Volume 92, Issue 49

Tuesday, December 1, 1998



Marketing works

Re: Anti-consumerism not welcomed, Nov. 25

To the Editor:

We all know that each person has a right to their own decision. Friday's opportunity to provide thought stimulus about consumerism and what students do with their money should have been allowed.

Oxfam should be given the same marketing and advertising rights as the merchants of the University Community Centre to achieve the "balance" that University Students' Council VP-campus issues, Peter Hill speaks of. In fact, Oxfam should be allowed to present this idea everyday of the year to achieve "balance."

By not allowing banners, the USC proves that marketing and advertising works. Displaying the message "Buy Nothing Today" makes you think. I wonder what the cost of a meal at CenterSpot could do for a starving family in [insert third-world country of your choice here].

I encourage everyone to go hungry for one meal, to experience hunger. Be grateful you can eat your next meal on a moment's notice and take a minute to think about those who don't have that privilege. The media doesn't like free thinkers. This is a university – wouldn't want any free thought here.

Angela Shjoltanuk
Music Education II

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