to be a leading expert on the
volatile airline industry, and has been widely interviewed in recent weeks.
Henry Habib, emeritus professor of political science, was interviewed
on the CTV national news about the fragility of the Wests alliance
Lawrence Kryzanowski (Finance) was interviewed on CBC Newsworlds
business report about Rona hardwares plans for expansion.
Rosemarie Schade (History) was asked by CFCF Pulse News to
comment on Indigo Books owner Heather Reismans decision not to sell
Hitlers Mein Kampf.
Frederick Krantz, history professor and vice-principal of the Liberal
Arts College, wrote an essay published in The Gazette on Dec. 17
in which he discussed the forces of nihilistic violence ranged
against the state of Israel and the United States. Among other things,
he said, Despite his support from the social-democratic left in
Europe (itself a sad tale of political and moral hypocrisy), [Yasser]
Arafat, too, is a fascist.
Colleen Bronson, coordinator of the career centre at the John Molson
School of Business, was quoted in Stephanie Whittakers Saturday
column in The Gazette on the subject of career journals, a move
she recommends to ambitious students.
Mike Gasher (Journalism) was quoted in an article by The Gazettes
Mark Abley on Dec. 13 about the cops-and-robbers flavour of
some current war coverage. Gasher said that journalism students are encouraged
put a human face on news stories, but U.S. coverage has been
simplistic. Its not as if killing bin Laden would solve anything,
let alone resolve terrorism. Journalism chair Enn Raudsepp
added that the stark good-vs.-evil approach serves President George Bushs
right-wing agenda by making a dubious leader seem strong.
The Glengarry News reports that Bill Gilsdorf (Communication
Studies, retired) and his wife Susan Joiner are going to Thailand to work
as volunteers. Weve gotten so much, Gilsdorf told the
community newspaper. Now we want to give back. They will travel
for six months, starting with Japan, then to China, and then northern
Thailand. They will visit, and possibly work in, a drug rehabilitation
center and an orphanage, and then tour Eastern Europe and Central Europe.
Joan Acland and François-Marc Gagnon (Art History)
were interviewed on CBC Radios Home Run on December 14 about
the first book published by Concordias Institute for Canadian Art
History. Called First Nations Artists in Canada, it is a biographical
and bibliographical guide for scholars, covering the years 1960 to 1989.