March 5,1998


Compiled by Barbara Black

Concordia faculty, staff and alumni pop up in the media more often than you might think!

Diane Brisson (Design Art) makes furniture out of recycled plastic. She turns out lively items with a gumdrop look she calls her Sweet and Sour Collection.
They were described with delight by The Gazette's Annabelle King in an article that was reprinted in the Sault Ste. Marie Star. Concordia graduate Lesley Corte is now a West-Coast designer who makes decorative screens that look like slabs of carved stone, according to Susan Balcom of the Vancouver Tribune.

A full-length article appeared in The Gazette on the friction dampers developed by Avtar Pall as a graduate student in the School for Building. A device for absorbing the shock of earthquakes, they were used in the building of the J.W. McConnell Building, our downtown library complex. Pall now markets the dampers through Pall Dynamics, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Howard Scott won the 1997 Governor-General's Award for a translation of Louky Bersianik's 1976 feminist novel, L'Euguelionne, into The Eugelion (Alter Ego Editions). Scott, who started his translation as a thesis for his MA in Women's Studies back in the early 1980s, was the subject of Bronwyn Chester's first Quebec Scene column in The Gazette's Books section on January 31.

The Gazette's Henry Lehmann gave the Fine Arts faculty show, on view during January in the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, a mixed review. He expressed the hope that future faculty shows might be juried, and thereby elicit the best possible work.

The Gazette's Bill Brownstein featured filmmaker Michael Jarvis in a column. Jarvis, a graduate of the Cinema Department, is making a film about 17th-century navigator Mathieu Da Costa, one of the first free black men to come to North America and an invaluable aide to Samuel de Champlain. Jarvis, who is an 11th- generation Canadian, got the idea from his grandmother, who lives in Nova Scotia. He showed an 18-minute short on the subject at the Cinˇmatheque Quˇbˇcoise to raise money for a full-length feature.

Roger Lemoyne studied film at Concordia, and went on to become a photojournalist. Some of his sombre photos of the carnage in Rwanda, and his thoughts on what he will and will not photograph, were published in The Gazette on January 31.

Another Fine Arts graduate, Andrea Szilasi, was part of a group show at the Circa gallery here, titled Montreal-Calgary. She cuts film into strips and weaves them into a visual tapestry, a daring technique that greatly impressed The Gazette's art critic, Dorota Kozinska.

CTR's story in our December 4 issue about Bill Reimer (History) and his leadership of the New Rural Economy Research Project made the publication University Affairs, photo and all. The project is studying 32 sites across Canada to find out why some are flourishing and others are not.

Emily Paradis, a recent Communication Studies graduate and former coordinator of the Women's Centre, is the producer of a grassroots experiment in television programming at CFCF called Video Montreal. Non-professionals were given video cameras to make their own mini-docs. The Gazette's Bill Brownstein gave the show a good preview.
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