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Concordia goes interactive for First Nations 


BY JANICE HAMILTON 


oncordia’s Native Access to 

Engineering Program (NAEP), 
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 
and IBM Canada this week 
announced a joint, federally-funded 
project that will distribute interac- 
tive high school material in math 


and science subjects to aboriginal 
students across Canada via the 
Internet. The project is aimed at 
interesting more First Nations stu- 
dents in engineering careers, and at 
giving them some of the skills they 
need to succeed in that field. 

The announcement was to be 
made during Dream-Catching 2001, 


a three-day professional development 
conference that started yesterday at 
Concordia for people who teach math 
and science to aboriginal students. 
NAEP, administered by the Faculty 
of Engineering and Computer Science, 
was founded in 1993 by Corinne 
Mount Pleasant-Jetté, a member of the 
Tuscarora nation, and professor of 


technical writing at Concordia. 

Jetté and NAEP coordinator Dawn 
Wiseman try to make aboriginal stu- 
dents more aware of engineering by 
organizing summer camps, partici- 
pating in career fairs, and speaking 
to native community leaders. “Engi- 
neering develops critical thinking,” 
said Jetté, adding that, as native 


communities move forward on land 
claims, they need people with 
expertise in fields like resource and 
infrastructure management, and 
computer technology. 

One problem is that engineering 
has not been promoted very well. 


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Mary Flanagan is 


BY AMY PARADIS 


hrough her politically-charged 

digital media art, Mary Flanagan 
is on a mission to make the increas- 
ingly valued world of computer tech- 
nology accessible to everyone. 

“Most of those who make money 
off technology are white males,” the 
Communication Studies professor 
pointed out, “and the women in 
Malaysia who make the computer 
parts aren’t exposed to the technolo- 
gy. There really are the haves and 
have-nots.” 

Closer to home, women are often 
the have-nots in computer technolo- 
gy. The current lack of female influ- 
ence in the field is a major reason for 
a low interest among girls. 

“I'm a girl,” said Flanagan, taking a 
break from brainstorming on the 
computer in the corner of her office, 
“and there are certain things that girls 
find more appealing than boys.” But 
as a former producer and designer at 
a software company, Flanagan has 
seen first-hand how companies have 
repeatedly turned out girl-targeted 
products limited to stereotypes like 
shopping and hairstyles. 

“Girls have been a neglected cate- 
gory in consumer research,” Flana- 
gan said. “Most research is used to 
figure out what to sell to girls. What 
is really needed is social change and 
new role models.” 

Flanagan moved to Montreal in 
August from New York, where she 
was an assistant professor of media 
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York at Buffalo. Although she has been 
involved in video production since she 
was 15, she had little formal training 
in programming, since there were few 
courses offered on it at the time. 

“When I did need help, my 
coworkers, mostly fraternity mem- 
bers, were happy to give me a hand. 
There I was, with my blue-collar 
background working with these priv- 
ileged guys who had computers in 
their dorm rooms. 

“I was willing to take a lot,” she 
said with a smile, adding that it must 
have been worse for women like 
Grace Hopper, who made a signifi- 
cant impact on the computer field in 


the early-to-mid 1900s. “But I was 
dogged and I love making media.” 
Now, with handfuls of completed 
and in-the-making 3-D navigable 
projects, ranging from [phage], an 
award-winning (and computer- 
friendly) feminist “virus” to The 
Adventures of Josie True, an interactive 
game for girls, Flanagan is strength- 
ening women’s role in an ever-grow- 
ing digital environment. And to 
combat the presuppositions that 
technology is only made for those 
who have the money to experience it, 
many of Flanagan's works are avail- 
able for free on her Web site. 
Flanagan and her students at 





SUNY Buffalo developed The Adven- 
tures of Josie True for math and sci- 
ence-loving girls aged nine to 11. 
Josie, a 11-year-old Chinese-Ameri- 
can detective, must find Ms. Trom- 
bone, her missing science 
teacher/inventor, by solving math 
and science problems. She is 
whisked off to 1920s Chicago and 
Paris, where players are introduced 
to the first female African American 
aviator, Bessie Coleman. 

By getting girls of that age interest- 
ed in the sciences — and at the same 
time teaching them about lesser- 
known female achievers — Flanagan 
hopes that the thirst for technology 


on the deers warpath for women 


will increase among girls and 
women. In 1999, while Canadian 
eighth-graders were among the top 
students in the Third International 
Math and Science Study, the girls 
participating in the study performed 
worse than their male counterparts 
in science. 

“Until around age 11, girls and 
boys get similar test scores in math 
and science. After that, girls’ scores 
begin to suffer,” she said, emphasiz- 
ing with her hands the rising scores 
for the boys, and the plummeting 
grades for girls. Along with teaching 
and creating, Flanagan is currently 
participating in a project to develop a 
“woman-friendly” computer technol- 
ogy certificate. 

In the year-long communication 
programming course that Flanagan 
now teaches, the gender split is 
roughly 50/50, compared with the 
male-majority classes she taught at 
SUNY Buffalo. And once she can 
apply for Canadian grant money after 
claiming permanent residency, Flana- 
gan says she would love to get her 
students involved in one of her works. 
“Concordia students have a lot to offer 
— the project could be bilingual.” 


Selected works by Communication Stud- 
ies professor and digital media artist 
Mary Flanagan, including The Adven- 
tures of Josie True, are available on her 
Web site: http://www.maryflanagan.com. 
The Faculty of Engineering and 
Computer Science will hold its annual 
Engineers of Tomorrow event for pre- 
university young women on March 5. 


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New course aims to show how globalization affects women 


BY JANE SHULMAN 


oncordia’s new Women and 

Globalization course aims to 
drive home the effects of globaliza- 
tion to students by explaining the 
effects that free trade and the con- 
stantly expanding world market are 
having on women’s lives and work 
around the world. 

Offered through the Simone de 
Beauvoir Institute, Women and 
Globalization is the first course of its 
kind at Concordia. Lillian Robinson, 
the Institute’s principal, connects 
Concordia students with people 
being swept up in the global econo- 
my by looking at women’s work in 
other countries and here at home. 

From sweatshops in Bangladesh 
and Mexico to Filippinas indentured 
as domestic workers in Canada to 
sex workers in Thailand, reads the 
course syllabus, free trade is chang- 
ing women’s work conditions. By 
talking about the life experiences of 
women affected by globalization, 
the course demonstrates its devas- 
tating effects. 

Robinson explains that women’s 
studies offers academics a chance to 
study what other disciplines leave 
behind. 

“Women’s studies looks at the 
problems of women, and then 
brings to bear on solutions that 
other disciplines have to teach us,” 
Robinson said. 

This course includes history, 
geography, anthropology, political 





SHAUN PERRY 


Lillian Robinson is the principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. 


science, geography and law as it 
pieces together what globalization 
really means for people in their 
everyday lives. Issues for discussion 
include the global office, the labour 
force on the move, the global sex 
trade, domestic labour in the global 


Women’s History Month 


n honour of Women’s History 

month, the Simone de Beauvoir 
Institute is hosting a number of 
events: 

Feb. 27 - The Institute presents 
Present Times, a documentary 
about the women’s movement in 
India, co-sponsored by the Reli- 
gion and Political Science Depart- 
ments and arranged by the Shastri 
Institute. 

March 2 - Concordia professor 
Sandra Weber and McGill's Clau- 
dia Mitchell present their video 
Dress Fitting. 

March 7 - Roundtable discus- 


sion on women’s health issues. 
March 12 - Guest lecture co- 
sponsored with the English 
Department by Jane C. Marcus 
from City University of New York. 
March 22 - Simone de Beauvoir 
Institute’s principal Lillian Robin- 
son reads, discusses and signs her 
latest novel, Murder Most Puzzling. 
March 27 - Showing of Comfort 
Women, about Asian women 
forced to sexually serve Japanese 
troops during World War II. 


For more information, please call 
Amy Vincent, 848-2372. 





Women’s Centre re-opens 


he Concordia Women’s Centre, 
a home-away-from-home for 
some women on the downtown 
campus, has re-opened at 2110 
Mackay St. and celebrated with an 
open house on February 1. 
The Women’s Centre is one of 
many associations administered by 
the Concordia Student Union. It has 





three staff members and five collec- 
tive members and is always looking 
for more volunteers. 

A free intensive 10-week work- 
shop peer counselling session will 
start at the Women’s Centre on 
March 1. If you are interested, please 
drop in. 


context, the environment and 
health. 

Robinson explains that discussion 
is integral to the course, as with 
most women’s studies classes. She 
encourages involvement by allocat- 
ing a sizeable portion of the final 
grade to participation. 

Pairs of students are responsible 
for leading classes. They prepare 
questions around the readings and 
steer class discussions. It is a far 
more personal way of learning than 
some large lecture-style survey 
classes, where students may not 
contribute to class discussions at all 
because they are afraid of having the 
wrong answers. 

“We try to break down barriers so 
people are not afraid not to have the 
answer,” explained Robinson. “By 
having student discussion leaders, 
we spread out the debate. Too 
often, there are a series of dialogues 
between the students and the pro- 
fessor, but students don’t carry on 
the dialogue with each other. There 
is one answer to a teacher's ques- 
tion, and then the discussion ends. 
Here, it continues.” 

The lounge space on the first 
floor of the Simone de Beauvoir 
Institute encourages conversation, 


too. The chairs are arranged in a cir- 
cle, meaning students can’t help but 
take part. 

“The lounge forces people to 
make eye contact. You're forced to 
think, forced to interact. Everybody 
listens to each other and it makes 
the learning that much better,” said 
Laura Simpson, a Religion student 
who has taken several women’s 
studies classes. 

Simpson spoke enthusiastically of 
the chance to be part of a course 
that tackles real problems with the 
intention of making real progress. 

“This is a way to echo my political 
beliefs. It’s a chance to bridge my 
two worlds — political and academ- 
ic,” she said. 

One of the class’s central themes 
is that the world is round, and what 
happens half a world away indeed 
affects us all. 

“Jobs and workers keep moving 
around the world, but not necessari- 
ly in parallel,” Robinson said. Figur- 
ing out how that affects people is 
what the study of globalization is all 
about. 


This is the first in a series on how glob- 
alization is seen by members of the 
Concordia community. 





Local architects prominent 
in new buildings 


n our issue of January 11, we 

described some of the previous work 
of the Toronto firm Kuwabara Payne 
McKenna Blumberg Architects. Below is 
a description of the Montreal firm with 
whom they will collaborate in the design 
of Concordia’s new downtown buildings. 


Fichten Soiferman Architectes 
(FSA) was founded in 1981, and has 
undertaken major projects in the 
institutional and commercial sectors 
in excess of $100 million. 

The Montreal Eaton Centre (in 
collaboration with Peter Rose Archi- 
tect), the new control tower and 
headquarters for Transport Canada 
at Dorval, and the new Jewish Hospi- 
tal of Hope are landmark projects 
identified with the firm. 

Their experience in the design and 
construction of educational facilities 
includes the School of Physical Edu- 
cation and Recreation and University 
Centre at the University of Ottawa. 
Recently, the firm inaugurated the 
new Student Services Building and 
completed renovations to the Uni- 
versity Centre at McGill, in joint ven- 
ture with Architem. 

The firm has responded to the 
need for technically complex build- 
ings, developing specially controlled 
working environments, extensive 


FESRUARY 8, 2001 


integration of advanced communica- 
tion, security, electrical and electron- 
ic systems in airport facilities, 


Dorval Airport control tower 


computer centers, virtual reality 
entertainment centres and special- 
ized health care facilities. 





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Homa Hoodfar supports Muslim 
women around the world 


BY MARIE VALLA 


nthropology Professor Homa 

Hoodfar has spent three years 
bringing together the experiences of 
Muslim female activists and her own 
teaching and research. The result is a 
handbook called Building Civil Soci- 
eties: A Guide for Social and Political 
Activism. 

It was written with Nelofer Pazira 
and published by the Women Living 
Under Muslim Laws network 
(WLUML), of which Professor 
Hoodfar is an active member. 

“We had received appeals for help 
from people in the developing coun- 
tries who weren't too sure how to 
write protest letters,” Hoodfar 
explained, “and at the beginning, we 
wrote back to them individually. But 
the number increased. We decided 
we wanted something clear, simple 
— a guide on how to write protest 
letters and much more.” 

The WLUML was started in 1984 
by two exiled Algerian women, and 


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Hoodfar, who was born in Iran, 
joined them. By the time of the Bei- 
jing women’s conference, a decade 
later, the WLUML had more than 
2,000 contacts with NGOs in most 
of the Muslim countries. Its primary 
goal is to create links between 
women and women’s groups in the 
Muslim countries and communities. 

Homa Hoodfar’s handbook is 
about education and an alternative 
form of politics. In it, she says that 
politics is not just something for old 
men. It’s about the redistribution of 
resources and social justice. “If you 
define it this way, a lot of people, 
including women, are interested in 
participating.” 

If Muslim women hope to change 
the way things are done, they need 
to get together. The failure of 
Benazir Bhutto, once Pakistan’s 
prime minister, is clear evidence that 
a woman alone cannot change the 
whole structure by herself, Hoodfar 
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goes beyond changes of government, 
and says it is essential to improve 
society as a whole. This is why she 
makes a distinction in her hand- 
book's title between political and 
social activism. 

“Look at Afghanistan,” she said. 
“The Taliban was a group of young, 
highly educated men. Well, they 
tore apart the country, and now the 
situation is worse than at any time in 
history before.” 

For. Hoodfar, who has been teach- 
ing at Concordia since 1991, schol- 
arship and activism are rooted in her 
desire for social change. 

“I started my research on women 
in shantytowns when I was 16 and 
still in high school in Teheran,” she 
said. “It was before I even knew 
what anthropology was.” 

An important part of Hoodfar’s 
work has been devoted to changing 
the image of Islam in the Western 
world. The media coverage of the 
flogging of Beruya Magazu, a Niger- 
ian Muslim girl who was flogged 
100 times for having had (probably 
forced) extra-marital sex, still makes 
Hoodfar grind her teeth in anger. 

“Support should have been given 
to local human rights associations,” 
Hoodfar said. “We should have made 
them look important internationally 
and [not simply complained to] 
make ourselves feel good.” 

She says the press didn’t ask the 
right questions. “Instead of saying 
it’s barbaric, they should ask Nigeri- 
ans, who have been Muslim for a 
very long time, why they suddenly 
declared the sharia [divine law].” 

Hoodfar puts her faith in the 
younger generation around the 
world, and said she’s happy about 
Concordia’s decision to let students 
apply to have their final exams 
deferred so they can demonstrate at 
the Summit of the Americas in Que- 
bec City in April. 

“In the past three years, there have 
been changes in the student body,” 
she said. “This gives me hope.” 


FEBRUARY 8, 2001 





NamMes 
“NEWS 


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


La Presse made Michel Laroche (Marketing) the newspaper's Person- 
nalité de la semaine in its weekend paper on January 7, and devoted a 
full page to his accomplishments as a scholar. Dr. Laroche has received 
a number of significant honours recently, and the next will be an hon- 
orary doctorate from the University of Guelph, to be presented in Octo- 
ber. Our heartiest congratulations are extended to him. 


A feature article by The Gazette's religion editor, Harvey Shepherd, was 
published on Christmas Eve about the work of Charles Kannengiesser 
(Theological Studies). A Catholic thinker, he spent much of his life in 
France, but got into hot water, as Shepherd put it, because of his liberal 
views. He is “critically optimistic” about the future of Christianity, and 
wants to see a faith that emphasizes experience rather than divine rev- 
elation. 


Early in December, Rob Allen (English) was on CBC Newsworld with 
Ben Chin, talking about the controversy over authorship of Notes from 
the Hyena’s Belly, which won the Governor-General’s Award for Nonfic- 
tion. His friend, former Concordia creative writing lecturer Anne Stone, 
claims to have written much of the book without getting due credit 
from writer Nega Mezlekia. 


Mary Vipond (History) and Andrea McCartney (Communication Stud- 
ies) were on CBC Radio’s Home Run as part of a series on how things 
work. They explained the mysteries of radio to Judith Ritter. 


It was reported in the Montreal media that Patrick Kenniff, Rector and 
Vice-Chancellor of Concordia from 1984 to 1994, will be on the council 
overseeing the merger of the municipalities on the Island of Montreal. 
The council will report to municipal affairs minister Louise Harel. Before 
he came to Concordia, Kenniff was a law professor at Université Laval 
and deputy minister of municipal affairs. 


Clarence Bayne (Dec Sci/MIS, Dip Admin/Sport Admin) was quoted in 
La Presse on January 22 on the restoration of the old Cinema V building 
as a cultural centre for NDG. Bayne, a member of the board of the new 
centre and of the Black Theatre Workshop, said that this challenging 
restoration project will take a little longer than expected. Also on the 
Cinema V board is Peter McAuslan, president of the Concordia Univer- 
sity Alumni Association. 


A letter by Rector Frederick Lowy concerning the University Senate's 
decision to allow students to defer final exams for the April protest 
against globalization (see CTR, Jan. 25) was published as an op-ed 
piece in Le Devoir and as a letter in The Gazette. Several editorialists 
and radio commentators had criticized the decision. Dennis Murphy, 
Executive Director of Communications, was interviewed on the CBC 
radio network (As /t Happens) about the issue. 


Journalism student Marie Valla was on the cross-Canada CBC Radio 
program C’est /a Vie recently. On a visit with her family in Paris over the 
holidays, she did interviews with French-Canadians who live and work 
in France as part of a feature comparing differences in speech and atti- 
tude between the French and the québécois. 


As an outstanding musicologist, arranger and conductor Andrew 
Homzy (Music) was invited by The Gazette to analyze the highly popu- 
lar 19-part documentary series Jazz, which recently aired on PBS. He 
said while it had shortcomings (neglect of lesser-known artists; some- 
times clumsy use of musical excerpts; stopped at 1960), it brings jazz 
to a much wider audience. He said, “| believe that musically, the 20th 
century will be known for jazz, and not for any of the dead ends that 
intellectually driven classical composers constructed after the disman- 
tling of tonality and the rejection of human-based rhythm patterns.” 


David McGimpsey (English/Creative Writing) is a member of the three- 
person Radio Noon Book Club, which meets monthly in a local CBC stu- 
dio to discuss a single book with callers. The most recent was Margaret 
Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which McGimpsey gave a “thumbs 
down.” 


Lillian Robinson (Simone de Beauvoir) was the subject of a profile in 
The Gazette. A longtime social activist going back to the civil rights 
struggle in the U.S., she is teaching a women’s studies course in glob- 
alization issues this term. She was also interviewed on CBC Radio's All 
in a Weekend. 


Many Concordia scholars were interviewed in print and on radio and TV 
about the resignation last month of premier Lucien Bouchard, particular- 
ly Guy Lachapelle (Political Science), Daniel Salée (SCPA), Marcel 
Danis (\V-R |R/Secretary-General) and Robert Keating (Political Sci- 
ence). 


Dean Christopher Jackson was interviewed on French-language radio 
about plans for a new building for the Faculty of Fine Arts. 


Balbir Sahni (Economic/CIAC) was in India last month to give the 
keynote address at a national seminar on Sustainable Economic, Social 
and Political Reforms in the Information Age. His call for a commission 
to monitor the implementation of reforms adopted by India in 1991 was 
favourably covered by the Hindustan Times, the Business Standard and 
the Financial Express, and he was interviewed by the Tribune. 


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Falun Gong includes intellectuals 


An open letter to Concordia representa- 
tives going to China with Team Canada 

In July 1999, the Chinese govern- 
ment, under the supervision of Presi- 
dent Jiang Zemin, started what has 
become one of the most significant 
persecutions in modern times. 

Falun Gong (Falun Dafa), a peaceful 
spiritual practice of exercise and medi- 
tation, was banned due to its growing 
popularity. Its 70 million Chinese 
practitioners were made to choose 
between their belief in “Truth, Com- 
passion, Forbearance” and torture. 

Thousands have been imprisoned 
and sent to mental institutions. To 
date, over 135 have been tortured to 
death; this includes many unversity 
students and professors. 

These measures of repression violate 
the Chinese constitution as well as the 
Universal Declaration of Human 
Rights, both of which have been signed 
by the People’s Republic of China. 


The Team Canada trade mission is 
an ideal opportunity for Canada to 
prove its commitment to promote 
fundamental human rights for all. 

Is not the promise of a wonderful 
future in which Canada rejoices with 
the respect and recognition of the 
Chinese people at least as important 
as negotiating a few contracts with 
those who hold power in China? Is 
not preserving the tradition of helping 
the oppressed people of the world 
even more important to the Canadian 
people? 

We ask you to remember the fun- 
damental values, which have given 
Canada its world-wide reputation. 
Help earn our country the continued 
respect and admiration of the people 
all over the world. Help stop the per- 
secution of Falun Dafa! 

Jennifer Nadeau, Daniel Sky and the 
other Falun Dafa practitioners at Con- 
cordia and universities across Canada 


Library noise distracts grad student 


1 would like to complain concerning 
the level of noise I encounter each 
time I use the Webster Library, i.e. 
many times a week. 

The situation, which was serious 
enough for me to speak with an 
administrator in October 1999, has 
only gotten worse. It is evident that 
the withdrawal of the security guards 
has led to a dramatic rise in the level 
of noise throughout the library. 

I was told that the complaints from 
students had increased to a tremendous 
amount but the decision to lay off the 
guards had not been re-evaluated. 

It is no longer possible to find a 
quiet spot in the library; even looking 
for a book can be an annoying experi- 
ence. It is no use asking students to 
keep the noise down, since others 
around them talk just as loud. 

Cell phones have become a partic- 
ular invasion: students get calls and 
embark on loud inane conversations 
throughout the library. Only a minor- 


William Curran, Director of 
University Libraries, replies: 

There is indeed a problem with 
noise in the Webster Library, as there 
is in any overcrowded space, and it 
becomes acute at the busiest times of 
the year. 

Another contributing factor is that 
the construction materials used in the 
McConnell Building, i.e., mainly glass, 
iron and steel, do not absorb sound. 
Noise in the atrium automatically rises 
upward to the upper floors. 

We recognize that security guards 
are needed in the Library. During the 
24-hour access periods, we have two 
guards in the library evenings and 
weekends. The security guard was 
removed from the entrance on the 
second floor because the Circulation 
Desk was relocated within sight of the 
exit. In any case, he had had little 
impact on noise levels on the third 
and fourth floors. 

Cell phones are annoying every- 
where — in restaurants, movies, muse- 
ums, theatre, shopping malls. It’s no 
surprise that they're an annoyance in 


ity have the decency to at least move 
to a stairway. 

The security guards once told me 
that they call the study room on the 
first floor “the beach club.” Students 
feel free to interact loudly because no 


- surveillance is ever made there. The 


guards also told me that since the only 
permanent guard has been removed, 
theft and complaints about noise has 
increased from around once a week to 
once a day. 

Through my program, | also meet a 
lot of out-of-province students who 
have simply abandoned the idea of 
using the library as a study space. 
They also say the Webster Library 
scenario is the worst they have 
encountered in a university library. 

Can better surveillance be re-estab- 
lished, since the new provincial bud- 
get is allocating more money to 
universities? 

Sylvie Labrosse 

Graduate student 


libraries, too. We have signs every- 


where asking people not to use them. 

All students have a right to use 
their library, whatever their needs. 
Some need a quiet place, while others 
must work in groups. (In Webster, we 
do lack small seminar rooms for 
groups, such as case studies.) Also, 
staff must interact with users. 

Until the fifth floor of the McConnell 
Building becomes available — a very 
high priority for us — the present over- 
crowded conditions will persist. What 
can be fixed, we will try to fix. For 
example, additional carpeting will be 
installed in some areas to muffle sound. 

Academic libraries must be welcom- 
ing, and we want the Concordia com- 
munity to make good use of its library. 
That's why we're here 18 hours a day, 
seven days a week (and at times, 24 
hours a day). That’s why we build 
library collections and devise policies for 
accessing the world’s information. 

Suggestions are always welcome, 
and can be forwarded electronically 
via the Search CLUES Page by clicking 
on “Suggestions for the Library.” 


We welcome your letters, opinions and comments. Letters must be signed, include a phone 
number, and delivered to the CTR office at BC-121/1463 Bishop St., faxed (514-848-2814), or 
e-mailed (barblak@alcor.concordia.ca) by 9 a.m. on the Friday prior to publication. 





‘senate 


notes 


A regular meeting of the Concordia University 
Senate, held February 2, 2001 


ector’s remarks: Rector Fred- 
erick Lowy alerted Senate to 
the fact that La Presse has reported 
that as much as $400 million may 
be cut from grants to education. He 


said that university administrators 
across Quebec are waiting for more 
information, and will vigorously 
defend their sector. 

Exam deferral: To complete the 
resolution passed at the January 19 
Senate meeting, Dr. Lowy reported 
that the final exam schedule will be 
known in the week of March 12. 
He moved that non-graduating stu- 
dents who want to attend the Free 
Trade Area of the Americas events 
in Quebec City in April will have 
until March 23 to apply for an 


exam deferral. Passed. 

Curriculum changes: Changes 
to graduate-cycle programs were 
passed without discussion for the 
John Molson School of Business 
and the Faculty of Arts and Science. 
In the case of the Faculty of Engi- 
neering and Computer Science, 
however, considerable discussion 
resulted from the fact that the 
School of Graduate Studies could 
not present the changes in their 
final form and was asking Senate to 
approve them in principle. Dean 
Nabil Esmail and other senators in 
the Faculty said that two years of 
work had gone into preparing the 
500-page document, that only 
minor points had been raised by 


Graduate Studies, and that the 
changes essentially increase courses 
from three to four credits without 
changing their content, thereby 
bringing the number of credits into 
line with other engineering schools. 
The changes were passed. 

Interim evaluation of deans: 
Provost and Vice-Rector Research 
Jack Lightstone re-presented this 
document with several possible 
amendments; others were pro- 
posed during discussion, which 
revolved around the composition 
of the evaluation committees. As a 
result, potential membership has 
been somewhat broadened, student 
membership has been increased, 
and the only committee member of 
the senior administration will be 
the chair (the Provost). The docu- 
ment, which is aimed at the evalua- 
tion of three deans now 
approaching the end of their first 
term, was passed. For more details, 
please consult members of Senate 
or the secretary, Danielle Tessier. 

Next meeting: March 9. 





Native engineers get boost 


continued from page 1 


Also, some people who teach math 
and science in native communities 
are not specialists in those subjects, 
so they are not familiar with engi- 
neering. In order to choose this 
field, native students have to be 
made aware of its diverse applica- 
tions, and of the qualifications and 
skills they need to study it. 

Another goal of NAEP is to make 
engineers aware of the huge popula- 
tion of aboriginal young people in 
Canada (65 per cent of the native 
population are under age 21), some 
of whom could be future engineers. 

Wiseman’s main duty is to devel- 
op curriculum content for a Web 
site (www.nativeaccess.com) that 
familiarizes high school teachers 
and students with various areas of 
engineering in ways that relate to 
native culture or that could be used 
to solve problems facing native 
communities. The Web site includes 
a newsletter, worksheets, puzzles, 
teachers’ guides and profiles of 
native people who have succeeded 
in careers in science or engineering. 

IBM has been the corporate sponsor 
of this project. Other sponsors include 
DIAND, Industry Canada, HRDC, 
NRC, NSERC, Natural Resources 
Canada, Syncrude, the Ordre des 
Ingénieurs du Québec and Concor- 
dia faculty. 


Corrections In our photo accompa- 
nying an article about Arts and Sci- 
ence undergraduate scholarships 
(CTR Jan. 25), the names in the cap- 
tion were reversed. In the photo at 
right, Faculty Fundraising Officer 


The new three-year project will 
give the Web site interactive capa- 
bility so, for example, native stu- 
dents can talk on-line about science 
and engineering topics with stu- 
dents in another community, or ask 
questions through the Internet of 
native role models like architect 
Douglas Cardinal. NAEP will pro- 
vide the content, while IBM will 
provide the technical expertise to 
make it animated and interactive. 

As part of a feasibility study, 
NAEP and IBM surveyed students 
and teachers on reserves and in 
native communities. They also 
looked at the types of equipment 
and Internet access available. 
Although equipment and access 
speed vary, all the schools surveyed 
have access to the Net, with schools 
in the far north being totally wired, 
Wiseman said. 

She suggested NAEP isn’t the 
kind of project that can turn out 
large numbers of engineers within 
the first five years. It is part of an 
overall effort to encourage aborigi- 
nal young people to stay in school, 
not drop math and science courses, 
and continue on to post-secondary 
education. However, Jetté noted, 
about one First Nations person a 
year has graduated in engineering 
from Concordia over the last six 
years, and several others are cur- 
rently enrolled in the Faculty. 





Lori Abramowitz is at left, with students Manon Puga-Peria and Susan Searle. 
Also, regarding a reference to authors in Sociology and Anthropology in the 
At a Glance column, Professor John Drysdale has published an article on Max 
Weber's theory of concept formation as a chapter in the book The Living Lega- 


em nmsniee 


cy of Marx, Durkheim and Weber. The editor apologizes for these errors. 


This project fits well with Con- 
cordia’s tradition of encouraging 
first-generation post-secondary edu- 
cation. She added that the universi- 
ty has worked closely with the Cree 
and other aboriginal communities, 
notably through training programs 
in business and community health, 
and that native people feel welcome 
here. 


CONnCOTAHAsS 


Thursday Report 





Se) Concordia 


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FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


Concordia’s Thursday Report 


John Molson School of Business 
Awards of Distinction 


O nce again, there was a capacity 
crowd for the annual Awards of Dis- 


tinction banquet, held Tuesday in the ball- 


room of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. 
The keynote speaker was Concordia 
governor emeritus and former head of Air 


Canada Claude Taylor. Unfortunately, due 
to her business commitments, Heather Reis- 
man was unable to attend. 


Suzanne Labarg 


Vice-Chairman and Chief Risk 
Officer, Royal Bank of Canada 


A s a member of the group man- 


gement committee, Ms. 
Laberge is one of 10 executives 
charged with setting the overall 
strategic direction of the Royal Bank 
Financial Group. She is also charged 
with ensuring that there is a compre- 
hensive and forward-looking risk 
management process in place. 
A native of Ottawa, she holds a 
Bachelor of Arts in economics from 
McMaster University and a Master's of 


Business Administra- 
tion from the Har- 
vard Business School. 
Ms. Labarge joined 
Royal Bank in 1971 
and held positions in 
branches across the 
country before being 
appointed an executive officer in 1979. 
She worked in the international division 
in Canada and overseas until she left the 
bank in 1985 to join the federal public 
service as an Assistant Auditor-General. 
She joined the Office of the Super- 
intendent of Financial Institutions 





Canada in 1987 as Deputy 
Superintendent, Policy. In her 
last position there, she was 
responsible for all matters relat- 
ing to deposit-taking institutions. 

She returned to the bank as 
Executive Vice-President, Corpo- 
rate Treasury, in 1995, with 
responsibility for Royal Bank’s bal- 
ance sheet management, funding, 
liquidity and portfolio management. 
She became executive vice-president 
and chief risk officer in October 
1998, and assumed her present posi- 
tion in February 1999. 


Heather Reisman 


President and CEO 
Indigo Books and Music Inc. 


F° the first 16 years of her 25- 
year business career, Montreal- 
born Heather Reisman was 
managing director of Paradigm Con- 
sulting, the strategy and change 
management firm she co-founded in 
1979. Paradigm was the world’s first 
strategic change consultancy, and 
pioneered many organizational 
change strategies in major use today. 

Ms. Reisman left Paradigm to 
become president of Cott Corpora- 
tion. During her tenure, Cott grew 





from a regional bottler to the 
world’s largest retailer-branded bev- 
erage supplier. Harvard wrote two 
case studies focusing on the compa- 
ny’s growth and development while 
she was president. 


Launching Indigo was the culmi- 
nation of her passion for books and 
music. 

Educated at McGill University, 
she has served as a governor there, 
and also of the Toronto Stock 
Exchange. She has been on several 
boards in the communications, 
manufacturing and retailing indus- 
tries, including Rogers Cable, 724 
Solutions, and Vincor International. 
She is also an officer of Mount Sinai 
Hospital. 

Married to Gerald Schwartz, CEO 
of Onex Corporation, she has four 
children and three grandchildren. 


Brian I. Neysmith, CFA 


Managing Director, Canadian 
Ratings, Standard and Poor's 
Corporation 


rian Neysmith founded Cana- 
da’s first credit rating agency, 
Canadian Bond Rating Service in 
1972. After 28 successful years, 
CBRS Inc. was merged into the glob- 
al operations of Standard and Poor's 
Corporation in October 2000. 
Brian entered Sir George Williams 
University with the $500 he won for 
his first-place finish at a Montreal 


Yvan 


Executive Vice-President, 
Bombardier Inc. 
Chairman of the Board, 
Bombardier Capital 


r. Allaire is a member of the 

Board of Directors of CGI Group 
Inc., the C.D. Howe Institute, the 
Council for Canadian Unity and the 
Institut de Finance Mathématique de 
Montréal (IFM2). He is chair of the 
Association des MBA du Québec, and 
is, or has been, a member of Le Conseil 
de recherches en sciences humaines du 


science fair. After gradu- 
ating with a Bachelor of 
Science in mathematics in 
1966, he was hired as a 
programmer by Northern 
Electric (now Nortel Net- 
works) and was promot- 
ed to their Pension Fund 
division. He left Nortel to work for 
the Bell Canada Pension Fund, and 
while there completed his Chartered 
Financial Analyst designation in 
1972. 

Mr. Neysmith has been an active 





member of the Association 
of Alumni of Sir George 
Williams since 1980, and 
has been a member of Con- 
cordia’s Board of Governors, 
chair of the budget commit- 
tee, vice-chair of the pension 
benefits committee and chair 
of the Alumni and Friends Division 
of the Annual Giving Campaign. Cur- 
rently, he is a member of the Concor- 
dia University Foundation. 

Mr. Neysmith now lives in Toron- 
to with his wife and three sons. 


Allaire, PhD, FRSC 


Canada, Le Conseil des Uni- 
versités du Québec and Le 
Conseil des Arts de la Com- 
munauté Urbaine de Mon- 
tréal, and the Strategic 
Management Association, 
Sigma Xi (MIT chapter). 
While pursuing a univer- 
sity career, he was a consultant to the 
management of several Canadian cor- 
porations. He was a co-founder and 
board chairman of a strategy consult- 
ing firm for several years, and was 
strategy consultant for Laurent Beau- 


Concordia’s Thursday Report 





doin, former CEO of Bom- 
bardier Inc. 

He holds a BSc and an 
MBA from Sherbrooke 
University as well as a PhD 
in Management Science 
from the Sloan School of 
Management, Massachu- 
setts Institute of Technology. He 
taught at Sloan and and at several 
European universities. In 1990, he 
was elected a Fellow of the Academy 
of Social Sciences and Humanities of 
the Royal Society of Canada. 


FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


> 


CHRISTIAN FLEURY 





The Egyptian ambassador to Canada paid a visit to Montreal last week, and 
presented a document of appreciation and a gift to Rector Frederick Lowy for 
Concordia’s efforts to develop closer links with her country. Above, left to right, are 
Dr. Ahmed El-Sherbini, Consul, Cultural and Educational Affairs, at the Consulate of 
Egypt in Montreal, Dr. Lowy, and Her Excellency Dr. Sallama Shaher. 


Unveiling of 
‘recognition lanterns’ 
set for February 20 


double unveiling ceremony is 

heduled for Tuesday, February 

20, of installations honouring donors to 
Concordia’s recent capital campaign. 

The first will be in the atrium of the 
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on the 
Loyola Campus at 4 o'clock, and the 
second will follow in the J.W. 
McConnell Building atrium on the 
downtown campus at 5:30. Reserved 
buses (from Loyola to downtown) 
will be available for anyone wishing 
to attend both ceremonies. 

The installation is an illuminated 
sculpture, chosen by a jury of Con- 
cordia students, faculty and staff, as 
well as Campaign donors and vol- 
unteers to recognize gifts of $5,000 
to $1 million from alumni, friends, 


corporations, foundations, estates 
and other organizations to the Cam- 
paign for a New Millennium. 

The avant-garde lanterns also 
serve to showcase the creativity of 
Howard Davies and Jennifer de Fre- 
itas, who teach in Concordia’s Stu- 
dio Arts Department as well as 
running their own design compa- 
nies, Atelier Big City and Associés 
libres, respectively. 

The whole university community, 
as well as external donors of $1,000 
and up, are invited to attend and cel- 
ebrate with a glass of sparkling wine. 

Later in the year, another event 
will be held to recognize faculty and 
staff contributions to the capital 
campaign of $1,000 and more. 


Universities angered by 
Legault’s about-face 


uebec’s universities, including 

Concordia, were stunned to 
hear this week that the “extra” grant 
money linked to performance con- 
tracts could go out the window. 

Education minister Francois 
Legault, who, with premier Lucien 
Bouchard, promised at last year’s 
youth summit to give the province’s 
18 universities $1 billion over three 
years, is being severely criticized for 
this apparent volte-face. 

Rector Frederick Lowy spoke on 
CBC Radio’s Daybreak on Tuesday 
about the dire consequences of this 
change. 

Francois Tavenas, president of 
CREPUQ, the association of rectors, 
urged Legault to win back the confi- 
dence of the university community. 

Christian Robitaille, president of 
the Fédération Etudiante Universi- 
taire du Québec, told the Gazette, “It 
already takes a lot to convince young 
people that our politicians have any 


integrity. If these cuts go through, 
that faith will be destroyed.” 

University administrators spent all 
last summer writing performance 
contracts for their institutions that 
would satisfy the government’s 
requirements. They included goals 
involving graduation rates, budgets 
and renewal of faculty. 

Four institutions have signed 
their contracts: McGill, Sherbrooke, 
the Université de Montréal and the 
Ecole de Technologie Supérieure. 
Concordia was just about to sign 
when the news broke in La Presse 
last week that the contracts might 
be overridden by a change in bud- 
get priorities. 

The prospect of reduced funding 
comes at a time when the universi- 
ties are just getting back on their feet 
after a decade of staggering cutbacks. 
Concordia is trying to attract new 
faculty members and has major con- 
struction plans in the works. 






ANDREW DOBROWOLSKYJ 


Above, Fibres technicians Anna Biro (one of several part-timers) and Elaine Denis 


(centre) help students Sarah Hanneman (left) and Audrey Robinson (right). Besides Denis, 
the other full-time permanent Studio Arts technicians are Johanne Biffi (Photography), 
David Duchow (Photography), James Ball (Painting and Drawing), Frangois Cloutier 
(Metal Shop), Mark Prent (Mould Making Shop), Kit Griffin (Ceramics), Lyne Bastien 
(?'rint Media) and Stephanie Russ (Print Media). 


Technicians make art 
happen — and look 
forward to new space 


3Y MARIA VINCELLI 


& deme consensus among the tech- 
nicians in Studio Arts that help- 
ing students figure out how to bring 
an idea to fruition makes all their hard 
work worthwhile. 

Kit Griffin has 
been a ceramics 
technician for 21 
years and still loves 
it. “I like working with the students — 
the variety, all the different projects, 
different problems to solve,” she said. 
Metal shop technician Francois 
Cloutier agrees that he gets satisfaction 
from being able to find solutions to a 
student's technical problem. 

Professor Wolfgang Krol has taught 
sculpture at Concordia for more than 
30 years and sees technicians’ enthusi- 
asm towards students on a daily basis. 
“They're very concerned about stu- 
dents and their work,” he said. 
“They're very knowledgeable, and 
often bend over backwards to do 
things they don’t have to do.” 

Indeed, says Penny Cousineau- 
Levine, chair of Studio Arts, “we could 
not run any of the programs without 
the technicians. They are an incredibly 
important part of the pedagogical 
team.” 

Eight permanent, full-time Studio 
Arts technicians are responsible for the 
following facilities and their use: pho- 
tography, ceramics, print media, metal 
working, mold-making, fibres, draw- 
ing and painting. 

Several part-time assistants help 
them manage the shops, labs and stu- 
dios where students learn and practice 
the skills required to work in the 
media of their choice. 

They manage budgets, order mate- 
tials and equipment — and make sure 
equipment works. Some even repair 
machines themselves. They prepare 
studios for classes, ensuring the neces- 
sary materials are on hand. They teach 
students how to use specialized equip- 
ment, and show them, often one-on- 
one, what they learn about in class. 

With the job comes an obsession 
with health and safety: Lynn Bastien 
explained as she gave a tour of the 
lithography studio. 


staff works 


“Technicians are generally on the 
frontline in making sure that health 
and safety policies are being respect- 
ed.” Bastien, who is also a part-time 
print media instructor, is responsible 
for overseeing the safe storage, use and 
disposal of more 
than 350 toxic 
chemicals used in 
her area. 

Francois 
Cloutier’s attempts to solve health 
and safety problems during his 23 
years in the metal shop inspired him 
to return to school three years ago 
for a certificate in industrial rela- 
tions. 

He chose a program at UQAM 
because it offered five courses in 
health and safety. Cloutier, who sits 
on Concordia’s Central Advisory 
Health and Safety Committee and on 
his union’s Health and Safety Com- 
mittee, says the technicians “are con- 
stantly fighting for better prevention 
and a more healthy environment.” 

Indeed, one of Cloutier’s hopes for 
the new Fine Arts building planned 
for the site of the old York Cinema is 
that it will be properly designed to 
deal with the toxic materials that are 
used in the studios. 

All the technicians have been drawn 
into the planning process for that 
building. At a recent monthly techni- 
cians’ meeting, Griffin described the 
time-consuming procedure she and 
Cloutier have devised to calculate the 
weight of the kilns for the architects so 
they can figure out how strong to 
build the ceramics studio floor. It’s 
another job on top of a long list of 
responsibilities, but the technicians are 
more than happy to do it. 

“Our expertise can help ease the 
problems we've had here,” Griffin 
said. She hopes that the technicians 
will have a their say in the arrange- 
ment of the studios so that everyone 
can benefit from larger work and stor- 
age space and better ventilation. 

Department administrator Tony 
Patricio summed up how the techni- 
cians feel about the future: “We're all 
looking forward to moving to the new 
building to have the space to do a bet- 
ter job.” 


E Chinese virtuosos are changing 


our movie world: Peter Rist 


BY ANNA BRATULIC 


ilm Studies professor Peter 

Rist is waiting for the 
Academy Award nominations to be 
announced. 

He’s hoping that the success of 
Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden 
Dragon, the first “serious” martial 
arts film to gain popular recognition 
in North America, will be a candi- 
date for Best Picture and not just 
Best Foreign Language Film. If it is 
nominated for Best Picture, it will 
be the first time that an Asian film 


_ stands a chance of receiving an 


Oscar in the top category. 

But it’s not so much that Rist is a 
big fan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden 
Dragon. In fact, while ordinary 
moviegoers were riveted by scenes 
of bandits scaling walls as nimbly as 
spiders, of sword-fighters dueling on 
treetops and of swashbuckling 
female leads turning their opponents 
into throbbing pulp, Chinese cinema 
buffs like Rist have seen better. 

Rather, says Rist, recognition at 
the Academy Awards might, due to 
the inevitable interest in Chinese 
films that would follow, give West- 
erners an opportunity to learn more 
about the late director King Huofa- 
ther of the wuxia film genre, of 
which Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drag- 
on is an example. 

“His work now has a chance to be 
fully understood,” Rist said. “The 
kind of things that people are raving 
about in Crouching Tiger, Hidden 
Dragon has always been there with 
King Hu.” 

Hu’s films might still be hard for 
Westerners to appreciate. For exam- 
ple, there is no romance in his 
movies; Hollywood always manages 
to sneak in a romantic subplot, no 
matter how unlikely. 

“[Hu] still might not get there in 
terms of being recognized, but I 
think, there is at least a chance that 
it could happen now. Whereas 
before, I think there was no 
chance.” 

Apart from film circles in Hong 
Kong, Taiwan and Japan, not too 
many other people had ever heard 
of Hu, who died in 1997 after heart 
surgery, and that proved frustrating 
for Rist, who felt that the Chinese 
director was grossly under-appreci- 
ated. 

“I just think he’s the greatest film- 
maker,” said Rist. “What do you do 
about that?” 

Well, if you’re Peter Rist, who 
discovered Hu’s work in 1978, you 
scour the planet looking for King 
Hu movies. When he had trouble 
finding any, he wrote the director 
himself, and mounted Hu’s hand- 
written reply in a silver frame as a 
keepsake. Now, Rist is known to 
have the most complete collection 
of King Hu films on video anywhere 


FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


ANDREW DOBROWOLSKYJ 





lint 


in Canada. 

The word wuxia roughly means 
fighting and chivalry. “Think 
Knights of the Round Table with 
action,” is Rist’s advice. 

Hu claimed to know nothing of 
martial arts himself. The action 
scenes in his films, he once said, 
were heavily influenced by tradi- 
tional Chinese opera. The move- 
ments are carefully choreographed 
to look somewhat like the steps in a 
complicated dance. The music and 
sound effects that accompany the 
action are also taken from Chinese 
opera. 

Rist also sees the influence of 
landscape paintings in Hu’s cine- 
matography. Misty Chinese country 
scenes include action shots that are 
components of a scene rather than 
the sole focus of it. 

“When we look at.a Chinese land- 
scape painting, we contemplate the 
magnificence of the landscape and 
see the human element as just a 
small part of that. Of course, that 


BY ANNA BRATULIC 


RS of the reputation for 


careless bohemianism that 
clings to artists, a group of Fine 
Arts students at Concordia are 
organizing Art Matters, a festival 
which will showcase student 
works in a professional setting. 
“For once, this is going to be an 
event where Fine Arts students are 
getting together, and it’s not going 
to be a protest,” said Michael 
Golden, one of the organizers. He 
thinks that many young artists feel 
the picket sign is the only way to 


Film Studies Professor Peter Rist treasures the letter he got from director King Hu. 





ee 
apiciar 


just doesn’t work with entertain- 
ment films, so there’s a contradic- 
tion between what works as a movie 
and what we do when we contem- 
plate a landscape painting. But I 
think King Hu found a solution.” 

With his second film, Come Drink 
With Me (1966), Hu resurrected a 
genre that was popular in the 
1930s, when Shanghai was the capi- 
tal of Chinese cinema. Despite its 
popularity, intellectuals and govern- 
ment officials hated these movies 
and blamed them for putting bad 
ideas into the heads of uneducated 
people. They called wuxia films 
“weird and supernatural knight- 
errant movies.” 


More information is available on King 
Hu at the following Web site: 
http://www. horschamp.qc.ca/new_ 
offscreen/24thHKIFF.html. Other 
articles on Asian cinema can be found 
at Donato Totaro’s offscreen homepage 
http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/ 
offscreen/ 


Art Matters | 
artists a dry 1 


al, 





get a point across. 

“Art students really like to take 
a political stand, but they often 
don’t have an outlet through 
school.” He'd like to see them 
expressing their opinions with the 
tools of their future trade. 


Concordia’s Thursday Report 


JPEN HOUSE FEATURES THE SOUND OF MUSIC 









DOBROWOLSKY 


ANDREW 


Ives young 
m at real life 


BY EILIS QUINN 





usic students, faculty and staff 

were “at home” on January 28 

in the Refectory Building and the 

Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on the 
Loyola Campus. 

The occasion was a Sunday-after- 


noon open house held by Concor- 
dia’s Music Department. Visitors, 
many of them potential students, 
toured practice rooms, admired the 
facilities and enjoyed several student 
concerts. 

They came away impressed by the 
flexibility of choice within each pro- 


David Oxley is in Studio 
Arts, but he likes taking — 
electroacoustic music 
as an elective. Music 
chair Mark Corwin 
looks on. 





Andrew Malamud and Hilary Thomson work on the electroacoustic 
console at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. 


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All students (not just those in 
Fine Arts) were invited to submit 
project proposals. The organizers 
received about 60, involving a 
total of about 400 students, by 
the deadline, January 15. Interdis- 
ciplinary projects were especially 
encouraged — for example, 
Music students putting together 
the sound track for a student film. 

Selections based in large part 
on the professionalism of the pro- 
posals submitted, because writing 
proposals for grants is an impor- 
tant skill for an artist. While some 
were impressive, Golden said, 















other submissions had a long way 
to go. 

“Some looked like they were 
handed in at the last minute. You 
can’t just say, ‘I’m an artist, 1 want 
to show my work, I need $10,000 
to do this.” Organizers hope this 
will give students a small taste of 
what it takes to live an artist’s life. 


Art Matters runs from March 5 to 16 
and will take place at various locations 
on both campuses, plus some external 
venues. For more information, contact 
Michael Golden at 848-7457 or at 
artmattersconcordia@yahoo.com. 





gram — jazz, classical and electroa- 
coustic — and the department’s 
focus on performance. 

“The first thing I ask them is their 
instrument,” said Daniéle Berthi- 
aume, Assistant to the Chair. “These 
kids are musicians, and theory is not 
their primary concern, they want to 
know that they are going to be able 
to play, do gigs and perform.” 

Another strength of the depart- 
ment is the quality of the teachers. “If 


they play trumpet, I tell them about 
someone like [veteran jazz trum- 
peter] Charles Ellison. If it’s voice 
they are interested in, I mention 
someone like [recording artist] Jeri 
Brown. We are talking about just 
wonderful musicians here,” she said. 

Students already in the depart- 
ment also praised its flexibility. 

“I do jazz, sometimes with big 
band, [but] I can do classical if I 
want,” said jazz major Caroline 





Laroche. “They encourage you to do 
things like work with dancers. 

“That’s what I like about Concor- 
dia — you can get the chance to play 
in every style. That’s one of reasons | 
chose to come here. You have to be 
able to play in every style to get a 
job. That’s real life. It’s like they 
always say here, real education for 
the real world.” 

Fascinated young people pushed 
into the electroacoustic studios all 





{ieee ge 


Caroline Giguére sings with 
bass player Jeffrey Richard. 











afternoon to speak to the chair of 
Music, Mark Corwin. The program is 
only one year old. 

“We are not requiring two or three 
years of ear training and theory for 
entry to the program,” he told them. 
“We are not stressing the commercial 
aspect, either. In this academic set- 
ting, we stress the art process.” Cor- 
win said that the electroacoustic 
major is “for anyone who wants to 
learn about sound and how to cap- 
ture and manipulate it.” 

Potential students seemed to 
approve. Cyrus Sadaghiani is looking 
to transfer out of his BSc program at 
McGill and into electroacoustics this 
fall. 

“When I talked with the chair, he 
was interested in my experience with 
sound and what I was intending to 
do with my degree afterwards, not 
whether | was proficient in an instru- 
ment or whether I had tons of theory. 

“I want to get the skills to produce 
my own music and enhance my DJ 
skills, so this kind of attitude is what 
Lam looking for.” 





What is electroacoustic music? 


L: hard to categorize, and this eclecticism is the very 
thing that attracts its followers most. 

Its genesis goes back to the late 1950s and early ’60s, 
when tape recorders gave musicians the chance to record 
the sounds around them. 

Now, with the aid of computers, they can mix and 
manipulate those sounds, fashioning them into composi- 
tions that may be electronically or acoustically generated. 

While most of us are accustomed to rhythm and 
melody when we listen to music, the listener to electroa- 
coustic compositions must suspend this expectation and 
come to embrace the art form’s sonic exploration and 


lack of conventional instruments. 

Electroacoustic concerts at Concordia take place at the 
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall and are done in complete 
darkness. Music Department chair Mark Corwin speaks 
of them as “sonic events” that each audience member 
observes in their own way. It becomes a highly personal 
experience, in which the environment forces the audi- 
ence members to create their own images, or simply 
experience the sound in the abstract. 

Interested? Check the Back Page of CTR or the Music 
Department’s Web site for the dates of upcoming electroa- 
coustic concerts. 





Concordia’s Thursday Report 


FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


Margie Gillis hits home with powerful AIDS talk 


BY JOHN AUSTEN 


| arene: acclaimed dancer 
and AIDS activist Margie Gillis 
made an impassioned plea that we 
continue the fight against AIDS and 
“all other injustices” in a lecture at 
the Hall Building on January 25. 
She was speaking as part of the 
Concordia Lecture Series on 
HIV/AIDS. 

Her speech, called “Dance vs. 
HIV: Art, Politics and Audience,” 
came, as always with Gillis, straight 
from the heart. She always addresses 
life's obstacles, hopes, fears, joys and 
anguish with incredible passion. 

Gillis’s eldest brother, Paul Gillis, 
died of AIDS in 1993. He was a 
noted choreographer and principal 
dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance 
Company. 

“There’s no doubt that the dance 
community was decimated by 
HIV/AIDS,” Gillis told the audience. 
“I lost my hero — my brother. I was 
with him all the time during the last 
two years of his life. His courage has 
formed everything | do and every- 
thing I teach. 


“I’m not scared of death now,” 
she continued. “I had to deal with 
my rage when I found out Chris had 
AIDS. I’m blessed that I can use my 
29 years as a soloist as a big political 
tool.” 

Gillis said that people must con- 
tinue the fight against AIDS and not 
assume there is no longer a serious 
problem. 

“The AIDS crisis is far from over, 
despite the helping-you-survive- 
longer cocktail, as I like to call it,” 
she said. “We have to get the mes- 
sage out there that there is still 
much work to be done. There is no 
sense preaching to the converted. 
It’s not likely you'll get Ronald Rea- 
gan or other pigs like that in a hall 2 
like this listening to someone speak 8 
on this subject, but you must try to # 
win people over and engage them in < 
your experience. 

“Be aggressive,” she continued. 
“People should be outraged, not just 
for AIDS, but for all the other injus- 
tices in the world.” 

A video was then played of a per- 
formance Gillis did for the CBC 
when she found out her brother had 


WOLSKYJ 


Census Week to track 
equity at universities 


A letter from the Rector 


Dear Colleagues, 

For more than 20 years, Con- 
cordia University has been com- 
mitted to Employment Equity and 
to achieving a diversified and rep- 
resentative workforce. 

Towards accomplishing that 
goal, special emphasis is being 
placed upon preventing and cor- 
recting any disadvantage in 
employment experienced by 
women, persons with disabilities, 
people of First Nations ancestry, 
or persons who are in a minority 
in Canada or in Quebec because 
of their race, colour or mother 
tongue. 

Maintaining information about 
the Concordia workforce enables 
the Office for Equity Programs to 
recommend ways to improve and 
to implement the university’s 
Equity Plan. 

In the next few days, you will 
receive a self-identification ques- 
tionnaire. Its purpose is to deter- 
mine the level of representation in 
the university workforce of the 
groups mentioned above. Your 
response will be used solely for 
the purposes of the Employment 
Equity Program and will be treat- 
ed in strict confidence. 

Aggregates of this information 
will be used in reports the univer- 
sity must submit to the Federal 
Contractors Administration and to 
the Quebec Human Rights Com- 
mission, who administer the new 





provincial Act Respecting Equal 
Access to Employment in Public 
Bodies. 

The questionnaire is in accor- 
dance with the provisions of the 
Canadian Charter of Human 
Rights and Freedoms and those of 
the Quebec Charter of Human 
Rights and Freedoms. 

Concordia’s unions and 
employee associations, through 
their representatives on the Rec- 
tor’s Employment Equity Advisory 
Board, participated in the devel- 
opment of the Census and the 
supporting documentation. 

I urge you to complete the 
questionnaire and to return it in 
the pre-addressed and pre- 
stamped envelope provided in the 
Census package as soon as you 
receive it. Our aim is a 90-per- 
cent rate of return. 

Even if you choose not to fill 
out the questionnaire, please 
return it in the envelope provided. 

Please address additional ques- 
tions on the questionnaire or 
accompanying documentation to 
Nicole Saltiel, Director, Equity 
Programs, -4866, e-mail: 
saltiel@vax2.concordia.ca. 

Your co-operation is greatly 
appreciated. 

Sincerely, 


Frederick Lowy 
Rector and Vice-Chancellor 
http://relish.concordia.ca/mrkcom/census 





Dancer and activist Margie Gillis talks about AIDS 


AIDS. The powerful and moving 
piece was accompanied by haunting 
music from Sinead O’Connor, 
which the Irish singer donated to 
Gillis for the television special. 
Those in the audience who had 


never seen Gillis perform were 
amazed at the passion and unbri- 
dled energy that she exudes in her 
work. 

“I try, most of all, to dance with 
integrity,” she said. “I use dance as a 


kind of catharsis to express joy, sor- 
row and uncertainty. The body has 
a knowledge all of its own, and I try 
to use that knowledge in an intelli- 
gent manner, combining physicality 
and spirituality.” 

Despite not being the most gifted 
of speakers, Gillis had the crowd 
riveted, with several people moved 
to tears during the presentation. 

Gillis’s unique and acclaimed 
style have taken her around the 
world and has earned her the title of 
Cultural Ambassador of Quebec and 
Canada, making her the first mod- 
ern dance artist to be given this 
honour. She has danced and chore- 
ographed for a variety of troupes, 
including Les Grands Ballets Cana- 
diens, the Paul Taylor Dance Com- 
pany, and the National Ballet of 
Canada. 

She received a Gemini Award in 
1998 for the CBC documentary Wild 
Hearts in Strange Times, one of many 
televised shows devoted to her. 

The Concordia HIV/AIDS Lecture 
Series continues March 1 with 
British photographer, curator and 
activist Sunil Gupta. 





Security Department Appointments 


ean Brisebois has been named 

Director of Security, as of Febru- 
ary 12, and brings to Concordia more 
than 30 years of expertise in adminis- 
tration and security operations. 

He has undergraduate degrees 
from the Université de Montréal and 
the Université du Québec a Hull, 
and a Master's of Public Administra- 
tion from 1 Ecole nationale 
d’Administration publique. 

He has worked in protocol and 
security consulting, served on the 
Provincial Poitras Commission to 
advise on criminal investigation and 
legislation, was director of public 
security for the municipality of St- 
Hippolyte, was responsible for secu- 
rity for the two major Montreal 
airports, and was a commander of 
the Canadian contingent for the 
United Nations peace mission to 
Haiti in 1995-96. 

He is the immediate past presi- 
dent of the Quebec Council of 
l’Ambulance Saint-Jean and has 
been involved in numerous youth 
and charity initiatives. 

M. Brisebois has wide manage- 
ment experience, especially in the 
areas of program evaluation and 
development, training and person- 
nel development, as well as a com- 
mitment to strong community 
involvement. 

Vice-Rector Services Michael Di 
Grappa is also pleased to announce 
the appointments of Paul Aubé and 
Darren Dumoulin as Operations 
Officers. Both have had temporary 
assignments during the search for a 
new director. 

Di Grappa would also like to 
thank the staff of the Security 
Department for their willingness to 


assume additional duties during the 
lengthy search for a new director; in 
particular, Paul Aubé, Darren 
Dumoulin and Luc Fillion. 


We welcome Jean Brisebois to 
Concordia, and wish every success 
to Paul and Darren in their new 
positions. 


GEORDIE THEATRE PRESENTS 


A Promise is a Promise 


by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak 
The retelling of an Arctic legend, combining 
puppets, music and dance. 


Family performances: 
February 24, 25 and March 3, 4 
School performances: 
February 27, 28 and March 1, 2 


D.B. Clarke Theatre, 
Henry F. Hall Building, 
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 


For information, contact Amy Dhindsa or Lisa 
Levack, 845-9810. 


Call for nominations 
4th Annual Teaching Excellence Awards 


Recognizing excellence in teaching, sustained commitment to the 
improvement of teaching, and creativity in the development of 
teaching materials and approaches. Full-time and part-time faculty 
members teaching in the Faculty for at least five years are eligible 
for nomination. Students and faculty members may pick up a 
nomination form from any of the four academic units of the 
Faculty or from the Dean’s Office, LB-1001. 


Deadline for nominations: February 12 








FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


Concordia’s Thursday Report 





First Person 


Students raise funds to 
build a school in Haiti 


BY DONNA PINSKY 





elinda Chen, Maria Khan and I 

have formed a chapter of Free 
the Children, an international net- 
work of children helping children. 

FTC is committed to empowering 
youth (people under 18), and letting 
them know that they have rights. It 
tries to bring an end to child 
exploitation, labour and bondage by 
petitioning governments to pass laws 
against it, and then making sure 
these laws are enforced. 

More than 250 million children 
around the world have to work 
instead of going to school each day. 
Six hundred and fifty million children 
live in extreme poverty. It is estimated 
that every two seconds, a child dies 
from a poverty-related illness. 

Children are forced to be slaves to 
pay off debts owed by their families. 
Often, these debts go back for gener- 
ations. A child today may be work- 
ing to pay off a debt incurred by his 
grandfather. 

Because of the high interest rates, 
many of these debts can never be 
repaid. Often, parents are tricked by 
false promises of job training, when 
in reality, their children are simply 
put to work. This often occurs in 
countries with high levels of illitera- 
cy, where parents can’t read the 
papers they must sign to get out of 
debt, papers that place their child in 
bonded labour. 

Free the Children builds schools 
and training centres to help end the 
cycle of poverty. It provides money 





Writers Read @ Concordia 


Susan Goyette Monday, February 26, 8:30 p.m. H-407 
Sue Goyette is from the South Shore of Montreal and now lives in Cole Harbour, 
N.S. Her first book of poems, The True Names of Birds, was published in 1998 
by Brick Books. it was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat 
Lowther Award, and the Governor-General’s Award for poetry. She is currently 
working on a second manuscript of poems and has just finished work on a novel. | 


Coming 
Elyse Gasco (March 6), Gary Geddes (March 20), Elisabeth Harvor (March 29) 


Sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing program, the - 
Canada Council for the Arts, and the League of Canadian Poets. 


for small businesses, and provides 
farm tools, arable land, sewing 
machines and milk animals to needy 
families in Nicaragua and India. 

This allows poor families to 
become self-sufficient so they will 
not have to depend on their chil- 
dren. The children receive such low 
wages that their work really isn’t a 
feasible way for a family to break free 
from the cycle of poverty. 

Free the Children was started in 
1995 by a 12-year-old Canadian boy 
named Craig Kielburger. He had 
been inspired by the child labour 
activist Iqbal Masih, who exposed 
the cruelties of child labour. 

Free the Children is now an inter- 
national charity with chapters all 
over the world. At Concordia, we 
hope to raise money for the con- 
struction of a school in Haiti. We 
chose this country because it is the 
poorest one in the western hemi- 
sphere, and the illiteracy rate there is 
around 60 per cent. These schools 
will be built by partner organizations 
in Haiti and they will be taught in 
Creole and French. 

For more information about this 
organization, feel free to visit the 
website: http://www. freethechildren.org 
and if you would like to become an 
active member to help us raise the 
money ($8,300 CDN in all) for the 
school, please contact us at concor- 
diaftc@hotmail.com 


Donna Pinsky is a student in Accountan- 
cy, and is vice-president external of Con- 
cordia’s new chapter of Free the Children. 


Up: 


NOMINATIONS 














Gritty play produced by students 


Ee Crackwalker, a tough drama 
by Judith Thomson, is on stage 
now in the Geordie space, 4001 
Berri St. in a student-run produc- 
tion. 

Written by Judith Thompson, the 


play is set in 1980 in Kingston, and 
sees four young people confront 
their uncertain future. 

Above are actors Carol Hodge, 
Graham Cuthbertson, Paula Daw- 
son and Jean Sebastien Poirier. The 


director is student Mindy Parfitt. 
Remaining performances are Friday 
and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday 
at 2 p.m. For tickets, please call 
815-2136. 





Students actually read during Reading Week 


BY DAVID WEATHERALL 


Wr says Concordia students 
don’t take their studies seri- 
ously? After reading this, nobody 
will. 

Of more than 50 students sur- 
veyed, none are going away this 
Reading Week and a whopping 75 
per cent said that even if they did 
have the money, they probably still 
wouldn’t because of their academic 
workload. 

“No jokes — I'll probably be read- 
ing over Reading Week,” said first- 
year Communications and Cultural 
Studies student Christi Milsom. 

“With all the schoolwork I have, I 
seriously haven't got the chance to 
even think about the spring break! 
All I can think about is resting from 
all these assignments, exams, and 
projects,” said Antonio Maiorano, a 
third-year Computer Science student. 

Mike Miele, a third-year Mechani- 
cal Engineering student, echoed 
Maiorano’s sentiment. His plans for 





Spring 2001 Convocation medals and awards 


Graduating students (Fall 00 and Spring 01) may be nominated for the following: 


The Concordia Medal, The Malone Medal, 


The O’Brien Medal, The Stanley G. French Medal 


The First Graduating Class Award is presented to a person who has made the most innovative contribu- 
tion, academic or extracurricular, to university life. It is open to all member of the university community. 


Nomination forms and criteria are available from the Dean of Students Offices (SGW and LOY) and the 
Birks Student Service Centre (SGW). The deadline for nominations is February 28. They should be sent 
to the Office of the Registrar, SGW-LB-700, Attention: H. Albert. 





Concordia’s Thursday Report 


FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


reading week? “Study my 
ass off!” 

Although most blamed 
schoolwork for disrupting 
possible beach parties in 
Daytona or chilling in New 
York City, others also have 
responsibilities to jobs that 
they simply can’t leave behind. 

“I'll probably be reading and 
working. Ice cream doesn’t scoop 
itself, you know,” said Sarah Mac- 
Donald, a third-year Commerce stu- 
dent. “No vacation for this girl.” 

Others, like Maiorano, also have 
commitments they can’t abandon. 
“I've never gone on a mide-term 
break trip, but I would like to go on 
one. The problem is that being in 
co-op [work-study program], I’m 
not ‘allowed’ to take off. Perhaps 
some day. . .” 

While trips to traditional hot spots, 
such as Daytona, New York, 
Caribbean resorts and Mexico, are 
promoted all over the school, Mac- 
Donald felt that there should be more 


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Concordia Council on Student Life Annual Awards 
Call for nominations 
Outstanding Contribution Awards - students 
Media Awards - students 


Merit Awards - any member of the community 
Teaching Excellence Awards - faculty 


Nomination forms are available at the Dean of Students Offices 
AD-121, H-653), CSU office (H-637), GSA (T-202), CASA (GM-218), 
ECA (H-880), Information Desk (Hall Building, first floor). 
Deadline for nominations: Wednesday, March 14, at 5 p.m. 


For more information, please call the Dean of Students Office, 848-4242 


“| think the gaudy Daytona 
2001 ads at the front of many 
Classrooms are ridiculous,” 
said student Christi Milsom. 


excursions offered to cater 
to the needs of those with 
less cash to spare. 

“I would go on an organized trip. 
They should organize more that are 
cheap — for example, three days in 
Boston. Something that’s still a trip, 
but not as expensive as say, Cancun.” 

Milsom agreed. “I'm hoping to go 
to the Laurentians, but I definitely 
won't involve a travel agent or school 
organization.” 

In fact, Milsom went on to com- 
plain about the prolific pamphlet 
advertising that is rampant through- 
out the university. “I think the Day- 
tona 2001 gaudy fluorescent ads 
taped to professors’ posts at the front 
of many classrooms are ridiculous. If 
I were standing there, trying to lec- 
ture, I'd rip them down.” 

















GIDEON DANTE 


Ally project supports the gay and ‘questioning’ community 


BY JANE SHULMAN 


ome Concordia offices will soon 
be adorned with-signs that fea- 
ture inverted pink triangles 
inscribed with the word “Ally.” It’s 
part of a joint venture among Stu- 
dent Services, Health Services, the 
Concordia Out Collective and oth- 
ers to send a silent message of sup- 
port and acceptance to Concordia’s 
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered 
and questioning students, staff and 
faculty. 
The Ally symbols are given to 
people who have completed a semi- 
nar about the obstacles that mem- 


bers of the LGBTQ community may 
face in their everyday lives. The 
hope is that people who have had 
the training will view situations with 
a new perspective. A group of peo- 
ple from Student Services have 
already undergone the half-day 
training, and organizers say semi- 
nars will soon be available to any- 
one who is interested in 
participating. 

The seminars are interactive, mix- 
ing humour and information with 
trivia and role-playing games. They 
offer participants a chance to ask 
questions and discuss situations 
they've experienced. The idea is to 


Coco Fusco: Playful 
to make a point 


BY SIGALIT HOFFMAN 


n a packed auditorium at the 

Museum of Fine Arts, Coco 
Fusco, well-known performance 
artist and associate professor at 
Temple University’s Tyler School of 
Art, gave the audience a choice of 
presentations: an audio-visual histo- 
ry of her work or a preview of her 
play The Incredible Disappearing 
Woman. 

The guest lecturer for Concordia’s 
Studio Arts Visiting Artists program 
complied with the audience’s almost 
unanimous decision to hear the play. 

Although the play was about an 
artist who went to Mexico to defile a 
corpse as a performance art project, 
Fusco focused on the project’s victim. 

“The only way I could reconstruct 
this situation was [to assume] that 
she was not really dead,” Fusco 
explained. She dedicated her play to 
the 220 women who disappeared 
from Juares, Mexico, between 1993- 


1999. 

Women comprise 70 per cent of 
the factory work force in Mexico. 
They are subject to frequent sexual 
harassment, and often work far 
from their families. Fusco said that 
Tijuana has the highest rate of dis- 
appearance in Mexico, and a factory 
worker would be an easy target. 

She excavated the colonial Latin 
America tradition of political satire, 
saying, “If you can’t criticize the 
king, you make fun of him.” 

However, Liam Capman, a first- 
year Communication Studies stu- 
dent, had mixed feelings. “It was a 
bit too lighthearted,” he said. 

Film director Carla Gutman said, 
“I thought the piece was bleak, too 
bleak, and the male perspective is 
completely missing. For someone 
who cares about the status of 
women, I felt that there was a cer- 
tain amount of divisiveness bred by 
presenting men as oppressors and 
women as victims.” 


Concordia Football presents 


CASINO NIGHT 


Saturday, February 10, 
Guadagni Lounge, Loyola Campus 
8 p.m. - 2 a.m. - auction at 11 p.m. 





create spaces where people who are 
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered 
or questioning will feel free to be 
honest about themselves without 
fear of repercussions. 

Melanie Drew, director of Health 
Services, explains that’s key to all 
students being able to access the 
services they need. 

“Going to the doctor can be scary 
enough,” she said, “but if you’re a 
member of the LGBTQ community, 
it can be doubly difficult.” 

Students don’t assume that every- 
one is going to be accepting if they 
are open abut their sexual orienta- 
tion, and sometimes that means that 
they leave out valuable information 
when they seek help, or they just 
don’t seek help at all. 

Drew realizes that university is 
the place where many people begin 
being open about their sexual orien- 
tation. “If this is where a person 
comes out, it'll be a supportive envi- 
ronment.” 

She and others who are involved 
with the Ally project realize that the 
more a student service provider 
knows, the better their service will be. 

“Because of the questions you 
choose to ask, you may leave out a 
whole segment of the population 
without realizing it,” she said. 
“That’s why it’s important to 
approach people with open-ended 
questions, so that they will respond 
openly.” 

The idea came from a conference 
that Drew attended with Dean of 
Students Donald Boisvert. Chris 
McGrath, of Simon Fraser Universi- 
ty; led a seminar on how to make an 
environment LGBTQ-friendly. He 
explained how the program had 
been implemented at Simon Fraser 
University, to the delight of mem- 
bers of that community. Drew and 
Boisvert decided to try it at Concor- 
dia. They enlisted the help of Jason 
Hammond, head of the Concordia 
Out Collective. 

Hammond hopes the program 
will help make Concordia even 
more queer-friendly. 

“Compared to other universities, 
Concordia is very gay-positive, but 
it still isn’t possible for me to walk 
down the hall holding my 
boyfriend’s hand, or to kiss him 
goodbye before class,” he said. “That 


Test your health smarts 


@ ee year’s Health Fair will be held on the mezzanine of the Hall Building on March 21. To get you in the 
mood, here are some questions from “Four of a Kind,” a quiz developed by Health Educator Owen Moran. 


A. What percentage of daily calo- 
ries should come from fat in a 
healthy, balanced diet? 

a) 5-10 per cent 

b) 20-30 per cent 

c) 35-40 per cent 

d) 50 per cent 


2. The body fluid with the least 


3. An excellent stress management 


risk of transmitting the HIV virus is _ strategy is to 


a) semen 
b) blood 
c) vaginal secretions 
d) saliva 


D(EP (Tk (T ZAMS yypay 07 suamsuy 


a) smoke 

b) have a few drinks of alcohol 
c) become a positive thinker 
d) keep your stress-provoking 


problems to yourself 


FEBRUARY 8, 2001 


would elicit comments, and possi- 
bly more.” 

Hammond would like to see the 
project embraced by student 
groups, with the goal of offering 
seminars to new members every 
year. 

“Knowing that there are people at 
Concordia who are [openly] gay and 
proud, or heterosexual and support- 
ive of gay rights is so important,” he 
said. 

Louyse Lussier, assistant to the 
Dean of Students, was among the 


first group of staff to attend a 
workshop. The Dean of Students 
office now has an Ally symbol on 
display. 

Lussier said that the seminar 
preached to the converted, in a 
sense, because being sensitive to 
students’ circumstances has always 
been a priority at Student Services, 
but she figures you can never be too 
conscious of people’s needs. 

“I guess it’s hard to know how big 
a process [coming out] is for peo- 
ple,” she said. 


IN BRIEF 


New look at religion in the New World 


harles Long, former Profes- 

sor of the History of Reli- 
gions at the University of 
Chicago and former director of 
the Center for Black Studies at 
the University of California, 
Santa Barbara, has just visited 
Concordia’s Religious Studies 
Department. 

Professor Long is notable for 
having called for more attention 
by scholars to the religions of 
African-Americans and indige- 
nous people. In recent years, he 
has focused on the Atlantic 
crossings by Africans, English, 


French and Spanish people. 

He gave a talk on this subject 
to graduate students yesterday, 
and was scheduled to give a pub- 
lic lecture last night under the 
title “The Creation and Ideology 
of Matter and Materiality: The 
‘Origin’ of Religion in the Forma- 
tion of the Atlantic World.” 

He visits McGill University 
today, and will give a public lec- 
ture tonight under the title “New 
Orleans: An Alternate Meaning 
of American Civil Religion.” For 
more information, please call 
398-4121. 


National Post says we're No. 7 


ii a ranking of Canadian Mas- 
ter’s of Business Administration 
programs that appeared in a busi- 
ness supplement to the National 
Post last week, the program 
offered by Concordia’s John Mol- 


son School of Business ranked 
seventh out of 30. 

Our MBA program also made it 
into the top 100 in the interna- 
tional rankings published recently 
by the Financial Times of London. 





Faculty of Arts and Science 


INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE 
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RETURNING 
STUDENTS 


Each year, 10 scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students 
currently enrolled in one of our undergraduate programs. The 
scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. 


Who is eligible? 
Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in the 
Faculty of Arts and Science who is neither a citizen nor a permanent 
resident of Canada. Students receiving exemptions from international 


tuition rates or other scholarships are not eligible to apply. 


Are the scholarships renewable? 
Yes. Students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 will be eligible to 
apply for a renewal of up to two more years. 


How do | apply? 

In order to apply, you must fill out an application form, enclosing a 
copy of your academic record, a letter of recommendation from one of 
your professors and a letter of intent, explaining in 250 words how you 

have benefited from your time at Concordia University so far. 


Application forms are available at SGW: ISO, Dean's office, H-653; 
LOY: AD-229. Deadline for applications: April 1. For more information, 
contact the Dean's Office, 848-2075. artsnsci@vax2.concordia.ca 
http://artsandscience.concordia.ca 





Concordia’s Thursday Report 


ANDREW DOBROWOLSKYJ 


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Concordia gets the mark of approval from this visiting student. He was one of about 60 
students who visited the university last week from the Beijing-Concord College of Sino- 
Canada, a network of private high schools in the Chinese capital. 


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Meetings & 
Events 


Applications Fair 

The Office of the Registrar will 
answer prospective students’ 
questions and receive undergrad 
applications. McConnell Atrium, 
1400 de Maisonneuve W. Feb. 
27-Mar. 1, 10a.m—7p.m. 


Maid in Cyberspace Festival 
StudioXX presents art at the 
forefront of new technologies by 
women artists. February 7-11, 
Cinémathéque québécoise, 335 
de Maisonneuve. Info: Alexan- 
dra Guité, 845-7934. alexg@stu- 
dioxx.org. 


Study Italian in Florence 

7 levels of Italian offered. 
Choice of sharing an apartment 
with student, or home stay. 
Also available: painting, sculpt- 
ing, cooking and photography. 
Package includes 4 weeks’ 
accommodation, language 
course registration, return air- 
fare from Dorval. $2,600. May 
26—June 23. Info: Josee Di 
Sano 488-1778. 


EcoTaskForce Get-togethers 
Wednesdays 5—6p.m., Java U 
Conference table, Mezzanine 
level, Hall Building. Info@explo- 
rasport.com 


Sensheido’s Rape Prevention 


Seminar for women to lear psy- 
chological and physical tech- 
niques to prevent attacks. Feb. 
11, 12-5p.m. 680 St-Catherine 
W., 1st floor Metro McGill. $50. 
To reserve: 879-5621. Limited 
space available. 


CUTV 

Interested in TV production? 
CUTV meets 4p.m. Fridays in 
H651-1. CUTV is Canada’s only 
student-run television station 
and is looking for producers or 
student-produced material. 
848-7403. 


Concordia Toastmasters Club 
Would you like to be a success- 
ful, confident communicator? 
Learn to conduct business 
meetings, motivate people, do 
job interviews, sell ideas or 
products and solve problems in 
an informal setting. Info: 
Lawrence A. Moore 483-2269, 
or la_moor@alcor.concordia.ca. 


Participate in study 

The Concordia Sexuality and 
Reproductive Health Lab in 
Psychology invites individuals 
(18-70 years old) to participate 
in a study on intimacy, person- 
ality and sexuality. Involves 
questionnaire completion. 
Strictly confidential. Jennifer, 
484-8123, rushky@sprint.ca 


Indigenous Peoples 
International 

Seeking new members and 
new leadership to keep the 
group alive in 2001. Info: kim- 
mia_99@hotmail.com 


Volunteers needed 
Mondays, Wednesdays, 
and/or Fridays for lunchtime 
supervision, game room activi- 
ties, etc., with adults with 
intellectual disabilities at the 
Centre for the Arts in Human 
Development on the Loyola 
Campus. References required. 
848-8619. 


Concordia’s Thursday Report 


level Xe 





Work in Italy at Italian 
Summer Camps 

Teach English through drama 
and outdoor activities. Intensive 
TEFL introductory course provid- 
ed. Certificate issued. Camps all 
over Italy. Fax/phone: 0039 
0184 50 60 70, info@acle.org, 
www.acle.org 


Literacy volunteers 

Frontier College Students for 
Literacy at Concordia are 
recruiting volunteers to be part 
of a non-profit team organizing 
literacy activities and tutoring. 
848-7454, stu4lit@alcor.con- 
cordia.ca. 


Volunteer with kids 
Preschools in the Verdun, 
LaSalle, and Ville Emard areas 
are looking for teacher's assis- 
tants. Weekdays 9-11:30a.m. 
Help needed with storytelling, 
arts & crafts, and play group. 
Jan.—June, 2001. Anna 937- 
5351 x 246. 


Art Matters Project 

Make Concordia look great! 
Help fill the university with 
murals — this project has a 
life of its own. 487 7661. 


Administration Programs 
Information Sessions 

Info sessions for the Graduate 
Diplomas in Administration 
(DIA) and Sport Administration 
(DSA), and Graduate Certifi- 
cates in Administration in the 
John Molson School of Busi- 
ness. Thursday, 6—7p.m, Feb. 
8. GM 403-2, 4th fl., 1550 de 
Maisonneuve W. Sign-up: 
848-2766 or diadsa@vax2.con- 
cordia.ca. 


Dance student competes 
at figure-skating nationals 


hae Zukiwsky is a student in 

Contemporary Dance at Concor- 
dia, but he also has a career as a figure 
skater. 

With his partner, Judith Longpré, 
Shae competed last month in Win- 
nipeg at the 2001 Canadian Figure 
Skating Championships. They came 
eighth in a field that included some of 
the best skaters in the world. The pair 
had won their category here in Que- 
bec in the Provincials, and it was their 
first time competing as seniors. 

Shae said competing in the nation- 
als, televised across Canada, was 
exciting — “a lot of exposure, a lot of 
crowds, and lots of good feedback.” 

A skater first, he started studying 
dance at the University of Calgary as 
part of his training. He moved here 
two years ago to be with his partner, 
and because “Montreal is the best 
place in the country for ice-dancing.” 

It will take him another two years 
to finish his degree in Contemporary 
Dance, because he is too busy to 
study full-time. Juggling dance and 
skating are exhausting, both physical- 
ly and in terms of scheduling, but he’s 
nowhere near ready to choose 
between them. 

As a practical career choice, skating 
is definitely the way to go. “There's a 
lot more money in skating right now,” 
he said. “It’s enormously popular in 
Canada.” 

However, Shae sees the two disci- 
plines as complementary, especially in 
view of his interest in choreography. 

Competing in the nationals marked 
the end of the skating season for 
Zukiwsky and Longpré, since only the 
top two pairs get to go to the interna- 
tional championships. “This is when 
we take a break until the early sum- 
mer, and look at new material for 
next year.” 

— BB 





Ice-dancing team Judith Longpré and Shae Zukiwsky. 


Concordia staff to take the ice against CFCF-12 


Concordia all-star staff team will play the CFCF-12 Hockey Hot 
Dogs on Saturday, February 24, at 7:15 p.m. at the Pierrefonds 
Sportsplexe 4 Glaces Arena, 14700 Pierrefonds Blvd., Rink 2. 

There is no admission charge, but donations and funds raised by a 
“puck pitch” competition will go to the Alex Laurie Fund for student 
scholarships, established in memory of a popular staff member. There 
will also be special prizes in addition to some exciting hockey action. 

Bring your family and friends! 





Québec Les séminaires du CADRISQ 


Institut de la statistique 


Poids corporel : résultats 
et pistes de recherche a 
partir des données de 
l'Enquéte sociale et de 
santé 1998 de I'Institut de 
la statistique du Québec 
(Direction Santé Quebec) 


Marielle Ledoux, Université de Montréal 
Département de nutrition 


Mercredi 21 février 2001 


Centre d’accés aux données de recherche de |'Institut de la statistique du Québec 


Consommation d'alcool, de 
drogues et autres substances 
psychoactives : Résultats et 
pistes de recherche a partir 
des données de I'Enquéte 
sociale et de santé 1998 de 
l'Institut de la statistique du 
Québec (Direction Sante 
Québec) 


Alimentation : perceptions, 
pratiques et insécurité ali- 
mentaire. Résultats et pistes 
de recherche a partir des 
données de I'Enquéte sociale 
et de santé 1998 de l'Institut 
de la statistique du Québec 
(Direction Santé Québec) 


Lise Dubois, Université Laval, Département 


Serge Chevalier, Direction de la santé . . , 
de médecine sociale et préventive 


publique, Régie régionale de la santé et des 
services sociaux de Montréal-Centre 
Mercredi 14 février 2001 


Mardi 13 février 2001 


12h00 a 13h00, Salle C-9141, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Université de Montréal, 


3150, rue Jean-Brillant, Montréal (Québec) 


Bienvenue a toutes et tous. 


La recherche avec I'lSQ... une question d'avenir! 


Le nombre de places étant restreint, il serait tres apprécié que vous nous fassiez part de votre intention d’assister au 
séminaire en communiquant avec Denis Ouellette-Roussel. Téléphone : (514) 343-2299 Télécopieur : (514) 343-2288 
Courrier électronique : denis.ouellette-roussel@stat.gouv.qc.ca 





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(BC-115) in writing no later than Thursday, 5 p.m. the week prior to the Thursday 
publication. For more information, please contact Zack Taylor at 848-4882, by fax: 
848-2814 or by e-mail: ctr@alcor.concordia.ca. NOTE: THE NEXT ISSUE WILL 
APPEAR MARCH 1, NOT FEBRUARY 23, DUE TO THE RECTOR’S HOLIDAY. 


January 25 ~ February 8 





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 
Gallery open Monday to Friday, 11a.m.— 
7p.m.; Saturday 1p.m.—5p.m.; closed 
Sundays , 1400 de Maisonneuve W. Free. 
848 4750. 

© Feb. 1-Mar. 11. Charles Chagnon: 
Observations. 

© Feb. 1—-Mar. 11. Laura Vickerson: Trace. 


February 15-31 

Collages, Eva Richardson. Vernissage: 
Feb. 25, 6p.m. Bourget Gallery, 1230 de la 
Montagne. Open Monday to Friday 
10a.m.—noon, 1—5p.m. 


January 18-February 16 

Three Generations: Stories and Paintings 
by Montreal artist Kayla Hochfelder. Pre- 
sented by the Concordia Institute for 
Canadian Jewish Studies and the McGill 
Faculty of Religious Studies. Gallery open 
Monday to Friday, 9a.m.—4p.m. McGill 
Faculty of Religious Studies, 3520 Univer- 
sity St. Info: Barbara E. Galli, 398 6027. 


Visiting Artist Events 

© Monday, Feb. 12 — Ed Burtynsky. 
1:30p.m. VA-210. 

¢ Thursday, Mar. 1 — Sunil Gupta. 6p.m. H- 
110. HIV/AIDS Community Lecture Series. 


CPR classes 


Environmental Health and Safety 

For information and prices on the 
following courses, call Donna Fasciano 
at 848-4355. 


Saturday, February 10 
BLS 

Wednesday, February 14 
Heartsaver 

Friday, February 16 
Heartsaver (6-10p.m.) 

Sunday, February 18 
Heartsaver Plus 

Tuesday, February 20 
Baby Heartsaver (6-10p.m.) 

Thursday, February 22 








http://advocacy.concordia.ca/ministry/ 
Loyola: Belmore House, Annex WF, rm 
101, 2496 West Broadway 848-3588 
SGW: Annex Z, rms 102-106, 2090 Mack- 
ay 848-3590 


Healing and the Body: 

Healing and the Spirit 

Discussion group on the book “Anatomy of 
the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power & 
Healing” by Caroline Myss. Wednesdays 
4:30-5:30p.m., L-WF 110-10. 848-3587. 


Prison Visit Program 
Mondays 6-9p.m. Peter Cété 848-3586, 
pecote@vax2.concordia.ca 


Buddhist Meditation Retreat 
Led by Daryl Ross, Chaplain and Myokyo, 
Abbess of Centre Zen de la Main. Mar. 9- 
11. $35 students, $50 non-students. 848- 
3585, darylyn@vax2.concordia.ca 


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard 
Vegetarian Meals Mondays 5—7p.m. 


Annex Z (2090 Mackay), rm 105. Suggest- 
ed donation $1. 


Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness 
Thursdays 4:15—6p.m. Annex Z (2090 
Mackay) rm 105. 

Insight Meditation 

SGW (2-205): Wednesdays 11:45-1p.m. 

& 5:15-7p.m. (new group). 

Loyola (Belmore House L-WF 100-10): 
Tuesdays 11:45a.m.—1p.m. 


Buddha's Nature 
Reading group. Wednesdays 1:30-2:45, 
Annex Z, mm 105. 


Retreat in Daily Life 

Registration: David Eley 848-3587. 

The Lunch Bunch 

You bring your lunch, we provide 


coffee/tea/hot chocolate. Thursdays 
12:30-2p.m. Annex Z, rm 105. 


Flicks, TV & Tunes: The Student's 
guide to the Universe and Beyond 
Find out how pop culture give us clues to 
our common quest for meaning. Thursdays 
2:30—4p.m. Annex Z rm 105. 


Pathways to Peace Through the Word 
Tuesdays noon—1p.m. Annex Z rm 105. 


Reflections 
Tuesdays 3:30-5p.m. Annex Z rm 105. 
Outreach Experience 


Volunteer service program. Info: Micheli- 
na Bertone 848-3591. 





Centre for Teaching 
& Learning Services 


To register for any of the following 
workshops, please contact the Centre 
for Teaching and Learning Services at 
848-2495 or ctls@alcor.concordia.ca. 
http://relish.concordia.ca/ctls/ 


Introducing Faculty to Multimedia 
Courseware Production 
Feb. 14, 12-1:30p.m. H-771. 


Show and Tell: Stories from the Field 
The benefits and limitations of several 
instructional uses of technology at Concor- 
dia. Demonstration of how technology can 
be used effectively inside and outside the 
classroom. Feb. 26, 12-1:30p.m. H-771. 


Using WebCT in Courses to “Teach” 
the Language of the Discipline 
Strategies for teaching terms and con- 
cepts on-line. Feb. 27, 12—1:30p.m. H-771. 


Active Learning in 

Large and Small Clas:-es 

Learn hands-on techniues for creating 
active leaming opportunities in the class- 
room. Feb. 13, 9:30a.m—12p.m. H-771. 


WebCT Seminar (Four Sessions) 

Roger Kenner will work with up to 8 faculty 
with ideas about how to make use of 
WebCT in their courses. Participants meet 
to share and discuss work-in-progress. By 
the end of the semester, participants will 
have completed a WebCT component. Feb. 
13 & 27, Mar. 13, 27. 2-4p.m. LB-800. To 





register. Roger 848-3432. Info: http://ODL- 
iits.concordia.ca/ ODL/workshops.html. 


Gathering Images and Using Them 
in Documents (Two Sessions) 

This seminar will look at various ways 
to gather images, and include them in 
documents. Simple tools for managing 
and adjusting images will be demon- 
strated. Enrolment limited to 8. Feb. 15 
and Mar.1, 2001, H-771, Hall Building, 
SGW, 9:30a.m.—12p.m. 


Instructional Skills Workshop 
(Three Sessions) 

Intensive professional development 
concentrates on refining skills such as 
writing instructional objectives, prepar- 
ing lesson plans, designing pre- and 
post-assessment strategies, and con- 
ducting instructional sessions. Partici- 
pants prepare and conduct two, 
10-minute “mini-lessons.” Enrolment 
limited to 6. Feb. 19-21, 2001, LB 553- 
2, SGW, 9 a.m.—4p.m. 





Concert Hall 


Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sher- 
broooke St. W. Box office hours: Mon- 
day-Friday, 10a.m.—noon, 2—5p.m. 
Reservations through Admission at 790- 
1245 or http://www.admission.com. For 
more listings: http://oscar.concordia.ca 


Thursday February 8 

Vocal Students Concert. Singers under 
the direction of Beverly McGuire perform 
a mixed program of classical and jazz 
songs. Tickets available at the door: $5 
general / free for all students with ID. 


Friday, February 9 

Concordia University Department of Music 
presents Concordia Big Band, directed by 
Dave Tumer. Tickets at door: $5 general / 
free for all students with ID. 8p.m. 


Wednesday, February 14 

Concordia University Department of 
Music presents EuCuE Series XIX: Tim 
Brady & Quatuor Bozzini. A special con- 
cert to inaugurate Concordia's annual 
EuCuE electroacoustic music festival. Tim 
Brady performs several new works for 
guitar, tape, and live electronics. Quatuor 
Bozzini plug in to perform amplified inter- 
pretations of "EQ for Electric String Quar- 
tet” and Montreal composer Jéréme 
Blais’ “Soliloque égaré.” Tickets: $14 gen- 
eral / $10 seniors (+ service) available at 
all Admission outlets (790-1245 or 
www.admission.com) and the OPCH Box 
Office. Free for all students with ID. 8p.m. 


Thursday, February 15 

& Friday, February 16 

EuCuE Series XIX: CEC YESA Project 2001. 
Two concerts profiling submissions from 
the Canadian Electroacoustic Community's 
young and emerging sound artist project 
2001. Curated by lan Chuprun. Free Admis- 
sion. Feb. 15, 7:30p.m. Feb. 16, 4p.m. 


Friday, February 16 

EuCuE Series XIX: Multi-Channel Concert. 
Multi-channel concert of works from: 
Dhomont, Dumas, Moore, Normandeau, 
Thigpen, Vande Gome, Westerkamp. Curat- 
ed by Yves Gigon. Free Admission. 7:30p.m. 


Counselling and 
Development 


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





ADD/ADHD 

Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? Join our 
support group. Every Monday from Feb. 
5—Mar. 26, 5:30-7:00p.m. 


A Fair of the Heart: 
Counselling Services Fair 
Feb. 14 on the Mezz. Info: 848-3545. 


Student Success Program Centre 
Take a Student Success Check-Up! Get 
connected to the right resources! Sign up 
for workshops! H-481. 

Pride 

A discussion/exploration group for lesbians, 
gays, bisexuals, and those questioning their 
sexual orientation. Sign up in H-481. 


Plus Workshop Series 

Find out more about our leadership certifi- 
cation on Feb. 7 at the Student Success 
Centre. H-481. 





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) 





Lectures 


Wednesday, February 7 

and Thursday, February 8 

Dr. Charles Long, former Professor of the 
History of Religions, University of Chicago; 
former Director, Center for Black studies, 
U.C.S.B., presents “Religious features in 
the Atlantic crossings and the arrivals in 
the ‘New World”. Info: Michel Despland, 
848-2076, or despland@vax2.concordia.ca 


Thursday, February 8 

Dani Rodrik, Harvard University, on 
“What's Wrong with the International 
Economic System.” Presented by the 
Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Econo- 
my and the School of Community and 
Public Affairs. 5—7p.m., Atrium, Samuel 
Bronfman House, 1590 Dr. Penfield. 
Info: 848-8707. 


Friday, February 9 

Dr. Samantha Brennan, University of 
Western Ontario, on "Moral Gaps". 
3p.m., H-433, 1455 de Maisonneuve 
W. Info: 848-2500. 


Friday, February 9 

J. Krishnamurti video presentation on 
“Authority is Destructive.” 8:30pm, H-420, 
1455 de Maisonneuve W. 937 8869. 


Sunday, February 11 

Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish 
Studies and the McGill Faculty of Religious 
Studies present “Victor Ullman: Music, 
Mirror of Memory,” a lecture recital featur- 
ing pianist Dina Namer and prof. Jean- 
Jacques van Vlasselaer. 3p.m. C-209, 
McGill Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. 
W. Info: Barbara Galli 398 6027. 


Wednesday, February 14 

The School of Community and Public 
Affairs hosts a panel discussion on 
Canada's Climate Change Commitment 
under the Kyoto Protocol. 6-8p.m. 2149 
Mackay, Bsmt Lounge. Info: Ligia Pend 
848-2575. 


Friday, February 16 

Dr. Louis Charland, University of West- 
ern Ontario, on “Medically prescribed 
Heroin.” 3p.m. H-433, 1455 de 
Maisonneuve W. Info: 848-2500. 


Friday, February 16 

J. Krishnamurti video presentation on 
“The action with No Past or Future?” 
8:30pm, H-420, 1455 de Maisonneuve W. 
937 8869. 


Wednesday, February 28 

The Schoo! of Community and Public 
Affairs hosts a panel discussion on reg- 
ulating e-commerce. Info: Ligia Pena 
848-2575. 


Tuesday, March 1 

The Center for Research on citizenship 
and Social Transformation and the 
School of Community and Public Affairs 
presents Dr. Robert Schwartzwald 
(UMass-Amherst) on “Bordering on 
Denial: the Complexity of Small 
Nations.” 5:30p.m. H-763. 





Legal Information 


Concordia’s Legal Information Services 
offers free and confidential legal informa- 
tion and assistance to the Concordia com- 
munity. By appointment only. 848-4960. 





Office of Rights & 
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 harass- 
ment, threatening and violent conduct, 
theft, destruction of property. 848-4857, 


or drop by 2150 Bishop, rm 110. After 
Feb. 19: GM building, 11th floor. 





Ombuds Office 


The Ombuds Office is available to all 
members of the University for information, 
confidential advice and assistance with 
university-related problems. Call 848- 
4964, or drop by 2100 Mackay, rm 100. 





Peer Support Centre 


Need to talk? We provide confidential lis- 
tening and informative referrals to all Con- 
cordia students. Mon-Thur., 12-5, 2090 
Mackay, rm 02. Info: 848-2859 





Theatre 


February 1-11 

The Crackwalker. Soulfishing productions 
presents Judith Thompson's dark and 
enthralling play, directed by Mindy Parfitt. 
Students, seniors, groups 10+, $7. Adults 
$10. Feb 1-3, 7-10, 8p.m. Feb 4, 11, 2pm. 
Geordie Space, 4001 Berri. 815-2136. 





Unclassified 


Car For Sale 

GREAT student car for sale!1988 Mazda 
323, manual, 2-door hatchback, v. good con- 
dition, extremely reliable, $1000. Hate to 
part with it but leaving country. 488-2587. 


Stove, Fridge, Microwave 

Panasonic Little Genius Microwave in 
excellent condition; older model Admiral 
stove and fridge in good working condi- 
tion. Would like to sell as a package for 
$300. Linda: kay@vax2.concordia.ca 


For rent 

Large lower duplex 6 1/2 with back yard, 
plus 2 car parking. Oak trim and fireplace. 
New windows and wiring. Perfect for fac- 
ulty, offices, or business. $1000/month 
plus utilities. Sherbrooke St. W. across 
from Loyola campus next to Lonergan Col- 
lege. Shawn or Yumiko 482 7473. 


SGW Grad Ring Wanted 

Want to buy a 1973 Sir George Williams 
University graduation ring to replace one 
that was lost. Franklin Freedman, 696-6040. 


Piano for sale 

1992 Yamaha upright model P-22; natural 
oak finish; manufacturer's warranty; 848- 
3397 or 487-1809. 


English Tutor available 

Need help with your paper? Want to pass 
your next exam? Call 620-0917, or West- 
IslandEnglishTutor@Hotmail.com. 


Cat-sitter needed 

Clean, quiet, responsible student need- 
ed to house-sit my comfortable 5 1/2 
apartment for 5 weeks in March-April, 
and to look after my well-behaved cat. 
20 min. from downtown by metro (Ver- 
dun). Timothy 766-1070. 

Parking space 

Driveway parking available near Loyola. 
$40/month. Carol 481-9461. 


For sale 
Mac 56k modem, CPU, monitor and 
speakers $400. 487-5999. 


Room for rent 

Room for responsible non-smoking per- 
son. $330 / month. Must love dogs. 
Near Loyola. 481-9461. 


For sale 

Minolta SR-1 single-lens reflex camera. 
Cds. meter. Normal 55 mm, 135 mm lens- 
es. Ergonomic grip flash bar, Sacoh Super 
200 electronic flash. Genuine leather 
case. Don, 626-6256. 


English Angst? 

English writing assistance, proofreading/ 
editing for university papers, resumes, 
etc. Experienced, good rates. Lawrence 
279-4710, articulations|lh@hotmail.com 


English teacher 

Experienced English teacher can help 
you with conversational or academic 
English. Do you want to improve your 
speaking, reading, writing, listening? 
Jon, 931-0647, jontaejon@hotmail.com 


Services offertes 

J'aimerais offrir mes services aux étu- 
diants qui auraient besoin de faire la 
mise en page de leurs travaux, theses, 
etc. J'effectue toujours mon travail de 
fagon rapide et précise. c_delisle@ 
videotron.ca, (450) 654-5194. 





Workshops 


Computer Workshops 

Please visit the IITS Training Web site to 
find out about our various computer work- 
shops and how to register: http://iits.con- 
cordia.ca/services/training. 


DreamCatching 2001 

Hands-on, interactive math and science 
workshops for teachers of aboriginal 
students. Feb. 7-10. Host: Concordia’s 
Native Access to Engineering Program. 
Info: www.dream-catching.com, Jerilyn 
848-7824. 


Photographing your artwork 
Presented by the Fibres Area. Friday, Jan. 
26, VA-102. 848-4789. 


Library Workshops 

Webster Library (downtown): hands-on 
(computer lab) workshops in LB-203. 
Sign up at reference desk, or 848-7777, 
library.concordia.ca: 

¢ Using the Internet for research (2 
hours): Friday, Feb. 9, 10a.m. 

© Searching for articles using databases 
in library and from home: Tuesday, Feb. 
13, 3-5 pm. 

© Current affairs and business sources on 
Lexis-Nexis: Thursday, Feb. 15, 3-5p.m. 
Vanier Library (VL-122): Drop-In Clinics on 
Feb. 13-15, 2-4p.m. One-on-one help with 
research questions or with CLUES, data- 
bases and the Internet! 


for Meetings and Events 


listings, see page 11