Volume 94, Issue 47

Wednesday, November 22, 2000


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Candidates responsible

Re: Green pariah at all-candidates meeting, Nov. 17.

To the Editor:

In response to Chris Chalmers' letter, I agree that it was unfortunate that candidates from ALL the political parties were not in attendance at the all-candidates debate held at Western for the federal election. This was not intentional, but a circumstance of having such a short time to prepare for the debate.

When I contacted the London North Centre Returning Office, approximately 10 days prior to the debate, they did not have a list of candidates. In order to plan this event, I had to use other methods to track down candidates for London North Centre.

To do this, I contacted the party offices of all political parties with official party status (excluding the Bloc) and was able to reach the candidates in London North Centre through these offices.

I did not know how to find the other candidates or their parties and I was not sure if they would even be fielding candidates – London Fanshawe for example, only has candidates from the four mainstream parties. Had any other candidates shown up or contacted the University Students' Council, they would have been immediately invited to the debate.

I'm somewhat suprised by the fact that even to this day, no other candidates, including Mr. McNaughton, have contacted the USC. In any election at any level, it is ultimately up to an individual candidate to make the voters aware of his or her campaign.

I regret that not all candidates were in attendance for the debate, however, if a candidate does not have the foresight to expect a debate in a high-density area of their constituency, with a voting population of almost 30,000, then that candidate should accept part of the responsibility for missing the event.

I believe every candidate has the right to participate in any all-candidate debates. That the Green Party was not invited was an unintentional oversight. I believe this campus is a place where any party can have its ideas heard and discussed. All candidates have equal opportunity to come to Western and communicate their ideas one on one with students; the fact that some candidates missed this debate in no way limits their ability to campaign on this campus.

Scott Belton
USC Governmental Affairs Commissioner

Don't hate N'SANTOS

Re: Rock star status questioned, Nov. 17.

To the Editor:

Beware Ivey! Lurking in your halls is one of the most dangerous creatures.

Yes, I'm talking about the ever present "Jealous Guy." Daniel Steiche made it very clear that he is no fan of N'SYNC and that the group does not deserve the title "rock stars."

Now I'm not here to stand up for N'SYNC, lord knows that while they sleep on their piles of money with many beautiful women, the last thing they need is me defending them. But I will say this, didn't they sell 2.5 million records in a week?!

The biggest reason I'm writing the article is to defend myself.

Why you ask? You see it is my dream to be in a world famous boy band and it is very discouraging to know that people, at this very school, will hate me because of my success.

So please, when N'SANTOS releases their first album and songs like "HI, HI, HI" and "This I'll try to do" skyrocket to the top, please don't listen to the "Jealous Guys."

Jon Santos

Modern bias has no place in old play

Re: Play wimpers softly, Nov. 16.

To the Editor:

In Ben Freedman's review of the English department's production of The Roaring Girl, he commits several factual errors.

Let me start though by fully admitting my bias, as a cast member of The Roaring Girl. While I was disappointed as an actor, that Freedman didn't enjoy the show, I wasn't offended by his decision to give the show a poor review.

What I was offended by, was Freedman's reasoning behind the poor review. Freedman states that "ultimately [the play] draws the conclusion that women are the stronger and more insightful gender." (Just as an aside here, let me point out that a play doesn't draw a conclusion – a person does.) I don't think this claim is a fair one.

The Roaring Girl is not a play about male-bashing; in fact, the play was written by two men. Besides, one should consider the context in which the play was written, of which Freedman seems completely unaware.

Actually, he gives the impression that this is a recently written play.

The Roaring Girl was written by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton in 1611, based on the story of a notorious London pickpocket, Mary Frith. It isn't very insightful to impose our modern biases, which we take for granted, on a 17th century play.

Case in point: Freedman's argument that in today's society "few would publicly argue that women aren't as bright and rational as men."

Remember, it's very easy to criticize, but to criticize well – that's an art.

Danika Barker
(a.k.a. Jack Dapper)
English III

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