Volume 92, Issue 21

Thursday, October 8, 1998

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Don't kill the school spirit

Re: Administrative decision making

To the Editor:

Saturday's triumphant victory of our Mustangs over Waterloo was a proud statement reflective of the team's determination and resilience. Although the game and other festivities of Homecoming were successful, there still were some drawbacks to the events.

There continues to be a relentless assault on the pride and spirit of the students at Western, most tellingly exemplified by the administration's attack on Orientation Week. Being a first-year student, I found the social interaction and festive environment of Frosh Week a welcoming experience to start a new "life."

At the same time, my opinion of attending classes during that week was less than favourable – either the classes/tutorials were cancelled or little was done in the class (which usually lasted less than 20 minutes).

Administration claims that they want students to "get off to a good start and keep a good focus on why they are here in the first place." I'm happy to note that I haven't been kicked out of any of my programs yet.

In fact, I may even be a little bit audacious to think that I'm actually fulfilling the goals as to why I came to Western in the first place – get a solid education, get involved and have fun while doing it. Unfortunately, there seems to be some members in administration that do not feel that school spirit and having fun are positive aspects of a student's experience at Western. I even feel that some may be trying desperately to erase some of Western's proud traditions.

It's unfortunate that spirit, involvement and the general contentment of the students are not considered in Maclean's magazine's university rankings. Hopefully, administration will consider these factors when they re-examine the issue of Orientation Week. Let's keep tradition, spirit and pride alive at Western.

Paul Hong

Scholar's Electives I

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