Re: “Women need to end the chase,” Jan.
To the Editor:
When my father begins worrying about losing his daughter to
an irresponsible boy, he tells me he is worried I am not
having “the university experience.” I have not
figured out exactly what this includes, but my working definition
involves friendships, fun and indulging. Oh, and of course,
dating different guys so that not one alone will tie me down
(a.k.a. steal me away from Daddy).
Julie Meehan assumes men have “all about the boys” relationships
which entail “going to the bar to pick up chicks” and
thus are unworthy of female pursuance. I disagree. There is
nothing wrong with going to the bar to pick up (guys and girls
alike). Meeting new people is a great way to build confidence
and show a high level of confidence. The elaborate stories
guys tell post-Saturday night should serve as incentive for
women to join the game.
In university, we develop an understanding of our own relationship
needs through trial and error. It might take a few nights out
to find your lifetime euchre partner, but that does not mean
you should give up on love.
Despite my Daddy’s wise advice and multiple lectures
on the university experience I made only one boy my prey. My
boyfriend is a veteran of picking up girls and changing his
mind about them frequently. This does not bother me because
he finally knows what he needs. The most important thing is
that we are on the same page, because tonight I’m going
out with the girls!
Media, Information and Technoculture II
To the Editor:
London Transit Commission, your service is horrendous! I waited
45 minutes outside in the FREEZING COLD for the two buses
that didn’t come going northbound. There were two other
students at the bus stop with me. We all missed our classes!
How unreliable is your service?
All university students are required to pay for this transit
which we can’t opt-out of. We expect better service and
not filthy buses from which you can’t even see your stop
because of the muck-covered windows.
Administrative and Commercial Studies III
To the Editor:
This letter is meant to criticize the people who run the
Intramural leagues here at Western. My roommates, my friends
and I are a part of two specific leagues: Men’s Competitive
Hockey and Competitive Ball Hockey.
The way these leagues are being run is a joke. Concerning
ice hockey, we have shown up numerous times and been left with
one official for a game; many times it is a linesmen, who is
unqualified to call the games. Even when we do get all three
officials on the ice, a blind monkey would be able to call
a better game. Our team spent approximately $1,000 to register,
and for that amount of money, we expect Western to provide
a better quality league.
As for ball hockey, last week we showed up 20 minutes before
the game and the rink was covered in snow. Can the people running
Campus Recreation not get off their wallet and make sure the
rink is plowed and salted? People were falling all over the
rink like baby deer learning to walk for the first time. The
university also does not provide two sets of goalie equipment
for the two teams playing, expecting teams to bring their own.
The official who showed up, late I may add, reminded our team
of Jim Breuer’s stoned character from Half Baked. Finally,
the light box for the rink needed a key to get to the light
switch, and of course Dopey did not have the proper key, delaying
the start time of our game and every other game that night.
So, to the people at Campus Rec, it’s time to get your
heads out of your collective asses and provide the students
with acceptable Intramural sports.
Food facts fudged
Re: “Vegans do it with vegetables,” Jan. 15, 2004
To the Editor:
I appreciate The Gazette giving the vegan diet exposure, but
a few of your cons need adjustment.
First off, you mentioned that cutting animal products out
of your diet eliminates vitamins and necessary nutrients like
protein, iron and calcium. This is 100 per cent false. There
are many sources of iron available. In just half a cup of tofu
there’s 13 mgs of iron. All legumes contain iron. Vegetables
and fruits also have iron. This type of iron, however, is of
a non-heme nature, which means they must be consumed with a
source of Vitamin C or your body has more trouble using it.
This can create the misconception that vegans are iron deficient.
Now I will address the issue of protein. Legumes are enough
of a source of protein that vegans need not worry about it.
Now for the truth about protein: a diet high in protein increases
the amount of calcium that passes through the kidneys and out
of your body. Most diets are already too high in protein, which
is why the recommended level of calcium intake is so high.
Therefore, vegans who allow themselves to believe they are
protein deficient will obviously eat more protein, and thus
become calcium deficient.
This, in turn, leads people to believe that vegans don’t
get enough calcium. I’d like to point out that legumes
are full of calcium, not to mention dark green leafy vegetables.
I understand how all these misconceptions have developed so
I don’t blame you for printing them. Next time, however,
do a bit more research please.