Theatre Western is the shiznit
After a lacklustre 2002/03 season, Theatre Western pimped out
an amazing year. January’s Purple Shorts, a festival
of one-act plays, featured entirely new productions, all
written and directed by students. Next up was the sell-out
Don’t Tell Mama, a musical theatre revue featuring
a phenomenal cast of powerhouse vocalists. And finally, the
season ended on a remarkable note with the Kander & Ebb
musical Cabaret, at Talbot Theatre.
This year saw a renewed interest in theatre at Western, thanks
mainly to the dedication of an awesome Theatre Western Commissioner
and University Students’ Council VP-student affairs Matt
Huether, so props to them. With aggressive marketing and publicity
campaigns that set the campus abuzz, students flocked to see
the dynamic talent presented on stage. The 2003/04 season has
set the bar high and has begun the cultivation of a truly vibrant
Nothing epitomizes the pettiness, sheer stupidity, short-sightedness
and the general all-around ignorance of the University Students’ Council
more than the whole debate over the infamous purple awning
that adorns Concrete Beach.
Imagine a group of school children arguing over the most pointless
thing in the world, and you will have an inkling of the manner
in which the USC sometimes behaves.
The awning was in the schematics for the Concrete Beach renovations,
which were approved by council. With the money already spent
after it was installed, a motion was presented to council to
remove it, at extra cost.
After several hours of pointless and cyclical debate, the
motion came to a vote — one case where the conformity
that afflicts council actually benefited the student population — and
the motion was voted down.
Last Friday, Gazette staff members agreed to sit down with
our friends from the Women’s Issues Network and listen
to a bevy of complaints about our “sexist,” “obscene” and “inappropriate” ways.
The meeting went exactly as anticipated: one and a half hours
WIN cited examples that included the use of the word “retards” in
a column about political correctness and an editorial in the
paper that declared our disdain for violence at Canadian universities
(apparently, not liking violence meant we were somehow quashing
free speech in the context of the Middle East conflict).
At the conclusion of the meeting, the members of WIN were
kind enough to let us know their complaints had “a legal
future.” Let us take liberty with the famous words of
celebrity lawyer Johnny Cochrane: “If the glove doesn’t
fit, you must be a twit.”