EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
To the Editor:
Homer would be glad to know that the epic tradition of the
catalogue still survives in the 21st century in the genre of
music known as rap. Except instead of cataloging ships and
epic battles, rappers recount their possessions from Bentleys
to bitches. That means devotees of rap music share something
in common with an insurance salesman: they both listen to a
homeowner?s inventory. A long list has the same significance
a Hummer has for a short man. It follows the bigger the list?
the bigger the SUV limo?
50 Cent represents the greatest paradox of the rap industry.
While rappers define themselves by what they own, they also
pride themselves on being ?motherf@#$ing P-I-M-P-S.? Let?s
face it, I?m sure Beyonce can get a dollar out of Jay-Z. R
Kelly apparently forgot to inform 50 Cent what the ladies want
and yes, it?s more than a toonie. What women want is romance
and nothing says sexy like making women and cars analogous.
I know what I want is for a man to tell me to stick his key
in my ignition. R. Kelly?s attempt at metaphor is as contrived
as a Louis Vuitton bag and a track suit.
P.S.: Someone tell 50 Cent that prison chic is so pass?.
Honours English IV
Re: "Rez ban indicative of soph-Housing relationship?" Nov.
To the Editor:
Being a faculty soph for three years has given me extensive
experience at dealing with Housing. It is clear Western has
reached a breaking point with its off-campus soph program.
Every year, soph numbers are reduced by housing and their responsibilities
cut back. Faculty sophs have it especially hard, as they feel
Housing does not even want them.
Once sophs feel alienated by Housing, it becomes impossible
for the two groups to work together. With this latest action
of banning a soph from residence on questionable grounds, Housing
is already setting the tone for next year. People being drunk
and loud is a weekly occurrence in residence. That doesn't
make those people a security threat.
Housing is punishing Graham because he is a soph and it is
farcical to believe otherwise. We should be working together
towards giving the frosh a complete support program and not
furthering our adversarial relationship by "making an example" out
Over the last three years I've watched the soph program go
on a downward slide and if nothing is done within five years,
I believe there will be no O-Week. Managers and staff need
to come out from behind that desk and talk with sophs to resolve
these issues before it's too late. Until Housing recognizes
the positive influence sophs have, the issue of deteriorating
relations will never be resolved