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In Brief

Headlight on high-beam

Headlight, the annual anthology of students' literary creativity, is looking for material for its third issue, to be published March 2000.

You don't have to be an English student to submit material -- you don't even have to be attending classes. Prose or poetry, by graduate or undergraduate students, former or current ones, are welcome. The work must be previously unpublished, however.

Maximum word length is 2,500 words for fiction, 10 pages for poetry. Submissions (with name, student number, address and phone number) should be dropped off at the English Department office, S-LB 501. The deadline is November 26.

Voice recognition a reality

Voice recognition technology is now available to Concordia phone users. Frances Weller, Manager of Telesis, described the way it works on the newsgroup ShopTalk last week.

Dial local Š4114, say the name of the person whose number you want, and the automated call routing system will complete the connection in seconds.

Speak clearly and naturally, Weller advises. The system is time-sensitive and picks up any extraneous sounds, like coughing, laughing or talking. Do not speak too slowly or pause between words. Familiarize yourself with the system by listening to the full message and following the prompts.

When the system asks you for confirmation of a name, say either "yes" or "no." If the system makes a match with your request, it will automatically ring to that person. If your response is "no," the system will suggest another name.

After two incorrect attempts, your request will be transferred to the switchboard for further assistance. If you are having any difficulty with the service, call -4113 to explain your situation.

Faculty, staff, and administration connections will be made available first, then departmental connections. Eventually, it will be possible for external callers to access the service.

"Please keep in mind that we will be fine-tuning the system as we go along," Weller said.

Six days before Concordia awards honorary degrees to two deserving recipients, Dean of Fine Arts Christopher Jackson will be receiving one of his own, from the University of Sudbury.

The current president of the University of Sudbury is Kenneth-Roy Bonin, who became acquainted with Dean Jackson and his parallel career as a performing musician when Bonin was our Director of Libraries.

The degree will be conferred November 12 for Jackson's leadership of his early-music ensemble, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montrˇal, and his lifelong contribution to the arts.

That's not Jackson's only recent accolade. Last weekend at a gala televised ceremony, he accepted a Fˇlix from ADISQ, the Quebec recording industry association, for Heavenly Spheres. The CBC recording won in the "Best Recording, Classical, Large Ensemble" category.


Bowl with the Bowlsheviks

The Sir George Williams Association of Alumni will hold their annual Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, November 13, to raise money for scholarships, and they welcome everyone. (Word has it that the Concordia Student Union will field a team called the Bowlsheviks.)

It will be held at Parˇ Lanes, 5250 Parˇ St., corner of Decarie Blvd., beginning at 12:30 p.m. Shoes are provided, but each bowler is asked to raise $25 or more for a total of $125 per bowling fivesome. Door prizes will be part of the fun.

For more information, call Alumni at 848-3818 or Donald Chambers, 848-2085.

Moving-picture heritage

Hundreds of film, television and video archivists from around the world are meeting this week in Montreal for the ninth annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

The conference, held at the Radisson Hotel, will include sessions with the leaders in the effort to preserve rapidly deteriorating films and video.

Two archival screenings are open to the public. The first, on recent preservation projects by AMIA members, is tomorrow at Concordia, in Room 110 of the Henry F. Hall Building, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The second, on films and videos preserved in regional collections, will be on Saturday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the DeS¸ve Cinema, in the J.W. McConnell library complex.

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