Volume 90, Issue 76

Friday, February 07, 1997



Candidate not making an As-tl of himself

Re: Suspended belief, Jan. 28

To the editor:

Congratulations to Brian Astl! His action-oriented approach to the campaign promotional videos should be commended. As an observer of the stunt I would like to point out a few inconsistencies with The Gazette's covering of the story.

The story claimed that a mere two individuals held the rope Astl was suspended from, when in actuality five individuals were responsible for the support.

Brian was secured in a climbing harness attached to a thick rope and raised four feet off the floor of the University Community Centre. This act was accomplished using a floor spotter, in addition to the team of lifters. The only person who assumed any risk in this activity was Brian.

Irrational risk may be considered foolish, however, calculated risk is the fabric of our society. Everyone who has ever driven an automobile, ridden a bike or walked around at night in Toronto, assumes a calculated risk. Nothing of value has ever been accomplished without risk and all great leaders can manage this dimension. Good work!

Samantha Mitschka
English II

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