Volume 94, Issue 59

Tuesday, January 9, 2001


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Ex-prez says Playboy's praise is an urban myth

To the Editor:

I'm always amazed at how many students believe stories that are clearly urban myths – "My cousin's ex-girlfriend lived in rez with someone that this really happened to!" or something like that.

One that has persisted for many years is that Playboy magazine rated Western as having the 'best looking women on campus.' A common variation passed from soph to frosh is that Saugeen was rated 'the best place to get laid.'

Well, if you check out Playboy on-line, http://www.playboy.com/on-/features/topten/ it clearly states that this is a common urban myth on MANY different campuses, and until now, it has NEVER rated campuses before.

I'm sorry to say that the University of Texas was #1, not Western. However, I have spent a semester at UTexas and have seen the best the US has to offer. Trust me, Western – you'll always be #1.

Dave Tompkins
USC President '96-'97

Would-be cheater relieved

Re: Western to crack down on plagiarism, Jan. 5.

To the Editor:

It's a good thing that Western is making a pledge to purchase anti-plagiarism software. I was starting to get worried that I would have to construct my writing and essay assignments with original thoughts, but now that our administration sees fit to administer a Big-Brother-like presence on our academic lives, I can instead concern myself with filling my work with

lifted quotations that I don't truly understand.

Fortunately, that doesn't matter because our administration has benevolently told the students that, so long as you cite properly, you don't need to have an original thought, and having an original thought is bad because our professors might check it against an essay on the Internet and discover that another person had that same "original thought" too.

This system must be incredibly amazing because our administration talks about the database like God. It has all the essays ever done by anyone, so there will be absolutely no ambiguity about the system at all. When the professors shift their work to "God," they'll doubtlessly have time for more important things such as, say, original thought.

I would like to thank Mr. Zimmerman for his part in demonizing the evil of plagiarism, and I would like to thank Mr. Sutton for supporting this movement. I neither have to worry about original thinking or my own morality; as a "would-be cheater," I no longer have to worry about being good – it's done for me.

Curtis W. L. Jones
Honours Sociology II

Reader feels people impressed by the measure of his engineering degree; not arts

Re: A late but certainly credible response, Jan. 5.

To the Editor:

Upon reading Hema Kaura's letter, I find myself reflecting the true value of a university education. I agree with the fact that the world will always need both arts and sciences. However, I don't agree that not having any Arts graduates will result in the world's inability to read and write. Please note that those with the capacity to excel in math and science are not confined to not being able to read and write.

Hema, you claim the reason you came to university was to learn and only to learn. This is just downright silly. If this was the case, you would attend lectures, buy and read the textbooks but not pay tuition and therefore not get your degree. This would have saved your "investment." Or you can go on paying tuition but never claim to have a degree. You would have gotten the same education, but not the piece of paper.

Now I am by no means saying that the piece of paper is all that matters, I am saying that we are all here in part to have the proof of education and not just the education itself. Who in this university would turn down their degree because they knew they were educated and that's all that mattered?

What I am trying to say is, that most of us are here for distinction and to achieve goals. We are here to make ourselves feel that we are different than everyday people with respect to education. As far as wanting jobs, a lot of students come here with hopes of someday being able to practice as physicians, lawyers, and engineers. These are not jobs one can simply go to a college for.

Assuming that the education across faculties are relatively equal, we would all get the same quality of education but the piece of paper will be valued differently. I know that when I leave this place in search of new goals and dreams, more people will be impressed with my Bachelor's of Engineering Science than my Bachelors of Arts whether I like it or not.

John Michura
Software Engineering / Psychology III

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