Don't like sophs or Charity Ball? Just don't go

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Charity Ball a soph-fest for douchebags”
Jan. 31, 2007

To the Editor:
It seems as if Matt[hew Barnes] had something negative to say about every aspect of Charity Ball. If all he was after was meaningful conversation, cheap drinks and nice decorations, he should have stayed home where he could have made all three for himself.

Charity Ball is the only campus-wide semiformal in which people from all faculties and programs can have a night together and raise money for a good cause.

I do not understand his hatred towards the sophs who choose to attend Charity Ball. I fail to see how being a soph and dressing up makes Charity Ball less enjoyable for somebody who clearly shouldn’t have gone in the first place.

People go to the ball to have fun and be with friends, not to make themselves feel like they are making a difference. It seems a bit late in the year for the obligatory attack on O-Week and the volunteers who make it run, and seems immaterial to his argument.

I am a three-time soph, and I will always consider it my favourite part of my university life. Every year, us sophs have to deal with cheap, underhanded attacks against our character and the program we put so much into.

If you don’t like Charity Ball, then fine: stay home and do not complain. There is no illusion of grandeur here " just people wanting to have a good night. And please do not try to blame every bad experience you have on sophs " it just cheapens your argument and makes you look petty.
"Bryan Feheley
Political Science IV

To the Editor:
Not interested in my rebuttal? I’m not interested in being personally attacked by someone I don’t know for attending an event with my friends.

You seem to have lost track of the purpose of the night during your ranting and raving. Many of us recognize that Charity Ball is an expensive night at the bar, where a dress code is in effect, but we go anyway.

I heard many people say, “Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s for charity.” Which is more important? That attendees be able to name the charity or that they choose to attend an event where the proceeds will be going to a charitable cause?

What matters more is that the Western community raised $24,000 for the Big Sisters of London, an amazing charity that gives back to the community. If you feel so disparagingly towards your peers, do us all a favour and donate your money directly without coming to Charity Ball next year.

Personally, I don’t feel like being attacked for contributing to a cause and enjoying an evening with my friends, some of whom happen to be sophs " myself included.

Oh, and by the way, before you write me off as some “pretentious Western girl,” I knew which charity was the beneficiary before I attended the event.
"Erica Spear
Political Science II

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