Students Engage in Vaudevillian Racism
A group of white students painted in blackface offended onlookers in a misguided frosh event this past Wednesday at Université de Montréal. “I was very surprised that in 2011 we still see this kind of thing going on in a city as diverse, in a university as diverse as the University of Montreal,” said Fo Niemi, the executive director of the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations.
New Executives Get Ratified in Brief General Meeting
Executives of the Fine Arts Student Alliance can now lay claim to their job titles, as a near-unanimous vote resulted in the ratification of April’s election results at a special general meeting on Sept. 13.
Peace Garden Honours Shooting Victim
Attendees gathered around the new ecological peace garden, which was inaugurated on the west lawn of the campus as part of the events. What started with a single flowering almond tree, planted in memory of Anastasia De Sousa—the one student who died in the shooting—turned into a garden with over 8,000 plants.
Banned Author Finally Gives Reading
The Concordia Student Union courted controversy this year when planning Orientation events. Author and activist David Bernans was invited by the CSU to speak and read from his historical fiction novel North of 9/11. The book, which was originally published in 2006, was being launched as an e-book.
The Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra Discuss Religion in the Post-9/11 World
Wearing his trademark flowing saffron and scarlet robe and a matching visor to block out the bright stage lights, the Dalai Lama spoke of how religion can be a source of peace during the second Global Conference on World’s Religions After September 11.
Cabbies Feel Crunch as City Infrastructure Crumbles
The roads are safe—according to Jean Charest. Among those who aren’t so sure, however, are those who spend more time driving them than anyone else: the city’s taxi drivers. Montreal’s crumbling infrastructure and the construction aiming to fix it have combined to result in the clogging of several major traffic arteries across town.
Communists Rally Downtown
This past Sunday, Sept. 11, an anti-imperialist demonstration stormed the streets of downtown Montreal. Beginning outside the Atwater Metro station, the red-flag-toting, scarf-wearing activists prepared their sharpie-covered signs that read “REAL terrorism = Imperialism.” After a few short motivating words screamed through a megaphone, the group began their march down Ste. Catherine St., waving their flags, chanting, “Fuck the police,” and “Occupation is a crime.”
Students Evacuate Building
An accidental fire alarm disrupted studies and flooded the streets with Concordians on Sept. 12. Students were evacuated from the Hall Building of Concordia’s Sir George Williams campus at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
Concordia’s Highest Academic Body Discusses Governance
As expected, when the Concordia Senate held its first meeting of the academic year last Friday, the hot topic was the major report on governance reform issued this past June.The Senate moved to endorse the spirit and recommendations of the report in their entirety, and to create a joint committee with the Board of Governors to study how implementing the changes can be done.
Conference Examines Post-9/11 Democracy
“Though we are not immune to the threat of terrorism, our society is vigilant and resilient. Canada will stand firm with our allies, defending and protecting our democratic values—freedom, human rights and the rule of the law—in the hope of a more secure and peaceful world.”