Volume 95, Issue 32

Tuesday, October 30, 2001
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The good, the bad, and the ugly

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Board 2001-2002

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Good

The sweet smell of success wafted through the air this weekend for Western athletes.

The men's football team was victorious in their Ontario University Athletics quarterfinal against the Waterloo 19-11, avenging their 22-3 Homecoming loss to the Warriors. Head coach Larry Haylor and the rest of the Mustang brass must be smiling, especially after everyone had pretty much written this team off early in the season.

The tennis teams were serving up aces, as the men finished second and the women third in OUA finals.

But, the hopes of a legitimate national champion begin and end with the women's soccer team.

The soccer squad has been scintillating all season, completing a 180 degree turn from last year's horrific season, dominating the OUA West and notching the number two ranking in Canada.

The Bad

The recent increase in drug busts will undoubtedly send shock waves throughout the university population.

How will it be possible to sit through class now?

London police have busted $3 million in marijuana already this year. Last year, the figure was a meager $2 million.

In all seriousness, spending all their hours busting kids smoking a little weed is just going to take time away from more productive tasks. Police should focus on problems like the sexual predator in the city's North end and the hard drugs that are worth their time.

And how does society expect starving students to pay for tuition when we can't sell grass to dirty little kids hangin' around outside variety stores.

Whatever happened to having a little fun? As Adam Sandler would say "let's all just go to our happy place." Besides most students use weed for, er, medicinal purposes anyway... yeah, that's the ticket.

The Ugly

What do you get when you combine the Progressive Conservative convention and the conservative City of London?

Absolutely nothing.

The convention this weekend came and went and the endless droves of cops could have spent their precious time better at Timmy Ho-Ho's. There were, in ball park figures, a paltry 200 protesters, yet the police presence was extensive.

We can't blame the police though. They were expecting masses of Harris-haters primed to wreak havoc.

The police handled the march well, but the barricade around the Convention Centre was a bit excessive.

It's the protesters who should walk away with their tails tucked between their legs. They talked the talk, but when push came to shove, the protesters bailed.

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