Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more often
than you might think!
Clarence S. Bayne, Director of the Graduate Diploma in Administration
and Graduate Diploma in Sport Administration (DIA/DSA), and Ron Ferguson,
Director of the MBA, were interviewed by Global Television on Feb.
26 about the sale of the naming rights of the Molson Centre to Bell for
$5 million per year.
Norman Ravvin (Canadian Jewish Studies) was interviewed on Global
TV on March 6 on the occasion of the launch of Not Quite Mainstream:
Canadian Jewish Short Stories, which he edited. The book was launched
that evening in Montreal with readings by two of the authors represented
in the book, Elaine Kalman Naves and Claire Rothman. The book is published
by Red Deer Press and the Concordia University Institute for Canadian
Françoise Sullivan (Studio Arts) was quoted in The Gazette
when the great painter Jean-Paul Riopelle died recently. She said that
when she announced his death in her class, the francophones knew who he
was, but not the anglophone students.
François-Marc Gagnon (Canadian Art) told the National
Post that he visited Jean-Paul Riopelle in Paris in the 1990s, and
watched him holding court with admirers, talking furiously about car
racing, boxing, hunting everything except art. Gagnon said
Riopelle showed that a great artist should always compete in the
world. He was an example at a time when we were too sheltered.
Larry Prochner (Education) was quoted in The Gazette on
the subject of choices of educational styles. He said that since one philosophy
doesnt suit every child, parents should read up on several methods
and visit several classrooms.
Poet and alumnus Todd Swift wrote an affecting article about his
father, Tom Swift, that was published in the National Post
on March 2. Tom was a recording artist of great promise in the 1960s,
but he also became director of admissions for Sir George Williams University
when he was only 25, and gave up his singing career. His son Todd recounts
how Tom lost the opportunity to record what became Frank Sinatras
megahit My Way. Now retired from his full-time duties in the Office
of the Registrar, Tom is an international recruiter for the John Molson
School of Business.
Gary Kynoch (History) was one of three academics who wrote an essay
for The Toronto Star in January on the Middle East conflict. For
peace to be truly possible, they wrote, Israeli authorities
must confront Jewish settlers with the same determination they display
toward Palestinians, forcing them to withdraw [from the West Bank and
Gaza] into Israel proper. Until they do so, the political violence is
not likely to end.
Steven Appelbaum (Management) is often quoted in The Gazette. One
recent contribution was about bullying bosses; another was on older employees,
who he said are more flexible and show less absenteeism than their younger
colleagues. A third article quoted him on career stability, less important
now than job mobility. Finally, he was quoted in an article in Canadian
Living magazine on spirituality in the workplace, which he said is
another way of talking about corporate social responsibility.
Le Choc du numérique, by Hervé Fischer (Digital
Image/Sound) was favourably reviewed by Frédérique David
in the February issue of University Affairs.
As reported in the Mirror, Masters of Fine Arts alumnus Kevin
El-Ichi deForest will have a solo show at Ottawas Gallery 101
this spring, and will curate a show called Lovesexy at Montreals
Gallery B-312. On the same page, there was a piece about MFA student Diyan
Achjadi, who uses embroidery to subvert notions of femininity and
gentility. She had a show at Articule, has exhibited in New York and Ottawa,
and is working on a Web-related project with Studio XX.
Chengiah Ragaven, who taught sociology at Concordia for more than
a decade, was often in the news then because he was the African National
Congresss representative in Montreal. In 1992, no longer an exile,
he moved back to South Africa. He visited Montreal in December, and The
Gazettes Mark Abley reported that post-apartheid South Africa
hasnt progressed as far or as fast as Ragaven hoped.
Chantal Maillé (Simone de Beauvoir) was interviewed for an
article in Métro, the newspaper distributed in Montreal
Metro stations, about the fact that women are still under-represented
in electoral politics. She was also interviewed by La Presse for
a feature about the iconic power of the singer Madonna, and said approvingly
that she is the embodiment of the third wave of feminism,