Volume 92, Issue 73

Friday, February 5, 1999


The CD review that stunk

Using bricks to build memories

Using bricks to build memories

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

As I go about my daily business in and around the hallowed campus of Western, I am continually in awe of the architectural splendor and natural beauty of my surroundings.

But two glaring faults repeatedly dampen my spirits. Mind you, they are very minor faults when put in perspective, but if we are to assume our rightful place atop the Maclean's rankings next year, I'm sure it can be agreed no stone may be left unturned in our quest for perfection.

I begin my day, every day, setting out from my home away from home, Sydenham Hall. Eager to educate myself, I bound through the gates only to be met with the rather less than wondrous site of Elgin Hall's construction. Now, I'm sure the finished product will be nothing less than breathtaking but as it stands right now the site is nothing more than an eyesore which serves only to take away from the beauty of our campus.

Having sufficiently recovered from this less than pretty picture, I continue my journey up University Drive, eventually arriving at the foot of University College hill, where I am met with the second of the visual potholes which plague our university.

Right atop the symbol of our university, University College, is the Canadian flag. Now the flag by itself is of course a magnificent sight, but as most often is the case, the flag flies at half-mast.

It can be assumed this is meant as a last honour to an alumnus or member of the Western community who has passed on and although I am in full support of honouring the lives of our fellow Mustangs, I feel it could be done in a far more dignified and memorable way and at the same time solve the previously mentioned problem of the construction of the new residence.

It is with this in mind that I offer the following modest proposal.

Instead of the traditional lowering of the flag, I propose that a certain number of bricks be donated to the construction of Elgin Hall, our new residence, in the name of deceased. The exact number can be left to the family of the alumnus and our generous administration, but regardless, after a short period the amount of bricks that were given would be piling high and in turn the new residence would soon be covered with a more appealing layer of bricks.

Instead of merely lowering the flag for one day, the new residence would stand forever as a tribute to our past Mustangs, leaving behind a legacy for all of those who held Western dear to their hearts.

And at the time the residence was completed the new tradition could continue on, repairing all other buildings which have been worn down over time with fresh new bricks. Under this plan the university could eventually refurbish itself and then continue to expand. Soon Western would be one huge monument to the people who have made it the best university in Canada. What better way for Western President Paul Davenport and his associates to spend their – I mean our – money.

It is the cycle of life at work. New life must spring up from the end of another and although we will forever miss those of our fellow Mustangs who have passed on, their lives will be honoured forever by bringing new life to our university.

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