Fellow Concordians, the time to register is upon us. This time of year is never easy, especially not when you're gearing up for finals and slowly getting more and more bitter about the cold (seriously, haven't we been through enough?) Add in the fact that the new registration system has us all scratching our heads, and you've got the formula for a stressful time. Have no fear, though, I got your back.
Read on for Fun Courses You Can Take At Concordia University This Summer 2015.
Alright, real talk, Montreal has a lot of festivals. Igloofest, Jazz Fest, Beer Fest - there's always something right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate that than taking a whole class dedicated to the Montreal festival lifestyle? This class is offered as a special topic in the Fine Arts department, but if it's anything like previous FFAR classes, you know it's going to be awesome.
You like to laugh? You like to learn about important and long-standing social movements? Well, thanks to Concordia's Simone de Beauvoir Institute and Women's Studies department, now you can do both - and get grades for it. Feminism and Comedy is another special topics class, so we don't have a solid description of the course. But I think we can all agree that Tina Fey's Bossypants should totally be required reading.
Okay, who among us hasn't left a gaming session smarter than when we started? Well, me, if I'm being honest. But then again, there is almost no market for knowledge about how to play an ocarina on a Nintendo 64 controller. Luckily for all of us, there's a new course offered by the English department that features video games for their educational value and not how many skulls you can collect.
For the film buff in all of us. The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema offers this class as a way of familiarizing yourself with different genres of film. Of course since movies are very much a reflection of society, you're getting some valuable historical, societal, and artistic lessons in there too. Plus, you know. Movies are fun.
There's a reason why the psychology classes always go first - they're fun as hell, and this one is no different. Ever wonder how mentality is linked to crime, or what psychologists do in a legal context? This class can answer those burning questions and more. It's kind of like the class from ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, except without the plot twists. And with almost no teaching you how to get away with murder.
Are you planning on taking a class this summer? Let me know in the comments below!
Big bucks for the woman McGill students call Big Suze. According to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier rakes in a base salary of $478,901.
But her income doesn't stop there. McGill says she has additional "taxable elements" reaching $382,070 in value. That's a total of $860,971.
In her time as principal, Fortier has seen her base salary increase by almost $90,000. When she ascended to the role in 2013, her contract with the university included a $390,000 base salary, which was subject to annual adjustments. She was also able to receive bonuses worth up to 20% of her salary.
Other benefits in the 2013 contract included five weeks of paid vacation and a club membership paid by the university, in addition to reimbursements for job-related expenses.
McGill's Board of Governors renewed Fortier's contract with almost all the same benefits in 2018.
The 2021 document sent to the Ministry of Higher Education shows Fortier isn't even the highest-paid executive at the university.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean David Eidelman has a base salary of $518,176 plus $361,799 in other taxable benefits, for a total of $879,975.
Concordia President Graham Carr, meanwhile, has a base salary of $424,423 and additional taxable elements totalling $1,706 in value, according to the university's list of its own executives' incomes.
Concordia students have called out a speaker in a First Peoples Studies class who said Cree nation members "suffered less" in the residential school system.
On social media, students and the program director have condemned the content of McGill Professor Emerita Toby Morantz's lecture.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, Morantz defended her record and said that she "was not referring to [the] individual suffering" of residential school victims and survivors.
What are Concordia students and faculty saying?
Terrence Duff was one of the students present at the lecture.
"Yesterday had to walk out of class because we had a guest speaker who tried to convince us that James Bay Cree suffered less from the Residential school and that the Cree benefit from the Residential school and fur trade," Duff wrote in a highly-circulated Facebook post, shared here with permission.
"I spoke up and she down right tried to say I was wrong when I tried to correct her."
Terrence called Morantz's lecture and research "upsetting and discouraging."
Once day after Terrence published the Facebook post, the First People Studies program shared a letter in which program Director Catherine Richardson said Morantz had been "improperly vetted."
She called the McGill professor's statements "ill-informed, racist, hateful and inaccurate" and said Morantz "violated the dignity of the students, with prejudice, stereotyping and historical inaccuracies to advance a hateful perspective."
"I am mortified by the harm that was caused and that people in positions of institutional stature can abuse power so unethically and destructively," Richardson concluded.
Duff appreciated her response and promised further action.
"Her and the department's apology means a lot to me as a University student," Duff wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.
"We will move forward with an official complaint letter concerning Toby Morantz who was our guest lecturer and send it off [to] McGill University. We will not let this go!"
What is Morantz's response?
Morantz told MTL Blog that Richardson "was not in the class, never spoke with [her] and certainly has not read [her] books and articles."
She says that when she claimed James Bay Cree "suffered less" in the residential school system, she was "using suffer in the sense of 'endure'" and referring to changes in government policy.
"When I realized it was a trigger word, I repeated over and over again that I was not referring to individual suffering but to the differences in the school systems."
Morantz expressed a desire for the conversation to return to the history of the residential school program.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310, or visit their website to chat.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-925-4419.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
Concordia neuroscientist Dr. Nadia Chaudhri died on October 5, the university announced Wednesday.
Dr. Chaudhri documented her battle with ovarian cancer on Twitter, where she had over 146,000 followers.
In her final days, the professor used her platform to raise money for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, Concordia said in a statement. The award aims "to support the training of neuroscientists from underrepresented backgrounds and honour Nadia Chaudhri's legacy of academic achievement and mentorship."
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She also shared the details of her symptoms to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
"Nadia was a force of nature," Concordia President Graham Carr said. "She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."
"She enriched us. Our entire community grieves her death and offers deeply heartfelt condolences to her son, Reza, and husband, Moni — whom she lovingly called her Sun and Moon — her family, friends, colleagues and the thousands of supporters to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award who embraced her cause."