faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more often than
you might think!
Taiaiake Alfred, who was known as Gerald Alfred when he taught
political science at Concordia in the 1990s, is now director of the indigenous
governance program at the University of Victoria, in B.C. His recent book,
Peace, Power, Righteousness, raised a few eyebrows, according to
the Times-Colonist. Alfred, a former U.S. Marine from Kahnawake
with a PhD from Cornell, is a strong advocate of native self-government,
which he sees as parallel, equal co-existence. He believes
that through traditional values, aboriginal people can resist assimilation
and reclaim their full dignity. While aggression would be strategically
foolish for such a small minority, he doesnt rule out using arms
Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté (ENCS/Native Access to Engineering)
was interviewed for an article in the current issue of University Affairs
about efforts to increase aboriginal enrolment in engineering and science
programs. She said that of 45,000 engineering students across Canada,
only about 140 are aboriginal; statistics indicate that fewer than one
per cent of native students are in science-related programs.
Lillian Robinson (Simone de Beauvoir) appeared on Réalités
on Radio Centre-ville, and on a program on CIBL, Lueurs despoir.
The principal of Concordias womens studies college is an outspoken
advocate for the state of Palestine.
Clarence Bayne (DIA/DSA, Decision Sciences) teaches forecasting
as well as economics in the health-care, arts and culture sectors. He
was quoted in an article on baby boomers and fitness that was picked up
by a number of papers, including the Edmonton Journal. As
education has increased, he said, the population has become
aware of preventative medicine. Were living longer, and are relatively
healthier and have developed ways of maintaining our health, so the need
for leisure services will grow.
Alex Sharma (TESL/Education) was interviewed by the Gazette
and quoted in an article on Afghanistan and Islam in Southeast Asian politics
in the papers review section. He told alumnus Ray Beauchemin
that Afghanistan is in many ways not a country. It is a gathering
of tribes that have fought for centuries.
Sandra DSylva (Public Relations), who handles requests from
filmmakers, was interviewed for a lively article in University Affairs
about movie shoots on university campuses. She noted that although these
film shoots bring in revenue for scholarships, not all are accepted. One
that was firmly nixed: Satans School for Girls, for which
the filmmakers wanted use of the Loyola Chapel.
An intriguing vignette by journalism student Eilis Quinn on the
mood in Moscow after a series of apartment bombings was published by the
Gazette as an example of how people behave after a big public disaster.
Quinn had spent time in Russia as an exchange student, and wrote the piece
last year for the course Sheila Arnopoulos gives at Lonergan College
on cultural interaction.
Loïc Tassé (Political Science) and François-Philippe
Dubé, from UQAM, wrote an essay in La Presse in which they
examined the way Sept. 11 economic security issues changed the agenda
of APEC, the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation, which met in Shanghai
One-named artist Evergon, who teaches photography at Concordia,
was profiled recently by La Presse about his pioneering use of
the giant Polaroid, in the wake of that companys collapse. He told
the reporter that he likes the way the medium permits instant feedback
from his subjects. Among the subjects of his most recent work is his mother,
Margaret Lunt, 82, who posed nude. Evergon rents a giant Polaroid camera
in Boston for $2,500 for several days work. He had several works
on view in the World Trade Centre when it collapsed on Sept. 11.
Harold Simpkins (Management) was on a panel on Global television,
discussing cybersquatting. This practice makes life difficult
for small business, because the squatters make people pay to get their
own domain name. Others on the panel were business people with experience
of the phenomenon.
Mrugank Thakor (Marketing) was interviewed by the Canadian Press
about Air Canadas new name for its no-frills passenger service,
Tango. Offhand, its got a South American flavour to it, a
holiday flavour, he said hopefully. Then you look at the product,
and its flying mainly between Canadian cities.
Mick Carney (Management) has been interviewed a lot lately about
the woes of the worlds airlines. He was on CBC Daybreak recently
when Swissair actually stopped operations for a brief period. He was also
interviewed this week on CBC national TV news about hardship at Canada