Patrice Blais is working on
his degree in Political Science, but hes also getting a practical
education he didnt bargain for.
As chair of the Concordia Student Union council, Blais is holding things
together in the wake of an embezzlement of about $196,000. However, he
feels that with the addition of some checks and balances, the CSU will
An as-yet-unnamed employee of the CSU has been charged with theft. The
CSU hired a forensic auditor, whose report will be completed and sent
to the MUC police today.
To that loss must be added fees for legal and auditors services
incurred as a result of the theft, and some careless budget procedures.
These include the tendency of CSU administrations to claim advances on
the $625,000 a year they anticipate from student fees collected by the
As a result of Blaiss research, the CSU has asked the university
to guarantee a bank loan of $500,000 to meet this years expenses.
Ironically, the Union just finished paying off a loan incurred as the
result of financial mismanagement during the Charlene Nero administration
As chief electoral officer, Blais pulled all the stops out in the CSUs
accreditation drive last month, using roving poll stations to get votes
from 25 per cent of the electorate on what, for most students, was an
obscure issue. The financial scandal broke right after the accreditation
campaign ended successfully, and Blais has become exhausted with the continued
Im working really hard to put this crisis behind us, and apart
from having to pay off the loan, Im optimistic that it will be in
the past by January. If any student has any questions, my door is always
open. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
CSU plans assembly on Middle
The Concordia Student Union
has scheduled a general assembly on November 28 to discuss the following
Be it resolved that the CSU call on the Canadian government to put
pressure on the Israeli government to implement the United Nations resolution
number 242. This pressure should include cutting diplomatic and economic
ties with the Israeli state.
The university has received many queries about tension between supporters
of both sides in the Middle East conflict. It has remained just that,
tension, but there is concern about the level of civility on campus.
In a message to the internal and external communities, Rector Frederick
Lowy said, We respect and uphold free speech, provided this occurs
in a civil fashion. We also respect and uphold the right to peaceful assembly,
provided this does not interfere with the rights of others to make use
of campus facilities. However, we deplore and will not tolerate harassment,
intimidation, threats or violence. Conduct that gives rise to any of these
situations will be dealt with promptly, in accordance with Concordias
Code of Rights and Responsibilities.