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The death of Hugh MacLennan


Vol. 15 No. 11 November 15, 1990

Concordia mourns a great Canadian author

PHOTO: Charles Bélanger

Hugh MacLennan

by Ray Beauchemin

he death of author Hugh Mac-

Lennan last week left Canada to

mourn one of the most prolific and vocal supporters of its national identity.

MacLennan, 83, “scholar-in- residence” at Concordia since 1985 and a five-time winner of the Governor- General’s Award, was the author of Two Solitudes and six other novels, all set in Canada.

“MacLennan was a deeply important writer to Canadian literature. Whether or not he was a fine novelist, he was the first to write in a way that articulated a Canadian identity,” English Professor


Needed: scientists

The dearth of high-level computer scientists and engineers may have long-term effects on Canada. Computer Science Chair Tien Bui says Concordia has the capacity to produce more and better


Post-Meech Quebec

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Faculty Caucus has submitted a preliminary brief to the Bélanger- Campeau Commission with a more detailed one to follow next


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Nine new awards and more than 200 scholarship presentations mean hundreds of students get a head start on their education.

Laura Groening, who teaches Canadian Literature at Concordia, told CTR this week.

Like Paul Tallard, the hero of Two Solitudes, MacLennan felt he had to build the stage and props for his play, and then write the play itself.

Since its publication 45 years ago, the novel has become a metaphor for French-English tensions rather than the Canadian nationalism he longed for.

“He wanted to give voice to the idea of a distinct Canadian identity, especial- ly in a way that would be relevant to relations in Québec between the French and the English,” said Groening, who includes Two Solitudes in her survey course.

From McGill to Concordia

MacLennan was born in English Canada, in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He settled in Montréal after moving here in 1935 to teach classics at Lower Canada College. He kept a country home in North Hatley, in the Eastern Townships.

In 1951, MacLennan joined the English Department at McGill Univer- sity, becoming a full professor in 1966 and professor emeritus in 1979.

Adispute over office space in 1985 left MacLennan, no longer actively teach- ing, unhappy with McGill. Concordia’s Dean of Arts and Science, Charles Bertrand, promptly offered MacLennan

an office on the second floor of the Nor- ris Building.

“It was an honour and a privilege for the Faculty of Arts and Science and Concordia to be able to welcome him as one of ours,”Bertrand said. “It was an honour to have a great Canadian anda great Québecois as part of our Univer- sity, even if it was for only a few short years.”

In the small office, amid his papers and his books, MacLennan wrote, read and met with students.

One of those students, Roma Glblun Bross, said, “one theme that preoc- cupied him was Brian Mulroney, whom he couldn’t stand. He called him Mul- dummy. He said he gave Canada away to the United States.”

Politics wasn’t all that was on his mind, said Bross, a graduate of the Creative Writing programme and author of To Samarkand and Back. “We chatted about literature, food, his state of health. We shared anecdotes. Some- times we talked about nothing of great consequence. We just sat there and chatted like two kids. Sometimes I would leave him little notes, sometimes answered, sometimes not.”

Characteristic of his encouragement to writing students, MacLennan responded promptly and willingly when Bross applied for a Canada Coun- cil grant, writing long and detailed

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U de M colloquium

University participants identify women’s issues

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Concordia is ahead of other univer- sities in promoting feminist studies, Claudie Solar, Advisor to the Rector on the Status of Women, said at a collo- quium last month which addressed is- sues affecting women in universities.

“Concordia is the only university in Québec with an Office on the Status of Women, a Women’s Centre, and a feminist institute, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute,” she said. “But there is still a way to go.”

Solar, Vice Rector Academic, Rose Sheinin, and Decision Sciences Profes- sor Danielle Morin took part in l'Université ‘avec’ les femmes, held at the

Université de Montréal on Oct. 25 and 26.

The colloquium had been designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Québec and to trace the progress of women since they began entering university about a cen- tury ago.

Solar chaired a workshop called “Feminist Knowledge: Creation, Trans- mission, Availability,” which con- cluded that feminist studies should be made available at all universities and that the validity of research on women’s issues be universally accepted.

Sheinin took part ina workshop titled “Women in Research: Integration or Ex- clusion.”

“The workshop focused on women in research, women’s research, and

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2—November 15, 1990

Lack of scientists and engineers may put Canada ) in Third World position )

Canada needs more high-level computer scientists and Concordia can produce

them, says Bui

__ by Bronwyn Chester

he Canadian Council of Profes-

J sional Engineers has put out the

call for more people to enter the

field of engineering. Within 10 years,

Canada will be short 30,000 engineers,

Council President John McDougall

says, and without them, the country

will be in a Second or Third World posi- tion.

While Computer Science Chair Tien Bui acknowledges that prediction, he is more concerned about the dearth of high-level research being done by en- gineers and computer scientists. For in- stance, Bui said, he has been unable to fill two positions in his department with Canadians for the past five years.

“It’s not enough just to produce more engineers. Someone with a Bachelor of Science or Engineering is not in a posi- tion to do high-level research and teach- ing. We need PhD engineers and computer scientists. The shortage is in new technological areas, such as robotics. If we don’t have senior scien- tists developing basic new knowledge, we will fall behind other countries.”

Since establishing the PhD programme in Computer Science in 1984, Concordia has produced 10 graduates, three of whom are now professors in American universities, one at Purdue University, Bui said.

“We have come a long way since the

early ‘80s when only two PhDs were graduating from all three Computer Science departments in the Montréal- area, combined.”

Low turn-out in this field may cause problems long-term. As it is, not enough Canadian students are continu- ing their education in the sciences and engineering. Bui added that of the 25 PhD students now in Computer Science, less than 50 per cent are Canadian, many of whom will return to their own countries to apply their knowledge.

“In Canada, our attitude is that if you have a smart child, you encourage him or her to go into medicine or law. In Japan, bright students choose engineer- ing or science,” Bui said, adding that a national effort is needed to attract stu- dents to science and engineering.

Bui is also concerned that the best engineering and:computer science stu- dents do not list Concordia as their first choice. Yet, Concordia’s Computer Science Department, with a staff of 29, is among the largest departments of its kind in the country, he said, and the quality of faculty members is competi- tive with any school of comparable size in North America.

As an example of the Department's track record, Bui cites the international media coverage received when Com- puter Science Professor Clement Lam revealed the solution to a two-hundred- year old mathematical problem: can a finite projective plane of the order of 10 exist? The New York Times was just one of the many media outlets that at- tempted to explain the equation.

“This was one of the 10 problems the world over that scientists have been trying to solve. And we did it here, against such competition as Berkeley and Princeton. Now, whenever some- one from Cambridge, Princeton or Har- vard has a problem in computation, they.call up Lam or (Mathematics and Computer Science Professor John) McKay.”

Some Department achievements receive less coverage but are nonethe-

McKinnon family makes appeal to witnesses

A coroner’s inquest will be held next month into the death of Paul McKinnon, the 14-year-old Loyola High School student accidently killed three weeks ago in front of the Loyola Campus.

Paul's family is appealing to anyone who witnessed the accident to provide a written account for use at the inquiry.

Police and witnesses have given widely varying reports of the acci- dent, which occurred on Thursday October 25, at 3:40 p.m.

Both the McKinnon family and its legal counsel would like to ensure that all the information presented at the inquest is as accurate as


Anyone wishing to come forward can deposit a written account to Loyola High School President J. Winston Rye, S.J.,c/o Room 218 at the

school, or c/o the CTR offices, Bishop Court, Room 117 (BC-117).


less as significant. For example, faculty member Sebius Doedel received a $50,000-per-year grant from Electricité de France for large-scale computation to regulate the flow of electricity in high-power wires. Bui’s own work with Johnson & Johnson’ Research Laboratory will help develop decom- posable, non-woven materials by using computer simulations of flows in absor- bant products.

Recently, Computer Science Professor Ching Suen won the largest industrial contract ever awarded to Concordia to develop expert computers: systems, such as a computer programme that can diagnose illnesses. Professor Hon Lee received a grant to work with Bell Northern Research to build distributed computers.

“This is the future generation of com- puters,” Bui said.

Economics’ Otchere says:

Canadians moving towards a cashless society

: __ by Ray Beauchemin

Canada is becoming increasingly cashless, but that’s not to say it’s running out of money. Economics Professor Dan Otchere said he foresees a time when cash and cheques will be used in only half of all transactions and the remaining 50 per cent will be split between credit and debit cards.

That time has not arrived yet, but with the current use of credit cards the average Canadian has two and the increasing use of debit cards, there is already less cash exchanging hands.

Debit cards represent electronic money and are similar to the bank cards now being used in automated banking transactions. Savings or chequing accounts can be credited or debited by computer, telephone or an electronic terminal, such as the point-of-sale terminals at several retail outiets, the Provigo super- market chain and Montréal banks.

Provigo, the Royal Bank, the National Bank of Canada and several caisse populaire branches are midway through a five-year test of the debit card system.

Debit cards differ from credit cards “in that they require users to have the necessary funds in their accounts to cover current purchases,” Otchere said. “Credit card users, in contrast, receive loans for their purchases, at pre-ar- ranged terms, and eventually pay them off with currency or by cheque.”

Otchere said the most common electronic funds transfers are insurance, mortgage, loan and utility payments, and credits of interest, dividends, payroll, private pension and governmenttransfer payments. For instance, Otchere said, Concordia electronically deposits paycheques for its employees in several area banks.

Although there are many advantages to using the debit card system for example, it reduces the danger of carrying a lot of cash it will take some time before debit cards become popular and Canada becomes a truly less-cash and less-cheque society. There are still security and privacy issues to deal with, Otchere said.

“Prominent among these are the loss of privacy over personal transactions, difficulties with recalling PINs (personal identification numbers), computer fraud and the errors that might occur through the mistakes of sale clerks and the computer system itself,” he said.

However, consumer recourse is an important feature of the debit card. “At the time of the transaction, people can get errors corrected, cancel transactions outright and should the merchandise be returned to the store, accounts can be credited.”

The main benefits of the debit system, Otchere said, are cost reduction, increased efficiency and, of course, profit. The money that Canadians aren't walking around with and the money that stores aren’t keeping in their cash registers is where it ought to be in the bank, making more money.

The ingenuity of Chemistry's Le Van Mao

Catalysts: working for the future

PHOTO: Charles Bélanger

Le Van Mao poses proudly with his team. Top row, from left to right, Andrew Pugh, Hassan Ahlafi, Raymond Le Van Mao and Jianhua Yao. Bottom row, left to right, Trug-chi Vo, Bernard

Sjiariel, Louise Dufresne and Serge Genest.

by André Fauteux

Chemistry Professor Raymond Le Van Mao was on his way to making a promising scientific discovery when the multinational company he worked for prevented him from developing it further, seeing no guarantee for short- term profit. Within five years, Union Carbide had patented the same inven- tion.

That was reason enough for the chemist to opt out of the multinational and into Concordia. In 1982, he ac- cepted a position here, choosing Con- cordia over larger North American schools that were equally ready to wel- come him. Despite having fewer space and material resources at his fingertips, he could not pass up the challenge of greater freedom to express his in- genuity.

Le Van Mao’s decision paid off. He founded an internationally recognized

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catalysis laboratory that has produced about 30 publications and 15 patented inventions since 1984. Five years ago, he was awarded the official symbol of the Canadian Patents and Development Office, the Inventor.

Le Van Mao said catalysts, which he has studied for 20 years, have potential benefits for both the environment and industry. Catalysts are substances that initiate slow chemical reactions some so slow they are tabulated in parts-per- million as they occur, every few years.

“About 40 to 50 per cent of the world’s chemical substances are produced through a catalytic transformation,” he explained, “so you see the importance of catalysts in industry.”

He has converted asbestos into chryso-zeolite, an ideal catalyst because it produces gasoline from methanol and replaces polluting phosphates in deter- gent. It also fights desertification by storing water in soil for weeks and releasing it slowly. This process may allow shrubs to grow in the desert and help reduce famine in arid countries,

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Professor sheds light on the Classics

__ by John Sobol

Gabrielle Baugniet’s work takes place in the shadowy corners of contem- porary university curricula. But, as a professor of classical languages and English poetry, she brings so much light to these obscure areas that last year, she was runner-up for the Excellence in Teaching award, designated by the Concordia University Students As- sociation.

Baugniet’s teaching history is an un- usual one. In 1961, she was a housekeeper for Neil Compton, who was Chair of the English Department at

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cording to Baugniet, “they needed someone to teach Greek, so Neil said, ‘Well, my housekeeper has a classics degree from Cambridge,’ and so, I was taken on part-time.”

Two years after she began teaching, Baugniet married Compton, a well- respected scholar who taught at Sir George Williams until his death in 1973.

After that time, Baugniet left the University for a private girls’ school, where she taught Latin for 12 years. “Part-time teachers are scandalously underpaid,” said Baugniet, who had to provide for her two daughters. “I thought I would have a better chance as a schoolteacher.”

In 1986, Baugniet returned to Concor- dia. In addition to teaching Latin and Greek courses, this year she also began

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Concordia is a vibrant collection of people, places and activities. At-a- Glance is one vehicle for discovering some of what is happening here. This column welcomes your submissions.

onna Varrica

Mechanical Engineering's Richard Cheng has been asked to serve as leader of the evaluation team on “Manufacture: Automation” by the Manufacturing Research Corporation of Ontario for the third consecutive year. Cheng’s team includes the Director of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Programme, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic In- stitue of Troy, New York, and the Manager of Power Systems, IBM, in Toronto.

Computer Science’s Ching Y. Suen, Director of Concordia’s Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI), delivered a keynote paper, “Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition” to an audience of more than 600 people at the 4th International Conference on Advanced Technology held in Washington, D.C., last week. In his address, Suen elaborated on the advanced research being conducted at CENPARMI, as well as the develop- ment of handwriting recognition by computer.

Sociology and Anthropology’s Bill Reimer, Isabelle Ricard and Fran Shaver presented a paper titled “Rural Deprivaion” at a conference sponsored by Statistics Canada in Ottawa last month. Reimer and Ricard also presented material at the Database Information Sessions after the conference, discuss- ing issues arising from their work with the Small Area and Administrative Data Division of Statistics Canada.

Last month, Management Professor Steven Appelbaum led three sessions in the seies Physician-Manager: What does this really mean? Level 1 or- ganized by the Directors of Professional Services Committee of the Montréal Joint Hospital Institute in the Health Care Management Programme. These sessions tackled the issues of management: art or science, understanding and being understood: the challenge of muddling through and managing your resource: people, paper, and time. Tomorrow, Appelbaum will deliver the keynote address, “Small and Large Enterprise,” to the McGill Engineering Resources and Industry Conference.

Journalism Professor Ross Perigoe was asked to consult on the pilot of CTV’s new investigative journalism show, Victor E, scheduled to be shown next spring. Researchers wanted to know what degrees might be found hanging on the walls of a newspaper’s managing editor's office. The answer: none. Editors don’t usually hang any degrees in their offices.

Geology’s Gianpaolo Sassano presented’ a paper titled “Trofotron 240: Method for the Safe Management of Solid Urban Waste” to the International Environment and Ecology Exhibition Crossroads at Place Bonaventure last week.

Flu vaccines are now available at Health Services, though there are only limited quantities. Priority will be given to healthy adults 65 years of age or over, those with long-term heart or lung problems, those with chronic dis- eases, and those who have lowered resistance to infection because of cancer or an immunological disorder, including the HIV virus.

In the Bookstore’s continuing promotion for 1990 The Year of Literacy, a colour catalogue has been circulated to encourage the giving of books as holiday gifts.

The offices of CRIM (Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal) have been moved to 3744 Jean-Brillant St., Room 500, Montréal, H3T 1P1. The telephone number is 340-5700 and the fax number is 340-5777. Concordia, as well as the other Montréal-area universities and the Université de Laval and Sherbrooke, is a member of CRIM, along with many prominent members of industry, to further research and development of computer applications. CRIM recently signed an international agreement with Germany’s FORWISS, a computer research centre.

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Library workers frustrated by progress of contract talks

Open letter to Patrick Kenniff: Recently, the non-professional library support staff (NUSGWUE) has been staging legal walkouts and demonstrat- ing at Bishop’s Court. We feel it impor- tant, at this point, to communicate to you and the University community our sense of frustration with respect to the unproductive state of negotiations which have been dragging on since November, 1989. We would like to high- light some points of contention, of which you may or may not be aware: 1. In past years, the University has agreed to respect Common Front negotiated settlements. This year, the University has decided not to go along with government-settled Common Front issues. Stalling on status quo articles. 3. Dealing with University negotiators who have no mandate to negotiate. 4. Pay increases to others at Concordia in recent years of between 6 per cent and 33 per cent, in order to achieve parity but not for us..... These are some of the frustrating ele- ments we have been dealing with. It seems that every contract negotiation


we have been involved in throughout our 20-year history follows the same scenario inexcusable delays, lack of open and honest discussion, stalling eventually leading to pressure tactics on our part.

NUSGWUE has always been sincere in its efforts to provide quality service under sometimes difficult circumstan- ces. But we must stress the fact that if the current trend continues, we will be forced to react in the only way possible to get our message across.

The University cannot justify its han- dling of the current negotiations with NUSGWUE. We feel ignored and in- sulted. One would think that after so many years in existence, that we would receive the respect and attention ac- corded to other groups.

Parity for some and not for others is an intolerable situation in our eyes.

We urge you to consider seriously our situation and perhaps even help solve it.


Degree Nomenclature

The Senate of Concordia University recently established a Committee to review the names by which we designate our degrees, particularly in

terms of their gender specificity.

In light of this mandate, the Ad Hoc Committee on Degree Nomenclature invites individuals, from all sectors of our University community, to submit their views and recommendations on this issue.

Written submissions must be received by November 30, 1990 and may be

addressed to: Chair

Ad Hoc Committee on Degree Nomenclature Office of the Vice-Rector Academic AD-231, Loyola Campus

Seniority is the bottom line

Last summer, two chargées de cours ap- plied to teach a fall-session course on Canadian French in the Linguistics Department at the Université de Montréal (UdeM). Their respective qualifications were as follows: Candidate A 1. PhD in linguistics;

2. author of dozens of articles in Canadian, American and European linguistics journal, many of which are specifically on Canadian French;

3. some 20 years experience in teach- ing linguistics.

Candidate B

1. no PhD;

2. only one published article;

3. approximately 20 linguistics cour- ses given.

Despite his obviously inferior academic credentials, Candidate B got the job. Why? Because the collective agreement stipulates that the only criterion for selection is seniority, i.e. how many courses a chargé de cours has given in a particular department at UdeM. Thus, in my case (since, as you may have guessed, I was Candidate A), I lost out even though I had taught that particular course at other institutions, simply because Candidate B had given more courses in general at UdeM.

But what, you may ask, does all this have to do with Concordia? Plenty, if the Concordia Part-time Faculty As- sociation (CUPFA) gets its way. In the latest issue of CUPFA News (6:1), the internal vice-president, John McAuley, has given a “summary of CUPFA’s demands for the first collective agree- ment between part-time faculty (PTF) and Concordia” in which it is clearly stated that “overall, seniority would determine course allocation” (Article 11). Furthermore, we are told that “CUPFA and the Administration have already agreed to a benchmark for seniority calculation, involving credit courses by PTF at Concordia since Sep- tember 1974” (Article 8).

What all this means, of course, is that people will be getting teaching jobs at Concordia mainly on the basis of

having been at the right place at the right time. Just like at UdeM, they will have a lock on most courses, and will effectively prevent other, possibly more qualified individuals, from gaining ac- cess to the system. By the way, I will be one of these happy few, since I will soon have accumulated more than 60 credits at Concordia.

Of all the criteria one could devise for selecting people to teach in a university, seniority must rank among the least desirable. Not only is it detrimental to first-class education, given that the can- didate with the best credentials does not necessarily prevail, but it can easily lead to discrimination, stagnation and mediocrity. Hopefully, the Administra- tion will see the light, in time, and will insist on basing its hiring policy on competence, performance and overall experience.

M. Picard

Dance Department hosted composer

After reading the article on Malcolm Goldstein, I would like to point out in- correct information which doesn’t real- ly reflect the artist’s activities, the Music Department or the Contemporary Dance Department.

Malcolm Goldstein has not been a composer in residence since 1989. He taught Creative Process in the Contem- porary Dance Department during the month of October and was sponsored by the Fine Arts Visiting Lecturers’ Committee to perform in the Concert Hall on Oct. 25.

Malcolm Goldstein spends much of his time touring Europe and North America, teaching and giving concerts and spends his summers in Vermont. Silvy Panet-Raymond Associate Professor Contemporary Dance

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¢ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR continued from page 4

‘Research chic’ is replacing teaching

Picture this. I am sitting in my office preparing my lectures when I overhear several students complaining to each other, in a most agitated manner, the fact that they are unable to find any professors in two weeks. I stare down the hallway and, sure enough, there is not a soul in sight. The same scene repeats itself five days a week, at almost any hour of the day. Where have all our teachers gone? It appears that what we are witnessing is a modern day version of the cottage industry. It is considered perfectly legitimate for research grants to be used to purchase computers which are then kept at home where, presumably, professors are doing re- search.

The senseless drive to get grants and publish something, no matter how trivial or worthless, has reduced Con- cordia into a caricature of education. This false philosophy of education has spawned a research group of overpaid, arrogant, self-centred professors with contempt for the students and no con- cern for the institution or community that pays their salaries. At present, it is impossible to get anyone to sit on any committee, no matter how important, unless they see an immediate benefit to themselves. Always hiding behind the excuse of doing research, preparing grant applications, attending conferen- ces, etc. etc. ad nauseum, but never available to do some serious thinking about the future of Concordia, the quality of education, recruiting stu- dents, or of our mission of serving the community.

Why do the students accept this fraudulent version of education? There

are two answers. The students, like everyone else, have been brainwashed into believing that research is the most noble and honourable activity and, in some mysterious way, their degree is worth more if the professors are doing research. After all, research conjures up visions of dedicated people sacrificing their very lives to find cures for cancer, AIDS, an end to pollution or unemploy- ment. The truth, of course, is quite dif- ferent. Most of the research is repetitious rubbish having no value regardless of the means of measure- ment. The other reason is more basic. The students are bribed with high marks they know perfectly well they never earned and, if the choice is be- tween passing with a good grade or complaining about poor teaching, they prefer to pass.

Probably not in my lifetime, but someday, a commission of honest people will look at the destruction of real education and replacing it with the “research chic” version. Answers will have to be given as to why the best, most dedicated teachers have been driven out of Concordia or not hired in the first place. Why the standards are so low as to make a mockery of education. What we got for tens of millions of dol- lars spent to subsidize the Concordia version of research. Why the students have very little respect for their profes- sors or administration, and why the professors have such little respect for each other and are never around.

Carl Goldman Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Gender vs. sex raises questions

I would like to convey to the academic community my reaction to a recent decision of the Faculty of Arts and Science Council, as reported in Concordia’s Thursday Report of Oct. 18, with regard to the inclusion of two questions on the course evaluation forms anent possible sexual bias on the part of the instructor.

I recall clearly the lively debate which took place many years ago concerning the propriety of having students evaluate their instructors. The dis- senters were given assurance at that time that the results of such an exercise would be treated with the utmost dis- cretion and solely for the purpose of helping members of the faculty in the pursuit of excellence in teaching.

However, without intending to im- pugn the worthy motives of those who voted on behalf of the resolution, I wish to convey my very deep concern that the students are about to be provoked into making hasty judgments on mat- ters which have become, and justifiably so, political in character. This is the thin end of the wedge leading towards a state of affairs which is historically all too familiar. Will it, I wonder, lead ul-

timately to questions concerning the instructor’s political reliability too far left, too right? I would urge the learned members of the Arts and Science Council to reconsider this resolution with due regard to its sinister implications.

It is perhaps not too out of place to remark that I also deplored the many references in the article to “gender- bias” and “gender-equity.” I have no objection to those neologisms which add clarity or expressive power to the English language. However, these merely obscure the clear distinction be- tween gender, a grammatical dis- crimination, and sex, a biological one. Such solecisms are perhaps acceptable in the pages of Cosmopolitu:: 204 Vanity Fair but hardly in speech and writing of a scholarly community. I cite Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage, “gender, n., is a grammatical term only. To talk of persons or creatures of the masculine or feminine g., meaning of the male or female sex, is either a jocularity ... or a blunder.”

Roger B. Angel Department of Philosophy

AIESEC plans casino night


Holiday charity appeal underway with a twist

Returning students remember last year, when you jockeyed for position at the general exam schedule board, trying to figure out when and where you would have to write your exams? New students, get ready for the crush. Unless...

This year, you can get your own per- sonalized exam schedule which lists all your courses and corresponding exam dates, times and locations. But there isa catch.

To receive the schedule, you must visit Registrar Services at either loca- tion, Norris Building (GGW), Room 107, or Administration Building (Loyola), Room 211, with canned goods or non- perishable food for the Christmas Food Drive. All proceeds will go to the Sun Youth Organization. The drive began on Monday and will continue until the end of the exam schedule on December 19. For more information, call Bill Raso, Manager, Registrar Services, at 848- 2603, or Lynne Campbell, Director of Examinations, at 848-2607.

AIESEC is organizing a Gala Casino Night on November 23 at 8 p.m. at the Palace Reception Hall, 1717 Le Cor- busier Blvd., in Chomedey, Laval. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Telethon of Stars.

At the end of the evening, par- ticipants can use their chips to buy prizes at auction. For more informa- tion, please call AIESEC at 848-7435. Tickets are on sale today near the 7th floor cafeteria entrance. DGV

Graduate Studies restructures its grading system

At the start of the 1990-1991 academic year, the Division of Graduate Studies’

grading system will have some pluses and some minuses.

Beginning in September 1991, graduate courses will be graded as follows: A+,

A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F The new, more flexible marking scheme was approved at last Friday’s Senate meeting.

The grading system now in place uses only A, B, C and F.

Dean of Graduate Studies, Fred Szabo, said the new format will render the

undergraduate and graduate systems compatible and bring Concordia up to par with other university systems.

Grading of theses, comprehensive examinations, internships and language

proficiency tests will remain unchanged.


6 November 15, 1990

Concordia’s role in post-Meech Québec

Meetings wrap up, brief on its way

by Andre Perrella

The faculty caucus, which has been meeting to discuss Concordia’s role ina post-Meech Québec, has submitted a preliminary brief to the commission ex- amining the future of Québec, with a request to submit a more detailed report in December.

The text of this first brief is reprinted in its entirety on page 7. A draft text of the final brief will be published in next week’s issue of Concordia’s Thursday Report before being sent to the Bélanger- Campeau Commission.

Québec Premier Robert Bourassa es- tablished the Commission on the Politi- cal and Constitutional Future of Quebec after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord last June 23. Its member- ship numbers 36, with representatives from business and labour, as well as cultural and political groups. It is co- chaired by businessmen Michel Bélanger and Jean Campeau, who began hearings last week.

At the first faculty caucus in Septem- ber, members divided themselves into seven groups to discuss constitutional issues, economic issues, research, Con- cordia and the francophone context, student clienteles, the university’s traditional function, and Concordia and the university community. Each group then prepared a short brief which was discussed at subsequent meetings.

Alliance Québec President and Politi- cal Science Professor Bob Keaton at- tended a recent meeting and said he was pleased with faculty’s interest in Quebec’s future.

“T have felt for sometime that the in- tellectuals in the English-speaking universities could have been playing a much active role,” he said.

Two briefs were discussed at the


Charles White, the Vice-Dean, Academic Planning, Arts and Science, wrote in his brief, “Research and Scholarly Activity in Post-Meech Quebec,” that government research grants tend to go to targeted research

centres, networks and thematic re-

search, such as strategic programmes. This, he wrote, will encourage more col- laboration between universities and make graduate fellowships “more elusive outside established research centres.”

White also examined aid for scholarly publication and library resources. He wrote that English-language material might be more difficult to publish in Québec, while library costs will con- tinue to climb.

English Department Professor Katherine Waters presented the brief she prepared with Design Art Chair Chris Gabriel-Lacki and Sociology and Anthropology Professor Susan Hoeck- er-Drysdale. The brief, examining com- munity affairs, suggested a structure be created at Concordia to review and promote inter-disciplinary courses and programmes on Canadian, native and cultural studies, and to create networks and forums with other universities.

During the discussion period after the briefs were presented, Political Science Professor Jim Moore expressed his opinion that the briefs inadequately ad- dress Bélanger-Campeau’s mandate to study and analyze Québec’s political and constitutional status.

“Does Québec need to have more powers to maintain its distinct identity? Should Québec remain in Canada?” Moore asked.

He also said the briefs should identify principles and ideas shared by Québec and Canadian residents alike, such as tolerance, mutual concern for each other and human rights.

Jack Lightstone, Associate Vice-Rec-

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Psychology Professor Robert M. Lambert dies at 57

Robert M. Lambert, Associate Professor of Psychology, died suddenly on Nov. 12. Lambert was 57 and had been a member of the Department of Psychology at Loyola College and Concordia University for 21 years.

After receiving a PhD in mathematical psychology from the Univer- sity of Pennsylvania, Lambert initiated and directed a graduate specialization in the Psychology of Sensory Deficits at Concordia. His many research activities, funded by federal and provincial research agencies, included publications on cognitive maps, mathematical models of sensory systems and perceptual training and counselling in

visual impairment.

Plans for a memorial service at the University are in progress. Dona- tions may be made in memory of Robert Lambert to the Psychology Endowment Fund. Please contact Margaret Bailes at 848-2204 for fur-

ther information.


tor Academic, Research, said the commission’s early deadline and fast pace will hinder a thorough study of each constitutional option and their ef-

fects on higher education. He sug- gested more commissions be set up, one to study each option for Québec’s fu- ture.

First Seaman Award presented to APSS student



PHOTO: Owen Egan

APSS Professor Dick McDonald, Mrs. Margaret Seaman, winner Elaine Mirotchnick and APSS Chair Richard Cawley gather at the award presentation.

by Mike Shahin

Elaine Mirotchnick, winner of Concordia’s first Ross Seaman Leader- ship award, plans to be a student forever.

“I’m learning from life. I’m going to learn forever,” the 38-year-old mother of three children said.

Mirotchnick, working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Sciences (APSS), won the award for her devotion to community service.

She attends Concordia part time (she’s been here five years and will graduate in three). She holds two jobs that show her deep commitment to people. She is coordinator of the Parent- Child Development Centre in the West Island YM/YWHA and director of Camp B'nai B’rith’s Senior Citizens’ Vacation Centre.

“The work I doall comes back to APSS and growing and becoming a better

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person,” Mirotchnick said. “And get- ting this award has helped me to grow.”

Ross Seaman was a graduate of Sir George Williams University and a part- time faculty member of Concordia’s APSS and Leisure Studies Depart- ments. He originated the Dawson Col- lege Community Recreation and Leadership Programme and was a ad- viser to the YMCA Fellowship staff.

His life’s work involved helping people feel good about themselves. “No matter who (Seaman) was with,” APSS: Professor Dick McDonald said before the award presentation last week, “they always came out of the experience more upbeat than when they went in.”