Volume 92, Issue 91

Friday, March 19, 1999


Question political education promises

Don't judge based on appearances

Fight racism

Money can't buy happiness

New views on old book

Even O.J. has rights and freedoms

Ireland's flag?

Find the inner elephant

Don't judge based on appearances

Re: Disfigured flags are a disgrace, March 16

To the Editor:
For all of those students who had the opportunity to enjoy the flags displayed in the atrium, I hope that image was not tarnished by the narrow minded view expressed in the article written on March 16. Many compliments have been received on the exhibition of the flags displayed and the only criticism to my knowledge has come from an individual who had the opportunity to voice his complaints through The Gazette.

The author, Ian Ross, obviously didn't do his research. Those "paint splashes" he referred to are NOT graffiti and instead are the result of the technique used in making these flags. The technique used involves wax and dye and is commonly known as Batik. The reason the crackle appears is due to the dye seeping into the crack of the cooled wax.

I would like to apologize to the designer of the flags, Jane McLaren for the injustice done to her beautiful flags. She has put a lot of time and effort into providing these flags for the community at a minimal charge. I personally believe they serve the purpose which she intended – that is to "promote nations standing together in unison."

We unfortunately haven't always been blessed with modern cloth weaving technology and our ancestors were forced to resort to this and other forms of artistic impressions to symbolize their pride and respect for their nation.

Even though identical images were not always produced and some times were even flawed, this never reduced the patriotism felt by the people. Patriotism is something felt from within and the display of a perfect flag can never be the ultimate symbolization of true pride.

No crime has been committed here by the designer of the flags or by the USC, but instead by Ian Ross. The crime of making an uninformed conclusion and judging by appearances rather than looking deeper into the issues. This is the very attitude we are trying to destroy through the celebration of the Cultural Caravan.

Christina Ferreira
USC International Student's Commissioner
Economics III

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