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Thursday, February 13, 2003

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Simon should like to do drawrings

Re: Chalk is for boards, not building," Feb. 7

To the Editor:

As a member of and executive of a club on campus, and being an ardent supporter of all things Western, I find Mr. Donato's letter to be a closed-minded view of campus culture, and freedom of expression. The concrete of [the University Community Centre's], Concrete Beach and the Social Science Building are focal points of the Western community.

They are a place for the exercise of a fundamental right, the right to freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. I don't agree with his policy of reprimanding clubs for this action and putting an end to chalk advertising. This in itself would limit a fundamental freedom guaranteed to all citizens of Canada. Being a geology major, I'm sure Mr. Donato knows that chalk is not permanent, and having it on the concrete is not the end of the world.

Ask any person who follows media in society and I'm sure they'll tell you this form of media works, has been around for a while and is here to stay (I hope). To outright ban chalking is unreasonable and a violation of those fundamental rights. Let's face it – the only areas that get chalked are flat, gray pieces of concrete – not University College or other historic stonework buildings.

To assume allowing this practice to continue, fearing that Western will turn into a five-year-old's chalktown, is laughable at best. To answer your question, nothing is stopping any event promoter from chalking Western's walls – except maybe you and your ideals.

To quote a famous proponent, "Well you know my name is Simon, and I like to do drarwrings."

James Doughty
Biology IV

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