Volume 93, Issue 76

Tuesday, February 15, 2000


Opinion not warranted in campaign

Gazette deals death blow?

Apathy rules

Apathy rules

Re: "Touching everyone" Feb. 9

To the Editor:

So I decided to vote after being subjected to all the advertising and attention given to the presidential election. I even voted online because The Gazette and the candidates seem especially interested in this amazing technological advancement which may have entitled more people to vote. Basically, it just seems like something for the candidates to talk about.

Now to be honest, I truly don't care so much. I happen to be one of those people who Diana Holec refers to as being in an "apathetic slumber." And, albeit from an outsider's point of view, the way I look at the presidential elections and the University Students' Council, apathy appears to be what everyone feels these days. "Why aren't students voting?" The answer is simple.

They don't care. And they like it that way. There's a lot of people who are probably happy and grateful there's people running things around this university, but for all intents and purposes, it could be anybody doing it. Sure we want a bus pass and a good president. But I bet you that most people at this school aren't as fired up about getting involved as Diana Holec, the USC, or The Gazette want us all to be.

I'm all for people caring for this university. If it benefits the school and they enjoy it, great. But just because a lot of people don't vote and don't care, we shouldn't be making such an issue out of voter apathy or what people choose do with their lives. Democracy is about choice. Voter apathy is consistent across Canada and the United States. Many of us don't have the time, the will, or the beliefs in the political system to become involved.

I vote because I choose to. But I applaud those who don't vote. Those who are following the elections closely probably have a fairly educated view on the candidates, better than my opinion anyway. Those people like me, who only know what The Gazette tells us, have a very limited view – that view being the opinions of the Gazette writers, who choose to represent the school through an authoritarian viewpoint on the matter.

But I'm still going on what The Gazette has to tell me, which I'm pretty sure is what most people are doing, if they actually get around to voting. And if they don't, I'm just asking people like Diana Holec to chill out and enjoy the freedom of choice, because not everywhere in the world is like Western. I'm not sleeping, Diana. Just snoozing.

Adam Segal
English/Comparative Literature IV

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