Volume 96, Issue 9
Thursday September 12, 2002

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Other papers do it clean

To the Editor:

After reading The Gazette's Frosh Edition, I wasn't appalled to learn that Housing pulled it from the residences. Since you asked for a student's opinion, I'll offer one. While the editors might joke about being drunk most of the time, and I do understand that sarcasm is a form of humour, I found the Frosh Issue to be over the top. Two words come to mind: trashy and sleazy. Some facts: The Gazette had captions like "Sex at University: Your guide to banging" (complete with an accompanying photo). Another photo showed two students in a bathroom urging frosh to "get creative before you get freaky," and my favourite piece of fine journalism, an article giving tips on buying drugs was entitled "Get your uppers get your downers."

I vividly remember my Frosh Week and there was a lot more to it than excessive drinking, drug use and randomly sleeping with floormates. Just because Housing tried to uphold some integrity, I don't think they're trying to paint Western as Disneyland.

I took the liberty of doing some research and discovered that other Canadian student newspapers had more to comment on than sex, booze and weed during Frosh Week. The University of British Columbia's student newspaper, The Ubyssey, ran stories on longer bar hours and tuition hikes, while Guelph's student paper, The Ontarion, wrote on alcohol-free Frosh Week programming and the paper at Simon Frasier University even ran a story on the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

I do, however, applaud The Gazette for encouraging first year students to get involved with campus activities because Western certainly has a lot to offer. That can't be stressed enough.

Tara Wells
Political Science I

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