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In a Macleans
article on March 31 explaining Quebecers opposition to the war in
Iraq, Stéphane Paquin (Political Science) was quoted on
his students awareness and involvement in international politics.
My students are mostly foreigners or immigrants, but they all speak
French and English, and are perfectly in sync with those at the other
universities on foreign policy issues, Paquin said.
The Concordia Centre for Advanced Vehicle Engineering (CONCAVE)
was the subject of a feature article in Le Devoir of April 12.
The centre, which is part of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering, improved the low-floor bus model introduced by the MUCTC
in 1994. According to CONCAVEs director, Ion Stiharu, they
also created an index to measure the intensity of vibration the human
body can handle without being harmed.
Political scientist Daniel
Salée (SCPA) was a guest on Radio Canadas La Tribune
du Québec show. He discussed the proposed amendments to the
Indian Act minutes before indigenous leaders protested on Parliament Hill
on April 28.
Marc Gervais, S.J., a long-time film studies professor, was quoted
in a Gazette article on Good Friday about how the Easter weekend
has lost its religious significance. He said that like Italy, Quebec has
relinquished much of its Catholic character. However, the transformation
has been a purifying process in that when traditions and expressions
of devotion fade, the essence may remain.
Jordan Le Bel (Marketing) made the media rounds on May 6 on the
occasion of the opening of the Krispy Kreme doughnut chain in Quebec.
He was also quoted in an article called McCrise in La Presse
of April 14, in which he stated that McDonalds cannot shed its status
as a junk food haven despite the introduction of healthier foods to its
Journalism and communications
student Xania Keane appeared in The Gazettes fashion
pages sporting military fashions with her mother, peace activist Maria
Keane-Lara, on April 22. Keane commented on the contradiction in sewing
peace symbols onto her army pants, which has become a paradoxical fashion
statement among opponents to the war in Iraq.
Gary Johns (Management) was quoted about attitudes towards SARS
in the workplace in the National Post. Johns said that while employees
were once considered suspect and subtly reproached for taking sick days,
the contagiousness of SARS has made staying at home appear considerate
Michel Magnan (Accountancy)
was quoted twice in the March 29 edition of Les Affaires. In response
to a recent survey claiming that two-thirds of Quebecers support the Caisse
de dépôt et placement du Québec, Magnan said that
the results could not be fully accurate as definitions of its mandate
vary. In an article entitled Exit les options, place aux actions
restreintes, Magnan noted that the relative popularity of restricted
stock awards, a form of compensation in which employees receive shares
that they cannot sell until some conditions are met or retirement, will
increase when companies begin expensing regular stock option grants in
co-ordinator of Career and Placement Services (CAPS), was a guest on CBCs
Daybreak on May 9, talking about the volatile job market. While
aerospace engineers may be experiencing a dip in demand, civil engineers
are enjoying a resurgence of popularity.
Harold Chorney (Political Science) participated in a panel discussion
on the demerger of Montreal on Global TVs First News show
on May 6. Chorney has been a municipal candidate.