Concordia NOW: News

Sci-fi, fantasy, anime and The Rotten Monk: Fantasia marks 12 years at Concordia

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

June 18,2014

What do Edgar Wright and Omar Antonio Iturriaga-Barragan (BFA 14) have in common?

Both are directors whose films were selected to premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. But while many are familiar with Wright and his film The World’s End (2013), Iturriaga-Barragan is a newcomer to the scene.

The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema graduate’s The Rotten Monk (2014) is among the films set to screen at this year’s fest, which will take place from July 17 to August 5.

Iturriaga-Barragan decided to submit his work after winning the Fantasia Award — established in 2013 to celebrate a decade of collaboration between the School of Cinema and the festival — at the school’s 2014 Cinema Awards. …

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The man who located 4,000 pieces of lost Holocaust music

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

May 27, 2014

Francesco Lotoro has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to recovering and performing music that, without his tireless efforts, would be all but lost.

Lotoro’s research has led to the preservation of more than 4,000 pieces composed by men and women in concentration camps during the Second World War, as well as music written by prisoners of war and civilian detainees.

On May 26, at an event co-hosted by Concordia, the Azrieli Foundation and the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre at the John Molson School of Business Building, Lotoro addressed a capacity crowd of 150. He also played several of the recovered piano compositions.

The researcher, musician and musicologist explained that when he first started work on the project, he had no idea that it would become so important, or touch the lives of so many.

“You do not understand your mission at the beginning” he said. “You understand it on the road.”

Read the full story at http://www.concordia.ca/news/cunews/main/stories/2014/05/27/the-man-who-located4000piecesoflostholocaustmusic.html

VICE: News

THE UGANDAN MEDIA IS EXACERBATING ANTI-LGBT VIOLENCE

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

Feb 27 2014

Exposed! So read the headline of Red Pepper, a tabloid in Uganda whose editors saw fit to publish the names of 200 suspected gays. As anti-LGBT tensions in African countries like Nigeria and Uganda intensify, openly gay people are left feeling just that—exposed.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the press has attempted to target and publically out people for associating, supporting or participating in the LGBT community. On February 5, The Nigerian Observer printed the names of 57 people said to be members of the House of Rainbow Fellowship, a Christian organization that reaches out to LGBT communities in Nigeria.

The newspaper advocated that the friends, family and neighbors of the ‘accused’ report them to police where they would be arrested under the crime of homosexuality. By February 6, the online article had been deleted, but arguably, the damage was already done.

Read full story here: http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-ugandan-media-is-exacerbating-anti-lgbt-violence

The Concordian: News

Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Queer Concordia hosts Dr. Alan Shepard
By Marilla Steuter-Martin

Jan. 21, 2014

“The first time I went anywhere as a gay person…it was 1984. I was 22-years-old and I was going to my first meeting at the Lesbian and Gay Student Union at the University of Virginia. I was absolutely terrified.”

At a talk organized by Queer Concordia on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Concordia President Alan Shepard reflected on his experiences being openly gay in life and in academia.

Full story here: http://theconcordian.com/2014/01/queer-concordia-hosts-dr-alan-shepard/

The Concordian: Arts

Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Black box performance — fourth wall not included
By Marilla Steuter-Martin

Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. It is the story of a boy from Neverland who wouldn’t, or couldn’t, grow up. While many are familiar with Peter Pan, or rather they know the 1953 Disney adaptation, this simplified version of the story is a far cry from J.M. Barrie’s original play and the novel that followed.

The McGill Players’ Theatre production of Peter Pan is an homage to Barrie’s narrative and the themes, both dark and light, which are ever-present in this whimsical story.

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Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Justin Trudeau fills D.B. Clarke
Liberal leader speaks on voter apathy, charter of values and environment

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

Feb. 11, 2014

Today in 2014, why is it so important to make sure that your voice is heard in politics? This is the question that Liberal party leader,Justin Trudeau, posed to the 300-plus students who gathered to hear him speak at Concordia’s D.B. Clarke Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The event was organized as part of a campus tour where Trudeau spoke at McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia all in one day.

His message was one of youth voter empowerment, in an attempt to combat the “tremendous amount of cynicism surrounding politics.”

“Getting young people to choose to vote and to get involved isn’t just about getting a few more people who are unlikely to vote for Mr. Harper to the ballot box. That’s just a pleasant bi-product,” he said. “What it really is about is changing the nature of conversations that happen in Ottawa and in government.” …

Full story here: http://theconcordian.com/2014/02/justin-trudeau-fills-d-b-clarke/

The Concordian: Music

Mik Brown finds her voice on her debut album Miss Mik

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

Feb. 4, 2014

In a world plastered with inspirational posters and where pseudo-individuality is broadcast from every Facebook page, it’s refreshing to find someone who legitimately believes in making sacrifices in order to follow their dreams. Mik Brown is such a person.

Brown grew up in a family of academics and graduated from Berkeley University with a degree in cognitive science. With a bright and no doubt lucrative future ahead, she decided to give it up to pursue her passion for music and try to make it big in Los Angeles.

Full story here: http://theconcordian.com/2014/02/mik-brown-finds-her-voice-on-her-debut-album-miss-mik/

The Concordian

The race is on: On your mark, get set, hunt!
Third annual Impossible Montreal sends participants on a scavenger hunt to remember

Marilla Steuter-Martin

November 19th, 2013

“We had to do a video of a smoked meat sandwich singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’,” said Linnea Mulholland. This fourth year Concordia linguistics student doesn’t have a penchant for performing meat; in fact, she is a two-time champion of the Impossible Montreal scavenger hunt. Impossible Montreal is a city-wide scavenger hunt…

Full story here: http://theconcordian.com/2013/11/the-race-is-on-on-your-mark-get-set-hunt/

The Concordian

Two Concordia unions reach agreements-in-principle
Library workers waiting on BoG approval for new contract

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

September 17th, 2013

“The Concordia University Library Employees’ Union (CULEU) and the Concordia University Union of Support Staff – Technical Sector (CUUSS-TS) both reached agreements-in-principle with the university during collective bargaining last week. CULEU and CUSS-TS have been without a collective agreement for more than…”

Full story here: http://theconcordian.com/2013/09/two-concordia-unions-reach-agreements-in-principle/

The Concordian

Concordia digs into deficit
University Board of Governors green-lights a sum of up to $7.5 million

By Marilla Steuter-Martin

January 29th, 2013

“Concordia announced Jan. 23 that it will enter into a deficit of up to $7.5 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year; one of the biggest deficits declared in the university’s history. After the province announced a $124-million slash to university funding across Quebec in December, Concordia administrators were scrambling to find …”