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THURSDAY REPORT 


VOL. 19 


Designing a better rose with DNA 
technology and the Seagram Fund 


Flower power 





BY BINDU MATHUR 





en Patrick Gulick and Ragai 
Ibrahim see a red rose, they 
think of recombinant DNA technol- 
ogy. Both Concordia Biology profes- 
sors, they have been awarded a 
$40,000 grant from the Seagram 
Fund for Academic Innovation to 
develop a new type of rose. 

But just because they're using the 
latest in genetic technology doesn’t 
mean that they're not sentimental. 

“If you offer our chalcone-based 
yellow rose to your girlfriend, she 
will cover you with kisses because 
she has never seen such a beautiful, 
sunny, vivid yellow colour before,” 
promised Ibrahim. 

A phytochemist and enzymolo- 
gist, Ibrahim is working with Gulick, 
a molecular geneticist, and another 
colleague at the University of Lyon 


FALL CONVOCATION 


Former prime minister Joe Clark 
and Bank of Montreal chairman 
and CEO Matthew Barrett will be 
presented with honorary doctorates 
at Concordia’s Fall Convocation, to 
be held on Wednesday, November 9, 
at 2 p.m. in the Salle Wilfrid- 
Pelletier of Place-des-Arts. 


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Language Institute 


Students come from all over the 
world to learn English in this busy 
unit of Continuing Education. 


Page 2 


Industrial 
Engineering 
The Faculty of Engineering and 
Computer Science is acting to help 


students affected by the non- 
accreditation of the programme. 


Page 5 


Sports Medicine 
Clinic 
There's a flourishing clinic on 


campus that trains students as it 
heals Montrealers’ aches and pains. 


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in France, to create a rose that has 
the superior qualities of a red rose, 
but with a vibrant yellow colour. 

“What happens with a yellow rose 
is that when it’s exposed to light, it 
turns paler because of the breakdown 
of its carotene-based pigments. In 
nature, it’s not really a disadvantage, 
but for commercial purposes, if you 
had a rose whose brilliant yellow was 
stable, you'd have an attractive prod- 
uct,” explained Gulick. 


Plan to isolate gene 

Unlike yellow roses, which occur 
naturally, other roses get their pig- 
ment from a compound called chal- 
cone, which starts a cascade of 
reactions leading to colours such as 
salmon or red. This compound also 
dictates other qualities, making red 
roses healthier, with a longer vase 
life. What Gulick and Ibrahim plan 
to do is isolate one of the genes that 


OCTOBER 27, 1994 


PHOTO: JONAS PAPAURELIS 


produces the red colour in chalcone- 
based roses and reverse its orienta- 
tion to prevent the red pigment from 
being produced. The result should 
be a product that is identical to a red 
rose — only yellow. 

This same process, called recom- 
binant DNA technology, was used 


Biology Professors Patrick Gulick and Ragai brahim contemplate the object of their research. 


in the United States to produce the 
“flavr-savr” tomato which came onto 
the market this summer. This toma- 
to was engineered to ripen in flavour 
without becoming as soft as regular 
tomatoes. Gulick and Ibrahim point 
out that the idea of being able to iso- 
late and manipulate one particular 


History student will investigate U.S. policy in Ethiopia 


Kissi gets Rockefeller grant 
to study famine 


BY PHIL MOSCOVITCH 





| 5 sete 1950 and 1990, Ethiopi- 
ans suffered through one famine 
after another. Edward Kissi, a doc- 
toral student in Concordia’s History 
Department, thinks many of those 
famines — and the suffering they 
caused — were preventable. 

Kissi, a 33-year-old native of 
Ghana, is studying U.S. foreign poli- 
cy and the politics of famine in 
Ethiopia from 1950 to 1990. He has 
spent the last three months in 
Washington, D.C., conducting 
research at the National Archives. 
In mid-November, Kissi will leave 
for Ethiopia, where he will spend the 
year studying the causes of famine 
with the help of a $19,700 (U.S.) 
grant from the U.S.-based Rocke- 
feller Foundation. 

“T am trying to determine which 
famines were caused by nature, and 
T’m also trying to locate the famines 
caused by man-made factors like war 
— whether areas were starved into 
submission,” Kissi said. He noted 
that while some famines may have 
been caused deliberately, others were 
the result of misguided policies, such 


as providing increased credit and 
inorganic fertilizers to farmers who 
needed other forms of support 
instead. “Famines may have occurred 
because the agricultural problems of 
the state were wrongly perceived by 
the government,” he said. 

One of the issues Kissi will study 
in Ethiopia is the causes of such poor 
communication between peasant 
farmers and the government. 

Efforts to alleviate some of the 
famines Kissi is examining may just 
have exacerbated them. He said that 
when famine relief was distributed 
according to political allegiance, peo- 
ple in some parts of the country 
wound up suffering even more. 

Although 40 years of frequent 
famine have left some observers 
thinking that scarcity of food is 
endemic to the country, that’s simply 
not true. Before the 1950s, Kissi 
said, Ethiopia had great agricultural 
potential; it was considered the 
breadbasket of the region. 

Before coming to Concordia in 
1991, Kissi completed a BA in Clas- 
sics at the University of Ghana. 
After teaching there for two years, 
he received a fellowship to study his- 


Edward Kissi 


tory at Wilfrid Laurier University in 
Waterloo. He held a Concordia Fel- 
lowship last year. 

Once his doctoral work is done, 
Kissi hopes to return to his native 
land, where he has already been 
offered a job by the University of 
Ghana. “Obviously, I will be glad to 
be back home assisting in develop- 
ment efforts. I am very optimistic we 
can turn things around in Africa. 

The Rockefeller Foundation, 
which funds doctoral students from 
sub-Saharan Africa, places a high 
priority on supporting research in a 


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characteristic of a plant has incredi- 
bly widespread applications. If we 
can genetically transform plants to 
bring out a certain colour or flavour, 
we could also create healthier vegeta- 
bles or develop a plant with certain 
medicinal qualities. 

See Rose, p. 6 





number of fields related to develop- 
ment — but history is not one of 
them. 

“That makes the award they gave 
me very significant,” Kissi said. His- 
tory Professor Frank Chalk, his dis- 
sertation supervisor, agreed. “We 
worked very hard to show the rele- 
vance of Edward’s research to solving 
the problems of development in sub- 
Saharan Africa,” he said. 

The Rockefeller Foundation will 
provide funds for Chalk to visit Kissi 
in Ethiopia, in order to be brought 
up to date on Kissi’s research. 0 


Language Institute has global appeal 





BY RACHEL ALKALLAY 


— Language Institute is 
alive and well and a growing 
part of the University. 

The Language Institute is a major 
component, both in enrolment and 
revenue, of the Centre for Continu- 
ing Education, with nearly 3,000 
students taking courses every year. 
The expanding Intensive English 
Language Programme, which oper- 
ates courses year-round, uses offices 
both at the Continuing Education 
Building (in the old Victoria School 
on de Maisonneuve Blvd.) and in the 
Henry F. Hall Building. 

Gwynn Cherrier, the cheerful, 
outgoing administrator of the Insti- 
tute, has overseen the programme’s 
spectacular growth since her arrival 
in 1975. 

Cherrier and Richard Diubaldo, 
Director of the Centre, regularly trav- 
el on scouting missions around the 
world. Canadian embassies and 
Québec House have been helpful in 
spreading news of the Institute, 
though many are attracted to the pro- 


gramme by word of mouth by former 
students. “One of the Institute’s goals 
is to retain students at Concordia 
after they finish their language train- 
ing,” said Diubaldo. Many students 
have already been accepted into a pro- 
gramme at the university level, but 
must pass the language requirement 
to begin studies. 

Open-door policy 

Cherrier arranges for a “home- 
stay,” accommodation with a local 
English-speaking family, which 
improves a student’s English. 
Cherrier’s cheerful open-door policy 
— students regularly walk in with 
questions, woes and worries — helps 
to ease acclimatisation. 

“We learn an awful lot from the 
students,” said Cherrier. She has 
never encountered any major 
problems between students, who 
come from Japan, Brazil, Egypt, 
Korea, Israel, Libya and 54 other 
countries. 

Homesickness can be a factor, but 
the Institute organizes weekend 
social events, and encourages stu- 


dents to join cultural associations. 
No one is left out if Cherrier has a 
say about it. 

The programme is internationally 
known for its excellent teaching. 
Though courses are not for universi- 
ty credit, many foreign students con- 
sider it the best way to acquire or 
improve language skills for university 
entrance. All international students 
must pass a language competency 
exam to gain entry to any North 
American post-secondary institution. 

The intensive 24-hour-per-week 
courses, taken in 10-week blocks 
during the semester or two five-week 
blocks during the summer, appeal to 
professionals and non-professionals 
as well as students, though the mean 
age ranges from 18 to 25. Francoph- 
one Quebecers as well as foreign stu- 
dents take part. Seven levels of 
instruction are offered; students are 
tested and placed at the appropriate 
level, and certificates of proficiency 
are awarded upon successful comple- 
tion of each level. 

University of Hong Kong student 
Chung Oi Lai spent the past sum- 


Conference looks at 
Innis— holistically 


BY KAREN HERLAND 


his year marks the centenary of 
the birth of Harold Innis, the 
pioneer communications expert and 
political economist. Concordia 
marked the occasion under Home- 
coming balloons, hosting a confer- 
ence from October 13 to 15 to 
celebrate his work and ideas. 
“Harold Innis and Intellectual 
Practice for the New Century: Inter- 


disciplinary and Critical Studies” . 


attracted more than 125 people from 
across Canada to participate in pan- 
els and lectures. James Carey’s 
keynote address alone drew an audi- 
ence of nearly 300. Carey is Profes- 
sor in the Graduate School of 
Journalism at Columbia University 
in New York. 

Communication Studies Professor 
William Buxton organized the con- 
ference, along with Charles Acland 
of the University of Calgary. 

“We were trying to generate new 
debates by juxtaposing different 
issues,” Buxton said. “People tend to 
view early Innis and late Innis as dif- 
ferent people. We wanted to bring 
people from the two areas together 
to look at Innis holistically.” 

Innis dealt with issues of econom- 
ic theory and nationalism in his early 
work, and concentrated on commu- 
nications later in his career. Daniel 
Drache, one of the conference pre- 
senters and the executive director of 
the Harold Innis Centenary Cele- 
bration steering committee, wrote 
this about how those themes have 
particular resonance now: “Money 


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and information [are] two of the 
universal commodities of the 21st 
century.” 

Organizers concentrated on invit- 
ing Canadians to the conference to 
honour one of our own. Nearly a 
third of the almost 40 speakers at the 
conference have ties to Concordia, 
either as PhD graduates or faculty. 
“A lot of people from the joint doc- 
toral programme have an interest in 
Innis. Concordia is strong in this 
respect. It’s probably the best place 
in the country for this sort of focus,” 
said Buxton. Related events included 
a programme of Canadian short 
films exploring themes in Innis’s 
work curated by Buxton’s colleague, 
Professor Rick Hancox. 


Joint PhD programme 

The event was sponsored by the 
joint PhD programme in Communi- 
cation (which includes the Université 
de Montréal, the Université du 
Québec 4 Montréal and Concordia), 
the Social Sciences and Humanities 
Research Council of Canada as well 
as other national foundations. 
Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Sci- 
ence, the School of Graduate Stud- 
ies, the School of Community and 
Public Affairs and Buxton’s depart- 
ment also contributed to the event. 

Buxton says he was impressed 
with the quality of papers. Some 
concentrated specifically on Innis’s 
work. In keeping with the forward- 
looking tone of the conference, many 
speakers chose to apply his ideas to 
current trends in politics and com- 
munications, some of which even 
Innis could not have foreseen. As 


University of Sudbury Philosophy 
Professor Vincent di Norcia put it, 
“I wish to compliment Innis by tak- 
ing his theory seriously, and not 
treating it as a museum piece.” 

Care was taken in the organiza- 
tion of the conference to group 
papers by theme and to avoid simul- 
taneous panels. “The papers meshed 
quite well, so that people could be 
stimulated by ideas and the focus 
would not be fragmented by a lot of 
coming and going,” said Buxton. 

The conference and Innis’s ideas 
will be given a place on the informa- 
tion superhighway. A book based on 
revised versions of the papers will be 
published by McGill-Queen’s Uni- 
versity Press in about a year. MA 
students in Media Studies collected 
papers and short interviews with 
many of the participants to be pre- 
sented along with the book on CD- 
ROM. This is only the second 
attempt to capture a conference in 
this way. As well, CBC Radio’s Ideas 
will present “The Legacy of Harold 
Innis,” a three-part series based in 
part on the conference, starting on 
December 6. 

Concordia professors figured 
prominently at the conference. 
Communication Studies Professors 
Bill Buxton, Rick Hancox, Kim 
Sawchuk, Maurice Charland and 
Ray Charron all took part, as well as 
Arts and Science Dean Gail 
Valaskakis, and Professors Margie 
Mendell and Daniel Salée of the 
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mer in Montréal. She won the third 
English Language scholarship jointly 
sponsored by the Institute, Canadian 
Airlines International and the 
Québec government. Her return air- 
line ticket was provided by Canadi- 
an, while the Institute covered 
accommodation, tuition fees, books 
and medical insurance. 

Chung Oi Lai, who won over 100 
fellow students at the University of 
Hong Kong, felt that “it takes a while 
to get accustomed to Canadian habits, 
particularly challenging authority in 
class,” but has adjusted well and would 








like to visit Montréal again. 

Institute teachers are certified as 
teachers of English as a second lan- 
guage and use a variety of classroom 
techniques. Team teaching and the 
communicative approach, which 
encourage informal conversation, are 
the most highly favoured methods, 
and classes are kept small to promote 
participation. The Institute also 
operates a non-intensive French pro- 
gramme. 

The Language Institute is located at 
1822 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, and 
the telephone number is 848-3600. 9 





Chung Oi Lai enjoyed her summer here, thanks to a scholarship from the 
Institute, Canadian Airlines and the Québec government. 


U.S. scholar wants to see teaching redefined 


Eugene Rice speaks here 


ne of North America’s leading experts in university teaching, R. Eugene 
Rice, will speak.here on November 3. The title of his talk is “Connecting 
Faculty Priorities and Institutional Purposes: Rethinking What it Means to be a 


Scholar.” 


Rice is scholar-in-residence and director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and 
Rewards at the American Association for Higher Education. Until recently, he 
was Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty at Antioch College, where he 
continues to be Professor of Sociology and Religion. Before that, he was at 
the Carnegie Foundation at Princeton University, as a senior fellow engaged in 
a U.S. study of changing faculty priorities, a topic on which he has published 


extensively. 


in an article called “The New American Scholar” published in Metropolitan 
Universities (Spring 1991), Rice writes that “the majority of faculty in today's 
colleges and universities are wrestling with a conception of scholarship that 
is much too narrow and singularly inappropriate for the rich diversity — the 
educational mosaic — that has become the hallmark of American higher edu- 
cation.” He deplores what he sees as “a hierarchical conception of scholarly 
excellence that is tied to the advancement of research and defined in zero- 
sum terms,” and pits research directly against other scholarly responsibilities. 
Rice's talk will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in the Alumni Audi-_ 
torium (Room 110) of the Henry F. Hall Building. It will be followed by reactions — 
_ from Interim Rector Charles Bertrand and Education Professor William Knitter, 
; president of the Concordia University Faculty Association. The talk is being _ 
sponsored by the Learning Development Office, the School of Graduate Stud- 
ies, and the Seagram Fund for Academic Innovation’s TA Training project. 


BB 


Saturday morning art classes teach children and teachers 


Art for the younger set 





BY ESME TERRY 





hildren as young as four have 

just begun eight weeks of art 
lessons in the Visual Arts Building, 
which usually houses much older 
students. 

The classes are designed as much 
for the teachers as the pupils. The 
children are in the hands of third- 
year undergraduates working toward 
a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major 
or a specialization in Art Education. 

And the student teachers love it; 
their enthusiasm for the children is 
immense. One said, “I feel like we've 
adopted them.” Working in pairs, 
they are divided into eight groups 
based on the age of the children, and 
must conduct their classes according 
to a plan which will evolve through- 
out the semester. The teaching 
methods emphasize exploration and 
imagination. 

One student, Miriam Azoulay, 
working with her partner, chose a 
gypsy theme for her four- and five- 
year-olds, on the premise that dra- 
matic storytelling is an important 
component of a well-integrated art 
education programme. 

She said after the first class, “We 
didn’t fit everything in this week that 


we wanted to, but it’s just a case of 
readjusting our time plan. It’s better 
to have too much prepared than not 
enough.” 

The course goes back 20 years, 
although this is the first year for Pro- 
fessor Miriam Cooley. After teach- 
ing in Winnipeg for 14 years, she 
came to Montréal in 1987 and is 
currently working on her PhD. 


Registration still open 

Some of the classes are not quite 
full. “There’s still a shortage of chil- 
dren in the 11-to-14 age group,” 
Cooley said. “Groups of one or two 
children are too intimate. But we 
can’t join two smaller classes togeth- 
er, because combining the students’ 
plans would be difficult.” However, 
registration is still open, and she is 
hopeful that more children will be 
signed up. 

The students generate much of 
their own publicity, and many clients 
are attracted by word of mouth. One 
boy has been coming to the classes 
for 10 years. 

The Department of Art Educa- 
tion is also considering setting up a 
class to help parents relate to their 
children’s art education. 

Many of the student teachers will 
go on to complete a one-year diplo- 


Janet Laurie with some of her young art students. 


CIAC publishes 
book - 


‘Yoncordia’s Centre for Interna- 
(tional Academic Co-operation 
has published the lectures given in 
its 1991-92 series with the support of 
_the Canadian International Develop- 
mentAgency (CIDA). 
The book Democracy, The 


Environment and Human Rights in 


the Developing World: The New 
internationalism includes essays on 
democracy and human rights by 


CoONCORDIA’S THURSDAY REPORT 


Asma Jahangir, a human rights 
activist and lawyer from Pakistan; 
Michel Dupuy, a foreign policy 
expert and former CIDA president; — 
Michael F. Czerny, S.J., who has 
worked on human rights issues in El 
Salvador and is now based at Jesuit 
headquarters in Rome; Julio Prado — 


Vallejo, an Ecuadorian law profes- _ 


sor and former foreign minister, and 
Mohammad Adnan Al-Bakhit, presi- 
dent of al-Bayt University in Jordan. 


CIAC Director Bruce Mabley con- _ 
tributed an essay on the environ- _ 


ma in Art Education after their 
BFA, which will enable them to 
teach in the school system, and 
includes a lengthy apprenticeship in 
the elementary and secondary 
schools. “This is a competitive field, 
as the number of specialist art teach- 
ers in secondary schools is being 
eroded.” Others will choose to teach 
art to seniors, youth groups and in 
public programmes. Some students 
may even set up their own private 
courses, while others will move into 
art therapy. 

Next semester they will get more 
experience, in another eight-week 
course.which sends them out to 
teach in the community among 
seniors and other art enthusiasts out- 
side the school system. 


Saturday Art Workshops for children 
four to 18 years old are conducted over a 
year divided into two sessions, from 
October 15 to December 3 and from 
February 11 to April 1. There 1s a spe- 
cial rate for faculty parents, and an 
open house takes place at the end of each 
session. For more information, call 
Miriam Cooley at 848-4646, or visit 
VA 209-1. 9 





ment and, in the book's introduction, 
a plea for Concordia and Canada in 
general to intensify their commit- 
ment to international cultural 
and educational exchange. The 
foreword is by now Human 
Resources Minister Lloyd Axworthy, _ 
who has spoken at the University. 
Mabley and International Pro- 
gramme Officer Marie Berryman 
organized the lectures and assem- 
bled them for publication. They are 
now working on a collection of 
essays inFrench. —BB 


COMPILED BY BARBARA BLACK 


This column welcomes the submissions of all Concordia faculty and 
staff to promote and encourage individual and group activities in 
teaching and research, and to encourage work-related achievements. 


Thomas Kemple (Sociology and Anthropology) led a workshop on Sui- 
cide and Self-Determination for the Algonquin communities of Win- 
neway and Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Témiscaming, in July. 


Claude Hébert, who works in the Library and studies Mathematics, is 
programme co-ordinator for Canada’s national weight-lifting team and 
was the team’s head coach at the Commonwealth Games. The team 
did remarkably well, winning 10 medals, nine bronze and one silver. 
Hébert was the personal coach of three of the competitors, including a 
multiple medal winner. 


Arthur Kroker (Political Science) delivered a keynote address earlier 
this month in Germany at the Media Arts Centre, University of 
Cologne, where he discussed the ethical implications of virtual reality. 
While in Cologne, he was interviewed by German, Belgian and Dutch 
magazines and newspapers. Kroker’s latest book, Data Trash: The The- 
ory of the Virtual Class, has been published by St. Martin's Press (New 
York). 


Catherine Bolton (Classics) has an article, “The Isolating Effect of Sola 
in Heroides X,” published in Phoenix (48, Spring 1994). She presented 
another paper, “Husbands and Wives in the Heroides," at the Classical 
Association of Canada’s Learneds’ Conference in Calgary in June, and 
gave a lecture at the Université de Montréal in March, called “Ovide 
contre les stéréotypes: Pénélope et Didon dans les Héroides." 


Lionel Sanders (Classics) delivered a paper, “The Sicilian Ecursus in 
Theopompos’ Philippica,” at the Classical Association of Canada’s 
Learned Societies conference in Calgary in June. His colleague 
Andrew Sherwood gave a paper at the Classical Association of Cana- 
da West's meeting in Vancouver in March titled “Apollo, Perithoos, or 
?” and spoke on “Iconography: A Case of Limitations and Confusion,” 
at the CAC Learneds’ Conference in Calgary. 


Diana Pedersen (History) organized a panel on Teaching Public History 
at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Calgary 
in June, where she presented a paper on. “Real History for the Real 
World’: Integrating Public History into the Undergraduate History Cur- 
riculum.” On’ October 15, she presented “Constructing Female Adoles- 
‘cence: Canadian YWCA Girls’ Workers, Religious Education. and the 
New ‘Girl Psychology,’ 1909-1921" to the biennial conference of the 
Canadian History of Education Association in St. John’s, Nfld. 


Helen McCaffrey, who used to work as a Capital Gifts Officer in the 
University Advancement Office, has joined McGill University’s Capital 
Campaign staff. Hugh Brodie, until recently a Co-ordinator at 
Concordia’s Institute for Co-operative Education, has also moved 
to McGill, as a Development Officer responsible for the Faculties of 
Dentistry and Education. Brodie worked previously as Assistant to the 
Rector. 


Eileen Preston (Classics) chaired a colloquium, “Classical Studies in 
Canada — A Survey of Achievements and Prospects,” at the 10th Con- 
gress of the International Federation of the Societies of Classical Stud- 
ies (FIEC), which took place at Université Laval in August. She was a 
member of the organizing committee for the congress. 


Robert Tittler (History) served last month as external examiner for a 
PhD thesis at Queen's University. He has been re-elected director of 
the London Goodenough Association of Canada, an education and char- 
itable trust. Tittler organized the programme for the annual meeting in 
Boston of the Northeast Conference on British Studies, for which he is 
vice-president, and has published “Money-Lending in the West Mid- 
lands: The Financial Activities of Joyce Jefferies, 1638-49,” in the Octo- 
ber issue of Historical Research. 


Donna White (CRDH Psychology) gave a talk in September as part of 
the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Year of the Family on child care 
needs of Canadian families. She also presented a talk called “Ethical 
Dilemmas in clinical psychology” at the hospital’s Psychology Depart- 
ment Colloquia Series on September 12. 


Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences and M.|.S) has accepted an invita- 
tion to join the International Advisory Board of the /nternational Journal 
of Operations and Quantitative Management (|\JOOM). He currently 
serves on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of 
Operations and Production Management and the international editorial 
board of Production Planning and Control. 





OcTOBER 27, 1994 





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Ethics code not PR ploy: Bird 


| am writing in response to a 
recent article in Concordia’s Thurs- 
day Report [October 6] written by 
Donna Varrica and reporting on a 
meeting of the Arts and Science 
Faculty Council which discussed 
the proposed University Code of 
Ethics. This article contained fac- 
tual errors as well as statements 
of opinions to which | would like 
to respond. 

(1) This proposed code of ethics 
was not developed in the wake of 
the several inquiry reports 
released last spring. It had its 
beginnings almost two and a half 
years ago in a preliminary code 
drafted by the Senate Research 
Committee. This initial draft was 
later augmented and amended by 
the University Legal Counsel, 
Bram Freedman, who at the same 
time reviewed the code of ethics 
of several dozen other universities 
in Canada. Our committee began 
its work in October a year ago and 
met almost weekly until the end 
of June in order to draft the kind 
of code that would be fitting for 
our university. We twice solicited 
the views of all members of the 
University, held open hearings, 
met with all the Faculty councils, 
we met with representative of full- 
time and part-time faculty associa- 
tions, as well as several staff 
associations and student associa- 
tions, individual faculty, adminis- 
trators and staff. We drafted it 
seven times. 

(2) Federal funding agencies 
require that we have in place 
guidelines related to research as 
well as to conflicts of interest. 
Although we have guidelines on 
conduct for full-time faculty, we 
lack such guidelines for senior 
administration and in some areas 
for students and staff. We have 
few guidelines for dealing with 
what the proposed code refers to 
as questionable practices. 

(3) This code was not developed 
as a public relations ploy, but by a 
committee of seven representing 
students, faculty, staff and admin- 
istration, which worked on its own. 

(4) We assumed that ethics was 
everybody's business, took a col- 
legial approach, and did not think 
that ethical issues would be 
somehow more responsibly han- 
dled just by more effective man- 
agement. 

(5) Our committee worked hard 
to write a code that supplemented 
and did not contravene any of the 
collective agreements with the var- 
ious faculty and staff associations. 
We consulted at length especially 
with CUFA, and felt that these con- 
sultations were beneficial. 

(6) We tried to find ways of dis- 
tinguishing between inside and 
outside activities, strike a balance 
between being detailed and identi- 


4 OcTosBerR 27, 1994 


fying guiding principles, and 
expand what was already found in 
the full-time faculty collective 
agreement. 

(7) Codes of ethics do not make 
people more ethical. Nor is their 
objective to police bad behaviour, 
although this must remain one of 
their goals. Primarily, codes are 
meant to articulate the fundamen- 
tal convictions which guide us as 
University members. They are 
meant to reduce confusion. and 
promote informed debate. 


Frederick B. Bird 
Religion Department 
Chair, Ethics Task Force 


Donna Varrica replies: 

The article to which Professor Bird 
refers was Strictly a report about 
what was said at the Arts and Sci- 
ence Faculty Council meeting of 
23 September. 


Rider will provide service, 
guaranteed price protection 


In the September 29,1994 issue 
of CTR, Dr. R.W. Guy expressed 
concerns about The Rider Travel 
Group Inc. being chosen as the 
exclusive travel agency for all Uni- 
versity travel. 

The decision by our University 
to go with one travel agency for 
corporate travel was expressly to 
insure that all possible savings are 
generated and the highest quality 
of service is provided to both fac- 
ulty members and staff. The deci- 
sion is also in keeping with the 
University’s commitment to 
tighter financial control of all its 
operations. 

The selection process in choos- 
ing The Rider Travel Group Inc. 
was long and arduous. A commit- 
tee of academic and administra- 
tive staff from across the 
University was formed to review 
the University’s travel require- 
ments. Both Purchasing Services 
and Treasury Departments were 
involved in setting up the criteria 
for requesting proposals from 17 
travel agencies. Detailed evalua- 
tion criteria were then agreed 
upon by the committee to evalu- 
ate both the agencies and their 
respective proposals. 

After a short list was estab- 
lished, extensive discussions took 
place with agency representatives 
to review their staffing and facili- 
ties. During these meetings, the 
committee carefully evaluated the 
level of service being offered, as 
well as the financial advantages 
that each agency could offer the 
University. 

The final choice of a new part- 
nership with The Rider Travel 
Group. Inc. will provide the Univer- 
sity with a combination of high 
service levels, quality assurance 


and guaranteed price protection. 

a) The Rider Travel Group has 
guaranteed the lowest travel 
arrangement rates as published by 
the Airline Computer Reservation 
System. This is the recognized indi- 
cator of competitive rates offered 
by accredited travel agencies. 

b) The Rider Travel group will 
reimburse Concordia University 
the difference of the fare and/or 
rates charged if the University 
demonstrates that a fare and/or 
rates are lower elsewhere (com- 
paring the identical itinerary, time 
of booking and mode of payment). 

c) The Rider Travel Group will 
extend the benefits mentioned 
above to all employees, students 
and alumni for their leisure travel. 

Should anyone require further 
information about how to take 
advantage of our new travel 
arrangements, do not hesitate to 
call me at local 4919. 


Rod Parsons 
Treasury Department, 
Accounting Services 


Last-minute bookings go to 
the end of the line: Vroom 


If Professor Anthony Hilton is 
going to throw cold water on 
other university activities [see Let- 
ters, CTR, October 20], he might 
get his facts straight. Homecom- 
ing did, in fact, start the same day 
that [Sinn Fein president] Gerry 
Adams spoke — with one perfor- 
mance by the Concordia Theatre 
Department of Anne of Green 
Gables in the 380-seat D.B. Clarke 
Theatre. | hardly think Mr. Adams 
would have been happy speaking 
from the Avonlea forest that had 
been installed for the show. 

If the remaining university audi- 
toriums were being used by other 
departments, so be it. Space is 
extremely limited on our two cam- 
puses, and bookings, by necessi- 
ty, must be made well ahead. 
Concordia was very busy the 
weekend of October 13-16 with 
Open House, Homecoming and 
the Communication Studies’ 
Harold Innis conference, all of 
which had been scheduled 
months in advance. 

Homecoming is an annual event 
that attracts thousands of alumni 
and friends back to the University 
over a three-day period. It is not a 
question of hogging all available 
venues on campus, but rather of 
planning and organizing events 
well in advance and using Univer- 
sity space wisely. 


Ann Vroom 
Director, Alumni Affairs 


CONCORDIA’S THURSDAY REPORT 


Commerce and Administration Faculty Council 


Feedback survey discussed again 


BARBARA BLACK 


ommerce and Administration 

Faculty Council met on Friday, 
October 21 to try to resolve an 
impasse over a “feedback survey” 
commissioned by Council. While 
the atmosphere was “earnest and 
thoughtful,” according to one 
observer, a resolution was passed 
without the endorsement of the Fac- 
ulty’s senior administration. 

The resolution affirms the full 
responsibility of Faculty Council 
for the survey, and says that corre- 
spondence to individual faculty 
members by the Vice-Rector 
Academic should be removed from 
their personnel files. 

Interim Vice-Rector Academic 
Robert Parker had asked the mem- 
bers of the sub-committee in charge 
of the survey to turn the materials 
over to his office, after Dean 
Christopher Ross objected to the 


Obituary 


The Concordia communi- 
ty was shocked and sad- 
dened to learn of the death 
in a car crash last weekend 
of Heather Walker, academ- 
ic advisor in the Faculty 
of Fine Arts, and her 17- 
year-old daughter Erin. 
Funeral services will be held 
this afternoon at 1 p.m. The 
offices of the Faculty will be 
closed as of noon tdday to 
allow faculty, staff and stu- 
dents to attend the funeral. 
Signature books are set up 
in the lobby of the VA Build- 
ing for members of the com- 
munity to send their 
condolences to the family. 

Our deepest sympathies 
are extended to Heather's 
husband, Clifford, her son 
Lucas, her parents, sisters, 
the rest of her family and 
friends. 





way the survey was being conducted. 
They have so far declined to do so. 

The resolution also called for the 
survey materials to be held by “a des- 
ignated third party” (a notary or 
lawyer), and not released without the 
approval of Faculty Council. 

The body would like a “general 
survey of Faculty attitudes and 
views,” to be conducted at least every 
two years. “The survey will focus on 
Faculty-level issues, such as culture, 
climate, strategy,” the resolution 
says. “It will not focus on the evalua- 
tion of any individual’s performance. 
. . . Additionally, a separate process 
of systematic ‘upward appraisal’ of 
key administrators will be imple- 
mented and conducted, at least every 
two years.” 

Twenty-three members of Coun- 
cil voted in favour of the resolution; 
five were opposed, and there was one 
abstention. @ 









: “CONG ORDIA'S . Se os 
_ Concordia’s Thursday Report 
2 ony ee 








No dearth of applicants for Concordia jobs 


Searches under way 
for five top slots 





By KEN WHITTINGHAM 





ore than 40 people are in the 

running for the Rector’s job at 
Concordia, and another 30 or 40 
have applied or have been nominated 
for the position of Vice-Rector, Aca- 
demic. 

The advisory search committee for 
Rector is sifting through its list of 
candidates, and interviews will likely 
begin towards the end of November. 
The deadline for nominations was 
October 15. 

It is not known when the new 
Rector will assume office, but the 
person chosen will play a major role 
in selecting the new Vice-Rector 
Academic and the Vice-Rector 
Institutional Relations and Finance. 
The Rector’s slot will be filled first, 
to ensure that she or he can provide 
input during the appointment 
process for the other two posts. 

Board of Governors Chairman 
Reginald Groome also confirmed 
last week that consideration is being 
given to dividing the portfolio of the 
Vice-Rector Institutional Relations 
and Finance. 

Groome told the governors on 
Wednesday that the Board’s execu- 
tive committee feels that 
“Concordia’s chief financial officer 
should be an [appointed] employee 
of the University, not a searched 
position.” 

He said that the first order of 
business for the advisory search com- 
mittee struck to fill that slot will be 
to recommend for or against the wis- 
dom of such a move. The committee 
is chaired by Interim Rector Charles 
Bertrand. 

Work is also continuing to find 
new deans in the Faculties of Com- 
merce and Administration and 
Engineering and Computer Science. 
Neither of the incumbents, Christo- 
pher Ross and Donat Taddeo, are 


seeking reappointment. Bertrand has 
also said he will not seek appoint- 
ment as Rector. 

The Engineering and Computer 
Science search committee has held 
two meetings to date; another is 
scheduled today. The Commerce 
and Administration search commit- 
tee has scheduled a half-dozen meet- 
ings before the end of December. It, 
too, will soon begin screening appli- 
cations. As of last week, about 25 
names had been received. 

Consultants are also hard at work 
“beating the bushes” to find candi- 
dates for all five openings. 

In separate reports to the gover- 
nors, Eileen Mcllwaine, the advisory 
search committee chair for the post 
of Vice-Rector, Academic, said that 
they are considering how best to 
meet the spirit of new appointment 
procedures which call for community 
consultation in the selection process. 

In the case of deans, the assump- 
tion is that public consultation 
essentially means within the Faculty. 
For other searched positions, consul- 
tations will have to be more wide- 
spread. 

In response to questions from the 
governors, Groome and Mcllwaine 
said that a candidate for Rector 
could also apply for the post of Vice- 
Rector, Academic. The profiles of 
both jobs are very different, they 
said, but “it is possible” that someone 
could be considered for both 
positions. 

A suggestion was also made that 
the terms of Concordia’s new man- 
agement team be staggered so that 
the University would not have to 
undergo five or more simultaneous 
searches five years from now. 

The next meetings for the adviso- 
ry search committee for Vice-Rector 
Academic will take place November 
1 and 14. The advisory search com- 
mittee for Rector is meeting today. % 


Alumni Recognition Awards 
ee for nominations is November 18 


All graduates and members of the University community are invited to nominate 
candidates for the Alumni Recognition Awards, sponsored by the Concordia Uni- 
versity Alumni Association. The Alumni Recognition Awards, nowin their fifth 
year, willbe presented ata special banquet on January 26, 1995. Hereare the criteria: 


Award of Merit The most prestigious award, given to an alumnus/a who has made a life 
time contribution of exceptional leadership and service to the Assocation, University 


and community. 


Distinguished Service Award: Awarded to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated a long- 
term commitment of outstanding service to the Association and University. 

Honorary Life Membership: Awarded to a non-graduate who has demonstrated a long- 

term commitment of outstanding service to the Assocation and 

— Qutstanding Student Award: Awarded toa student who has demonstrated leadership 


“qualities, while contributing to student life. 
in : Awarded to:a member of Concordia’ teaching 
staf who shows superior knowledge, teaching ability an acces to students. 


Alumni Award for Excellence in Te 





: Noination must be accompanied by the nominees’ curriculum vitae and a nomination — 
form. More information is available from Gabrielle Korn at -3817. The oe for 


nominations ache November 18. 


Graduate students honoured at ceremony 


PHOTO: JONAS PAPAURELIS 





More than 200 graduate students shared more than $700,000 in scholarship funds this year. Winners were 
presented with certificates last week at a ceremony October 20 in the J.A. DeSeve Cinema. 

Here, Tracey Shuffler, left, and Anne Vivian-Scott, both students in the MBA programme, receive the Bank of 
Montreal Pauline Vanier MBA Fellowship, presented by Michel Ouellet, Manager of the Personal and 
Independent Business Division at the Bank of Montreal. 


Woodrow 
named Director 


John Woodrow takes over next 
week as Director of Computing Ser- 
vices. He replaces Jack Fearnley, who 
is leaving Concordia next Tuesday 


(November 1) at the end of his five-year 
contract. 

Woodrow’ currently heads 
Concordia’s Department of Information 
Systems Planning. He will continue in 
that role in addition to his new duties. 

The Director of Computing Services 
is one of four managerial posts at 


CEAB to be invited back in February 
Faculty moving swiftly to reinforce 
Industrial Engineering Programme 


BY LAURIE ZACK 


he Faculty of Engineering and 

Computer Science is moving 
quickly to address the issues raised by 
the Canadian Engineering Accredi- 
tation Board (CEAB) in its recent 
decision not to grant accreditation to 
Mechanical Engineering’s fledgling 
Industrial Engineering programme. 

The CEAB had identified four 
problem areas in its evaluation of the 
programme: the lack of a firm indus- 
trial identity, lack of laboratories, 
inadequate full-time faculty for the 
programme and a lack of leadership. 

In a document presented by the 
undergraduate studies curriculum 
committee of Faculty Council and 
approved by Council last Friday, the 
programme is being enhanced to rein- 
force the industrial core, which the 
CEAB said was too influenced by its 
Mechanical Engineering roots. Sever- 
al course changes are being imple- 
mented, including the addition of four 
new Industrial Engineering courses. 

The University has committed 
itself to finding 400 square metres of 
space for three more labs. 

Although the CEAB found that 
the programme met the required 
minimum of four full-time faculty, it 
was deemed insufficient given the 
other weaknesses identified, especial- 
ly the lack of leadership. The Faculty 
has placed advertisements for a fifth 


CoNCORDIA’S THURSDAY REPORT 


faculty member, hoping to add a 
full-time professor to the pro- 
gramme by June. 

To address the lack of leadership, 
Mechanical Engineering Professor 
Akif A. Bulgak has been named co- 
ordinator of the programme. He will 
be working closely with Mechanical 
Engineering chair Van Suong Hoa. 

The funds to equip the labs and to 
enhance Industrial Engineering will 
come from the Mechanical 
Engineering capital budget, unfilled 
positions in the Department, and 
from the Office of the Dean’s capital 
budget. 


Support from Commerce 
and Administration 

To further reinforce the teaching 
component, four faculty members of 
Commerce and Administration’s 
Decision Sciences programme, at the 
initiative of Decision Sciences 
and MIS Professor Suresh Goyal, 
have offered their support. All four 
have engineering background and 
experience in industry, and one is 
specialized in advanced industrial 
engineering. 

The changes in the Programme 
now must be ratified by Senate. 

“The entire Faculty pulled togeth- 
er on this one, and we are confident 
that the CEAB will be impressed 
when they come back,” said Dean 


Donat Taddeo. 


Concordia which are held on a contract 
basis. The others are the Registrar, the 
Treasurer, and the Director of Universi- 
ty Advancement. 

As a result of the usual review con- 
ducted every five years for these posts, 
it was mutually agreed that Fearnley’s 
contract would not be renewed. - KJW 


Seven students are expected to 
graduate from the Industrial Engi- 
neering programme in June 1995. 
Their cases were reviewed to ensure 
that they can handle the heavier 
course load of the the enhanced pro- 
gramme. 


Committee struck 

A committee composed of stu- 
dents and administrators has been 
established to review each student’s 
case on an individual basis. 

The members are third- and 
fourth-year students Binh Nguyen, 
Alain Ackad and Marlon Cam- 
bridge; an advocate representing the 
students, John Relton; Alan 
Hochstein, Associate Vice-Rector 
Academic (Curriculum and Plan- 
ning); Donald Boisvert, Associate 
Vice-Rector, Services (Student Life); 
Garry Milton, executive assistant to 
the Rector, and Doug Hamblin, 
Associate Dean for Student Affairs 
for the Faculty. 

The committee will undertake a 
case-by-case study of each student’s 
circumstances, assist students with 
academic or administrative difficul- 
ties, and recommend to the Office of 
the Rector how each case should be 
handled. 

By mid-November, all the stu- 
dents affected should be in a position 
to decide how they will proceed with 
their careers. 9 


OcToBER 27, 1994 5 


JAS PAPAURELIS 
STE 








Lynn Bertuglia 


U.S. engineer says not to neglect the non-technical side of success 


Building a better 
communicator 


BY LIZ WARWICK 


ame the top three skills an engineer needs 

to succeed at work. If clear writing, effec- 
tive public speaking and active listening are not 
on the list, think again. 

According to engineer Lynn Bertuglia, the 
ability to communicate may determine who 
gets the top job. “You can always find people 
with good technical skills,” she said. “Commu- 
nicators are much more rare.” 

Bertuglia, a project manager at the American 
company Black & Veatch, Engineers & Archi- 
tects, made two presentations, one on Thurs- 
day about communications skills for engineers, 
and the other on Friday morning about helping 
women break the “glass ceiling.” The talks 
were sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering 
and Computer Science and the Visiting Lec- 
turers Committee, and she was invited here by 
Professor Corinne Jetté (Advisor to the Dean, 
Equity and Communications Affairs). 

Before an audience of more than 100 Engi- 
neering students and professors last Thursday 
afternoon, Bertuglia discussed nine factors that 
influence hiring decisions at engineering firms, 
including technical skills, judgment, leadership 
and the ability to work in teams. 

Communication, “the ability to analyze the 
audience and convey information with clarity 
and effectiveness,” is critical to job success. 
Bertuglia urged students to hone their writing 
and speaking skills while at university. And 
reading a lot is the best way to learn to write. 

“I don’t mean just reading calculus books,” 
she said. “Read essays and news reports from 
reputable magazines. Be critical as you read. 
Ask yourself, Did I enjoy that? How would I 
fommunicate that information?” Bertuglia also 
suggested that students practise their public- 
speaking skills through school presentations. 
“Don’t just try to communicate information,” 





Their research project, formally titled “Cre- 


ation of a Chalcone-based Yellow Rose,” is 
currently at the stage of isolating the gene that 





6 OcTOBER 27, 1994 


she said. “Try to communicate information 
effectively.” Students might also join Toast- 
masters, an international organization devoted 
to developing public speaking skills. 

An important part of communicating is lis- 
tening. “You should spend 50 per cent of any 
conversation listening to the other person.” Pay 
attention to non-verbal signals as well, particu- 
larly the tone and pace of someone’s speech. 

Bertuglia urged women engineers especially 
to be very specific when delegating work or 
asking for help. Too often, women fail to com- 
municate the urgency of a task and are sur- 
prised when co-workers fail to follow through 
quickly on a request, Bertuglia said. 

The problems facing women engineers in a 
field still dominated by white men was the 
theme of Bertuglia’s second presentation on 
Friday morning. She shared the results of a 
survey sponsored by the National Society of 
Professional Engineers which examined men’s 
attitudes toward women in engineering. 

While respondents said men and wémen 
had the same abilities, they also stated that 
women were less willing than single men to 
work overtime, were less direct in their delega- 
tion of work, and were more likely to follow 
their husbands’ careers than vice versa. Atti- 
tudes like this, said Bertuglia, keep women 
from advancing. And those negative attitudes 
may account for an exodus that happens when 
women engineers reach their mid-30s. Dissat- 
isfied with their job prospects, many women 
leave engineering. “We're losing people who 
should be in the prime of their careers,” said 
Bertuglia. 

To fight the attrition, Bertuglia urged male 
managers to examine their attitudes and to 
start giving women tougher assignments. It is 
the challenging, “slay-the-dragon” jobs that 
help women develop new skills and, ultimately, 
to advance in their careers. 9 


produces the red pigment. In the course of 
their research, they have also had communica- 
tion with ROC International, a French compa- 
ny which breeds and markets plants. Gulick 
and Ibrahim hope to have their yellow rose in 
hand within four or five years. @ 


Montreal-born MIT professor debunks language myths 


Language its biological, 


not cultural: 


BY SYLVAIN COMEAU 








he Inuit have 400 different words for snow, 
right? Not quite, says psychologist Steven 
Pinker. 

“Tt turns out that they don’t have 400 words 
for snow. They don’t have 200. They actually 
have no more than 12, depending on the tribe, 
and some only have one or two.” 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
professor spent more than an hour upending 
conventional wisdom about verbal communica- 
tion last Thursday in a talk here sponsored by 
the Liberal Arts College. The premise of his 
new book, The Language Instinct, is that “lan- 
guage is not a cultural trait, but a biological one 
that is hard-wired into our brains. There is no 
society on earth that doesn’t have language.” 

He also cites cases of brain damage in which 
a patient loses the ability to formulate and com- 
prehend sentences, but scores normally in all 
other areas of IQ. This suggests that only the 
part of the brain responsible for understanding 
language became impaired in the accident. 

Pinker, a colleague of Noam Chomsky and 
director of MIT’s McDonnell-Pew Center for 
Cognitive Science, scoffed at the arbitrary 
nature of “proper grammar.” Star Trek’s split 
infinitive, “to boldly go where no man has gone 
before,” he said, should read “to go boldly.” 
Another example is the infamous double nega- 
tive, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” 

“T can’t get any satisfaction’ is correct, but 
any means no. It is only used with a negative, as 
in, ‘I didn’t eat any ice cream.’ So using the 


Pinker 


word any creates another double negative. 
Besides, if ‘I can’t get no’ is wrong, then mil- 
lions of French speakers are wrong for using ve 
and pas in the same sentence.” 

Children have an innate ability to circumvent 
grammar, according to Pinker. The puzzling 
thing is that adults correct children, considering 
how illogical English grammar is. 

Pinker also attacked the notion that “lan- 
guage is thought.” 

“Politically-correct thinking has swept the 
liberal arts departments of universities with the 
idea that language must be tailored to influence 
thinking. It’s reminiscent of Newspeak in 
George Orwell’s 1984.” 

Although he considers language “one of the 
miracles of the biological world,” Pinker said 
that “the world of ideas is far richer than the 
world of words.” He offered new coinages as 
evidence. 

“New coinages don’t come in a Webster’s 
dictionary falling from the sky; new words are 
coined when someone has an idea to express.” 

Pinker said that reports of language’s demise 
have been premature for centuries. 

“You often read that language is going down 
the tubes, and that if present trends continue, 
we'll all be grunting like Tarzan in a few 
decades. But in the 19th century, people were 
predicting the same thing. 

“Language changes. It starts off as lingo, 
slang or patois, and becomes part of the lan- 
guage in the next generation. Words like dully 
and mob started off as horrible slang, anid we've 
forgotten their origins today.” 


Controversial U.S. artist packs DeSéve 


Andres Serrano shocks 
with beauty in squalor 


BY DONNA VARRICA 


rtist Andres Serrano, whose visibility grew when U.S. Senator Jesse Helms denounced 
his work in Congress, says that people are disturbed when his work is provocative and 


disappointed when it isn't. 


Serrano spoke to a full house at Concordia last week at the invitation of the Master's of Fine 
Arts visiting artist programme. Close to 200 people filled the J.A. DeSéve Cinema as he traced 
the past 10 years of his work through slides and commentary. 

“It's true that | like to provoke people into thinking, into reacting,” he said. “But it is not 


always just for the shock value.” 


Much of Serrano’s work is shocking, although 
not always in the way Jesse Helms would have 
us think. Serrano’s photographs of animal car- 
casses, religious icons, human corpses and fluids 
— milk, blood, urine, semen — might be consid- 
ered offensive. But it is the raw beauty in the bru- 
tality of the images which truly shocks. 

This is especially true in the series called The 
Morgue, being shown at the Musée d’art contem- 


porain until January 8. A New York morgue pro- — 


vided Serrano with the setting and models — 
cadavers identified only by their cause of death. A 
word of warning: this exhibit is not for the faint of 
heart. 





Pneumonia Due to Drowning, lil 


The New York-based Serrano is careful to describe himself as an artist, not a photographer, 
although he expresses himself through large photographs staged for the camera. His intent is 
not to document life (or death, in some cases) but to interpret it. 

“The pieces don't exist after the photo is taken,” he said. “They are constructions for the 


camera.” 


A recent series of portraits of homeless people in New York, Ku Klux Klansmen and street 
scenes of Budapest show the value of people who live on the brink of society. Grand wizards, 
crack addicts, and elderly Hungarian nude models are posed with equal majesty. g 

“| like the idea of putting real people in a museum,” he said of his homeless portraits. Of his 
Klansmen, he said, “It wasn’t my intention to make them into heroic figures, but to view them as 


symbols.” 


CONCORDIA’S THURSDAY REPORT 


Concordia University 
1994 Fall Convocation 





Information for potential graduates 


A University Convocation for all Faculties will be held at Salle 
Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, on Wednesday, November 9th, 1994 
at 2:00 p.m. for all students whose degree requirements are completed 
and approved at the University Senate’s Fall Convocation meeting. 


The I.D. numbers of approved candidates will be posted in the tunnel 
connecting the Hall and McConnell Bldgs. and on the first floor of 
the Administration Building at Loyola on the afternoon of October 
28th, 1994. Students who have not met all the requirements for their 
degrees will be mailed written notification no later than October 


28th, 1994. 


Students are advised to check with the Students’ Accounts Office to 
ensure that all student fees, library fines and graduation fees have been 
paid. Students are requested to pay their accounts with a money-order, 
certified cheque, debit card, MasterCard or Visa by November 7 in 
order to be permitted to participate in the convocation ceremony or 
receive their degree. 


Place des Arts provides assistance and has parking facilities for wheel- 


chair users. Use box office entrance off de Maisonneuve Blvd. West 
and inquire at the Security kiosque. 


aie Concordia 


UMWIVERSITY 
REAL EDUCATION FOR THE REAL WOR 








Science and Engineering Fair at Stewart Hall 
Always a hit on the West Island 


nce again, Concordia will hold an exhibition of science and engineering displays at 
Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire’s lakeside cultural centre. 

Every fall, the graceful old mansion, taken over by the municipality many years ago, is 
filled with West Island families, intrigued by the interactive displays of everything from 
ancient fossils to the latest laser technology. 

Chemistry Professor Robert Pallen, who organizes the exhibition, thinks it’s one of the 
best public relations efforts the University mounts, and stresses the high level of student 
involvement in the project. 

This year’s Science and Engineering Exhibition is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 
October 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stewart Hall is on Lakeshore Drive/Bord du 
Lac just east of St. John’s Blvd. 

- BB 


Concordia University Part-Time 
Faculty Association 


CUPFA Executive 1994-95, elected at a 
general meeting on September 23, 1994: 


Maria Peluso 
President 


Mary Silas 
Vice-President Internal 


LOA 


Professional Development Fund 
Deadline for application: 
14 November, 1994 
For more info: S-K-340 
Telephone 3691 


Pierre Frégeau, 
Vice-President External 


Umanath Tiwari, 
Treasurer 


Leslie Cohen, 
Secretary 


Gissa Israel, 
Member at Large 


Joe payer, 


Mem 


er 





PHOTO: JONAS PAPAURELIS 


Private sports-injury clinic flourishes at Loyola 


SIVIC spells r-e-I-i-e-f © 


BY PAUL JESZENSZKY 


wees youre a serious athlete, a student 


or a businessperson who is injured, you 
can probably get help in a basement on the 
Loyola Campus. 

The Concordia Sports Medicine Centre is 
an independent clinic in the Drummond Sci- 
ence Building. Established 12 years ago as a 
training centre for Concordia’s Exercise Sci- 
ence students, it is now open to everybody — 
athletes, Concordians and others. 

“Our goals are to help people in our commu- 
nity recover quickly from injury and to educate 
people on sports medicine,” said Ron Rappel, 
who is the head athletic therapist for the Uni- 
versity. “We receive about 300 visits a week 
from people in all walks of life. Some are refer- 
rals from friends who have been here before, or 
from hospitals. But they all have one thing in 
common — they want to get better as fast as 
possible. 

“That may sound obvious, but there are 
times when this is not the case. Some people 
see their injuries as a way to take a vacation 
from work. But because we are a ‘sports clinic’ 
and our patients pay, they come here with a 
serious attitude.” 

This seriousness is reflected in the way the 
clinic is run. Rappel and Dave Campbell, who 
is the head therapist and owner of the Centre, 
work from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. 
They offer posture and flexibility assessments, 
manual therapy, and foot orthotics (the support 
and bracing of the foot), to name just a few ser- 
vices. 

The centre can also help you find the appro- 
priate doctor, physiotherapist or specialist, if 
necessary, not to mention such aids as a cybex 
muscle flexibility tester, a jacuzzi, an ultrasound 
or a cold laser. 

The Sports Medicine Centre’s philosophy 








can be summed up this way: Get the patient 
involved in the treatment. Spend as much time 
as it takes to do the job right — don’t worry 
about seeing a million people a day. And don’t 
just try to cure the symptoms; look for the 
cause of the problem. 

“We aren’t looking for repeat business. 
We want our patients to get better and stay 
better,” said Rappel. “If they have a sore knee, 
we work on reducing the pain. We'll also see if 
the person’s foot is sitting right in their shoe 
when they're running or walking, and make an 
insole to correct the posture. Then they'll get 
better and stay better.” 

Johnny D’Amico, a Marketing student, was 
injured while playing amateur soccer. “I was 
going to go to the hospital, but my teammates 
pushed me to go to the clinic,” he said. “Now 
Tm thankful they did. The treatment I’ve had 
is great, and I'll be playing soccer again soon.” 

Campbell and Rappel are both graduates of 
Concordia’s Exercise Science programme who 
knew the clinic as students. When it ran into 
trouble four years ago, they decided to take it 
over. 

The Sports Medicine Centre has treated such 
notables as figure skating stars Kristi Yam- 
aguchi and Kurt Browning, and representatives 
of the Montréal Canadiens have dropped by to 
pick up specialized equipment. “We have 
helped some celebrities,” admitted Campbell, 
“but our goal is to help the community.” 

Rappel gives seminars at the YMCA so that 
aerobics instructors can understand common 
injuries in fitness and aerobics. The Centre 
also provides internships for Exercise Science 
students. 


The Concordia Sports Medicine Centre is 
in Room 102 of the Drummond Science 
Building on the Loyola Campus. For infor- 
mation, call 848-3317. © 


Ron Rappel and Dave Campbell with a model of a spine. 






_IN BRIEF... 


Concerts on line 

The Department of Music, which gives more 
than 80 concerts a year, has a new tool to let us 
know about them. 

From now on, computer-users can find out 
what's coming up in the Concert Hall and other 
Music Department venues by sending an e-mail 
message to concerts-request@concordia.ca. 
Include the words “subscribe concerts” in the 
body of the text (without the quotation marks). 


CONCORDIA’S THURSDAY REPORT 


Canada Savings bonds 


Once again, all permanent employees of the 
University can participate in the Canada Savings 
Bond Payroll Savings Plan. 

The plan is a convenient way to save through 
regular installments deducted from each pay- 
cheque. . 

This year's series of Canada Savings Bonds 
will earn 5.75 per cent for the first year, 6.75 for 
the second year, and 7.5 for the third year. 

If you have any questions about the Canada 
Savings Bond Payroll Savings Plan, call the Pay- 
roll Office at -4920. 


OcTOBER 27, 1994 7 


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Events, notices and classified ads must reach the 

Public Relations Department (BC-115) in writing no later 

than Thursday, 5 p.m. the week prior to the Thursday publication. 
For more information, please contact Kevin Leduc at 848-4881, 
by fax: 848-2814 or by e-mail: kevin@alcor.concordia.ca. 





OCTOBER 27 « NOVEMBER 3 








Alumni News 


Adapting to change in the ‘90s 
Wednesday, November 2 

Kathryn McMorrow will explore the 
dynamics of change and how to make 
them work for you. Don't miss this 
opportunity to also renew acquain- 
tances with the 
Generation.” Time: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Location: Faculty Club, H-767. Price: 
$12. R.S.V.P.: 848-3817. 





Campus Ministry 


Gathering of men 

A new group may be forming on the 
SGW campus for men who want to 
evaluate their identity by reflecting on 
the various images of maleness in 
today’s culture and its implications 
with regards to male sexuality and 
spirituality. Contact Matti Terho: 848- 
3590. 


Meditation: A tool for self- 
knowledge 

Relaxing, centering; quieting and con- 
centrating the mind; attuning to the 
body-mind-soul connection. These 
sessions will draw upon various tradi- 
tions and each will include a “quiet 
sitting.” Wednesdays: noon -1 p.m. 
and Thursdays 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., 
Annex Z (SGW) Room 105. (Daryl Lynn 
Ross — 848-3585). 


A Journey of Discovery 

Using guided imagery, meditation on 
the word of God, creative expression 
and other techniques, participants will 
have the opportunity to discover the 
unity of mind, body and spirit, to form 
new bonds with others and deepen 
their relationship with God. Thursdays 
from noon - 1:15 p.m. Annex Z (SGW) 
Room 105 (Michelina Bertone S.S.A. — 
848-3591). 





CPR courses 


The following CPR courses will be 
offered by the EH&S Office in the next 
few weeks. Members of the Concordia 
and outside communities are welcome 
to take these courses. First-aid cours- 
es are $61. Contact Donna Fasciano, 
training co-ordinator, at 848-4355. 


Basic life support course 
October 29 & 30 

10 hours for life: This course includes 
rescue breathing, one- and two-person 
cardia-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), 
management of the obstructed airway 


and infant and child resuscitation. 


CPR heartsaver course 

Sunday, November 13 

4 hours for life: this course includes 
rescue breathing, one-person rescuer 
CPR, and management of the obstruct- 
ed airway. 


“Georgian 


Film 


Conservatoire d'Art 
Cinématographique de Montréal 
Cinéma J.A. DeSéve, 1400 de 
Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Concordia 
University (Métro Guy-Concordia). 
Admission: $3. 


Thursday, October 27 

Alexander Nevsky (1938) Sergei M. 
Eisenstein at 7 p.m.; Inventory (1989) 
Krzystof Zanussi at 9 p.m. 


Friday, October 28 

Diably, Diably (1991) Dorota 
Kedzierzawska at 7 p.m.; Elvis 
Gratton(1985) Pierre Falardeau at 9 
p.m. 


Saturday, October 29 

Animation Polonaise at 7 p.m.; 
Succession des Sentiments (1993) 
Radoslaw Piwowarski at 9 p.m. 


Sunday, October 30 

The Bicycle Thief (1948) Vittorio de 
Sica at 7 p.m.; The Garden of the Finzi 
Continis (1971) Vittorio de Sica at 9 
p.m. 


Monday, October 31 

A Propos de Nice (1929) Jean Vigo 
and Zero de Conduite (1933-45) Jean 
Vigo at 8:30 p.m. 


Tuesday, November 1 
Bringing up Baby (1937) Howard 
Hawks at 8:30 p.m. 


Wednesday, November 2 
Kino-Pravda(1922), Kino-Glaz (1924) 
and The Man with the Movie Camera 
(1929) Dziga Vertov at 8:30 p.m. 


The Loyola Film 
Series 


Admission: FREE. Location: F.C. Smith 
Auditorium, Concordia University 
Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. 
W. Information: 848-3878. 


Wednesday, November 2 

Letter From An Unknown Woman 
(1948) Max Ophiils at 7 p.m., The 
Awful Truth (1937) Leo McCarey at 
8:45 p.m. 


Wednesday, November 9 

Ruby Gentry (1952) King Vidor at 7 
p.m., The Pirate (1948) Vincente 
Minelli at 8:35 p.m. 


Lacolle Centre for 
Educational 
Innovation 


Saturday, November 5 

Surviving your adolescent's 
Adolescence 

Topics that will be dealt with include: 
curfews, messy rooms, drugs, sexual 
precociousness, school issues, disci- 
pline, dating, allowance, the car and 
anger. Leader: Micki Vosko. Time: 9:30 
a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Loyola Campus. 
Fee: $56.98. 


Saturday, November 12 
Introduction to Experiential 
Psychodrama 

Open to the public and professionals 
alike, this workshop offers an opportu- 
nity to see a psychodrama session in 
action. Leader: Tobi Klein. Time: 9:30 
a.m.- 4 p.m. Location: Loyola Campus. 
Fee: $56.98. 





Lectures & 
Seminars 


Social Aspects of Engineering 
Thursday, October 27 

Gaetan Guertin, Director, Impact 
Assessment, Hydro Québec on “The 
Great Whale project.” Time: 11:45 
a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: H-403, 1455 de 
Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Course: Engr. 
495/2-A. 


Thursdays at Lonergan 

October 27 

Filippo Salvatore, PhD, Dept. of 
Modern Languages and Linguistics 
and Lonergan Fellow on “Pasolini and 
Dante." (bilingual lecture: French and 
English). 3:30 — 5 p.m., 7302 
Sherbrooke St. W. Information: 848- 
2280. 


The K Information Centre 

Friday, October 28 

Krishnamurti Video Tape presentation 
“United Nations Public talk: Why Can't 
Man Live Peacefully on Earth?” Time: 
8 p.m. Location: H-420, 1455 de 
Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Free. 
Donations accepted. Information: 937- 
8869. 


Department of Philosophy 
Friday, October 28 
Dr. Paul Petrovski, McGill University 


will speak on “Mental Causation and 
Cartesian Dualism.” Time: 10 a.m. - 
noon. Location: Lonergan College, RB- 
101. Everyone welcome. 


Social Aspects of Engineering 
Tuesday, November 1 

Susan Hilton, Co-ordinator, Great 
Whale Environmental Review Office, 
on “How the Media Communicates 
the Great Whale Issue.” Time: 11:45 
a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: H-403, 1455 de 
Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Course: Engr. 
495/2-A. 


Applied Social Science 

Tuesday, November 1 

Professors Richard Cawley and 
Ghislaine Guérard, APSS, on “From 
the Map to the Territory: An 
Exploration of Community Workers 
World View using Computerized 
Discourse Analysis.” Time: 11 a.m. - 1 
p.m. Location: Annex F, 2085 Bishop. 
Information: 848-2260. 


Centre for Community & Ethnic 
Studies 

Wednesday, November 2 

Krisha Starker on “Women without 
men: ‘Communitas’ and Survival in 
concentration camps.” Time: noon - 
1:30 p.m. Location: LB-677, 1400 de 
Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 


Thursdays at Lonergan 

November 3 

James Moore, Department of Political 
Science and Lonergan Fellow on 
“Nationalism, Sovereignty and 
Political. Freedom: An Arendtian 
Critique.” Time: 3:30 — 5 p.m., 7302 
Sherbrooke St. W. Information: 848- 
2280. 


Art Therapy 

Friday, November 4 

Two concurrent presentations, 
Elizabeth Anthony on “Art and the 
Fourth Dimension: A look at the invisi- 
ble medium of time,” and Pierre 
Verrier, M.D. /Louise Lacroix on “Art- 
Thérapie, somation et deuil.” Time: 7 
p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: CB Bldg., 1158 
Bishop St., Rm: 210-14. Louise Lacroix 
(présentation en frangais) and Rm: 
221-18 Elizabeth Anthony (presenta- 
tion in English). 


Department of Classics 

Thursday, November 10 

Professor Charles Marie Ternes, 
Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg 
on “Dionysus in Greece: Bacchus in 
the Roman Provinces.” Time: 6 p.m. 
Location: H-620, 1455 de 
Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 





Meetings 


Model United Nations 
Model UN meetings are now on 
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at 2140 Bishop 


St., basement lounge. All students are 
welcome. 


School of Graduate Studies News 
Get-togethers with the Dean, School 
of Graduate Studies 


Dean Martin Kusy would like to meet 
with graduate students this year on an 
informal basis. Meetings will be held 
from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at our 
Graduate Administration offices, 2145 
Mackay St., on the following dates: 
Thursday, November 10, 1994; 
Tuesday, January 31, 1995 and 
Monday, February 13, 1995. Space is 
limited. Please reserve one of the 
above dates by contacting Kali Sakell 
at 848-3803. We look forward to see- 
ing you. 





Special Events and 
Notices 


Centre for International Academic 
Cooperation 

Monday, October 31 

The CIAC will be holding information 
sessions on student exchange pro- 
grammes. Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in 
H-773, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 


CUPFA News 

The first set of monies from the 
Professional Development fund for 
part-time faculty is to be allocated 
soon. If you are planning to attend a 
conference, or have a project that 
needs funding, please consult the 
information sheets available at the 
CUPFA office (S-K-340; 848-3691). The 
deadline for applications for this round 
is November 14, 1994. 


Up With People 

World in Motion, Up With People’s 
latest two-hour musical production, is 
coming to the Concordia Concert Hall 
for four performances, on Nov. 2,3,11 
and 12. Tickets are $12 for students 
and seniors, and $18 for adults. Call 
1-800-361-1245. 





Unclassified 


Puppies for sale 

Pure-bred Labrador puppies for sale. 
Champion stock, available now. Call 
Tim at 848-4757/4759. 


For sale , 

Spacious, fully furnished and equipped 
Westmount triplex flat available from 
January 1, 1995 until March 31, 1995. 
Call 482-0290 for information. 


Dominican Republic - Sosua 
Studio with kitchenette, pool near 


—-— “NATIVE STUDENTS”... 
® Feeling overwhelmed? 


® Where are you academically? 


® Where do you want to go? 
® Where do you want to be? 


—— — WECAN HELP ANSWER ALL YOUR QUES TIONS. 
No problem is too big or too small! 
Come meet other native students. 


Share your experiences. 


We have word processors, photocopy 
services, lounge space, workshops, Clues & Muse 
terminals on site and academic workshops. 


COME SEE FOR YOURSELF. 


beaches and services. $140. US/week. 
Gabrielle, 765-3348, 848-8780. 


Selling 
MS Word 5.1, virtually new. Hershel 
735-8472 


Found at Loyola 

Religious medal. May be of sentimen- 
tal value to someone. Information: 
848-2485. 


Success to all students 
WordPerfect 5.1. Term papers, 
resumes, applications. 28 years’ expe- 
rience, both languages. 7 days a 
week. 175 oblique, double spaced. 
Just two streets away (Peel). Paulette 
or Roxanne. 288-9638/288-0016. 


~ Experienced editor 


Student papers, etc.. Transcript of 
tapes, preparation of resumes, trans- 
lation Spanish/English. Tutoring 
English. 7 days/week. 10 minute walk. 
Marian 288-0016. 





Workshops 


Financial Aid and Awards 

Personal Budgeting workshops for 
students 

Workshops will be conducted on 
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 
throughout the month of November. 
To sign up, visit room LB-085 of the 
McConnell Library Building. 


Learning Development Office 
Monday, October 31 

Reducing Conflicts in Grading 

This workshop will focus on strategies 
for preventing and dealing with 
student complaints over grades. Time: 
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Location: 
H-771, 1455 de Maisonneuve 
Blvd. W. Leader: Heather MacKenzie. 
Information: 848-2495. 





Women's Centre 


“Action” self-defence workshops will 
be held on November 11 and 12, from 
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The fee is $20 for 
students and $50 for faculty and staff. 
Information: 848-7431. 


Friday, October 28 

Informal discussion on female genital 
mutilation at 1 p.m. Address: 2020 
Mackay St., downstairs. 


Wednesday, November 2 

Nice Jewish Girls, a new group for 
lesbian and bisexual Jewish women, 
at 6 p.m. in P-03, 2020 Mackay St.