Re: CCAS Vacancy

nuri t jazairi (nuri@YORKU.CA)
Sat, 10 Jan 1998 13:36:28 -0500


I am glad Bruce has brought up the need to reform CCAS. I had personal
experience to suggest that this committee in particular does what the
administration tells its chair, David Lumsden, to do.

What about the other Senate committees? For example, what about SCOTL
(Chair Elizabeth Cohen and Secretary Cheryl Underhill : guess who runs
the show.)

This round of Senate elections provides a historic opportunity to reform
the Senate. As we approach the first anniversary of our long strike, some
people will ask us about the legacy of our endurance and sacrifice. Let us
make sure that a reformed Senate would be one of the true achievements we
can count with justification and justice.

We must not only vote and co-ordinate our votes, but in all these
elections -including soon to begin YUFA elections - we should support or
oppose and campaign for or against particular candidates on the basis of
their record and their academic and human material openly - very openly!

We must also insist on fair and proper electoral procedures. In the
Faculty of Arts Council, for example, electoral practices must be
overhauled soon, including an examination of the role played by the
Faculty of Arts Students Caucus in Council elections (FASC is funded by
the Dean; they are 10% of Council members or 60 to 90 students voting in
block in Council elections.)

Nuri Jazairi

On Sat, 10 Jan 1998, Bruce Flattery wrote:
>
> > My commitment is to the highest curricular standards,
> > especially at a time when the drive to compete for students,
> > new initiatives, and new techologies threatens to compromise
> > such standards.
>
> Luigi,
>
> Just what we need on CCAS; I'd love to see you join us. And you
> might start thinking now about whether you'd like to chair this
> committee when that position comes vacant. CCAS has done some
> interesting and valuable work in recent years (taking undergrad
> program reviews more seriously, some of the harmonization work,
> e.g.), but like all senate committees has been too unquestioning of
> administration viewpoints and information. I.e., too conservative
> and not at all visionary. I.e., blinded by the past and incapable of
> observing the present, thus unlikely to correctly plan for the
> future.
>
> Would it be a good idea to also post your notice to the new Senate
> list?
>
> Bruce Flattery
> English, Arts
> CCAS member
>