LAST UPDATED: Friday March 21, 2003 - 4:10 p.m.
United States and
British troops punched across the Kuwait-Iraq border yesterday, meeting
minimal Iraqi resistance as they rumbled past flaming oil fields on
their way north. These skirmishes signalled the spearhead of the immense
ground invasion of Iraq had started to knife its way through the desert
destined for Baghdad.
The American-led war on Iraq is at the centre of a media maelstrom, but
how should we ingest the overwhelming amount of information?
The Gazette sought some of Western's own expert opinions on what to expect
in the war's coverage.
"Propaganda," said Huron University College political science
professor Paul Nesbitt-Larking. "It's wartime, and everyone has a
vested interest, especially the combatant sides.
critic slams Tory record on education
The provincial Progressive Conservatives were lambasted on their social
policy yesterday afternoon in the University Community Centre by the
New Democratic Party's critic for the Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities, Rosario Marchese.
Marchese appeared alongside Rebecca Coulter, NDP candidate for London
North Centre, courtesy of SmartVote. SmartVote is a University Students'
Council initiative which encourages members of provincial parliament
to come and speak directly to students at Western, said USC VP-education
Residence representation key concern
A motion that could
alter the entire structure of the University Students' Council has residence
councillors in an uproar about losing their voting power.
possibility of a faculty strike or lockout before the end of the academic
term is virtually impossible, as the conciliation process has begun and
the next meeting is scheduled for Mar. 28.
> NEWS FOR DUMMIES: Dummy news in poetic form
noticed some things lately about humanity as a whole, how we’ve
all gotten so uninteresting. I’m guessing it wasn’t
always like this. But somewhere, sometime, someone put their
foot down and said, “everyone pick now, cuz we’re
stopping this little revolving door.” so they did, and
here we are; everyone is in their little box of who they are.
The taxi drivers are taxi drivers, the starvers are still starving,
and old withering musicians showing up on “Behind the
Music” are still doing, well, that. So I’m supposed
to figure out what I am, because that’s the little box
I’m supposed to be.
And then there’s money, making trouble like a child with
a noisemaker; you can’t really blame it, but you want
to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to shut him up for a little while,
so you can finally get some peace and quiet.
I just got sidetracked thinking about groups of friends. How
people seem different in every combination. When I was young
I wanted to have a group like I saw on TV, the poison that is
in place to convince everyone that their lives are substandard
and buying little packets of dishwasher detergent or Coke will
make them better. I realize now that those little groups are
impossible. There’s no one time when everyone likes each
other, and there’s no one time when you can tolerate everyone.
Just as one person gets on your nerves, you drift toward the
others, until you spend too much time with them, so you just
float around until you drift to entirely new people altogether
and the cycle begins again.
So we seem to be stuck in place, in this little hole, like a
pack of cars surrounding a police car that’s the only
group actually going the speed limit and there’s nowhere
to go cuz anywhere you went you’d run into other people.
Of course, I don’t want to come off like a hermit or anything.
I’m not that antisocial. Just very selective. I don’t
think I do it too much, as much as some do it too little. Way
too many people should be outcast from society for just being
blithering idiots. There are those, that take up room in now
dance used-to-be-real-music clubs, and show up at school once
a week, and think they have a future, and are so rotted with
narcotics and alcohol they actually think it brilliant to write
their name in piss on the wall. These are the ones that make
me vote for capital punishment. But that would just get corrupt
like everything else, I’m sure.
So what’s the proper course of action? First, teach myself
to do things only for myself, not anticipating others reading,
or hearing, giving me feedback, and “constructive criticism”.
Oh, you thought I meant what’s the proper course FOR YOU?
Oooooh....well....I’d like to skip cliches, so I won’t
say anything, because there seems to be a cliche for everything,
none of which are ever followed. Just don’t be afraid
to piss on the wall, so we’ll all know in advance who
the idiots are. Let’s see them turn that into a fortune
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