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BY JANICE HAMILTON 


A ssistant Psychology Professor 
£WAndreas Arvanitogiannis 
(photo, above) has been awarded a 
Canada Research Chair in behaviour- 
al neurobiology, and a $426,000 
infrastructure grant from the Canada 
Foundation for Innovation. 

The chair, announced last Thurs- 
day, means a lot to the university, 
says Claude Bédard, Dean of Gradu- 
ate Studies and Research. “It will raise 
our profile in research.” This is the 
first chair awarded to Concordia 


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through the Canada Research Chairs 
Program, a federal government initia- 
tive designed to support research 
opportunities at Canadian universi- 
ties. 


Innovation and quality rewarded 
The chair brings $100,000 a year 
for five years to emerging researchers 
who have the potential to be world 
leaders in their fields. The funding 
pays their salaries and supports 
research projects that have been 
judged innovative and of high quali- 
ty. Arvanitogiannis, who is associated 





December 6, 2001 


with Concordia’s Centre for Studies 
in Behavioral Neurobiology (CSBN), 
is studying influences on behaviour 
that is directed towards goals or 
rewards. 

Arvanitogiannis, who was born in 
Greece, is one of Concordia’s rising 
stars. He did his undergraduate stud- 
ies and a PhD and post-doctoral 
work at Concordia, and received a 
Medical Research Council Fellowship 
that allowed him to spend a year and 
a half at Harvard University, where 
he learned new techniques in molec- 
ular biology. 


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Psychology researcher awarded major grants 


With this newly acquired expertise 
and the CFI infrastructure grant, he 
will be able to bring state-of-the art 
equipment to the CSBN labs. The 
internationally known CSBN pro- 
motes interdisciplinary research on 
fundamental brain mechanisms 
underlying motivation and learning. 

To understand the links between 
the brain and behaviour, researchers 
at the Centre for Studies in Behav- 
ioral Neurobiology combine tradi- 
tional behavioural techniques with 
neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, 
pharmacology, endocrinology, mole- 











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cular biology, electrophysiology, and 
brain imaging. Arvanitogiannis has 
focused his research on two main 
areas, and now he plans to merge 
them and see what insights that 
approach will bring. The first area is 
goal-directed behaviour, such as the 
kinds of behaviours humans and ani- 
mals demonstrate when they search 
for food. He has expanded that inves- 
tigation to include drug abuse, which 
is a compulsive type of goal-directed 
behaviour. pxoto ey CHRISTIAN FLEURY 

® Canada Research Chair continued 
on page 9 


Fine Arts students sweep the Quebec du Maurier Awards 


BY BARBARA BLACK 


G@ even out of 11 new grants for 
JI promising young artists given 
by the du Maurier Arts Council 
recently went to students in Concor- 
dia’s Faculty of Fine Arts. 

The du Maurier Arts Council is 
the largest private-sector source of 
arts funding in Canada. The 11 
awards are worth $105,000 in total. 

The fact that they were nominated 
is a credit to Photography Professor 
Penny Cousineau, who said that stu- 
dents are not eligible for grants from 
the regular funding agencies, such as 
the Canada Council and the Conseil 
des arts et letters. 

“Even a short film can be very 
expensive to produce, for example, 
and well-established filmmakers in 
Canada have trouble securing fund- 
ing. Financial support for film, video 
and other senior projects is an 
absolute godsend.” 

When Fine Arts Advancement 
Officer Philippe Turp gave Cousineau 
and two Cinema professors an 
opportunity to explain the facts of life 
to a representative from du Maurier, 
it resulted in action. “I was extremely 


surprised when, a couple of weeks 
later, du Maurier called and said they 
were interested in pursuing the idea 
of grants to senior students working 
on projects that would eventually be 
made public.” 

The students applied last spring 
for the grants, which were 
announced at a press conference on 
Nov. 21. Here they are: 

Robin Dupuis has a BFA in film 
from Concordia and a master’s in 
media arts from the Ecole des arts 
visuels et médiatiques de Montréal. 
His entry was a digital video. 

Yechel Gagnon is a graduate stu- 
dent who explores the dichotomy 
between artificial and natural materi- 
als in a landscape environment. 
Using plywood as her palette, she 
creates “constructed landscapes.” 

Oleksa Lozowchuk came from 
Regina to do his master’s at Concor- 
dia. His thesis film is Anna’s Wedding, 
an experimental narrative film set in 
post-Chernobyl Ukraine. Oleksa is 
also musical, and has created materi- 
al for the award-winning TV series 
Culture Shock, and for two National 
Film Board productions. He is fin- 
ishing a DVD compilation of sacred 


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choral and folk music that he record- 
ed in Ukraine. 

Marisa Portolese has her BFA 
and MFA from Concordia, where 
she teaches photography. She also 
teaches visual arts at Champlain Col- 


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Photographer Carlos Sanchez with a work from his Model Citizen series. 





lege. She will have a solo exhibition 
called Belle de Jour at the Observa- 
toire 4 gallery in January. She report- 
edly produces colour photos of 
women that exaggerate, mock and 
cause men to avert their eyes. 


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Carlos Sanchez is also a photog- 
tapher. His most recent work is a 
series called Model Citizens, a stylized 
take on contemporary news. Howev- 
er, he deliberately creates his scenes 
as though they are occurring a gen- 
eration ago, and attributes their suc- 
cess to this unusual approach. 

Mackenzie Stroh is a photo- 
based artist and freelance photogra- 
pher who did her BFA in intermedia 
at the Emily Carr Institute in Van- 
couver. She is now doing her MFA, 
and teaching undergraduate photog- 
raphy at Concordia. She does con- 
temporary portraits. 

Michael Yaroshevsky was born 
in Leningrad, raised in Toronto, and 
has a degree in Japanese. His roots in 
Russian culture are fascinating — 
his great-great-grandfather was the 
butler of Czar Alexander III — and 
his entry was a film ode to St. Peters- 
burg called Petropolis. 

Selena Liss is not quite a Concor- 
dia student, but almost. She has 
been in the military and studied 
business, then turned to art, earning 
a BFA from the Emily Carr; she has 
been accepted into a graduate pro- 


gram. 


Material grievances underlie clashes in the Middle East 


BY BARBARA BLACK 


ynda G. Clarke is a scholar of 

Islamic spirituality, law and lit- 
erature at a time when the faith is 
under intense scrutiny in the West. 

“I'm intrigued by the phenomenon 
of people rushing out to buy the 
Koran,” she said. However, if they are 
trying to understand the people of 
the Middle East by reading their holy 
book, they are missing the point. 

“People, especially the media, tend 
to attribute lifestyles to religion. 
While people do often express them- 
selves through their religion, their 
choices of action are based on under- 
lying material factors, grievances, and 
specific situations.” 

Professor Clarke came to Concor- 
dia three years ago, replacing Profes- 
sor Sheila McDonough when she 
retired. Clarke studied at McGill, 
earning her doctorate in Islamic stud- 
ies, with distinction, in 1995. She has 
a master’s in Islamic studies from 


McGill, and another master’s from 
the University of Toronto, in Middle 
East studies. 


Travel and work in the Middle East 

Though born in Canada, she has 
travelled widely throughout her life, 
and lived in Lebanon, Iran, where 
she was a translator in Teheran dur- 
ing the Iran-Iraq War, and Syria. She 
is a Lebanese citizen. 

Her research interests lie in classi- 
cal and modern Shi'ism, law, gender 
issues, Sufism and comparative mys- 
ticism, and Arabic and Persian reli- 
gious literature. 

Her current project on Shi'ite law 
is funded by grants from Concordia 
and Quebec. As part of her research, 
she visits and maintains contact with 
the main Shi'ite seminary at Qum, in 
Iran, at Najaf, in Iraq, and others in 
Lebanon. Currently, she is translating 
13th-century Shi'ite legal texts and its 
accompanying commentaries, tracing 
the constant evolution of Shi'ite law 


Afghan women vital to 
peace process: forum 


BY JULIE ROY 


bout 75 people participated in a public forum to explore ways to 
help the women and children of Afghanistan, held in downtown 


Montreal on Nov. 22. 


all the way up to its preoccupations 
with such modern issues as bioethics. 

She and Jewish Studies Professor 
Ira Robinson plan to offer a joint 
course on Jewish and Islamic law 
next year. There are many miscon- 
ceptions here about Islam and Arabs, 
she said. 

As a scholar interested in issues of 
gender, she is a bit suspicious of 
Western sympathy for Muslim 
women, and sees the current concern 
about the oppression of Afghani 
women on the part of the U.S. admin- 





istration as politically motivated. 

The symbolism of headscarves, for 
example, is very rich, and subtle dif- 
ferences are instantly recognized 
among the wearers. Like dress in 
general, she said, the headscarf “is an 
identity marker. It can mean inde- 
pendence, modesty and dignity.” 

While Muslims and Arabs have 
become more numerous and visible 
in our cities in recent years, there 
have always been Arabs in Canada. 
“Arabs, both Christian and Muslim, 
homesteaded on the Prairies in the 


early 1800s, like other immigrants at 
the time. The first mosque in Canada 
was built in Edmonton.” 

The attack on the U.S. on Sept. 11 
hit Canadian Muslims very hard, she 
said. “They felt conflicted, defensive, 
shocked — and anguished that such 
a thing would be done in the name 
of their religion.” Clarke noticed, 
though, that from the beginning, 
there was widespread sympathy for 
Muslims, and there were few inci- 
dents of backlash. 

Asked if Islam is changing, Profes- 
sor Clarke said that the religion 
became highly politicized in the 20th 
century, and this phenomenon con- 
tinues to evolve. 

“It’s partly generational,” she 
explained. “Nationalist and leftist ide- 
ologies — socialism, even commu- 
nism — had been tried. Now there is 
a wave [of religious fervour] that 
started in about the mid-1970s, but 
it’s also linked to left-wing politics. 
The two streams come together in 
places like southern Lebanon.” 

While she is pleased with Concor- 
dia’s ethnic and religious diversity, 
she naturally has a special concern 
for the Muslim and Arab students at 
Concordia, many of whom are recent 
arrivals or first-generation Canadians. 

“They're finding their place. They 
want to find room for their political 
ideas, and they do it vigorously. They 
may feel that people don’t know who 
they are, or they may tend to stick 
together, but in general, they are 
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Religion Professor Lynda G. Clarke is a scholar of Islam. 


“The situation of Afghan women was crucial before, but now that the 
world knows what’s going on, more people want to find solutions,” 
explained Lillian Robinson, principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Insti- 
tute, one of several groups involved in organizing the event. 

Sima Wali is president of Refugee Women in Development 
(RefWID), and a policy advisor on Afghan human rights. Although she 
couldn’t attend the forum because she was in Bonn at the talks about 
the country’s political future, Wali sent a statement about the effect of 
the war on the women and children of Afghanistan to be read at the 


are large numbers of them, and they 
form a community.” 


Nelofer Pazira film gains worldwide notice 


BY BARBARA BLACK har at length in the current issue of — the Oct. 29 issue of Maclean’s maga- 


forum. 


“The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly changing,” she said, an 
understatement. She was one of the only two women chosen to attend 
the United Nations talks on Afghanistan in Bonn, and has been widely 
interviewed about her determination to secure a place for women in 


the next Afghan government. 


Asma Ibrahim, from the Afghan Women’s Organization, in Toronto, 
quoted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as saying that about 
half the Afghanistan population in crisis is women, and 20 per cent are 


children under five. 


Organizers said they were faced with many prejudices when lobby- 
ing for women’s presence in the peace process. 

“One of the main arguments for keeping women out of negotiations 
is that they are illiterate,” said Marzia Ali, program director for Action 
Refugiés Montréal. “This is completely false. Before the Russian inva- 
sion, women stood as judges, doctors and teachers.” Women even par- 
ticipated in Loya Jirgas (grand consultations). 

“They have strong leadership skills, but now, they are leading from 


the shadows,” Ibrahim said. 


When she was asked by a man in the audience if there was any other 
way than bombs to get the result the United States got in six weeks, 
Ibrahim said many people would still be alive if there had been discus- 


sion instead. 


“The Taliban are a militia, so a good way to stop them would have 
been disarmament. In this crisis, the Afghan people have been held 
hostage. How many have to die so the world realizes this is not right?” 

Sima Wali may be able to attend another forum in Montreal sched- 


uled for late December. 


For information, contact Amy Vincent at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 


at 848-2373. 





elofer Pazira is a master’s stu- 

dent in sociology, but in recent 
months, her studies have been over- 
taken by international fame. CTR’s 
repeated efforts to talk to the 
Afghani-born actress and journalist 
have met with failure: “Sorry, she’s in 
Tokyo,” “She’s in London this week,” 
“She just left for New York.” 

Just yesterday morning, she was in 
Atlanta, Georgia, interviewed live on 
CNN by host Paula Zahn. 

The reason is that several years 
ago, Pazira conceived an idea for a 
film based on her own efforts to find 
a childhood friend in Taliban-con- 
trolled Afghanistan. She took her idea 
to a famous Iranian filmmaker, who 
made it into a film and used Pazira in 
the leading role. 

While Kandahar is a fine film in 
itself, events in Afghanistan have cat- 
apulted it to international stardom, 
and Pazira is at the eye of the storm. 
On CNN, she said that she hoped the 
film would bring context that is miss- 
ing from the general news reporting 
on Afghanistan and give viewers a 
glimpse of a corner of the world “that 
is very much part of humanity.” 

Richard Schickel reviews Khanda- 


DECEMBER 6, 2001. 


Time magazine, whose cover story is 
about the women of Afghanistan. He 
calls the film “beautiful and terrify- 
ing.” 

Schickel writes, “What we get is a 
movie that is at once primitive and 
sophisticated, a near documentary 
that tells us much about harsh cur- 
rent reality, yet also often achieves 
moments of something akin to aes- 
thetic bliss.” 

When she came to Canada as a 
teenager with her family in 1990, 
Pazira left behind a friend who, like 
her, was an educated and emancipat- 
ed young woman. As time went on, 
and life for women became almost 
impossible, her friend’s letters indi- 
cated that she was dangerously 
depressed. 

In the film, this suicidal young 
woman becomes the leading charac- 
ter’s sister, and the search through 
Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is a 
bleak, sometimes wildly beautiful 
exploration of a desperately poor and 
frightened society. Pazira made the 
film on location with Mohsen 
Makhmalbaf, but they ventured 
across the border of Afghanistan only 
briefly, because of the danger. 

Pazira wrote a full-page essay in 


zine, not long after the start of the 
bombing of her native country. 

In it, she bitterly recounts how 
Canadian journalists were uninterest- 
ed when she tried to tell them, in her 
broken English, that the Pakistan- 
based mujahadeen forces — the future 
Taliban, supported by the West at 
that time — were no better than the 
Communist government. Now, the 
West claims to be saving Afghanistan 
from the people they so recently sup- 
ported. “There was no need for a war 
to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban,” 
Pazira writes in Maclean’s. “Pakistan 
and Saudi Arabia could have 
destroyed the Taliban by cutting off 
their financial and military support.” 

She continues, “At ground level, 
the Taliban are a group of hungry 
Afghan refugees, former mujahedeen 
forces, desperate Afghans who are 
indoctrinated with Saudi Wahabbi 
ideology, an extreme brand of Islam, 
and know nothing other than the 
pathology of warfare that they have 
experienced for 20 years.” 

Kandahar was acclaimed at inter- 
national film festivals in Montreal 
and Toronto when it was shown late 
this summer, and it has been playing 
here at ExCentris. 


Concordia’s .Thursday,Report 


Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Conference 


Multidisciplinary work is vital 


BY SYLVAIN COMEAU 


oncordia hosted the Canadian 

Society for Mechanical Engi- 
neering (CSME) International Con- 
ference on Multidisciplinary Design 
in Engineering, Nov. 21-22. 

Dr. R.B. Bhat, conference co-chair 
and chair of Mechanical and Industri- 
al Engineering at Concordia, said that 
multidisciplinary work is essential for 
training tomorrow's engineers. 

“We emphasize teamwork between 
students of different disciplines in the 
department and the whole Faculty, 
and the same is true of engineering 
faculties throughout Canada,” said 
Bhat, who is also the vice-president of 
CSME Quebec. 

“The team approach to engineering 
research and projects is also vital to 
our own involvement with local 
industries, especially aeorospace. Last 
year, we created the Concordia Insti- 
tute for Aerospace Design Innovation, 
in which 30 undergraduate students 
from various disciplines are working 
together on real-life projects for com- 
panies like Pratt & Whitney and 
Bombardier.” 

Multidisciplinary design is not a 
recent trend, but is growing to 
accommodate the complexity of 
today’s engineering tasks. 

“Design is interconnected, both 
from a components point of view and 
a disciplines point of view. An auto- 
mobile or aircraft, for example, 
requires structural design, electrical 
design, noise reduction — many dis- 
ciplines come together in the final 
design.” 

Bhat said that the growing role of 
computers in the engineering field 
has made that kind of integration fea- 
sible and desirable. 

“In the past, because of the lack of 
computer facilities, people would 
work on their designs separately, and 
then try to put them together. 

“Each discipline has its own cul- 
ture and language, in a sense; com- 
puters with specialized software 
translate from one to another and 
perform the rapid calculations neces- 


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Professor R.B. Bhat and Provost Jack Lightstone celebrate a milestone for the 
Mechanical Engineering Department, its 100th doctoral thesis. Below, 
Christopher Pin Harry, winner of the CSME Gold Medal for professional merit and 
academic excellence. A spring 2001 graduate, he now works at Rolls Royce Canada. 


sary for an optimum design,” Bhat 
said. 

The conference heard speakers 
from all over Canada and 15 other 
countries. In the first day, keynote 
speaker Ian Yellowley, chair of the 
Canadian Design Engineering Net- 
work, spoke about the objectives and 
activities of the Network and the 
research modules established at 34 
engineering schools across the coun- 
try. On the second day keynote 
speaker Fassi Kafyeke, of Bom- 
bardier, provided an industry per- 
spective to the conference. 

Dr. Kafyeke explained that the 
organizational structure in industry is 
built around multi-disciplinarity, and 
managers have to make sure that dif- 
ferent departments are always aware 
of what each other is doing. “The 
days of each department working 
independent of each other are over; 
there is a growing interdependence.” 

The conference also highlighted 
engineering students, including a stu- 
dent research paper competition. The 
Department of Mechanical Engineer- 
ing celebrated the completion of the 
100th doctoral thesis since the 
department was founded 30 years 


ago. “Given everything that is 
involved in guiding students through 
the complex research involved in a 
PhD thesis, we are proud of that 
milestone.” 

The Quebec Ministry of Science 
and Technology, Pratt & Whitney 
Canada, the Concordia Faculty of 
Engineering, the Concordia Institute 
of Aerospace Design and Innovation, 
and the ASME-Quebec supported the 
conference with funds. Other co- 
sponsers included the National 
Research Council of Canada, IRSST 
and the Canadian Space Agency. 


Christopher Pin Harry 





Teaching program for new engineering faculty 


program specifically requested 

by and designed for the Faculty 
of Engineering and Computer Sci- 
ence is being given over three days 
this week by Concordia’s Centre for 
Teaching and Learning Services 
(CTLS). 

In particular, the course focuses 
on the latest knowledge about how 
students learn engineering concepts, 
discipline-specific teaching tech- 
niques, effective course and lesson 
planning, and classroom applications 
of technology. 

The three-day intensive course 
started Tuesday and has run over 





three full days for a dozen new mem- 
bers of the Faculty. The presenters 
include experts in engineering edu- 
cation, recipients of teaching awards 
at Concordia, and faculty developers, 
as they are called, in the CTLS. 

Here are some of the objectives of 
the challenging program: to recog- 
nize what makes an effective univer- 
sity engineering teacher; reflect on 
what participants need to change in 
their own teaching practice; use 
strategies for simplifying explana- 
tions in engineering subjects; moti- 
vate student interest in engineering 
subjects; use teaching techniques 


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that work in engineering courses; 
create effective course and lesson 
plans; develop effective classroom 
observation and feedback strategies; 
use technology judiciously in their 
own classroom; develop a teaching 
dossier for tenure and promotion; 
and participate in a peer-to-to-peer 
learning community. 

The program was developed at the 
request of Dean Nabil Esmail. 

The director of the CTLS is Olivia 
Rovinescu, the assistant director is 
Heather MacKenzie and Janette Bar- 
rington is the pedagogical consul- 
tant. 


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Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/z pop up in the 
media more often than you might think! 


Rector Frederick Lowy was interviewed by Doug Sweet for a thought- 
provoking article in the Saturday Gazette (Dec. 1) about the prospect of 
human cloning. Dr. Lowy, a former dean of medicine at the University of 
Toronto, said that in a sense, we are less prepared to discuss the ethical 
issues surrounding scientific breakthroughs than in the past, when reli- 
gion was a source of moral guidance. “Our philosophical orientation is 
pragmatic and utilitarian. To a much greater extent than ever before, we 
are not guided by strict right and wrong,” he said, and urged the media 
to help educate the public on science issues. 


James Pfaus, a researcher in the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neu- 
robiology (Psychology), was the subject of a lively article in The Gazette 
and the National Post on Dec. 4 about his work on PT-141, a synthetic 
copy of a neuropeptide that stimulates sexual-response centers in the 
brain. Pfaus is testing the drug on rats in the form of a nasal spray, and 
there is reason to hope that it will be an effective instrument to induce 
sexual arousal in humans. 


Daniel Salée (School of Community and Public Affairs) was asked to 
comment on CTV's Newsnet Morning on Premier Bernard Landry's 
remarks to the Parti Québécois meeting that seemed to link the terror- 
ism of Sept. 11 and sovereignty aspirations. Salée summarized his 
views later: “| can understand why his political opponents are trying to 
make him look like an insensitive fool — he does have a certain history 
in this regard — but this time, | think it's much ado about nothing.” 


Enn Raudsepp, chair of Journalism, was asked by Global TV to com- 
ment on the fact that Radio-Canada suspended journalist Normand 
Lester for writing a strongly worded book about English Canada. He said 
that it was ridiculous. “Canada needs more people expressing them- 
selves, not fewer, if we are to have a serious national debate about 
issues as fundamental as the role of Quebec in Confederation.” Jay 
Bryan, Gazette business columnist, also interviewed Raudsepp, and 
reported that he “laments that codes of ethics, which he sees as a 
potentially power tool for improving journalist standards, have become 
largely public-relations exercises.” 


Ramdas Chandra (Marketing) was interviewed by alumna Liz Warwick 
for an article in Marketing magazine about the Société des alcools’s 
new — and highly successful — Web site. He had some good ideas for 
developing the site's profitability. 


Effie Gavaki (Sociology) was quoted in an article in The Gazette recent- 
ly aimed at showing young people how prejudice may develop at a 
young age. 


Bryan Barbieri (Marketing) was quoted in Peter Diekmeyer's marketing 
column in The Gazette about the importance of marketing plans, even 
for small companies. 


Pearl Crichton, who teaches the sociology of aging, was quoted in a 
Gazette article about the perils of retirement for couples who aren't pre- 
pared for round-the-clock togetherness. 


Jeri Brown (Music) was interviewed by Gazette reporter and jazz-lover 
Irwin Block recently. Calling her “a stylish and sophisticated vocalist 
with a four-octave range,” Block said her approach to her craft has sub- 
tly changed as a result of the terrorist attack on the U.S. 


lan Irvine, chair of Economics and a self-described “avid non-smoker,” 
wrote an essay for The Gazette recently in which he criticized the Advi- 
sory Council on Tobacco Control for recommending to the Health Minis- 
ter that “light” and “mild” descriptions on cigarette packages be 
banned. His point is that the consumer needs more information, not 
less, and that so-called “light” cigarettes do not necessarily deliver 
lower toxicity to smokers. 


A profile of Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray in the Globe and Mail on Nov. 
3 mentioned the fact that he got his taste for politics as a president of 
the Concordia University Students Association (CUSA), now the Con- 
cordia Students Union (CSU). 


Pierre Coutu, an aviation management professional who teaches in the 
Aviation MBA program, was interviewed nationally on Radio-Canada 
about the new anti-terrorist legislation, which does not make major 
changes to the way security is exercised at airports. As he explained, 
this is because the airlines are already under great financial pressure, 
and the government is still considering the question and introducing a 
new budget next week. 


Nina Howe (Education) was interviewed on Global TV about strategies 
for toilet-training young children. 


Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) had a letter published in 
Maclean's in which he commended the magazine for its helpful rank- 
ings of Canadian universities. 


Gilles Bourgeois, director of Human Resources and Employee Rela- 
tions, was asked by Global television to describe the new pay equity 
legislation. He remarked that “while its purpose was to remove gender 
bias from job evaluation systems to achieve equal pay for work of equal 
value within the same employer, it is far from being a complete solu- 
tion, since it does not begin to address the issue of opportunity for 
women in all occupational fields and levels of responsibility.” 








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Suggestions for better ranking 


[ the Nov. 8 issue of the Thursday Report you tried to prepare us to expect the 
worst from the Maclean’s annual rankings of Canadian universities. This year’s 
ranking as reported in the Nov. 19 issue of Maclean’s is no exception in convey- 
ing the bad news to Concordians. This year we have been pushed to the bottom 
(11th) of the ranking list of comprehensive universities, replacing last year’s 
occupant of the infamous position, Regina University, which has moved up to 
the 7th rank. Last year we were at number 9. 

We may argue and question the validity of the Maclean’s findings, or ignore it 
altogether, or take appropriate actions which might improve our chances of far- 
ing better in the future. Very often, | wonder if in some way Concordia is funda- 
mentally different from those universities that do better in the ranking study. I do 
not know what is happening in other universities, but I sincerely believe that if 
Concordia adopts any one of the following necessary steps then we might to do 
better: 

1. Get rid of the Concordia University Faculty Association. 

2. In certain Faculties, like the John Molson School of Business, dismantle the 
departmental structure. Departments create boundaries real or imaginary. It is 
impossible to cross them. They throttle creativity and encourage greed and elit- 
ism. 

3. Encourage faculty members to teach those courses they can most effectively 
teach even in departments (or Faculties) other than their own. 

4. Make the entire process of reappointment, merit, tenure and promotion 
transparent. 

5. Abolish tenure. 

I wonder how many potential students may be discouraged to apply to Con- 
cordia after reading the article in Maclean’s about university rankings for 2001. I 
know many of the currently enrolled students, particularly exchange students 
from overseas, are not very happy, to say the least. We owe it to our students to 
keep on trying our best to improve Concordia’s position in the ranking list. At 
the end of the day, they are really the ones who are affected if the potential 
employers take any notice of Maclean’s annual rankings of Canadian universities. 

S.K.Goyal, Professor, Department of Decision Sciences & MIS, 
John Molson School of Business 





We welcome your letters, opinions and comments at BC-121/1463 Bishop St., by fax (514-848-2814), 
or e-mail (barblak@alcor.concordia.ca) by 9 a.m. on the Friday prior to publication. 


Beta Gamma Sigma Society honorees 


C ongratulations to the John Molson School of Business graduates list- 
ed below. They were welcomed into the Beta Gamma Sigma Busi- 
ness Honour Society at a ceremony held yesterday, Dec. 5, in 
Concordia’s DeSéve Cinema. The Society admits only the top 15,000 of 
the 300,000 students who graduate each year from schools accredited by 
the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The Concordia 
University chapter received its charter in 1998. 


Seniors: 

David Abramovitch * Nicola Antonio Addesa * Jean-Bastien Auger * Luis M. 
Balenko * Anastacia Carreiro * Amanda Carson * Priya Chopra * Mina Amalia 
Dang’ana Katerina G. Danilidis * Dominic Desmarais * Tania Di Re ¢ Zhi Hong 
Fang * Sue-Anne Fox * B. Paul Gill-Gakhal * Anna Giannakouros Eric Paul 
Godin * Nancy Elizabeth Greig * Marc Albert Helwani * Lucas Hineson ¢ Janis 
Kotler * Katia Lagogiannis * Looc My Lau ¢ Liliya Lyubman Michael Nessim « 
David lan Newton * Deena Padamadan ¢ Frank Pantazopoulos * Martin Perron ¢ 
Jason Rolf Poirier * loana Popescu * Ofer Tamir * Dean Theophilos * Sook Yoon 
* Qing Zhu 
Masters: 

Darrell Augustin Arsenault ¢ Patricia C. Bandeira * Rocio Beltran Moreno « André 
Blanchet * Mark Christopher Melville Cleveland + Bradley William Creamer 
Gary Deason * Jonathan Duguay-Arbesfeld ¢ Shane Eddy « Allen A. Fournier « 
Vishwanath Gokhale * Catherine Gyselinck * Gang He * Kismet Ibrahim « 
Mourad M. Jeddi + Sylvie Leroux ¢ Julia Naggiar-Biondi * Bob Oommen * Eric 
Patton ¢ Juan Manuel Ramos Gurrion Rella * Christiane Roy * Sandrine Van Eyck 
* Alexandre Vézina * Susan L. Vivian ¢ Colin Wishart * Robert Zbikowski 


Graduate Diploma in Accountancy: Luca Caporicci 
Graduate Diploma in Administration: Heidi Tanaka 
Graduate Diploma in Sport Administration: Sena Maria Thomas 
Doctoral: Marc A. Tomiuk 
Faculty: Alan Hochstein, Stylianos Perrakis 








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Fund. Last year the Drive raised just over $23,000, but SEFF gave out over $24,000. 

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without that most basic of needs — food. 

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A regular meeting of the Concordia University Senate, held on November 30, 2001 


CSU election: Dean Martin Singer 
wanted Senate to note that the 
claim by one of the slates running 
in the election that 190 programs 
were being closed in the Faculty of 
Arts and Science was completely 
false; in fact, that is roughly the 
number of programs in the Faculty. 
Dean Nabil Esmail said that a 
charge by some student politicians 
that he had interfered in Engineer- 
ing and Computer Science student 
affairs was completely unfounded. 

Vice-Rector Institutional Rela- 
tions and Secretary-General Marcel 
Danis asked CSU president Patrice 
Blais for a progress report on the 
election. He replied that as far as he 
knew, the election would be 
extended to Dec. 4 to allow those 
students who voted the morning of 
Nov. 27 to re-cast their ballots. He 
said he was sure that even when the 
results were in, they would be con- 
tested. 

eConcordia: Student senators 
asked Danis for transparency 
regarding the new distance-educa- 
tion company eConcordia. Danis 
said he would ask eConcordia’s 
board in January to make more 
information known. 

Preliminary operating budget 
(2001-02): Chief Financial Officer 
Larry English answered questions 
about last year's budget, and then 
presented the preliminary budget 
for this year. The budget foresees a 
grant of $134,926,623, plus addi- 
tional revenues that would bring 
the university’s total revenue to 
$223,398,916. As always, the uni- 
versity is expected to balance its 
budget. 





Sn Memoriam 


Rosemary Miller 


Provost Jack Lightstone said that 
SCAPP (senate committee on acade- 
mic planning and priorities) recom- 
mended that this budget be given to 
the Board of Governors for approval 
because it accounts for how every 
penny will be spent, and accords 
almost entirely with the budget 
principles adopted last year. He said 
that $9 million out of $11 million 
in additional funding will go toward 
the hiring of new faculty, and this 
hiring process will not be altered in 
any way for budget reasons. 
Approved. 

Funding changes: English said 
that “the crystal ball is quite 
cloudy,” and the changes to weight- 
ings (relative financial values given 
by the government to various types 
and levels of students) are not in 
Concordia’s favour (see CTR, Nov. 
6, page 5). 

When pressed, he said that a 
worst-case scenario would be a loss 
of $4.5 million, but Lightstone said 
that he very much doubted it would 
come to that. Specific scenarios are 
being worked out for each course. 
Rector Frederick Lowy said that 
intense discussions with govern- 
ment representatives had gone on 
for a full week, and “we are not 
going to easily accept a large reduc- 
tion.” The funding formula is con- 
trived to distribute a finite amount 
of government money, he added. 
Sometimes we can deliver a pro- 
gram for less than the estimated 
amount, but sometimes it costs 
more. 

Harvey Shulman (Arts/Science) 
said that this kind of funding exer- 
cise takes away our flexibility, and 





1928 - 2001 


Re Miller, who died on Nov. 20, aged 73, was one of the valued 
instructors in the Department of Drawing and Painting of the Faculty of Fine 
Arts. She served as a part-time instructor for 26 years. She was born in England, 
and studied at the Ealing School of Art, London. She spent a number of years in 
Spain before moving to Canada with her husband, Professor John Miller. 

Rosemary was the longest-serving part-time instructor in the Department. She 
participated in a number of extra-departmental duties without remuneration, 
solely for the benefit of students and faculty. 

She was one of a small group of innovative teachers who developed an early 
Fundamentals of Vision course, ART231. Rosemary was later elected to serve as 
the part-time instructors’ representative to departmental meetings, contributing 


in an incisive and thoughtful manner. 


She was also one of the most important members of a group of teachers in a 
pilot program that was the first multi-media course in the Faculty. 

Rosemary was a multi-talented woman of varied artistic interests, including 
drawing, painting, kitting and photography. She was an avid gardener, particu- 
larly after she and her husband moved to the Eastern Townships. 

In her later years, she continued to work in the studio, and her watercolours 
enjoyed wide popularity. As well, she continued to meet monthly in Montreal 


with a group of other women artists. 


Rosemary was one of those few artists who never sought celebrity for its own 
sake, but was content to work away in her chosen disciplines, becoming a most 
valued instructor, esteemed by students and staff alike. 

She is survived by her husband John and four daughters, Celia, Sarah, Tanya 


and Jesse. Our sympathies are extended to them. 





Patrick Landsley, Professor (retired), Fine Arts 












Lightstone agreed, saying that to 
some extent we are boxed in by our 
academic mandate [to be accessible 
and emphasize undergraduate edu- 
cation]. 

Dean of Fine Arts Chris Jackson 
said Lightstone should be congratu- 
lated for the vigour and effective- 
ness with which he defended 
Concordia’s interests in this matter, 
and there was applause. Arshad 
Ahmad (JMSB) commented that the 
professionalization of universities 
represents values that many of us 
do not share, and we should make 
our views known. Dr. Lowy agreed 
that it is a trend, “whether by 
design or by society's pressures.” 

Curriculum changes: A number 
of changes were approved in all 
four Faculties. There was discussion 
of the introduction of a certificate 
and a minor in Canadian Irish stud- 
ies. Dean Singer explained that the 
bulk of the money to fund this pro- 
gram had come from fundraising in 
the Irish-Canadian community, and 
that the Faculty and the university 
retained full control over the con- 
tent. Some senators from the School 
of Business questioned the fact that 
only students from Arts and Science 
were eligible to apply for the new 
Loyola International College, and as 
a result, Dean Singer amended it to 
include students in any undergrad- 
uate program. (More about the Col- 
lege in a future issue of CTR.) 

Tribunal chair: A lawyer, Janet 
K. Oh, was approved as a chair of 
the tribunal hearing pools, the 
fourth to be so named. 


Next meeting: January 18 





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Business School presents Awards of Distinction 


our outstanding members of the 
business community were hon- 

oured by the John Molson School of 
Business at the annual Awards of 
Distinction luncheon, held Nov. 27 
at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. 

Kenneth Woods, president of 
Coolwoods Investments and director 
of the CICA Accounting Standards 
Board, is a 1975 MBA graduate of 
Concordia. “I was looking for a prac- 
tical business education, and I got it 
at Concordia,” Woods said. “I liked 
money, and I liked numbers, and the 
two added together meant finance.” 

Woods said that he has never for- 
gotten the influence of the late Dr. 
Calvin Potter, who was then chair of 
the Finance Department. He has 
responded by giving $1 million to 
create the Ken Woods Portfolio Man- 
agement Program at Concordia. 
Selected students manage a simulated 
portfolio, and over three years, do 
summer internships in the buying 
and selling aspects of the business. 

The program is actively supported 
by a large number of local business 
executives. The 15 participating stu- 
dents, who are now in their first and 
second years of the program, attend- 
ed the luncheon, and stood up at 


Woods’ invitation to be acknowl- 
edged. Now based in Vancouver, 
Woods is a director of Arts Umbrella, 
Canada’s leading institute for per- 
forming and visual arts for children 2 
to 19, and the Concordia University 
Foundation. 

Christiane Germain has adapted 
the “boutique hotel” concept to the 
Quebec tourism market through her 
Groupe Germain. These include the 
Hotel Germain-des-Prés, in Ste. Foy, 
the Dominion 1912, in the Old Port 
of Quebec City, and Le Germain, in 
downtown Montreal. 

When she accepted her award, she 
made a strong pitch for women in 
business. She said that when she’s 
faced with two candidates, male and 
female, with equal qualifications, she 
always picks the woman. 

Paul Delage Roberge was raised 
in the retail clothing business, and 
recalled helping his mother with her 
fashion designs. Since then, with his 
wife Camille, he has developed San 
Francisco Boutiques into a major 
business force in Quebec. 

The company now has nine “ban- 
ners,” including Bikini Village and 
San Francisco Maillots, with a total of 
181 outlets, and three department 


stores under the name Les Ailes de la 
Mode. 

Roberge is now entering the 
Ontario market, opening Les Ailes in 
Ottawa’s Bayshore Shopping Centre 
and in three malls in Toronto. His 
fourth Les Ailes de la Mode will open 
in Montreal’s former Eaton’s store, 
and is expected to contribute to the 
revitalization of the downtown core. 

Sherry Cooper, senior vice-presi- 
dent and chief economist of BMO 
Nesbitt Burns, was given an Award of 
Distinction, but was not available to 
accept it. 

Dr. Cooper raised eyebrows in her 
column in the National Post recently, 
when she advocated giving up on our 
separate Canadian currency because 
she felt there was no solution to the 
sinking loony. The author of the 
highly successful The Cooper Files, 
she has just published another busi- 
ness book, Ride the Wave. 

Her award was accepted by Ronald 
Monet, an executive of BMO Nesbitt 
Burns and a member of the advisory 
board of Concordia’s School of Com- 
munity and Public Affairs. Monet will 
teach a course called Public Affairs 
Strategies in the School of Business in 
January. 





Lynne Prendergast leaves the helm of Registrar's 


 aearaps Lynne Prendergast will 
eave Concordia this week after 


a career spanning more than 37 years 
at the university. 

She began her career at Sir George 
Williams University in 1964 as a sec- 


retary in the admissions office, and 
became Registrar in 1996. Lynne 
earned three degrees at Concordia: 
her BSc in 1975, BA (Honours Eng- 
lish) in 1981, and her MBA in 1989. 
She also got the Royal Bank Award 


for outstanding academic perfor- 
mance, and became a part-time 
teacher in Decision Sciences/MIS. 
Lynne’s career will be celebrated in 
January. She will be replaced on an 
interim basis by Linda Healey. 


3M retreat has 


a Concordia flavour 


inance Professor Arshad Ahmad won a 3M Teaching Fellowship in 
1992, and it’s probably fair to say his life has never been the same 
since. His intense interest in teaching developed into a PhD from 


McGill in education, and he is now the coordinator of the national 3M 


Teaching Fellowship Program. 


The 3M Fellowship is Canada’s most prestigious teaching award. 
Every year, 10 fellows are selected, and after 17 years, there is now a 
community of 117 3M fellows — two generations of teachers in a wide 
variety of disciplines, as Arshad likes to point out. 

One of the perks of being selected is that the 10 new fellows enjoy a 
three-day retreat, always at Chateau Montebello, in western Quebec, 
where they can discuss teaching strategies and philosophies. 

For this year’s retreat, held Nov. 4 to 6, the facilitators chosen to lead 
the discussion were both Concordians — Applied Human Sciences Pro- 
fessor Bluma Litner, who became a 3M fellow in 1996, and retired Com- 
munication Studies Professor William Gilsdorf, who became a fellow in 
1990. (Both pictured with Ahmad in the photo above.) 

“This year, the group conceived a plan to create, test and disseminate 
guidelines for evaluating teaching portfolios,” Arshad said. “These guide- 
lines will be helpful to all tenure and promotion committees as well as 
to individuals preparing dossiers, given the absence of standards across 


Canadian institutions. 


The 3M Teaching Fellowship is open to any person at a Canadian 
university regardless of discipline or level of appointment. 
For more information, visit www.johnmolson.concordia.ca/stlhe/. 





Cont Ed teachers have seen a quarter-century of growth 


he Centre for Continuing Edu- 

cation has instituted a long-ser- 
vice reception for its teachers, and 
the inaugural edition was held on 
Nov. 21 at the Maritime Hotel on 
Guy St. 

For Director Murray Sang, it was a 
fitting way to honour a group of 
teachers who have been with the 
non-credit school for a remarkably 
long time, almost as long as Cont Ed 
itself has been around. “The universi- 
ty has a mechanism for recognizing 
long-service, so it seemed highly 
appropriate for us.” 

Continuing Education, as a sepa- 
rate unit, evolved out of the strong 
self-help tradition of Sir George 
Williams University, which began 
early in the 20th century with night- 
school classes at the YMCA. Although 
the birth of Cont Ed is hard to pin- 
point, Sang said that it started with 
the merger of Sir George with Loyola 
College in 1974. 

The unit now specializes in Eng- 
lish-second-language instruction and 
courses aimed at upgrading mid- 
career professionals in information 
technology, business, communica- 
tions and tourism. The Institute for 
Management and Community Devel- 


Standing, Robert Turnbull (Photography, 21 years), Bernard Green (Management, 23 years), Gerry Bates (ESL, 25), 


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Henri Labelle (Hospitality/Tourism, 23), Murray Sang, Juliette L’Hérault (French, 21), Albert Cohen (Tourism, 24). 
Seated, Adrianne Sklar (English as a Second Language, 23), Lili Ullmann (ESL, 24), Mary Lee Wholey (ESL, 22), 
Christine Killinger (Tourism, 21), Danielle Leb (French, 20) and Charlotte Serruya (French, 20). Missing for the photo 
were Phyllis Vogel (ESL, 25) and Harriet Tyberg (ESL, 25). 


opment, which helps community 
groups develop effective skills, also 
comes under Cont Ed’s umbrella. 
With the move four years ago from 
a derelict school building to the 
Faubourg Tower, including a desig- 
nated entrance on the busy corner of 


Guy and Ste. Catherine Sts., Cont Ed 
finally has quarters to fit its profes- 
sional image. 

The instruction in English has 
grown exponentially, thanks to an 
increased emphasis at Concordia in 
recruiting international students. 


About 1,500 students a year, most of 
them young people from Asia and 
Latin America, study English in Cont 
Ed’s Language Institute, and the 
interface between the Institute and 
the university proper is a complex 
and growing one. 





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Students who are accepted into 
degree programs without sufficient 
competence in English could be 
required to take remedial courses 
before starting their degree program; 
it’s a policy that is under considera- 
tion by the university. 

Sang said that these language 
courses can be of immeasurable ben- 
efit to newcomers. “Because it’s a 
non-credit program, we can provide 
them cultural activities as well as lan- 
guage lessons.” 

Continuing Education courses also 
prove a fertile source of mature, moti- 
vated students for Concordia’s 
degree-granting programs, he added. 
After their initial experience taking 
the Centre’s professional courses, 
many students are infected with 
enthusiasm for learning — or at the 
very least, find that they are learners- 
in-the-making — and express an 
interest in going on to take a degree. 

With 5,000 students (or 15,000 
course registrations) a year at present, 
Continuing Education promises to 
grow beyond even its new quarters. 
“We've doubled in size since 1990, 
and now we're looking for more 
space,” Sang admitted, but he smiled 
as he said it. 





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BY BARBARA BLACK 


Bie Quebec Writers Federation held their annual prize-giving last 
week, and many Concordia writers were among the finalists. 

The Translation Prize was won by Howard Scott and Phyllis Aronoff 
for The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701: French-Native Diplomacy in the Sev- 
enteenth Century (McGill-Queen’s University Press), a gee from the : 
original French. = 

Scott has the distinction of being Concordia’s — and Catia ti 
master’s in women’s studies, back in 1984. He won the Governor-Gener- 
al’s Literary Award for English translation in 1997 for The Euguelion, by. 
Louky Bersianik. He now works as a commercial publisher. 

Linda Leith was also a finalist in the Translation category, for Travels 
with an Umbrella: An Irish Journey (Signature Editions), her rendering into 
English of Louis Gauthier's Voyage en Irelande avec un parapluie. Leith has 
taught science fiction in Concordia’s English iano! cme isa Soe 
mover of the successful Blue Metropolis literary festival. 

Communication Studies professor Monika Kin Gagnon was up pis the 
First Book Award, which was won by ae eae writer Jack Todd's 
memoir The Taste of Metal: A Deserter’s Story. : 

_Concordia’s Jason Camlot was up against stiff competition from McGill is 
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The best teachers are the writers out there, from Homer 


BY BARBARA BLACK 


ate Sterns’ novel Down There by 

he Train is an outrageous tale 
about a baker who tries to bake a 
life-size portrait of a dead woman in 
bread dough. It’s full of wordplay — 
one character talks about “the school 
of hard Knox” and objects to an idea 
“on legal grounds, moral grounds 
and coffee grounds!” 

It’s also full of arcane bits and bobs 
of knowledge, particularly about 
William Harvey (1578-1657), who 
discovered the human circulatory 
system. A physician’s daughter from 
Kingston, Ont., Sterns grew up 
around medical books, and was 
entranced by an early English transla- 
tion from Latin of Harvey's Exercita- 
tiones de generatione. 

When Down There by the Train 
appeared last spring, Sterns was given 
a full and admiring interview by 
Noah Richler, the books editor of the 
National Post, who knew her from her 
time in London. Her first novel, 
Thinking About Magritte, was pub- 
lished there, and was well received. 

Although she spent nine years in 
London and left behind many 
friends, whom she calls her ultimate 
“T could 
never be that poor again, for one 
thing,” she said. After England, she 
went to the United States to do her 
MA at Johns Hopkins University. 

She’s in her second year here, 
teaching a graduate course in creative 
writing and an undergraduate course 
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ment. 

“It's a wonderful department, with 
a great chair [Terry Byrnes] and 
smart, supportive colleagues,” she 
said in an interview. “It’s unusual to 
have creative writing and English lit- 
erature close together like this.” 

Writing and teaching are a perfect 
combination for her, because she 
writes relatively slowly, and she likes 
the stimulation of having people 


around her. 

“I love teaching,” she said. “For 
me, an academic setting is so com- 
fortable. I need to do research for the 
sort of novels I write, and I’m 
inspired by my colleagues. I've never 
had such stability.” 

Can you teach other people to 
write? “No,” she said immediately, “I 
teach them to read. The best teachers 
you'll ever have are the writers out 


Camlot delves into animal imagery, scratchy wax cylinders 


BY JAMES MARTIN 





triking, original imagery earned Jason 

Camlot’s debut volume of poetry, The 
Animal Library (DC Books), a spot on the 
A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry shortlist (part of 
last month’s Quebec Writers’ Federation 
Awards). 

A tenure-track professor in Concordia’s 
English department, Camlot has a knack for 
crafting unforgettable images, deftly conjuring 
“the hiss of cappuccino machines like Mada- 
gascar cockroaches” on one page, “a dried sea 
lion on the floor” the next. 

The son of a furrier, Camlot worked in fur 
factories from a young age. Now an academic, 
he draws analogies between counting rows of 
pelts in a cold room and browsing through 
books on a library shelf — a unifying “rela- 
tionship between artifacts and emotions” that 
informs the poems in The Animal Library. 

Whether he’s using images born of early 
autobiography (e.g., the tactile sensation of 
pelts), or images reflecting his current acade- 
mic interest in Victorian literature (e.g., a mis- 
placed wax cylinder recording of Alfred Lord 


Tennyson, discovered “in a decrepit third- 
floor flat”), Camlot is fascinated by the differ- 
ent ways of preserving memory. 


Rooting through the past 

This idea of recording the past will most 
certainly figure in Camlot’s next book, even 
though he’s unsure which work-in-progress 
will be the first to see the light of publication. 
One possibility is an as-yet-untitled book of 
criticism examining “the implications of 
recording technology on the literary arts.” 

Camlot has been busy rooting through vari- 
ous archives, researching “what you might call 
the incunabula of recorded sound, the pre- 
commercial recordings which were done by 
the agents of Thomas Edison.” 

Struck by “the seance-y nature” of hearing 
scratchy recordings of, say, Tennyson reading 
“The Charge of the Light Brigade” in 1890, 
Camlot is investigating ideas of reliving histo- 
ty through recordings (drawing upon libraries 
of “living” voices, as it were, rather than 
libraries of books), and the relationship of 
early commercial recordings to a broader cul- 
ture of elocution. 


Then again, Camlot might return to book- 
stores with a new volume of poetry. Picking 
up from The Animal Library's playful, yet emo- 
tionally charged, kitsch imagery (e.g. delicate 
Victorian dolls undergoing psychoanalysis, a 
miniature smallpox epidemic “spinning on the 
platform of a music box”), he’s continuing to 
explore the idea of “finding intense emotion in 
the tritest of places” with a series of poems 
about poets in the workplace. 

“I'm writing about poets in places you 
wouldn't necessarily expect to find them,” he 
explained, “office receptionist poems, things 
like that. It goes back to the Romantic idea of 
the ‘office of the poet, but I'm thinking about 
it more in the Dilbert sort of way because 
there are comical aspects to it.” 


Numerous projects on the go 

The “workplace” poems are just one of sev- 
eral diverse poetic projects currently on the 
go. In addition to a series of poems related to 
John Ruskin’s The Storm-Cloud of the Nine- 
teenth Century (in which the Victorian critic 
catalogued how industrial pollution was liter- 
ally changing the clouds), Camlot recently 


DECEMBER 6, 2001 


completed a long poem entitled “Dark Drink” 
that has its genesis in his MA days at Boston 
University. 

Finding himself a stranger in a strange land, 
the Montreal native turned to literature to 
help “make sense of what the United States 
was all about.” The result was a vicarious vari- 
ation on “Hi, Bob,” the infamous dormitory 
drinking game: instead of downing shots 
while watching The Bob Newhart Show, 
Camlot read Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises 
(“a very American book”) and wrote down 
every sentence that makes mention of drink- 
ing. “As you can imagine,” he recalled, “that’s 
quite a few sentences.” 

Several years (and a PhD from Stanford) 
later, Camlot began working through his dis- 
tillation of Papa’s boozy language, eventually 
“turning out a poem of my own about drink- 
ing.” 

Ruskin on clouds, Hemingway on drinking, 
poets on the payroll. Jason Camlot may not 
have taken home the QWF award, but his 
next book of poetry promises to be every bit 
as inventive, funny, and insightful as The Ani- 
mal Library. 


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poignant 
in down: Sterns 


there, from Homer on down.” 

Insofar as she can guide her stu- 
dents to find their literary voice, she 
urges them to ask, What does this 
character want, and what is the con- 
sequence of that desire? She starts her 
own novels with an image of a char- 
acter doing something. 

In the case of Down There by the 
Train, it was a young man called 
Levon, recently released from the 
Kingston Penitentiary, gazing at his 
reflection in the window of Sweeney’s 
Bar. Lonely and depressed, Levon sets 
out across an icy island to find a bak- 
ery where he’s been offered a job. 
Along the way, he meets Obdulia, 
who is grieving for her mother, a local 
wise woman 


Drawing on life experiences 

Strange as the story may be, Sterns 
vowed that “almost everything I wrote 
about came from life.” She was 
exploring how we cope with loss, par- 
ticularly now that we have replaced 
religious faith with science, and she 
has used her quirky imagination to do 
this. 

There’s something irresistible about 
a priest who would feed his commu- 
nicants bits of paper with words on 
them, and a baker who wants to bake 
a woman's effigy and serve it up to 
her family. 

It’s hard to let these lovable charac- 
ters go when the book is finished, 
Sterns admitted. “The time between 
books is one of anxiety for me. For a 
while, these characters were the only 
steady community I had.” 


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Unravelling our cultural conundrums 


Monika Kin Gagnon shortlisted for Quebec Writers Federation's First Book Award 


BY JAMES MARTIN 


oO Conundrums; Race, Cul- 
ture, and Canadian Art, writ- 
ten by Assistant Professor Monika 
Kin Gagnon, is about identity — 
and it’s also a bit of an identity 
puzzle itself. 

The author is a native Montrealer 
who, until three years ago, hadn't 
lived in the province for close to 
two decades. The book was co- 
published by a Vancouver small 
press (Arsenal Pulp), and two 
British Columbia art galleries (Arts- 
peak Gallery and the Kamloops Art 
Gallery). The artworks and events 
discussed in the book span the 
country. 

Yet, in the eyes of the Quebec 
Writers’ Federation, Other Conun- 
drums is a Quebec book, and wor- 
thy of the shortlist for its 2001 First 
Book Award. Nobody was more 
surprised and delighted than 
Gagnon. 

“I definitely think of myself as a 


is about issues of identity a cul- 
ture, and so the shift back to Mon- 
treal is exciting for me, because it 
forces me to rethink a lot of the 
relations that were mpomiedet to 


Cultural politics 

Gagnon left Montreal after com- 
pleting her undergrad degree at 
Concordia in 1982. Active in inde- 
pendent cultural communities in 
Toronto and Vancouver, she spent 


essays for “that usual mix of dispos- 
able art mags, journals, exhibition 
catalogues, and anthologies.” drums. 

In 1994, she began working on 
her PhD at Simon Fraser Universi- 





Starting with 75 articles, she 
whittled her oeuvre down to 11 


ty. The shift back to academia was __ pieces, resulting in an engaging his- 
a catalyst in writing Other Conun- 


torical testament to a vibrant time 
in Canadian cultural race politics. 

Gagnon’s insider account fluidly 
slips between several forms: critical 
writings on specific artists (includ- 
ing Dana Claxton, Shani Mootoo, 
Jamelie Hassan), firsthand accounts 
of pivotal events (the Minquon 
Panchayat anti-racism strategy cau- 
cus in 1997, the In Visible Colours 
Film and Video Festival and Sym- 
posium in 1989), theoretical 
essays, letters, and lexicons. 

“| wanted to consolidate that 
body of writing as a book, because 
I didn’t know what was going to 
happen to me once I entered the 
institution. 

“The university has certain 
advantages, but it also has a way of 
marking you apart from being able 
to participate in alternative com- 
munities because you're now in 
some ways part of the main- 
stream.” 

Gagnon is currently finishing a 
second book, co-written with 
Toronto videomaker and critic 
Richard Fung. 

_ After its completion, hen says, 
she'll have to revisit another period 
in the 90s: her PhD dissertation. 
She plans to revise her work on 
race and Disney films. 

“That's something which has 
been on the back burner,” she said, 
-mock-groaning at the idea of sifting 
through two huge boxes of Mickey 
Mouse research she has accumulat- 
ed, “that I have to move to the 


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10 years writing criticism and Monika Kin Gagnon’s first book is an exploration of culture and identity. front burner.” 


More recent books with a Concordia connection 


| cipal Peter Rist has just published 
a major reference work, Guide to the 
Cinema(s) of Canada. It is part of a series, 
Reference Guides to the World’s Cinema, 
published by Greenwood Press, of West- 
port, Conn. 

The publication was celebrated at a party 
in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema 
studio on Guy St. on Nov. 30. It was 
attended by most of his 20 collaborators on 
the project, who are to be congratulated for 
this significant contribution to Canadian 
film scholarship. Collaborators who attend- 
ed were Donato Totaro, Dave Douglas, 
Louis Goyette, Paul and Helen Salmon, Ian 
Elliot, Judes Dickey, Alain Dubeau and 
Isabelle Morissette. Some of these guests 
traveled from Ontario to congratulate Rist 
and his longtime companion Shelley Cole- 
man, who were married earlier in the day. 


Congratulations to Daniel Dagenais, a 
new tenure-track professor in the Sociology 
and Anthropology Department, who won 
one of four book prizes given by the Human- 
ities and Social Sciences Federation of Cana- 


CcConcordia’'s Thursday Report 


da. Dagenais’s book is La fin de la famille mod- 
erne: Signification des transformations contem- 
poraines de la famille (Les Presses de 
l'Université Laval). He won the Prix Jean- 
Charles-Falardeau, given for the best work in 
French in the social sciences. The prizes were 
announced at a reception at the National 
Library of Canada in Ottawa on Nov. 24. 


David Homel, who has taught in the 
translation program of Etudes francaises in 
1983 and intermittently in creative writing, 
is as well known to French-speaking as to 
English-speaking Quebec readers. With 
Fred R. Reed, Homel won the Governor- 
General's Award for Translation this year, 
for The Fairy Ring, a rendering into English 
of Le cercle de Clara, by Martine Desjardins. 


Norman Ravvin holds the chair in 
Canadian Jewish studies at Concordia. He’s 
prolific — his books include Café des West- 
ens (a novel), Sex, Skyscrapers, and Stan- 
dard Yiddish (short stories), A House of 
Words: Jewish Writing, Identity, and Memory 
(essays), Hidden Canada: An Intimate Travel- 


ogue (essays) and a forthcoming novel, Lola 
By Night. He also edited a short story 
anthology called Great Stories of the Sea. His 
latest book is Not Quite Mainstream: Jew- 
ish Canadian Short Stories, which was just 
published by Red Deer Press. 


Jeffrey Moore can stop teaching in the 
translation program for a while. After win- 
ning the $10,000 Best First Novel Com- 
monwealth Prize last year, he signed a 
two-book deal with the leading London lit- 
erary publishing house Weidenfeld and 
Nicolson that could be worth even more. 
He made his breakthrough to the big time 
with his novel Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain. 


Matthew Santateresa works in Human 
Resources and Employee Relations, but he’s 
also a published poet. His latest collection, 
published by the Mansfield Press (Toronto) 
is called A Beggar’s Loom. Matt took the 
graduate creative writing program at Con- 
cordia. His past two years have been espe- 
cially productive; he will bring another 
collection out with Mansfield next spring. 


DECEMBER 6, 2001 


Art Matters gears up 
for another year 


or the second year, the student-run festival Art 

Matters will showcase works from rising Con- 
cordia artists. There was a great turnout for an infor- 
mation session and party at Reggie’s on Nov. 28, 
according to film studies student Katharine Harris, 
the festival coordinator. 

The two-week festival began last year as part of 
the 25th anniversary of the Faculty of Fine Arts. It 
was a huge success, attracting some 400 participants 
and encouraging inter-Faculty projects such as the 
“Teach Engineers to Paint” workshop. 

Harris would like to see greater participation by 
creative writers this year, such as poets and fiction 
writers. Students in the translation program have 
also been contacted in order to make the festival as 
bilingual as possible. 

Art Matters is scheduled for March 1-15. Submis- 
sion proposal forms are available in VA-250 or can 
be obtained by emailing artmatters@canada.com. 
The deadline for proposals is Jan. 15. 

Festival organizers are also looking for volunteers 
to fill various positions. Anyone interested should 
send an email to the above address. 

—Anna Bratulic 





Keefer-Marouf case thrown out of court 


S oe university was successful Nov. 22 in its motion to have the injunc- 
tion proceedings against the university instituted by Tom Keefer and 
Laith Marouf thrown out. 

The pair had requested an injunction against the university because they 
were excluded from Concordia as the result of an altercation with security 
guards in the summer. Preliminary sessions to hear arguments for and 
against the injunction were held Oct. 10 and Oct. 25, and the pair were 
granted limited access to the university to fulfill their CSU duties while the 
case was ongoing. 

In a decision rendered on Nov. 22, the judge accepted the university's 
argument that Keefer and Marouf had not exhausted their internal recourses 
at the university (i.e., an appeal to the Board of Governors), and that there- 
fore their request for an injunction before the courts should be dismissed. 
They have 30 days to appeal this decision to the Court of Appeal. 

In a separate incident, Laith Marouf called a news conference in the lobby 
of the Hall Building on Nov. 26 to announce that he was bringing a com- 
plaint before the Quebec Human Rights Commission against the university, 
Bnai Brith and The Suburban, based on his claim that he had been singled 
out for criticism for his political views. 

Since he has been excluded from university premises since Aug. 20, the 
police were called, and he was escorted from the building. 

Keefer initially headed one of the slates running in last week’s CSU elec- 


tion, but he dropped out. 


Pitching in for U.S. public broadcasting 


ik the spirit of Canadians’ continued support for their southern neigh- 
bours, four Concordia journalism students and their teacher piled into a 
Volvo and headed to Plattsburgh, NY, on Dec. 2 to help with the Mountain 


Lake PBS pledge drive. 


The students were inspired to volunteer after the director of program- 
ming for the station, John Flanzer, visited their broadcasting class and sug- 
gested that they help out. (They admit may also have been motivated by the 
fact that anyone who went was guaranteed a spot on television.) 

They met at Vendome metro station, where teacher Barry Lazar picked 
them up. At the station, at 1 Sesame St., they were given a brief training ses- 
sion and took their places on the set to man the phones. . 

They competed to see who would get the most pledges, and could be 
glimpsed during the pledge breaks, between tapes of a Bee Gees concert and 


singing teenager Charlotte Church. 


—Carine Karam 


Registration via the Web at Concordia 


L is now possible for undergraduate program, visiting and independent 
students to register online for Concordia. Students can access the new 
system from the Quick Links section on Concordia’s main Web site. 

Assistant Registrar Terry Too added that undergraduate students, visiting 
and independent students will still be able to register via CARL. 


Plunging into another historical story 


A glimpse of historian Natalie Zemon Davis’s next work 


BY FRANK KUIN 


oncordians were treated last 

week to a sneak preview of the 
next work by acclaimed historian 
Natalie Zemon Davis — an ambigu- 
ous tale of romance between a white 
captain and a mulatto woman slave 
in colonial South America, steeped in 
the intricacies of cross-cultural rela- 
tionships. 

At the English Department's annu- 
al Lahey Lecture, Professor Davis 
regaled faculty and students of Eng- 
lish and history with her interpreta- 
tions of the multicultural plantation 
society of late 18th-century Suri- 
name, on the Caribbean coast of 
South America. She has been 
researching the subject as part of a 
new book, due to be completed in 
about a year’s time. 

In the lecture, Davis, a professor at 
Princeton University and the Univer- 
sity of Toronto, focused on the mar- 
riage of John Gabriel Stedman, a 
Scottish-Dutch military captain, and 
Joanna, the daughter of a Dutch set- 
tler and a black woman. Although 
colonial Dutch law prohibited unions 
between freemen and slaves, the two 
were unofficially married for four 
years in the 1770s, until Stedman’s 
return to Europe. 

“Both of them were people of 
mixed lives, mixed parentage, multi- 
ple languages, conflicting loyalties,” 
Davis said, explaining her interest in 
the story, in which many cultural 
strains are “braided” together. “I want 
to explore the multiple and contra- 
dictory worlds to which they 
belonged.” 

Stedman produced diaries, a book 
and drawings of his detachment in 
Suriname, which serve as an impor- 
tant source for Davis's research. Sted- 
man’s narrative is a_ versatile 
document, with descriptions of flora 
and fauna, accounts of hostilities 
between rebelling Maroons and the 
Scots Brigade in which he served, 


autobiographical material, as well as 
the love story. 

However, Davis, a pioneer in 
women’s history since the 1970s, has 
undertaken to tell the story from 
Joanna’s perspective — even though 
the woman slave has left no record of 
the romance. Stedman's account of 
Joanna as simply a “faithful and lov- 
ing friend” does not satisfy her. 

“I hope to construct a possible 
mentality for Joanna, and a sense of 
how she viewed this marriage,” Davis 
said. “How would Joanna have 
reflected on her relation with a white 
captain to her sister slaves?” Was it 
affectionate or exploitative? A “suc- 
cessful business relation”? Or, seeing 
as Stedman tried to purchase Joanna’s 
freedom, a step “bringing her closer 
to manumission”? 

Davis engages in such construction 
by researching contemporary con- 
texts. For instance, by examining 
“collateral evidence” on marriage and 
women slaves in general, both from 
literary narratives and historical doc- 
uments, Davis builds insights into 
Joanna’s possible motives. 

Thus, Davis works as a literary 
scholar and as an historian at the 
same time. “I try to put on both hats,” 
she said. “The bottom line for me is 
more that of a historian, in that I 
want to end up understanding the 
culture and style of a period. But I 
like the idea of being between fields, 
drawing from both of them.” 

This imaginative approach is remi- 
niscent of Davis’ critically acclaimed 
earlier work. Most famously, she used 
comparable methods in her 1983 
book The Return of Martin Guerre, a 
work of historical research that reads 
more like a novel. With Davis's coop- 
eration, it was made into a movie 
starring Gérard Depardieu. 

In The Return of Martin Guerre, 
Davis reinterpreted the case of a 
16th-century imposter in a French 
village, who took on the identity of 
Martin Guerre after a long absence of 


the real Guerre. Many townspeople, 
including Martin’s wife, Bertrande, 
apparently believed him — until the 
real Martin appeared near the end of 
a trial held to establish the imposter’s 
identity. 

Davis proposed a persuasive new 
interpretation, implying Bertrande 
had known all along that the new 
Martin was an imposter. She proba- 
bly played along, Davis argued, 
because it was in her best interests to 
have a husband again. Davis exam- 
ined the historical context of the area, 
including themes like the role of 
women in marriage and the degree of 
their independence, to support her 
argument. 

Although some historians criticized 
her approach as too speculative, most 
praised it as compelling and insight- 
ful. Moreover, Martin Guerre estab- 
lished Davis's reputation as a highly 
engaging storyteller. 

Now, Davis has set her sights on 
Joanna, the Suriname slave, as her 
new protagonist. She was gripped by 
some aspects of Joanna’s existence, 
such as her links to Dutch settlers, 
slaves, and Maroon rebels; the lan- 
guages she spoke, and her mysterious 
death by poisoning in 1782. 

“I really liked Joanna,” Davis said, 
adding that of the two marriage part- 
ners, “she is the more challenging 
enigma.” Davis came across their 
story while working on an earlier 
book, and has been doing research in 
Suriname and in the archives in The 
Hague, the former colonial capital. 

Geographically, the new project is 
a departure from Davis's first passion: 
French social and cultural history. “I 
decided I did not want to do any 
more writing that was only situated 
in Europe,” Davis explained. 

“There are stories I very much 
want to tell about people who once 
lived in the rain forests of Suriname, 
or along the shores of the St. 
Lawrence, or plied the caravan routes 
of North Africa.” 


Knowledge is the best remedy against bioterrorism: student seminar 


BY ROBERT SCALIA 


Foz the gas mask — get 
informed. It may not be the most 


reassuring advice for anyone who 
now cringe at the sight of a crop- 
duster, but it was the underlying 
message at a student-organized event 
called the Bio-Terrorism Public 
Awareness Conference held at Con- 
cordia on Nov. 30. 

“There’s nothing you guys can do 
to prevent an attack,” explained 
Robert Laporte, a Concordia student 
specializing in cellular and molecular 
biology, who gave a lively history of 
biowarfare and described the most 
commonly used biological agents. 

The responsibility to meet such 
attacks lies with all of us, and rapid 
intervention by local responders can 


limit injury and loss of life. “The only 
thing you can do is educate your- 
selves, try to understand the symp- 
toms and the signs, and know how to 
help each other if need be.” 

Laporte said it’s crucial to note 
unusual infections, such as flu out- 
breaks in summer or an entire office 
staff getting sick at the same time, like 
the recent anthrax cases in the U.S. 
“If you discover blisters on your 
hands, for example, don’t take the 
subway to go to the hospital. Call 911 
and they will send the right people to 
your home.” 

Classes of biological agents include 
bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, fungi and 
toxins. Smallpox is a deadly and 
highly contagious virus, but vaccine 
is efficacious during the first week of 
exposure. Antrax is not infectious, 


and if diagnosed early, it can be treat- 
ed with antibiotics. Laporte’s seminar, 
punctuated by chilling slides, walked 
the audience through the history of 
bio-terrorism. From poisoning water 
supplies in ancient Athens to plague- 
infested fleas in Japan, people have 
experimented with biological warfare. 
Why? Because it’s relatively inexpen- 
sive, easy to produce, there’s a delay 
from onset until detection, and popu- 
lations who are not immunized are 
vulnerable. 

The deadliest biological and chemi- 
cal agents, however, were developed 
under the watchful eye of Dr. Kanat- 
jan Alibekov, a scientist in the Soviet 
program Biopreparat that blossomed 
during the 1970s. Alibekov defected 
to the U.S. in 1992 after funding for 
the program waned. 


Laporte pointed out that roughly 
60,000 scientists like Alibekov were 
effectively unemployed after 1992 
and became attractive acquisitions for 
terrorist organizations and rogue 
nations jostling for international 
leverage. The U.S. proved with their 
“undercover” Project Bacchus that 
anyone can start a BW program with 
about $1 million (US), purchasing 
the necessary equipment from local 
stores and the Internet. 

Larry Wayne Harris, a white 
supremacist leader in the U.S., was 
able to order the plague through the 
mail after learning of the sarin gas 
attack on Tokyo's subway system in 
1997, Laport said. When the FBI 
finally tracked him down, “he had 
enough anthrax in his trunk to kill all 
of Las Vegas.” 


Laporte said, “Going out and buy- 
ing a gas mask will not help you in a 
biological attack, even though they 
are selling like hotcakes now.” While 
they might help in chemical attacks, 
most deadly microbes are odorless 
and tasteless, meaning you would 
have to wear it all the time. “That's 
just unthinkable.” 

Major J.P.M. Tardif, from the 
Directorate of Nuclear, Biological and 
Chemical Defence, in Ottawa,gave an 
overview of the response of Depart- 
ment of National Defence and the 
Canadian Forces to nuclear, biologi- 
cal and chemical terrorist incidents. 
He said DND has maintained a 
response capability since the Montre- 
al Olympic Games in 1976. 

—Thanks to Sonia Ruiz, Department 

of Biology, for additional information. 





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DECEMBER 6, 2001" 


Concordia’s Thursday Report 


Designing play structures for bored chimps 


he students in Howard Davies’ 

design course may have 
enriched the lives of an unusual local 
population — 18 chimpanzees living 
in a South Shore shelter. 

The Fauna Foundation is a private- 
ly-run, government-certified non- 
profit organization that serves as a 
sanctuary for neglected and abused 
farm and circus animals and former 
biomedical research chimpanzees. 

Intelligent and athletic, these 
chimpanzees needed challenging 
play structures. Fauna itself was also 
looking for a design for a publicity 
kiosk that would use graphic and 
digital media to communicate infor- 
mation about their activities, and 
about such controversial issues as the 
use of animals in the entertainment 
business. 


Students apply their skills 

The students worked on the pro- 
ject over five weeks in October and 
November in DART 310, a core 
course in the Design Art program 
that looks at ways young designers 
can use their skills for the greater 
community. 

Davies, who is a professional 
designer as well as their teacher, was 
contacted by Fauna last summer. 

“I was pretty sure that this was the 
perfect type of problem for our stu- 
dents in this particular course,” he 





Gloria Grow and Diana Goodrich, members of the Fauna Foundation, look 
at a model by students Kerry Harmer, Morgan Charles and Karla Smith. On 
our front page is photo with a close-up of a model of an information kiosk. 


said. “Not only does it offer an 
opportunity for them to learn some- 
thing about the pros and cons of ani- 
mal testing, but it also took 
advantage of a wide range of skills, 
including two- and three-dimension- 
al design, as well as digital.” 

The students were delighted to be 
able present their work to the Fauna 
group on Nov. 28. They made a 


party out of it, with vegetarian cui- 
sine. For their part, the Fauna Foun- 
dation intends to build some of the 
play structures and kiosks in the next 
few months, and will use the models 
and drawings produced by the stu- 
dents as a method of fundraising. 

For more information about the 
Fauna Foundation, consult their Web 
site, at www.faunafoundation.org. 


A unique opportunity to train German and Dutch army corps 
Journalism students hone skills on the army 


BY SIGALIT HOFFMAN 


ix Concordia journalism stu- 

dents returned from a 12-day 
simulation exercise with reporting 
experience and a newfound respect 
for the military. 

“The first couple of days were very 
difficult, because nobody knew what 
they were talking about,” said third- 
year journalism student Albert Sévi- 
gny. After a few days of practice, 
though, he said, laughing, the 
reporters had the army delegates 
“running for their lives” with their 
probing questions. 

The group, along with representa- 
tives from several non-governmental 
organizations, was sent to train the 
first-ever German and Dutch army 
corps of about 120 high-ranking staff 
members. The project was held at 
and organized by the Pearson Peace- 
keeping Centre (PPC) in Cornwallis, 
N.S. The program was meant to 
teach the military how to deal with 
civilian organizations in a post-war 
situation. 

“The army is used to working 
alone,” said André Bédard, the pro- 
ject’s media coordinator. “We are 
teaching them how to manage and 
react to a situation in collaboration 
with other organizations.” The 
media, he explained, are an impor- 
tant component of civilian life. 





Concordia’s Thursday Report 


Bédard said the German-Dutch 
corps chose the PPC because of its 
long tradition of peacekeeping. “They 
looked all over the world for training, 
and decided to choose Canada 
because the preparation from the 
PPC was the best,” he said. 


Simulated crises 

During the simulation, Nova Scotia 
became a fictitious country and every 
day, a new crisis, like a collapsed 
bridge or a minefield, would arise. 

“We had [to write about] every- 
thing from storms to child soldiers 
and mass graves,” said Robert Scalia. 
Each student represented a different 
media outlet and wrote about the 
day’s events. They would go to a 
press conference every morning at 8 
o'clock sharp, and would write three 
to four news articles or editorials a 
day. 

It was Scalia’s first experience in a 
newsroom. “People talk in the back- 
ground. You have to learn to block it 
out when you're working, but you 
also have them as resources.” 

Bédard was impressed by the level 
of expertise the journalism students 
brought to the exercise, despite a 
gruelling schedule. “I was thrilled to 
have worked with them,” he said. 
“They did a hell of a good job.” 

Every student journalist had some 
journalism experience before they 





participated in the program. Scalia 
has freelanced for the Concordia stu- 
dent press and CTR, and Sévigny is a 
freelance writer for The Suburban. 
Sévigny said that thanks to the Jour- 
nalism Department, their writing 
skills were up to the task. 

The two are considering integrat- 
ing foreign reporting into their writ- 
ing careers, thanks to their 
experience in Cornwallis. Sévigny, 
who plans to make peacekeeping 
into a beat, or specialty, said the 
experience gave him a newfound 
respect for the armed forces. 

“Do not believe for a minute that 
the military is a silly organization,” he 
said. “They're very professional peo- 
ple.” He was pleased to find that the 
army cares about its troops, and said 
the experience also gave him a new 
perspective on war and peacekeep- 
ing. 

“Canada has a long and honorable 
tradition of peacekeeping, and this is 
going to be the mandate of tomor- 
row’s armed forces. Making toilets 
run and making sure that people 
have water that won't kill them — 
that’s what peacekeeping is all 
about.” 

Journalism students David 
Weatherall, Helen Sergakis, Eilis 
Quinn and journalism graduate stu- 
dent Andrea Huncar also participated 
in the program. 


DECEMBER 6, 2001 


ANDREW DOBROWOLSKYJ 


Canada Research Chair named 


continued from front page 


“Substance abuse and mental disorders are characterized by problems of 
drive and impulse control that impair a person’s ability to structure behav- 
iour toward future goals,” Arvanitogiannis explained. “These problems also 
reflect disturbances in basic brain mechanisms of goal-directed behaviour.” 
He expects that greater understanding of the neurobiological basis of goal- 
directed behaviour will reveal new approaches to treating substance abuse 
and mental disorders. 

The second area that interests him is circadian rhythms, or the biological 
clock that seems to guide rhythmical aspects of behaviour.’ “This system is 
well worked out; we know where it is located, and we know a lot about the 
molecular biology of it.” 

He noted that the values of certain goals can change over time. For exam- 
ple, sleep won't have a high value at lunchtime, but food will. He hopes that 
putting what is known about the brain’s reward system and the circadian 
system together will bring new revelations about the way different systems 
in the brain interact with each other. 

Arvanitogiannis will explore the behavioural, cellular and molecular 
mechanisms by which specialized neural circuits interact to produce moti- 
vated, goal-directed behaviour. He explained that “the control of behaviour 
is the outcome of an interaction among multiple, interconnected neural sys- 
tems with specialized roles. 

“In other words, changes in behaviour as a function of time may be relat- 
ed to endogenous (internal) rhythms, physiological state, external stimuli 
that are significant for survival, and knowledge derived from prior experi- 
ence about where, when and what predict the occurrence of these incentive 
stimuli.” He plans to analyze these components individually, then study 
their interactions. 


Food drive ends on December 19 


he Birks Student Service Centre, LB-185, has been added to the drop- 
off points for contributions to the food/clothing/toy drive for Chez 
Doris and Benedict Labre House. 

While the drive doesn’t end until Dec. 19, the organizers hope as much 
material as possible is donated by Dec. 17, so that it can be delivered by the 
last day of the drive. Many thanks to everyone who has generously con- 
tributed, and to the men in Distribution Services, who did their bit by col- 
lecting donation boxes from offices. 


A virtual peek at the new buildings 


W: invite you take a virtual look at the buildings being constructed 
and planned for Concordia. A video representation of the new Loy- 
ola Science Complex and downtown homes for Engineering and Computer 
Science, Fine Arts and the John Molson School of Business is now available 
on the Building Concordia’s Future site at: http://buildings.concordia.ca. 





Visitors from Hong Kong 


Five members of the City University of Hong Kong recently visited 
Concordia, and are seen above in downtown Montreal with Professor 
Balbir Sahni, director of the Centre for International Academic 
Cooperation. They are (left to right) Helen Lam, Matthew Chen, Yuk- 
Shan Wong, Dr. Sahni, Diana Ying and Roderick Wong. 

Provost and Vice-Rector Research Jack Lightstone and his 
counterpart, Dr. Yuk-Shan Wong, signed a general agreement of 
academic cooperation. 

It is hoped that this will lead to a bilateral exchange of students, 
with Concordians taking advantage of the new Ministry of Education 
Mobility Bursary, and collaborative research, starting with the Faculties 
of Arts & Science and Engineering & Computer Science. 





Stop lecturing, start teaching, says American expert 


BY SYLVAIN COMEAU 


guru. The Centennial Professor of 

ychology and Education and co- 
director of the Learning Technology 
Center at Vanderbilt University in 
Nashville, Bransford told a Concor- 
dia audience on Nov. 9 that the lec- 
ture model of teaching that still 
dominates North American educa- 
tion is becoming obsolete. 

“Many students still believe that 
education is about a teacher telling a 
student what to learn, what they 
should know. But we know that, 
even in the lecture model, there is 
active learning. When you are listen- 
ing to a lecture, you are constructing 
your own interpretation.” 

Bransford is an advocate for going 
beyond the one-way delivery of infor- 
mation from professor to student. He 
is the author of seven books and co- 
author of How People Learn. His 
research into teaching methods and 
technologies involves changing the 
curriculum at St. Louis and Nashville 
schools from kindergarten to Grade 8. 

He and his colleagues have devel- 
oped innovative computer, videodisc, 
CD ROM and Internet teaching pro- 


Jen Bransford is an active-learning 
s 


- grams, and even helped establish a 


middle school in St. Louis based on 
the principles of active learning. He 
says that such teaching strategies are 
a challenge to traditional assumptions 
about the student mind. 

“We've learned that the ‘blank 
slate’ theory of learning is not valid. 
Even infants have ideas about the 
way the world should work, and ele- 
mentary ideas about concepts like 
math.” 

Unfortunately, much education 
fails to take advantage of that base of 
ingrained knowledge by requiring 
rote memorization as the main criteri- 
on for success. Students tend to for- 
get most of what they memorized 
soon after the exam. “Instead of sim- 
ple memorization, | think it is crucial 
for students to understand funda- 
mental concepts; teachers should 
explain the why of a subject. That's a 
way of paring down the mile-wide, 
inch-deep curriculum.” 

Bransford believes that teaching 
should be “learner-centred” in many 
ways, such as building on students’ 
existing strengths. 

“We need to build bridges to what 
people already know. For example, 
people from foreign rural communi- 





Plan your future on HR’s Web site 


WwW to know whether you can afford to retire early? Whether you 
should choose a basic or a contributory pension? What kind of health 
insurance plan is best for you? Now you can figure it out from the comfort of 
your own computer, thanks to a new benefits Web site launched by Human 


Resources and Employee Relations. 


Unlike the Employee Self-Service facility we told you about in CTR’s Sept. 
13 issue, this one doesn’t require a PIN number. It’s a sophisticated calculator 
accessed through Internet Explorer that can help you try out various scenarios. 

To access the benefits calculator, go to www.concordia.ca/hr, then go to the 
Benefits section and choose “A World to Discover.” You can choose from 


“Money,” “Health,” and “Life Events.” 


For instance, you could enter your birth date, your dates of hire and of entry 
to the pension plan, your sex and marital status, your current salary and your 
retirement date, at age 65 or earlier. Add an estimated inflation rate (say, 3 per 
cent), an estimated salary increase, and the average rate of return on your 
RRSP, if you have one. The pension projection tool will tell you what your 
annual pension is likely to be under those circumstances. 

Gilles Bourgeois, Executive Director of HR & ER, said that a month-long 
“sneak preview” of the benefits Web site elicited about 20 responses, all of 


them favourable. 


The department plans to send future bulletins by e-mail first, following up 
with printed material for employees who require or prefer it. This is a reverse 
of previous practice, and an indication of how thoroughly the computer has 
become the communications medium of choice at Concordia. 

Information sessions, providing opportunities to ask HRVER personnel spe- 
cific questions about these Web sites, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, in H-762, 
one from 12:15 to 1 p.m., and from 1:15 to 2 p.m. There will also be a session 
on the Loyola Campus, on Friday, Jan. 19, in AD-308, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. 


'e] Concordia 


UNIVERSITY 


any 


Mission Statement 


THE SENATE STEERING COMMITTEE is seeking suggestions for updating the text of 
the University’s mission statement. The statement has not been revised in a decade, 
and Senate wishes to suggest to the Board of Governors revisions so that 
the mission statement better reflects the University’s current reality, 
academic plans and directions. 


The current Concordia University Mission Statement is available at 
http://registrar.concordia.ca/calendar/general.html. 


Please submit your suggestions by Dec. 31, 2001 to Danielle Tessier, Secretary of the Board 
of Governors and Senate, by fax (848-8649) or email (danielle.tessier@concordia.ca). 





ties may not have had much opportu- 
nity to acquire book knowledge, but 
many have a detailed understanding 
of anatomy because they were 
hunters.” 


Learning-by-doing model 

A learner-centred teaching envi- 
ronment involves “challenge-based” 
learning, in which students learn by 
doing. Bransford displayed charts 
that showed the energy levels of stu- 
dents, according to his research. 

“What makes students feel ener- 
gized? They are most energized when 
presented with a challenge, and least 
when they listen to a lecture. In the 
lecture model, their level of excite- 
ment and energy only goes up during 
a demo. 

“In an ideal world, professors 
would be saying, ‘Here’s a problem 
we need to solve, and I would like 





DENNIS Dicks, ASSOCIATE 
PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL 
TECHNOLOGY 


y January 2002, Concordia 

intends to have every class- 
room with more than 50 seats con- 
nected wirelessly to our internal 
computer system and hence to the 
Internet. Furthermore, the univer- 
sity will endeavour to make laptop 
computers available to students at 
a modest annual cost (CTR, 27 
May 2001). These very substantial 
commitments suggest we have a 
central plan for promoting the use 
of teaching technologies. 


Faculty initiatives 

Meantime, a variety of Faculty- 
specific initiatives head us in that 
direction. Some of these arise from 
a major grant from the McConnell 
Foundation (Transforming Teaching 
and Learning at Concordia 
University, 1999). 

Others draw upon funds provid- 
ed by Quebec to subsidize pro- 
grams which promote new skills or 
knowledge in information tech- 
nologies. They take such visible 
form as videotaped lectures avail- 
able on demand; multimedia 
course materials using the Web; 
groupware or other delivery sys- 
tems; “learning objects” addressing 
specific teaching goals; common 
curriculum for multisection cours- 
es; and so on. 

Significantly, at least three Facul- 
ties have hired “instructional 
designers,” staff specifically man- 
dated to help faculty implement 
teaching technology projects. IITS 
and the Centre for Teaching and 
Learning Services also support fac- 
ulty development in this area 
through workshops, helpdesks, 








your help.’ But we also need to devel- 
op a curriculum that demands this 
kind of collaboration.” 

Motivation is low among many 
students because they have no sense, 
beyond their marks, of how they are 
progressing. 

“We know that your motivation 
goes up when you are involved in a 
class and you are being shown a 
gauge of how your knowledge and 
understanding of a subject is expand- 
ing. How well you memorized some- 
thing is not such a gauge.” 

Another problem is a divided 
attention span; students go from one 
lecture to another with little context 
for the information they are expected 
to absorb. 

After his lecture, Bransford was 
asked why the lecture mode became 
so dominant in education if it is rela- 
tively ineffective. 


A vision is needed for teaching technologies 


Strategic collaboration founded on academic mission is key 


authorware services (e.g. WebCT) 
and formative evaluation of specific 
projects. 

lam most familiar with the work 
in the John Molson School of Busi- 
ness, where over the past five years 
faculty have worked closely with 
the team at the Centre for Instruc- 
tional Technology to create four 
different “laptop university” pro- 
jects; to enrich dozens of courses 
with FirstClass groupware; to 
deliver an entire program, the 
Global Aviation MBA, to students 
in 10 countries; to launch another 
MBA program linking students in 
Montreal and Toronto via video- 
conference; to support 20 or so 
teaching technology projects initi- 
ated by faculty; and to host a major 
conference on educational technol- 


ogy. 


Broad strategy needed 

An impressive array of activity 
across the university—but is there 
a broad strategy underlying this 
variety? Where are we headed with 
wirelessly connected classrooms? 
Why will we encourage students to 
arrive with their laptops? So they 
will have something more interest- 
ing to do than listen to the prof? 

A cautionary view of this trend 
emanates from a conference spon- 
sored by the Canadian Association 
of University Teachers (CAUT), 
with sessions like Implications for 
Workload, Faculty Control of Con- 
tent and Curriculum (November 2- 
4, 2001). Past experience does 
indicate that we have to do more 
than follow the herd to draw last- 
ing benefit from technology’s 
promises. 

Those who appear to have 
drawn such benefits from teaching 
technologies have started with 


“| think it became entrenched sim- 
ply because saying what you know is 
the easiest way to teach. It is much 
more challenging and difficult for 
professors to create a real learning 
environment. We find that it is the 
tenured professors who are ready to 
rethink how they teach, while the 
younger professors worry about how 
they will find time to do their 
research, so that they can get tenure. 

“Challenging students is more 
challenging for the professors, 
although it’s also more rewarding for 
both.” 

Bransford’s lecture was co-spon- 
sored by the Concordia University 
Visiting Lecturers Progam, the 
Department of Education, the Centre 
for the Study of Learning and Perfor- 
mance (CSLP) and McGill Universi- 
ty’s Department of Educational and 
Counselling Psychology. 





clear strategic goals founded on an 
academic mission, and have moved 
towards those goals by forming 
collaborative consensus among all 
the stakeholders: IT units, libraries, 
faculty, staff, students, business 
partners, alumni, even parents. 

Drawing on this wisdom, follow- 
ing a strategic plan, teaching tech- 
nology applications in the John 
Molson School have been designed 
to support its strengths in specific 
niches — not to move on-line 
holus bolus. 

Success demands collaboration 
on a focused plan because of the 
scale of investment required by 
teaching technologies and the per- 
vasiveness of their impacts. Teach- 
ing technologies cost lots and 
depreciate quickly. They need staff 
to build and maintain them. They 
change the way faculty communi- 
cate with students. They change 
the way students learn. 

In sum, they force substantive 
change in the way the parts of the 
university work together, in the 
allocation of human and material 
resources, in systems governing 
faculty workload and incentives. If 
we do not understand and address 
the concerns of all the stakehold- 
ers, experience shows resistance 
will grow. 

To date, the organizations that 
have attained relative success in 
implementing broad teaching tech- 
nology strategies are small — a few 
thousand students, a few hundred 
faculty. Can large universities like 
ours work to a common strategy? 
Is that an appropriate aspiration? 
These questions are the subject of 
policy research in the Educational 
Technology program. I don’t know 
the answers. But I know we do 
have to ask. 















































DECEMBER 6, 2001: - 


Concordiaits Thitirodav Renoart- 


Great Scott! Regimbald a proud papa as son wins Grey Cup 


Concordia’s claim to Grey Cup fame 


BY JOHN AUSTEN 


ssistant Registrar Peter Regim- 

bald says that Sunday, Nov. 25, 
was the longest day of his life. It was 
filled with trepidation, anticipation 
— and ultimately, much celebration 
at the Olympic Stadium. 

Regimbald’s son Scott is a member 
of the Calgary Stampeders, who won 
the Grey Cup, beating the Winnipeg 
Blue Bombers in front of more than 
61,000 fans at the Big O. “It was a 
long, agonizing day for [wife Diane] 
and me, but in the end, it was a very 
exciting moment,” Pete said. “To see 
Scott compete for the national cham- 
pionship and then win it in his home 
town was just tremendous.” 

The Stampeders arrived in Montre- 
al six days before the game, and Scott 
was able to visit his parents in their 
Pointe Claire home for a few minutes 
each day. “He even took Diane out to 
lunch. Believe it or not, they went to 
la Belle Province for a poutine.” 

While he rarely offers his son tips, 
Peter Regimbald knows a thing or 
two about football himself. Growing 
up in Lachine, he played for the Juve- 
nile Lakers before spending four 
years with the NDG Junior Maple 
Leafs in the late 1950s and early 60s. 
He made it to the professional ranks, 
playing for the Montreal Alouettes in 
1964. 

Scott, 26, began his football career 
in the West Island where he was a 
star member of the Lakeshore Peewee 
Cougars at the age of 13. He left 
home four years later to play CEGEP 








Assistant Registrar Peter Regimbald, and his son Scott, a Stampeder. 


football in Lennoxville for the Cham- 
plain Cougars. He then contacted 
more than 50 schools in the U.S. 
about the possibility of getting a 
scholarship. 

He had several offers from the likes 
of Maryland and Kentucky, but even- 
tually chose the University of Hous- 
ton, where he played for — the 
Cougars. 

“For a Canadian kid to step in and 
play four years at a top school like 
that and letter every season is quite 
something,” Peter said. 

“| remember watching him play a 
game in Tennessee in front of more 
than 104,000 people. That was an 
incredible experience, and he played 
very well. He’s good in high-pressure 
situations.” 

Scott, who played tight end at uni- 
versity, was drafted in the first round 


last year by the Stampeders. “He’s 
proven to be very versatile,” Peter 
said. “He can play fullback, tight end, 
tackle, slotback and wideout. From 
all accounts, they're very happy with 
him in Calgary.” 

Scott lives year-round in Calgary 
and trains five days a week to keep in 
shape. He's about to enter his option 
year with the Stampeders. 

“He’s remained pretty much 
injury-free throughout his career,” his 
father said. “He's an intense physical 
player. He’s always been very focused 
and driven.” 

Peter says his son is happy in Cal- 
gary, but like every football player, he 
still harbours dreams of playing in 
the National Football League. “You 
never know,” Peter said. “He always 
accomplishes what he sets out to do, 
so nothing would really surprise me.” 


Stingers still competitive, individuals shine 


BY JOHN AUSTEN 





. Christie, a third-year sci- 
ence student in athletic therapy, 
has been invited to join Canada’s 
national senior women’s rugby team 
for monthly practices. 

Christie, 22 and a Quebec confer- 
ence all-star, will work out with the 
team in Kingston, Ont., with the 
hope of making the Canadian squad 
for the World Cup, to be held next 
May. 


Stingers see Red 

Teams from the pesky university in 
the provincial capital — Université 
Laval — continue to give the Stingers 
fits. After beating out Bishop's, McGill 
and Concordia for the second straight 
year in football action, it’s now the 
boys and girls of the hardwood that 
have the nation talking. 

Both the Laval Rouge et Or men’s 
and women’s basketball teams are fly- 
ing — and both scored wins over 
Concordia last weekend at Concordia 
Gym. The Lady Stingers were com- 
petitive, but lost 88-83 in double 
overtime, while the men lost for the 


second time this year to Laval, suc- 
cumbing 86-53. 

“I think by the ena of the year we 
can beat Laval,” said Stinger co-cap- 
tain Phil Langlois. “They're big and 
fast, but with a lot of work we'll com- 
pete. We're just not good enough to 
beat them right now. We're definitely 
lacking some size on our side.” 

Coach John Dore agreed. “We're a 
step or two away from competing 
with Laval, but it will come,” said 
Dore. “There are a number of good 
teams out there, including the 
[McGill] Redmen.” 

The Laval men’s team is the No. 2- 
ranked team in Canada. They use 
their size and strength to advantage 
and are a combined 11-1 this season 
(3-0 in regular season action, and 8-1 
in pre-season). After competing in 
separate holiday tournaments, both 
Stinger squads will resume confer- 
ence action Jan. 12. 


Hockey team does the splits 

The men’s hockey team, coached 
by Kevin Figsby, split its two games 
in Kingston last weekend. The 
Stingers doubled Queen's 8-4 on Sat- 


Concordia’'s Thursday Report 


urday before falling 7-4 to Royal Mili- 
tary College on Sunday. The Stingers 
have a 5-6-1 record heading into the 
Christmas break. 

The women’s hockey team (5-2-1) 
will host the Theresa Humes Tourna- 
ment at the Ed Meagher Arena from 
jan. 2 to 4. The Lady Stingers swing 
back into regular season action Jan. 
11 when they host McGill. The men 
will play the same day, travelling to 
Trois-Riviéres. Next home game in 
Jan. 13, when they host the McGill 
Redmen. 

Chris Page, of the men’s hockey 
team, and Kristina Steinfort, of the 
women’s basketball team, were 
named Concordia Stinger athletes of 
the week, to wrap up the month of 
November. 


Big mat attack 

Toni Ronci, of the Concordia 
wrestling team, finished first in his 
weight class (65 kg) at the Eastern 
Canadian men’s Championships, 
held Nov. 25 in Fredericton, N.B. 
The men’s teamis currently ranked 
10th in the country, while the 
women are ranked seventh. 


DECEMBER 22, 2001. 





Delayed CSU election 
results expected today 


BY SIGALIT HOFFMAN 





essica Lajambe, chief electoral officer for the Concordia Student Union 

election, was worried that her efforts to bring in a new student govern- 
ment would have been for nothing. But now she has new hope that the 
election results might not be challenged. 

“T received a lot of complaints,” she said, “but complaints are not contes- 
tations.” An official challenge could have led to the election being annulled. 
Though Lajambe admitted “these elections have been more heated than 
normal,” she hopes the measures she has taken will keep the election valid. 

The CEO extended regular voting until last Friday in a last-ditch effort to 
keep the election viable. She also gave students whose votes were disquali- 
fied until yesterday to recast their ballots. 


Temporary disqualification 

Lajambe temporarily disqualified the Representative Union (RU) at the 
start of the election last Tuesday. She made the decision after Luis Diaz, 
presidential candidate for the New Organized Way (NOW), brought her a 
tape of a conversation he had with the RU’s VP communications candidate, 
Nilli Yavin. On the tape, Yavin allegedly tried to convince Diaz to drop out 
of the electoral race in exchange for a student leadership position or spon- 
sorship in next year's election. “Maybe it wasn’t a paid position, [but] it was 
a position of power,” Lajambe said. “That equally can be understood as 
bribery, or at least a corruption of power.” However, she restored the RU 
around noon on Tuesday after receiving a letter from a lawyer representing 
RU presidential candidate Chris Schulz threatening legal action. 

“The legality of this alleged recording is highly questionable at best,” 
retorted Schulz to The Link. “Lajambe is using this as an excuse to disqualify 
us. 

Lajambe said she allowed the RU back on the ballots for the same reason 
she had originally disqualified it: to prevent the election from being contest- 
ed. However, the students who voted on Tuesday morning filled in ballots 
with the RU candidates’ names crossed off. Lajambe and her helpers tried to 
reach each of these 400-500 students and offer them the chance to vote 
again. 


Mixed reactions among students 

Though the election might still be called into question, the results should 
be announced today. Anyone who wants to contest the election will have 
three days to do so once the results are announced. 

The confusion during the election sparked controversy among the com- 
peting parties and drew mixed reactions from students. “I think it’s unfair 
towards the Representative Union,” said second-year biochemistry student 
Yamilee Jacques. “That's politics — they always pull out some dirty tricks 
— but to disqualify them, I thought it was kind of pushing it.” 

Alex Wasylyk, a first-year software engineering student, said the incident 
didn't sway him, but he would still like to see the New Organized Way win. 
“They seem very representative of the student body, and that’s very impor- 
tant given the fact that the current CSU was not representative of all of my 
needs.” 


Hockey players help shelter 


S ke Stinger men’s hockey team, along with coach Kevin Figsby, helped 
with a fundraiser for a shelter recently, unloading a tractor-trailer full of 
40-lb. boxes of oranges. 

The shelter, L’Abri en ville, found that their usual helpers weren't available, 
and sent out a call for help. The players readily agreed, and spent the morn- 
ing, including some of their usual practice time, unloading the fruit at St. 
Andrew's Dominion Douglas Church. 


Alumni Recognition Awards 


Nominations are invited for the following: 








¢ Humberto Santos Award of Merit ¢ Benoit Pelland Distinguished 
Service Award Honorary Life Membership Outstanding Student 
Award ¢ Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching 
Nominations should be sent to: 

The Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations, 
Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., 
Montreal, H3G 1M8, or by fax to (514) 848-2826. 
Deadline: January 15, 2002 
For more information, please call 848-3820. 

















ihe 















Applied 
Psychology Centre 


The Applied Psychology Centre in the 
Department of Psychology offers confiden- 
tial psychotherapy and assessment for 
adults, couples, families, children and 
teenagers. By appointment only: 848-7550. 





Art 


Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery 
Monday to Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 
1pm-5pm; closed Sundays. 1400 de 
Maisonneuve W. Free. Info: 848-4750. 
© Defining the Portrait. Until Dec. 15. 


VAV Gallery 

1395 René-Levesque W. Info: 848-7388. 
© Between Layers. An exhibition of 
paintings, drawings and prints by Fiona 
Smith and Jessie Brugger, Dec. 16-22. 
Vernissage Dec. 18, 7-10pm. 


CPR classes 


Environmental Health and Safety 
For more information, contact Donna 
Fasciano at 848-4355 or visit our web 
site at http://relish.concordia.ca/EHS/. 


Saturday, December 8 
BCLS 

Sunday, December 9 
Baby Heartsaver 
Tuesday, December 11 
Heartsaver 

Saturday, December 15 
Heartsaver 


Campus Ministry 


http;//advocacy.concordia.ca/ministry/. 
Loyola: Belmore House, L-WF 101, 2496 
W. Broadway, 848-3588; SGW: Annex Z 
rooms 102-106, 2090 Mackay, 848-3590. 


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard 

Thursday nights, 5-7pm in Room 105, 2090 
Mackay, Mo’ Hubbs serves up delicious 
vegetarian meals. Concordia students, 
their roommates or family welcome. Sug- 
gested donation is a looney or two. 





Buddhist Meditation 

Includes meditation instruction and sit- 
ting. Beginners always welcome. Annex 
Z, Room 105, Wednesdays 5:15-6:45pm. 


The Lunch Bunch 

Bring a brown-bag lunch and Campus 
Ministry will provide coffee, tea and hot 
chocolate, a friendly atmosphere. Mon- 
days 12:30-1:30pm, Annex Z, Room 105. 


Outreach Experience 

Share your gifts and talents with the mar- 
ginalized of our city — among our elderly, 
our sick, our youth and our homeless. 
Michelina Bertone - 848-3591 or Ellie 
Hummell - 848-3590. 


Experiencing the Sacred in Your 
Everyday Life 

Join our weekly sessions of visualiza- 
tion/meditation on God's word in the 
psalms and gospels. Tuesdays, noon to 
1pm. Annex Z, room 105. Michelina 
Bertone SSA — 848-3591. 


December 


Events, notices and classified ads must reach the Public Relations Department 
(BC-115) in writing no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, the week prior to the 
Thursday publication. Back Page submissions are also accepted by fax (848- 


2814) and e-mail (ctr@alcor.concordia.ca). For more information, please contact 
Debbie Hum at 848-4579. 





Reflections 

A time to build community with like-mind- 
ed people, be introspective, reflect on the 
past week, learn some new ways to incor- 
porate spirituality into your daily living. 
Tuesdays 2:30-4pm, Annex Z, room 105. 
Ellie Hummel — 848-3590 or email hel- 
lieh@alcor.concordia.ca. 





Centre for Teaching 
and Learning Services 


To register for any of the following work- 
shops, please contact 848-2495 or 
ctls@alcor.concordia.ca, or visit our Web 
site: www.concordia.ca/ctls. 


Three-day Instructional Skills Workshop 
An intensive professional development 
activity which concentrates on refining 
fundamental skills such as writing instruc- 
tional objectives, preparing lesson plans, 
designing pre- and post-assessment 
Strategies, and conducting instructional 
sessions. Each instructor will prepare and 
conduct two 10-minute “mini-lessons.” 
The instructor will feedback from the 
other participants on the effectiveness of 
his/her lessons. Enrolment is limited to 
six. Monday, Dec. 10 to Wednesday, Dec. 
12, 9am-4pm. AD-424, Loyola campus. 





Concert Hall 


Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sher- 
brooke St. W. Box office: Monday-Fri- 
day, 10am-noon, 2-5pm. Reservations 
through Admission at 790-1245 or 
www.admission.com. For more listings: 
http://oscar.concordia.ca. 


Thursday, December 6 

The Department of Music presents Cham- 
ber Ensembles, directed by Louise Sam- 
son, 8pm. Tickets at the door, $5 general, 
free for students. 


Saturday, December 8 

The St. Lawrence Choir and chamber choir 
Concerto Della Donna performs holiday 
music from different eras, 4pm and 8pm. 
Tickets at the door, $5, free for students. 


Sunday, December 9 

The Department of Music presents diplo- 
ma students, performing works including 
Mahler and Schumann, 8pm. Tickets at 
the door, $5, free for students. 


Monday, December 10 

The Music Department presents the Loy- 
ola Orchestra, at 8pm. With conductor 
Monique Martin, featuring works by 
Rossini, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin. 
Tickets at the door, $5, free for students. 


Tuesday, December 11 

A two-piano concert featuring Daniella 
Bernstein & Laurie Altman, at 8pm. Call 
848-4848 for admission details. 


Wednesday, December 12 

The Music Department presents Jazz 
Improvisation, at 8pm. Second-year 
improv students, directed by Charles Elli- 
son. Tickets $5, free for students. 


Thursday, December 13 

CBC Radio presents a reading of the Dick- 
ens holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, 
featuring local radio personalities, at 7pm. 
Accompanied by the festive sounds of the 
Radio Arts Concert Choir. Contact 848- 
4848 for admission details. 


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10 


Friday, December 14 

Collége Notre-Dame Annual Christmas 
concert, 7:30pm. Featured are the Wind 
Orchestra and Junior and Beginner Harmo- 
ny Ensembles. Call 739-3371, ext. 2499. 


Sunday, December 16 

The Music Department presents a piano 
recital, with students of Gregory Chaver- 
dian, at 2pm. Music will include works by 
Chopin, Schumann, Bach and Prokofiev. 
Tickets at the door, $5, free for students. 


Sunday, December 16 

Suzuki Institute Christmas concert — stu- 
dents of all ages perform repertoire stan- 
dards, 7pm. Free. 


Wednesday, December 19 
The Music Department presents a piano 
recital at 8pm. A student of Gregory 
Chaverdian, Evgenia Kirjner, will perform 
her finishing diploma recital. Tickets at 
the door, $5, free for students. 





Counselling and 
Development 


SGW: H-440, 848-3545; Loyola: 2490 
W. Broadway, 848-3555. 


Student Success Centre 

Drop by H-481 and speak to a success 
assistant about personal, academic or 
career concems you may be experiencing. 
We can point you in the right direction. 





Employee 
Assistance Program 


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
is a voluntary, confidential counselling 
and information service for full-time, per- 
manent university employees and their 
families. 24 hours a day — 7 days a week. 
1-800-387-4765 (English) 

1-800-361-5676 (French) 


Log onto the EAP Web site at http://- 
eap.concordia.ca for helpful information 
about counselling services, lunch semi- 
nars, employee newsletters and lots of 
interesting links. 


Legal Information 


Concordia’s Legal Information Services 
offers free and confidential legal infor- 
mation and assistance to the Concordia 
community. By appointment: 848-4960. 





Meetings & Events 


Virtuoso trombonists Vivian Lee, David 
Martin, Jamie Box and Michael Wilson 
are joined by members of the McGill 
Trombone Choir, plus Sandra Hunt at the 
piano, on Dec. 8 at 8pm at the Unitarian 
Church of Montreal, 5035 de Maison- 
neuve Blvd. W. The concert features jazz 
and seasonal standards, along with con- 
temporary and classical selections. Dona- 
tion of $10 at the door. Information: 
484-5559. 


Students for Literacy at Concordia 

Interested in promoting and improving lit- 
eracy in the community? We are recruit- 
ing university students to be part of this 
non-profit, volunteer-run team which 
organizes literacy activities and tutoring. 









Join our team by calling 848-7454 or 
email stu4lit@alcor.concordia.ca. 


Danse 2001 

The Department of Contemporary Dance 
presents student works, Dec. 7-8, 8pm, 
Dec. 9, 2:30pm. Studio 303, 372 Ste- 
Catherine W. #303 (corner Bleury). For 
information: 848-4740 


Islamic Awareness exhibition 

The Muslim Student Association is offer- 
ing free daily Iftar dinners during the 
month of Ramadan until Dec.16, in H-711 
at 4:20pm (sunset). With thanks to the 
Dean of Students Office. Info: Bilal 
Hamideh 817-5477 or visit www.concor- 
diamsa.com. 


Join international and Canadian students 
from different departments in the univer- 
sity for a time of refreshing in the pres- 
ence of God every Friday 5-7pm at 2085 
Bishop, Room 107. For more information 
visit our website at http://alcor.concor- 
dia.ca/~ccf. 


Sailing adventure 

Oberlin College Sailing Club in coopera- 
tion with Class Afloat coordinated by 
Wojtek Wacowski, former Chief Mate of 
the S.V. Concordia, is organizing a 
“Caribbean Adventure” in January. The 
voyage is planned for Jan. 4-18 on the 
route : San Juan, Puerto Rico - Martinique 
- Guadeloupe - Antigua - St. Maarten - 
BVI - San Juan. Places still available. Visit 
our Web sites http://www.voytec.com, 
www.oberlin.edu/~ocsail. 





Parking permits for students 

Student permits Loyola Only cost $60 per 
term, and can be bought at PS-151 (Print- 
ing Services Bidg., LOY) 10am-1pm, 2:30- 
4:30pm. Daily parking is also available at 
the Terrebonne lot (LOY) and the Library 
Building (SGW). Info: 848-8777 


Visiting scholar 

Richard Menkis will offer a graduate 
course on Scholarships, Identities and 
Community in Canadian Jewry, Jan. 14- 
25, 2002, 10am-12:30pm. Contact the 
Institute of Canadian Jewish Studies at 
Concordia at 848-2065. 


Brain imaging study 

Researchers at the McGill University/ 
Montreal Neurological Institute are look- 
ing for healthy men and women (aged 18- 
40) to participate in studies about the 
effects of oxygen levels on brain activity. 
The studies involve an interview, medical 
exam, inhalation of various oxygen con- 
centrations, and brain imaging. Partici- 
pants will be compensated for their time. 
The principal investigator is Dr. Diksic. 
Leave a message for Francine Weston, 
RN, at 398-8595 or email 
fweston@med.mcgill.ca. 


Office of Ri e 
Responsibilities 


The Office of Rights and Responsibili- 
ties is available to all members of the 
university community for confidential 
consultations regarding any type of 
unacceptable behaviour, including dis- 
crimination and personal/sexual 
harassment, threatening and violent 
conduct, theft, destruction of property. 
848-4857, or drop by GM-1120. 


Ombuds Office 


The Ombuds Office is available to all 
members of the University for informa- 
tion, confidential advice and assistance 
with university-related problems. Call 
848-4964, or drop by GM-1120. 


Peer Support 
Centre 
Students Helping Students 


Peers are students just like you who have 
been where you are and can relate. Any- 











thing you want to talk about - the peers 
are there to listen. It's free and it's confi- 
dential. If you want to talk to someone 
who understands what it is like to be a 
student and who may be experiencing the 
same thing, then drop by the Peer Centre. 
We're located at 2090 Mackay, room 02 
(downstairs). Monday to Thursday, 11am 
to 5pm. Feel free to call us at 848-2859 or 
e-mail us at psp@alcor.concordia.ca. 


Theatre 


The Leamed Ladies 

Ralph Allison directs this Moliére comedy 
which takes place in an upper bourgeois 
household in 17th-century Paris, depicting 
a household out of balance. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 
15, at the D.B. Clarke Theatre, Hall Build- 
ing, 8pm. Box Office: 848-4742 


Unclassified 


For sale 
Brand new Playstation 2, $379. Call 578- 
2347 or 722-5439. 


Apartment to share 

Large fully furnished 6 1/2 one block from 
Berri-UQAM metro station. Part-time lec- 
turer wishing to share with visiting faculty 
or mature student. Available Jan. 1st, 
possibility of sublet renewal in July. 
Please call Luc at 982-2594. 


New books for sale 

Comm 210 (3 books) $59; Comm 215 (with 
minitab) $89; Econo 201 (with study 
guide) $69. Call 578-2347 or 722-5439. 


Looking for a roommate 

Female non-smoker,18-24 years old pre- 
ferred. Near Prefontaine, Sherbooke and 
Saint-Michel Metro stations, Nos. 67 and 
24 buses. 529-7594 after 9pm Mon-Fri, or 
after 5pm Sat/Sun. 


Apartment sublet 

Will be overseas for 6 months and would 
like to sub-lease my apt. to a faculty mem- 
ber, visiting prof or research person from 
Jan. 15 to June 2002 (very flexible). Min- 
utes from Concordia, hospitals and other 
universities. Asking rent $1,450/month, 
furnished and heated. Vew on the river 
and Marianopolis forest. 932-1274 


Sublet available 

Is there a responsible non-smoker looking 
for an apt. in Westmount from Jan. 1st to 
May 1st? We have just what you're looking 
for. Close to the Metro, walking distance to 
downtown. 514-938-0591 or 819-327-5350 


Printer repair needed 
Please call 529-7594. 


Volunteer in Africa 

Want to help raise funds to support devel- 
opment projects? If interested e-mail 
Helen at helenacademic@yahoo.com. 


Lost your job? | can help 

Need a flexible schedule to make money 
while attending university? No products to 
sell and no telemarketing. 940-2672, code 
#5, or www.excelir.ca/vincelabossiere. 


Logement a louer 

Logement 5 1/2 a louer du janvier au avril 
2002. Meubles, cuisiniére, refrigerateur, 
lave linge. $600 par mois plus chauffage. 
S.V.P. communiquer avant le 20 decembre 
au tel 858-1515. 


For Sale 
Kenmore stove, almond colour, good con- 
dition $200. Call 694-2752. 


Camera for sale 

Bell & Howell, 35mm, red-eye reduction, 
automatic. $100 value, asking $50. Call 
Ted Zilbert at 696-5355. 


Wanted: house to rent 

In NDG or area, preferably furnished, for 
Australian tutor and family arriving in Feb- 
ruary. Contact Richard Andrews: Tel 61 2 
62724681 or ric_andrews@hotmail.com. 


Apartment to share 
Large, sunny 4 1/2 in NDG (Fielding Ave.), 
furnished, heating included. Near 3 Met- 


ros and buses No. 51, 102 and 103. $350. 
Call Ginette at 483-4754. 


For rent 

Westmount adjacent, 6 1/2 upper duplex, 
3 bedrooms, sunny, newly renovated, 
hardwood floors, big balconies, fridge, 
stove and dishwasher, walk to Metro Villa 
Maria. $1430. Call 781-4487 or 483-4626. 


Car for sale 

1998 Honda Accord, less than 230,000 km. 
New battery, good condition, nice colour. 
Only $1,000. Call 529-7594 after 6pm. 


Sublet wanted 

Coming to teach at Concordia, looking for 
accommodation. Furnished preferred but 
not necessary, willing to share. SWF, non- 
smoker, no pets. Pat at (416) 461-2211. 


Fun for sale 

Tecno Pro skis (160 cm) with bindings, 
poles and Nordica boots (282 mm); Dynas- 
tar skis (160 cm) with bindings, poles and 
Nordica boots (290 mm). Each package 
85$. Mireille at (450) 686-6915. 


Services offered 

Tutor available. Experienced, with univer- 
sity science degree. Could also help with 
term papers, research projects and lan- 
guage translation courses. Call 408-0247. 


Computer, Net courses 
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Inter- 
net, Maintenance. Nadia 824-5410 


Travellers club 

Wanted: photographer, writer, French 
translator, videographer and travel lovers 
to form a travellers club. Please phone 
Marcia at 485-9259. 


Apartment for rent 

Bright, beautiful 7 1/2 upper. Fireplace, 
hardwood floors, some appliances. Two 
blocks from Loyola campus. Available 
Nov. 1. Contact 482-6211. 


Short-term Toronto rental 

Teaching at Concordia Jan-April 2002 and 
need to rent my house: Two storey, two 
bedrooms, fully furnished. In good, quiet 
neighborhood, 5-minute walk to subway. 
Please call 416-461-2211. 


Car for sale 

1997 green Volkswagen Golf, sunroof, 5- 
speed, one-year warranty, 52,000 km, 
$11,000 negotiable. 486-1481. 

Editing 

Soon to be a graduate in sociology, | am 
editing assignments and tutoring students 
who are not proficient in English. Reason- 
able rates. Call 989-1838 or 816-9915. 


Books and notes for sale 

Biology, chemistry and some non-science 
books, notes and past exams for sale. 
Good prices. Call 408-0247, 7-9pm. 


Parking spot 

Parking in my driveway or unheated 
garage, near Loyola, $50/month. 481- 
9461. 


Condo for sale 

Downtown on Drummond St., 11th floor, 
two bedrooms and bathrooms, balcony, 
indoor garage and pool, sauna, rooftop 
sundeck, river and mountain views, 24h 
doormen and video security. 282-0338. 


Business service 
| type quality term papers, essays, thesis, 


reports, etc., $1.25 per page. Call Kath- 
leen 487-1750. 


Li fi i 
Professor or student needed to revise a 
novel. 845-7227. 


Editing 

Need editing help with your article or the- 
sis? Canedit.ca offers professional ser- 
vice, with fast accurate results at 
reasonable rates. Excellent editing, with 
an emphasis on clean, clear writing, 
improves your work substantially. Con- 
tact: info@canedit.ca, 416-923-9208, 
www.canedit.ca. 


Bikes for sale and repaired 

Great bikes for sale, bikes repaired. Call 
Matt at 487-8356 or drop by 4633 Wilson, 
comer of Somerled.