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Apology is a good start

Re: “IAC clears the air about flyers,” Feb. 3, 2004

To the Editor:
To the Israel Action Committee: I wish to offer sincere thanks for your apology to all Western students for the anti-Muslim fliers distributed by your club. I also wish to do something that has thus far not been done in the war of words between your organization and other organizations — attach a human face to this incident.

My name is Eman. I am a human being, a Canadian, a Muslim woman. I have often said that, having grown up in Canada, I have never experienced hate. Post Sept. 11, while Muslims were being attacked in the United States, a woman approached me in a grocery store to express her solidarity saying, “I know it’s hard right now, but I support you.” This sentiment was expressed by countless others who knew the actions of the few could not reflect on the many.

When I saw fliers depicting the burning World Trade Center with a caption implying that the existence of violent conflict in the world could be blamed on Muslims, I was in shock. This could not happen in the Canada that supported me in the wake of this senseless tragedy. Though your apology states that the printing of these fliers and their distribution in the atrium was “accidental,” I find that difficult to believe. Earlier statements made by your media chair defended the fliers as a “statement of fact.”

I would like to believe your organization has, having seen the pain its actions caused, chosen to change its stance. I would like to believe it and I will believe it. The apology is only a beginning. It must be backed up by positive action. What happened on Jan. 21 can never happen again. Not in my Canada.

Eman Loubani
Medicine IV

Anarchy rulez!

Re: “Supreme Court needs a spanking,” Feb. 4, 2004

To the Editor:
In the very first paragraph of this piece, Editor-in-Chief Emmett Macfarlane derides the Supreme Court for “…impos[ing] its will… ” on us, and casts aspersions on the democratic nature of our great nation. What, Mr. Macfarlane, if there were no laws at all? Would we then live in a truly democratic society? Is democracy, to you, a system under which all may expect the benefits of just governance without assuming any of its burdens?

In the future, please spare us your ignorant attempts at political invective. You just make yourself — and The Gazette — look bad.

Doug Tennant
Philosophy I

Ladies' ball big in London

To the Editor:
This letter is in response to Alison Stoltz’s excellent review of A League of Their Own in the Feb. 3 edition of The Gazette. London’s Labatt Park was the first choice for the filming of the movie but, unfortunately, the park had a full schedule of ball games and could not accommodate the movie.

Several Canadian women played for the All-American Women’s Baseball League that Alison’s article highlights, most of them coming from Saskatchewan. Recently, this group was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s.

London had a women’s softball league during the 1940s, made up of four teams from various areas of the city. They played at Labatt Park and took the place of the many men’s leagues suspended during the Second World War. In 1946, London entered a team in the Michigan-Ontario Women’s Fastball League, called the Supremes. They drew thousands of fans to the park in the late ’40s and into the ’50s. In 1951, the Supremes played exhibition games in Arizona and California and defeated the best United States team during that series, the Orange County Lionettes.

We had “a league of our own” right here in London. The Western Archives has photographs and newspaper clippings that document their accomplishments. I should also mention that a history of women’s sports in London is being researched by Carly Adams, a graduate student in Kinesiology at Western.

Stephen Harding
Photo Assistant, J.J. Talman Regional Collection
University of Western Ontario Archives

Who should I vote for, slice?

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

To the Editor:
While I believe it would be against the best interests of The Gazette to completely ignore the upcoming University Students’ Council election, I can’t help but think that we students could gain a better gauge of who we should vote for by asking the opinion of that piece of half-eaten pizza sitting in my fridge — at least the pizza has it’s pulse on what hip, young students want.

I am referring to the column written on Feb. 13, 2003 by The Gazette’s Editor-in-Chief Emmett Macfarlane, in which he opposed tuition freezes as the “policy of fools.”

For the vast majority of students, however, TUITION PRICES ARE TOO GOSH DARN HIGH. People don’t like spending money, and other nations (Sweden, for one) give away free tuition to their students. So is a mere tuition freeze too much to ask for? I don’t think so.

However, that debate is neither here nor there. The true issue is how can The Gazette endorse candidates who oppose tuition freezes and then claim it represents the wishes of the mass of students? I would suggest it can’t.

Nathan King
History/ Political Science II


Re: “Caribbean event a mess,” Feb. 3, 2004

To the Editor:
I’d like to thank all of Western and our fellow peers for the support you have given the Western Electronic Gaming Organization (WEGA) after the incident in the University Community Centre. I would also personally like to thank Sheena Khan for showing her support for our club and apologizing for actions she did not commit.
The club would also like to thank the Caribbean Students’ Organization for making amends with us, but we know you cannot control everything that happens at an event and we hold no grudges against the CSO or its members.

Henry Chow
Genetics III
VP-communications WEGA



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