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Western Job Fair unfair to older students

To the Editor:
I returned from the Western Job Fair very disheartened and disappointed. I walked among the booths, waiting in line at various tables to talk to the representatives, and was (with one exception from the London Health Sciences booth) completely ignored, despite waiting patiently for my turn to talk. To the right and left of me they repeatedly gave away freebies (not that I need another pen), made eye contact and smiled at the students, but their reluctance to acknowledge me was definitely apparent.

The last time I checked, I neither had a grossly disfigured appearance or was emitting a foul body odour, so the only recognizable difference between the rest of the Western student body and myself is my age. At first I wondered if it had been a single occurrence by a rep who was having a bad day, but by the time I had almost finished perusing the booths, it had become painfully obvious I must not fit the target group these reps are interested in.

If nothing else, my interest in the Job Fair was likely more acute than the average student, as I am already anxious about the job situation come May, since I have three children to support. I certainly did not expect to leave the Job Fair with a full-time job, but the leads that it might potentially have offered were important to me, too. I just hope this isn’t a foreboding about the overall job market that awaits me when I graduate.

Colleen Ebel
Medical Science IV

Endorse this!

Re: “Vote against voter apathy,” Feb. 3, 2004

To the Editor:
How dare you choose to endorse a certain individual as the best candidate for the job of University Students’ Council president, and thus, attempt to sway the Western populace’s vote.
We understand that, as a news outlet, it is your job to present all the news and facts behind the race, but you do not represent the voice of students at Western. If you want to endorse a candidate, solicit an opinion from the USC councillors who DO.

I thoroughly encourage you to continue reading The Gazette over the next two weeks, but on the voting days of Feb. 17 and 18, make your OWN voice be heard.

Val Cee
Arts/Sociology IV

Two letters on short subjects

Re: “Dwarf tossing comes to London, PETA declines comment,” Jan. 21, 2004

To the Editor:
Dignity has never been a dominant attribute found in the bar scene. No amount of drunken mistakes or misused bathrooms, however, can rival the lack of decency found when crawling to the depth of Club V.I.P.

Apparently, due to the smoking bylaw’s financial impacts on London’s clubs and taverns, the answer to such disgustingly healthy times can be found in the 50 pound “dwarf” aptly titled Tripod. In order to “stay in business” as co-owner of Club V.I.P. Jeffrey Baines compassionately put it in your article, their establishment’s decision to toss little people into air mattresses raises several worries concerning the blatant human cruelty involved.

Regardless of Tripod’s supposed enthusiasm for the event, Club V.I.P.’s advertising and exploitation of this man in search of profit is unethical and City Hall should follow in the steps of banning such an activity as other councils have around the world. Whether you are in the mood to celebrate with friends or merely drown your sorrows all alone, a cold drink, good music and company will always be more fulfilling than tossing a “dwarf.”

Ryan Pratt
Film Studies III

Re: “The long and the short of it,” Jan. 27, 2004

To the Editor:
Some people have too much time on their hands. I don’t mean to belittle anyone’s opinion, but some people have the tendency to whine too much and write about it. Most people adapt and overcome their “shortcomings.” Some people might even think that being short has its advantages.

Appearances aren’t everything and it’s time people understood this concept. Why can’t people just accept themselves and others, regardless of size, shape or colour?

Nathalie Trudeau
Software Engineering II



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