One-third of lifetime in jail

Vol. 16 No. 3 September 26, 1991

Sisulu strives for a free South Africa

International pressure must be main- tained on South Africa until apartheid has been defeated, African National Congress Deputy President Walter Sisulu told a Concordia audience last Sunday.

Sisulu, who has spent one-third of his life in jail for his convictions, praised the role Canada has played in freeing other political prisoners.

“Thank you for the support you have given us over the years, and your deter- mination never to let us down. You have been an inspiration. It was the will of the people of the world and of the people of South Africa that although some of us were sentenced for life, some sentenced to death, we have a chance to live and see a free South Africa.”

South Africa still in a state of crisis

The 79-year-old Sisulu warned that South Africa is still in a state of crisis, as evidenced by the impasse over negotia- tions.

“Negotiations have not started in South Africa. Talks about talks have

See SISULU page 12

Sociology Professor Chengiah Ragaven returned home to South Africa for the first time in 23 years. He will teach one more year at Concordia before heading home for good.

Creative Writing student Richard Harrison spent a month in Africa with Canadian writer Audrey Thomas helping her to research her new book. But that’s not the big news. Harrison has just published his second volume of poetry, and with a Canada Council grant, is poised to begin work on his third.

Get involved! Don't forget the Shuffle tomorrow and a variety of Homecoming activities the fol- lowing week. See pages 7 and 8 for complete details.

Anti-apartheid leaders Walter (above) and Albertina Sisulu (right) visited Montréal for three days

last week. Sunday, they addressed a packed house at the Henry F. Hall Building.

Bertrand appointed Vice-Rector Services

Arts and Science Dean Charles Bertrand has been appointed Vice-Rector Services effective January 1, 1992. The announcement was made by the Board of Governors yesterday, just as CTR was going to press. Further information will be published in next week’s edition. Bertrand replaces J. Charles Giguére, whose term ends 31

December, 1991.


Scholarship Induction Ceremony presents Shuffle bursaries

The Cecilia Crysler Bursary, named in honour of the late wife of Concordia’s Journalism Director, Lindsay Crysler, will be announced tonight at the Under- graduate Scholarship Induction Ceremony in the Alumni Auditorium (H-110) of the Henry F. Hall Building at 7:30 p.m.

Well-known radio personality George Balcan has also had a bursary created in his honour for students in Painting and Drawing. The first recipient is Eugene Pendon, who will receive $1,000.

Seven other new bursaries and eight new scholarships will be acknow- ledged: ¢ The Concordia Entrance Scholar- ships: The recipients of $1,600 each are Sophie Desnoyers, David Four- nier, Yanick Gagné, Chantal Lefebvre, Michael Ng and Raymond Tam.

e The Henry Gamer Award for Ac-

ting: The recipient of $100 is James Tupper.

e The J. Meloche Inc. Scholarship: The recipient of $2,000 is Vandana Bhanot.

e The Nicholas Racz Scholarship: The recipient of $750 is Mario Dumont.

The recipients of the Francis P. Hig- gins Bursary, the Brenda Carter Memorial Award and the Cecilia Crys- ler Bursary will be selected in February 1992.

The Concordia Shuffle Bursaries and Entrance Scholarships were created with funds raised by the more than 400 staff and faculty members of the University who participated in last year’s Shuffle, the 6.5 km walk from the Sir George Williams Campus to the Loyola Campus. This year’s Shuffle takes place tomorrow at noon. See page 8 for more information. —SB

PHOTOS: Barbara Davidson

2 September 26, 1991

Last stretch of the long road home

Ragaven prepares for final return to South Africa

ironwyn Chester

The green, black and gold flag of the African National Congress flew high and toi-toi dancers whirled to the rhythm of the drums when Chengiah Ragaven stepped off the plane and onto South African soil for the first time in 23 years.

Hundreds of spectators greeted the 57-year-old Sociology professor when he returned to Durban in June. Ragaven was either their friend, relative, ANC colleague or hero from the days when he was the activist student council president at Natal University in the 1960s.


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the cuff,” call CTR at 848-4882.


Whole of stadium should be inspected before reopened, says Zielinski

Off the Cuff is a weekly column of opinion and insight into major issues in the news. If you are a Concordia faculty member and have something to say “off

Yet again, the Olympic Stadium has been visited by an accident After numerous problems with the retractable roof, a big concrete beam has fallen off. Concordia Civil Engineering Professor Zenon Zielinski was a consultant on the safety of the structure during construction of the stadium and is an expert in pre-fabricated pre-stressed concrete structures. Last week, he examined the fallen beam when asked by The Gazette to make an assessment of what happened.

“| don’t think there is anything wrong with the inside structure of the stadium, but to reassure the public, the entire building should be inspected. As with all public buildings, an inspection committee should verify the building every few years.

“Buildings are living creations. They have their own lives. Just as we go for medical check-ups, so should structures be examined, especially when they have already known several sicknesses. Having a regular inspection doesn’t cost much as the building itself. In fact, the maintenance probably costs more than a survey.

“In a building like the Olympic Stadium, you have to make sure that all components are in good shape. It gives me hope that five professional engineering teams are evaluating the causes of the recent beam accident, and it will be interesting to see the report. Engineers learn not only by study, but also by failures in construction. This report could contribute important new knowledge to engineering practice.”

“It was as if I had never left South Africa,” said Ragaven, who also repre- sents the ANC in Québec. “The hospitality was overwhelming. In fact, that is the unique quality of the country; within any community, you find ex- traordinary hospitality.”

During his two-month stay, Ragaven spoke at universities across the country, attended the first legal ANC meeting to be held in South Africa since the anti- apartheid organization was banned in 1960, and became reaquainted with his friends and large extended family.

His own immediate family got a taste of the land and people that will become theirs within the year. “They fit in like fish in water,” he said happily. Ragaven is the father of 20-month-old Shanti- Samara and seven-year-old Avikhael- Shankara, and husband of physician Laurel Baldwin.

Scanty job prospects

While Ragaven anticipates few read- justment problems when he resettles in

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South Africa next spring, finding a job may prove more difficult. There are several universities open to non-white students and professors, but positions are few.

“Afrikaaner universities still haven't indicated any specific programme to

help integrate some of the 100-or-so ex- iled academics,” said Ragaven, adding that the English universities, for the most part, are still “controlled by the old boys’ [i.e., white] network.”

Ragaven thinks he’ll have a better


PHOTO: Kim Elliot

A triumphant Chengiah Ragaven returns home to South Africa for the first time in 23 years.

Student wants to return soon to South Africa

This was Kim Elliot’s first visit to South Africa, but it probably won’t be her last. The 23-year-old student of English helped organize Chengiah Ragaven’s visit this summer, and stayed with his family in the village of Sapingo, outside Durban, for the week before his arrival.

“T felt at home quite quickly,” she said. “When I arrived, Chengiah’s family put me up and I could start working right away.”

Elliot recalls that when Ragaven ar- rived, it was 5 p.m. on a Friday, so there were all sorts of white business travellers around. As the only white person among the hundreds in the wel- coming group at the airport, she was approached by other travellers to find out what was going on.“It was funny, but very exciting.”

As she accompanied Ragaven to the ANC meeting, on the speaking tour, and to the ANC’s regional youth meet-

ing in the Eastern Cape, Elliot made contacts for her work here with the In- digenous Peoples International, which was founded in 1989 at Concordia. She also interviewed and videotaped such people as Naledi Tsiki, president of the Association of Ex-Political Prisoners of South Africa, to use later in a videotape on the anti-apartheid movement.

Most of the time, Elliot was the only white person in a group, and “most of the time, no one cared,” she said. “When we got reactions, it was when we were walking as a mixed-race group and I was the only woman. Then the Afrikaaners would shout insults with sexual innuendo. They could be very aggressive, especially on the beaches.”

But Elliot was far more impressed by the warmth and sense of co-operation. “We immediately became part of the Indian family we were staying with,” she said, referring to herself and fellow


Transformative theatre for women grew from

It was a love-hate relationship. Love of the theatre, combined with a distaste for its often stereotypical, one-dimen- sional roles, moved Ann Scofield to start a theatre workshop for women. Now in its third year in Montréal, Transforma- tive Theatre workshops are being of- fered in conjunction with the Lacolle Centre for Educational Innovation.

The goal of the women’s workshop is not to mount a play. In fact, there is no production at the end of the eight weeks and the workshop is not an acting class. Scofield wants to encourage women with no artistic background to express themselves creatively and learn from other women’s creativity. With demanding schedules and hectic professional lives, many women bury their talents, she said.

“There are few Rosie O’Neills in theatre or film,” said Scofield, referring to the independent character on the television show of the same name.

“Women play mothers, daughters, prostitutes or ingénues. I don’t know how many ingénues I’ve played. They don’t exist. Yet if you read plays, that’s the main character for a woman under 30. Ingénues are an excuse for not telling the real story of a woman.”

Improvised skits to body painting

Scofield, who got her start in theatre 30 years ago playing a maid, didn’t abandon the stage in disgust. Instead, she decided to create an alternative. As an actress in New York, she started con- ducting creative workshops, using writing, improvisation, storytelling, music, dialogue, dance and other forms of self-expression.

a love-hate relationship

PHOTO: Helen Hall Ann Scofield

Concordia English Professor Bina Freiwald became interested in Transfor- mative Theatre after a friend took the workshop. She experienced everything from improvised skits to body painting, a ritual dance and chanting.

“T was so impressed. There was so much creativity, and no pre-set rules. It unleashed incredible energy in everyone. I came out knowing a range of women’s stories and life experiences from women from different cultures and professions, whom I would other- wise would never have heard from,” said Freidwald.

Scofield, a 47-year-old native of Chicago, starts her workshops by having women share notes they bring to the first class and “takes off from there.”

Scofield began what was to become See THEATRE page 10

Applications to Sponsor Visiting Lecturers ow Available

The Visiting Lecturers Committee of Concordia University invites applications from the University Community to sponsor Visiting Lecturers for the academic year, 1991-92. Application forms and guidelines may be obtained from the Chair, Principal or Head of an Academic Unit or from the Office of the Associate Vice-Rector, Academic (Curriculum and Planning). Applications for the first semester must be submitted to the office of the latter no later than October 9, 1991. The next round will take place in

May 1992.


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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.

The Liberal Arts College has had some major personnel changes. Laszlo Géfin has been appointed Principal for 1991-94. Claude Levy has been appointed Vice-Principal for 1991-92. Seija Paddon is the Visiting Professor for a two-year period, and Virginia Nixon has become the Arts and Music Coordinator for 1991-92.

Chemistry Professor Cooper Langford has been elected to a Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, which attests to his achievements as a scientist, as a scholar and as a major player in the advancement of science in Canada.

Marketing Professors Michel Laroche and K.L. McGown, who is also Director of the Concordia Pharmaceutical Management Centre and the Transportation Management Centre, collaborated on a book titled Les fondements de la recherche commerciale with colleagues from |’Ecole supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales, Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Ecole des hautes études commerciales. It was published by Gaétan Morin éditeur.

Communication Studies Professor Donat Taddeo, who has been on a three-year leave after being appointed Québec Delegate-General to Rome, has had his posting prolonged by one year.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology welcomes four new full-time faculty members: Danielle Gauvreau, Yael Gluck, Homa Hoodfar and Christine Jourdan.

Assistant Principal of the Institute for Co-operative Education John Fiset

spoke to the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology last June. He led a workshop on the advantages and disadvantages of instituting the co-operative education format in food science programmes.

Mechanical Engineering Professor S.V. Hoa has written a book titled Analysis for Design of Fiber Reinforced Plastic Vessels and Pipings, pub- lished by Technomic. It is described as a comprehensive new guidebook to the design of materials.

Education Department Professor Robert Bernard was given the Editor’s Award for Outstanding Article of 1990 by the Canadian Journal of Educa- tional Communication for “Integrating Research into Instructional Practice: The Use and Abuse of Meta-Analysis.”

The Centre for Building Studies (CBS) will be participating ina one-day symposium on Sept. 30, titled “Indoor Air Quality Ventilation Effectiveness.” CBS Professor Fariborz Haghighat is on the organizing committee. The 5th Jacques Cartier Conference, another conference dealing with air quality, will be held in October, titled “Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation in Buildings.” Haghighat has issued a call for papers for the conference. Abstracts should be sent to him at the Centre for Building Studies by Oct. 1.

The Electoral College has elected Faculty Personnel Administrator Pat Freed as the administrative and support staff representative to the Benefits Committee and the Pension Committee.

Geology Professor Giampaolo Sassano delivered eight seminars on min- ing topics last spring at a conference at La Sapienza University in Rome in their Department of Earth Sciences, and co-wrote a paper related to the Genesis of Framboidal Pyrite from the Poggio Sannita Sector, Central Apennines, Italy.

Psychology Professor Morris Shames presented a paper titled “On Epis- temology: Discovery, Intentionality and the Nature of Science,” at the Ninth International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science in Uppsala, Sweden in August.

4 September 26, 1991

“Mutual support toward individual excellence” should drive space issue

To the editor:

Some summer research has reminded me of an important chapter of the Rule for Monasteries, devised by St. Benedict of Nursia, which is, historically, a source of the organization of universities.

Benedict’s Rule was put forward around 528, and manifests a modified survival of a classical sense of com- munity even after the collapse of the Roman Empire. By way of later canoni- cal organizations, it is a direct model for

Programme prepared through consultation

To the editor:

The report by Eve Krakow on a federal start-up grant for a joint Concordia-UQAM “Intercultural Chair” (CTR, Sept. 12, 1991) correctly refers to involvement by members of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Your correspondent then states that, “DeVries has designed a certificate programme in Intercultural, Ethnic and Race Relations Studies which could start next year.”

Please be advised that the correct name of the new undergraduate programme is “Certificate in Community and Ethnic Studies.” Moreover, a proposal for the programme was prepared by members of the Centre for Community and Ethnic Studies, in consultation with the Sociology and Anthropology undergraduate advisors.

| wish your reporter had verified the accuracy of the information for the article with the

proper academic sources.

Pieter J. de Vries, Chair

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Institute is open to all who want to learn, female and male

To the editor:

This is in response to the article “A Room of One’s Own” in the Sept. 17 issue of The Link.

First of all, the Women’s Centre of Concordia is a specific institution deal- ing with a specific section of the com- munity. It is not an academic department. The services they provide, important as they are, are different from those of the Simone de Beauvoir. In this respect, I don’t think they can fairly comment on the academic role of the Institute. If they wish to implement a “male-free zone,” that is their preroga- tive. The Simone de Beauvoir Institute, by contrast, is an academic unit within Concordia University, and the last I heard, education was available for everyone, whether male or female. At one time, it was considered necessary only for males. If that attitude had per- sisted, if a few women had not “broken

into” that male-dominated society, where would women’s education be today?

To the best of my knowledge, the University is a place for education and the honing of special skills before enter- ing into the job market and life in general. I never thought it was a place to promote misunderstanding and segregation! Eddie Hennesy was cor- rect in saying that women accuse men of not understanding or listening to them. How are the men supposed to learn if they are being told they do not belong?

The policy of the Institute is, and al- ways has been, that its courses are open to all people, regardless of race, age or gender.

Belinda Bowes Programme Secretary Simone de Beauvoir Institute

the associations of Masters that gave rise to the first universities. And thus, too, it remains a common model for ourselves in what has been named Con- cordia University (a name deriving from the Latin of the motto of the City of Montréal, also with the Ecclesiastical Latin implications for institutional com- munications).

Like the associations of professors and of students that compose a univer- sity, the gathering of monks is one of an elite bound in equality all sisters and brothers for mutual support toward individual excellence. The leaders of the community, though both mentors and exemplars of discipline, are chosen or approved by the whole assembly. It is consequently right that Benedict’s Rule should declare the principle of consult- ation among its initial sections.

Here is what St. Benedict required, as I interpret the passage with the help of Cardinal Francis Gasquet:

“Whenever any weighty matters have to be transacted in the monastery, let the abbot call together all the community, and he should himself propose the mat- ter for discussion. Hearing the advice of the brothers, let him consider the mat- ter, and put into action what they judge best [or what he judges best manuscripts differ on the legislative

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question]. We ordain that all must be called to council, because the Lord often reveals to a younger member what is best. As is fitting for disciples to obey their master, so does it befit the master to dispose of all things with forethought and justice.”

At that moment in history between empire and feudal hierarchy, we should not have expected any strong impulse, but in fact these rules encourage rather more freedom of expression and atten- tiveness to the will of the “governed” than does present administrative prac- tice in this University.

Thus the “Final Report of the Strategic Space Planning Committee” by Vice- Rector [Services] J.C. Giguére made public in your issue of 12 September 1991 after circulating downward as far as departmental chairs, seems to an- nounce no change beyond a selective expansion of principles to the pre- viously published findings of the so- called Space Committee: Consolidation of departments is forevermore the rule, and though students may have classes at times they require, they may not be at the places they are more likely to find themselves because of work, travel or interest. Consequently, it would appear that there is no change in a determina-

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Festival international de nouvelle danse

Students to meet

world’s top


Every two years, Montréal’s Festival international de nouvelle danse brings together the world’s top choreog- raphers. This year, 21 dance troupes from Germany, Belgium, Canada, Spain, the United States and Japan will woo audiences with innovative move- ment.

While most shows may be too expen- sive for the average student's budget, the Festival has organized a Special Events series of workshops, conferen- ces, round tables, videos and films for students at minimal cost.

As part of the series, students will have an opportunity to meet choreog- raphers and leading dance critics from around the world, every noon hour in the Piano nobile area of the Place des Arts’ Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, for a charge of $3.

At lunchtime today, students can

meet Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a leading figure of new dance in Belgium and choreographer of Rosas. Tomorrow the guest will be Josef Nadj, a Yugos- lavia-born Hungarian who now lives in France, and is best known for Canard pékinois (1986), and on Saturday, Sept. 28, it will be Edouard Lock, of Montréal’s celebrated La La La Human Steps. Jean-Claude Gallotta (France) and Jan Fabre (Belgium) will appear Oct. 2 and 4 respectively.

Free for dance students

Conferences and round tables featur- ing such internationally acclaimed dance experts as Daniéle Desnoyers, Jean-Pierre Perreault and Wim Van- dekeybus are free for dance students. A special film series on Belgian dance will be screened at the Cinéma Paralléle, ad- mission is $5.

For more information on the Special Events series of the Festival internation- al de nouvelle danse, call 287-1423.

Housing in Montreal: a CUSA handbook guides the way

If you’re moving into your first apart- ment, the last thing you need is a fight with a landlord, a stiff of a roommate, or an encounter by moonlight with cockroaches. CUSA, the Concordia University Students’ Association, has just published a housing handbook which might be subtitled “Forewarned is Forearmed.”

A guide to finding a clean, safe, con- venient, economical apartment (or as close as you can get), the handbook in- cludes a list of your landlord’s legal obligations (and yours), explains the legalese of your lease, and describes the ambience and range of rents in various parts of Montréal. Big, brightly- coloured maps are included.

There are checklists of all sorts: what to ask the landlord, how to interview a prospective roommate, what to look at in those crucial few minutes at the apartment door. Here’s a tip you may not have thought of: “Keep $50 handy when you go looking in case you find the deal of the century and there are six others looking at the apartment at the same time.” A list of potentially useful phone numbers includes the folks at city hall who deal with dangerous bal-


A CUSA guide to housing in Mantréal


Tenant Rights & Responsibilities

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conies, second-hand furniture and ap- pliance dealers, and an ecologically cor- rect pesticide company. Housing alternatives, such as co-ops and single- sex residences are listed, too.

The Housing Handbook is available at CUSA’s office on the 6th floor of the

Hall Building, and it costs $l. —BB

International de Nouvelle

Second language immersion courses get boost from Québec government

Lucienne Robillard, Ministre de l’enseignement supérieur et de la science, announced last month that the

Second Language Scholarship Programme will again be offered to university and CEGEP students who wish to enhance their knowledge of a second language.

Learn through immersion

The programme is funded by the Department of the Secretary of State in

keeping with federal-provincial agree- ments on official languages in educa- tion and is administered by the Ministry of Education. Robillard said students will learn or enhance their second lan- guage through immersion in an en- vironment where that language prevails. Students who are interested in the programme must send their ap- plications to the Direction générale de V'aide financiére aux étudiants of the Ministry before June 30, 1992.


6 September 26, 1991

Free enterprise wins battle of computer stores

Cencon can start looking over its shoulder; Coop Concordia, the price- busting student co-operative, has just celebrated its expansion to the Henry F. Hall Building mezzanine.

Coop Concordia now has a snazzy new store to replace its former location on Mackay St. The Coop will be selling computers and office equipment at what they claim are the lowest prices available.

“We're good at getting the lowest prices from suppliers by emphasizing that we have a unique market,” said manager Wolgang Kiesling, a third- year Political Science and History stu- dent. “We're actually a bit pompous in our attitude: If you don’t want to deal with us, that’s your problem. But it works.”

Kiesling points out that student markets are stable.

“Every year we have an influx of 26,000 students, so we take the position with suppliers that we are offering them

space to display their wares. But we still have to push them to do a little extra, like providing demonstrator models, which can double or triple their sales.”

Although Kiesling is officially the manager of Coop Concordia, he says he doesn’t like labels, and tries to avoid them when dealing with students.

“Titles are intimidating, and I like to emphasize that we’re all students. I don’t want to create any barriers be- tween us.”

Enhanced visibility

The new location doubles Coop’s space and capacity, as well as enhances its visibility and customer traffic. “We've been trying to do this for five years,” Kiesling said. “It took that long because of all the red tape we had to go through, and because the space is quite valuable.”

Ian McCray, a member of the Coop board of directors, gives all the credit to volunteers.

“The concept of a co-op has always been a volunteer-run organization, for and by students. This expansion has been made possible by the many people


PHOTOS: Edmund Wong

who gave their free time, some of them give hundreds of hours.”

McCray, a second-year Computer En- gineering student, first encountered Coop Concordia when he made a pur- chase there three years ago.

“I saved $65 when I bought a cal- culator and drafting kit there instead of Pilon, and I thought, ‘What a great con- cept.’ I decided to join on the spot.”

Unlike a store, a co-operative works ona membership basis. Customers pay a $12 lifetime membership fee, which gives them access to the co-operative’s lower prices and the right to vote at the coop’s meetings.

“Financing for this expansion came largely from the membership fees, but members also had a vote in the decision to move the coop,” said Accounting Manager William Eng.

Coop Concordia, founded in Decem- ber of 1984, was a first among Québec universities, according to Gilles Deshar- nais, an Engineering graduate and one of the founders.

“McGill’s came in two months later. We helped them start it. Now univer- sities and CEGEPs everywhere in Québec have them.”

“Back then, we had just a room, a counter and a few people,” co-founder and Engineering graduate Sylvain Bonderias said. “Now it’s a full-fledged operation, a real business. It’s come a long way.”

Coop Concordia’s new space

Faculty Caucus Notice of Meeting


Monday, October 7, 1991

Senate Chamber (DL-200), Loyola Campus Coffee 9:15 a.m., Meeting 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

AGENDA A definitive update where we are now.

“Principles to Guide Strategic Space Planning” distributed to the University Community on July 12, 1991. Speaker: Charles Giguére, Vice-rector, Services.

Exploring alternatives “A Plan for the Spatial Restructuring of Operations at Concordia University” by Robert Tittler. (As no other draft has surfaced in the public domain, this paper will be the focus of discussion. Copies of this paper were sent to Chairs, Directors and Principals on August 15. Extra copies are available by calling Ann Pearson at


What is Faculty Caucus? At the conference on ‘The Future of Concordia: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Liabilty of the University in the 1990s” which was held on March 30, 1990, members of the University gathered to discuss the rights and responsibilities of faculty. As aresult of those discussions, it was agreed by those present to continue to meet periodically to address various topics with interested parties. We have had several meetings to discuss: teaching effectiveness, a proposal to the Bélanger-Campeau Commission, and Copyright


We are proposing that you join us for another occasion to resume the dialogue with special emphasis on the spatial restructuring of operations at Concordia University. We hope that some resolutions will emerge from these discussions.

Members of the Faculty Caucus Steering Committee for this meeting inc’ Adams, Lindsay Crysler, Christopher Gray, Randy Swedburg, Robert Tit


Geoffrey Grendon

In comparison to Harrison

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Poet writes of rejecting machismo, embracing sensuality

Poet and Concordia Creating Writing student Richard Harrison, who spent August in Africa with Audrey Thomas researching her new book, has just pub- lished his second volume of poetry, Recovering the Naked Man (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.). He has drawn praise on the CBC’s Arts Tonight, and highly favourable reviews in the local media. It has also brought hima Canada Council grant for a third volume, cur- rently in progress.

Poetry for and about ‘the new man’

Published in May, Recovering the Naked Man was written for and about what Harrison refers to as “the new man.” Gratifying for feminists who might smell victory in its pages, reaf- firming for the male who would dare read it, it is a beautifully compelling read. ;

The job of being aman

“Men are talking again about the job of being a man,” said Harrison. The questions men are posing have laid the groundwork for his poetry. What is wrong with rejecting the physicality of machismo and seeking simple sen- suality? he asks: What’s wrong with recovering the naked man? Nothing, it seems..

Harrison’s turn of phrase and timing is reminiscent of another Montréal poet’s inspired ramblings about love and hate, razor blades, the Old Testa- ment, bananas and last year’s man, though Leonard Cohen’s work may now seem tired and almost dated in comparison.

In “The Friendship of Men” from Recovering the Naked Man, Harrison writes, “the friendship of men is half a love loved to the full.”

Recovering the Naked Man was thesis

The book of poetry was Harrison’s thesis in Concordia’s two-year Creative Writing programme, on which he worked closely with writers-in- residence Mary di Michele and, more recently, with Audrey Thomas. He at- tended Concordia from 1989 to 1991 on both the Azrieli and McConnell scholar- ships.

“She [Thomas] was very helpful in arranging the order of the book. I tend to want to keep writing. She would tell me to shorten my poems.”

Harrison's poetic roots go back to his undergraduate days at Trent University, where he graduated with a BA Honours in Philosophy. Observations of the flora and fauna of Peterborough in rural On- tario, among other. things, filled his

notebooks during field trips. Word of the young philosopher’s talent got back to the late Margaret Laurence, who was then writer-in-residence at Trent.

After graduation, Harrision taught a course in philosophy and writing, pub- lished his first volume of poetry Fathers Never Leave You (Mosaic Press), and pursued his friendship with Laurence.

He was fortunate, he said, to have met the novelist during an early and in- fluential stage in his development as a writer.

“We connected. She didn’t advise me ina direct way. But I was encouraged as a writer because I felt comfortable with her and because we shared enough to develop a friendship quickly.”

Poetry and hockey valued in the Harrison home

Although not as extensive an inves- tigation as Recovering the Naked Man, Harrison’s first book also explores male relationships with fathers, brothers, mothers, lovers relationships he has always questioned. He said he dis- covered early in his writing career that poetry is a way of entering into dialogue with oneself. By suburban-Toronto standards, his upbringing was normal. Books and poetry were highly valued in his childhood home, but so was hockey.

Hockey poems will fill the pages of his third volume of poetry, which may be called Rotisserie League when it is com-

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Thursday, October 3

Chef d’oeuvre/Hors d’oeuvres: Concert and Reception

Loyola Campus - Concert Hall

and Atrium

8:00 p.m.

Price: $12.50

This year Homecoming kicks off with a stellar performance by Concordia Music Department faculty and students in the University’s new Concert Hall. Following the show, a cocktail reception will be held in the Atrium joining the Concert Hall and the renovated Vanier Library. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear some of Concordia’s finest performers and visit these beautiful additions to the Loyola Campus.

Friday, October 4

Campus Sightseeing Tours

SGW Campus - Hall Building Lobby 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Price: Complimentary -

reservations requested

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and join a fabulous Campus Tour! Thrill to the many physical and academic changes to this dynamic University Campus! Take a tour from the Homecoming information booth in the Hall Building Lobby! There's one every hour, on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The excitement of science labs! The chills of the pottery studios! Come one, come all! Tours last approximately 60 minutes.

Puttin’ on the Ritz -

Gala Dinner/Dance

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Oval Room

1228 Sherbrooke St. West

7:00 p.m. ing Price: $90.00

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, move over. Concordia alumni are putting on their dancing shoes. This elegant black-tie Dinner/Dance returns as a highlight of the Homecoming line-up. Considered by those who attended last year to be the social event of the season, tickets are already being snapped up. Space is limited, so reserve early.

Saturday, October 5

Campus Sightseeing Tours

Loyola Campus - Administration Building Lobby

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Price: Complimentary -

reservations requested

From the people who brought you the Sir George Williams Campus Tour, we are proud to present... the Loyola Campus Tour! Visit the old, the new and the renovated buildings. Enjoy the pastoral pleasures of Concordia’s “country” campus. Tours leave the Home- coming information booth in the lobby of the Administration Building every hour on the hour, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.

Don’t miss it!

Beyond the Shores of Meech Lake: A Panel Discussion

SGW Campus - Hall Building,

D.B. Clarke Theatre

9:30 a.m.

Price: $2.00

Join Dr. Henry Habib, Prof. Harry Angell, Dr. Everett Price, Dr. Harold Chorney and Prof. Marvin Herschorn from the Political Science Department for this fascinating discussion on Canada’s constitutional future. Coffee and croissants will be served.

Use your Common Science: A Fair

Loyola Campus - Hingston Hall

Room 131

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Price: Complimentary

Ever wonder how electricity really works? Why there are colours? Just how the fizz got into your soda water? Well join our hands-on science fair and find out the answer to these and many other fascinating questions. Adults and kids of all ages will marvel at the magic of science.

A Whole Brunch of Fun

Loyola Campus - Hingston Hall Cafeteria 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Price: $8.00 adults/$5.00 children

Hearty fare and fun for the whole family. This delicious brunch provides the

opportunity to relax and recharge before the afternoon's exciting events. The Homecoming magician will keep both children and adults

__ enthralled.

Homecoming Cup/Shrine Bowl Football Game

Loyola Campus - Football Stadium

1:00 p.m.

Price: $4.00 ($6.00 at the gate)

Go! Stingers! Go!