EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Get off the shed!
To the Editor:
Here are my thoughts on the recent Tiffany’s Bracelet
Shut up. Both sides. Seriously. This is becoming plain annoying.
I bet Western is not the only school where girls own expensive
jewelry. I agree a blatant display of materialism is quite
irritating, but there are current issues far more important.
I’ll provide a list: the illegitimate war in Iraq; the
departure of our prime minister of a decade; the turmoil in
the Middle East; the uniting of the political right in Canada
or the sheer comedic genius of Will Ferrell.
These are just a few issues of the day. Go ahead and discuss!
You’re my boy, Blue!
J. Kendall Cumming
Honors History/Political Science IV
Re: “Sessionals getting shafted,” Oct.
To the Editor:
I was pleased to see an article and editorial on part-time
faculty in The Gazette. Consideration of the plight of “sessionals” is
important, especially given that as of October, more than
400 people were classified as part-time members of the bargaining
unit of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association.
To really understand whether or not our sessionals are being
shafted, some clarifications of the information provided in
the article are in order. First, the definition of a part-time
faculty member as someone “teaching one full course” is
not completely correct. To be defined as a part-time member
for the purposes of determining membership in the Bargaining
Unit of UWOFA, one has to teach at least one full-time course
in the fiscal year. Many so-called part-time faculty teach
a full course load or greater and many have active research
programs. As such, calling them “part-time” is
Second, the quotes attributed to me in the article were in
reference to unhappiness expressed by those (so-called) part-time
members who have been proffered full-time limited term contracts,
as determined by the conditions of the Collective Agreement
ratified this past May. Although the standard workload is 40
per cent teaching, 40 per cent research and 20 per cent service,
most of the contracts I have seen give no credit to the research
activities of many of our so-called part-timers, and have calculated
the teaching component as 80 per cent of their workload. Consequently,
such faculty would be asked to teach up to five full courses
for a salary less than they would earn if they were paid per
course as a part-time member! Also, to my surprise, the salary
offered in these contracts does not appear to differ as a function
of experience: your professor may have been offered the same
salary after 20 years as a (so-called) part-time faculty member
at Western as one who has served this Academy for seven or
Re: “The Hard Sell of Stem Cell Research,” Nov.
To the Editor:
Mr. Buczkowski, your comments on my stand surrounding embryonic
stem cell research seem to be irrelevant. It is clear you
have missed my point, so let’s try this again. I have
no idea how you were able to justify Bill C-13 based on the
fact that only “discarded embryos” left over
from in vitro fertilization procedures would be used. Since
when is “discarding embryos” morally acceptable?
What a total disrespect for life!
As for the rest of your letter, what does “stringent
government guidelines” mean? Absolutely nothing. Just
because the bill has been tossed around for 10 years does not
automatically grant it the authority to be passed. I challenge
you to start asking questions instead of accepting what society
says and does.
Just because these embryos were destined to be “discarded” does
not validate the research.
To state “the ethical questions have been asked” and “it
is time to take the next step” is an illogical deduction,
especially if the ethical questions have NOT been answered
properly. There is no way to regulate and license the death
of thousands of humans for the sake of research. It is sad
you think the benefits of embryonic stem cell research for
all of humanity outweigh the cost.
Perhaps, you do not realize what the cost really is and this
is why you, along with the rest of secular society, fail to
see the importance of this issue. I will keep all of you in
my prayers. Some day you will understand.
Melinda A. White
Missed vote = wet
To the Editor:
It was great to see two Western students — Josh Morgan
(running for city councillor) and Dave Forestell (running for
school board trustee) — trying to provide a voice for
students in the London municipal election. Josh lost his race
by approximately 4,700 votes; Dave lost his race by approximately
About 10,000 Western students were eligible to vote, but few
did. The reason students have no voice is because they choose
not to participate. The Gazette did next to nothing to cover
the election and the University Students’ Council’s
SmartVote campaign was abysmal in comparison to the excellent
campaign they undertook during the provincial election — residence
officials also prevented candidates from distributing information
during the municipal election.
For the next three years, as Western students and London residents,
we will be ignored by the policy makers of this city and it’s
our own fault. Think about that next time a full LTC bus flies
by you as you’re waiting in the rain.