The details of data mining

Krzysztof Dzieciolowski shares his passion for teaching and statistics Krzysztof Dzieciolowski describes himself as a man of two professions, two laptops, two jobs, two locations and two new kittens. However, he’d never want to give any of it up. For the last 24 years, Dzieciolowski has worked in the telecommunications industry and as a part-time…

Spirituality and Sara Terreault

A pilgrimage through the life of a part-time professor As I enter the room where I will be interviewing part-time faculty member Sara Terreault, I can’t help but notice how strikingly different the rooms in the theological studies department look compared to other departments on campus. The paintings on the walls and the many books…

Violence during protests will not get your message across

Whether you’re right-wing or left-wing, violence abuses the value of protests Recently, many people feel there is a lot to protest. Whether you’re on the left and want to protest Trump’s presidency, or on the right and want to protest the anti-Islamophobia M103 motion, there’s been a lot of activism in the air in Montreal….

Laughing at myself with strangers

One Concordian’s experience participating in Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (GRTTWaK) hosted their fifth Montreal show on Nov. 20 at La Sala Rossa. On an elevated stage, with bright lights making it virtually impossible to see the audience before me, I shared childhood writings, from elementary…

Why discontinuing male birth control wasn’t sexist

Examining the prospect of a male contraceptive in a female-dominated market When it was revealed the male participants complained about side effects similar to those of female birth control methods and menstruation in general, many started assuming the medical community had devious sexist motives behind canceling the study. The new method of birth control involved…

Exploring controversial meme art

How comedic memes can spur controversy in our society  Memes have been largely confined to the Internet. Recently, however, memes and Internet culture have been bleeding out into the real world. Mainstream media has been reporting on them and our culture has been affected by them. It’s no secret that many people enjoy memes. They’re…

Art and film in the post-Holocaust era

Hungarian set designer László Rajk spoke at Concordia about his oscar-winning film, Son of Saul Hungarian set designer, architect and activist László Rajk was at Concordia on Friday, Nov. 4  to discuss post-Holocaust art and his film, Son of Saul. Rajk was the production designer for the Oscar-winning film, Son of Saul. The film was controversial in…

Donald J. Trump is my personal choice

A look into the Republican candidate’s policies before next week’s election Bill Clinton’s job approval rating reached 73 per cent, his highest recorded, after his infamous sex scandals and impeachment. Clearly this, and numerous unconfirmed sexual assaults, have not stopped him from being beloved for his policies. Policy is what matters in an election, not…

Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life

Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life (Sire Records, 2016) Regina Spektor’s seventh studio album, Remember Us to Life, is arguably one of the singer’s strongest to date. The album is full of slow, melodic tunes that tell stories reminiscent of Spektor’s previous albums, including Far and What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. However, this new album also…

Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me (Total Treble Music, 2016) Against Me!’s most recent studio album, Shape Shift With Me, is a true-to-form, punk rock album. The loud drums, screaming vocals, and crazy guitars really take the listener back to pre-New Wave Against Me! with its quality instrumentation. However, the album lacks some of the lyrical depth present…

Concordia is not an intellectual “free market”

Why liberal bias on campus hurts freedom of speech Free speech has recently become a contentious topic at The Concordian. Last week, the newspaper published an article titled “Safe spaces: Both useful and necessary,” refuting my previous objections to safe spaces. One of the article’s main arguments, stated that “the increase in safe spaces across university campuses…

Safe spaces hurt our campus and students

Exploring the contentious topic of safer spaces at Concordia Recently, the University of Chicago sent a letter to incoming freshmen informing them that safe spaces and trigger warnings would not be tolerated on campus. The university also said they wouldn’t cancel controversial speakers simply because they were deemed offensive. “Members of our community must have…