Volume 93, Issue 43

Tuesday, November 16, 1999


Memorial not in style on campus

An out of this world anniversary

Convention not always so rational

A time to look at the real world

Maximum passion for gettin' laid

University a scary place

We musn't forget the Holocaust

Best things in life free?

Sharks coming up for air

Memorial not in style on campus

To the Editor:

This is in regards to Remembrance Day. It seems to me that people at this university don't really care about the people who laid down their lives for our country and the freedom of others.

In the days leading up to and including Nov. 11, I noticed that most people were not wearing poppies and I asked myself, why? I could not come up with any valid reasons as to why one would not wear a poppy.

Perhaps they just don't look nice enough for our fashion conscious students? Maybe if they were shaped like the Nike "swoosh" or had "GAP" emblazoned on them they would be more popular.

Maybe our generation doesn't feel a personal connection with those who lost their lives in war because they were not our fathers or brothers.

However, if lack of a personal connection is the reason people forget, then how do the youth in places like Belgium and Holland have such an affinity for our veterans?

It is remarkable to me, as a man in my early 20s, that thousands of people never lived to see their 20s so that I could enjoy mine.

Everyone should take a step back and think that men and women who died in the wars of this century walked on our campus. Can you imagine stopping the pursuit of your degree to go off and fight in a foreign country?

Major John McCrae (In Flanders Fields) wrote: "To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep."

I hope all of us sleep well tonight, because those who died will not. We have broken faith and it is our hands that are failing.

Neil McKay
Honours Kinesiology III

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