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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.

Mark Polishuk
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.

Rahim Kanani
ACS & Philosophy III

Amen, sister

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.

Jenn Proc
Psychology II

Students still No. 1 at day care

Re: “It’s all over now, baby blue,” Apr. 2, 2004

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 committee.

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.

Susan Grindrod
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 Flex!”

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.

Mike O’Sullivan
History III

Save Sudan

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 war ended.

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 years prior.

Hassan Ahmad
Political Science I

Who cares?

Re: “Passive aggression = Massive aggravation,” Apr. 2, 2004

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 human beings.

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.”

Sarah Shafey
Psychology/Biology III



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