Volume 90, Issue 93

Thursday, March 20, 1997



EDITORIAL: Springboard

Take a minute, dear reader, to raise your head from the pages of this publication and inhale deeply.

That scent in the air – strong enough to overpower the smell of the CentreSpot $5 meal deal or your classmate's cologne – is the sweet air of spring.

Yes, spring is officially here, leaving winter's icy grip in its wake. As always, at Western, there are tell-tale signs that the season of rebirth has come at long last.

1. Dark, drab Jeeps are put away and spiffy, brightly-coloured Jeeps come out of hiding – Ah, not only Jeeps but the steady flap of convertible roofs and the roar of motorcycle engines on campus are Western's way of ringing in the new season.

2. Students rediscover the library – You know, that big stuffy place with all the pieces of paper bound together. Yes, finals are just around the corner and students generally make their annual pilgrimage to the various campus libraries. However, it may be autumn before you figure out how to use the computer system.

3. Classes have students in them – After a long winter of student hibernation, professors delight at the sight of almost-full classrooms as going to class becomes a convenient excuse to get out of the house.

4. The snow off the snow-removal machinery starts to melt – Well hell, the university can't afford to keep everything clean.

5. Your house is actually clean – The annual student housing swap meet is in full gear and landlords – whose faces you haven't seen since the day you moved in – start trekking through with hopeful and naive students fresh out of residences, in the hopes of selling your dive to the next available warm body.

6. The city starts to take on a warm, sunshiny glow of suckiness – Yes, London sucks in the winter. But as summer approaches the roads out of this city get clearer and clearer every minute.

7. The old Frosh 15 starts melting away – Coming to university often has an adverse affect on students' waistlines. However, as that OSAP money starts running out, smaller food portions are the student's way of getting back into shape and working off that beer gut that OSAP was spent on in the first place.

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