Compiled by Barbara Black
Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up
in the media more often than you might think!
Charles Reiss (CMLL) was the studio guest on a recent call-in show on CBC's Radio Noon. Callers were asked how important they considered grammar, and the phone lines were jammed. Reiss, a linguist, said that while there's nothing inherently wrong with, say, double negatives ("Some other languages require them"), standards are an element of business and social acceptance. He recommends making grammatical standards clear, rather than ridiculing the rule-breakers.
Alumna and columnist Josey Vogels has published more pensées on sex and relationships. A lengthy excerpt from Dating: A Survival Guide from the Frontlines (Raincoast) was presented in The Globe and Mail, and Montreal's Véhicule Books, run by Simon Dardick (English) and Nancy Marrelli (Archives) has published More Tales From My Messy Bedroom. A substantial profile of Vogels also appeared in The Gazette this week, written by Susan Schwartz.
Greg Nielsen (Centre for Broadcasting Studies) appeared on CBF-AM's Montréal Express, talking about his comparative study on Air Farce and Bye-Bye, among other Canadian satirical shows.
Graeme Decarie (History) was interviewed on CKMI-TV about activist Pierre Vallières, who died just before Christmas.
Bakr Ibrahim (Management) spoke to Stephanie Whittaker for her weekly Gazette column on careers. An expert on small and family businesses, he said that many founders are so emotionally attached to their creations that they are reluctant to consider succession. He has found that one-third of family businesses close after their owners retire, and only 13 per cent continue into the third generation.
Chancellor Eric Molson spoke to the Montreal Board of Trade on February 2 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. He encouraged graduates to stay in Montreal, and decried cutbacks to university funding and the longstanding freeze on tuition fees. His talk was reported in the National Post and local newspapers.
Liberal Arts student Robin McKenna, daughter of Brian, and Alexandre Trudeau, son of Pierre, are among the young television journalists who will be contributing to Culture Shock/Culture-Choc, a CBC Newsworld/RDI program. You can see it Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.
William Taylor (Management) was part of CBC Newswatch's weekly business panel last month, talking about the relatively serene North American reaction to the euro. Lorne Switzer (Finance) was on CFCF's Montreal Today to talk about the same subject. Pierre Brunet (Management) was on Newswatch's business panel more recently, talking about the new craze for trading stocks on the Internet.
Anna Woodrow (Sociology and Anthropology) told CFCF's Montreal Today audience that about 40 per cent of people who make New Year's resolutions keep them for at least two months. They generally want to look better, make more money and have more friends.
Susan Palmer (Religion) told CBC Daybreak listeners that the approaching turn of the millennium will bring out doomsday cults and apocalyptic visions.
David Howes (Sociology and Anthropology) was one of the guests on the regional TV program Les Règles du jeu (Télé-QC) talking about how children aged eight to 12 influence their parents' choices of consumer goods and services.