Volume 93, Issue 11

Thursday, September 16, 1999


Tuesday's not so funny

Too much melodrama

And we all shine on

B&E instead of R&R at campus recreation

Column labelled as ignorant, intolerant

Assistance needs work

You go boyfriend!

I wanna be just like Ivey?

I want my Rogers TV

I want my Rogers TV

Your call is important to us... @#$%*click*.

Your call remains in a priority sequence... $#%@*click*.

Oh really? If my call is so damn important, if I am truly in "a priority sequence," why the hell can't I order a simple service without spending half my day stuck on the telephone?

Every September it's the same old song and dance. Students come back to school with a million things to do – books to buy, lineups to traverse, tuition bills to pay. The last thing students need or want to be worrying about is setting up their phone or cable service. Yet, here we are, in the middle of September and the amount of students who do not have these services is staggering.

One would think Bell and Rogers Cablesystems would be hip to the scene by now. I understand these companies are inundated with thousands of requests for service at this time of year but with a little planning it seems reasonable they could keep up with demand by utilizing extra staff.

Both of these companies are monopolies and while there are arguments for both sides regarding the effectiveness of this system, I don't think anyone can argue the service is anything approaching satisfactory at this time of year. Competition in the marketplace looks very appealing during times of crisis such as these.

Already I can imagine people sarcastically muttering, "poor boy, doesn't have his phone and cable, how will he ever survive?" Well, guess what? I will survive. However, I have grown accustomed to certain luxuries in my life. Being able to watch a certain television program, or simply placing a telephone call are just things that I take for granted. I don't apologize for that.

The season premiere of Beverly Hills 90210 aired last week and I don't know whether Kelly is going to jail! I haven't watched Monday Night Raw in two weeks! I can't even call someone to find out the answers to these questions.

I don't ask for much out of life. I just want Ross and Rachel to be happy together. But for the love of God, please hook my cable up so I can find out who Felicity spent her summer with.

We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls...Fuu*click*.

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