Watch your language
To the Editor:
I was shocked when the guy behind me in my second-year genetics
class blurted out “that’s retarded!” to
a question asked by the professor. What was more disturbing
was that the majority of the class laughed at this pointless
comment — and there was no reaction from our professor.
I was under the assumption that those who make it to second
year might also be smart enough to recognize that language
like this is offensive to many people.
To those who laughed, I wish you luck in the real world, because
if you are actually that ignorant, you aren’t going to
get very far. But you probably don’t care what I think — to
you my comments are most likely “retarded” and “gay.”
America the beautiful
Re: “Listen to profs in your spare time,” Jan.
To the Editor:
A Gazette news brief from Thursday states, “If you’ve
ever wondered why Americans seem so arrogant, it may be because
they believe they are actually God’s chosen people.” While
I recognize such a generalization may have humourous intent,
I wasn’t laughing.
I have found that those who tend to criticize the United States
usually know very few Americans and have spent very little
time there. Still, denouncing America seems to be a favourite
pasttime of many students (and professors) at Western. Perhaps
many Americans are arrogant, but that pride is justified. America
was the first country founded on the rational principle of
individual rights — a beacon of prosperity and freedom
surrounded by a world contemptuous of that achievement.
The U.S. has historically proven itself a progressive, just
and generous nation. It is important to note that George W.
Bush’s decisions are not consistent with America’s
founding ideology and not reflective of much of America. Being “God’s
chosen people” has nothing to do with America’s
status. Its greatness was achieved and is maintained by the
hard work of free, individual, proud American minds.
Am I American? Yes. Am I arrogant? Probably. Life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness are no humble matters.
Hot Chick U
To the Editor:
Sweet sassy molassy, get out the cheque book and pay grandma
for the rub down. This looks to be a hot girl convention.
No, I’m not in Daytona Beach or Cancun, but rather
D.B. Weldon Library.
I can’t express more appreciation to the female population
of this university for looking so damn fine. I consider myself
a rather picky individual, but there seems to be a “sitting
and reading fashion show” of gorgeous women strategically
placed around my location. I wonder why the vast majority of
men venture to the bars searching for tail, when they could
get their daily dose at Weldon.
My girlfriend would be rather upset that I’m writing
this letter, but I feel I’m doing this out of the goodness
of my heart to help a fellow man with his uncontrollable testosterone
I don’t consider myself chauvinistic by any means; I’m
just stating the obvious. Then again, maybe I’m just
your average stereotypical engineer, who interacts with mostly
males every day.
Engineering Science III
Spoke battles student apathy
Re: “Spoke becomes a joke,” Jan. 30, 2004
To the Editor:
Ms. Rotman makes an excellent point: The Spoke’s popularity
has declined since last year. Last year it experienced the
same problem, and the same thing happened the year before that.
What I can’t understand is how Ms. Rotman has decided
that this is the fault of the management. Last time I checked,
it is the customers, not the business, that determines where
the popular place to go is.
The Spoke offers incentives to frequent their establishment.
Perhaps they have stopped offering $1 half-pints on Monday,
but I’ll take the $2.50 pints offered every day. As for
entertainment, the old standbys of Retro Mondays, Rick McGhie
on Wednesdays and Friday Funnies are still around, with the
added bonus of Karaoke Tuesdays.
I can remember ringing in my 20th birthday at The Spoke with
a packed house on a Monday night. I can only wonder how and
when students became “too cool” to go to The Spoke.
And while it is unfortunate our underage friends can no longer
share in our fun after 9 p.m. following the termination of
the Wet/Dry program, most other bars in London have managed
to maintain a reasonable level of business without any sort
of underage admittance program.
I would like to challenge my fellow Western students to save
a little money and join me for a pint at The Spoke any night
of the week.