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Bird watching

Re: "Tiffany isn't spiffy," Oct. 24, 2003

To the Editor:

Like the majority of Western students, I thoroughly enjoy spending my afternoons "people watching." I truly believe everyone should stop, purchase a beverage and plant themselves somewhere in the University Community Centre. You'll find the results amusing, fascinating and best of all, it's absolutely free! As an avid people watcher, I would like to share my personal opinions about how the majority of the female students at Western can be categorized under three main titles.

The first are who I'd like to call the "Campus Crew." These are the hooded sweatshirt and track pant-wearing girls who drag themselves around campus like the living dead. I can understand how early classes may prevent ample preparation for a stroll around campus, however, there's simply no excuse for a lack of self respect.

The next segment is simply the "American Eagle Junkies." These are the girls desperately trying to stay on the ever-moving fashion wagon. These are your typical girls next door, only cuter. The only problem with these junkies is they seem to be stuck with the sale cycle of their neighborhood American Eagle. You can tell there was a sale over the weekend because they all seem to have the same shirt.

The final category is my personal favourite, the "Tiffany Crew." Last week, some girl wrote to The Gazette complaining about these lovely ladies. I would infer her vicious attack on these innocent socialites may have stemmed from nothing more than petty jealousy. So what if they come dressed well for a class? What's the point of having stuff if you're not going to use it? Their short, pleated skirts and their pointy little shoes and purses make my heart flutter on a daily basis.

So please, learn a few things while you're at school. GO HOT or GO HOME!

Daniel Abichandani

Privatizing problems

Re: "Some private health services would help," Oct. 24, 2003

To the Editor:

Before I explain the problems with the semi-private system, I would like to address Mr. Macfarlane's belief doctors are required rather than nurses. Though we do require more physicians, I have had many opportunities in over three years as a nursing student to witness the nursing shortage in person. The example you use from the emergency room is a poor representation of the reality we are facing in the majority of hospital settings. Due to the nature of the ER, there are periods of time when it is over-staffed, but this is for safety's sake as a critical care unit with a fluctuating number of clients. Your comment that "for every great nurse I've seen, I've also seen a lazy, useless one" is a far cry from the reality that by the year 2011 we will be short 78,000 registered nurses.

Your ideas for a semi-private system will only work in a small number of settings. Your example of access to MRI clinics is one of the few settings where this may work because the care provided to clients is very straightforward. However, as soon as you get into a hospital floor setting, private health care has been shown to reduce the quality of care due to increased patient loads and disgruntled staff. The United States has shown us that private companies will hire insufficient staff for the sake of increasing profits.

If you were to start private systems that decrease waiting lists from public systems, the government would simply cut back on the related health care spending because their budget is needs-based. Therefore, shortening the list in the manner you prescribe would only lead to a temporary solution that would fail in the creation of the next government budget.

Abe Oudshoorn
Nursing IV

Shiz-oes fo' dead homies

Re: "Word up, G," Oct. 21, 2003

To the Editor:

You missed another meaning playa. Shoes on the power lines also mean someone was killed. If his friends get a chance they get his shoes and throw 'em up there in his memory. If you want proof watch the Scarface video for "On My Block" Ñ it should ring a bell.

Get your facts straight in the future and please, please, please, don't tell me you use the phrase "wickity wack" in real life.

Zach Laan
Kinesiology I

What would Rosa Parks do?

To the Editor:

This goes out to all you lazy bastards who have decided to board the bus every morning at the Essex Hall/Thompson Arena bus stop (you know who you are, you first-year Essexinians/Perths boarding the 2 Dundas for their 9 a.m. class). I plead to you that unless there is a freak blizzard or you have a visible disability, then WALK!

You are living on campus and by forcing yourself onto an already packed bus, you are making me and I am sure many other students, late for lecture. I lived in Essex once and I know the five or ten-minute walk sometimes seems just too much in the morning, but suck it up. If you truly feel the need to save energy for later in the day, maybe you could each chip in and buy a little purple bus or beg a friend to take your morning notes for you.

Please have some respect for us off-campus students who actually need to take the bus and pick up those heels to work off some of that rez food they feed you.

Tyler Schell




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