Re: “Students, not community,” Mar.
To the Editor:
Before I came to Western, I tuned into CHRW 94.9 FM and enjoyed
the alternative music selections it played, as well as the
various shows it offered, including at Western and community
The University Students’ Council plans on making CHRW “more
relevant to students.” Can someone please clarify what “relevant” means?
I’m hoping it is not a plan to change a great radio station
into the corporate garbage we hear on mainstream radio.
I understand the students who listen to and love CHRW are
in the minority. Some of these students choose to get involved
in the Western community through this radio station because
it is a great way to promote alternative styles of music that
will not get air-play anywhere else.
I am not sure if CHRW makes a profit or not, but even if it
doesn’t, I still don’t support the station being
put under review, especially from the capitalist interests
of Ivey students. The USC should realize that not everything
a government puts money into will generate revenue. Every year,
the government of Canada puts money into art galleries and
museums that only a minority of Canadians enjoy.
If CHRW must be reviewed, why not ask the people who actually
volunteer and listen to 94.9 FM to make the decisions?
Alicia C. Vandeweghe
To the Editor:
You know what’s skanky?
Leather jackets, especially ones paid for by hordes of starving
university students. I can’t help but wonder why some
of Western’s precious budget was put towards buying Prime
Minister Paul Martin a leather jacket. The money from that
purchase could have been put towards other causes, such as
wireless hardware for complaining students, further repairs
to the Concrete Beach or just a discount on tuition. With the
number of students in the student body, it probably works out
to be less than a penny — but hey, I’ll take it!
Was this gesture done to top another university’s gift
of kitchen knives? How come Western has to present someone
with the skin of a flayed animal? Why couldn’t the marketing
geniuses behind this have gone for the much more cost-effective
(and hide-friendly) option of a sweatshirt from The BookStore?
I guess I’m just angry at having to contribute to this
shoddy gesture of public relations. In the future, could I
have the percentage of my tuition to be spent on empty handed,
meaningless gestures appear on the fee breakdown?
Classical Studies & Anthropology II
To the Editor:
I noticed today the litter that has been all over the ground
since I first came here in September has magically disappeared.
Is it a coincidence that this Saturday is Western’s
Open House, with thousands of prospective students coming
to see our “beautiful campus?” It’s only
beautiful until you look at the ground. I have yet to look
at the grass or sidewalk without seeing someone’s litter.
I find it hard to believe that people can be so uncaring and
self-centred as to be unable to take a few seconds to walk
to the nearest building or container to put their litter in
its proper place. I am sure all you litterers do not enjoy
looking at the mess you have made either. Who wants to kick
garbage aside before sitting under a tree on a nice sunny day?
Would you litter in your own backyard? Campus is like a backyard
to all those who come here at least four or five days a week.
When the weather is gorgeous, people want to spend their break
or eat their lunch outside. It would be great to be able to
look around and ONLY see grass, trees and other objects that
are supposed to be part of the view. Why should everyone have
to suffer the consequences of certain people’s carelessness?
Take responsibility for what is yours, and put your litter
where it belongs — in the trash can.
To the Editor:
One of the best attributes of Western is The Gazette, the only
daily university newspaper in Canada. But I must ask what
the point is of paying the extra fees to support this newspaper
when its news reporting is so horrible?
On Friday, I was saddened to see that the dominant story on
the front page was about Western hosting the Queen’s
Cup for the third consecutive year. The only other front page
story was about Prime Minister Paul Martin’s visit. I
must question the choice of The Gazette to not write a front
page article on the horrible terrorist attacks in Madrid, Spain
that occurred the previous day.
In fact, after reading the paper from cover-to-cover, I found
that there was no mention of the attacks, which took the lives
of 200 Madrid residents and injured more than 1,500 others.
The Gazette didn’t think the attacks warranted even a
mention in the news briefs!
I am sure every participant in the hockey tournament this
past weekend would not have been opposed to a portion of the
paper, even of the front page, being dedicated to this atrocity,
and Paul Martin would surely approve of this editorial decision
To the editors: you usually do a decent job of reporting the
news that is of interest and importance to the students, but
just because the event doesn’t occur at Western or involve
university students doesn’t mean we are not interested.
BA Film ’03
Computer Science/Mathematics I