Volume 94, Issue 52

Thursday, November 30, 2000


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Open mouth, insert foot - critic rips into stripper editorial

Re: Sex on the Concrete Beach, Nov. 24.

To the Editor:

While not in any way attempting to defend the notion of strippers on campus (or anywhere else), I must call out The Gazette on their questioning of the recent Wave event.

The editorial cites "that in a place of higher learning, arguably low-brow diversions are one of the biggest attractions of the year on campus."

In actual fact, a greater irony is The Gazette considering itself a valid critic regarding the issue.

The fact is that The Gazette's reliance on sexually-explicit attempted "humour" in past choices of photo captions, Friday weekend pages, comics and editorial cartoons, a Fall of '99 column on pornography and yes, the comics are no different.

Combinations of this potentially mind-numbing array are no less than a daily event on campus (comics appearing but once a week).

If it is the case that university is an environment where more enlightened activity is meant to reign, as the editorial muses, then perhaps our paper could lead the way?

Feel free to call me a prude, insensitive to intentional irony, or completely disrespectful to established editorial tradition, but the chance to be so, was far too great an opportunity to miss.

Emily Norman
Honours Politics III

Gazette's lack of CASA coverage "unfortunate"

To the Editor:

It was unfortunate that The Gazette chose not to cover the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) "Hostage Brain" tour when it stopped at Western this past week.

Leading up to a presentation at the University Students' Council meeting, I spent two days in the Atrium of the Univeristy Community Centre informing students about what their federal lobby organization was doing for them in Ottawa.

Hundreds stopped by to inquire about the Hostage Brain, fill out a survey and get informed about education issues affecting them.

Operation Massive seemed to be the topic of the week, losing $31,000 of students' money and calling into question the 'accountability' of students' dollars. Yet CASA is funded by students' money. In fact, approximately $1 from students' USC fees go towards CASA every year.

That's a lot of money not being 'accounted' for by this paper. I have travelled to a number of campuses across the country, gaining great media exposure, and though I did interviews with other media sources while in London, The Gazette chose not to cover the event. How unfortunate.

Mark Kissel
CASA National Director
B. Mus. '99

Article on '72 goal masks truth on Christ

Re: The legacy of '72 still lingers, Nov. 23.

To the Editor:

I feel it is my duty to share the news – the real news – with my fellow students, because it seems we can no longer rely on our beloved newspaper for the truth. I am writing in response to the Nov. 23 article about Paul Hendersen's recent visit to Western.

Paul Hendersen's "life-changing" event was NOT the goal he scored at the 1972 Summit Series that made him famous, as the article purports.

His "lfe-changing" even was when he finally turned to God and accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour, after years of fame and financial success failed to fill the empty space in his heart that left him searching for more.

Hendersen's talk on Monday night had less to do with that famous goal than it did about how Christianity saved him from a life of materialism and pride.

Did you catch that in the article? I didn't.

As well, his visit to Western was sponsored by Atheletes in Action, one of over eight interdenominational Christian groups on campus.

That wasn't in the article either.

Paul Hendersen came to share his testimony about how God is at work in his life. It was funny, it was inspirational and hockey was mentioned yes, but as background information in the story of his life.

It has come to my attention that Christianity has become a taboo here at Western, especially at The Gazette, where articles and editorial cartoons blatantly poke fun at Christians. It is a sad reality, but I understand that not everyone has a personal realtionship with God. However, that does not condone ridiculing those who do, or modifying the truth to mask the Christian presence at Western's community.

I can only speculate the article was written in accordance with the new anti-Christian trend, and that a famous hockey legend who was proud to be a Christian was embarrassing and too controverial to publicly announce.

Regardless of the personal opinions of the reporter, the truth is the truth, and I believe that The Gazette's readership deserves an objective broadcast of the news and not a biased, subjective substitute.

Sarah Scholte
French/English III

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