Volume 92, Issue 40

Friday, November 13, 1998

listening or hearing


What is preppy?

Re: Assault suspects deny charges, Nov. 6

To the Editor:

The first element I would like to criticize before I get into the article is the notion of the so-called "preppy gang." I am amazed to finally see that creativity is being utilized properly by London police.

I just have one question – how does a group of officers find the time to come up with such a ridiculous idea of a "preppy gang?" How original, they even found time to draw a cartoon-like version of the gang. How lucky we are to have such a productive police force – I already feel so much safer!

What is the "preppy gang"? Is it the GQ, cellular/pager carrying, slicked-haired pony boy, who happened to drive a nice car. Or is it just an excuse to condemn the acts of violence in the community on a particular ethnic group just to limit the investigation process in order to save some of the valuable time of our talented police officers? Is there even such a thing as a "preppy gang"? I think not.

This brings me to my next point regarding the journalistic coverage of the whole "assault/preppy gang" related catastrophe. In relation to the Nov. 6 article in The Gazette, it amazes me how people love to dwell on petty affairs. So what if there was a fight at the Wave. Has there never been a brawl at a bar?

What do you expect when you go to a bar and the majority of the customers are drunk – for the bar to be filled with happiness and peaceful interaction? Violence breaks out everywhere and anywhere, no matter who the players are. It just doesn't happen at the Wave. So why is this particular event being exploited to this extent?

Is it because The Gazette feels it ties in with the "preppy gang" and to the general interest of the students? Or are these incidents being used to drag other names in the dirt to satisfy one's hatred for another? I wonder what next week's front-page article will read – "Trial postponed because lawyer had to relieve himself."

The point I am trying to make is there are other important things to worry about, rather than drilling one particular episode. Just let it go! This is not The Jerry Springer Show!

Zakia Halbouni
Political Science II

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