EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Re: “Jesse, Turn It In!,” Oct. 29, 2003
To the Editor:
Thank you to The Gazette for providing me with my morning dose
of irony by so aptly demonstrating how best to aim for an
opinion piece and end up with idiocy.
Aside from skirting very valid concerns about the efficacy
of turnitin.com as an anti-plagiarism tool or the fact two
other such anti-plagiarism companies have been caught “selling” student
papers, The Gazette clearly misses the mark in describing Jesse’s
concerns surrounding intellectual property.
If my intellectual property rights are not being infringed,
could I ask turnitin.com to remove my paper from its database
after it has been checked? Likely not. Turnitin.com relies
on having access to a large database of student work in order
to be an effective tool, access gained through coercion and
not consent. A private company making profit from my work without
my consent would be, in my opinion, the very definition of
a violation of my intellectual property rights.
Perhaps since The Gazette is such a fan of turnitin.com, it
might consider lobbying for broader usage: say, professors
might be required to check their work before publication to
ensure they are not plagiarizing student work. Sound ridiculous
and offensive? Now you know how I feel.
Scholar’s Electives IV
To the Editor:
With regards to the recent provincial election and the upcoming
London civic election, there is an amazing lack of any creativity
or originality in the campaigns of the candidates.
I left London for Montreal on the morning of Oct. 2 and on
Oxford Street, just east of Adelaide St., I saw something which
for me summed up the static and uninteresting nature of modern
political campaigns. There were about 30 Progressive Conservative
campaign signs, spaced about a metre apart lining the right
side of the street, followed by an equal number of Liberal
This is how voters are attracted? Whoever can put up the most
signs will get the vote? Are voters that simplistic that their
vote goes to the candidate who has best hammered their name
into their memory? To me, this bombardment is nothing but wasteful
especially when you think this was only one street.
This leads me to believe if a candidate were to step outside
the realm of convention and do something interesting, he or
she might have a fighting chance. Hell, give me an old van,
a loudspeaker and a vision and I’ll run with it.
Civil/Environmental Engineering II 1/2
I feel the need to comment on your editorial cartoon from
Tue., Oct. 28. I appreciate the humour but suggest your cartoonist
should have looked for an alternative for the word “retarded.” I
thought this particularly upsetting stereotype had fallen
into well-deserved disuse a long time ago and am saddened
it has been taken up by a new and supposedly more enlightened
Barbara Decker Pierce
King’s University College
health is not a cure
Re: “Some private health care services
would help,” Oct. 24, 2003
To the Editor:
It is rather unfortunate Emmett Macfarlane is so clearly
misinformed about the nursing profession and the importance
of “Health for All.”
Macfarlane suggests “it is doctors that are needed,” instead
of relatively useless nurses who “stand around [gossiping]
while patients wait for the one on-duty doctor to see them.” Although
we do agree more doctors are needed, Macfarlane makes several
unfair and uninformed judgments about the nursing profession.
A little research could have shown him that nurses undergo
an intensive educational program and examination to produce
a professional well-versed in patient care. In the context
of hospital nursing, “care” occurs from the moment
of admittance to the moment of discharge, from administering
the bedpan to administering medications — nurses cared
for you when you were born, will care for you if you get
sick and will care for you when you die.
Secondly, Macfarlane’s belief that selective privatization
as the “best way to alleviate some of health care’s
suffering” is a poor argument. He makes reference to
the “slippery slope” of American health care,
where quality follows the money. Privatized MRI clinics,
in his example, would be no different. The MRI technicians
would follow the money resulting in waiting lists that were
just as long as before. What Macfarlane fails to take into
consideration is the finite supply of skilled people. A separate
self-sufficient health care system does not guarantee a larger
quantity of skilled employees to staff it.
We can all agree there are flaws in our “socioeconomic
equality”-based health care system, but this should
not condemn it to an Americanized demise. Canada already
has a world-class health care system and an additional 8,000
nurses can do nothing but advance us towards the national
goal of “Health for All.”
Andrea Marsh and Jill Thiffault
respond to Western's "people watcher"
Re: “Bird Watching,” Oct. 29, 2003
To the Editor:
I would like to thank Daniel Abichanadi for helping me realize
the real reason for my attendance at university is to try
to look HOT so I can impress “people watchers” like
him when I hit the University Community Centre.
As I read his letter, which might have had good intentions,
I found myself wondering about the real issues with his ridiculous
commentary. Why is it the girls at Western can be filed under
three categories by some leering male and then asked to follow
the rule “Go Hot or Go Home?” While I admit there
is an element of humour to be found here, it seems we just
can’t get away from that good old Western stereotype,
which reminds us not to bother coming to class unless we’ve
got blonde hair, flawless make-up, a Louis Vuitton handbag
and, of course, those infamous Tiffany bracelets. The fact
that someone who feels comfortable in track pants is classified
as a person with a “lack of self respect” in
Abichanadi’s letter makes me cringe.
Perhaps these people don’t really give a second thought
to what little Danny Ivey might think about their appearance
and I wonder: are their thoughts more concerned with silly
things like essays and exams?
Finally, I couldn’t help but notice this letter came
from an HBA student, which made me laugh. Thanks for making
it so much easier for us arts kids to believe in OUR old
stereotype of the Ivey student who breathes materialism and
who has a general snobbish disregard for everyone else.
By the way Daniel, we did come here to LEARN a few things,
so GET REAL or GET LOST.
To the Editor:
They really do let some geniuses into Ivey! First off, this
imbecile who decided to spend time categorizing the “girls
of Western” made us sick. People like you give guys
a bad reputation and most of all people like you get dumped
over and over again. After fuming about the article, we
all decided to re-evaluate your so called “categories.”
Campus Crew Girls: You have no right to be so presumptuous.
If I were on my way to the gym, I would NOT be in a semi-formal
dress, thanks. If my cousin had just died over the weekend
or I spent all night throwing up because I was sick, my appearance
or pleasing losers like you would be the last thing on my
mind. And exactly what is wrong with wanting to be comfortable?
American Eagle Junkies: OK, so you’re attending Ivey.
I was pretty sure this was a business school, but someone
who is business-savvy should realize stores are over- priced.
Therefore sales are a great alternative to students who are
hard up on funds. Did you ever consider some of us are working
two jobs while maintaining a full course load just so we
can afford to sit in lectures? Don’t we have the right
to show up to class wearing what we want? Have you been living
under your Ivey rock? We are students, we are poor.
Tiffany Crew: Ya, that’s right, Western women are hot!
We have the right to strut what we’ve got! The funny
thing is the next time you are introduced to a member of
Western’s “Tiffany Crew,” all you’ll
see is their hot ass walking away from you!
Here’s our advice: Find another nest to watch!
Women’s Studies II
To the Editor:
This goes to Daniel Abichandani and his kind. For starters,
we’d like to point out that Angie Birgiolas’ letter
(“Tiffany isn’t spiffy,” Oct. 24) regarded
annoying girls who are more concerned with gossiping in
class than learning. You would have realized upon closer
reading of Angie’s letter that she was more annoyed
with the “precious socialites” behaviour and
NOT their attire. Let’s emphasize that some of us
are not here to pick-up and impress the Daniel’s
at Western, but to achieve higher learning and prosper
Our second issue concerns you. Clothes don’t make the
person and I guess it’s your loss because some days
girls want be a “Tiffany” and some days they
simply don’t. Too bad you are not smart enough to figure
For all the girls out there who dress comfortably and realize
the one hour getting ready in the morning can be used for
better things (like sleeping or studying), congratulations!
Don’t be swayed by the Daniel’s on campus.
It’s funny a girl has never written to The Gazette
complaining about what guys wear — often guys dress
like slobs and we just don’t care, but fortunately
for us, we see beyond clothes.
By the way, it’s really too bad you mentioned your
program; we looked you up on the Ivey Web site thinking you’d
sweep us off our feet — Daniel, forfeit and GO HOME.
Biology Honours IV
Political Science/French Honours IV