Volume 94, Issue 55

Wednesday, December 6, 2000


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Strike addresses TAs' bill paying abilities

Re: Students shafted, Nov. 30.

To the Editor:

After an encouraging term for those of us who read The Gazette's editorials, Thursday's summation of the York TA strike suggests the old gremlins of misinformation continue to lurk in your offices.

"The TAs are singing a familiar tune – more money, better benefits." Oh, really? If you had investigated, you would have found that the York administration is proposing a pay DECREASE and CUTS to benefits – compounded by a 14 per cent increase in graduate student tuition over the past year.

If you had bothered to investigate you would have discovered that graduate students face a far different system of controls. For instance, they must register year-round. This precludes getting a summer job in order to pay rising tuition fees.

Furthermore, time spent teaching takes away from time available for the research which graduate students are expected to do.

Running low on cash? Not able to pay Toronto bills on $1,000 a month? Try negotiating a student loan when you come from a province with lower living costs than Ontario. If you're an international student – working off-campus is not allowed.

You would have also found that students from across Canada – including the York undergraduate students – support the York TAs in their fight to protect their education.

For many graduate students the only source of funding available is working as a TA or RA. Faced with rising tuition and a potential cut in funding, the strike at York is their last-ditch attempt to save their education. Not everyone views labour actions in the same light. Fair enough, but we would hope that before giving a pronouncement upon the York situation, you would at least try to get the facts.

Fern Gauthier
Society of Graduate Students
CFS Local 47

The crusade shall go on unintimidated

Re: New theorem: politics + math = huh?, Dec. 1.

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Mr. Yeoman for his math lesson and reality check. It has reaffirmed once again my belief in the student cause. If this gentlemen believes that he can destroy the hopes of a visible, representative and accountable USC from emerging in the future, then he is surely mistaken.

Here is some math for Mr. Yeoman and all others who consider themselves to be defenders of the status quo. Most students pay hundreds of dollars for services they are unaware of. Most students are unaware of what the Ombudsperson is.

The $31,193.41 price tag of a failed Operation Massive could have been averted if the USC had been in touch with the needs and concerns of average students.

Mr. Yeoman's intimidation will have no effect on my struggle or the struggle of any other student fighting to make a difference. The voice of the unheard student gives me the courage and energy needed to challenge the complacency and indifference that surrounds student governance. Mr. Yeoman, the USC is the only one that needs a reality check around here.

Luke Petrykowski
Honours Biology III

Some trouble with bouncers

To the Editor:

I was recently involved in a little incident at one of Western's most popular bars. Four of us decided that we were going to go to the bar in question one night with a bunch of friends. We arrived there a little after than 9:30.

There was a line-up even though it was empty.

This bar is known for its show lines, which doesn't bother me – we should've arrived earlier. One of our roommates managed to get in while the rest of us and our friends stayed in line and ended up in at an adjacent bar after a 40 minute wait.

When we decided to go home we realized that none of us had keys to our house. We went back to the bar our friend got into and asked the bouncer at the side door to let one of us in for two minutes, so that we could get our keys from our roommate.

After offering my ID, bank card, entire wallet and even shoes as collateral, he refused to let me in to get my keys. By now my roommates and I are starting to get rather cold, as it is snowing.

I asked him to get the manager so I could possibly convince him to let me in. The bouncer said, "I can't leave the door." I then asked him to get the waiter – who was right beside him – to get the manager. He said, "Sorry, I can't do that. But I'll get the manager when he comes by, but I doubt he will."

After getting some food and returning for a feeble second attempt, one of my other roommates tried the same plan, but with no luck. Luckily my roommate, who had the keys, was at the bar and noticed us, gave us the keys and we could finally get into warmth.

For a bar that is trying to be one of Western's traditional favourites they certainly treat their patrons like crap. This isn't the first time they've screwed us over in some way. They just made it to the bottom of my list of bars to go to in London.

Brad Willms
Computer Science II

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