Volume 92, Issue 59

Wednesday, January 13, 1999

sleeping with the enemy


Voulez-vous coucher avec Davenport?

USC proposes two $1,000 raises

New rez to bring more Sophs, upper-years

Ontario Court steals Western dean

B.C. student population lagging

Snow to blame for parking troubles


Caught on campus

Voulez-vous coucher avec Davenport?

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

In three short months, Western President Paul Davenport will be waving goodbye to University College and embracing French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Le Louvre.

From May 1 to July 13, Davenport will temporarily forget any business in London, Ontario and focus solely on the research he will be conducting in Paris, France.

"My particular area of research is universities in the knowledge-based economy – how primary, secondary and university education are seen to be at the heart of the knowledge-based economy," Davenport said. He added university research and teaching are vital for growth not only for Canada but world-wide as well.

Davenport's study is being conducted in Paris because it is home to the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said Abrar Hasan, the head of the education and training division at the OECD.

"The issue of knowledge economy and lifelong learning is an important and ongoing policy research topic for the organization," he said.

Davenport, who was a professor of economics for 16 years at McGill University, said he is looking forward to his upcoming research project and feels it is a way for him to get back to his roots.

"It's good for [Davenport] to get away," said Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, who will also be assuming the duties of president for the period of time in which Davenport will be absent. "Sure, I'm looking forward to it. It's a privilege to be provost though there's a lot of work involved [taking over]," he said.

Davenport explained his three month study leave was granted to him by the Board of Governors when his second five-year term as president of the university was renewed in November 1997.

Moran said Davenport's administrative leave was accumulated based on his time as president. "The purpose of the study leave is for the individual to refresh their familiarity with their field," he said.

Moran added the university will be paying for Davenport's leave and he will also continue to receive his salary of $205,000 per year while he is away.

Dave Small, VP-finance for the University Students' Council, said he is unsure what to think of Davenport's leave. "I know he has property in France. If he's just going to Paris and charging it to the university, then I have a problem with that. But if he's researching and cutting costs, then that's okay."

For the month of August, following his three month study, Davenport is also scheduled to vacation with his family at their annual vacation area on the western side of Paris.

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