Class in "the Smith"
To the Editor:
I see that Western has yet to properly name the North Campus
Building, likely because a wealthy donor has yet to come
forward with some money for media, information and technoculture.
Well fret no more, because if you name the building after
me, I will donate $500 to the pseudo-faculty. Not enough for
you? I will pay for the lettering to be installed on the front
of the building. Still not going for it? Over the years, I — and,
eventually, my descendants — will even pay for the upkeep
of the letters as they get stolen or tarnished.
Let’s call it the “Michael Smith Centre for Media
Studies” or the “Michael Smith Media Centre.” I
really don’t care what you crazy kids at the top pick,
so long as my name’s up there.
So come on, 500 smackers. We all know nobody else in their
right mind would want to be publicly associated with MIT; this
could very well be your only chance to get any money for this
Visual Art III
Re: “Supreme Court needs a spanking,” Feb. 4,
To the Editor:
In response to the article on the Supreme Court’s decision
on the spanking law, I’d like to bring your attention
to some of the facts for the opposing view. While it was argued
the Supreme Court of Canada was attempting to “dictate
parenting” in reviewing the law allowing corporal punishment
against children, I’d like to argue that abolishing the
spanking law would only improve parenting skills. Many people
are quick to react to the screaming kid at the mall by thinking
the parent needs to give the kid a good smack.
But while I don’t deny the fact those kids do need disciplining,
many people are unaware of not only the negative impact of
spanking, but also its ineffectiveness. Aside form the fact
that spanking has the possibility of escalating to abuse in
the odd case, it’s generally an ineffective disciplinary
Research has indicated that corporal punishment is not effective
in creating any meaningful change in a child’s behaviour,
as they do not gain any understanding of why this behaviour
is not acceptable. They miss out on this teachable moment and
learn instead to fear the caregiver and that violence is an
acceptable response to anger.
Aside from all that, I have to pull myself away and think
about the general principle of the situation. Why are people
arguing for the parent’s right to discipline their children?
Who’s arguing for the right of a child’s proper
and healthy upbringing? After all, we’re living in a
society where corporal punishment against adults and even animals
generates serious consequences (even if it’s with “reasonable
force”), whereas for children these consequences are
No evidence equals no belief
To the Editor:
There is no God.
I was raised in an atheist family and educated in the public
school system, so my religion is science. Science is fact and
fact is indisputable. How could I believe in something so vacant
of physical evidence such as religion? Am I to accept that
God created the universe because it was written in a book and
a priest says so? What about conflicting beliefs such as Christianity
and Islam? Both have their own unique ideas about God, lifestyle
and the afterlife thus both can’t be “correct” in
their suggestion that there is only one God.
This has completely discredited religion for me, in addition
to the absence of any kind of material proof. Bloody conflicts
initiated and fueled by difference of religion would never
happen if people could look past someone’s own spiritual
beliefs. Extremism, oppression and exploitation are all unnecessary
fallouts as well.
That all said, I do understand the good that comes from religion
and respect anyone’s personal belief.
Mechanical Engineering III
Messy campus reflects badly on Western
Re: “University Piggies’ Council?” Feb.
To the Editor:
When I saw the mess left by the University Students’ Council
I was appalled. They have been voted into power by the students
to represent the students and to set an example. What kind
of a standard do they expect to set on campus when they can
not dispose of their own trash?
I seem to find the University Community Centre in disarray
every weekend and I ask myself why. Why do we not take pride
in our own community centre?
Do we not want to live in a clean environment? Can we not
take pride in our beautiful campus? How hard can it possibly
be to throw out our trash, not just in the public places, but
also in class rooms and auditoriums? It cannot be that difficult
to pick up our own trash at the end of class and throw it in
the garbage on our way out the door. There are trash cans located
all across campus.
I ask our USC, what are you going to do? Will you take a stand
to improve the quality of life on our campus? Will you take
the next step to promote a cleaner and healthier environment?