EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
This just in: Western hates
Re: "Jackasses need rude awakening," Oct. 16, 2003
To the Editor:
I cannot say I can relate to Brian Wong's experience, but
people do need to realize they are not the only people in this
world. What makes the back of the bus so scary? When a bus
pulls up that "can't take any more passengers," there is ALWAYS
ample space at the back of the bus. It only takes a few steps
back or at least a move out of the way for people who are trying
to get to the back of the bus. I do not mean just move their
upper bodies two centimetres, but move to the side so there
is space to walk.
Where Not to Stand 101 is a course that should teach people
the top or bottom of the stairs is the worst place to stop
and talk to friends. The middle of the sidewalk would be the
second. What makes people think the whole world will stop because
they have? It is frustrating and rude. Do not be alarmed if
you see a little dude push his way through the crowds, because
I have and will continue to do so because I do not care.
To the Editor:
I totally agree with Brian Wong: there should be a course
on not treating people like shit. Those yells and honks really
spoil a perfect day, making it a perfectly shitty day, like
the one time I was so happy with my new DVD player before some
guys in a car started throwing insults at me.
At such times, I have often wished I had more guts and was
less polite. I would spit back with nastier insults, kick their
butts or learn some highly affective voodoo spell. And 99 per
cent of those people are in their cars, which proves they're
just plain cowards.
I hope for their sake they don't do it in big cities with
a closer range between traffic signals; a guy in one of the
larger cities was dragged out of his car and beaten up by midterm-stressed-out
junior high kids after throwing them casual insults. Hey, aren't
we having midterms now?
Don't be a twit
To the Editor:
We're coming up to midterms and I'd hoped all the assholes
would have dropped out or started skipping class by now, but
no such luck. So, I have a few small requests to help make
going to lectures (slightly) less annoying.
1) Turn your cell phone off. Unless you're a practicing doctor,
there is no need for anyone to call you during class. And if
you are a doctor, buy a pager or set your damn phone on vibrate
so you don't disturb the whole class.
2) It's hard enough to cram lectures into 50 minutes and we
all want to get out of there as quickly as possible. If you
have a totally off-topic question about a "fascinating" study
you read about for fun, ask the prof after class or e-mail
them. Seriously. No one else cares, so don't waste our time.
3) It's boring to go to some lectures with an utterly useless
textbook. And it's hard enough to make myself concentrate on
the material without ignoring all the other conversations around
me. I'm not enthralled by the Krebs Cycle, but I want to hear
the lecture, seeing as I've paid thousands of dollars to be
here. Subjects that will NOT be on the exam and that I therefore
don't give a shit about, include:
a) What you're wearing to Jim Bob's tonight.
b) What you did over Thanksgiving break.
c) The fact that the professor is British. They have accents.
They pronounce words differently. Get over it.
SPHR has some bad(d) company
Re: "...nor any hateration," Oct. 15, 2003
To the Editor:
Randa Mouammar refers to an article published in the Canadian
Jewish News in which the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
is labelled "infamous for creating a climate of hate," which
she says is "absolutely wrong" and challenges Western students
to "decide how hateful our club is." Here are exerpts from
the 2001 Anti-Semitism Audit conducted by The League For Human
Rights, which outlines the track record of SPHR at other schools.
December: "Members and supporters of Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights at McGill University distributed material from
the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review, which
claimed that Israel was creating an 'ethnic bomb' that targeted
Muslims but not Jews."
Concordia University SPHR-VP Samer Elatrash was expelled from
Concordia for his involvement in riots last year in which (as
the 2002 League For Human Rights audit writes) "Rabbis and
other visible Jews were assaulted at the Concordia campus as
part of a riot aimed at blocking a planned lecture by former
Israeli prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu - a riot SPHR incited."
Obviously, SPHR Western is not responsible for the actions
of its sister organization. I commend SPHR Western for not
using such vile tactics, however, it is disturbingly apparent
they align themselves with the greater SPHR network. SPHR Western
lists itself on the national SPHR Web site alongside the hateful
factions at Concordia and McGill. If Ms. Mouammar would like
the students at Western to overlook such blatant connections,
I suggest she take a at her group's allies.
Social Science II