The search for Concordia’s next president and vice-chancellor is on, and members of the campus community have until Friday, Sept. 16 to fill out a brief survey online and offer their suggestions as to the most suitable person for the job. Concordia has been without a permanent president since the Board of Governors ousted Judith Woodsworth last December. Current president Frederick Lowy is only in office on an interim basis. The survey can be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H7GZVJN.
GSA holds first assembly of the year
The Graduate Students Association held its first general assembly last Friday to discuss some of the most contentious issues at Concordia, including rising international tuition fees and governance troubles. Although the GSA did not manage to gather enough members to reach quorum, the meeting still lasted almost two hours. Faculty, part-time faculty, and staff members were also present, with the president of the Part-Time Faculty Association, Maria Peluso, expressing her concerns over upcoming contract negotiations with the administration.
Phase 2 of escalators project to begin
The replacement of the decades-old escalators at the Hall building continues, with phase 2 set to begin in mid-September. According to a press release from the university, phase 2 will involve the replacement of escalators between the seventh and ninth floors. During this time, construction walls will surround these escalators, but the main floor escalators and staircases will remain accessible. The whole project to replace the Hall building’s notoriously malfunctioning escalators began earlier this year, with plans to have all 17 escalators replaced and one additional escalator added to the main floor by the spring of 2013.
Where did all the French go?
According to a new report from the Office quÃ©bÃ©cois de la langue franÃ§aise, French could be the language of the minority on the Island of Montreal in just 20 years. The report indicates that if current trends continue on the Island, only 47.4 per cent of residents will speak French at home by 2031, compared to 54 per cent in 2006. Over the weekend, Quebec premier Jean Charest pointed to what he called “good news” in the report – the increase in the number of immigrants to the Island of Montreal who speak French. He did not elaborate on the items in the report that were of concern to his government.