EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Gazette = Sucks
To the Editor:
On a regular basis I am offended, annoyed and disappointed
by your paper. You regularly print headlines, captions and
pictures that have no purpose other than to shock.
Thursday's editorial pushed me over the edge. What exactly
was the purpose of printing this rant, other than the fact
none of the editors wanted to sit down and write something
intelligent? News flash: just because comments come out of
your mouth does not mean they are printable. It is much easier
to write for the lowest common denominator (i.e. the person
who laughs at swear words just because they are printed in
the newspaper) than it is to actually say something witty or
I challenge you, on behalf of all the students, staff and
faculty at Western who are tired of throwing away your paper
in disgust, to raise your standards. Instead of pushing the
limits to see how shocked you can make people, try to provide
some newsworthy content that is not offensive. This tactic
might result in more readers who actually respect your efforts.
Scholar's Electives IV
Gazette = Socrates
Re: "Ducking controversy not part of our job," Oct.
To the Editor:
I miss a lot of things about my time as a Western student.
I miss football games, I miss listening to Rick McGhee at The
Spoke and how could I forget about gorging myself on poutine
and gyros at Sammy Souvlaki's after a spirited night at The
However, one of things I miss the most about my time at Western
is The Gazette. I often visit www.gazette.uwo.ca to see what
is happening on campus -I particularly enjoyed the piece by
Emmett Macfarlane. I am pleased to see The Gazette has not
strayed from its commitment to provide news about life on and
off campus while maintaining a level of light-heartedness.
While some may argue Gazette stories are baseless, tasteless
and even offensive, I see it another way. The Gazette allows
us the opportunity to see issues from a different perspective.
After all, is that not what newspapers are supposed to do?
By presenting a different side to a story, whether satirical
or serious, each of us can make our own conclusions and form
our own opinions.
Controversy and debate often yield some of the most beneficial
outcomes. Socrates and Martin Luther King Jr. were two people
who refused to accept the norm and challenged people to think
-they were able to accomplish great things while doing so.
A certain level of controversy should be expected from newspapers.
In fact, while at Western I wrote to The Gazette and expressed
my dissatisfaction with a Gazette article.
In retrospect, I realized the controversy made me more aware
of how newspapers promote critical thinking. When newspapers
or society for that matter, cease in causing a little controversy,
we all lose.
HBA, Western Class of 1999
"Gotta support the team." -David Puddy
Re: "Fans fumble," Oct. 30, 2003
To the Editor:
While I feel supporting our Western football team is important,
I sometimes have to wonder why everyone thinks football is
the God of all sports. If Mr. Salentyn felt so obliged to apologize
for the student bodies' absence at the football game two weeks
ago, then I should think he would extend that same apology
to every other varsity sport lacking in student support.
Furthermore, unless he is attending every game of every sport,
then who is he to judge? While he was so faithfully attending
the football game, he was also missing other sporting events
where other athletes (even female ones) were also "working
their asses off."
Although I agree with the point that Mr. Salentyn was trying
to make, I think we need to remember athletics at this school
do not consist only of football, but a wide range of talented
Student religious rights stampeded
Re: "Rental costs angers Muslims at Calgary," Oct.
To the Editor:
Gavin Preston, VP-finance and operations of the University
of Calgary's Student Union, blurs the fine line between religious
discrimination and special treatment to school clubs. For those
who don't understand what all the fuss is about, Muslim men
and women require a clean and quiet area to pray in congregation
to God Almighty. Daily prayer five times a day is one of the
pillars of the Islamic faith and as such is compulsory for
While attempting to "treat all clubs equally," Calgary's
Students' Union has in fact marginalized the Muslim community
on campus. All students have the right to the freedom of religious
worship under the Canadian Constitution, no matter if the religion-based
club exists on campus or not.
The Students' Union has charged the Muslim Students' Association
with close to $2,500 for room bookings in only three weeks!
Since approximately 32 weeks of the year are spent in school,
the cost of praying at the University of Calgary will amount
to over $26,000.
It is unrealistic for the Calgary MSA to pay such an amount
in order to fulfill their religious obligations. It's unfortunate
this lack of common sense seems to have infected this institution
of higher learning. Only through knowledge and understanding
will we become unified citizens of a country in which the rights
of all people are both protected and respected.
President of the Muslim Students' Association