Volume 92, Issue 90

Thursday, March 18, 1999


Notions which have some flaws

It's time to hear the truth

Painfully interesting

Don't gear article towards idiots

Apology to the university community

Atrium flags aren't really flags

Atrium flags aren't really flags

Re: Disfigured flags are a disgrace, March 16

To the Editor:

I would like to address two issues in response to Ian Ross' comment on the Cultural Caravan flags in the atrium. The first concern is in regards to the flags themselves.

I, along with the University Students' Council, do respect everything that a flag represents. Ian Ross does raise some valid concerns about the defamation of these flags. I would like to clarify, however, that these flags were never flags to begin with. They are not official flags made to proper scale with regards to size or design.

They are an artist's renderings and an interpretation of the designs used by the nations of the world. By Mr. Ross' arguments, it would be just as inappropriate for Western to use a Canadian flag using the colour purple instead of red.

The member within the Ministry of Canadian Heritage responsible for Canadian symbol protocol did not object to the use of a purple Canadian flag in USC publications. Therefore, I find it highly unlikely that any nation of the world would lodge the objections that Mr. Ross outlines about our flags.

I would also like to note that from a budgetary perspective, it would be far too expensive for the USC to purchase a similar number of flags and would, in my estimation, be an inefficient use of students' money.

I would like a correction to be made to a mistake that appeared in Ian Ross' article. In his article, he refers to me as VP-student issues Pete Hill. I have never held the position of VP-student issues. When people call the USC office, or come by and are referred to me, they are referred to the VP-CAMPUS issues.

The VP-campus issues and the VP-education were created in 1998 out of the ashes of the old VP-student issues portfolio previously held by Sam Castiglione in 1997/98. These two new portfolios have a different focus than the old student issues position. Hence the name change to avoid confusion between two very different portfolios. Well, that obviously worked.

What's in a name? Simply, I know that Ian Ross is the Sports editor of The Gazette. That is his job title. That's what he tells people his job is. That's what he will eventually put on a resume. If someone called him the Opinions editor, they would be wrong, even though he is obviously an opinionated gentleman when it comes to national symbols.

You can complain about my flags Ian. But for God's sake, if you're going to do it, get my name right. It's the least I would hope for from a candidate for editor-in-chief.

Peter J. Hill
VP-Campus Issues

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