Well folks, this old cowpoke has had a lot
of fun seeing what Western students wrote letters about in
Volume 97. Next year, I’ll be blowing like a tumbleweed
into the Arts & Entertainment section, so hopefully I’ll
lose my Texan accent by then.
Next year, the Ops section will finally be able to get into
The Spoke because it’ll have its ID. Ian Denomme is making
the shift into the world of formatting letters.
On my final note: to the people who still don’t know
the difference between “they’re,” “there” and “their,” don’t
complain when I edit your letters.
Gazette Opinions Editor, Volume 97
Angels in the assfield
To the Editor:
The words “Juicy” and “Cutie” on women’s
asses are probably the most nauseating and revolting lines
of clothing in the history of Western civilization. At what
age do you decide, “I don’t think its appropriate
for me to have the words ‘Yo! Juicy’ on my ass
anymore, I look like a tool.” No shit sweetheart, you
look like you’re promoting an R. Kelly fan-club.
Having “UWO” on your ass is great — support
the school — but when you wear a shirt that says “Daddy’s
Girl” with sweat pants bearing the name “Angel,” you
might as well have lunch with the president of Home Depot,
because you’re about as smart as a bag of nails. We’re
in university, so let’s cut the nonsense and at least
pretend we’re sharper than we look.
ACS & Philosophy III
To the Editor:
When I pick up The Gazette every day, I eagerly skip straight
to the best part of the paper, the Opinions section. This
section is not my favourite because it makes me laugh, nor
because I enjoy controversy, nor because I enjoy seeing profanity
in a newspaper (although all may be true).
Instead, it is my favourite because I enjoy challenging my
own opinions, attitudes and behaviours. This feat is accomplished
by readers who have taken the time to voice their opinion that
has been — here’s the kicker — well-educated.
This is just my guess, but there is a discrepancy between a
well-researched opinion and the inconsiderate spewing of the
first thought that came to mind that OFFENDS readers.
So I ask of everyone, for next year, please try a little critical
thinking before running to The Gazette’s office with
your righteous opinion so that we can all have a little more
respect for The Gazette and ourselves.
Students still No. 1 at day care
Re: “It’s all over now, baby blue,” Apr.
To the Editor:
Mr. Nikpour points out that the demand for child care is much
greater than the available spaces. He is correct, and that
is why Western is spending $2.7 million to build a new 200
space child care centre to be opened this September.
Mr. Nikpour is not correct in his statement that the committee
that awarded the operation of the new centre to the YMCA was
comprised of senior administrators, and that the decision was
not unanimous. The evaluation committee was comprised of myself,
a staff member from Purchasing who managed the request for
the proposal process for the university, a representative of
faculty who is also a parent, the director of our university
preschool and the director of a child care centre operated
at another university. The committee received written submissions,
listened to presentations from those who submitted proposals
and made site visits to each organization twice. The submissions
were evaluated on the following criteria: staffing, programming,
service and financial ability. The YMCA ranked highest in all
categories and was the unanimous recommendation of the evaluation
With regards to the priority of the waiting list, there will
no change in how students are treated. The priority for the
new additional 50 spaces will be for faculty, but Western students
will continue to receive priority for the existing spaces.
When the planning began for a new centre, the University Students’ Council
requested assurances that students would have the same priority,
and they were given it by the university.
Associate VP-housing & ancillary services)
Elgin Hall, University of Western Ontario
Puns flunk the exam
To the Editor:
I wish to draw your attention to the comedy stylings of one “Steve
Flunk.” No doubt, many of you have seen Mr. Flunk’s
handiwork in the D.B. Weldon Library, or rather, the handiwork
his hilarious alter-ego “Flunkmaster Flex.”
Now, I’ll explain it to those who don’t sit on
the bleeding edge of the comedy theory. Mr. Flunk has taken
HIS last name (Flunk) and in a stroke of what I can only assume
is pure genius, created the clever moniker “FLUNKmaster
Exciting, I know. The real intelligence of the joke lies in
the clever manipulation of the name of popular DJ Funkmaster
Flex. In Flunkmaster’s intense marketing blitz in Weldon,
he is getting the word out about this hilarious pun! You might
see various defacings of signs stating things like “FLUNKMASTER
FLEX RECYCLES,” “FLUNKMASTER FOR PRESIDENT” and “FLUNK
MASTER IS WATCHING YOU PISS,” but don’t be annoyed
at the glaring stupidity of it — you are missing the
crucial comedic subtext, of which I have now outlined. It’s
really funny, you just haven’t gotten it yet.
Thank God we have someone as hilarious as Steve Flunk, a genius
who signs his own name when he defaces private property so
we can properly attribute a genuine “Flunkmaster Flex” to
STEVE FLUNK and not to some cheap, tawdry forgery artist.
To the Editor:
Recently, I was reading about the atrocities that took place
in Rwanda 10 years ago. To say the least, I was shocked by
the individual stories of women raped by hundreds of men
and then killed for no other fact than that their citizenship
had a different tribe name on it. Other mayhem included parents
killing their children and heaps of bodies piled up, left
to rot without a proper burial until months after the civil
It is inexcusable for the United Nations — whose sole
purpose is to intervene in genocidal incidents such as these — not
to take proper action in order to stop the rebel groups who
took control of the country. Regardless of the apology recently
issued by Secretary General Kofi Annan, the UN’s role
in international politics is diminishing and may soon be non-existent.
What’s worse is that a similar incident is beginning
in Sudan. The Darfur Arabs are killing numerous Africans, who
are fleeing to neighbouring Chad to avoid losing their lives
in the genocide. The UN should take action ASAP in order to
prevent another case like Rwanda. Furthermore, large, powerful
nations such as the United States and Britain should adhere
to the pleas by the Sudanese citizens who are powerless.
Although, from past failures by the UN and the international
community, don’t be surprised if in 2014 we’re
talking about the mass genocide that took place in Sudan 10
Political Science I
Re: “Passive aggression = Massive aggravation,” Apr.
To the Editor:
Passive aggression, as defined by Megan O’Toole, is not
real passive aggression, but really more of an avoidant type.
The type of person she described is not spineless or weak,
but in my opinion a perfectly balanced human being who does
not care or take the time to argue and dramatize everyday happenings.
Usually when someone is acting cold or distant, it is because
they don’t cry, yell and throw tantrums like overly dramatic
The answer “nothing” — even if something’s
wrong — doesn’t mean they need you to be their
psychiatrist and pry out whatever is bothering them. It simply
means, “I have no desire to hear your annoying voice
right now so drop this inane subject.” The best friendships
are ones in which you can say, “You’re an asshole” as
a joke and your friend doesn’t need to analyze whether
it was a malicious comment. If you don’t know if your
own friend is joking, then you need to re-evaluate your friendships.
Most passive aggressives are not being crude, they just don’t
care. And if this letter bothers you, I DON’T CARE...
yet another idiosyncrasy of your typical “passive aggressive.”