Volume 91, Issue 43

Thursday, November 13, 1997

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CLIFF'S MAILBAG: No strike for this mailman!

Cliff's mailbag is a weekly column which attempts to answer the myriad of questions inquiring Western students are going out of their minds trying to figure out. From Western questions, to science questions, to inane trivial nonsense – intrepid Cliff will ferret out the answer...or DIE TRYING!!! Send questions to UCC, Room 263 c/o Cliff or email gaznews@julian.uwo.ca

It's that time again! Yes indeed, Cliff is back to spread facts and fun like fresh strawberry jam on a crisp piece of toast. Before we begin though, Cliff would like to follow the time-honoured Gazette tradition of apologizing for offending reader(s). Cliff is very sorry for his absence these past two weeks. A combination of bureaucratic bumbling within the news department and postal strike preparations has made it impossible for Cliff to publish. Worry not stout-hearted students, Cliff is back and ready to rock (rolling will commence after the strike – Cliff is not a scab!).

Thanks to those who have written to Cliff. Don't be discouraged if he has not answered your question yet – Cliff promises, all questions will be answered, even the really dumb ones.

Last week, Cliff was approached by an anonymous student who wanted the answer to the following question:

Why do gay and lesbian groups use a rainbow as their symbol?

To answer this puzzling ponderance, Cliff consulted the Alyson Almanac: A Treasury of Information for the Gay and Lesbian Community (always on hand here at The Gayzette) and it was all over but the crying.

Cliff learned the rainbow was taken as a symbol in 1978, when flag-maker Gilbert Baker designed and made a flag in response to a call for an international symbol for Gay Pride.

The original flag had eight stripes, each representing a specific ideal – pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit. The flag has since been abandoned for a more "nineties" symbol – a "vote for Dianne Haskett" button.

The now-famous toilet seat poll results are in! Eighty per cent of women think the toilet seats should remain up (after cleaning) while a meager 20 per cent want them down.

To Contact The News Department: gaznews@julian.uwo.ca

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