Volume 96, Issue 79
Wednesday, February 19, 2003

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O-Week care

Re: "Still haunted by O-Week memories," Feb.13

To the Editor:

After reading Chris Clarke's opinion, I am skeptical that O-Week is the base of his problems.

Clarke's apathetic attitude is displayed through many uncharacteristic notions of O-Week. Through the course of the year, we have heard only good things regarding Orientation. Clarke, however, dwells on some facets of O-Week that seem misunderstood in his eyes.

While it is untrue that sophs specifically discourage you from drinking, they do have a vested interest, however, in refraining from pouring booze down your throat – the sophs are the ones who must pick your sweaty, vomitous head out of the toilet at The Spoke and lift your urine-soaked, half-breathing carcass to University Hospital at 3:30 a.m..

So, do we care if you drink during O-Week? No. But, by the same token, we don't hold your feet for a keg-stand knowing full well that we may have to fish your body out of the Thames River later.

While there is much in Clarke's letter that I can't address for lack of space, it is his assertion that sophs secretly hate O-Week that is of interest. If this notion is true, why are there so many sophs that participate in their second, third and even fourth O-Week's, year in and year out?

Monica "Motang" Tang
Medway-Sydenham Head Soph 02/03
ACS II

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