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Can't spell 'Campus Life' without Camus

Re: “Modern day rebellion: relevant or ridiculous?” Nov. 20, 2003

To the Editor:
I really enjoyed the articles on modern rebellion and I was quite surprised that your writers included a quote from Camus in their exposition. Different writers all point to a few “established” forms of rebellion: tattoos, piercing, hairstyles, drugs, etc. but Camus is mainly concerned with rebellion of a much more extreme character: suicide. This is the most radical form of rebellion, not only against social or cultural conventions, but against life itself.

Perhaps suicide was not included in the paper because of the taboos surrounding it. It is worth noting, however, that after careful examination, Camus finds that suicide is not a viable option no matter how detestable the human condition.

For Camus, suicide is the ultimate accepting of one’s fate. It acknowledges death’s conclusive and terminal grip on one’s life. To be a rebel then, is to be aware of and simultaneously reject death. To be a rebel is simply to choose to continue living.

Christopher Smeenk
Philosophy III

Trash talking

To the Editor:
Have you ever been to the University Community Centre at night?

Strange things occur — girls in pajamas; a random bar-hopper puking on the tile floor; a sketchy boy who seems to never stop eating the junk food from Vendology 101. Then there’s yourself, maybe a hard-working student who is staying up late to do assignments or study for a final or maybe an insomniac who doesn’t feel like being alone.

But the strangest thing about being at the UCC at night (after there is no Tim Hortons, Spoke or Wave open for business) is that it is grossly dirty. I am not an environmentalist, but just a young girl who has realized that once all the students have gone back to their homes, they have left their mess behind.

Come on, you know who you are! You are people that eat your meal then get up and leave behind all your garbage. As I sat in the UCC last night, I realized I was sitting in the middle of eight tables all full of garbage.

Honestly, I don’t understand it. I must walk by at least 50 garbage cans daily and I only have classes at University College and Talbot College, so I don’t even walk far (especially considering I only live at Delaware Hall).

So is it just me? Am I the only one that SEES these garbage cans? I beg of you Western, someone please explain why people don’t throw out their garbage.

Alexandra McGugan
Film Studies II



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