Fringe views alarming
It was extremely distressing to read the fine piece by Christopher Curtis (Vol.30, Iss.25, March 9) concerning the unbelievable attitudes of bigotry and prejudice voiced by a few extremists and fanatics against certain minority cultural groups in Quebec, especially the week after the anti-Israeli group garnered so much publicity.
It is especially obscene that the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which is named after the individual that baptized Jesus and stood for the highest humanitarian and ethical values possible, should sponsor beliefs so contrary to the Saint.
On a happier note, it was great to see one of Concordia’s leading journalists Matthew Brett contributing again. Although we can all agree that anyone who solves the perennial difficulties with the escalators in the Hall Building deserves at least a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Physics, it was actually a week that all of us can be extremely proud of for our university.
The Volunteers in Action organizers of the Women’s Week did exemplary work from having a Nobel prize winner talk to our campus to showing one of the most powerful documentaries concerning the rape-torture of women, to having Michael Kaufman (one of the founders of the campaign to stop violence against women) talk to us, to having Gabreilla Szabo, a premier educator for healthy sexuality, inform us. This alone would put our university on world class standing.
In addition we had the Art Matters week where some of the finest artists in the world from our most distinguished fine arts school exhibited their works in all their genius, creativity and beauty.
When we read that Concordia University is one of the most innovative on this planet we can justly be proud that there is substance to that claim.
—David S. Rovins,