Proposed BoG changes don’t sit well with faculty
At a Concordia Board of Governors meeting on Sept. 30, members of the board were offered recommendations on structural changes by the Ad Hoc Governance Review Committee that some faculty members didn’t take to kindly. Lawyer and board member Rita de Santis spoke on behalf of the committee, and suggested multiple changes they felt would make the board more effective, including reducing the number of board members from 40 to 24, and reducing the number of standing committees from 14 to eight. The reduction of board members would also translate into a reduction of faculty members on the board from six (six full-time) to three (two full-time and one part-time), which drew some critical response from those in attendance. One member of the faculty used his comment to point out to de Santis that “the faculty is the heart of the university.”
Water main break closes part of CC building
All morning classes on the first floor of the Loyola campus’ Central building were cancelled on Monday after a water main break. According to one campus security worker, a 24-inch crack in the water main led to flooding in the building. The problem could not be fully fixed during the morning, causing afternoon and evening classes in the same location to be relocated as a result of the flood.
QPIRG McGill alleges electronic, physical attack
McGill University’s branch of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group has been at the centre of two apparent attacks in recent weeks, the McGill Daily reported. Last Tuesday, the QPIRG’s website was hacked and their homepage changed, possibly in connection of an ongoing campaign from certain McGill organizations, like Conservative McGill, encouraging students to opt out of the research group’s fee-levy. A week earlier, members of the opt-out campaign clashed with members of QPIRG in the hallway, when the latter alleges that one of their board members was grabbed and prevented from leaving by former Conservative McGill president Jess Weiser. The confrontation apparently occurred after members of QPIRG removed fliers and posters from the opt-out campaign’s table.
ConU students promote MTL in NYC = Tremblay serves poutine
Four business students from Concordia got a chance to illustrate their marketing prowess, grasp on social media and city pride when they were selected to create an advertisement campaign promoting Montreal’s trade mission to New York City, the Gazette reported. During New York’s ad week last week, the campaign was put into action through a few stunts, including a Cirque du Soleil performance and Mayor GÃ©rald Tremblay serving poutine at a Montreal-sponsored party. The ad campaign was originally assigned as class work last May, but the board of the Association of Quebec Advertising Agencies were apparently extremely impressed with the students’ submission and advanced understanding of social media, and put them in charge of the project.