Like Sly Stallone, Ahmad's response over the top

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Dark-haired Asian wields wit, penis, not gun”
Nov. 6, 2007

To the editor:
Having spent four years at Western, I realized something about Western’s library patrons: No one seems to realize there is a designated “loud floor.”

If you want to be loud, go to the second floor [of D.B. Weldon]. Simple. I figured it out my first time working there.

Loud people need to get up and move to the second floor.

But on that note, the quiet people on the second floor must realize they can study in the rest of the quiet library. Menacing glares from across the room just made our discussions louder. It’s called the “loud floor” for a reason, and if you don’t like it, too bad. That’s the rules.

And a note of warning for Israr: the workplace is anything but quiet. Get used to the noise, there’s nothing you can do about it.

People get paid to talk in the real world. I like getting paid.
"Luke Kittmer
Chem. Engineering Grad 2007

To the editor:
Israr Ahmad claims to have used wit, comedy and unconventional examples to prove a point, but he has been rude, irrational and meaningless.

Consider this, Ahmad: if your point cannot be ably demonstrated without using the shock factor of dirty words and insults, your point lacks fundamental strength.

If you have to proclaim in your defence letter your ownership of a penis, maybe your defence doesn’t " ahem " stand up either.

A quiet study area promises to be quiet " not silent. For silent study, go to a Silent Study Area. Let’s just hope those letters of agreement on bras and lace panties aren’t too distracting for you.
"Jennifer Griffin
Brescia College I

To the editor:
I don’t think I’m alone when I tell Israr Ahmad that he needs to get a new sense of humour.

Western doesn’t need another ranting, unreasonable student trying to mask his contempt and mania behind a weak comedic veil. Nobody writes a letter with the word ‘asshole’ in every paragraph twice (count it, with the exception of the opening and closing paragraphs, I believe) without some kind of malicious intent.

It’s sad we can equate his complaints to the behaviour of a killer at Virginia Tech, but at the same time, such a tirade must give everyone pause.

Even in his rebuttal to the community’s responses, he is derisive and angry. “Kat, for example, in her infinite wisdom”? He’s doing to us exactly what was done to him: minimizing our arguments through personal attacks.

“One less asshole in Lululemon pants” " what does that have to do with anything? In fact, maybe you should invest in a pair and try some therapeutic yoga or something. It might calm you down a little bit and bring you some perspective.

You make judgments based on our responses to a completely untenable attack on the community. Granted, some of the content in the responses was somewhat inappropriate, but it’s difficult to be politically correct when faced with an outburst like that.

You could go to the most disciplined, orderly, monk-inhabited library in the world, and you would still be faced with those annoying distractions: the sound of people walking, the odd cough from the other side of the bookshelf and heaven forbid, a few muttered words.

The fact of the matter is Western is a school populated by young adults who are by their very nature social beings. There will always be talking. There will always be distractions. No one is going to applaud you for pointing out why this shouldn’t be; we all know the rules of the library.

We also realize that although there are times where it’s frustrating to have these distractions around you, there will come a time when you contribute to the white noise for someone else.

“Let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone.” Maybe you should reconsider before you go hurlin’ big old boulders like this one.
"Josh Taylor
Arts & Humanities I

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