Bling for wingdings
Re: “MIT-buttal,” Feb. 18, 2004
To the Editor:
Put the Kleenex away, Jody, and calm down. Ol’ Mikey
here doesn’t hate you wacky kids in MIT. In fact, I think
you’ll find that my proposal really meshes with everything
that media, information and technoculture stands for: irony
and a seething hatred of the establishment.
What could be more ironic than a guy with no interest in technoculture
having the MIT building named after him? Second, if some lowly
arts student with limited funds isn’t the direct opposite
of a wealthy corporate donor, what is?
And, to Dr. Davenport: you drive a hard bargain, my friend,
but perhaps an extra $500 on top of my initial offer might
change your mind. I’ll even let you choose the font that
the letters will be in! Pick Wingdings for all I care. Pretty
generous offer by any standard, I’d say.
Better act now, because I’m getting offered the University
of Toronto’s new building on top of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Visual Art III
Martin must pay the price
To the Editor:
Imagine the uproar that would ensue if University Students’ Council
politicos were found to have funnelled student fees to friends
and cronies who assisted their election campaigns. Such a
scenario is still unfolding in the federal government, and
students, who will eventually have to pay the bills, should
Thanks to the sponsorship scandal, in which over $100 million
of taxpayers’ money was wasted, the public is beginning
to recognize the true sleaziness with which the Liberals have
mismanaged the nation over the past 10 years.
Despite having been minister of finance and a senior minister
from Quebec, Prime Minister Paul Martin pleads ignorance as
to what was going on. Oh, please. Canadians deserve a government
of integrity and transparency, and the Liberals have proven
themselves incapable of providing it.
If a sponsorship scandal played out in the USC, there would
be firings, resignations and students would demand their money
back. In the next federal election, let’s throw the Liberals
out and demand our government back.
President, UWO Conservative Association
A double standard?
To the Editor:
Perhaps someone can explain the current state of affairs in
our country. I have been reading more and more about men’s
organizations and sports having to allow women onto teams.
Now I completely agree with this if there are no women’s
organizations/leagues, but the fact is that in many cases
they do exist. My question is why are there women-only groups
while men-only groups are banned?
I’ll go through a few examples:
1) Boy Scouts — they are now forced to go co-ed even
though there are still Girl Guides.
2) Health clubs — all clubs cannot be men-only or even
be made to prefer male patrons. After men’s clubs vanish
there is “curves for women” and women-only Goodlife
3) Golf/soccer/curling — all have leagues for men and
women but women are allowed to play in the men’s leagues.
These are just a few examples of things that are happening.
In terms of sports, if there is going to be a co-ed league
instead of a men-only league, abolish the women’s league
as well as the men-only one. Why should one sex get a league
while the other is open to everyone? Why do we abolish sexism
in one case but turn a blind eye in another? Isn’t unequal
rights and the abuse of power what political correctness and
feminism are supposed to be fighting instead of aiding to institute?
If equal rights are the goal, then why are more inequalities
Master’s Engineering II
Universities need to come clean
Re: “Universities to fall under new Info Act?” Feb.
To the Editor:
I wanted to clarify the existing legal issues pertaining to
universities falling under the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act.
Ontario universities have the power to design their own information
policies by virtue of not being caught under the types of institutional
bodies to which the provincial legislation applies. What this
means in practical terms is that Ontario universities all have
custom designed information policies governing access to information
requests. In creating their information policies, the Council
for Ontario Universities issued a set of guidelines for the
schools to follow. These guidelines made it clear that information
policies, although custom designed, needed to uphold the spirit
of the provincial Freedom to Information and Protection of
I was dismayed upon learning that the executive director of
the COU was unaware of whether or not the Ontario universities
had either ratified the guidelines or drawn up similar documents
for their policies. What is worse is that Ontario universities
have information policies that are inconsistent, confusing
and contrary to the intent and spirit of the Freedom to Information
In almost all of the university policies, requests for information
can be denied without a legitimate reason, and the university
president, who does not play a role at any other stage of the
request for access, is given ultimate decision-making power
over whether or not a request for access is denied. Most of
the information policies deny consideration of requests for
access to information unless one is a member of the university
community, going against the overall policy rationale of supporting
public access to information.
The solution is simple: amendments to include universities
under the breadth of the Freedom of Information Act are necessary
to avoid universities making a mockery of the access to information
regime. Amendments could take into account the special needs
of the university setting, and are not only in the best interests
of the universities, but the public at large.