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May 28, 1998

In Brief

Forty-five Concordia employees -- the largest turnout among about 300 participating companies -- took part in the Canderel Défi Corporatif "Run for Funds" at noon on May 8. About $500,000 was raised in the jog through downtown Montreal, bringing to nearly
$3 million raised since 1989 for cancer research at the Université de Montréal and McGill University. It was also a strong show of support for Board of Governors member and Canderel CEO Jonathan Wener.

Seen above are some of Concordia's best friends, photographed on May 11 at the University Club. The occasion was the 11th annual Rector's Circle Dinner, held to honour individual donors who give $2,000 and more on an annual basis.

The dinner was well covered by The Gazette's Rochelle Lash -- seven photos of various guests and a big headline, "Concordia going strong."

In the photo are, standing left to right, Larry English (Chief Financial Officer), Professor Paris Arnopoulos (Political Science, retired), Professor Paul Fazio (School for Building, interim chair), Christopher Hyde (Director of University Advancement) and Professor John Locke (Cinema). Seated are Professor Frances Shaver (Sociology and Anthropology) and Oksana Dykyj (head of Visual Media Resources).

Senate marathon

University Senate, which usually meets on Friday afternoons, will start at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and may run all day, with a break for lunch.

Among the items on the agenda are approval of the graduation list and honorary degrees (closed session), recommendations on academic regulations, proposals for major curriculum changes, discussion of the 1998-99 operating and capital budgets, the Student Charter of Rights and changes to the graduate student fee structure.

Geography teachers at Royal West High School took their classes to Concordia's Loyola Campus recently for a chance to see the University's extensive mineral collection. Geology Professor Adrian Park and technician Mark Kwiatkowski gave presentations to three groups of students over three days. Here, a Grade 7 class takes notes..

Union demonstration

Members of CUCEPTFU, the Continuing Education Part-Time Faculty Union, and their supporters held a noon-hour demonstration outside the administration offices at Bishop Court last week, but reached an agreement in principle with the University the following day. The contract calls for salary increases of about 9 per cent over the four years of the contract (to August 2001), plus, for the first time, tuition waivers and a professional development fund.

Alliance Quebec debate

Yesterday afternoon, the Concordia Concert Hall was the site of a passionate public meeting on the future of anglophones in Quebec.

CBC's Radio Noon held a live two-hour program that pitted Alliance Quebec Quebec president Constance Middleton-Hope against journalist William Johnson, who is challenging her for the leadership of the advocacy association. The vote will be held on Saturday.

The debate, which was moderated by Radio Noon host Nancy Wood, included questions from a journalists' panel and from the large crowd. The hall holds 539 people.

York Theatre land acquired

The University is about to sign the final paperwork to buy the property on Ste. Catherine St. between Mackay and Guy Sts. that houses the long-empty York Theatre building.

The Quebec government is encouraging the University to consolidate operations, and has earmarked funds for the acquisition of owned space. In addition, Concordia's Capital Campaign, which has so far raised about 75 per cent of its $55-million minimum goal, includes plans for a new building.

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