Younger undergrads are inconsiderate

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Pretentious grad student hates our undergrads”
Feb. 13, 2008

To the editor:
I am writing to second the opinions delivered by Mr. Edwards regarding the Grad Club, and the inconsiderate nature of undergrads using the facility in a letter that was inappropriately given the title “Pretentious grad student hates our undergrads.”

I don’t know Mr. Edwards, but I’m going to hazard a guess and say I doubt very much he hates undergrads. In fact, he likely hates that they are often inconsiderate and immature " the very same thing I hate about certain undergrads.

I am a Western alumnus who now works at King’s University College as a part-time instructor. I enjoy the Grad Club as a place to get away from the crowded facilities in other parts of campus after I finish work or visit the gym.

As an alumnus, I have applied for and been accepted as an associate member of the Grad Club. I went through the proper channels and did what you are supposed to do, because I liked the environment there and wanted to be able to continue going there as a staff member.

As the age level at university drops, so too it seems does the level of respect and maturity among undergrads " particularly those in first year. I have witnessed the same lack of consideration and annoying behaviour Mr. Edwards speaks of.

Just because no one is going around checking your student ID to ensure you are a grad student does not mean you should plop yourself down in the Grad Club when it is paid for by grad students and other members.

University is an opportunity for people to grow, learn and start to behave like adults. One of the first steps towards this is having consideration for the rules, despite the fact they are not being rigorously enforced. In other words, it is time to grow up and have respect for others.
"S.D. Osborne
M.A. Philosophy

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