Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


OPINIONS

Justifying revenge is unjustifiable

Lacking coverage

It's foreign policy

Not enough Intini at Western

God does love everyone

Forward is a good thing

More than just a symbolic figure

Vandals

Hipsters Ave. providing avenues for tolerance

Not picking on pros

Love sinner, hate sin

Hipsters Ave. providing avenues for tolerance



By Warren Flood
Gazette Staff



In grade school, my "scene" was my identity. It determined my taste in music, my style of dress, the way I walked and the slang I talked. My "scene" influenced my choice of friends – I hung with others who were also into the "rap culture."

At that time, I didn't realize my "scene" was limiting my contact with other scenes, other ideas and other people. Those outside my clique were unknowingly excluded. Those inside rarely tested the aesthetic boundaries set by our group.

Entering university, I was exposed to different musical genres. After hearing John Coltrane and Duke Ellington, I realized jazz was not cheesy elevator music, but the heartbeat of modern music. Instead of turning off classical music, I started turning it up, letting Mozart stir my emotions and Beethoven move my soul. And yes, after hearing Jewel on the radio, I went out and bought her CD.

Having found beauty in what I previously despised, I found myself becoming more open to new experiences. I acquired a taste for international cuisine. I gained an appreciation for other cultures. I befriended those of differing religions and sexual orientations.

As I matured, my music collection and my choice of friends became more eclectic. I was no longer simply forebearing those unlike me, but embracing them for their differences. I knew I could learn from their fresh perspectives. I became eager for their company and the new sights, sounds and thoughts they would introduce me to.

Just as my "scene" evolved from being narrow, limited and stagnant to being vast, diverse and ever-increasing, groups like Hipsters Ave. are maturing our local scene.

By uniting London's different "scenes" tonight at The Drink, Hipsters Ave. is exposing students to visual and musical talent they may not otherwise experience. Where else, for $3, can you interact with many people with many views, watch short films, appreciate art and poetry, enjoy music while broadening your perspective and your mind?

Our generation is best equipped to uproot the weeds of intolerance planted by previous generations. Gen Xers have been the most accepting of racial, physical, intellectual, religious and sexual differences.

Entertainers have often been among the first to plant seeds of acceptance: Jackie Robinson, Sidney Pottier, Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey have broke barriers and destroyed stereotypes.

Thank you, Hipsters Ave., for carrying on this tradition and leading us into a new era of tolerance and compassion.




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