Volume 91, Issue 15

Tuesday, September 23, 1997

dirty pool


Will your club be the next to face the firing squad?

Re: UWO Rifle & Pistol Club

To the Editor:
This letter is directed to students, alumni and clubs on campus to alert them to a situation currently affecting the UWO Rifle & Pistol club. Although the club has operated on campus for more than 35 years and has an exemplary record for safety and education, Campus Recreation and the university administration has, without consulting the club, assigned room 18, The Range, located in Alumni Hall, to another tenant and de-affiliated the club without cause. I urge all students, alumni and Western clubs, to offer their support by contacting Dr. Peter Mercer, VP-Administration and General Council, requesting this arbitrary decision be rescinded, to ensure the continued operation of this club as part of Western's heritage.

Please consider the following quote by Pastor Martin Niemoller: "In Germany they first came for the communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. They came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade Unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Speak up! Be heard! Will your club, organization or group be the next target?

William R. Sherman
HBA Class of 1977

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