In brief

UQAM rector resigns

Paule Leduc has resigned as rector of the UniversitŽ du QuŽbec ˆ MontrŽal, citing as her reasons a lack of support among the faculty in tackling the institution's financial problems.

The faculty union is at loggerheads with the university in contract negotiations, particularly regarding class size and access to sabbaticals. UQAM is expected to post a deficit of $19.5 million this year and $30 million next year.

Leduc will stay on until a successor is named, although not past next September. Her term was to have ended in May 2001.

Dining card deal

Faculty and staff are invited to buy a dining card that entitles holders to buy 10 meals and get one meal free. It can picked up on site. Dining room hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Loyola, and noon to 2 p.m. on the SGW campus.



Reprise of popular play

The same team who produced David Mamet's hit play about a famously sleazy real estate office are bringing Glengarry Glen Ross back to Reggie's for a second year, starting tonight.

Producer Pierre Eady reports that since last year's production, he has started "a small non-profit theatre company" (Is there any other kind?) and called it Chameleon Productions.

All members of this production are, like him, from various theatre disciplines at Concordia. "Our director, Emma Tibaldo, recently graduated and is well on her way to being a professional playwright. Noah Dubreuil is our wizard designer, who has put together an interesting visual component using video cameras. It's a really tight show."

You can see GGR tonight at 7:30, tomorrow or Saturday at 8 p.m., next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. or Friday at 8 p.m. There are beer specials at Reggie's, too.

Help the People's Potato

A soup kitchen started by the Concordia Student Union appears to be filling a need -- and hungry young stomachs. The People's Potato, now entering its fourth week, has served about 2,000 vegetarian meals. "The response has been excellent," said Zev Tiefenbach, of the Concordia Food Collective.

However, the facility needs better refrigeration. "The situation will become more stressful in the spring, when we will no longer be able to store our vegetables in a small storage room with an open window."

Tiefenbach said the kitchen is looking for donations of big kitchen knives and cutting boards, glass jars, a first-aid kit, spoons, bowls and spices. He can be reached at


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