September 24, 2003  
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J-Lo and Tiffany: criminals of fashion

To the Editor:

Since the year 2000, the fashion crime rate at Western has dramatically risen.

Those at risk are people who subscribe to the "everybody in GAP," or should I say Tiffany, mentality. This common fashion mistake, known as the safety in numbers theory, is responsible for most of the visual disturbances on campus. People who adhere to this principle will not be seen dead in an ensemble that fifty of their closest friends have not pre-approved as the proper Western uniform. They are most likely hanging out on the Concrete Beach with the who's who of Greek society choosing T-shirts emblazoned with "Juicy."

Tiffany necklaces have become such a staple at Western the university should really start passing them out with bus passes and Westernizers. Or maybe we could just include them in the frosh pack, along with a bottle of bleach. We do want our first years to fit in, don't wee In the 21st century, the Tiffany necklace has achieved the significance the dog tag had in Vietnam.

The J-Lo construction boot/stiletto is the perfect example of a fashion concept gone horribly awry. Those boots were a miss on Jennifer Lopez and yet the store buyers purchased them and somewhere right now some misguided teenager is probably buying them.

Who is to blame for this fashion fiascoe I believe it is the customers. We have become a society that no longer thinks for ourselves and as a result we have made ourselves receptacles for fashion trash.

Sometimes I think fashion trends like the J-Lo boots are a joke the "Merchants of Cool" are playing on us. They are watching us in hysterics like Fashion Gods screaming to up the tacky ante, knowing if Jennifer Lopez wears it someone will buy it and then their friends will buy it too.

Julie Meehan
Arts IV


The goal is the soul

To the Editor:

For those that watched the ceremonies held on Sep. 11 in remembrance of those that died in 2001, you would've realized how emotionally driven they were there is nothing wrong with that. What grabbed my attention on that day was how much we, as humans, get our emotions moved.

Our attachment to this life and its joys make us so detached from remembering facts that are doomed to happen to us sooner or later. Mostly, we tend to forget the one guarantee in this life: death.

Taking a quick look around campus through the day, one observes the vast number of students who are busy with their daily schedules from being in class, the library, the cafeteria, the gym and so on. Taking another look at the campus and London in general at night, one observes the same number of students busy vapourizing their mental abilities with a few drinks at the bar or even at home. Thereafter, the city and campus are dead.

London is sleeping! It seems as if we are deliberately trying our best to deter the spiritual aspect of our human nature far away from us. No one wants to have that time anymore where they can sit by themselves for a few minutes and think about where they're headed in this life. It seems as if we are satisfied with what we have, although what we have comes and goes just as anything else in this life does.

Humans have an additional component in addition to their physical existence, a component that distinguishes them from the dead: that is the soul whose food can only be spirituality. It is about time we sat down and thought of our direction in this world. It is about time we started feeding that soul and filling it with spirituality. Howe By returning to the creator of that soul!

Aiman Jafar
Science IV


Minority report

Re: "Moral Issues for the People," Sep. 18, 2003

To the Editor:

I understand how some politicians would be tempted to hold a referendum on the question of changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. It would be the easy way out - a way to avoid having to publicly state their views on the issue and being prepared and able to defend them.

It would also be wholly inappropriate. Asking the general public to decide the rights of any minority group poses an enormous problem for a democratic system. The majority will prevail on everything, which is why we have a constitution, why we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms and why we have government. If a referendum can be held to determine when and how we should limit the human rights of a minority, then the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is not worth the paper on which it is written.

We are all members of a minority at some point in our lives and are lucky to live in a society that will not tolerate discrimination against minorities, nor tyranny of the majority.

Wendy Dickinson
Student Development Centre and Department of Geography


Streak on!

Re: "44 things you need to do before graduation," Sep. 11, 2003

To the Editor:

Whate! No chicks took up your dare of streaking the 125th anniversary Homecoming football game. I'm disappointed.

Chris Harrington



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