Volume 94, Issue 95
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:
As anyone who has been involved with organized sports will tell you, being cut from a team is one of the most humbling experiences a person can have.
I'm well acquainted with this feeling, having been cut from my high school basketball team several times.
That's why I feel a certain empathy with the 80 or so off-campus sophs that will be dismissed within the next week or so. Imagine the disappointment one would feel after getting cut from what is essentially a volunteer activity.
Let me repeat: We are cutting volunteers.
To make matters worse, several of these students are only 18 and 19-years-old. For many of them, this is their first experience with volunteering. What is the message we are sending them don't bother?
At this point, a few clarifications are in order. I'm certainly not suggesting that Western let just anyone become a soph. Some students are undoubtedly volunteering for the wrong reasons and there should be a screening process in place to weed these people out.
Secondly, I don't subscribe to the widely held theory that sophs are an elitist clique. Sophs do an incredible job under difficult circumstances. They deserve our gratitude for making Orientation Week a yearly success with their hardwork and good spirits. I'm close friends with a few sophs and I know them to be some of the friendliest and most approachable people you will ever meet. I have no doubt that the vast majority of sophs at Western fit this profile, just as I have no doubt the vast majority of this week's cuts fit the same profile.
So to those of you who have been cut, I salute you for your effort. And now, if you'll excuse me, it's time to go practice my jump shot.
Honours Political Science/Media Information and Technology II
Re: God is good and all, except..., Mar. 16
To the Editor:
I find Emmett Macfarlane's comments regarding the University College hill Christian choir to be superficial and his apparent perspective on the word 'God' archaic.
Who is Macfarlane to say what's not 'God?'
Macfarlane also said he feels the choir's singing is harassment. Were Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches "harassment" to those who did not believe in racial equality?
Does that mean the speeches should never have been made?
I'm sure the content of the songs are also an issue for Macfarlane. The choir unarguably sings about a faith not every individual on campus subscribes to.
I would have loved to see his letters of protest to the numerous radio stations who promoted two-time Grammy winner Eminem's lyrics. Or is violence not as offensive as Christianity?
When the choir sings, they express their faith in their beliefs. They do not baptize people at gun point. Yet, Macfarlane is well within his rights to take offence to the University College hill Christian choir. He's even allowed to voice those opinions in a public arena.
Thank 'God' for tolerance and freedom of speech.
Scholars Electives I
To the Editor:
I am a very bitter student at this point, thanks to the inefficiency of our so-called, Internet service providers, i.e. Reznet. I have, for close to a month, been connected to the Internet a service I paid for and was guaranteed to have for my entire school year.
At this crucial time with exams approaching, essays due, etc., I would at least think Reznet would be willing to help me by doing their duty and fixing my problem.
I have filed complaint after complaint and finally, on what seemed to be the one hundredth phone call, I was told, "I think it could be a problem with your port we'll try and send someone over to fix it."
That was a week and a half ago.
It is now safe (or indeed unsafe) to say, I am as mad as a raging bull. Can you blame me? Need I mention I am an international student for whom e-mail is the key source of communication with my family, thousands of miles away.
If Reznet cannot do their job and repair the cable port or take care of the problem, whatever it is and it definitely is not my brand new computer then I beg them to, at the very least, have pity on me and restore my Internet.
Re: Huron student dies in highway tragedy, LMar. 20.
To the Editor:>
Sometimes in our lives we are faced with such adversity we feel as if the world has turned its back against us. Hope is replaced by hopelessness and faith is consumed by sadness.
We look to God for answers, but are awarded with none, because there are none to be had. In the pit of our stomachs, a screw is twisted and tugged, leaving us a nervous wrecking ball of destructive thoughts that breaks apart any last fragment of stone. Stones that may put together the pieces that led to such a tragedy taking place.
No matter how much we try, those pieces will be shattered, because we do not have control over these misfortunes. It's something we, as human beings, will never have within our grasps, no matter what sort of technical and scientific innovations the future has in store.
With that is mind, we must come together as human beings to build up a foundation of artificial stone that is stronger than any that came before it.
With the support of one another, we can rise above what is out of our control and work with what has already been determined for us. We all came together Sunday morning, to not only mourn the loss of a dear friend, but also to pay tribute to his life.
Let us learn from the tragedy of a young man's vast potential cut short and move forward with our own lives with new insight and vision. If nothing else, let Jordan's memory remind us how fragile life can be and how powerful we can make it.
Let us live each day with the knowledge we will never experience the same day again. Say the things you long to say, because one day you may lose the chance and wish you had another. Above all, live your life to its fullest extent, cutting no corners and making no excuses.
Let us appreciate and value life with our heads high and a smile on our faces, just like Jordan did.
This note is in memory of our friend Jordan Propas, who was taken from us far too soon. He will be in our hearts forever.
To the Editor:
I would like to extend my congratulations to the four new University Students' Council Board of Directors members who were elected this past Saturday and welcome them to next year's USC team.
They are four excellent people, who will serve the students of this university well.
I would also like to thank those candidates who were not successful in their bid for a VP position. They put a lot of work into their campaigns, which was shown through the time they dedicated to meeting with as many council members as possible, and the passion they showed to us all.
For myself and many others, it was a very difficult decision. I appreciated each of the candidates taking the time to sit down with me to discuss the ways they thought the USC and campus in general could be improved.
I would like to urge each of them to not let their ideas die and to make sure they are incorporated into next year's council.
Many people across this campus have said to me what a great year they feel the next one will be. I respond to them with a big smile and say, it's going to be great.
With glasses raised, we give a toast here's to 2001-2002, the year for building bridges.
Honours Political Science II
2001-2002 Social Science Councillor
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