St. Patty's sarcasm lost on student

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “St. Patrick’s Day madness”
March 18, 2009

To the editor:
I have something to say about The Gazette’s recent cover photo featuring several Western students celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, one of which was held aloft on her stomach, sucking down beer from a keg like it was going out of style. More accurately, I have something to say about the insulting, poorly conceived caption underneath which read, “Epitomizing Canada’s Best Student Experience. Numerous Western students took the time yesterday to relish the St. Patrick’s Day festivities taking place both on and off campus.”

Took the time? People take the time to review an essay, call their mothers, think about the war or finally clean the gunk from their windshields. Can you imagine someone honestly saying, “Oh, yes, I’m going to take the time " in celebration of the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day " to drink until I can no longer walk and vomit on my friend’s shoes?”

But much worse then a poorly placed idiom, if this is what The Gazette believes epitomizes Canada’s best student experience, either the editors need to seriously reevaluate their responsibilities to the student body at large, or the University of Western Ontario is in serious trouble.

I’m no teetotaler. I’ve never been known to shun a beer or four and I enjoy an uproarious celebration just as much as the next person.

But to say that an alcohol-induced hootenanny epitomizes the Western experience causes me to stop and wonder just what criteria The Gazette thinks were used in the much heralded rating (and source of Western pride) put out by The Canadian University Report. I doubt it was the students’ mean blood alcohol levels.

To even suggest half the student population going mad with booze is a defining feature of a positive student experience is irresponsible journalism at best and a black eye for the university.

The Gazette would do well to begin paying more attention to another large and influential part of Western’s student body: the graduate, non-traditional, and adult student " indeed, any student who doesn’t define a university’s worth by how many groups of drunkards wander campus or the streets of London. If The Gazette is not careful, those of us who want more in a university than a good party atmosphere, those of us who want a university community that places focus on more potent aspects of higher education and who feel left out by The Gazette’s continued sophmoric-style reporting might decide to pursue our education elsewhere " perhaps a more sore sophisticated and urban school " no matter what the University of Western Ontario boasts in it’s brochures.
" Austin White
Undeclared V

Ed. note: We don’t even know where to start. Sorry to hear you didn’t get our humour. But if you want to keep it serious " if we never put a picture of a single drinker on the cover all year, would we not be excluding a huge portion of the Western population?

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