Volume 94, Issue 82

Tuesday, February 27, 2001


OPINIONS

Letters to the Editor

Party politics and drinking presidents

Florida - the land of the free and fat

Letters to the Editor

Girl question stays political


Re: Girls smarter than boys? Feb. 15.
To the Editor:

Why did no women run for University Students' Council president? Our Board of Governors representative, Melissa Parker, would have you believe that women are too 'smart' to take this position.

I believe comments such as these are immature and discouraging, especially considering that they came from a student leader. Yes, women are 'smart' which is why we SHOULD be running for president of the USC.

We should be encouraging women to run for political positions and we should take pride in those that run. However, if women are in fear that one of their elected peers is going to publicly ridicule women that run for office because they lack intelligence, maybe we have found the answer to why there were no women in the race for USC president.

If women are too smart to run for office, why did Melissa Parker run? Your comments have done nothing except make me question your competency as my student representative on the Board of Governors.

Angela Self
Honours English II




Slack week re-evaluated


To the Editor:
I just wanted to congratulate Western on reaffirming its position of not taking its students' academic needs seriously.

For those of you who were not in some tropical resort over the past week – but were actually here using this academic break for academic purposes – you may have noticed the same thing. Since this is an academic break, one would justifiably assume that all academic resources and related services would be available to those of us who tried to get some valuable work done.

Alas, this was not the case. Some professors were unavailable during the break. Many services were closed including the University BookStore, and the hours for various Tim Horton's and The D.B.Weldon Library's Quotes were greatly cutback.

Now I realize that there is a great decline in the number of people who remain on campus to do work, and thus there is not as much money to be squeezed out of us. But there are some of us who need these services during the break as we attempt to catch-up, get ahead or just stay on top of our work.

If the administration wants to maintain that the break is an academic one, then they must provide all the services that one would need and want during this time. If this is not the case, then the administration should not allow assignments to have due dates immediately after the break with the tacit assumption that work will be done during this time.

Now that everybody is back on campus, business can resume as usual and student needs and concerns which were not addressed over the break can be dealt with, if it is not too late.

Alex Bowling
Political Science & Media, Information and Technoculture IV




Burying the political hatchet


Re: Rubinoff in hot water, Oct. 27.

To the Editor:
In the Oct. 27, 2000 issue of The Gazette, certain comments of mine concerning Michael Schecter were reported.

Those comments were made in the heat of the moment and were inaccurate and unfortunate. Michael Schecter did an outstanding job in managing our recent student council election.

I apologize to Michael Schecter for any hurt and embarrassment my words may have caused.

Michael Rubinoff
Legal Society President





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