Volume 92, Issue 14

Friday, September 25, 1998

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Going clubbin'

Rest easy students and University Community Centre users – Clubs Week is almost over.

No more over-crowded, fire code breaking, cramped and pushy UCC atrium. No more mamba-dancing, grainy television demonstrations and loud salsa, techno and guitar rock played through small, inaudible transistor radio speakers. Best of all, say goodbye to the chaos.

Despite all the madness of students trying to gain interest in clubs ranging from glorified Dungeons & Dragons reenactments to the tap dancing Pre-Dental Society, Clubs week is a marvelous and important part of this university.

At a big university like Western, there are a lot of advantages. A wide selection of courses, a cornucopia of facilities, an array of exciting events and a daily student newspaper (of course!!!) are just a few of the things that smaller campus and student populations can only dream of. But there are some drawbacks.

Western is a huge university that, unfortunately, has the tendency of making large numbers of people feel overwhelmed and isolated. Clubs week has become such a monstrous event that it is able to help the lost and bewildered find a place for security. While admittedly, joining a club may not be for everyone, for many it provides the opportunity for involvement and association with those who share their interests.

While some may feel it is unnecessary to divide the school up into segregated groups, in a school like Western it becomes a necessity. Many of the younger students who felt lost and out of place in their beer-guzzling residences can find a place to make their impact. Whether that's through the Reform Club, the Economical Student Association or the Marching Band, students are given the option.

This is what has become so staggering. Western had been stereotyped for years as a school in which all people look, act and behave in the same manner. When a supposedly "rich, white and anglo-Saxon" school like Western is able to offer such a staggering array of cultural, religious and special interest groups, one quickly realizes how much things have changed. And we are all richer for the diversity.

It's easy to scoff at the inconvenience and perceived ridiculousness of Clubs week but those involved should be commended. Bringing people together and fighting to break away from the "Western model" can only enrich the campus and student body as a whole.

If people out there still feel that Western doesn't cater to their specific needs or interests, do what hundreds have done before you. Start your own club and contribute to the archaic lunacy that is Clubs week.

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