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by Jacques Gallant March 8, 2011
City in Brief

Dean Sharma

JMSB dean is leaving

Sanjay Sharma, dean of the John Molson School of Business, will be taking up a new position on July 1 as dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Sharma told the Gazette last week that his departure is unrelated to the controversy over the resignation of former Concordia president Judith Woodsworth. According to the Burlington Free Press, Sharma’s salary will be $320,000 US ($311,397 CDN) annually, compared to his current salary of $240,170 at JMSB. The newspaper indicated that Sharma will become the second highest paid official at UVM behind its president, who makes $322,000 US. A committee will soon be put in place to begin searching for Sharma’s successor. The president of the Commerce and Administration Students’ Association could not be reached for comment.

 

ASFA OK with MASSA

Members of the Math and Statistics Students’ Association voted overwhelmingly last week to accredit MASSA, making it the student association that officially represents them. Aaron Green, president of the Arts and Science Federation of Associations, was pleased with the vote, saying that MASSA will continue to be represented by ASFA at the faculty level until the association decides to seek its own independent fee-levy. Green plans to begin the dialogue with MASSA as soon as possible, hoping to organize a meeting between ASFA’s executive-elect and MASSA’s executive-elect in the coming days.

 

Bad, McGill, bad

Education minister Line Beauchamp told Le Devoir last week that she is ready to get tough on McGill for increasing the tuition for its MBA program without government consent. The minister has requested a list of students registered in the program, which would serve as a tool to calculate financial penalties for the university. The Liberal government has been threatening to punish McGill since it announced in 2009 that it would increase tuition for the two-year program from $2,000 a year to $29,500 a year.

 

Chez Mom

Word has leaked out about the past of a reservations-only restaurant in Contrecoeur. The South Shore establishment’s dirty little secret is its location, which is in a house that once belonged to the incarcerated head of the Quebec wing of the Hells Angels, Maurice ‘’Mom’’ Boucher. Now, it has been turned into La Tablée du Coteau, a restaurant managed by a Longueil couple who bought the two-storey house from Boucher’s son in Oct. 2009. Although the pair tried to be discreet about the house’s past, its connection to Mom Boucher was leaked to L’Actualité and is featured in its March 15 issue. Among the restaurant’s furnishings include the long antique pine table  where Boucher conducted his business, as well as the chair from which he presided over meetings.

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