EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
To the Editor:
I find it unusual that different places on campus have different
rules regarding their food and drink policy. I was in the Social
Science Centre computing lab with a closed cup of coffee (although
I realize it says no food and drink right on the computer screen)
and received an e-mail a few hours later saying I had a 24-hour
account suspension. No one had come to tell me what I was doing
was wrong, yet this message appeared on my Western account
from some imaginary person spying on me from God knows where.
The part I find redundant is I have been in the library many
times with a closed cup of coffee at the computers and have
never had a problem or been penalized for my actions. Are computers
not the same everywhere you go?
I realize I did something wrong, but I really don't care about
the 24-hour account suspension. My main concern is if the university
is going to have rules, why don't they implement them the same
everywhere on campus so there is some consistency?
To the Editor:
In case you've been in a coma, Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently
added governor-elect of California to his resumé.
I may be Canadian, but I think I have a grasp of the "American
Dream." I admire Schwarzenegger for his obvious ambition and
dogged determination. The man rose to the top of the body building
world, created a successful "acting" career and then rode his
fame and popularity all the way to the governor's mansion.
At best, he is living proof of America's self-professed title
as the "land of opportunity."
At worst, however, he represents the decay of American culture
and rationale. How can a man with no political experience win
by a landslide? Watching the news in the weeks leading up to
the election was like watching Fear Factor, a nausea-inducing,
Arnold has no experience in the field... so what? Voters have
a right to choose their candidate based on his character. But
as allegations of groping women and general sexual deviance
became public, he somehow climbed even higher in the polls
- even among women!
Arnold promised to be a "politician for the people" and lower
the deficit without raising taxes. It's a great sound-byte,
but how can you maintain existing public services and lower
spending if you refuse to raise taxes?
I wish Schwarzenegger no ill will and I hope he can pull the
state economy out of its tailspin. The sobering fact remains
Arnold is a Republican leader in a state where most of the
other public offices are held by Democrats.
Good luck Mr. Schwarzenegger. California needs a strong voice
to lead it. Might I suggest someone who can actually speak