To the Editor:
Thanks to the bastard that decided to steal mine and my friend’s
coats from The Ceeps two Fridays ago. It was great standing
out in the cold, so I hope you were warm in your two new coats.
If there is a shred of decency in your newly covered body,
you can bring the coats back to the scene of the crime, no
Rock is dead they say...
To the Editor:
I’ve learned that Biology 355b (Adaptations and Ecology
of Birds) has been discontinued despite 65 students and a
waiting list. Let me guess, they could cancel several small,
specialized and well-enrolled courses and create one general
level course that devotes two to three lectures to gloss
over the in-depth material of the originals and give me yet
another ROCK CONCERT LECTURE course.
Western must want to save a bit of money, because in the past
decade tuition only increased at 12 times the rate of inflation,
much like the minimum wage did, right? At $500 a half-credit,
that course brings in $32,500, and tuition is only about half
of the cost of education — the rest is government funded.
Why would any student want the focus and attention of being
in a more intimate course? We love being one of 700 sardines
staring at a small person with a microphone (that is either
too quiet or too loud) standing in front of a piece-of-crap
video system that NEVER works. I probably won’t want
to ask any questions for clarification, not that they would
interrupt the Powerpoint laser light show if I did.
Is higher learning about students or money? I’m sick
of the rock concert lectures; by third-year, perhaps we could
take a few specialized courses that might actually dig a little
deeper — but you better hurry because they’re being
Write letters to the powers that be and take back control
of your university education before they farm it out to Fanshawe
College to save money.
Bio. Enviro III
... long live (indie) rock!
Re: “Radio daze,” Mar. 18, 2004
To the Editor:
It is apparent CHRW 94.9 FM fans are uninformed about the station
they wish to defend. Being on the Ivey Client Field Project
Team commissioned to review CHRW’s operations, I was
dismayed at many of the inaccurate facts.
First, why would one assume that making the station more relevant
to students translates to broadcasting “corporate garbage?” CHRW
is a campus and community station regulated by the CRTC. It
is therefore restricted to airing alternative programs.
Second, CHRW is a not-for-profit organization, so the fact
there is no profit was not our group’s concern nor focus.
What a concept that a group from Ivey — where capitalism
is reputed to prevail — would choose to devote their
time to an organization that prides itself on “providing
a cure for corporate radio.”
The group’s findings will not be presented until Friday,
Mar. 26. Accordingly, the University Students’ Council’s
recommendation to increase the station’s relevancy to
students is a decision completely unrelated to the group’s
report. Members of the group have been avid listeners of CHRW
since their first year of university, which motivated the group
to undertake the project. Furthermore, the reason we have been
contacted is to provide an objective view.
In closing, I request anyone wishing to attack Ivey to produce
an educated argument, not one influenced by stereotype.
Terrorism never rests
Re: “The War on Terror is futile,” Mar. 18, 2004
To the Editor:
“The War on Terror is futile?” Not completely.
This whole War on Terror issue has been running through my
mind for a long time, and Marshall Bellamy’s article
brought back some of these thoughts. Terrorists definitely
have the advantage. They choose the place, time and method
of attack. The victim is clueless. The costs of projecting
a sense of an “impenetrable fortress” are astronomical,
as seen by the United States’ “homeland security.”
Terrorists can literally wait for the U.S. to bankrupt itself.
Just throw in a few attacks elsewhere in the world, and keep
the U.S. paranoid and spending. There is no way of staying
up in arms 24/7. What happens when your attention falters?
However, the war against terrorism is NOT completely futile.
One cannot sit back and be trampled. I still believe George
W. Bush’s actions with his “War on Terrorism” are
correct, in the sense that it is necessary to put forth some
form of “defense” — the best defense is a
good offense — to show the U.S. is not a sitting duck.
When someone punches you, you punch back and make him or her
think twice. Otherwise, they know they can hurt you without
Some questions that arise from this are: How far is enough?
How do we know we have won? What are we doing that causes these
attacks? How can we change? It is important not to falter.
However, in the end, the monetary and physical costs must be
considered. What is the point of repeatedly attacking a threat
that absorbs your punches?
Terror will NEVER be defeated. The virulence and intensity
of terrorism can be reduced through social change, rather than
the futile hornet extermination efforts by the U.S. and its
Political Science II