Volume 94, Issue 103

Wednesday, April 4, 2001


OPINIONS

Letters to the Editor

Will exams stand the test of time?

An oddysey into the colour of language

Letters to the Editor

Senator's alibi writes


Re: Councillor downs senator's comments, Mar. 27.

To the Editor:

On Mar. 27, Paul Yeoman stated, "I hope [Luke Petrykowski] enjoyed his day at some local drinking establishment while his fellow representatives were working for their constituents." Respectfully, the picture painted by Yeoman is incorrect.

Petrykowski was in Thompson Arena at 7:45 a.m., serving as a Student Ambassador for Western's annual March break open house for perspective high school students.

Many parents directed positive feedback his way. His rather misunderstood "silent protest" of the University Students' Council proceedings, was spent helping the future of the university.

Yeoman should speak to Petrykowski before making such assumptions.

I do not necessarily agree with all of Petrykowski's views or politics, but liking or disliking him is a matter of perspective.

Despite his occasionally outlandish actions within the USC, Petrykowski's work on the Senate is commendable. If you have a conversation with him and disregard any preconceived notions, he just might surprise you.

Mitchell Fong
Software Engineering II
Engineering Councillor, 2001-2002




Upside-down frown man


To the Editor:

The final crunch of academia is at hand. With exams looming on the horizon, library cubicles are soon to be filled without vacancy as students prepare to counter the storm of examinations that lie ahead.

Something has all but disappeared from the fifth floor of The D.B Weldon Library to the window seats of the Richmond 6. That something is the common smile.

We should all do our part to combat the dark cloud of frowns and anxiety that is sweeping over the campus. So, the next time we see a grimace or scowl raise its ugly head on the Concrete Beach, we should counter it with a smile from ear to ear.

We should beam, grin, smirk, and shine our collective ray of light on all those around us. Why?

Because we might never get another chance.

Luke Petrykowski
Honours Biology III




Disappointed with caravan


Re: Mixed reviews for club caravan, Mar. 22.

To the Editor:

Two weeks ago was Cultural Caravan, but it's funny how it never felt like it.

As a Western student, I was fairly displeased with the lack of effort and time put forth towards organizing Cultural Caravan Week and the culture show.

I remember last year, when a cultural show was put on to show an array of ethnic presence here at Western. It was fun and interesting to watch. However, I feel this year it was horrible!

Not only was the show cancelled, but the displays in the University Community Centre Atrium were at a bare minimum. Here at Western, we have at least 40 clubs, yet how come there were only really four clubs that I noticed?

Another thing was the lack of coverage displayed in campus news. Even though the actual show didn't go on, there were many great acts put in the Atrium by CSO and WOOF.

Western is a great university, as it is so diverse in many ways. Yet, I still am very disappointed to see clubs such as WOOF put so much effort into their dances only to be let down the week of the show.

Kharita Harrycharran
Honours Media Information and Technoculture II




"Quiet, you!" says reader


Re: Rockin' in the free world, Mar. 27.

To the Editor:

To all those people bitching and complaining about the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas summit in Québec, would you please shut the hell up.

You have no idea what free trade will mean to the economies of Canada and of the developing world. Free Trade is a good thing. It opens closed societies, it enriches our economy and it places everyone under the same rules and regulations regarding trade.

Don't complain that the government is going ahead without consulting the public, because they have. It was a little thing called an election which was held last November in which the Liberals won another majority.

If Canadians didn't feel free trade was a good thing, then more of us would have voted NDP. But then again, with only 60 per cent of us actually voting, I'm willing to bet the majority of protesters didn't bother to vote, so they have no right to complain about the government.

Protesting is a fine and valid method of affecting change, but before throwing on a scarf and burning Québec like the protesters did to Seattle, at least try to learn the truth about our democracy and don't be blind followers of the anti-establishment just because you have too much time on your hands.

Mark Cornell
History/Politics III



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