‘UWO Sucks’ site raises admin’s ire
By Dan Perry
MIRROR ON THE WALL, AH, ER, IVEY. If people came in the
form of squares and rectangles, then wouldn’t
UC Tower be a little phalic?
A Western student has found himself at odds with the university’s
administration after receiving an e-mail about a website he
created called ‘UWO Sucks.’
Second-year political science student Andrew Brett was contacted
by Western’s associate general counsel, Steve Jarrett,
and was advised to change some of the website’s content.
Brett refered to his site as satirical, calling it more of
a joke among friends. “It’s not like I have a personal
vendetta against the university,” he noted.
Material on the site ranges from parody, such as a paragraph-by-paragraph “anti-prospectus” targeting
Western’s admissions material, to complaints about there
being no windows in the classrooms of the Social Science Centre.
Brett also listed The Gazette under his “Another Reason
to Hate Western” feature.
“[Administration] told me they took issue with my altered
coat of arms,” Brett said, referring to the modified
coat of arms which features a dollar sign. “They also
said I used the design from their recruitment — I disagreed.”
Jarrett reported the university’s only concern was that
Brett may be using trademarks of the university on the site.
“The main [concern] was [with] the university’s
coat of arms,” Jarrett said. “We still have a dispute
over the format of the website, which uses the format of Western’s
recruitment site, which we’re not pursuing at this time.”
Jarrett said Brett had agreed to take down the coat of arms
and denied the concerns had anything to do with the site’s
“Obviously, we prefer that people don’t go around
publicizing that ‘UWO sucks,’ but [Brett] has the
right to express his opinion,” Jarrett said. “And
as long as he does it in a manner that’s legal, we have
Brett said the response to his site has been mixed. “I
found that there are a lot of polarized comments,” he
said, adding he received a lot of support and has published
some of the responses on the website.
It would appear student response on campus was equally mixed.
“Whatever — it’s all in good fun,” said
third-year social justice and peace student Julia Kerr.
“I think it’s pretty stupid. Why is he doing it?
It’s one of those websites that make the web look bad,” said
Chris Lee, a first-year economics student.
“Everything deserves to be satirized,” said Luke
Turvey, a local artist found on campus who admitted he does
not go to Western.
This site can be found at www.charter36.ca/~uwo_sucks/.