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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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"Funboy" calls for Gino unity


Re: "Guys who sweat cologne," Mar. 6

To the Editor:

I feel it necessary to respond to the letter written by some poor sap who had his shoes stolen at his own house by some Armani cologne-wearing "fun boys."

Admittedly, it is disheartening to realize that too many of the supposedly erudite population of London/Western students are closer to Compton material than to Mensa. Yet most Western students are already painfully aware of the rampant, felonious behaviour that permeates this campus and need not be reminded.

However, the previous letter brings to light a much more subtle offense that also permeates our hallowed halls of enlightenment. This offense, my friends, is the unashamed and deliberate attack on everything that is "Gino."

The letter rambles on endlessly, describing the thieves as a club hopping, finicked, pretentious, hair sporting, Aqua di Gio-wearing "funboys." Although, I commend the letter for not blatantly stating Gino, I, a self- confessed "funboy," take exception. How and why has it become fashionable to refer to people or a style as Gino? It is conspicuously derogatory and approaching prejudice, yet everyone feels free to banter it around like it's acceptable.

I say Ginos UNITE! Let's take back the word and revel in our good looks and stunning fashion sense – only then will we be heard. I will not stand by and let the "Gino nation" be maligned and associated with common thieves. And, to the guy who wrote the letter, maybe you should channel your dislike to your apparently licentious roommates who are corralling half-soused nightclub rabble back to your house. Leave us and our imported expensive cologne out of your malice.

Anthony F.
Sociology III

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