Adam Slater (CSU) reminded
Senate that it had recommended to the Board that the emergency powers
be lifted. Did the rector think so highly of himself that he would recommend
Dr. Lowy replied, I
did recommend to the Board that those powers not be used, and he
assured Slater that they would not be used lightly. Youri Courmier (CSU)
called it a silly argument to say that he didnt want
to use the powers but at the same time to condone them. He asked what
would be the consequences of putting himself against Senate, and would
he resign. Dr. Lowy replied that he had not considered it.
To this, Dr. Lowy replied
that Concordia was not Afghanistan or Iraq, and violence was not anticipated
at a controversial speech. Ellen Jacob (Arts & Science) said, We
have heard over and over that other people are responsible for [students]
behaviour. This is a strange way of thinking.
The acting speaker, Vice-Rector
Marcel Danis, said that the subject was a serious one to many present.
Remaining discussion included a question as to whether the university
supplied videotape from its stationary security cameras to the police,
which was confirmed. Ishii asked if Singer and others had deliberately
left the Oct. 4 Senate meeting at 5 p.m. to deprive it of quorum and stall
the passage of student senators motions, to which Singer replied
that he had had a 5 oclock appointment four miles away. Singer was
also asked if he knew of a risk assessment plan prepared in advance of
He said that he hadnt,
and was only involved in the planned visit in early August, when he was
filling in for another administrator.
A motion was tabled for senators
information. It read: That the Faculty of Fine Arts Faculty Council
believes in the University as a site for open discussion and acceptance
of diversity. In the light of these values, we deplore the violent and
racist acts exhibited by some of the protestors
at the Hall Building on Sept. 9, 2002.