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Re: “Campus Life delivers healthy cookin’ and eatin’,” Jan. 15, 2004

To the Editor:
Although Hospitality Services is trying to implement healthier food choices on campus, there is still a lack of access to these alternatives. While reading last Thursday’s issue of The Gazette, I was surrounded by the tantalizing smell of fast foods and sweet desserts that filled the University Community Centre’s CentreSpot. Nowhere did I spot students eating healthy foods.

I was glad to read that the university acknowledges that students need to eat healthy foods, but I am disappointed at the selection of healthy alternatives available on campus. We don’t have time to sit and eat a healthy meal; instead, we snack throughout the day.

When I walk into any café on campus, the first thing that catches my attention are the irresistible rows and rows of chocolate bars, chips and fatty baked goods. With all that junk food sitting next to each other, there is no way I am going to consciously choose the “healthier” snack. After all, there really is no “healthier” choice between chocolate and chips.

It’s great that HS recognizes that students need healthy foods and snacks. It’s now just a matter of making healthy choices reasonably priced and readily available on campus.

Sajida Zalgaonker
Health Science III

Talk is cheap

To the Editor:
I was disappointed to learn that after returning to campus after the December break, conversations had finally reached their ultimate low. Even Wechsler’s Intelligence Scale for Children would defeat us as university students.

Person A: How are you?

Person B: OHHHH man, I went out last night and got HAMMERED!

Person A: YOOOO FO, sheezy my neezy!

I am not here to bash what people do with their time. That’s great if you want to get hammered, but since when was discussing your stupidity over a lengthy period of time a legitimate topic of conversation? What happened to discussions of world-related issues? I would even settle for discussions on school, but I can no longer listen to who’s boyfriend cheated on who and who wore what to this club, etc.

Until this miraculous change occurs, I’m going to continue wearing my ridiculously large headphones and blast my music, because frankly, that is far more mentally stimulating.

Sarah Shafey
Social Science III

Diggin’ Yop

To the Editor:
Am I the only person to find the Yop display in the University Community Centre atrium somewhat disturbing. Remember Yop? The liquid yogurt drink that brings many of us back to the innocence of our childhood.

Apparently the ingenious marketing team at Yop thought it would boost sales to make the yogurty beverage “cool” among university students. How else could one accomplish such a task than by having a couple of 15-year-old girls stretching their way through the UCC in vibrant blue leotards.

Are you kidding me? Little girls on university campus, suggestively bending in tight spandex. I realize sex sells and all, but one would think that a display bordering on pedophilia would be associated with something other than yogurt.

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed the free Yop; but my previously innocent memories of Yop have been tainted forever.

Chris Unwin
Honours English/ Sociology IV

Don’t hate, just demonstrate

Re: “French say ‘au revoir’ to hijabs,” Jan. 9, 2004

To the Editor:
A Muslim activist in Italy goes to court to force the local public school to take down the crucifix from his son’s classroom wall; when a judge rules in his favor, a wave of outrage sweeps the country. At a public high school outside Paris, two sisters are expelled for refusing to remove the headscarves they wear in observance of their Islamic faith — yet a dozen or so of their classmates wear headscarves and have not been expelled. And in Germany, a teacher sues for the right to keep her head veiled in the classroom, and after a five-year battle wins — except the court also rules that states are free to establish headscarf bans of their own.

Islam was bred in vast areas of Europe, including Spain in its entirety, back in AD 711 and the 200 years that followed. Now Islam has been pushed back. In many countries, it has become the official second religion, such as in France, where one in 10 people is Muslim. So many, yet so ignored.

If I can go outside without a headscarf in most Islamic states, why is a supposedly liberal, civilized, multi-ethnic nation like France banning women from wearing it? It makes no sense. Now who’s supporting individual choices and rights?

I invite you all to join Muslims, Londoners and all advocates of human rights on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at the corner of Richmond and Central Sts. We shall demonstrate our support for French Muslims, the majority of which have fled their own countries in search of peace and respect in Europe. This does not only pertain to Muslims; French Christians and French Jews were asked not to display evident signs of their faith.

Monsieur Chirac, if you plan on going secular, let’s see you ban Christmas trees.

Yasmine Al-Sabawi
Political Science/French II
Islamic Outreach Commissioner, 2003-2004
Muslim Students’ Association



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