Volume 93, Issue 44

Wednesday, November 17, 1999


What's love but a second hand emotion?

Hurrahs and boo for the two-sided campus

Hurrahs and boo for the two-sided campus

Columnists are often accused of being far too negative and critical. We are seen as the cowardly men and women, who come down after the battle and shoot the wounded.

But there also arrives a time when the opinionated ones must come down off their high horses and acknowledge the credit some people are due. Such a time recently arrived, during the University Students' Council's Remembrance Day ceremonies.

On a campus where the Nov. 11 memorial has been all but completely ignored, the stirring ceremony, orchestrated by the USC's VP-student issues, Perry Monaco, was a welcome ray of light. Lucky was I, who, on my way through the University Community Centre, stumbled upon the ceremony.

Complete with speeches, a playing of the bag pipes, a trumpeter and finishing with the national anthem, the entire service was a welcome change from the lackadaisical, "couldn't care less," attitude presented by much of the campus.

The USC took their preservation of the hallowed day a step further, when at a council meeting they approved the designation of a Remembrance Week commissioner. The motion, introduced by King's College councillor Mike Werenich, passed unanimously and the entire council should be applauded for their actions.

Before I finish with the kudos, I must also recognize the select few professors and instructors who altered their class schedules to allow students to attend the memorial. With the timing of the 11 a.m. ceremony, many students would have been unable to attend given their class schedules and to see a few professors willing to recognize the importance of the day was very heartening.

But even though so many are worthy of congratulations, there are just as many, if not more, who deserve to be called out for their indiscretions.

The majority of both students and professors showed how selfish and short-sighted they can be by ignoring the ceremonies and failing to do even the simplest of acts – wearing a poppy. It boggles the mind that so many could be too busy with school, themselves and other such unimportant things that they would be too busy to show a little compassion, for once in their lives.

In any event, like I said, columnists are often accused of being too critical, but there comes a time when credit must be given to those who are deserving. Now, if there weren't so many people who deserved a slap upside the head, yours truly could devote more time to kudos. For some reason, I'm not holding my breath.

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