PETITE GUERRE – PART II

Emboldened by insomnia, I decided to c.c. my job application letter submitted to Champlain College to my brother, the editor of the local paper, the campus priest, the school football coach, and 40 college alumni.

It was the the sort of idea that appeared brilliant at four in the morning.

Later it occured to me that strangers mights not appreciate my sense of humor. I quickly scribbled off another letter:

I am sending this email because I thought you should know that before you attended Champlain College my sister, Theresa Allore was a student at Champlain and she was murdered there. This happened 25 years ago, so I am not asking for your sympathy. But over the years, Champlain Administration and their Board of Governors have fought hard to keep this story suppressed in order to protect the College’s reputation. It has long been my suspicion that over the years, other young women have fallen victim to sexual assaults on campus, but the College has managed to hush these incidents.

If you would like more information on the details of the case and Champlain’s involvement in the affair, please visit the website: www.whokilledtheresa.com

Also, if you experienced a sexual assault on campus or know anyone who had a similar experience in their time at Champlain, or if you have information that you feel may be relevant, I would ask that you contact

me at this email or through the website.

Finally, if you are in touch with other Champlain or Bishop’s alumni I ask that you please pass this email on to them.

I thank you for your time, I’m sorry if I brought down your day, and I wish you a happy new year.

John Allore

Still the damage had been done. And the response was swift and stinging:

My brother was the first to email me:

Can you drop by so I can take your temperature?

Then an alumni:

– M. Allore,

I do sympathise with your cause but could you please remove my e-mail address from your sending list.

I hope you will understand.

Still another alumni:

– What is this thing!

Please delete me from your sending list!

thank you very much!

The worst comes from a local college student.

She decides to write a letter to the editor of the local paper, but then she proceeds to copy my email at the end of her complaint. The Sherbrooke Record publishes the letter. The woman unwittingly distributes my plea to approx. 5,000 readers:

Insulted by insinuations against college

Dear Editor,

Recently I was sifting through my junk email when there was a title: Attention Champlain College Alumni. Assuming it was something for me I opened it up, and much to my surprise it was a warning about Champlain College and its 1978 involvement in the death of Theresa Allore.

The Record, The National Post and other newspapers have done articles on this case and I found no real incriminating evidence against Champlain College. I myself am insulted that Mr. Allore believes he can harass ex-Champlain students in hopes of coming to peace with the tragic and unsolved death of his sister. I am a little worried about his motives for spamming this message, and I hope that he has not caused any

problems for the school. I am saddened that this young woman was murdered and that the case is unsolved but I am confused as to why he is trying to scare off students from attending Champlain and Bishop’s. I

trust in the police force and the staff at both institutions, to uphold the law in sticky situations.

As an ex-Champlain student and a present

Bishop’s student, I see no connection between a 1978 murder and the law-abiding institutions they are today.

Rebecca Blinn

Bishop’s University Student

Attached is the email I received from John Allore

I considered writing a letter back to the paper to defend myself, but then decided to let things lie.

She had her point. And I was being an intollerable pain-in-the-ass.

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PETITE GUERRE

Recent posting on Champlain College website:

JOB OPENINGS ON CAMPUS: CAMPUS DIRECTOR

Champlain Regional College is seeking the services of a DIRECTOR for CHAMPLAIN-LENNOXVILLE to work on a full-time permanent basis.

FUNCTIONS

The Director’s duties will include the following:

• Participate with other College Officers in the development, formulation and revision of College-wide objectives, plans, policies and procedures and establish appropriate mechanisms to ensure their realization and implementation at Champlain – Lennoxville.

• [bla, bla, bla, bla bla ]

• Represent and promote Champlain – Lennoxville in the local community and ensure that it is a partner in the socio-economic development of the community.

• Be a member of the Director General’s Advisory Committee, attend meetings of the Executive Committee and report on activities at Champlain – Lennoxville at each meeting of the Board of Governors.

• Other tasks assigned by the Director General.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education Graduate degree or equivalent years of schooling in an appropriate area of specialization.

Experience Eight (8) years relevant experience of which at least three (3) have been in a senior management position. Teaching experience at the post-secondary level will be considered an asset.

Other Effective communication skills in English and in French are required.

Candidates may be submitted to selection tests.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Monday , January 19, 2004

DATE OF POSTING: Friday, December 12, 2003

CLOSING DATE FOR

APPLICATIONS: Monday, January 5, 2004

MY RESPONSE:

Selection Committee for the Director – Champlain – Lennoxville

Attn: D Brisson

CHAMPLAIN REGIONAL COLLEGE

P.O. Box 5000

Sherbrooke ( Quebec ) J1H 5N1

January 5, 2004

Re: Application for position of Director / Champlain-Lennoxville

Dear Selection Commmittee:

Attached please find my resume that I wish to submit for the position of Director for Champlain Regional College – Lennoxville. Although my experience is primarily in Finance, I feel I possess critical skills and key experience that will prove to you I am more than qualified as a candidate for this position.

I have a twenty-five year history with Champlain College and the surrounding community of Lennoxville. As well, I maintain many strong relationships with the neighboring town of Sherbrooke, and have worked hard in the last two years at becoming bilingual. In addition I am on a first name basis with many of the current administration including my soon-to-be supervisor, Gerald Cuttting, Len Davis, and outgoing Director, Bertrand Daigneault. In fact, I believe I once met one of your first Campus Directors, Bill Matson, who once referred to my sister as a runaway-lesbian-druggy – which was his loving way of saying she wasn’t worth looking for. Of course there is that recent matter of Bernie Daigneault accusing me of making “gratuitous, unfounded and untruthful attacks on (the School’s) sterling reputation “, but I’m sure we can all put that behind us.

I have reviewed the Functions you have outlined for the incoming director; after reading my resume I’m sure you will agree I am ably qualified to carry out these duties. In addition, I know how much you value subterfuge; especially sweeping problems under the rug when they involve the affairs of pesky students. Although at present I do not possess these abilities, I will work hard under your tutelage to develop this special skill set.

Undoubtedly you will have a lot of questions, and most of those can be covered in the interview. Before we get to that, there is one request that I have for you.

If you would publicly apologize for your behavior with regard to the events surrounding the disappearance and murder of my sister, Theresa Allore, and admit that your comments and actions over the past 25 years – particularly your unfounded attempts to gratuitously

and untruthfully discredit her reputation – were base, hurtful and unwarranted; then I’m sure we can eliminate the interview and get right down to the drug screen and offer letter.

I thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you

soon.

Sincerely,

John Allore

www.whokilledtheresa.blogspot.com

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PETITE GUERRE

Recent posting on Champlain College website:

JOB OPENINGS ON CAMPUS: CAMPUS DIRECTOR 

Champlain Regional College is seeking the services of a DIRECTOR for CHAMPLAIN-LENNOXVILLE to work on a full-time permanent basis. 

FUNCTIONS
The Director’s duties will include the following: 

• Participate with other College Officers in the development, formulation and revision of College-wide objectives, plans, policies and procedures and establish appropriate mechanisms to ensure their realization and implementation at Champlain – Lennoxville. 

• [bla, bla, bla, bla bla ] 

• Represent and promote Champlain – Lennoxville in the local community and ensure that it is a partner in the socio-economic development of the community. 

• Be a member of the Director General’s Advisory Committee, attend meetings of the Executive Committee and report on activities at Champlain – Lennoxville at each meeting of the Board of Governors. 

• Other tasks assigned by the Director General. 

QUALIFICATIONS 
Education Graduate degree or equivalent years of schooling in an appropriate area of specialization. 

Experience Eight (8) years relevant experience of which at least three (3) have been in a senior management position. Teaching experience at the post-secondary level will be considered an asset. 

Other Effective communication skills in English and in French are required. 

Candidates may be submitted to selection tests. 

EFFECTIVE DATE: Monday , January 19, 2004
DATE OF POSTING: Friday, December 12, 2003 
CLOSING DATE FOR 
APPLICATIONS: Monday, January 5, 2004 

MY RESPONSE:

Selection Committee for the Director – Champlain – Lennoxville 
Attn: D Brisson
CHAMPLAIN REGIONAL COLLEGE 
P.O. Box 5000 
Sherbrooke ( Quebec ) J1H 5N1

January 5, 2004

Re: Application for position of Director / Champlain-Lennoxville

Dear Selection Commmittee:

Attached please find my resume that I wish to submit for the position of Director for Champlain Regional College – Lennoxville. Although my experience is primarily in Finance, I feel I possess critical skills and key experience that will prove to you I am more than qualified as a candidate for this position.

I have a twenty-five year history with Champlain College and the surrounding community of Lennoxville. As well, I maintain many strong relationships with the neighboring town of Sherbrooke, and have worked hard in the last two years at becoming bilingual. In addition I am on a first name basis with many of the current administration including my soon-to-be supervisor, Gerald Cuttting, Len Davis, and outgoing Director, Bertrand Daigneault. In fact, I believe I once met one of your first Campus Directors, Bill Matson, who once referred to my sister as a runaway-lesbian-druggy – which was his loving way of saying she wasn’t worth looking for. Of course there is that recent matter of Bernie Daigneault accusing me of making “gratuitous, unfounded and untruthful attacks on (the School’s) sterling reputation “, but I’m sure we can all put that behind us.

I have reviewed the Functions you have outlined for the incoming director; after reading my resume I’m sure you will agree I am ably qualified to carry out these duties. In addition, I know how much you value subterfuge; especially sweeping problems under the rug when they involve the affairs of pesky students. Although at present I do not possess these abilities, I will work hard under your tutelage to develop this special skill set.

Undoubtedly you will have a lot of questions, and most of those can be covered in the interview. Before we get to that, there is one request that I have for you. 
If you would publicly apologize for your behavior with regard to the events surrounding the disappearance and murder of my sister, Theresa Allore, and admit that your comments and actions over the past 25 years – particularly your unfounded attempts to gratuitously
and untruthfully discredit her reputation – were base, hurtful and unwarranted; then I’m sure we can eliminate the interview and get right down to the drug screen and offer letter.

I thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you
soon.

Sincerely,

John Allore
www.whokilledtheresa.blogspot.com

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FUNDING FOR WOMEN’S CENTRE

A year ago I wrote the following piece for a Quebec newspaper. It’s about how a local university needed an adequately funded women’s center.

I know, I know I shouldn’t be recycling material, but here’s the beauty of it: a year later and nothing’s changed, Bishop’s University still has a women’s center run by student volunteers.

Besides, no one read the article anyway.

So here we go again…

Bishop’s needs Women’s Centre

Sherbrooke Record

February 2003

Last fall I was contacted by a

Bishop’s University student to assist in writing a story for the Campus newspaper about the death of my sister, Theresa Allore. The student had read about my sister – who had died while a student at Champlain College over twenty-four years ago – and she felt there were a lot of parallels between Theresa’s story and activities on the campus today. Specifically in the areas of sexual assaults and date rapes; she suggested the schools still weren’t doing enough to protect women. I wrote my story and that was the last I heard from the student. Until last week. She contacted me once more, and again asked for my assistance. This time it was personal. Recently, she herself had been date raped on campus. Could I help? I am only too happy to oblige.

This year is Bishop’s 150th anniversary. Happy Birthday. In lieu of gifts, allow me to send a recommendation. As it is budget season again, I respectfully request that the school get with the times and pay for the funding of an adequately staffed Women’s Centre. Campus women need a “safe house”; somewhere they can convene to deal with such problems as date rape, date rape drugs, sexual assault, or even just a relaxing place to grab a cup of coffee. Such a Centre should not be run by student volunteers; it must be operated with a paid staff who are trained professionally to handle these complex issues.

Currently there is no central location on campus where women can go to get assistance with sexual assault issues, and those services that are offered are inadequate. A nurse – more accustomed to dealing with sports injuries than rape – and the arcane tradition of providing a priest for consultation is not cutting it. School officials will counter that Bishop’s has a Women’s Centre funded by the Student Representative Council. This is not a women’s Centre. It is a closet in the back of a building that received total funding of $405 from the SRC last year. I am told that a recent production of The Vagina Monologues was a successful fundraiser for the Centre. Oh great, and maybe if students hold a bake sale they can finally afford to buy themselves some pencils.

Do not ask your students to do the work of paid professionals. A women’s Centre cannot operate on a student volunteer basis. In this area, Bishop’s is hopelessly out of step with the rest of North America. The University of Chapel Hill where I live pays for two positions at their Centre. The University of Manitoba – pioneers in the field – also has paid staff. The University of Toronto practically has a Taj Mahal dedicated to the subject.

I ask Bishop’s administration not to go-cheap on this issue. This is not just a “women’s problem” it is an issue of safety, and the College must take ownership. Your young women students need to feel that the College administration supports them, that you take their concerns seriously. At its core a women’s Centre needs a professional staff. Students can assist on a volunteer basis, but there must be some continuity from year to year. At least two positions are necessary; a health professional and an assistant. The health care professional would provide expertise in rape crisis response, date rape drugs – which are becoming alarmingly sophisticated – and other professional concerns. An administrative assistant could run the office, answer phones, provide weekend service (which currently is not available), and keep adequate records and documentation. If the expense is too much, get Champlain College to pony-up; they don’t have a women’s Centre either.

Violence against women is everybody’s problem. Bishop’s mandate is not solely education. You have a responsibility to the welfare of your membership. I urge the College to provide the funding that this project so desperately needs.

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Oh look Karla Homolka’s still in jail

In the interest of minimizing her press time, I will try to make this as brief as possible. Karla Homolka has been turned down – again – by Canadian’s National Parole Board. In their recommendation the Board concluded that, “criminal elements of (Karla’s) personality are still present.”

After serving 10 years of a razor-slim 12 year sentence for her participation in the brutal murders of Kristen French and Leslie Malhaffy – in Canada this is called “manslaughter” – what did the parole board expect? That all that bad stuff would just go away?

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I cannot read this book

One of my favorite children’s authors is William Steig. Zeke Pippin is flat out funny. Dr. DeSoto and Dr. DeSoto Goes To Africa should be required reading in every dentist’s office in the country. Unfortunately I cannot speak favorably of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

I bought Sylvester and the Magic Pebble as a Christmas present for my daughters. I had never read it. Later I learned it was voted one of the top 100 books of the century. I must be the last person on the planet that hasn’t heard of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Last night before bed we read it. I almost couldn’t finish.

You see the book is about this family of donkeys, and one day the donkey “child” doesn’t come home. (I know it sounds silly, but stay with me) So the mother and father donkey search everywhere, but they can’t find their baby. They ask friends, but no one’s seen their donkey. After a year, they give up. Heartbroken, they stop searching for their lost donkey.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a wonderful book. I can’t read it. It’s too close to home. At the end of that first day when the sun goes down and their baby donkey is still missing, I almost started to cry thinking about that poor mother and father grieving for their little one – Embarrassing, I’m welling-up over a cartoon donkey.

I really think someone should have warned me. “Hey, John, that book with the donkey and the pebble? Not for you. Read something else.” And I wonder what

is so upsetting. Losing my sister? The thought of losing my children? Surely we all share these fears. I’m not the only guy who’s shed a tear for Sylvester.

I should say that the story works out in the end. The donkeys are reunited and everybody winds up safe inside their home (that’s where the magic pebble comes in). Still, I’m really flummoxed. How could the evening go sour by something so simple as ready a bedtime story?

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More Meat – Pig Producers Cry Foul

From a 2003 year-in-review in The Gazette. Apparently British Columbia Pork Producers are upset with alleged serial killer Robert Pickton’s moniker as the “pig farmer” from Port Coquitlam. An industry spokesman says, “The pork industry is disheartened when the story is labeled as the Pickton Pig Farm…. Robert Pickton never registered as a pig farmer with B.C. Pork. In fact, he had more sheep on his property than he had pigs … Please help us by just telling the story of Robert Pickton, and not associating him with pig farming.”

Common Canada – Put Pork on your Fork.

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I make one offhand remark about a card game and all hell breaks loose. 19 comments and counting about celebrity poker… the topic wasn’t exactly the thrust of this here blog.

Oh, yeah, the Rammoli thing… that was a joke. There’s no Celebrity Rummoli in Canada. Sorry to disappoint.

Ok enough of this business, let’s get back to work.

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