November 21, 2003  
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Western said see ya, boi

To the Editor:

We look forward each year to November, when pleasure ice-skating at Thompson Arena begins. Who doesn't have a childhood memory of skating when they think of the Canadian winter? Isn't it a big part of our pride and identity?

Through all the years we have been at Western, pleasure ice-skating was offered every other day during the lunch hour, evening skating during the week and some ice time during the weekend. It was part of the recreation fees paid by each student. But in October, searching the Campus Recreation and Thompson Arena Web sites, no such information could be found. So, we e-mailed each organization and each in turn told us to go to the other for information. Campus Rec blamed Thompson Arena and claimed they had nothing to do with public skating, while Thompson Arena blamed Campus Rec.

We did find out that as of right now, there are two hours of skating offered during the week from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday (until the beginning of December). This is a shame because hardly anyone knows when public skating is being held, as it is not advertised and also no such information was provided at the end of October when both organizations were giving us the run-around.

We are paying the same Campus Rec fees as we did last year - if not more - and getting less for our money. What other business can afford this? As students, we know most of the services we pay for as part of being students are mandatory, so we cannot choose to stop paying for the services when the quality and/or quantity deteriorates. Once again, students get shafted due to the bureaucracy on campus.

Katerina Kryst
PhD Candidate Chemical Engineering
Shikha Singh
BSc Biology 2003

Anti-rap e-mail criz-appy

Re: "Invent-izzle," Nov. 14, 2003

To the Editor:

I have a problem with the author's argument that rap lyrics are too phallo-centric and materialistic. I generally agreed with the letter, since I personally don't enjoy the fact many rap artists objectify and commodify women by comparing them to cars and money.

However, Ms. Meehan makes an analogy that seems to undermine her overall position: "R. Kelly's attempt at metaphor is as contrived as a Louis Vuitton bag and a track suit." I find it ironic that someone - whose apparent knowledge of $600 handbags allows her to form an analogy that criticizes someone else's use of metaphor - apparently has a problem with other well-off individuals listing their assets in music.

So Ms. Meehan, you can hardly blame these artists for flaunting their material possessions. I'm guessing that, unlike you, they had to work for them.

Nick Michalak
Honours English I

Minimum rage

Re: "Liberals to give boost to minimum wage," Nov. 19, 2003

To the Editor:

Coming to Ontario from Vancouver, I wasn't particularly shocked to find out the minimum wage here is $6.85 an hour, having always heard tales of how ridiculously conservative this province is. I've never worked for less than $8.75 an hour. If businesses are struggling here, it's more likely because no one can afford to buy anything from them, being paid only insulting pocket change. Any increase is a step in the right direction for Ontario.

Jim Atwood
Honours Sociology II

Queerline funding not enough

Re: "Queer youth missing out," Nov. 14, 2003.

To the Editor:

Although The Gazette did well in reporting on the issue of Queerline not quite meeting its expected deadline, and some of the problems this entailed, I wish to bring to your attention one of the problems you outlined.

With regards to the issue of funding, The Gazette nor queer youth (please don't speak for queer youth) need not express disappointment with Queerline not meeting their deadline. It is on its way! However, as funding goes in any given situation, the only way you can meet the needs of a community is when that funding is in place. The Gazette staff needs to provide more information when researching for the purpose of effective journalism.

We are very lucky to have Queerline available on campus at all, let alone campus facilities extending these services outside to a larger existing community. The lump sum of $14,000 [from the City of London] for funding is a far cry from what is really needed to address the issues that queer youth face within an existing hetero-normative society.

Any possible failure Queerline may face is in finding that the $14,000 is not enough to meet a wide London district of queer youth. If my background in business and my association with other queer organizations serves me correctly, then it is in my opinion that Queerline may run into difficulty sustaining their service without future support from the City and other community organizations in London. Continued funding above and beyond $14,000, along with the full and complete support of others outside Queerline on campus, is essential in sustaining an organization.

Doretta Klaric
Women's Studies II




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