Volume 90, Issue 92

Wednesday, March 19, 1997



A Canadian with honour, I am

Re: Administration spells honours wrong on degrees, March 12

To the Editor:

Bravo to Derek Law!

I'm sure a lot of folks that read his letter might have asked "What's the big deal?" Well, the big deal is the sprawling nation directly south of us (cross-border shoppers can tell you exactly how far south) has relentlessly expanded beyond its borders for the last 200 years. I don't mean physically – for that's a whole other matter – I mean in terms of culture, economics and language. Where we stand, as the nation occupying the largest border of this mega-nation, is an issue of constant debate and frustration.

While our films flounder with box-office totals that match that of one weekday-afternoon showing of Independence Pay (oops, Day) and our football league verges on collapse at least once a week, our language and its subtle differences should be a point of solidarity for Canadians. So do saunter down to the Map Library (first floor, SSC) and sign Derek's petition. That way, 50 years from now when Western is owned by Pepsi (and you can use all those Pepsi Points for a tuition discount) you can look at the degree you'd worked so hard on and feel the "honour" it describes.

Michael Longstaff
English/Film II

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