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Stained-glass windows require angel

Now that the Jean McEwen windows have been "rediscovered" ["Jean McEwen wins Prix Borduas," CTR, Dec. 3], it seems opportune to discover an imaginative salvage operation. Their current position [on Hall Building mezzanine, obscured by a computer store] does no honour to the artist, the Concordia Art Collection, or the University. Find an angel to pay for moving them, perhaps to replace the clear glass of the [Leonard and Bina Ellen] Art Gallery?

Jack Bordan
Former Vice-Rector Academic,
Dean of Engineering (retired)

Let's try for a better showing in Maclean's

I had a rough time explaining to my friends at social gatherings during the holiday period Concordia's rock-bottom position in this year's Maclean's survey of comprehensive universities in Canada.

Maclean's is Canada's most respected and widely read news magazine. Its reports and surveys are treated by commentators, as well as readers, with respect, and most probably believed.

Unfortunately, old copies of glossy news magazines like Maclean's have a tendency to enjoy a very long life, like radioactive waste material, in the waiting rooms of hospitals and dental clinics all across Canada. Needless to say, our poor showing in the Maclean's survey must be hurting Concordia in ways which are difficult to measure.

I agree with Dr. Lowy (CTR, Nov. 19) that we should not change Concordia's mission and social responsibilities to suit the Maclean's survey. However, I think that we should be able to fine-tune our mode of operation and priorities in order to be better perceived by the external community.

In the short term, only a miracle can bring Concordia up significantly in the list. However, it should not be too difficult or painful to manage a marginal improvement without unduly sacrificing any of our institutional touchstones.

S.K. Goyal
Decision Science and MIS

Hormones on parade

Welcome to Testosterone Alley. On your way to the Henry F. Hall Building elevator, you can gaze upon a sexy teenager looking straight at you (female, of course), brought to you by Cacherel and [Vice-Rector, Services] Charles Emond.

Despite many attempts by many people, he hasn't changed his mind about sexism in advertising in our environment, and has decided to throw the most obnoxious right in our face.

Of course, we notice that in the recent renovations at Bishop Court, they haven't added advertising there. What's the matter? Don't they like young girls?

I don't know what to do about administrators who think that this is fitting for the University. Perhaps the Board of Governors might consider asking them to look for jobs which don't require an understanding of what a university is supposed to be. We might first need to find a Board of Governors who understand what a university is.

E.B. Newman

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