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Thursday, March 6, 2003

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O-Week and Chili Peppers

Re: "Rescuing a sacred Western tradition," Feb. 8

To the Editor:

In her letter to the editor defending Orientation Week, Sandy "Amazon" Brunton said that I probably wouldn't have enjoyed any similar program at any other university.

First, I can tell you that Laurentian had a much better first week in terms of fun. Their week was sponsored by Molson, which immediately speaks to the entire freshman class. Also, they had a hotter act than Sloan perform: Swollen Members. I'm not a huge fan of them, but I would have at least showed up if we had booked them. Worse still, Sloan performed (if you can call it that) at Brock and at Guelph the same week.

We're Western; we shouldn't be shown up by Laurentian or share anything with Brock or Guelph. And guess who played Ottawa during O-Week? Yep, the rumours were true – the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. So, whoever had the job of booking a great "mystery band" missed the boat. Sloan sucks. Face it, someone goofed.

As for our O-Week program being "one of the most extensive in the country," I couldn't agree more. But why is it so extensive? Western's O-Week requires extensive planning to cater to the large number of bodies. That's it.

Who are your friends who "actually complain that their (O-Week) wasn't the same?" My friends at other schools were relieved when they heard that their first week wasn't as bad as ours. The summer camp-like atmosphere isn't part of the fun, unless you enjoy being treated like you're nine-years-old. Since you mentioned it, the only "common ground" on which to start a conversation would go something like this:

"Hi, I'm Chris. I've cheered long enough. Wanna go do something more interesting/exciting/intelligent/enjoyable?" I am by no means too mature for childish games. As for the stick up my ass, I'd be glad to take it out long enough to listen appreciatively to the nonsense you have forced Gazette readers to endure in your letter.

Chris Clarke
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