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.
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.
Social Science III
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.
Honours English/ Sociology IV
Don’t hate, just demonstrate
Re: “French say ‘au revoir’ to hijabs,” Jan.
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
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.
Political Science/French II
Islamic Outreach Commissioner, 2003-2004
Muslim Students’ Association