Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the
media more often than you might think!
Steven Appelbaum (Management) was quoted in The Globe and Mail
by Susan Pinker in the context of job interviews. He teaches a course
in interviewing, and conducts simulated interviews in which the candidate
is asked to execute a job-related task on the spot, such as writing a
press release or analyzing a case study.
Harold Chorney (Political Science), who has been a candidate for
office himself, was heard on CJADs The World Today commenting
on the possibility of provincial elections taking place on a Sunday. In
the October 18 broadcast, he also said that pictures on ballots would
encourage people who do not follow politics closely to vote, and that
physically attractive candidates would benefit. Chorney also participated
in a panel discussion on the decline of the sovereignty debate in Quebec
on CBC Radio on Nov. 5.
Movie critic Bill Brownstein profiled music instructor Craig Morrisons
offbeat teaching style in The Gazette of Nov. 9. Brownstein attended
Morrisons Rolling Stones 101 class at Zekes art gallery, where
the professor played little-known Stones tunes and students debated what
constitutes a Stones hit.
Peter Downie (Journalism) was praised for his efforts to instill
social activism in his broadcast journalism students in The Gazette
of Oct. 18. Next semester, Downies students will produce documentaries
on a charitable organization in Montreal and then donate them to the organization
for publicity purposes. I tell students that if they hope to change
the world, theyll be at it for 12 hours before sinking into despair,
Downie told journalist Mike Boone. Hoping to change one persons
mind is a more manageable goal.
Le Devoir profiled prolific art historian François-Marc
Gagnon, director of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute
for Studies in Canadian Art on Nov. 2. Gagnon was praised for his contributions
to Quebec culture. Le milieu artistique [ici] nest jamais
soumis; il est très politisé et conscient quil faut
changer l art pour changer la société, Gagnon
told Le Devoir.
Michel Magnan (Accounting) could consider giving up his day job
for a spot at The Gazette. Business writer Jay Bryan quoted Magnan
in two articles alongside a photograph of the professor on Nov. 9. In
the first, Magnan predicted that the recent stock market meltdown could
hurt corporate earnings if the market does not recover quickly. In a second
article on the vulnerability of pension plans that are funded by companies
investments, Magnan said that Canadian firms contribute less to pension
funds than U.S. companies.
Terry Byrnes, chair of the English Department, defended Yann Martel
against allegations of plagiarism in The Gazette of Nov. 8. Martel
admits that he used the premise but no more than that of
a Brazilian novel for his own novel, Life of Pi, winner of the Man Booker
Prize last month. Byrnes argued that what counts is the way the
sensibility interprets the situation, not the situation itself.
Guy Lachapelle (Political Science), in an essay published in
Le Devoir on Nov. 5, criticized sovereignty activists for blaming
the Parti Québécois exclusively for the weakness of the
separatist movement in Quebec. Le monopole du discours souverainiste
nappartient pas seulement au premier minister, aux ministres ou
députés, he wrote. Il appartient à tous
ceux et celles qui souhaitent ardemment que le gouvernement du Québec
soit le seul gouvernement à gérer nos impôts.
He added that it is the responsibility of Quebecs civil society
to rally for sovereignty.
The Globe and Mail referred to a paper by James McIntosh
(Economics) in an article on the financial advantages of bank mergers
on Oct. 30. It supported the view that mergers that were disallowed by
the Liberal government in the 90s were a fundamental growth strategy.
The mergers would have led to slightly lower prices and, consequently,
an increase in consumer welfare, McIntoshs paper concluded.
Kudos to Cinema graduate Kim Nguyen, whose newly released feature
film, Le Marais, received a rave review from Luc Perreault of La
Presse on Nov. 2. Perreault praised Nguyens fable about rare
creatures living in a mythological Eastern Europe as being highly original
and reminiscent of Chagall and Kafka.
Concordias John Molson School of Business is drawing attention for
tackling business ethics in its MBA curriculum in light of the recent
Enron and WorldCom scandals. Martin Felsky, who teaches a videoconferencing
course entitled Law, Ethics and Corporate Finance in the Age of Enron,
told The Globe and Mail on Oct. 28 that students need to
understand the context in which theyll be operating, both legally
and ethically. So we go behind the headlines to ask, What are the issues