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Dirty books

To the Editor:
Like most people during exam time, I went to D.B. Weldon Library to put in a few hours of studying. Unfortunately, I was really disgusted to see the state of the studying area — garbage and bottles all over the floor and desks, and the library staff working hard to clean up the mess.

I realize it’s exam time, but there’s really no excuse to leave behind a big mess like that with so many garbage cans close by. We’re fortunate enough to have somewhere to study that’s big and quiet like Weldon, so let’s show a little more respect, especially for the staff who aren’t getting paid to do this extra work.

No one likes coming to a dirty or messy study area anyways, right? Please take that extra second to throw out your pop bottle so you’re not leaving behind a mess for the next person. It’d be a shame if they banned beverages altogether because we can’t clean up after ourselves.

Andria Barr
English II

Registrar's office run by pod people?

To the Editor:
I was recently forced to move due to a rent increase, which left me easy prey to bureaucrats. I normally pick up my T4A at the Registrar’s Office, but this year I missed it by a day as I was busy with an essay. It was mailed to my former address as I had not given the Registrar’s Office my new address until a month after moving. My former superintendent immediately authorized Canada Post to return my mail to sender. I was not even given the grace of a month to pick up important mail. A week has passed since the T4A was mailed out, yet it has not been returned to the school.

The bureaucrats in the Stevenson-Lawson Building are well aware I need the T4A to obtain my tax refund, so when I asked for help, did they do the humane thing? Nope. I had to fill out a form, pay $10 and wait at least a week. I can only wonder why the T4A cannot be printed from an online source like the T2202. Is charging students for every little thing an ethical practice?

The bureaucratization of society will be the ruin of humanity. I feel like the guy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers desperately searching for just one human — but they have all been podified.

Since the invention of the file folder in 1918, this is the direction humans have been pursuing. The Nazis revolutionized the bureaucratic process and IBM facilitated the numbering of persons. Their identity was stripped away, leaving only a number. Have we learned nothing? Apparently not.

The human soul is pod fodder. Perhaps there should be warning signs posted that read “Beware humans: there are pods among us.” Unfortunately, it may already be too late.

Jamie Dickey
History 2003/Ethics V

Jesus lost in translation

Re: “A trinity of critics review that Jesus movie,” Mar. 3, 2004

To the Editor:
I don’t understand all the hoopla about The Passion of the Christ. How could anyone label this film as an accurate representation of the New Testament when (from what I understand) its director doesn’t even read or speak the language it is written in?

If a blind person drew a picture of the Mona Lisa based on someone else’s verbal description, would we regard it as a great replication of the original source? I don’t think so. Why are we all so ready to accept Mel Gibson’s interpretation?

Ari Shomair

Testing more like torture

Re: “Out with the animals: no research for PETA,” Mar. 4, 2004

To the Editor:
I was passing through the University Community Centre for Healthy Lifestyles Week last week and was outraged by the lung display that the Canadian Lung Association created. As if to add insult to injury, there was a small foot pump attached to it.

I question the need for the suffering that organism had to go through just so his/her lungs could be brought in for show-and-tell. As Karin Robertson of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stated, most of what has been learned about lung cancer has been acquired by looking at smokers and people who already suffer from the disease.

People are fully aware of what they are doing, but that’s their choice. They have the power to toss out that ciggie or not. But to be held captive, being forced to inhale carcinogenic substances day after day after day until they choke and die is not research. That is torture.

Min Min Tong
Biology II

Re: “Exposed: uncovering animal research at Western,” Mar. 4, 2004

To the Editor:
What a one-way article! It isn’t OK to do various experiments on animals that usually are irrelevant to learning about human life. Oh goody, they give them large cages and some even have plants from the animal’s habitat. Gee, that must mean the animal is happy with its life... until a probe is jammed into its brain without anesthesia.

When are we going to evolve as a culture and realize we can still advance in science and learn by using cruelty-free methods? As a Western student, I am ashamed we are still living in the dark when it comes to animal testing.

Jade Dittaro
Medical Science I



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