Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.16

May 19, 2005


Names in the News

Alumnus and noted filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour (Fine Arts, 1999) told host Bernard St. Laurent on CBC’s Home Run that he’s moving to the United Arab Emirates because Immigration Canada is so slow. Kaabour made the documentary Osama, which was shown on national television and won a number of international awards. Because of the delay in processing his immigration application, he had to pass up a recent opportunity to screen his film at Harvard.

André Gagnon (Career and Placement Services) was quoted in a Gazette article titled “Graduates' great expectations.” Gagnon said students who think society owes them a job are wrong. One way of developing employability is to engage in extracurricular activities while still in school.

Thomas Waugh (Cinema) was interviewed for an article in La Presse on Inside Deep Throat, a documentary about the revolutionary porno film. Waugh remarked that media attention and support from celebrities legitimized Deep Throat and made it a success. "When I show the film to my students, they don't see it as offensive," Waugh said.

Joyce Millar, who earned her PhD at Concordia, is curator of the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe Claire. Her recent show there, called Les Dames, won a rave review in The Gazette from critic Henry Lehmann. It presented works by some of the 20th century’s outstanding artists, all of them of women they knew.

A production of Brahm and the Angel by Geordie Theatre Productions, directed by Harry Standjofski (Theatre) and mounted in the D.B. Clarke Theatre, got a rave review from The Gazette’s Kathryn Greenaway.

A large nude photo of his mother by Evergon (Studio Arts) appeared on the front page of the weekend arts section of the Globe and Mail on May 7, the eve of Mother’s Day. The accompanying article is about the support Margaret Lunt gave her son, whose original name was Albert Lunt XI. The arresting portraits are part of a show at the Edward Day Gallery, on Queen St. W., in Toronto.

Danielle Morin was interviewed by Louise DesChâtelet on the show À votre service on the community channel VOX as one of the finalists for the Women's Y Women of Merit Award, which she later won. She was also interviewed by The Gazette about Concordia's Code of Conduct in the context of the English-speaking nurse who was asked to redo her French proficiency exam because she showed too marked an improvement.

A photo of Jean Brisebois, Director of Security, was on the cover of the April issue of Canadian Security magazine. The accompanying article talks about his nearly 40 years in public and private law enforcement, his extensive part-time studies, and his responsibilities as enforcer of Concordia’s zero tolerance for violence and intimidation. Brisebois also apeared in the pages of Les Affaires, in an article about steps taken to curb theft at Concordia..

Also in the April issue of Canadian Security, there was an article about Andrew McAusland (Executive Director, IITS), in which he described the specialized surveillance cameras used at the university. McAusland was also featured in the magazine Direction Informatique in a series on the implementation of information technology in schools. He said the digitalization of students' applications alow processing up to 75 per cent faster, and the university can provide a response within days of receiving an application.

In Les Affaires, under the headline “L'Université Concordia prend ses décisions plus rapidement,” Aaron Brauer (Academic Technology) is quoted on the same subject. See full article for an interview with Aaron Brauer.