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CONCORDIN'S 
THURSDAY REPORT 


Vol. 27, No. 3 


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Board asked to lift measures 


Senate votes by a narrow margin against emergency policies 


BY BARBARA BLACK 


niversity Senate voted at 
[ its Oct. 4 meeting to rec- 

ommend to the Board to 
relax the emergency measures 
imposed by the Board of Gov- 
ernors in the wake of a violent 
disturbance at the Hall Building 
Sept 9. 

Resolutions were passed at 
Senate to ask the Board to recom- 
mend that the Board cancel the 
special disciplinary powers it 
granted to Rector Frederick Lowy 
and lift the ban on public discus- 
sion of Mid-East politics. The pro- 
tracted dispute in the Middle East 
was at the root of the Sept. 9 dis- 
turbance, when a protest against 
scheduled speaker Benjamin 
Netanyahu turned ugly. 

The Senate resolutions, which 
will be considered by the Board 
on Oct. 16, were proposed by stu- 
dent senators. There were four in 


all: one to negate the “policy on 
the treatment of student discipli- 
nary matters in exceptional 
cases,” one to lift the moratorium 
on Middle East issues, one to 
restore the information tables in 
the Hall Building, and one to 
establish an inquiry into the deci- 
sion-making process and safety 


The Board is to review 
resolutions on Oct. 16 


issues around the Netanyahu 
affair. The latter two resolutions 
were not debated for lack of a 
quorum. 

The Rector said he had asked 
the Board for special powers on 
Sept. 18 because the violent 
protest was an unprecedented 
event. 

“We need the rule of law here. 
We had the opposite,” he said. 
Referring to claims that allowing 


Netanyahu to speak was provoca- 
tive, he said that “just because 
people feel provoked does not jus- 
tify violence. Protest is fine, but 
[in this case,] the use of force to 
shut down the lecture was 
planned in advance, and there 
were those who incited violence.” 

He has received a lot of 
response to the Sept. 9 distur- 
bance and Concordia’s reaction to 
it. The bulk of his mail from peo- 
ple within the Concordia commu- 
nity supports the cooling-off peri- 
od. 


“Much of my time is spent 
explaining to outsiders why we 
didn’t act more forcefully. We are 
going to be fair. We will be charg- 
ing, under the existing Code of 
Rights and Responsibilities, those 
students who. can be identified as 
having breached the Code on 
Sept. 9.” 


See Senate resolutions, page 10 


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ELLEN GALLERY TURNS 10: Artist Mary Anne Barkhouse installs Wake (2002), 
part of the 10th anniversary show in the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. 


See story on page 6. 





Exploring female employment in the Muslim world 
Simone de Beauvoir fellow wins a $10,000 SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship 


BY CAROL MCQUEEN 


oksana Bahramitash hates 
ssumptions and stereotypes, 
because more often than not they 
are wrong. Upon learning that she 
is from Iran, her students almost 
invariably assume that she must 
have immigrated to Canada as a 
young girl since, in their eyes, a 
country under Islamic rule does 
not allow women access to educa- 
tion. 

They are wrong. Bahramitash 
obtained her master's degree in 
Iran after placing second in 
nationwide entrance exams, and 
came to Montreal in 1991 to do 
her PhD in sociology at McGill 
after winning an Iranian govern- 
ment scholarship. 

“To them, having an educated 


woman from Iran was a very 
strange idea, a bit of a shock,” she 
explained. 

Even more shocking to some 
perhaps is the possibility that 
political Islam, or Islamist rule, 
might actually have advanced the 
cause of women in some Muslim 
countries in terms of employ- 
ment. 

This is what Bahramitash, a 
post-doctoral research fellow at 
the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 
hopes to uncover and explain 
with the $10,000 Aileen D. Ross 
Fellowship she has been awarded 
by the Social Sciences and 
Humanities Research Council of 
Canada (SSHRC). The fellowship 
is given to a researcher in sociolo- 
gy, with a particular focus on 


poverty. 


“In the West, I've become very 
sensitized toward stereotypes, 
toward this negative image of 
women in the Muslim world, 
toward the fact that women in the 
Muslim world are regarded as vic- 
tims,” Bahramitash said. 

She feels that such stereotyping 
has potentially serious implica- 
tions in the current context of the 
American-led war on terrorism, 
since leaders can use common 
misperceptions about the treat- 
ment of women in Muslim coun- 
tries as a means to build public 
support for military action. 

Bahramitash’s own interest in 
the relationship between Islamist 
rule and female employment 
stemmed from her experience 
during the revolution in Iran. On 
the one hand, as a middle-class 





Roksana Bahramitash 


woman who had enjoyed relative 
freedom under the shah, she now 
had to wear a veil. On the other 
hand, the revolution politicized 
and mobilized working-class and 
peasant women. 


See Bahramitash, page 10 


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2, Sustainability: 
How green is 
Concordia? 


3 Global culture: 
A new look at 
consumers 


5 Alumni: 
Awards recognize 
contributions 


7 Shuffle: 
Friends walk the 
walk 


Engineers push for sustainable development 


New engineering and visual arts building gets a close look from environmental engineers 


BY MIRJANA VRBASKI 


oncordia’s new engineering 

and visual arts building, now 
under construction on Ste. 
Catherine St., was one of the five 
to represent Canada at an inter- 
national conference on sustain- 
able buildings held September 23- 
25 in Oslo, Norway. 

Andreas Athienitis, professor of 
Building, Civil and Environmental 
Engineering, travelled to Oslo to 
present the results of a computer 
simulation study performed to 
optimize the green features of the 
new building. 

“We saw the construction of new 
buildings at Concordia as our 
chance to show leadership in deal- 
ing with environmental issues,” said 
Athienitis, who is one of Canada’s 
top sustainable development 
experts. “We also saw it as a chance 


to improve the university's image, 
while raising awareness of the 
importance of sustainable develop- 
ment.” 

Although the Integrated 
Engineering, Computer Science and 
Visual Arts Complex won't be 
Quebec’ first sustainable or “green” 
building — one that helps preserve 
and enhance the natural environ- 
ment — it may be the first to inte- 
grate photovoltaic solar panels. 

With the federal government's 
decision to implement technolo- 
gies that reduce greenhouse gas 
emissions in response to the 
recent Kyoto Protocol, and the 
Johannesburg sustainable devel- 
opment summit in September, the 
timing is perfect. 

One of the major issues engineers 
are faced with today is global warm- 
ing, caused by the overuse of fossil 
fuels as a source of energy. If the rate 


NOTICE TO PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS IN THE VISUAL ARTS AND THE ARTS AND CRAFTS 


PROJECT: CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL 


Integrated Engineering, 
Computer Science and 
Visual Arts Complex 


PROVINCE-WIDE COMPETITION TO INTEGRATE THE ARTS INTO 
ARCHITECTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 


In preparation for construction of the new Integrated Engineering, 
Computer Science and Visual Arts Complex on the Sir George Williams 
Campus of Concordia University, the Ministére de la Culture et des 
Communications, in conjunction with Concordia University, announces the 
launching of a Québec competition to integrate the arts into architecture 


and the environment. 


Located at the corner of Mackay Street and Sainte-Catherine Street West, 
the outdoor two-dimensional work will be integrated into the glass section 
of the curtain wall which slopes at its base and extends over the east 


entrance of the complex. 


This large glass wall will measure 22 metres high by 25 metres wide. Artists 
must pay special attention to retaining the transparency of this glass sur- 
face which will rise 17 metres above ground level; artists must also consid- 
er the need for natural light to penetrate the various spaces, offices and stu- 


dios on the upper floors. 


As a screen that will contribute to the vitality of downtown Montreal, the 
work will also act as an icon helping to further define the Quartier 
Concordia. For more details about the complex, visit the Web site: 


http://buildings.concordia.ca. 


The budget approved for production of this work of art is $423,596, plus tax. 


A selection committee comprised of six individuals will consider the sub- 
missions of five experienced artists, who will be required to submit models 
with detailed technical, maintenance and budget specifications. Artists will 
receive funding of $7,000 each, plus tax, to prepare their submission. 


Conditions of eligibility: 


+ Professional artist or group of professional artists pursuant to the Act 
respecting the professional status of artists in the visual arts, arts and crafts 
and literature, and their contracts with promoters; 

+ Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and resident of Quebec for at least 


the past year; 


+ Inform the Ministére in writing of your intent to enter the competition, 
postmarked no later than 28 October 2002; 

+ Submit your curriculum vitae and ten (10) slides of your recent personal 
work and permanent public works (please specify production budget for 


public works); 


+ Attach a letter expressing your interest in the competition and stating your 


reasons for entering. 


Any incomplete submission will be returned to the applicant. 


Ministére de la Culture et des Communications 
Secrétariat de l’intégration des arts a l'architecture et a l'environnement 
225, Grande Allée Est, Bloc C, rez-de-chaussée 


Québec (Québec) G1R 5G5 


Information: Francine Paul (514) 873-4699 
francine.paul@mcc.gouv.qc.ca_www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca 





Concordia’s Thursday Report | October 10, 2002 


at which the fuel is burned to create 
energy is excessive, the concentra- 
tion of greenhouse gases in the 
atmosphere rises. This causes the 
increase not only of average tem- 
peratures, but also of severe weath- 
er events, air pollution, droughts 
and floods. 

There are other reasons for mod- 
eration: “As we rely on a finite 
amount of resources, it’s important 
that they be consumed in a way 
that will allow future generations to 
rely on them, too,’ Athienitis said. 

The engineering and visual arts 
building may integrate a number of 
features that minimize the need for 
fuel consumption while maximiz- 


ing the use of solar energy. 
Athienitis, together with 
Professors Fariborz Haghighat and 


Ted Stathopoulos and graduate 
students Thanos Tzempelikos, 
Panayiota Karava and Himanshu 


Dehra, recommended some of the 
building’s green features, such as 
natural ventilation methods, shad- 
ing devices and advanced window 
systems that optimize the use of 
daylight. 

The team has also proposed the 
use of solar panels that generate 
electricity from the sun. They hope 
this application will be funded by 
the federal government's 
Department of Natural Resources. 

“This would allow the govern- 
ment to encourage the develop- 
ment and implementation of new 
technology that generates free 
energy from the sun,” Athienitis 
said. 

“University buildings are partic- 
ularly suitable for this, because they 
can perform further research on 
these technologies to improve 
them. Once they are improved, and 
eventually mass-produced, their 


cost will go down, much like com- 
puters.” 

Solar panels have already been 
integrated into many buildings in 
Europe, such as the German parlia- 
ment building in Berlin, as well as 
in Canada, in Winnipeg's Red River 
College. 

If this proposal is accepted by 
Concordia, the panels would be 
integrated on the roof of the engi- 
neering and visual arts building 
and/or on the back facade of the 
soon-to-be-built John Molson 
School of Business, 

“Last but not least, we hope this 
project opens doors and creates 
opportunities for motivated stu- 
dents who recognize the value of 
green development,” Athienitis 
said. 

Director of Facilities Planning 
and Development Martine Lehoux 
also attended the Oslo conference. 


Green audit of campus in progress 


Renewed interest in environment among students and faculty 


BY ASHA JHAMANDAS 


n ambitious snapshot of 
A« sustainability of 

Concordia University is in 
progress. 

The objective of the sustain- 
ability project is to collect data on 
the environmental, social and 
economic practices of the univer- 
sity. Political science student 
Geneva Guérin, who was vice- 
president external of the Concor- 
dia Student Union last summer 
when the project started, is still at 
the helm. She estimates that the 
project is half finished. 

“We want to finish the research in 
December, go over our recommen- 
dations in January and publish it by 
mid-February,” she said. 

Funding for the Sustainable 
Concordia Project became a prob- 
lem in late August, when the CSU 
council objected to the professional 
auditor who had been hired. 
However, his fee was covered by a 
$10,000 donation from the Office of 
the Vice-Rector Services. The orga- 
nizers, who now include a steering 
committee of students, faculty and 
staff, are looking for other sources 
to keep the project afloat. 

Several other Canadian universi- 
ties, notably Mount Allison, in Nova 
Scotia, have published strictly envi- 
ronmental audits; Concordia plans 
to collect data on economic and 
social factors as well. Guérin admits 
this wide scope has made data col- 
lection a challenge. 

“Social indicators are the hardest 
ones to quantify, simply because 
they have not been done before,” she 
said. 

Social indicators addressed by 


the audit will include pay scales, 
investment practices, the number 
of days taken off by faculty and staff 
due to stress, and recurring illness- 
es that show up at Health Services. 

The auditors are also interested 
in the proportion of students 
engaged in clubs, the types of clubs 
available to students, the propor- 
tion of students that work while 
studying, and their debt-loads. 

Guérin hopes the audit will be 
ongoing and that the data her team 
has collected will be used to assess 
future change in Concordia’s sus- 
tainability practices. Creating a 
database from the audit is the pro- 
ject’s current objective—it has not 
yet measured any of its results. 

“If we can institutionalize this 
first audit, later ones can be com- 
pared to it,” Guérin said, adding that 
the data will be useful when com- 
pared to data from similar audits at 
other universities. 

The student organizers put 
together an advisory committee of 
faculty and staff who were likely to 
be supportive, and from that group, 
they have established a steering 
committee: geography professor Pat 
Thornton; PK Langshaw, chair of 
Design Art; Sue Magor, director of 
Environmental Health and Safety; 
auditor Melissa Garcia Lamarca; 
and Guérin, with Vice-Rector 
Services Michael Di Grappa as an 
ex-officio member. 

According to Guérin, support 
for the audit from faculty and 
staff has been “amazing.” For 
example, her team has talked to 
the Environmental Health and 
Safety Office about indoor air 
quality, facilities management 
about waste production, the 


Purchasing Department about 
who supplies the university, and 
the senior administrators about 
sources of research funding. 

The group is researching the 
university's disposal of hazardous 
waste, and has also asked the City 
of Montreal about how Concor- 
dia’s water is treated. 

Guérin said the Departments of 
Geography, Political Science and 
Design Art have been so enthusias- 
tic about the project that they have 
allowed students to receive acade- 
mic credit for participating in 
research internships for the audit. 
In addition, some instructors have 
agreed to allow students to use their 
research on the audit in term 
papers. Other instructors are incor- 
porating elements of the audit 
directly into their courses. 

Guérin estimates that at least 
100 students will have con- 
tributed to the audit when it is 
complete. “It’s great, because we 
have been allowed to take advan- 
tage of the resources of experts 
within the Concordia communi- 
ty,” she said. 

The project also appears to 
have created renewed interest in 
how the university deals with 
environmental matters. Sue 
Magor, director of Environmental 
Health and Safety, has wanted 
more student input for years. 
Students have always had a seat 
on its advisory health and safety 
committee, but have never taken 
advantage of it until now. 

“We have two students now, 
one of whom is involved in the 
sustainability initiative. It is first 
time in years, and I think it is 
great,” she said. 


Consumers mold globalization 


Anthropologists discover cultures in constant flux 


BY MELANIE TAKEFMAN 


men of all shapes and 
W: belly-dancing in 
Montreal health clubs 


is not a conventional symbol of 
globalization. Yet, in its Canadian 
incarnation, the Egyptian dance 
is an enriching fitness activity 
that promotes positive body 
image for women. 

This, too, is globalization, says 
Concordia anthropology professor 
David Howes, who heads a research 
project called Cross-Cultural 
Consumption. The study focuses on 
how North American goods and 
services are received and domesti- 
cated in foreign markets, and, con- 
versely, how Canadians interpret 


goods. 

Initiated in 1998 with the sup- 
port of the Social Sciences and 
Humanities Research Council of 
Canada (SSHRC), Cross-Cultural 
Consumption has enabled 12 
Concordia graduate students to 
conduct field research in such 
countries as Egypt, Cuba, India 
and Iran. “We often think that the 
West influences the whole world 
and that no one influences us,” 
said Taline Djerdjerian, a master’s 
student in cultural anthropology 
who conducted research in 
Egypt, “but globalization is a 
two-way street.” 

Djerdjerian, who was born and 
raised in Egypt, concentrated on 
the Egyptian obsession with 
mobile phones: 90 per cent of her 
informants claimed that the 
introduction of cellular phones is 
positive. Moreover, they have dis- 
covered novel uses. 

For example, a caller will alert a 
friend of his arrival at a designat- 
ed meeting spot by ringing, hang- 
ing up and having his number dis- 
played on the screen. Teenage 
sweethearts also give each other 
an unanswered ring to show their 
affection late at night. 

Djerdjerian explained that 
aside from being more affordable 
and convenient — a land-based 
home phone requires an applica- 
tion to the government and can 
take a year to materialize — 
Egyptian mobile phones offer a 
plethora of services like news, 
movie listings, horoscopes and 
fatwas (religious decrees). 

The trend also reinforces close- 
knit relationships between family 
and friends. “Egyptians always 
want to feel close to each other, so 
mobile phones have given them 
the opportunity to do this even 
more than they were accustomed 
to,” Djerdjerian said. 

McDonald's and the Coca-Cola 
corporation have also infiltrated 
Egypt, but with modest success. 
The “McFalafel” sandwich, a mass- 
produced version of the popular 
Egyptian snack, became a laugh- 





Unlike our own thoroughfares, this street in Santiago de Cuba, photographed 
by sociology researcher Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, shows a near-total 
absence of advertising. 


ingstock; it’s like getting a pou- 
tine at McDonald's, Djerdjerian 
said with a laugh. 

Similarly, due to recent events in 
Israel and the Palestinian territo- 
ries, a boycott of Israeli products 
and U.S. companies that support 
Israel is gaining momentum and 
has targeted McDonald's as well as 
Coca-Cola. As a result, local 
brands have gained popularity. 

When it comes to Egyptian cul- 


“Globalization is a 
two-way street.” 


ture in Canada, Djerdjerian 
remarked that besides appropri- 
ating belly-dancing as a form of 
exercise, Canadian women tone 
down the provocative aspect of 
the dance, whereas in Egypt, “the 
sexier it is, the better.” 

Similarly, Djerdjerian believes 
that Egyptians are championing 
the trend towards a worldwide 
marketplace. “They look at glob- 
alization as a process that is 
inevitable,” and believe that “if 
were culturally and socially con- 
fident, we can make the best of 
the situation.” 

Master's student Alexandrine 
Boudreault-Fournier carried out 
field research in Cuba and found 
that Latin America’s only socialist 
country is a hold-out from the 
global consumer society, though 
not entirely as a matter of choice. 
Many Cubans want to join the 
Free Trade Area of the Americas 
and believe that socialism is com- 
patible with international com- 
merce. However, the U.S. embar- 
go, as well as the Helms-Burton 
law, which allows the U.S. govern- 
ment to punish any company that 
trades with Cuba, causes Cubans 
stress, 

The embargo has forced 
Cubans to be very resourceful. For 
example, having no access to 
replacement parts for American 
brands, they have found innova- 
tive ways to fix and maintain 


machines and appliances pur- 
chased before the 1950s. Cubans 
are also ardent recyclers, con- 
stantly hasing tourists for their 
cast-off plastic water bottles. 

Boudreault-Fournier, an MA 
student in cultural anthropology, 
explained that aside from the 
embargo, the choice and avail- 
ability of products are the defin- 
ing elements of a socialist econo- 
my. The Cuban state monopolizes 
many markets, impeding variety. 

Furthermore, while Western 
TV producers may control media 
in most of the world, the Cuban 
government uses television as a 
propaganda tool. All program- 
ming must be educational and 
endorse values like family and 
generosity. The classic Canadian 
Degrassi series is among the few 
to make the cut. 

Boudreault-Fournier is studying 
the circulation of the image of Che 
Guevara as an example of how a 
Cuban culture product is received 
in Canada. In Cuba, Che Guevara is 
the ultimate socialist revolution- 
ary. Outside of Cuba, his image is 
the emblem of anti-globalization 
movements, but is also marketed 
for commercial profit. 

If there is one common thread in 
the Cross-Cultural Consumption 
project, it is that consumers are 
not passive: they have found ways 
to manipulate the global market 
instead of being manipulated. 

“We often think of consumers 
as swallowing whole whatever 
they are fed,” Howes said. 
However, “consumers manifest 
great creativity in the uses and 
meanings they ascribe to things.” 

Djerdjerian added: “We have to 
give credit to the consumers in 
poor countries. They are active 
and educated, not ignorant, help- 
less and backward.” 

For more information on the 
Cross-Cultural Consumption pro- 
ject, please visit the Web site at 
http://alcor.concordia.ca/~cult- 
con/index.htm. 


ee N 


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


at a 


glance 


Ted Stathopoulos (Building/Civil/Environmental Engineering) was 
named chair of the wind effects committee of ASCE (the American 
Society of Civil Engineers) at its Structures Congress, held in April in 
Denver. 


Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) co-authored a note on “Economic 
production quantity model for items with imperfect quality: A practical 
approach,’ with Leopoldo Eduardo Cardenas-Barron, of the Instituto y 
de Estudios de Monterrey, Mexico, that was published in the 
International Journal of Production Economics. 


Harold Chorney (Political Science) published a review of Andrew 
Sancton’s book Merger Mania: The Assault on Local Government in the 
Canadian Journal of Regional Science, and had a letter on John Maynard 
Keynes published in the New York Times book review section in response 
to Sylvia Nasar’s review of Robert Skidelsky’s third volume of Keynes’ 
biography. 


Several Concordians contributed chapters to a new book, Ireland's Great 
Hunger: Silence, Memory and Commemoration (eds. David Valone and 
Christine Kinealy, Lantham, MD/Oxford/New York: University Press of 
America). They are Kat O’Brien (Design Art), Lorrie Blair (Art Education), 
Sylvie Gauthier (History) and Greg Garvey (formerly of Design Art). 


Congratulations to Debbie Andrade, an independent student, who was 
one of 10 winners of the 2001-2002 Canadian Undergraduate Essay 
Contest in British Studies. A student of Professor Robert Tittler last year 
in Art History 398, she submitted her essay, “Reading Three Portraits of 
Queen Elizabeth |.” It was the first time out for this competition, but the 
organizers hope to make it an annual event. It was sponsored by the 
North American Conference on British Studies and the British Council. 


Congratulations to Fariborz Haghighat (Building/Civil/Environmental 
Engineering), who has been elected a member of the International 
Academy of Indoor Air Science. The announcement was made at the 
opening session of the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air 
Quality and Climate, held in Monterey, California, on June 30. The 
Academy presently has fewer than 100 members, and he is the first 
Canadian elected. 


Marianna Simeone, alumnus, former member of the Board of 
Governors and a good friend to Concordia, now has a current events 
show on CHTV, Global’s multi-language station, called 7 Giorni (7 Days). 
You can brush up your Italian with her on Sundays at noon; the show is 
repeated at various times throughout the week. 


Ira Robinson (Religion) has been elected to the Academic Council of 
the American Jewish Historical Society. 


Barry Lazar (Journalism) is the producer of My Dear Clara, which has 
won the 2001 J.l. Segal Awards Competition for Best Canadian 
Film/Video on a Jewish Theme. The documentary is by Beitel/Lazar 
Productions Inc. It has been selected for numerous film festivals in 
North America and Europe and was broadcast on Société Radio-Canada 
and the Women’s Television Network. 


Arshad Ahmad, 3M teaching fellow and program coordinator and 
director of the Finance Co-op, gave the plenary address at the 
University of West Indies/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards in 
Trinidad & Tobago. His title was “Pedagogy First: What About 
Technology?” He was also interviewed on the television show Trinidad 
and Tobago This Morning and on radio. 


Donald Boisvert (Dean of Students) was an invited keynote speaker in 
California for the North American leadership development conference 
of the Metropolitan Community Churches. He spoke on spirituality and 
sexuality. He also continues to work as co-chair of the Gay Men’s Issues 
in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. 


The fifth annual Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Research 
Conference, stretched to two days by scholarly demand, included 85 
participants from 15 universities, 25 judges, and $2,100 in prizes. 
Representatives attended from 11 chemical research companies, and 10 
universities and other organizations, including government. It was a 
great networking opportunity for graduate students. Student organizer 
P. John Wright concluded, “This event was an excellent showground for 
graduate students to gain presentation skills and stimulate the 
exchange of ideas. It not only sustained but surpassed the student tal- 
ent seen in previous years.” A full list of organizing committee members 
and award winners is available on the Web, at http://artsandscience.con- 
cor-dia.ca/chem/grad_conference/index.htm. 


October 10, 2002 | Concordia’s Thursday Report 


letters to the editor 


Protesting CSU use of student fees 


Hv= the CSU justify paying the legal expenses of the vio- 
ent students and non-students who broke the law, destroyed 
school property and assaulted other students? _ 

In addition, these violent pro-Palestinian protesters prevent- 
ed the free speech of the ex-prime minister of Israel. I would not 
want any of my student fees going towards legal expenses for 
people such as this. 

Michael Hunt, English student 


If any university cherishes free 
speech, it’s Concordia: alumnus 


n the aftermath of the September 9 violence, it’s unfortunate 

to read Gil Troy’s reference to Concordia University’s morato- 
rium on Israeli- Palestinian conflict as an “affront to freedom of 
speech” (Gazette, Sept. 26). 

“No freedom is absolute,” writes Mike Gasher, my former 
teacher, in the June edition of the Concordia University 
Magazine. “Words have the power to harm, which is why, along 
with freedoms of thought and expression, Canadian society has 
laws — libel, privacy, hate speech, sedition — to constrain those 
freedoms, and Concordia has its own Code of Rights and 
Responsibilities.” 

Putting a temporary moratorium on the use of university 
space for events relating to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is 
not a constraint of freedom of speech. It is measure towards “a 
cooling-off period at Concordia as it pertains to the Israeli- 
Palestinian conflict,” which has almost diverted the university 
away from its primary objective in the last two years. 

The university's action is intended for the greater good of the 
greatest number of people. It’s neither an attempt to stop stu- 
dents from political activism nor an assault on freedom. As 
Rector Frederick Lowy has said, the moratorium does not stop 
personal discussion of the Middle East or relevant class discus- 
sion. 

If there is any university in the city that allows and encour- 
ages political participation of students in the local and interna- 
tional issues, it is Concordia. 

Last year, Concordia’s Senate permitted its students to apply 
for a deferment of their exams if they chose to demonstrate at 
the Summit of Americas in Quebec City, thus allowing them to 
exercise their civic responsibilities within the global discourse. 
McGill University, where Gil Troy lectures, did not. 

The late Rosie Douglas, who led the famous 1969 Computer 
Centre Riot at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia), 
was considered a “national security risk” and was deported. 
Nevertheless, Concordia’s administration allowed him to speak 
on the campus in 2000, not long before his death. 

In the light of tension that Israeli- Palestinian conflict has 
generated in the university in the last two years, I stand in soli- 
darity with the university administration, students, staff and 
faculty to bring peace back to the campus for the collective 
good of the Concordia community. 


Tokunbo Ojo, BA Journalism and English literature, 2001 


Shuttle service sours students 


ot without reason do we have the saying “What goes 
around comes around.” How do you think that students 
will respond to requests for support five years from now, when 
they recall the poor quality of the shuttle bus service? 
I talk to students while I wait in the lengthy line-ups. They 
miss classes. A few extra buses would make all the difference. 
Anyone listening? Anyone care? 


R. Raphael, Mathematics and Statistics 
We welcome your letters, opinions and comments at BC-121, 1463 


Bishop St., by fax (848-2814), or by e-mail (barblak@alcor.concordia.ca) 
by 9 a.m. on the Friday prior to publication. 


Concordia’s Thursday Report | October 10, 2002 





Au Maroc sur I’‘invitation du roi 


PAR EVELYNE ABITBOL, 
DIRECTRICE DES AFFAIRES PUBLIQUES ET 
GOUVERNEMENTALES 


e 31 juillet a eu lieu a 
L=« au Maroc, la féte du 

tréne ot les administra- 
teurs publics et le gouvernement 
marocain se doivent de réitérer 
son allégeance au roi lors d'une 
cérémonie. 

Quelque cent marocains vivant 
a l'étranger ont été invités a 
l’événement dont une quaran- 
taine de femmes marocaines. Ces 
représentants marocains ont été 
choisis pour leur lien avec leur 
pays d'origine, mais également 
par leur implication dans le 
milieu dans lequel ils oeuvrent. 

La princesse Lalla Salma, 
épouse du roi Mohamed VI, ainsi 
que les princesses sceurs du roi 
nous ont cordialement accueillies 
lors d'une soirée organisée pour 
les femmes. 

Jai été honorée de faire partie 
de cette délégation et, en tant que 
la seule Juive marocaine du 
groupe, doublement fiére lorsque 
au bout de deux jours, le groupe 
m‘a nommée porte-parole. 

Des groupes naturels se sont for- 
més également. Groupes oeuvrant 
dans le domaine de I’éducation : 
des chercheurs de l'Université Yale, 


Columbia, Laval et certains col- 
léges a l’échelle internationale. 
Pendant cette semaine de festiv- 
ités, nous en avons profité pour 
échanger des idées quant a des 
collaborations futures et des 
partenariats. 

Une premiére collaboration 
pourrait avoir lieu cet automne 
puisque M. Mokhtar Ghambou, 
professeur a l'Université Yale, 
serait l'invité de I’Ecole des 
affaires publiques et communau- 
taires de Concordia. Il donnerait 
une _ conférence intitulée 
« Diaspora in the classical and 
modern sense: Borders, national- 
ism and movement. » 

Jen ai profité pour finaliser des 
demandes d’admission de futurs 
étudiants a l'éducation perma- 
nente et pour brieffer sur ceux qui 
se sont inscrits comme étudiants 
internationaux sur les diverses 
activités de l'Université. J’en ai 
rencontré cing qui se recon- 
naitront dans ce court article et 
avec lesquels j'ai été ravie de pass- 
er un moment pour échanger sur 
ce qui les attendaient a 
Concordia. 

Pendant mon séjour, j'ai ren- 
contré la ministre de la condition 
féminine, le secrétaire général du 
ministére des affaires étrangéres, 
M. Bouhal, et le responsable de la 


Recent appointments 


Faculty of Fine Arts: 


Rose Bloom has been appointed Financial and Planning Analyst. A 
graduate of Concordia University with a BComm, major in accountan- 
cy and a graduate diploma in accountancy, Rose comes from Deloitte 
& Touche where she spent four and a half years as senior auditor. 

Dorothy Massimo is now Advancement Officer. Dorothy comes 
from the Advancement & Alumni Relations Office, where she held the 
position of Coordinator for Faculty & Staff Giving from November 
2000. Dorothy is also an alumna of the Faculty, having earned a BFA in 
art history in 1987. 

Elizabeth Morey is Communications and Special Projects Officer. 
After 13 years at Concordia in a number of roles, Beth moved to 
Marianopolis College, where she was in charge of Student Services for 
eight years. Presently Facilities Planning Coordinator there, she has 
accepted a short-term, part-time contract with the Faculty. 


Faculty of Arts and Science: 

Christian Genest has been appointed Manager, Human Resources, 
in the Faculty of Arts and Science. A lawyer by training, he has spent 
the past two years as a human resource consultant for the City of St. 
Hubert, and has worked for private firms specializing in labour rela- 
tions. He has a BA in political science and a degree in law from the 
Université de Montréal. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar 
Association since 1993. 


™@ CORRECTIONS: In an announcement of recent changes in the 
Department of Human Resources and Employee Relations in our last 
issue (Sept. 26), we said that Ernest Haigh (Manager, Pension 
Services), has been at Concordia for eight years. He has, in fact, been 
at the University for 15 years, since 1987. The editor apologizes to him. 

Also, our front-page photo showed Jessie Brugger painting the con- 
struction fence, not her colleague in the Fine Arts Student Alliance 
project, Melanie Authier. 


The university will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2002 
for the Thanksgiving holiday. 


formation professionnelle, M. Ben 
Moussa. Ce dernier vient 
régulitrement au Québec car de 
nombreux projets entre le Maroc 
et le Québec sont développés au 
niveau de la formation profes- 
sionnelle dans plusieurs institu- 
tions publiques marocaines par 
l'intermédiaire de l'Agence de 
Coopération de Développement 
international (ACDI). Les fils de 
MM. Bouhlal et Benmoussa étudi- 
ent en science informatique a 
Concordia. 

M. Ali Ben Bachir, conseiller du 
bureau du premier ministre en 
matiére d’éducation, devrait venir 
au Québec aprés les élections qui 
auront lieu le 27 septembre. Il a 
manifesté le désir de rencontrer 
les dirigeants de l'Université ainsi 
que certains professeurs de péda- 
gogie et d’enseignement supérieur 
car le Maroc est en train de mettre 
sur pied une réforme compléte du 
systéme d’éducation. 

Quant a M. Mohamed Hajoui, 
secrétaire général du Premier 
ministre du Maroc, de passage au 
Québec au mois d’aotit, il a ren- 
contré M. Frederick Lowy pour lui 
réitérer l'intérét que portent les 
Marocains a l'Université, Son fils, 
Hakim Hajoui, est lui méme étu- 
diant en génie informatique a 
Concordia. 


ANNUAL INFORMATION MEETING 


Concordia University 
Pension Plan 


Wednesday, October 16 


5:30 p.m. 
D.B. Clarke Theatre 


All members of the 
employees pension plan 
are invited. 





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Alumni, faculty and friends honoured with awards 


The Concordia University Alumni Association holds its 12th Annual Alumni Awards Banquet 


ore than 200 Concordia 
Mie faculty, staff 
and friends helped kick 


off Homecoming 2002 by attend- 
ing the Concordia University 
Alumni Association's 12th Annual 
Alumni Awards Banquet, on 
Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Delta 
Centre Ville Hotel. 

The awards program was con- 
ceived by the CUAA in 1990 to 
honour the contributions of 
alumni, students, friends and 
teaching staff of Concordia and 
its founding institutions of 
Loyola College and Sir: George 
Williams University. 

This year, the CUAA presented 
nine awards. The Association also 
honoured Dr. Rita Shane on the 
occasion of the 65th anniversary 
of her graduation. Dr Shane is 
one of two surviving members, 
with former Concordia adminis- 
trator Norman Manson, of the Sir 
George Williams’ “Guinea Pig” 
Class of 1937, the first graduating 
class of that university. 

The winners were: 

George F. Lengvari, Jr. (Loyola 
BA 1963) was awarded the 
Humberto Santos Award of Merit. 
Lengvari was a Concordia gover- 
nor for eight years, a volunteer 
fundraiser for the Campaign for 
the New Millennium, and the 
leading volunteer for the CUAA’s 
UK Chapter. He is vice-chair of 
Weider Health & Fitness in 
London, England. 

Al Mah (BA 1979), and 
Elizabeth Ostro (Sir George BA 
1944), were given the Benoit 


Outstanding, every one: Seen at the Alumni Awards banquet that launched Homecoming 2002 are, from left to right at 





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the back, Bill Mandelos, George Lengvari, Jr., Ronald Lawless and Pierre Brunet. In front are Al Mah, Cristelle Basmaji, 
Rita Shane, Elizabeth Ostro and Reeta Tremblay. Absent from the photo is Robert Briscoe. 


Pelland Distinguished Service 
Award. 

Al Mah has been a member of 
the board of the Association of 
Alumni of Sir George University 
since 1980. Now retired, he was a 
decorated Second World War 
pilot and later, a commercial 
pilot. 

Elizabeth Ostro has been on 
the board of the Association of 
Alumni of Sir George University 
since 1978. She worked for many 
years as a medical social worker 
before her retirement and is also a 
sculptor. 


Dr. P. Pierre Brunet (Loyola 
BCom 1970), of the John Molson 
School of Business, and Dr. Reeta 
Tremblay, professor and chair of 
the Department of Political 
Science, were given this year's 
Alumni Awards for Excellence in 
Teaching. 

Dr. Brunet taught management 
for 27 years at Concordia until his 
retirement in 1999. He is a found- 
ing member of the board of direc- 
tors of the MBA International 
Case Competition. He is also 
chair of the board of advisors of 
PEAK Investment Services, and 


chair of the board of advisors of 
Doverco. 

Dr. Tremblay has been at 
Concordia since 1981 and a 
tenure-track faculty member 
since 1989. She has been chair of 
the Department of Political 
Science since 1998 and became a 
full professor last June. 

Ronald Lawless was awarded 
an Honorary Life Membership. 
He was a member of the Board of 
Governors for 15 years, and 
stepped down last June, when he 
was named a Governor Emeritus. 
He had been the chair of the 


Board’s Pension and Benefits 
Committee. Mr. Lawless was pres- 
ident and CEO of Canadian 
National Railways and Via Rail 
prior to his retirement in 1992. 

Cristelle Basmaji and Vassilios 
(Bill) Mandelos (BCom 2002) won 
the Outstanding Student Awards. 
Cristelle Basmaji, a marketing stu- 
dent in the John Molson School of 
Business, was president of the 
Commerce and Administration 
Students Association (CASA) in 
2001-02. Last year she won an 
Outstanding Contribution to 
Student Life Award and an 
Awareness Award, and in 2001 her 
team won a gold medal for entre- 
preneurship at the Commerce 
Games. 

Bill Mandelos, a marketing stu- 
dent in the JMSB until his gradu- 
ation in June, was vice-president 
of CASA and vice-president acad- 
emic of the Commerce Games 
Committee. He was a member of 
the Concordia marketing team 
that won a gold medal at the 
Undergraduate National Business 
Games last year. 

Robert Briscoe (Sir George 
BSc 1967, Sir George MBA 1973) 
was given the Alumni of the Year 
Award.Robert Briscoe is presi- 
dent of AlimPlus Distribution 
and chair of the board of direc- 
tors of the Canadian Chamber of 
Commerce, a group representing 
170,000 Canadian businesses. He 
was a volunteer fundraiser for 
Concordia’s capital campaign, 
the Campaign for the New 
Millennium. 


Concordia alumni forum stimulates discussion on moving forward 


BY HOWARD BOKSER 


ohn Aylen had no idea what he 

was in for. When the Concordia 
graduate (MA 76) and marketing 
communications consultant 
agreed to become the next presi- 
dent of the Concordia University 
Alumni Association (CUAA) last 
spring, he figured that hed have to 
face the association's usual chal- 
lenges. That is, how to raise the 
CUAA profile, how to get alumni 
more involved with the association, 
what type of programs to offer, and 
so on. 

But when Aylen officially took 
over the position formerly held by 
Peter McAuslan (BA 72) on Sept. 
12, he stepped into a maelstrom 
caused by the events at Concordia 
only a few days earlier, He's han- 
dled it like a pro. 

The university had already been 
receiving volumes of e-mails and 
voice messages from angry mem- 


bers of the community, many of 
whom were alumni. Then, as 
planned, on Sept. 16, Concordia’s 
alumni relations office e-mailed 
Homecoming 2002 invitations to 
the 20,000 alumni whose address- 
es it has. 

Dozens of alumni used the 
opportunity to hit the reply but- 
ton to comment on the violent 
protest surrounding Benjamin 
Netanyahu’s aborted visit on 
Sept. 9. Most (but not all) 
expressed their shock and anger 
at Concor-dia for allowing this to 
happen; some said they were 
ashamed to be associated with 
the university. 

In response, Aylen mailed a let- 
ter to the 20,000 alumni support- 
ing the administration, and 
explaining what happened on 
Sept. 9 and what actions the uni- 
versity was taking. At the same 
time, the CUAA invited all alumni 
to an open forum, “Moving 


Forward: The role of alumni in 
university issues,” with Rector 
Frederick Lowy and other senior 
administrators at the Oscar 
Peterson Concert Hall on 
Saturday morning, Oct. 5, as part 
of Homecoming weekend. 

About 80 alumni answered that 
e-mail, many in support of the 
CUAA and the administration, 
others not. Many e-mails were 
from Jewish alumni, already upset 
about the situation, who were 
offended that the forum was to be 
held on a Saturday. Aylen 
answered each e-mail individual- 
ly, addressing specific questions 
and assuring alumni that their 
voice was being heard. 

The panel of the Oct. 5 forum 
included Aylen; Dr. Lowy; Vice- 
Rector, Institutional Relations, 
and Secretary-General Marcel 
Danis; Vice-Rector, Services, 
Michael Di Grappa (a past CUAA 
president); professor and alum- 


nus Dennis Murphy, Executive 
Director of Communication; and 
the presidents of the Sir George 
and Loyola alumni associations. 
Instead of formal seating, the 
panel sat with the audience and 
held a roundtable-type discus- 
sion. 

Disappointingly, only a handful 
of alumni (fewer than 20) turned 
up. But the discussion, ably mod- 
erated by Aylen, was lively, con- 
structive and positive, even 
though audience members’ views 
varied widely. 

Some opposed the moratorium 
and the administration's actions, 
others supported them; some 
blamed the uprising on the police 
and the university, others on the 
protesters. The comments that 
seemed to strike everyone most 
were from Bernice Goldsmith, a 
Sir George grad (BA 79), who has 
been an adjunct professor in 
Engineering and Computer 


Science at Concordia for more 
than 25 years. 

She said she reminds disgrun- 
tled alumni that their own suc- 
cess is due to the opportunity 
provided by Concordia. Therefore, 
now more than ever, during tough 
times, they should support the 
university so others can have the 
same opportunity. 

At the end of the forum, Dennis 
Murphy said he would keep in 
touch with those in attendance, 
and consider ways to get alumni 
more involved in helping the uni- 
versity. Of course, that may mean 
even more work for John Aylen. 

Howard Bokser is the editor of 
Concordia University Magazine, 
which is published quarterly and 
mailed to Loyola, Sir George 
Williams and Concordia alumni 
around the world. He is also Acting 
Director of Communications for the 
Office of Advancement and Alumni 
Affairs. 


October 10, 2002 | Concordia’s Thursday Report 


Ellen Gallery transformed | A Hive of artistic creation 


for its 10th anniversary 


is celebrating 10 years in its current location, the main floor 

of the J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 

To mark the occasion, five artists were invited to create in situ 

installations in the gallery, acknowledging the exhibition and col- 

lecting practices of the university museum, and playing on the 
themes of celebration and anticipation. 


T= Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia University 


Installations by five artists 

Perhaps the most striking element of the show is two giant knit- 
ting needles suspended horizontally from the ceiling. This is defi- 
nitely not your granny knitting an afghan, however. 

Concordia professor and fibres artist Ingrid Bachmann has creat- 
ed an interactive installation that uses these two big levers to 
manipulate the image of a swimmer on a monitor fixed to the wall. 
As the gallery visitor manipulates the knitting needles, the swim- 
mer plunges forward into a painted background of blue water. 

Concordia ceramics professor Thérése Chabot creates spiritual 
interventions, sacred gardens composed of flower petal mosaics, 
from plant materials gathered and dried by the artist herself. 
Inspired by Queen Bee, an art work by Alan Glass in the Ellen Art 
Gallery's permanent collection, Chabot's installation looks at the 
ritual production of honey from the flower. 

Monumental, architectural constructions have come to typify the 
work of Stéphane Gilot, who uses the act of play to reveal the com- 
plex rules that govern social structures. Gilot’s installation opens 
the Montreal branch of his Genetic Transformation Unit for the 
Colonization of Mars. 

Mary Anne Barkhouse, a member of the Nimpkish band, 
Kwakiutl First Nation, creates work that reflects her native/non- 
native, West Coast/East Coast identity and the history of native 
people. In this piece, cast beavers and photographic images of 
nature in light-boxes refer to the continued presence of the fur 
trade as an industry in Montreal, and celebrate the ideas of 
resilience and survival. 

Toronto photographer Vid Ingelevics’ work comprises a search 
for an identity lost through immigration. He came to the Ellen Art 
Gallery for a week to research the gallery's archives as part of a pro- 
ject on institutional memory, 


Artist lectures 


The Ellen Art Gallery will present two afternoon talks in which 
four of the artists in this show discuss their work. On Oct. 9, from 4 
to 5:30 p.m., the speakers will be Barkhouse and Ingelevics; on Oct. 
16, also from 4 to 5:30, the speakers will be Chabot and Bachmann. 

There will also be tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, as 
this exhibition presents an ideal opportunity to become familiar 
with the idea of installation art. 

Reservations for a group tour can be made by contacting Piera 
Palucci at 848-4750, or by email at ppalucci@alcor.concordia.ca. 


THE SCIENCE COLLEGE PRESENTS 
“The Tree of Life or the Web of Life” 
Ford Doolittle, Dalhousie University 
October 17, H-110, 8:30 p.m. 


By comparing sequences of genes from living organisms, 
scientists have been able to reconstruct the successive 
branches of the so-called Tree of Life. We are now learning 
that the history of life is more complex than a tree would 
imply. For example, many genes have been shared across 
species boundaries, among simple cells. We have no guar- 
antee that any one gene can tell the whole story. 

W. Ford Doolittle has degrees from Harvard and 
Stanford. Since 1986, he has been fellow and director of the 
evolutionary biology program of the Canadian Institute for 
Advanced Research. He was awarded a Canada Research 
Chair in 2001. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 
and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. 


INFORMATION: 848-2595 





Concordia’s Thursday Report | October 10, 2002 





Artist Shawn Mackniak, whose works are currently on exhibit at The Hive at Loyola, with reporter Susan Font. 


BY SUSAN FONT 





tudent art of all sorts can be 

found these days at The Hive, 
the student eatery on the Loyola 
Campus. The Fine Arts Student 
Alliance (FASA) launched the 
project with the Inter-Fraternity 
Council to showcase student art, 
and eventually, performance. 

The Hive, on the second floor in 
the Campus Centre, will mount a 
new exhibition bi-weekly, starting 
with a vernissage or performance 
night. The organizers intend to 


have dance, theatre and live 


music like jazz and funk at the 
openings, too. 

Artists must put their art to a 
jury of students and alumni, a 
practice that’s likely to improve 
their presentation and adminis- 

_ tration skills. “If you want to make 
it as a professional artist, you have 
to have experience in proposing 
and presenting your art,” said 
Carey Dodge, an electro-acoustic 
and theatre student who is the 
current curator of the project. 

The project was conceived by 
Dodge and several other artists, 
including Shawn Mackniak, who 


Now, that’s co-operation! 


is currently exhibiting there. The 
Hive has had many previous faces 
— “a rowdy bar, then an empty 
storage area, and then a place for 
school clubs and parties,” accord- 
ing to Dodge. 

Mackniak’s vivid oil portraits 
brighten the windows and walls. 
A collection of digital paintings 
by Freida Abtan, featuring what 
appear to be aliens socializing 
and imbibing cocktails, are 
framed in rows. A gaggle of sculp- 
tures by the entrance gives char- 
acter to the place. These days, The 
Hive invites you to linger. 





This fall's first joint co-op orientation evening for new and returning co-op students in the John Molson School of 
Business. The event, held Aug. 28, was attended by more than 200 students of marketing, human resource manage- 
ment, accountancy, finance and management information systems. Pictured above are the organizers (left to right): 
Sylvia Gurliaccio (Marketing Co-op student), John Fiset (Vice-Principal Emeritus, Co-op), Christine Webb (Director, 
Institute for Co-operative Education) and Stephanie Davis (Marketing Co-op student). 

Dr. Meral Biiyiikkurt, Director of JMSB Co-operative Programs, Dean Jerry Tomberlin and the program directors were 
on hand to talk about the co-op concept, which combines academic study with paid work terms. More than 800 stu- 
dents from all four faculties are enrolled in 21 different co-op education programs at Concordia. 


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aa 


Rector Frederick Lowy and co-organizers Mich Sardella and Murray Sang cut 





Stand-up comedians Daliso Chaponda and Sonali Karnick co-hosted. 


the ribbon launching this year’s Shuffle. 


ordia Shuffle spirit rei 











Despite a sprinkle, Shufflers twinkle 


© matter how you slice it, it 

was not a sunny day, but sev- 
eral hundred Concordians turned 
out anyway for the annual inter- 
campus walk. 

The event raises spirits as 
much as it does funds. This year, 
participants raised pledges of 
$35,000 for scholarships — so far 
— they're still counting. For their 
pains, they got some chuckles, 
thanks to first-time hosts Sonali 
Karnick and Daliso Chaponda, 
both stand-up comedians with a 


Concordia pedigree (photo, left). 
The raffle, always well attended 
for obvious reasons, sent quite a 
few Shufflers home happily 
loaded down with DVD players 
and other goodies. Anne Brown 
and Patricia Leduc were the win- 
ners of perhaps the most spectac- 
ular prize, $500 gift certificates 
for Mont Tremblant. The prizes 
were followed by the Rector’s 
Reception, an informal party in a 
tent in the quadrangle. 
Co-chairs Murray Sang and 


Mich Sardella headed a terrific 
committee, who got the event 
organized in a record six weeks. 
Thanks also to all the sponsors, 
within and beyond the university. 
Homecoming, an annual event 
for alumni, also took place over 
the weekend, with the awards 
banquet (see page 5), the Shrine 
Bowl football game (photo of 
proud fans, above, and story, page 
11), a retro rock ‘n’ roll dance in 
the Guadagni Lounge, several 
reunions, and a church service. 


October 10, 2002 | Concordia’s Thursday Report 


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New tenure-track faculty in Engineering and Computer Science 


mir G. Aghdam, (Electrical & 

Computer Engineering) earned 
his PhD in 2000 from the 
University of Toronto, where he 
also worked as a post-doctoral fel- 
low before joining Concordia. Dr. 
Aghdam’s research interests are in 
the area of decentralized large 
scale systems, adaptive switching 
control, digital control, and DSL 
communication networks. 


Otmane Ait Mohamed (Electrical 
& Computer Engineering) com- 
pleted his PhD in 1996 at France's 
Université Henri Poincaré. He was 
a Université de Montréal post- 
doctoral fellow and then a 
research associate within the 
LASSO group, focusing his 
research on the problem of non- 
termination in multiway decision 
graph reachability analysis. 


Patrice Chalin (Computer 
Science) earned his master's and 
PhD at Concordia University. His 
doctoral research in the area of 
specification and programming 
language design and semantics 
earned him the Dean of 
Engineering Award. Chalin is a 
gold medalist from Concordia’s 
Department of Computer Science 
undergraduate program. 


Zezhong Chevy Chen (Mechanical 
& Industrial Engineering) received 
his PhD this summer from the 
University of Victoria. His research 
covers CAD/CAM, multi-axis 
CNC programming for sculptured 
part machining, engineering opti- 
mization, fuzzy and neural net- 


work, virtual manufacturing, and 
reverse engineering. 

Ali A. Ghrayeb (Electrical & 
Computer Engineering) received 
his PhD in electrical engineering 
from the University of Arizona, 
Tucson, in 2000. Dr. Ghrayeb’s 
research interests are in digital 
communications, mobile commu- 
nications, channel coding, turbo 
and space-time codes, coding for 
recording channels, and coding 
for wireless communications. 


Peyman Gohari-Moghadam 
(Electrical & Computer Engineer- 
ing) completed his doctoral 
research in the area of fair super- 
visory control of discrete-event 
systems at the University of 
Toronto this summer. His current 
areas of interest are in control of 
discrete-event systems, real-time 
and hybrid systems analysis and 
design, and modular and hierar- 
chical control. 


Volker Haarsley (Computer 
Science) obtained his doctoral 
degree in 1986 from the University 
of Hamburg, Germany, specializ- 
ing in user interface design. Dr. 
Haarslev is internationally regard- 
ed for his substantial research 
contributions in the fields of visu- 
al language theory and descrip- 
tion logics. He is a principal archi- 
tect of the description logic rea- 
soner RACER, which is a key com- 
ponent for the future of the 
semantic web. 


Walaa Hamouda (Electrical & 


Reading for the love of scholarship 


| (aero professor Charles Reiss has organized a reading group 
called the Concordia Linguistics and Cognitive Science Reading 


Group. 


“It is open to anyone — undergrads, grad students, post-docs and 
faculty at any university. We are discussing a new book called 
Foundations of Language, by linguist and cognitive scientist Ray 


Jackendoff. 


“One of the regular attendees is Stevan Harnad, formerly of 
Princeton and now Chaire de Recherche du Canada, Centre de 
Neuroscience de la Cognition, Universite du Québec 4 Montréal. 

“We also have several senior profs from UQAM and McGill in various 
departments. This group meets Wednesday evenings, with nobody get- 
ting course credit or teaching credit, just a group of interested schol- 


ars. Debate is lively!” 


You can find more information at the following Web site: 


http://132.205.41.41/linguistics/readling.html. 


Former dean Gail Valaskakis speaks 


in board of the Therese F.-Casgrain Foundation will hold its gen- 
eral annual assembly in the ballroom of Thomson House, 3650 
McTavish St. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4 pm. 
At 5.30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Gail Guthrie Valaskakis, director of 
research, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Ottawa, and former dean of 
the Arts and Sciences Faculty of Concordia, will give a lecture on abo- 
riginal women. This event is co-sponsored by the McGill Center for 


Research and Teaching on Women. 


Concordia’s Thursday Report | October 10, 2002 


Computer Engineering) success- 
fully defended his PhD thesis in 
the spring of 2002 at Queen's 
University, where he also obtained 
his master’s degree. His current 
research interests are in the areas 
of space-time processing, smart 
antennas, and channel coding for 


wireless communications. 


Aiman Hanna (Computer 
Science) obtained his master’s in 
computer science from Concordia 
University. Professor Hanna's cur- 
rent research focuses on different 
areas of computer science includ- 
ing networking and telecommuni- 
cations, video conferencing, soft- 
ware engineering, Internet and e- 
commerce application develop- 
ments. 


Skander Kort (Electrical & 
Computer Engineering) received 
his PhD in 1998 from the LMC 
Laboratory in Grenoble, France. 
His PhD dealt with scheduling 
task graphs under the LogP paral- 
lel computation model. Before 
joining Concordia as a full-time 
faculty member, Dr. Kort also 
taught computer architecture and 
design at Concordia. 


Luiz Lopes (Electrical & 
Computer Engineering) received 
his MASc degree from the 
Universidade Federal de Santa 
Catarina, Brazil in 1989, and his 
PhD degree from McGill 
University in 1996. His present 
research interests are distributed 
power generation and high power 
converters. 


Muthukumaran Packirisamy 
(Mechanical & Industrial 
Engineering) obtained his PhD 
from Concordia University in 
2000. He received his master’s 
degree from the Indian Institute 
of Technology in Madras, India. 
His research interest includes 
MEMS, micro-photonics, dynam- 
ics of micro-systems, integrated 
micro-sensors and micro-actua- 
tors. 


Katarzyna Radecka (Electrical 
& Computer Engineering) 
received her PhD this year from 
McGill University, having focused 
her research in the area of spec- 
tral method applications to the 
design, testing and verification of 
digital systems. Her current inter- 
ests in research are in the areas of 
digital communication VLSI 
design, verification and test and 
embedded systems. 


Victor Rossokhaty (Electrical & 
Computer Engineering) obtained 
his PhD in 1989 in physics and 
mathematics from the Kiev 
National University in Ukraine. 
His current scientific interests are 
in the research and development 
of semiconductor devices and sys- 
tems, computer modeling, sensor 
electronics, and organic semicon- 
ductors, 


Abdel Razik Sebak (Electrical 
& Computer Engineering) 
obtained his PhD from the 
University of Manitoba in 1984. 
He has established international 
recognition in research and devel- 


opment in the area of applied 
electro-magnetics. In 1992 and 
the year 2000, he received the 
University of Manitoba Merit 
Award for Outstanding Teaching 
and Research, 


Kamran Siddiqui (Mechanical 
& Industrial Engineering) 
obtained his PhD in mechanical 
engineering in December 2001 
from the University of Toronto. 
His current research interests lie 
in the area of thermal-fluid sci- 
ences. Prior to joining Concordia, 
Dr. Siddiqui worked as an NSERC 
postdoctoral fellow at the 
University of Alberta. 


Xiaofeng Wang (Electrical & 
Computer Engineering) received 
his PhD from the University of 
Victoria in 2002. His research 
interests lie in the areas of com- 
munications, digital signal pro- 
cessing, and broadband network- 
ing. Dr. Wang was previously a 
systems engineer with PMC- 
Sierra Inc., where his duties 
included research and develop- 
ment for HDSL2 and 3G wireless 
products. 


John Xiupu Zhang (Electrical & 
Computer Engineering) is a 
senior engineer in fibre-optic 
transmission systems and net- 
works, having received his PhD in 
1996 from the Technical 
University of Denmark. With over 
15 years experience in fiber-optic 
communications, he has worked 
on projects from research through 
manufacturing and installation. 


Charles Giguére takes well-earned retirement 


rofessor Charles Giguére 

has retired from 
Concordia after a 30-year 
career notable for administra- 
tive contributions. As an arti- 
cle in the Engineering and 
Computer Science quarterly 
put it, he has pretty much 
done it all, except enough of 
what he really wanted to do. 

“I wanted to be a professor, 
but that got cut back, a little 
at a time. What I had to give 
up entirely was research.” 

Dr. Giguére chaired the 
Department of Electrical and 
Computer Engineering for 
nine years, in total. He has 
been a member of the senior 
administration, and at vari- 
ous times he has sat on 
Senate and the Board of 
Governors. 

He was Associate Dean, 
also undergraduate program 
coordinator for his depart- 
ment, and he still holds posi- 





Charles Giguére 


tions on several outside bod- 
ies. Dr. Giguére was also one 
of the architects of CRIM, the 
Centre de recherche informa- 
tique de Montreal, a multi- 
university, multi-disciplinary 
research cooperative aimed at 
equipping Montreal-area 
companies with the latest in 
technology and trained per- 
sonnel. 

Professor Giguére became 


chair in the wake of the 
Fabrikant affair of August 
1992, and had the unenviable 
task of rebuilding a trauma- 
tized department. He had just 
been Vice-Rector Services for 
five years, taking an active 
role in the funding, planning 
and construction of the J.W. 
McConnell library complex. 

Since 1995, as chair once 
again, he has hired 20 new 
faculty members, seen enrol- 
ment increase by 250 per cent, 
and helped plan the new engi- 
neering building on Ste. 
Catherine St. 

He will continue working 
on the new building for 
another year, and is writing a 
textbook on discrete math 
with a colleague, but he 
intends to enjoy his retire- 
ment. Among other things, he 
plans to improve his golf 
game. We wish him all the 
best. 





Faculty are often first to spot learning disabilities 


BY ELEANOR BROWN 


t the Office for Students 
Av Disabilities, the pri- 

ority is to make sure that 
students with learning disabili- 
ties are aware of their own prob- 
lems and know the options avail- 
able to them on campus. 

Detection is the first step. 
Sometimes the professor diag- 
noses a learning disability before 
the student does. 

“It's you, the faculty, who are 
picking these students up,” said 
Leo Bissonnette, the coordinator 
of the newly renamed Office for 
Students with Disabilities, during 
a recent two-hour seminar on ser- 
vices organized by the Centre for 
Teaching and Learning Services. 

“The trick is to get them 
through the door. Get them to our 
office, with the clear understand- 
ing that we want to get that stu- 
dent to Counselling and 
Development for some kind of a 
screening.” 

Bissonnette's staff only offers 
services to those with a perma- 
nent, diagnosed problem, 
although a meeting with 
Counselling and Development 
staff may be enough to open a file 
for interim accommodations for a 
student with a learning disability. 

If outside diagnostic help is 
needed, there's a modest bursary 
program available to help pay for 
it. “We're here to retain students,” 
Bissonnette said. 

Concordia is a leader in provid- 
ing services to disabled students. 
In 1980, the university started off 
helping six students. This term, 
547 files are active, and 1,500 
exams were invigilated in the aca- 
demic year of 2001-02. 





History major James Furey is 
one of those students. He writes 
sentences legible only to himself. 
Furey was diagnosed with a learn- 
ing disability very young, and 
experts helped him find his cop- 
ing mechanism: time manage- 
ment skills, 

“Unless you see a piece of my 
writing, it’s an invisible disability,” 
said Furey, who crosses the 
province giving seminars on deal- 
ing with disabilities. “To write a 
paper, I need to go through seven 
drafts in order to get a B. I don't 
want you to lower standards, but 
to appreciate the work I put in.” 
His teachers are aware of it now. 

There are, however, several 
options open to students that 
enable them to work with a phys- 


ical disability; the aid of a sign 
interpreter during classes or 
meeting with a professor; a 
loaned keyboard for someone 
who can't hold a pen; a clip-on 
FM receiver for a student with 
residual hearing, for which the 
teacher wears a broadcast micro- 
phone. Some students simply 
need a classmate who will volun- 
teer to photocopy notes. 


Reporting student needs 

Whatever the situation, it’s the 
students’ responsibility to 
announce their disabilities so 
that their needs can be properly 
addressed. “They may ask for a 
classroom to be moved away from 
the stairs, for example, and 
because this is all they need, we 


may not see that student again for 
the rest of the semester,” 
Bissonnette said. 

“If they're in our door early 
enough, we can get a textbook in 
braille or on tape. We start the 
process in the summer, but I can 
tell you, not all faculty know what 
books they're going to use.” The 
popular coursepacks are often 
exclusive, and appear at the last 
minute. 

In order to help adapt to the 
class setting, students present a 
list of classes and professors — if 
they can find out, because there is 
no central listing of teachers for 
specific courses — to the 
Disabilities Office staff, who then 
send letters of introduction to 
faculty. 


Who will replace Professor Jack Ornstein? 


BY ELEANOR BROWN 


complete stranger, stand- 
An behind him in the post 
office, once recognized Jack 
Ornstein’s voice. It was the 
voice that helped a blind stu- 
dent get through university. 
Ornstein has been reading 


Concordia textbooks onto tape, 
two hours a week, every week, 
for the last decade. “He 
thanked me — a total stranger! 
The feeling was indescribable. 
You don't do it for that, but it 
feels great,” said Ornstein, a 
philosophy professor. 

His years of volunteer work 
with the Office for Students 
with Disabilities are coming to 
an end. “My throat can’t do it 


any more,” he said. “I just sit 
there with lozenges and water.” 
Just talking through his two 
classes leaves his throat raw 
these days. 

But he loves the learning — 
finding out about theories in 
psychology, or marketing case 
studies, the sort of reading he 
wouldn't get done on his own. 

There are rules, of course. 
“You speak in a measured tone, 
not boring. You read it as if 
you're interested, and I usually 
am. We're not intended to read 
a graph. You just give the title. 
There are some things you just 
can’t describe, so I'll make a 
joke.” 

He can’t even remember 
specifically why or when he got 





involved. Once having decided 
on the importance of volunteer 
work, he's just been going into 
the Office for Students with 
Disabilities ever since. 

While he doesn’t read books 
onto tape any more, Ornstein 
does the next best thing. “I doa 
real sales pitch. I send [the 
books on tape service] lots of 
students. I highly recommend 
it to all my colleagues. It does 
my heart good.” 

Students, staff, alumni and 
retirees are all needed to help 
out. The Office for Students 
with Disabilities also needs 
writing and peer tutors, 
research and library assistants, 
and people to scan and edit 
text onto computers. 


Students can also request spe- 
cial arrangements for tests. 

“In the exam setting, we repre- 
sent the professor in terms of the 
integrity of the exam,” said 
Bissonnette. Quiz texts must be 
sent in early, and are stored in a 
safe. 

During an exam, students 
might need scribes, or, as in James 
Furey’s case, a word processor 
with a spell-check. 

“Some students require that an 
exam be read to them,” said 
Bissonnette, adding that this 
sometimes poses a_ problem. 
“What kind of prompting may or 
may not happen? Does tone of 
voice perhaps give away answers? 
That's valid; we try to deal with 
it.” To address such issues, tape 
recorders record this reading. 

Furey also notes that it takes an 
enormous amount of courage to 
publicly identify oneself as dis- 
abled. Bissonnette encourages a 
statement in course outlines 
acknowledging the “different abil- 
ities of the learner.” 

However, it’s not always easy to 
sensitize teachers to the needs of 
the learning disabled. “I've had 
some students for whom I needed 
to intercede. The professor said 
they were just lazy, that a learning 
disability is a myth.” 

Leo Bissonnette offers a 20- 
minute presentation on disability 
services during departmental 
meetings. The office offers help 
with making materials accessible 
on the Web (voice software can’t 
read out certain Internet for- 
mats). Staff are always looking for 
volunteers to tutor, read books on 
tape, or help students find books 
in the library. 

For information, call 848-3525. 


Centraide campaign at Concordia aims to raise $100,000 


embers of Concordia’s 

Centraide campaign com- 
mittee and friends kicked off the 
annual campaign Oct. 4 by joining 
the “March of 1,000 Umbrellas” in 
downtown Montreal. 

Umbrellas have become an apt 
symbol for the city-wide cam- 
paign. They’re bright, and useful, 
too, because 

the launch 

day is often 
rainy. At the 
site of the 
“march,” a 

short walk 

Centraide occ 
College to Place Desjardins, a 
colourful mass of open umbrellas 
show off the logos of nearly 2,000 
institutional campaigns ranging 
from private companies to public 
institutions. Centraide is itself an 
umbrella organization, raising 





large’ sums of money for about 
200 often struggling charities. 

Typical of these good works is 
the Montreal Diet Dispensary, 
which provides emergency help 
for expectant mothers. Johanne 
Vézina, nutritionist, spoke briefly 
to University Senate last Friday 
about the concept, still an origi- 
nal one after about a century. 

It is based on the statistics that 
show that babies with lower than 
normal birth weight, or mothers 
who smoked and drank alcohol 
during pregnancy, are more likely 
to have abnormalities, 
mental problems and childhood dis- 
eases. 

A typical client of the Diet 
Dispensary can spend only about 
10 per cent of her income on food. 
If her income is a rock-bottom 
$550 in welfare a month, that 
means $50 for food for a month, 


not enough to ensure a healthy 
pregnancy. 

Vézina gave the example of a 
Concordia student who found 
herself pregnant and had few 
resources. At the Dispensary, the 
young woman was given nutri- 
tious staples to supplement her 
meagre diet, and attended prena- 
tal classes. As a result, her baby 
was a healthy weight at birth, and 
the student is returning to univer- 
sity. 

Last year, Concordia aimed to 
raise $75,000 and in fact raised 
$95,000. This year, the bar has 
been set higher: $100,000. “At 
least we can reach the $1,000 
bracket, where UQAM is,” said 
campaign co-chair Danielle 
Morin. “Then we'll go after 
McGill, which raises more than 
$2000,000.” 

The easiest way to contribute is 


through a pay deduction, for 
which pledge forms have been 
distributed by internal mail. 

The Concordia campaign also 
has a fun element, growing with 
every year: 

Weekly raffles: Oct. 11, Oct. 18, 
Oct. 31, at around 2:15 in Human 
Resources. Big final draw (and 
wait till you hear about the grand 
prize): Nov. 1. Pledging a contri- 
bution automatically enters your 
name in a weekly draw for great 
prizes. 

Loony Line: Students associa- 
tions ECA and CASA go head to 
head next week against McGill 
students for the benefit of 
Centraide. 

Putting game: Think you're a 
golfer? Wait till you see the chal- 
lenging game built by our own 
employees. Play for coffee and fun 
in the atrium on Oct. 17, Oct. 24, 


and Oct. 29, at the lunch hour. 

Bake sales: Skip breakfast on 
Oct. 31. There's a big bake sale in 
the lobby of the GM Building, and 
another one at Bishop Court. 
Crafts and art are for sale, too. 

CASA Halloween party: 1,000 
revellers are expected at this stu- 
dent event, which includes a 
bachelor/bachelorette auction for 
charity. 

Flea market: Nov. 14. Get your 
donations ready, and we'll give 
you more information in the next 
issue. 

Teddy Bear Hospital: Adopt a 
teddy bear in the “hospital” (GM 
lobby) on Nov. 14. Donations are 
being accepted now of new or 
looks-like-new teddy bears, at 
GM-201. 

Visit the Concordia Centraide 
Web site and http://centraide.con- 
cordia.ca. 


October 10, 2002 | Concordia’s Thursday Report 


10 


Montreal Matters—so does money 


— has teamed up with CBC radio, CBC televi- 
sion, cbc.ca (cbc.ca/montrealmatters) and Hour to 
tackle issues of interest. The project is called Montreal 
Matters, and the inaugural topic is money. 

Throughout October there will be events and coverage 
in Hour, on CBC and on the Web, at cbc.ca/montrealmat- 
ters. 

Today, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the J.A. De Seve Cinema 
(taping for CBC radio): Money and the Soul’s Desires: A 
Meditation. Author Stephen Jenkinson tackles the age-old 
philosophical dilemma of monetary versus spiritual 
wealth. In this gentle, wry and insightful meditation, 
Jenkinson explores the way we view money and relation- 
ships. 

Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. in the J.A. De Seve Cinema 
(tapingfor CBC television and radio): “Accessible quality 
public education is at risk!” Join Montreal Matters and the 
Concordia Student Union (CSU) for Money and Education, 
a forum on money and the Canadian university system. 





Bahramitash wins scholarship 


_ “Tt gave these women a public role because of street 


marches, because of the formation of women’s branches of 


peoples’ movements,” Bahramitash said. So although she 
acknowledges that “religion has sometimes been very 
oppressive toward the role of women in Islamic countries,” 
she also recognizes that the “question is extremely com- 


Bahramitash chose to stay with the Islamist movement 
in Iran, helping to organize literacy campaigns for women 
and assisting women to take advantage of the now reli- 
gious duty to study. “The fact that the Islamist regime 
made education a religious duty meant that you now have 
a high number of educated women, in some cases, more 
educated women than educated men,” explained 
Bahramitash. At present, women make up 52 per cent of 
those in higher education in Iran, and some provinces are 


considering implementing male quotas in medical school 
because of the high rate of female students. 
Bahramitash’s also indicate that 


female employment in Iran has risen under Islamist rule, 
particularly in the last 10 years. She hopes to accumulate 
more data from two other countries, Turkey and Egypt, 
where she will travel in December to do her field work. _ 

Her specific research also relates to her broader concern 
about female poverty in the world, something that she 


Bahramitash raised her four children alone in a new 


country while completing her doctorate, even having to 


_ live on welfare at one point to survive. “I look on my strug- 


gle with poverty as an asset,” she said, “I am not just an 


academic that studies the poverty of others. I am that 


other. I am the object I study.” 

She sees the rise in female employment in Iran and 
other Muslim countries as part of a global trend in the 
world . More and more women are entering the 
formal and informal job markets because more income is 
needed to support their families. 

“Whether that employment has translated into their 
economic empowerment is not necessarily clear,” she said, 
since women most often work in “jobs that are unprotect- 
ed, unregulated and without any benefits.” 

Once she finishes this current project, Bahramitash 
hopes to turn her attention to Muslim women’s employ- 
ment in Quebec. Holders of stereotypes and assumptions 
beware. 

Roksana Bahramitash will be teaching a course on Women 
in the Muslim World next semester. See http://artsand- 
science.concor-dia.ca/wsdb/COURSESWNTR.html for more 
details. . 


Concordia’s Thursday Report | October 10, 2002 


BY Peter BOER 


oncordia University students 
( met six veteran broadcasting 

journalists face-to-face on 
Oct. 3 when CBC Montreal held a 
panel discussion in the Oscar 
Peterson Concert Hall as part of its 
50th anniversary celebrations. 

Wendy Mesley, Dennis Trudeau, 
Doreen Kays, David Halton, Mark 
Kelley and Lynne Robson shared 
memories of covering news in 
Montreal and fielded questions 
from young journalism hopefuls at 
the hour-long event, which was 
broadcast later that evening on 
CBC. 

“Covering news in Montreal and 
the province of Quebec has always 
been exciting, and still is,” said 
Canada Now host Dennis Trudeau. 
“So many interesting stories have 


come out of Montreal over the 
years.” 

From the first sovereignty refer- 
endum of 1980 to the ice storm of 
1998, Concordia students were 
introduced to some of Quebec's 
most memorable events through 
the eyes of those journalists who 
covered them. 

Disclosure host Mark Kelley's 
infamous clip from the 1998 ice 
storm, in which he is nearly decapi- 
tated by a large chunk of falling ice 
as he picks his way through branch- 
choked Montreal streets, was 
shown on television screens in the 
hall. 

“To this day, people will come up 
and say I faked that shot,” Kelley 
explained to a laughing crowd. “I 
did not fake that. [But] the story 
that nearly killed me gave life to my 
career.” 


CBC links up with Concordia for stimulating events 


Students also had the opportuni- 
ty to pose questions to the panel 
both during and after the recording 
of the show. The panel members 
stayed an extra 40 minutes after 
taping was completed in order to 
answer questions. 

“Read, read, read,” advised long- 
time Washington correspondent 
David Halton. “As a journalist, you 
have to want to know a little about 
everything.” 

Doreen Kays responded with 
humour to questions from students 
about inclusiveness and diversity in 
broadcasting. When she started in 
the business, Kays, whose back- 
ground is Lebanese, was uncom- 
fortably aware that she wasn't the 
conventional TV blonde. 

How things have changed. “I used 
to think I was too ethnic. Now I 
wonder if I’m ethnic enough!” 


Senate asks Board to reconsider measures 


continued from page one 


However, the Code is clearly inad- 
equate in exceptional circum- 
stances. “A couple of years ago, it 
was turned into a farce,” he added, a 
reference to a hearing for two stu- 
dents accused of overturning 
recruitment tables at a job fair. 

Dean of Arts and Science Martin 
Singer vigorously defended the 
Rector’s emergency powers, saying 
that exceptional conditions demand- 
ed it. “This resolution sends the 
wrong message to the community,” 
he said. “My students care most 
about their safety, then their stud- 
ies. The Middle East is far down on 
the list.” 

Student senator Youri Cormier 
said that a system is in place to han- 
dle emergencies - “It’s called 911” - 
and that short-term emergencies 
can be handled by the police. 

Another student, Rob Maguire, 
said that the emergency measures 
have not had a calming effect. 
“Students believe they can be 
expelled if they speak out. There 
are video cameras on the roof of the 
library building looking for trou- 
ble.” 

Faculty members were divided on 
the issue. Harvey Shulman (Arts 
and Science) said that although he 
was opposed to the emergency pow- 
ers in principle, given the wording 
of the Senate resolution, he would 
not support it. William Bukowski 


(Arts and Science) took exception 
to the resolution against the mora- 
torium on Mid-East issues, saying 
that the Board's resolution does not 
ban such discussion, but in fact pro- 
vides for it under certain condi- 
tions. 

Perhaps the most troubling 
aspect of last Friday’s debate for 
veterans of Concordia’s Senate was 
that at the suggestion of student 
senator Ralph Lee, the members 
readily voted to use a secret ballot 
for these resolutions. Shulman 
expressed his opposition, as did 
Catherine MacKenzie (Fine Arts). 
The resolution against emergency 
powers passed by only two votes, 14 
for, 12 against. The second resolu- 
tion, to lift the Mid-East ban, 
passed with 12 senators for and 
seven opposed. 

Senate has 37 voting members, of 
whom 18 are faculty members 
appointed by their faculty councils 
in numbers roughly proportional to 
the size of their faculties. Seven are 
administrators, and 12 are students, 
of whom two are graduate students 
and the rest undergraduates. 

The composition of Senate itself 
came under debate at Friday's 
meeting when Rocci Lupiccini, 
president of the Graduate Students 
Association, introduced a motion 
to increase the number of graduate 
students by two on the grounds that 


each of the university’s four facul- 
ties deserves representation. A sim- 
ilar motion was narrowly defeated 
last year. 

Dean Nabil Esmail expressed sup- 
port for the motion. The Faculty of 
Engineering and Computer Science 
has the largest number of graduate 
students, but the limited number of 
graduate representatives works 
against all faculties being repre- 
sented. 

Provost Jack Lightstone argued 
against the. motion on the grounds 
that it would open the door to 
demands for proportionately more 
representation by undergraduates 
and by faculty members. Senate 
used to be about 65 people, he said, 
and it was unwieldy. The university 
is a meritocracy, not a pure democ- 
racy, which is why faculty members 
have preponderance over students 
at Senate. 

He suggested that if two graduate 
student representatives were added, 
two faculty members at large could 
be added to restore faculty-student 
balance. Dean Singer objected to 
the direction of the debate, as it 
appeared to threaten the propor- 
tion of senators accorded the 
largest faculty, Arts and Science. 
Accordingly, the motion was tabled, 
and the matter will be discussed at 
the next Senate steering committee 
meeting. 


Depression and mental health awareness day 


ealth Services in collaboration 

with Counselling and 
Development will be hosting 
National Depression Screening Day, 
A Mental Health Awareness Fair on 
Thursday October 10 from 10 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. Come and get information 


on mental health issues such as 
depression, anxiety, stress and trau- 
ma. You can also get valuable infor- 
mation on communication, self- 
esteem, body image, and much 
more. We will be set up at the fol- 
lowing locations around Concordia: 


SGW Campus, McConnell Building 
Atrium; Loyola Campus, Library 
Building, Atrium. 

For more information on 
National Depression Screening day, 
please contact Dale Robinson (848- 
4389) or Angie Trubiano (848-3569). 


Stingers lose Shrine Bowl to McGill 


A strong showing of fans for the Homecoming game 


BY JOHN AUSTEN 


rust the McGill Redmen to 
spoil the party! 

More than 3,800 fans crammed 
into Concordia Stadium last 
Saturday for the 16th annual 
Shrine Bowl football game 
between the Redmen and the 
Stingers. Everyone revelled in the 
party atmosphere on this after- 
noon — except the host team, 
which fell 28-8 to their cross-town 
rivals. 

The loss dropped the Stingers’ 
record to 3-3 and into third place 
in the university football stand- 
ings, four points behind the first- 
place Redmen and two behind 
powerful Laval. The Rouge et Or, 
who will visit Concordia on 
Saturday, also hold a game in 
hand. 

While the game itself was a bit 
of a dud for local fans, the atmos- 
phere inside and just outside the 
stadium was at a fever pitch. 
Various booths and tents were set 
up that included everything from 
karaoke to the Karnak Temple 
Marching Band. 

“It's a great time, and it’s won- 
derful for the kids, too,” said 
Montreal West resident Reg Stack 
as he watched his six-year-old son 
Sean go down a rubber slide. “He 
may not care too much who wins 
the game, but he'll remember what 
a super time he had this day.’ 

The Shrine Bowl, which also 
served as the Shaughnessy Cup 
game and Concordia Homecoming, 
is held each year in support of the 
Shriners Hospital for Children. 
More than $300,000 has been 
raised since the inaugural bowl 
game in 1987, 

“You just have to see the smiles 
on the kids faces when you visit 
the hospital to realize how impor- 
tant something like this is,’ said 
Ed Bradley, a veteran Shriner who 
was the organization's Potentate 
last year. “Wed like to thank both 
Concordia and McGill for their 
great support. Just look at the big 
crowd filing in here!” 


Among the throng were nine 
shirtless young men who braved 
the blustery fall conditions to 
cheer on their beloved Stingers. 
Each had a letter painted on his 
chest, as well as on his back. 
When they lined up for an 
impromptu performance on the 
field at halftime and faced the 
crowd, they spelled C-O-N-C-O-R- 
D-I-A. Then they turned around 
and spelled M-C-G-I-L-L S-U-X. 
Give them an A for effort and a D 
for spelling. 

The game itself was dominated 
by McGill's defence as it limited 
the Stingers to just 16 yards rush- 
ing and 197 yards in total. 
Concordia’s offence revolves 
around first-year quarterback Jon 
Bond, who loves to throw the 
football. He was unsuccessful on 
this day, completing just 18 of 43 
passes for 207 yards. The six-foot- 
six QB threw three interceptions 


The Shrine Bowl was dominated by McGill's 





defence, who took the game 28-8. 


and was sacked five times. 

“I don’t know what they're 
doing out there,” said Robert 
Romero, 17, who was watching 
the game with his friend Shauna. 
“Don't they have a running 
game?” 

Not on this day, Robert, thanks 
largely to McGill's stingy defence 
and a poor showing from 
Concordia's offensive line. The 
Stingers’ only touchdown was a 
37-yard pass and run play from 
Bond to Darrell Wood in the third 
quarter. 

Game MVPs were Steve Young 
for McGill and Graeme Burns for 
Concordia. Burns was also named 
Homecoming MVP and Ryan 
Woosley received the Ted Elsby 
Memorial Trophy as the out- 
standing down lineman. The 
award was presented by the 
Montreal Alouettes Alumni 
Association. 


FoFA looks east with Beijing exchange 


ver the summer, the Faculty 

of Fine Arts welcomed a del- 
egation from the Academy of 
Chinese Traditional Opera in 
Beijing. 

The Academy has a mandate 
from the Chinese government to 
expand its course offerings to 
include other arts, and thereby 
attract students to traditional 
opera. They visited Concordia 
(July 8-14)to discuss how to meet 
these goals, and provide opportu- 
nities for Concordia faculty and 
students to participate. 

After a hectic schedule which 


included visits to the Cirque du 
Soleil headquarters and Festival 
Juste pour rire, the delegation 
went to Toronto. 

However, they extended an 
invitation for a visit to China. An 
agreement of intention to cooper- 
ate (including potential for facul- 
ty and student exchanges) was 
reached and will be pursued 
when the Faculty of Fine Art's 
delegation visits China next 
month. 

Also in July, members of the 
Department of Cinema met with 
a delegation from the Beijing 


Broadcasting Institute (BBI) on a 
visit organized by CIAC. BBI's del- 
egation wanted to identify oppor- 
tunities for collaboration in film 
animation and film studies. The 
Concordia visit to China in 
November will include meetings 
with BBI in order to develop clos- 
er links and identify opportuni- 
ties for collaboration. 

For more information on the 
Faculty of Fine Art’ initiatives with 
China, please contact Elizabeth 
Morey, Communications and 
Special Projects, at 848-4606 or 
emmo r.concordia.ca. 





Stingers triumph 
Baseball and soccer teams on the ball 


BY JOHN AUSTEN 





onship after beating McGill in a thrilling semifinal series. The 

Redmen took the opener of the best-of-three set 3-0 last 
Friday, but the Stingers swept a Saturday doubleheader with wins of 
8-6 (15 innings) and 4-0. The championship series gets under way 
tomorrow (Friday). 

Both Concordia soccer teams had a great day at home last Sunday 
against visiting teams from the Université de Sherbooke. The 
women won 1-0, while the Stinger men bested their opponents 2-1. 

Earlier in the week the men defeated the previously second- 
ranked team in Canada, the McGill Redmen, 2-1. Captain Ammar 
Badawieh and rookie Martin Chiodoni each scored in the victory. 
Concordia also beat UQAM last week. 

The women played the McGill Marlets to a 2-2 draw last week. 
Captain Val Desjardins and second-year defender Jerusha Osborne 
scored for Concordia. The women also defeated the UQAM Citadins 
2-0. Fifth-year forward Marie Claude Allard and rookie Elisa 
Quaranta each scored in the victory. 


Stingers go professional 


No fewer than 12 former Concordia Stingers who have participat- 
ed in the Shrine Bowl over the years have gone on to play profes- 
sional football. They are Paul Vajda (Saskatchewan), Uzo Urbani 
(Calgary), Nigel Smith (Calgary), Mark Montreuil (Toronto, San 
Diego Chargers), Denis Montana (Montreal, Toronto), James 
Monroe (Ottawa, Montreal), Jacques Moreau (Ottawa), Dave Miller- 
Johnston (Ottawa), Paul Maines (Saskatchewan), Sylvain Girard 
(Montreal), Farrell Duclair (Calgary), and André Bolduc (Ottawa, 
Edmonton, Montreal). 


(Cossivan baseball team will play Laval in the QSSF champi- 


Sports updates 

The 2002-03 women’s hockey season will feature a number of 
inter-conference games versus Ontario teams. The Stingers, 
coached by Les Lawton, will compete against a number of OUA 
(Ontario University Athletics) schools such as Toronto, Laurier and 
York. 

Mickey Donovan of the football team and Ingrid Dubuc of the 
women's soccer team have been named Concordia Stinger athletes 
of the week. 

Donovan led the Stingers defence with a total of nine tackles and 
two sacks in 39-4 victory over the Bishop's Gaiters. Donovan, a New 
Hampshire native, was also named the QIFC defensive player of the 
week. Donovan is a Leisure Sciences student at Concordia. 

Dubuc, a fourth-year goalkeeper, had a draw and a shutout in two 
recent games. The 24-year-old native of Ste. Foy is a Sports 
Administration student. 


Thanks for the golf sponsorship 


Le year’s Concordia University Memorial Golf Tournament was 
the most successful ever, with $12,000 collected towards the 
scholarship endowment fund. Also, participation was the highest 
ever, with over 250 participants and volunteers. 

The organizing committee would like to thank its many sponsors 
for their generous support in the form of door prizes that were 
awarded during the tournament and/or their direct donation to the 
Memorial Endowment Fund. 

Concordia sponsors included: Bookstore, Chief Financial Officer, 
Computer Store, Building Fund, Part-Time Faculty Union (CUPFA), 
Union of Support Staff - Technical Sector (CUUSS-TS), Auxiliary 
Services, Health Services, Human Resources/Employee Relations, 
Recreation/Athletics, Instructional & Information Technology 
Services (IITS), Marketing Communications, Facilities 
Management, Printing Services, the Rector, Provost and Vice- 
Rectors. For a full list of sponsors, see the Web version of CTR, at 
pr.concordia.ca/ctr. 


Future issues of the Thursday Report 


CTRis published every two weeks during the academic season. 
Future publication dates are Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Jan. 16, 
Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, Mar. 13, Mar. 27, Apr. 10, Apr. 24, May 8, May 
22, and June 5. 


October 10, 2002 | Concordia’s Thursday Report 








Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery 

Monday to Friday 11 am-7 pm; Saturday 1 -5 
pm; dosed Sundays. 1400 de Maisonneuve W. 
Free admission. Info: 848-4750. 

+ The Best Kept Secret in Montreal: Celebrating the 
10th Anniversary of the Leonard & Bina Elen Art 
Gallery. Runs until December 14. 


VAV Gallery 
Monday to Friday 10 am - 10 pm. 1395 René 
Lesvesque W. Info: 848-7388 





CPR dasses 


Environmental Health and Safety 

For information on CPR classes, contact 
Donna Fasciano at 848-4355 or visit our web 
site at http://relish.concordia.ca/EHS/. 


Saturday, October 12 





To register for CTLS workshops, please contact 
848-2495, ctis@alcor.concordia.ca, or register 
online at www.concordia.ca/ctls. 


Teaching with the Case Method 

The case method has been proven an effective 
teaching tool to attain the highest three cog- 
nitive levels, i.e., diagnosis, evaluation, and 
synthesis. The workshop covers areas such as 
how to handle cases before, during and after 
class, problem diagnosis, diverging and con- 
verging analyses, etc. Thursday, October 10, 9 
am-12 pm, H-771. 


This hands-on workshop will provide an 
overview of research databases and electron- 
ic journals available from the libraries. The 
session will cover how to access electronic 
resources on campus and from home, and 
how to search databases effectively. 
Enrolment is limited to 20. Wednesday, 
October 16, LB-203, 9:30-11:30 am. 


Preventing, Detecting and Dealing with 
Plagiarism in the Electronic Age 

With access to fulltext databases and Internet 
resources, plagiarism has become a much big- 
ger problem in universities. This workshop 
will provide participants with an overview of 
plagiarism issues in the digital age, including 
strategies to prevent and detect it and proce- 
dures for dealing with it at Concordia. 
Thursday, October 24, H-769, 2-4 pm. 


- october 10-24 


‘backpage. 


Events, notices and lassfid ads must reach the intemal Relations & Communications Department (BC-115) in 
writing no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, the week prior to publication: Back Page submissions are also accepted by fax 
(848-2814) and e-mail (ctr@alcorconcordia.a). For more information, please contact Debbie Hum at 848-4579, 


Preparing Your Teaching Dossier 
The teaching dossier is one means of record- 
ing your teaching accomplishments and phi- 


Tuesday, October 29, H-771, 1-2 pm. 





Concert Hall 


Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke 
W. Box office: Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-noon, 
1:30-4:30 pm. Tel. 848-4848. For more list- 
ings, visit http://oscar.concordia.ca, 


Saturday, October 19 

Comhaltas Concert Tour of North America pre- 
sents Echoes of Erin, 7:45 pm. A colourful and 
exciting show of Irish traditional music, dance 
& humour. Tickets: $12. Call 935-3961 for 
information or reservations. 


Sunday, October 27 

The Department of Music presents Jean Paré, 
student of Pierre Beaudry, classical guitar, 2 
pm. Tickets at the door only: $5 general 
admission, free for students with ID. 





Counselling and 
Development 


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


Student Success Centre 

Drop by H-481 and speak to us about any of 
the personal, academic or career concerns you 
may be experiencing. We can point you in the 
tight direction. 


Employee Assistance 
Program 


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a 
voluntary, confidential counselling and infor- 
mation service available to all employees eli- 
gible for health benefits at Concordia, includ- 
ing their immediate family, 24 hours a day, 7 
days a week. Log onto the EAP Web Page at 
http://eap.concordia.ca for helpful informa- 
tion about counselling services, lunch semi- 
nars, newsletters and lots more! 
1-800-387-4765 (Eng.) 1-800-361-5676 (Fr.) 


Lectures 


Friday, October 11 

Marjorie Agosin, on “Tapestries of Hope, 
Memories of Love.” 1 pm, Room VA-323, Visual 
Arts Building, 1395 Rene-Levesque W. Co- 
sponsored by SAVAP, CMLL, CCLEH, Office of 
the Provost & Vice-Rector Research “Guest 


Marjorie Agosin, on “Historia de una poeta 
desobediente.” 3 pm, H-760. Hall Building, 
1455 de Maisonneuve W. 


Tuesday, October 15 

Peter Stoett (Concordia University) and Ben 
Scotch (Vermont Civil Liberties Union) take 
part in a panel discussion on “9/11 One Year 
Later: Liberties and Life in North America.” 5 
pm at the School of Community and Public 
Affairs, 2149 Mackay, Room 104. Presented by 
the Concordia-UQAM Chair in Ethnic Studies 
and the McGill Refugee Research Project. 


Fateful Bridge: Nazi-Deutsch/Nazi German, 
An English Lexicon of the Language of the 
Third Reich.” 7:30 pm, Gelber Conference 
Centre, 1 Cummings Square. Professor Doerr 
will speak about the first comprehensive 
English dictionary for research, study, and 
reading about the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, 
and World War Ii. Admission: $3 members 
(Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies),$5 
others. For information, please call 345-2627 
ext. 3017 


Friday, October 25 

Jim Barta (Utah State University), on “Cultural 
Influences in the Teaching and Learning of 
Mathematics.” 1 pm, Hall Building, H-760. 
Sponsored by the Native Access to 
Engineering Programme, 848-7824. 


Friday, October 25 

Dr. Jeremy Rossiter (University of Alberta), on 
“Scorpianus Triumphant: Scenes of 
Charioteers and Racing Arenas on Roman 
Mosaics from North Africa.” 3 pm, H-415. 
Coffee reception to follow in H-665. Presented 
by the Classics Section of the Department of 
Classics, Modem Languages and Linguistics 
and the Concordia Classics Students’ 
Association. 





Legal Information 


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


Meetings & Events 


Montreal Matters 

Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm. Author 
Stephen Jenkinson, on “Money and the Soul's 
Desires: A Meditation.” J.A. DeSéve Cinema, 
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 


Art Matters Info Party 

October 10, 8 pm, at Reggie's. Live band, DJs 
and food. The artist database project will be 
launched and information and artist propos- 
als will be made available. Free. For info: Ilona 


Human Rights Studies at Concordia presents a 
workshop featuring Greg Robinson (UQAM), 
on “Franklin Roosevelt's Decision to Intern 
Japanese Americans.” Friday, October 11, 
noon, Library Building, George Rudé Seminar 
Room, LB-608. Robinson’s paper, which will 
serve as the basis for the workshop, is avail- 
able at http://migs.concordia.ca. Info: 848- 
2404 or drfrank@alcor.concordia.ca. 


Public lecture on Islam 

The United Muslim Students Association hosts 
a free public lecture, entitled, "Why are 
Christian Preachers Embracing Islam", with 
invited guest speaker Sheikh Yusuf Estes. 
Estes, 2 former Texas Prison Chaplain, 7 pm, 
Friday, October 11, McGill University, Leacock 
132. Organized by the United Muslim 
Students Association includes Concordia, 
McGill, UQAM, U de M, Dawson, Vanier, 
Champlain, John Abbott, and Marianopolis 
Muslim Student Associations. Info: Amir Al- 
Shourbaji, UMSA President 777-9453 


Krishnamurti Film Series 

October 11: The Beauty of Death as Part of Life. 
1455 de Maisonneuve W. H-520, 8:30pm. The 
J. Krishnamurti Video Presentations 937-8869 


Krishnamurti Film Series 

October 18: What Js It That Dies? 1455 de 
Maisonneuve W., H-520, 8:30 pm. Info: 937- 
8869 


Book launch on racism in Canadian dailies 
In Discourses of Domination, York University 
professors Frances Henry and Carol Tator iden- 
tify examples of racist language in both of 


on their findings at a panel discussion on 
Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Room 762 of the 
Hall Building. Also speaking are Kenneth Deer, 
editor of the Kahnawake newspaper The 
Eastern Door, and former Gazette writer Ashok 
Chandwani. Dr. Yasmin Jiwani will chair the 
discussion. The talk is sponsored by Concordia 
University’s Communication Studies and 
Journalism Departments and the Centre for 
Research - Action on Race Relations (CRARR). 
Please advise CRARR of your intention to 
attend (crarr@sympatico.ca). A donation of $5 
at the door would be greatly appreciated. 
Info: Fo Niemi 939-3342 CRARR, Loma Roth, 
848-2535, of Ross Perigoe, 848-2467. 


Multi-Faith Chaplaincy 


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


Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Concordia 
University exists within the academic com- 








The Graduate Diplomas in Administration 
and in Sport Administration (DIA/DSA) will 
hold information sessions for people from all 
faculties on Thursday, Oct. 17 and 31, 6 pm, in 
Room GM 403-2, 1550 de Maisonneuve W. 
Sign up/Information: 848-2766, or at 
www.johnmolson.concordia.ca/diadsa. 


OCD & depression research 

The Psychology Department at Concordia 
needs people for studies of obsessive-com- 
pulsive disorder (OCD) and depression. If you 
have unwanted, intrusive thoughts that 
cause anxiety, or repeat things to reduce your 
anxiety, and/or you have been feeling sad or 
depressed for an extended time, or have lost 
interest in most of your usual activities please 
call 848-2199. Participants will receive treat- 
ment information and compensation. 


Field Research in the Canadian North 

Are you a graduate student or senior under- 
graduate student interested in fieldwork or 
research in the Canadian North? The Northern 
Scientific Training Program will help pay for 
transportation and living costs. Closing date 
for applications: November 1, 2002. Contact: 
Dr. Monica Mulrennan, Dept of Geography, 
848-2055, monica@vax2.concordia.ca 


Tourette syndrome study 

A research group at the centre de recherche 
Fernand-Sequin and is now recruiting people 
suffering from Gilles de la Tourette syndrome 
for a research project aimed at improving 
behavioural approach to treating all types of 
tics and habit disorders. France Quevilion, 
project co-ordinator, 251-4015 ext 3585. 


Casgrain Foundation assembly 

The board of the Therese F.-Casgrain 
Foundation will hold its annual general 
assembly in the ballroom of Thomson House, 
3650 McTavish St. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4 
pm. At 5.30 pm, guest speaker Dr. Gail Guthrie 
Valaskakis, Director of Research, Aboriginal 
Healing Foundation, Ottawa, and former 
dean of the Arts and Sciences Faculty of 
Concordia, will give a lecture on aboriginal 
women. This event is co-sponsored by the 
McGill Center for Research and Teaching on 
Women. 


Volunteers wanted 

The Office of Students with Disabilities is look- 
ing for volunteers interested in devoting a few 
hours per week to assist students with read- 
ing (recording material onto cassette) or 
tutoring (subject or writing). Contact Mariéve 
Duffy at 848-3525 or sdsvol@alcor.concor- 
dia.a 





Office of Rights & 
Responsibilities 


The Office of Rights and Responsibilities is 
available to all members of the university 
community for confidential consultations 
fegarding any type of unacceptable behav- 
jour, induding discrimination and 
personal/sexual harassment, threatening and 
violent conduct, theft, destruction of proper- 
ty. 848-4857, or drop by GM-1120. 





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 GM- 
1120. 





Peer Support Centre 


Stressed out over those ongoing tests and 
exams? Come talk to a fellow student who can 
relate, at the Peer Support Centre. This drop- 
in and referral centre is located in the base- 
ment of 2090 Mackay. You can also reach the 
office by phone at 848-2859. 





Undassified 


Apartment for rent 

NOG, four minutes from Loyola Campus. 5 1/2 
on ground floor of duplex, hardwood floors, 
appliances, fireplace. Available beginning 
October, $950. Call 912-6464 


Room available 
Seeking student for a quiet home in Laval, 
close to bus stop and 15 min. from train sta- 
tion. Electricity, washer/dryer, fridge, stove, 
insurance, television, bed, cable and parking 
included. Contact Paul at faulken@cyber- 
globe net 


Weekday sublet 

Fumished, fully equipped apartment in St. 
Henri to sublet during week only (Sunday 
night through Friday indusive), $400/ month. 
Ideal for grad student or instructor on semes- 
ter contract who returns home on weekends. 
Call 937-9047 (weekends) or e-mail 


broberts@westlib.org. 


Editing services 

Do you need to publish? Does your thesis or 
dissertation need editing? Specializing in 
chemical and biological sciences, | offer edit- 
ing services at reasonable rates. For more 
information please contact David at 
d.mdauchlan@videotron.ca. 


Editing and proofreading 
Editing, typing and proofreading. Contact: Ely 
at: 514-7621385. typediting@aol.com 


Tutor 

Graduate student offering tutoring for all 
Biochemistry and Chemistry core courses 
(including Chem 205 and Chem 206). Low 
rate! Call Alex 483-3989 


1838 or 816-9915 


Services divers 

Francais — Cours particulier, conversation et 
redaction. Tous les niveaux, universitaire 
aussi. Tel. 745-4833 


Services offered 

Tutor with university science degree available 
for science and non-science courses, and to 
help with term papers and research projects. 
Also books for sale. Call 408-0247 


Computer repairs and training 

To fix your PCs or learn how to fix and upgrade 
your computer, call Ahday 236-4608. 
www.demstech.com 


For sale 

New electric BBQ ($60), folding bed ($30), 
captain's bed ($150), kitchen cabinet ($60), 
lady's bicycle ($40). Phone 367-4190 after 6 
pm or leave a message. All prices negotiable. 


Coiffure unisex 
Professional hair designer near Loyola offer- 
ing special rates to Concordia students and 
staff. Re-touch & blow dry, $35; shampoo & 
blow dry, $20; treatment, shampoo & blow 
dry, $25+. 7417 Harley (between 
Sherbrooke/Elmhurst). Call for appointment 
489-4446. 





Workshops 

Library workshops 

All workshops are hands-on (computer lab). 
Workshops at Vanier Library (Loyola) are in 
Room VL-122, workshops at Webster Library 
(SGW) are in Room LB-203. Sign up in person 
at the Reference Desk, by phone (Vanier: 848- 
7766; Webster; 848-7777) or from our web- 
site (connect to http://library.concordia.ca 
and dick on Help & Instruction). 


+ Two in one: Intro to the Libraries & 
Searching for artides using databases (2 
hours): Webster Library: Friday, October 11, 


10am. 


+ Searching for artides using databases 
(90 minutes): Webster Library: Tuesday, 
October 15, 3 pm. 


+ Internet for academic research (90 min- 
utes): Webster Library: Thursday, October 10, 
3pm. 


Employee Assistance Program 

EAP Lunch Seminar for Concordia Faculty and 
Staff on Conflict Resolution: How to Deal with 
Difficult People. Leam constructive ways to 
minimize problems with co-workers and 
acquire a "win-win" attitude. October 22, 12 
pm to 1:15 pm. H-769. Facilitated by Warren 
Shepell Consultants. No charge. Register by 
phone (3667), e-mail (eap@alcor) or online at 
http://eap.concordia.ca. 


Computer workshops 

Workshops are free for faculty, staff and stu- 
dents and take place in the Library Building, 
LB-812. Visit the IITS web site at 


http://iits.concordia.ca/services/training. 


+ Introduction to Windows (three dates 
available): Tuesday, October 15, 2 — 4:30 pm; 
Friday, October 18, 2 — 4:30 pm; Monday, 
October 21, 10 am — 12:30 pm. 

+ Intermediate Windows (three dates 
available): Monday, October 21, 2 - 4:30 pm; 
Tuesday, October 22, 2 — 4:30 pm; Wednesday 
November 6, 2 — 4:30 pm. 


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