IN THE NEWS
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
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
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.