Volume 96, Issue 7
Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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Does Housing equal Dr. Evil?

It is with great dismay that I heard about UWO Housing's recent decisions to a) prohibit faculty sophs from entering on a more than one per floor basis and b) remove The Gazette's frosh issue from the newsstands in residence. These two decisions clearly show that UWO Housing have either deluded themselves into becoming overprotective parents or are waving their metaphorical dick around in an effort to see just how much power they actually have.

I was a frosh in 1998, the first year that faculty sophs were a regular part of the Orientation program. Admittedly, there were problems with faculty sophs that year as no one was entirely sure what their role was supposed to be. In the four years since then, faculty sophs have made incredible strides to make themselves a crucial part of Orientation programming and an invaluable resource for not only residence sophs, but also the entire Housing community.

For UWO Housing to unilaterally declare that "too many faculty sophs are a bad thing" (compared to two years ago and "too many residence sophs were a bad thing and we need more faculty sophs") shows that Housing is not concerned with the best interests of first-year students, but instead with merely becoming cartoonish super villains. Secondly, to reinforce that faculty sophs should still be permitted to help with the move-in process, but then not be allowed to participate in further residence activities, contradicts the efforts of all those involved in the Orientation program.

Everyone has wanted faculty sophs to be seen as more than just "movers." Apparently UWO Housing feels faculty sophs no longer carry any contribution to the program, other than the boxes of those moving in.

Finally, I was curious if Housing could please elaborate on its general statement of "safety concerns." From my experience, a willing volunteer who has signed a contract explicitly stating what behaviours are forbidden during O-Week is nothing to be concerned with.


Jon Richardson
Kinesiology 2002
Med-Syd Soph 1998-99
Med-Syd Head Soph
1999-2000

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