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Keep violence outside of the rink

Re: “‘Violence’ in hockey doesn’t exist,” Mar. 23, 2004

To the Editor:
Ian Denomme’s would-be axiom “Fighting is not violent,” is one of the least logical statements I’ve ever seen in print. Denomme adds, “What Todd Bertuzzi did to Steve Moore was terribly wrong, but not necessarily violent.”

I find these statements perplexing given some of Denomme’s other statements such as: “Violence is guns, blood, hate and explosions.” Having actually seen Bertuzzi’s sucker-punch, I can say that there may not have been any guns or explosions, but there was quite a bit of blood and a whole lot of hate present — there is always hate involved when a human being viciously attacks another human being. Denomme’s argument seems to be this: acts that are normally deemed violent by our society should not be counted as such if they take place within the confines of a sporting venue.

So, fair readers, if you feel the urge to exercise the “unlawful use of physical force,” but do not wish to be associated with the pesky label known as “violent,” I implore you to commit these acts only while engaged in sporting activities.

Sarcasm aside, I agree “there is absolutely nothing wrong with two guys settling a disagreement by dropping the gloves,” but this has nothing to do with Bertuzzi’s thuggish and cowardly act, one I believe should land him in jail with “thieves, rapists and murderers,” because the extent of Moore’s injuries indicate he could very well have been killed.

Nick Michalak
English IV

To the Editor:
Perhaps Ian Denomme did not have a dictionary at his side when he wrote about hockey violence, or perhaps the people at Random House are wrong to characterize violence as “swift and intense force” or “rough or injurious physical force, action or treatment.”

Perhaps hockey — juxtaposed against egregious crimes such as war and violence — is merely male bonding that occasionally goes wrong because one party doesn’t understand the expression “all in fun.” Perhaps Todd Bertuzzi’s punishment should stop with suspension, and perhaps the league will learn to police the “odd bloodshed” in the game.

Perhaps Denomme, like the National Hockey League, is in deep denial that his favourite game is violent through and through, and that the Bertuzzi incident simply reaffirmed that we care not a whit so long as we are entertained.

Curtis W. L. Jones
MA Sociology I

To the Editor:
I find Ian Denomme’s concept of violence ridiculous. The point of hockey is to get the puck in the net. The sacrifice strategy of two players fighting and getting kicked out of the game does not help either team win; and selfish to hit other players; co-workers don’t have brawls and then go back to work again.

In any hockey skills competition, is there an event for “best fighter?” No. It does not belong. The real definition of violence is: “Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging or abusing.” This exactly matches the motives of the goons on various teams. All they want is to beat the other guy up to look good for the fans. Where is the hockey in that?

Andrew Colgan
Chemistry II

Whither Broadbent?

Re: “Students to the PM: not impressed,” Mar 16, 2004

To the Editor:
It’s a point in Western’s favour when a first-year political science student knows as much about politics as Mr. Hassan Ahmad appears to. He claims to be able to rake up — in the career of any politician — an issue in which said politician has caused “harm to humanity.”

Provided his definition of “harm to humanity” is at least close to my own, I defy him to point out any incident where, for example, Ed Broadbent has caused it. If he cannot do so, perhaps he ought to admit to the perpetration of his own “vain injustices.” That is, if he can avoid tossing in an irrelevant Plato reference.

Doug Tennant
Philosophy I

Sehr gut!

To the Editor:
I just wanted to extend kudos to everyone involved with Cabaret. It was nice to see Western tackle such a daring show, and do such an excellent job. I hope next year’s theatrical production aims for the same magnitude and grandeur Cabaret was able to achieve. Kudos to the cast, crew and production team!

Michael Sauro
History IV

Moody blues

Re: “St. Patrick’s Day: Irish and non-Irish rejoice,” Mar. 18, 2004

To the Editor:
Mr. Moody, your offensive reference to “fucking sluts” on St. Patrick’s Day has us questioning your potential of even talking to a girl, much less “fucking” her. A word of advice to all Western guys: GROW UP and treat a girl with some respect. Only then will you have a chance to “fuck your sluts” on a regular basis. Otherwise, enjoy the bottle of Labatt 50, because that’s the only thing you’ll be getting action from.

Lisa Purdy
Kinesiology IV
Katie Parker
English IV

Don’t fight fire with fire

Re: “Terrorism never rests,” Mar. 23, 2004

To the Editor:
Jonathan Leung, have you ever heard the adage “an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind?” Since when does a show of power justify the loss of thousands of lives of people not involved in the acts of terrorism? Are we supposed to quietly and complacently accept death in collateral damage form as a logical step in capturing a handful of actual terrorists? The United States’ foreign policy seems to be doing a pretty good public relations job of building greater resentment from those that have been questionably “aided.”

Terrorism is an act of fear, done in opposition to those who terrorists oppose. By creating more and more resentful, fearful and victimized people, the U.S. is almost generating an enemy. Or wait, they’ve already been there and done that, and lied about it later: refer to the recent incident of the supposed weapons of mass destruction or the Grenadan tourist airstrip which somehow became a missile launch pad through the technological miracle that is satellite photography.

Concerning the idea of letting the U.S. bankrupt itself... well, everyone in the world could stand aside and do that. Doing nothing would also be slowly watching the collapse of the world economy before our eyes. Perhaps the International Monetary Fund can “subsidize” their economy with a loan, and put guidelines on spending, such as no more money for bombs. Then again, the U.S. will probably be too busy trying to meet the staggering demands of interest to try to play hegemon of the world.

You’re right Jon, terrorism can never be defeated. But that does not give any right for the victims of terrorist acts to resort to vigilante justice, and become terrorists themselves.

Beatrice Yu
Classical Studies & Anthropology II

A breath of fresh air

To the Editor:
Congratulations to the Arab Students Association on the Arab Market in the University Community Centre atrium on Monday. Over the past century, Arabs have been portrayed in exceedingly negative light by the media. Harmful stereotypes have been increasingly prevalent while any real awareness of Arab culture is uncommon.

Monday’s event presented the true beauty, diversity and rich traditions of the Arab world in an exciting way. Definitely a step in the right direction — keep up the good work.

Sangeeta Saxena
Computer Engineering & ICS V

Web slight

To the Editor:
I am writing this letter to express my sheer frustration and exasperation with the registrar’s website. What’s the point of having exam schedules, bursary applications and other useful documents located online if they are only accessible during the day! I thought the whole point of providing web services was for the convenience of being able to accommodate your schedule.

I just tried to access my exam schedule and was shut out. I might as well wait until tomorrow, go down to the office myself during “hours” and ask them to look up each and every single one of my exams. Come on people, let’s get with the program and embrace technology.

Rahaf Harfoush
Philosophy II

Hey buddy, be patient

To the Editor:
This letter is addressed to the two individuals who stood behind us in the lineup at The Drink this past Saturday. You may have already forgotten about the death threats you made against us, but we sure haven’t.

This is what happened. We are two girls who happened to be separated from the rest of our group, and didn’t want to lose each other. In order to stay together we held hands, as girls at bars generally do when in crowds. This seemed to annoy the male and female standing behind us, because the male insisted that our outstretched hands were infringing on his personal space.

Instead of moving to let us stand next to each other, he decided to insult us, swear at us and use abusive language. This verbal abuse didn’t seem to bother him and his “lady” friend who joined in, but for us two girls trapped in the lineup and on the receiving end of his threats, their words created a situation I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

So, to the tall man and his short, red-haired female friend, I have some words of advice for you both. Should you ever again feel the need to tell someone to “go back to the country they’re from because they’re not welcome here,” you may want to try to associate the correct country with the correct accent. Otherwise, you end up looking even more idiotic, if that’s possible.

Also, the next time you and your girlfriend suggest to “crush the skulls” of the two harmless females standing in front of you in a bar lineup, I hope someone calls the police or, better yet, crushes both your skulls.

Identity Withheld by Request

It’s CHRW in Cincinn-aaaaaaaaati

Re: “ ...long live (indie) rock!” Mar. 23, 2004

To the Editor:
Pamela Draper missed the point of my letter. The reason I wrote was for someone to please clarify how the University Students’ Council is going to make the station “relevant” to students. Miss Draper states that this is not the objective of the Ivey Client Field Project Team, so why is this team being commissioned to provide this “objective view?”

Thank you Miss Draper for telling me I am uninformed. She also accused me of attacking Ivey when all I did was simply label them as having “capitalist interests.” Forgive me for assuming that was one of the reasons students are enrolled in a business school.

Reading Miss Draper’s letter has left me even more confused. Before anyone goes berserk, can someone be so kind as to answer my questions? I am also interested in what the findings of the Client Field Project Team will be, so can someone tell me where I can find this information?

Alicia C. Vandeweghe
History IV

No Moore coverage?

To the Editor:
I would like to enquire as to the reason The Gazette did not feel the need to publish the announcement for the student curated exhibition “Canadian Kunstkammer: The Moore Collection in the Museum” in Friday’s Arts Issue.

Though the two events you did promote are larger and better funded, this show with its meagre budget fosters the relationship that has been developed between Museum London and Western over the years. The museum studies course is one of the most useful and pertinent offerings in the visual arts department; more should be done to encourage students to take classes that offer practical experience in their chosen field.

Thank you for your continuing ignorance of the arts community at Western. It is very much appreciated.

Siobhan Redmond
Arts III



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