EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
A horse of a different colour
What the Shuk?
It was a dark and rainy day on the Concrete Beach and I stared
out The Wave window to see nothing but a dull, grey sheen cloak
across the entire campus.
Except, of course, for the hilariously enormous purple awning
over the staircase down to the campus mall. It's like someone
dropped the roof of a Pizza Hut in the middle of campus.
The sheer ostentatiousness of the awning caused me to wonder
how old, traditional Western ended up with purple as the school
colour. Despite its close relation to the V (violet) in the
classic spectrum septet of Roy G. Biv, I think of purple as
a hip new radical colour, dude. Purple isn't the colour of
a school - it's the colour of T-shirts worn by early '90s kids
named Jordy and Jesse. It's the colour of new-age sports uniforms,
along with teal and burnt sienna. The Arizona Diamondbacks
use all these colours: weep for their souls.
There is, of course, a reasonable explanation for it. Purple
has long been associated as the colour of royalty and thus
(since we're allegedly the snobbiest school this side of the
Mississippi), it's only natural Western cloak itself in the
chosen shade of Queen Victoria and King Ralph.
Western is not the only educational institution that takes
its cue from grapes. Central, one of London's oldest high schools,
has the nickname of the Golden Ghosts to go with its colours
of gold and purple. Ghosts are purple? I guess they might be
for all I know, given my lack of a degree in paranormal psychology
like Drs. Egon Spengler and Peter Venkman. Maybe this means
Grimace from McDonald's was really the spirit of a guy doomed
to purgatory after having a McCoronary. Maybe Central didn't
want a name too closely associated with the colours, lest the
Central students be known as the Crown Royale Bags.
This isn't to suggest Western change its beloved silver and
purple. Without it, The Gazette's headline writers wouldn't
have the brilliantly alliterative "Purple Pride" to fall back
on. Also, it's difficult to come up with a clever way to incorporate
purple into a joke about the school's status. For example,
the University of Toronto's nickname/colour of the Varsity
Blues can be changed to the Varsity Blows. With Western, however,
the best you can do is the Purple... uh... Burples?
Brock Student: Ha ha, burples! Because you stink! Like a burp
So, in summation, purple is a unique, but effective school
colour that makes people sit up and take notice. One final
question: a mustang as the mascot of a purple school? The only
purple horse I can ever recall seeing was within the walls
of the Emerald City. Perhaps this only confirms what I've always
suspected: Paul Davenport is truly the great and mighty Oz.