Volume 92, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 7, 1999


OPINIONS

Council has fought for professionals

Questioning the Wave's policies

Take a dip in the publicity pool

Time to bring in the ground troops

Looking beyond their own views

But to wear a dress?

Atheist preaches about his own religion

Questioning the Wave's policies



Re: CSO/WICSA annual party

To the Editor:

It is ironic that over the past month we have had several activities on campus which have promoted and celebrated unity in diversity. We have witnessed week-long events by the Cultural Caravan, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and International Women's Day and yet, blatant discrimination exists within our "progressive" community.

On March 25, the Caribbean Students Organization and Western Indo-Canadian Students Association had their last annual party at the Wave. Upon arriving I encountered two bouncers stationed at the door (keep in mind that the Western Retail Business Club's "Diversity" poster from their fashion show the previous night still hung above the entrance). These men were to stop anyone from entering who did not have their Western ID or someone with the ID to sign them in.

When I met those requirements and paid my money to another Wave employee with an attitude, I was immediately overwhelmed by the number of security men "looking" at the crowd and the obvious presence of the police. None of this occurred the previous Saturday night at the Purple Spurs' social at the Wave.

Does the Wave have something against CSO or WICSA? No, or else their events would not be held at the Wave. I must conclude it is the patrons of these clubs with whom the Wave may have a problem. Might I add that these patrons have a slightly darker skin complexion and different ethnic background than the Purple Spurs' members.

I do not want to accuse the Wave of being a racist but I think his implicit policies are discriminatory. As a visible minority on this campus I am greatly offended and surprised at this situation. Maybe they were never around to hear the message Cultural Caravan promotes annually at the Wave.

Alison Mair
Sociology/Political Science III


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