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Concordians use imagination to raise money for those less fortunate

Give a little or a lot

BY SHIRA KATZ

he mid-winter holiday is tradi- tionally a time to give, and some Concordians are doing their bit.

The Caribbean Students’ Associa- tion and the African Students’ Association are collecting toys, non- perishable food and clothing for families.

“We also contact businesses and ask for turkeys and drinks to make sure these families can have a Christ- mas dinner,” said co-organizer Afamdi Okeke. A LaSalle social worker will help them find the 20

families.

“It’s hard to get people involved now because it’s early, but during exam time, people are busy,” Okeke said.

Campus conti holds its annual

Commerce candidates

The first open Faculty Council meeting to hear from short-listed candidates for Dean was judged

an unqualified success.

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Programmed for Success

A new series profiles a Master's of Business Administration course that grouped Concordia with U.S.

students to look at NAFTA.

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World AIDS Day

Words from a native AIDS activist, a student art exhibit anda new testing service ; available through the University _mark this special cay

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PHOTO: CLIFF SKARSTEDT

Spirit of Christmas drive, an emer- gency food-voucher programme for students in need. Chaplain Peter Cété said that the fund is used throughout the year to help mem- bers of the Concordia community, including single parents, students who have had their loans and bursaries delayed or those who have run out of money. In 1993, the fund raised $8,348, which was distributed to 226 students in the form of vouchers redeemable at supermarkets.

This year, Campus Ministry is selling Christmas and Hanukkah cards at both Concordia bookstores to raise money for the fund. The art- work was produced by University faculty, and the printing was donated by Printing Services.

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jul Fortier wins $3,000

PHOTO: MARCOS TOWNSEND

The Concordia Choir was in the final week of rehearsal for their concert on Saturday when word was received that Marie Claude Desloges, who was to have conducted the Concordia Chamber Choir in the same programme, had been killed in a traffic accident. The concert, which features Mozart's Coronation Mass in C-Major, will be dedicated to her memory. The Concordia Choir is conducted by Elizabeth Haughey, and the Chamber Choir will sing under the direction of Jacques Giroux. The concert is free, and begins at 8 p.m. in the Concordia Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West.

Bases ‘Shinghal and iiieary éolisegaes

Montréal universities task up the

challenge at McGill University on Monday, writing texts in French, English or both. Only students attempting both languages were eligi- ble for the top prize.

The pieces were read by McGill Chancellor Gretta Chambers. Points were deducted for mistakes in punc- tuation, grammar and spelling. French dictation is a test of grammar skills; in English, it’s unpredictable spelling.

“‘T almost didn’t go,” said Fortier (Journalism and Communication Studies). “I was having a bad day. But I had no classes, so I thought, ‘Why not?” Others were deterred by the weather; only half of those regis- tered turned up.

‘T feel great!” said Fortier. “But I have no idea what I'll do with the money.” Winners of the $2,000 prizes in English and French only, went to students from the Université du Québec 4 Montréal and McGill.

Concordia students also picked up several of the runner-up prizes donated by the participating univer- sities. John Ostopkevich, who wrote Concord in English only, commented, “It was S g easier than I expected. The problems for me were obscure words rather than spelling.”

When asked if there was any chance of a competition for students from other years, Jean-Pierre Morin, technical organizer of the event, said,

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The spell of success

BY ESME TERRY

PR oi student Julie Fortier took home first prize and $3,000 in the second annual Inter-University Dictée/Spelling Challenge. Sixty-eight first-year students from

Julie Fortier

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Accessing libraries could be virtual breeze

BY BINDU MATHUR

here are over a half a million documents on the world-wide web of information, and another 50,000 are added every day. With so much data, the ride on the informa- tion superhighway can be bumpy. Computer Science Professors Bipin C. Desai and Rajjan Shinghal hope to make the journey smoother. They are developing a system that will make it easier to access informa- tion sources, and have received $50,000 from the Seagram Fund for Academic Innovation over two years for their project. Part of their project, “Developing a Prototype for Accessing Virtual Libraries,” is building an expert sys- tem, a computer programme that will model the expertise of a refer- ence librarian to help individuals locate the information they want. For this modelling, they are enlisting the help of Concordia librarians

Carol Coughlin and Lee Harris. “They have knowledge and expertise built up from their education and day-to-day experience. We're look- ing at what process they go through when someone comes to them to locate an obscure document,” said Shinghal. He specializes in artificial intelligence, which tries to replicate some degree of human-like intelli- gence in computers.

The scientists, however, are not trying to put reference librarians out of work, but to develop tools that will help the librarians in their daily travails. “Right now, the problem with the Internet is that it can take an awful long time to find anything. So the utility of having all that elec- tronic information out there is diminished, because you don’t have the means to access it quickly,” explained Coughlin.

Along with all the information available in cyberspace, there is also

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Doctoral student finds gap between Canada and U.S. figures

Little steroid use among Canadian varsity athletes

BY SYLVAIN COMEAU

xercise Science PhD student

John Spence hopes that a national survey which he co-ordinat- ed will dispel some myths about drug use among Canadian university ath- letes.

“The average person may think of Canadian athletes as drug-consum- ing monsters, and I think that this is unfair to the athletes. Just because one or a few people within a sport or a university test positive for a drug, you can’t label everybody in that group.”

In association with Exercise Sci- ence Professor Lise Gauvin and with funding from Sport Canada, Spence interviewed 754 athletes (472 men, 282 women) from eight universities across Canada. Only 0.9 per cent of respondents reported using anabolic steroids in the past 12 months, although the actual figure is likely to be somewhat higher.

“Tt would be naive to assume that the figure is fully representative of what is going on; it is a conservative estimate. But I have full confidence that this survey has been done as well as it could be.”

Keeping in mind athletes’ reluc- tance to open up about drugs, Spence was careful to tailor his ques- tions for the most truthful responses possible.

“Athletes are typically suspicious of people who ask them about drug

PHOTO: XAVIER NUEZ

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use. If we had asked them if they are consuming drugs now, the typical response would have been ‘no.’ Instead, we asked them about con- sumption in the last 12 months, which encourages more honest responses, because it is a less threat- ening question.”

Spence found that overall drug use among university athletes is roughly comparable to that of other universi- ty students, when he compares his results from past surveys.

Among the athletes, a larger proportion (three per cent) consume weight-loss products, but the figures for drugs such as alcohol (94.1 per cent), smokeless (chewing) tobacco (16.6 per cent), amphetamines (0.7 per cent) and cocaine/crack (0.8 per cent) are on a par with other students.

Spence said that the survey grew out of his research for his doctoral dissertation, in which he is surveying scientific literature on the effects of steroids.

“I found out that there is really not very much information on the inci- dence of drug use among Canadian university athletes, or Canadian ath- letes in general. The problem is that decisions on drug testing made at a national level and at the university level are based on data coming from American universities. I felt there was a real need for this kind of study.”

Spence said that American figures

are very different; a survey last year by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) found that 2.5 per cent of American university ath- letes use steroids. The discrepancy may be due to a more heated com- petitive atmosphere in the U.S.

“A lot of NCAA athletes have aspirations about going on to profes- sional sports, while the majority of CIAU [the Canadian Inter-Univer- sity Athletic Union] athletes do not. The incentives and pressures are greater in the U.S. The emphasis in Canada is more on participation; theirs is more on winning.”

Random testing also plays a part in the low Canadian figures on steroid use. “We have one of the strictest drug testing policies in the world,” he said. “If you tell athletes that they'll be tested two months from now, they can work around that, but it’s quite a deterrent.”

Spence, who is also planning a survey of francophone universities, said that his survey is the first of its kind in Canada. He hopes that oth- ers will follow up on his work.

“We believe that this should be a continuous process. This kind of sur- vey has to be done every year or every other year, to keep track of trends.”

The survey's margin of error is 3.6 per cent. It was completed last May, and a summary of the findings was sent to all Canadian universities. @

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

Shahrzad Mojab (Applied Social Science) was quoted in a Southam News article about the controversy in a Montréal school about the

wearing of the hijab, the Islamic head-covering. “In Canada,” she said, “we are talking freedom of choice.”

Balbir Sahni (Economics), who is working on a major study on Indi- an economic development and trade, spoke to a recent Montréal seminar sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada. As reported by Canadian Press, he said, “India has jumped from being an aid- receiver to an important trading partner for Canada.”

Harold Chorney (Political Science) was asked by Southam News to comment on the recent upset in Montréal’s election for mayor: “The vote was a reaction to the economic depression, and governments can't survive these kinds of conditions. Incumbent regimes just fall victim.” Chorney was quoted in The Globe and Mail's coverage of the election, and he was also quoted at length regarding the national debt in Frances Russell's editorial page column in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Randy Swedburg (Elderhostel) was interviewed for Helga Lover- seed’s “Mature Traveller” column in The Globe and Mail about the Third Global Classroom Conference, held at Concordia last summer.

The NOVTEC “smart house” developed by Siricon, part of Concordia’s Centre for Building Studies, was the subject of a full- scale profile in Le Devoir on October 22. The experimental house, which is in Sainte-Dorothée, Laval, uses only 25 per cent of the energy consumed by a conventional house. Siricon’'s Dino Gerbasi is scheduled to appear on CFCF’s Your House. . . My House on December 5. The show's guest on December 19 will be John

Zacharias (Urban Studies).

Children shouldn't be forced to compete: MA student

It's how you play the game

BY BRIANA DAVIS

ou pick up a lot when you've

been a physical education teacher for 20 years. Brian Norris put his knowledge to use when he pre- pared his Master's thesis in Education last year.

As he taught in elementary and high schools, Norris noticed how competi- tion produced aggressiveness and a tendency to intimidate in his students, and decided to use it as a thesis topic.

“| wasn’t exactly sure why these problems were occurring, but they were mounting in intensity and | wasn’t sure how to resolve them,” said Norris. “This was upsetting me and several of the students, and | began to feel ambivalent about the values of competition and doubtful as to whether this was my fault or the students’.”

The thesis, called “The Concept of Competition with Special Reference to Physical Education and Sport,” took a year to complete.

Norris concluded that children should not be forced into competition.

Games, particularly those involving both male and female participants, should be played for fun and exercise, not to win.

Moral education also has a role to play. Norris believes in emphasizing sportsmanship.

“These values have to be taught. They can't be taken for granted,” he said. “They have to be discussed, especially when problems occur in the course of a game.”

In his thesis, Norris denounced the so-called Lombardian ethic, named after the legendary U.S. football coach Vince Lombardi, whose credo was, “Winning isn’t everything. It's the only thing.”

Research convinced Norris that competition is a two-edged sword. “It can result in friendship or alienation. It all depends on the atmosphere, the situation, and the moral development of the player.

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Peter Shizgal (left) and research associate Kent Conover.

Psychology professor honoured for research

into brain mechanisms

Sweet victory for Peter Shizgal

BY KAREN HERLAND

One of Concordia’s own was honoured earli- er this month in a ceremony on the other side of the Atlantic.

Psychology Professor Peter Shizgal won the honour for his research into brain mechanisms involved in decision making and reward. The NutraSweet Association Prize, worth 60,000 francs (approx. $23,000 Cdn.), is awarded annually for research in nutrition and feeding behaviour. The seven-member jury is primarily based in France and headed by Professor Henri Lestradet of the French National Academy of Medicine. Shizgal is the fourth recipient of the prize and the first North American.

Evaluation process is subjective

Shizgal’s research goes beyond the sensory and perceptual processes that provide us with objective information about the external world, to explore how we determine the relative value of competing goals. The inherently subjective process of evaluation reflects the weighting of sensory information by internal signals that reflect physiological needs. In a speech given during the award ceremony in Paris, Shizgal characterized the evaluative process as collaps- ing the multiple dimensions of sensory experi- ence into the single dimension that underlies decision. Identifying the brain circuits that carry out this operation is the goal of several convergent lines of experimental work carried out by his research team. In their experiments, rats are offered access to rewards such as nour- ishing taste stimuli or rewarding electrical brain stimulation, and behavioural, neural, or genomic (changes in gene expression ) respons- es are monitored.

In collaboration with a research team that includes Kent Conover, a CSBN research asso- ciate, Barbara Woodside, a Concordia Psychol- ogy Professor and a CSBN member, Denis Richard, a psychologist at Université Laval, Shizgal is studying the gustatory evaluation of

salt, sugar, and fats. Their work on the neural and hormonal basis of salt appetite could have applications for the control of high blood pres- sure. Their studies of the appetite for energy- rich substances address issues in the control of body weight such as whether there is a specific appetite for fats, whether pharmacological treatment could safely and effectively decrease nutrient-specific appetites.

Shizgal cautions that one must beware of the “law of unintended consequences,” particularly when dealing with therapies that involve long- term treatment with drugs. He also notes that the history of research on strategies for long- term weight loss is replete with bold claims that later have given way to disappointment. Nonetheless, he feels that his team has devel- oped a powerful experimental approach and he

is eager to learn just how far it can go.

Novel methods

Shizgal is currently Acting Director of Concordia’s Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology (CSBN). His research is closely linked to other work in the Centre that deals

with brain mechanisms of addiction, reward

and motivation. Since joining the Concordia faculty in 1975, Shizgal, together, with his research team, has developed several novel methods for studying rewarding effects of brain stimulation.

He suspects that NutraSweet was particular- ly interested in the way his team has adapted these methods to address questions in feeding behaviour. Some of his research draws directly on other work in the Centre, exploring differ- ent neural patterns in areas of addiction. He suggests that the wider applications of his work may have been of particular interest to the NutraSweet jury. “Work in a field often starts moving forward when methods developed in another area are successfully adapted and applied.” 9

CSBN unlocks motivation for human behaviour

BY KAREN HERLAND

cked away on the 10th floor of the Henry

F. Hall Building, the Centre for Studies in

Behavioral Neurobiology is a network of stu-

dents, researchers and faculty, trying to figure out what drives us to do the things we do.

The Centre, which has existed for just over 10 years as part of Concordia’s Department of Psychology, focuses on research that seeks to unlock the motivation for human behaviour.

The Centre’s interdisciplinary nature means that while it is linked to the Psychology Department, the research crosses into neuro- chemistry and pharmacology, according to co- ordinator Phyllis Webster. This makes the Centre unique in Canada, particularly in that it is not directly tied to a medical school.

Webster says that the media’s perception of the Centre’s work in areas of addiction can be quite reductive. “We are looking at drugs, alco- hol and sex. But we’re looking at the motiva- tions behind these things. The brain is so complex, we need to understand all of it.”

Webster began as co-ordinator in 1985, just two years after the Centre opened. Besides her duties as co-ordinator, she also assisted in lab work for then-Director Roy Wise. Wearing many hats is fairly common. The seven profes- sors associated with the Centre all complement each other’s lab work. “It can look like seven different labs, but that’s not the situation,” said Webster. “The students confer with each other and the professors.”

Currently, there are about 60 graduate and

undergraduate students involved, along with the professors and the half-dozen support staff. Professor Peter Shizgal is Acting Director, replacing Professor Jane Stewart, who is on sabbatical.

Give students freedom

Besides research, the Centre co-sponsors up to 10 speakers a year as part of the Psychology Department’s colloquium series. They come from all over North America, representing spe- cialized areas relevant to the Centre’s work. Students usually have lunch with the speakers to share ideas and theories.

“We want to give students the freedom to make their own discoveries,” said Webster. “We give them the chance to bounce ideas off people who can give them ideas on how to pur- sue their work.”

Funding cutbacks across the board have affected the Centre. But she modestly adds, “The professors here are really lucky. They are still pulling in funding.” Cutbacks have meant that visiting speakers tend to come from closer to home. Recently Professor Paul Clarke of McGill’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapy spoke on nicotine and tobacco smoking.

Since so much of the work done through the centre is collaborative, Webster is reluctant to single out specific members. “It’s difficult to pinpoint what people do. They all complement each other. The work here is related, but not identical.” 9

Sociology thesis uncovers poignant stories of illegal immigrants

Life in the shadows

BY JACQUELINE HENNEKEN

i? an illegal you always live on the edge,” says Martine from Trinidad. “I am lone- ly and very stressed, but it is still better than back home.”

Martine’s story was recounted by Cremilde Raposo, a graduate student in Sociology at Concordia who is working on a Master’s thesis on “Employment Patterns of Illegal Inland Refugee Migrants in Montreal.”

She presented the first results of her field work recently in the series Research in Progress, organized by Concordia’s Centre for Community and Ethnic Studies. Her goal is to find out the impact illegal immigrants have on the labour market.

Raposo, 30, is in a unique position to inter- view illegal refugees. She works as a para-legal at a law firm that specializes in migrants. (She wants the firm’s name to remain anonymous: “I am not only a legal support to my clients, but also their counsellor and confidant.”)

Refugee claims increase

Over the past decade, the Canadian govern- ment has had trouble handling the mounting number of refugee claims, from about 300 annually in the 1970s to more than 20,000 in the late 1980s. The backlog is so huge that the waiting period is now between two and seven years.

Migrants become illegal after their three- month tourist visa expires. If they cannot get a visa otherwise, many eventually apply for

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refugee status. “Although the chance those claims are recognized is slim, their lawyers advise them to apply anyway. With a refugee claim, migrants are eligible for social security and medicare, they get a work permit, and their children can go to school,” Raposo said.

Martine also followed this route, but her claim was refused. Her husband decided to apply as well, and when he wasn’t recognized as a refugee either, he tried another method: a “marriage of convenience” with a Canadian cit- izen. Because she thought her children were better off with her now legal ex-husband, Mar- tine gave him custody. She is hiding now, talk- ing to her children only by phone.

“Tf I had $5,000, maybe I would marry too. But I don’t know if I could accept the sexual favours they often ask from you,” Martine told Raposo.

Pepe’s story is very similar to Martine’s. She, too, says that life as an illegal is tough, but her three sons couldn’t go to university without the $500 she sends to the Philippines every month.

“The wage differential between North America and many other parts of the world is one of the key reasons why migrants stay in Canada, even under terrible circumstances,” Raposo said.

Terrible as her circumstances may be, Pepe remains optimistic. “I am always singing. I know how to fight. And if I can get my family over, I will stay here.” 9

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Analysis by grab-bag

| read with interest Frederick Krantz's lamentation on the “unfor- tunate and dangerous” Recommen- dations Concerning the Implemen- tation of the Policy of Educational Equity, as compiled by the Academ- ic Priorities Committee. | say that | read this with interest, as | have just completed a study of the “back- lash” to initiatives which attempt to correct historically misdirected poli- cies, procedures and attitudes which have resulted in inequitable admissions, promotions, curriculum and hiring.

During the course of this study it became clear that two linguistic grab-bags were being made to stand in for clear thinking and analysis. In the first grab-bag was a list of words, including: dangerous, threat- ening, primitive, tribal, communist, fascist, authoritarian, totalitarian, puritan, inquisition, witch-hunt Hitler, Stalin, McCarthy, leftist, cultist. In the second grab-bag were different words, including: universal truth, altruism, tradition, civilization, mankind, human being, citizens, integrity, history, the Western World, philosophy, forefathers, greatness, excellence, nation.

The grab-bag mode of analysis is quite simple. One takes an equity policy, say, a sexual harassment pol- icy or a race relations policy; any one will do. One then takes the first grab-bag and describes the policy using only these words. In every other paragraph, one situates one- self in opposition to the policy at hand, and taking out the second grab-bag, one uses it to describe oneself and colleagues.

The grab-bag mode of analysis assumes that the two bags stand in opposition to each other; that Hitler was not part of the great history of the Western World, that the Puri- tans did not believe in their own uni- versal truths, or that the Inquisitors did not think they behaved with integrity. It is interesting how many documents, letters, memos and reports filled with such grab- bag analysis have popped up in university and off-campus news- papers across the U.S. and Canada. Krantz’s letter is simply another fine example of this sorry quasi- academic trend.

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‘Worry less about school’s reputation, more about

selling yourself’: graduate

Team invited back to review Industrial Engineering programme

BY DONNA VARRICA

team of evaluators for the

Canadian Engineering Accred- itation Board (CEAB) will visit Concordia on February 27 and 28 to review the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science’s Indus- trial Engineering programme. If approved, the five students expected to graduate next spring will receive accredited degrees.

Members of the Rector’s ad hoc committee on student concerns in the Industrial Engineering pro- gramme are hopeful the CEAB will rule in Concordia’s favour. The revised programme curriculum was approved unanimously at every level

of the process, up to and including the October Senate meeting.

Committee chair Alan Hochstein, the Associate Vice-Rector Academic Curriculum and Planning, said, “The committee members were very grati- fied to see the revised Industrial Engineering programme receive such unanimous support. Rarely, if ever, do changes with so many resource, budgetary, equipment and faculty implications go through so quickly.”

Douglas Hamblin, Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the Fac- ulty, told students at a recent meet- ing that the committee was hopeful about the CEAB decision. Although

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In Memoriam

Marie-Claude Desloges

We were saddened to hear of the death in a traffic accident on Sunday, November 27, of Marie Claude Desloges, member of the Faculty of Fine Arts and conduc- tor of the Concordia Chamber Choir.

She was also the conductor of the Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec and the Choeur de Laval, and worked with Dean of Fine Arts Christopher Jackson and the chorus of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal.

The funeral was scheduled for this morning at 11 a.m. at St. Ger- main d’Outremont Church. The Department of Music has can- celled today’s classes, and closed its offices.

_ Remembering December 6

t hee been five y vers s since 4

The Centre will also sponsor a commemorative programme of _ music and words for women only in Room 767 of the Henry F. Hall S Building on December 6 at 8 p.m.

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Arts & Science Faculty Council

Educational Equity, sabbaticals, senior salaries get rough ride

BY CHRIS MOTA

oncordia’s proposed Policy on

Educational Equity and its implementation were the subject of lengthy debate at last week’s Arts and Science Faculty Council meet- ing.

Although most of those present agreed that the document was prob- ably well-intentioned, a number expressed their concerns over the notion of “enforced” equity. Freder- ick Krantz (Liberal Arts College) raised the notion of academic free- dom as it applies to choosing course material. Arguing that professors are competent to choose their course material, he added, “the University hired me, and it’s stuck with me.”

John Drysdale (Sociology and Anthropology), one of the authors of the implementation document, was on hand to respond to these con- cerns. In fact, he has already revised the implementation document in response to similar reactions in other Faculties. (The proposal has run into problems in at least one other Facul- ty, Engineering and Computer Sci-

ence, where it was sent back to the departmental level for review. Fine Arts Faculty Council approved the document at its Friday meeting.)

Arts and Science Faculty Council has asked individual departments to review the various documents and offer their opinions.

Council also discussed the con- tentious issue of sabbaticals. An unprecedented number of professors have requested leave for the 1995-96 academic year: 74 (plus six deferrals from last year), or 16 per cent of the Faculty. Because of the University’s financial situation a projected loss in revenues of $5 million in the 1995-96 academic year the Vice- Rector Academic has asked all Fac- ulties to conform to the norm in Québec universities of four to eight per cent per annum. Dean Gail Valaskakis was given permission to surpass the norm for 1995-96 only, to 9.5 per cent.

In other business, Council unani- mously approved a resolution drafted by Martin Singer (History) con- demning the policy on remuneration of senior administrators adopted last

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February by the senior salaries com- mittee of the Board of Governors.

Singer’s resolution condemns the secrecy surrounding the document and guarantees within it, and chal- lenges the committee’s power to make senior salary decisions without the approval of the entire Board, and insists, among other things, that the policy be nullified.

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CORRECTION

In the feature on Security Services offi- cer John Yelle, we erred in saying that he was a Montreal Urban Community police constable. He was a police officer in a South Shore municipality, but the encounter that led to his being hired at Concordia happened when he was a pri- vate investigator.

CLARIFICATION

With reference to an article about the Office on the Status of Women (CTR, Nov. 24), co-ordinator Michelle Séguin says that the name of the Office has not changed, but the post of Advisor has been changed to “University Advisor on the Status of Women.”

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Speeches and question period draw near-full house

Search goes to Faculty Council

BY BARBARA BLACK

A little history was made last

riday morning in the J. A. DeSéve Cinema. For the first time, the search for a senior administrator at Concordia University included public speeches by candidates.

The three short-listed candidates for the post of Dean of Commerce and Administration presented their views and answered questions at a specially convened meeting of the Faculty Council.

The meeting was attended by at least 200 people, mostly from within the Faculty. Afterwards, reaction to the organization of the event and the level of discussion was uniformly positive.

Chaired by advisory search com- mittee chair Humberto Santos, the meeting lasted three hours. Each

candidate gave a half-hour speech, answered questions from the floor for another half-hour, and wound up with a brief closing statement. (San- tos, president and CEO of Des- jardins Laurentian Financial Corporation, is a member of the University’s Board of Governors.)

Six of the Faculty’s support staff were given speaking privileges. About 20 people lined up at the microphone to ask questions, and in many cases, the questioner asked each candidate the same question, giving the audience a chance to com- pare answers. The candidates were not permitted to hear one another’s presentations.

The three candidates were Profes- sors Abolhassan Jalilvand (Finance), Mohsen Anvari (Finance) and Farhad Simyar (Accountancy).

Each has a PhD, and each is or

has been the chair of his department. They raised many of the same con- cerns: declining enrolment in the Faculty, the need to cut costs and generate revenue, the interdepen- dence of teaching and research, the pressure to keep curriculum current, the need for more contact with busi- ness and industry, gaps in communi- cation, too much internal bureaucracy, and the healing of ‘morale after a bruising period of in- fighting. Little reference was made to past controversies, except the sug- gestion that it’s time to move on. Forms were handed out to the audience at the end to gauge reaction to the event and help the search committee come to their final deci- sion. They were asked to rank the three candidates, and to indicate whether they were faculty, staff or other members of the Faculty.

Board reviews progress of search committees for senior administrators

BY LAURIE ZACK

The search committees for new senior administrators are proceeding on schedule. A progress report was presented by each committee at last Thursday evening’s Board of Gover- nors meeting.

The search committee for Rector has met four times, and set selection criteria and a personality profile of the ideal candidate. It also reviewed a con- sultant’s report on the applications.

A total of 55 candidates applied. After several evaluation sessions, the field has been narrowed to 10 candi- dates. A uniform set of questions has been developed, and two all-day ses- sions are planned for December 9 and 14 to examine a report by the consultants and conduct the first round of interviews.

The Search Committee for Vice- Rector Academic has held two meet- ings since the last Board meeting (October 19). An updated list of candidates has been submitted by the consultants and an enhanced profile of the ideal candidate developed by the Committee. It was decided to approach several national organiza- tions to seek suggestions for women candidates. A similar process is being used as in the search committee for Rector to whittle down the 42 appli- cants to an acceptable number for interviews.

The search committee for Vice Rector Institutional Relations and Finance has met twice and is work- ing on a recommendation for a job

description and a possible division of the position into two portfolios. The Committee hopes to submit its pro- posal to the next Board meeting. Jerry Tomberlin (Decision Sci- ences/MIS) has been appointed to the committee.

The search committee for Dean of Commerce and Administration hopes to have a final recommenda- tion ready for the Board’s December 21 meeting.

Finally, the search committee for Dean of Engineering and Computer Science has decided to extend its deadline to January 15, 1995 and has received several new applications in the past week. Tannis Arbuckle- Maag (Sociology and Anthropology) will replace Peter Pitsiladis (Manage- ment) as a Board member of the committee.

Consultation process clarified

The Board also clarified the pro- cedures for the public consultation aspect of the search process.

All meetings with the short-listed candidates for all searched positions will be open to any member of the University community. Speaking privileges, however, will be restricted to members of the respective bodies presenting the candidates.

Candidates for Rector will address an open joint meeting of the Board and Senate; Vice-Rectors and Secre- tary-General candidates will address a joint meeting of the executive com- mittee of the Board and the steering committee of Senate; potential

Deans will be called to an open meeting of the relevant Faculty Council, and the candidates for Director of Libraries will speak before a meeting with the directors of the administrative units within the library.

Other issues

* The Board approved the post- ponement of the public phase of the capital campaign until 1996, as sug- gested by a feasibility study. Pre- campaign preparations and planning will continue.

* To deal with an unexpected $800,000 government cutback, a Provisional Supplementary Operat- ing Budget for 1994-95 was tabled and referred to Senate. There have already been preliminary meetings with the Deans concerning the bud- get, where questions were raised about the proposed budget-cutting formula. An all-day meeting with the Deans and the Office of the Rec- tor is being planned to discuss the budget issue. Interim Rector Charles Bertrand called this year’s $800,000 shortfall “a rehearsal” for next year’s expected shortfall of close to $5 mil- lion due to shrinking registration. He cautioned that Concordia’s acad- emic integrity and development can- not be compromised in any budget- cutting exercise.

* Finally, a new proposal con- cerning salaries for senior adminis- trators has been forwarded to the Chairman of the Board from the Office of the Rector. #

CoNncorRDIA’S THURSDAY REPORT

This column ts compiled by Lee Harris, Webster Library (LB-285, 848-7724, e-mail: lharris@vax2)

Happy holidays to all Library News readers - faculty, students and staff. Along with our best wishes, here are ten tips from the Concordia Libraries which we hope will help you schedule your time in the libraries for the rest of the year and get a head start on your research and teaching for 1995.

During the exam period The Libraries will follow the regular schedule of hours until December 23.

Since there never seems to be enough space for study during the exam period, there are classrooms in the Henry F. Hall Building (downtown) and Central/Administration Building (Loyola) which are designated as extra study rooms. The room numbers are posted at the Information and Security Desks on both campuses.

Be considerate of other library users at all times, but especially during the stressful exam period. The Libraries are meant to be quiet places to study.

Don't forget to return books you won't be needing over the holidays or renew the ones you will. Use the V > View your own circulation record feature of CLUES to make sure there are no books charged out to you which you may have forgotten about. We don’t want you to return in January to find out you have outstanding fines and cannot borrow anything else until your account is set- tled. Better safe than sorry.

If you want to do some reading over the holidays, you will have to borrow books before December 24. There will be no circulation service from December 24 until January 4.

If you are teaching a course in the new year, get your reserve material together and submit it by the middle of December to allow time for it to be processed before the start of classes. ,

Over the holiday break

We are closed on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2 and 3. The libraries are open for study only on Decem- ber 27, 28, 29, 30