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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Students plead for return of an edgy Gazette
Re: “Front Page Photo in Bad Taste” and “What happened to the Gazette?” March 23, 2010
To the editor:
It is ignorant to try to pretend par-tying and excessive drinking doesnot happen around campus. I donot think such a photo encour-ages that kind of behaviour,because it is going to happen whether the
publishes apicture of it or not.In all honesty, in my time at Western, I think the
hasbecome quite boring. I used to readevery article, and now I pick it up,read one or two, and do not bother with the rest. The articles do notprovoke enough thought or discus-sion, which is what I would like toget out of a student newspaper.The
Sex Issue this year was also really boring. I am not try-ing to undermine the efforts of the
staff, because I am aware of how much work goes into thisnewspaper. I am saying people likethe ones writing in about how offensive that picture was that aremaking the
censored andboring. Sex and nudity and drink-ing should not be off limits. Although not everyone on campusengages in such activities, why doesthat mean that the school newspa-per should not report on them?The
cannot please every-one, and there will be some contro-versy, but what is wrong with that?People are taking themselves tooseriously. I do not think that appro-priate and considerate content willappropriately reflect the studentvoice. So what exactly is the point of having a school newspaper thatdoes not reflect the student voice?
To the editor:
I try not to curse. I don’t go out of my way to stir thoughts of aggres-sion or violence. Admittedly, my humour can sometimes be a littleoff-coloured, but I like to think thatI don’t make people feel uncom-fortable. Like most Western stu-dents, I’m not an offensive person, yet I have never been offended by a
article or opinion piece. Although I have never beendirectly involved with the
Ihave noticed a steep decline inedge within the programs I do par-ticipate in. I am in no place todeclare that my thoughts on swear-ing, censorship and humour areabsolutely right — but who is? It’s just a shame that those with nega-tive things to say are often the only ones to say anything.Consider the following — moviesrated 14A may contain coarse lan-guage and sexual innuendo. Publicradio stations may broadcast songs with provocative lyrics, even airing completely uncensored past peak hours. There is more leeway in con-tent for the mainstream Canadianmedia, than the material presentedin rallies geared for students that aresupposed to be welcomed to uni-versity as adults.There needs to be a line drawn;nobody should ever feel uncom-fortable or threatened based upontheir race, religion, gender, sexualpreferences, age, disabilities, etc.But where should the line bedrawn? As it stands now, only oneside of the argument is voicing theiropinion and being represented,and I know that this isn’t the proper way to make a decision. All per-spectives need to be heard.I’ve been at this school for almostfive years now. I’ve seen a lot of things change, the
included,and I don’t think it’s for the better. Ifeel that Western students are being unfairly treated like children.
Orientation Co-ordinator 2009
To the editor:
I hope to represent the fun-having and logically minded majority of the student population when I say that letter-writers Niels and Han-nah both sound like huge downers. A keg stand may be an irresponsi-ble way to drink, but it is a reality,and an image of such shouldn’talienate anyone.I enjoy drinking, and I am notalienated by the constant images of sober people I see in the media allday. Also, 18-year-old frosh areadults and have heard the term“Blow Me” before. Everyone shouldbe able to make their own choicesregarding drinking. You seem to be judging those who decide to partic-ipate in the festivities, and there isno evidence in the picture of any-one participating to excess.
Mechanical Engineering V
To the editor:
I’ve been reading the
almost every day for almost threeschool years, and I feel that ourschool spirit and pride is slowly being quashed by the few that don’tagree with some of the things being published. The
is by the stu-dents, about the students, for thestudents, and therefore shouldreflect happenings in and aroundcampus.Those objecting to some of thecontent, or those looking for more“professional” material can easily pick up a copy of
London Free Press
.For the mostpart, the front-page image of stu-dents partying on St. Patty’s day wasa fairly accurate portrayal of theevents of the day. Naturally there will be people who object to thistype of behaviour, but the fact is,the majority of people enjoy seeing this type of article. It’s unfortunatethe few who disapprove, do so very vocally, and as a result they have amuch greater impact on what ispublished.I’ve always been proud and excit-ed to read the annual Sex Issue, andI was seriously disappointed withthe issue this year. Frankly, it sucked.I appreciate the content being wholesome and respectable, but theend result was a bland, disconnect-ed image of real Western life. Whoare we trying to “hide” the contentfrom? It was stated by someone ear-lier that we have to protect theunderage minds of our first-yearsfrom such content, and if you truly believe this, then clearly you nevertruly experienced O-week. As far as the
staff, I hope you guys continue to push theenvelope with so-called edgy con-tent. I love what you do, and clearly you don’t get enough feedback from people who really enjoy yourarticles.
To the editor:
I find it really sad and pathetic peo-ple can no longer take a joke or dis-regard something they do not findappropriate. If you find the
so offensive, don’t read it.Did they not leave their frontdoor and notice the thousands of students staggering down thestreet, being flipped upside down todo keg stands or engaging in afriendly game of beer pong on theirfront lawn?Just because they partied doesn’tmake them any less intelligent thanthe people who chose to wastetheir sunny day and study. I saw plenty of inappropriate shirts andoutfits but it didn’t make them any less comical. If you think its offen-sive don’t look. As for the latest Sex Issue, I was very disappointed withthe lack of outrageous, raunchy andtaboo content. It is the one issue Ilook forward to every February. Why does the
have totune down and censor reality?People have sex — it is a part of life; people drink — it is a part of life.