HYPE critique ignored its members' work

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Where’s the HYPE?”
Nov. 15, 2007

To the editor:
I believe there is one pivotal aspect about this new endeavour you overlooked " student volunteers. While I understand The Gazette’s need to have a critical eye, putting a student-driven initiative that has only been in operation for half a semester in such a negative light does nothing but increase student apathy on campus and discourage Western’s leaders.

As a member of the team, I have seen how far the concept of HYPE has evolved in a mere few months. All you see are small campaigns and flashy T-shirts. The time and energy put in by student volunteers such as myself towards promotional strategies, sponsorship, design, team structure, morale, and organizatio, is anything but “ineffective.”

If you truly would like to support your students and help us in increasing awareness for the events and services on campus, I suggest you have a little more faith in the students who pay your salary in the first place.
"Lauren Aitchison
HYPE Executive Member

To the editor:
Lauren Pelley’s cover article about HYPE was a bit passive-aggressive, but it was mostly constructive and objective. However, the image caption was flat-out insulting and irresponsible.

To take a picture of Amy Bi and Chris Reynolds smiling happily, promoting University Students’ Council events, and to say “their subdued disposition belies the energy they should be putting into the street team” is a punch in the stomach.

It’s cheap, disrespectful, and irresponsible. Do you remember last year’s promotions squad? Exactly, neither do I.

HYPE isn’t perfect right now, but don’t accuse its organizers of not putting any effort into it. It’s an insult to a lot of hard work.
"Will Bortolin
Medical Sciences III

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