Category Archives: Viewpoints

Bissman walls improperly handled

Wooster has always maintained that its academic purpose is to foster an environment where discussion is encouraged and dissenting opinions are valued. To put these principles into action, the administration has consistently prided itself on valuing student input and taking these judgments into consideration before making decisions. In turn, students have appreciated an administration that is willing to listen to their ideas. This academic setting promotes mutual respect between the students and the administration. However, when the Office of Residence Life made a decision to paint over the Greek artwork on the walls of Bissman Hall this summer, the staff fell well short of its collaborative mission. Continue reading Bissman walls improperly handled

Turf intensifies play

I think I can speak on behalf of our field hockey program when I say that we absolutely love playing on the new turf. The game is quicker and the atmosphere from the stadium increases the intensity in our play. It allows our game to become faster and better prepares us for teams that normally have the advantage of playing on turf fields. This field gives us an opportunity to experience turf and still be able to play on our grass field, Cindy Barr Memorial Field.

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To the Editors:

Health care should remain a capitalist business.† No matter who pays for it, health care is a service.† You donít get something for nothing ó there are exceptions, but health care is not ó and should not be ó one of them.† The only exceptions are services that the Constitution instructs the government to provide and that individuals cannot provide for themselves: a postal system, maintenance of roads, national defense, etc.† Nowhere in the Constitution is there a right to free health care.† The fact that many struggle to pay their medical bills is concerning, but irrelevant to the idea that it is a right.† Many struggle to pay for their homes ó does everyone now have the right to a free house? Continue reading To the Editors:

Body Monologues appropriate and in good taste

As one of the organizers of this yearís Body Monologues and participant of the last two, I canít help but be jarred by the Voiceís criticism of the event (ìBody Monologues funny, but fail to provoke much thought,” April 24).

In your article, you make sure to emphasize the ìsomewhat cheap penis jokes” that several (certainly not the majority, as you misleadingly infer in your review) of the participants used. I understand your hesitation toward accepting penis jokes as thought-provoking, but to me, their presence was an interesting twist on the evening. Continue reading Body Monologues appropriate and in good taste

Differential rates unfair to house residents

It is high time to break the silence on the issue of differential room rates. The school constantly touts that every other college already does this as if this were a justification. One would think a college with an emphasis on ìindependent minds” would have a better reason for such a drastic change.

Charging more, significantly more, for singles than doubles sets a dangerous precedent for socio-economic stratification in our college lifestyle: instead of singles going to those who have waited and earned them, they go to those who (or more likely whose parents) have money to burn. And the amount a student saves on a triple or quad (which, if youíve been lucky enough to never experience it, is an experience for which Iíd be happy to bestow a discount) is pittance compared to the extra charge for a single. Continue reading Differential rates unfair to house residents

Reminiscing about past years at the Voice

My very first assignment was given to me at the Voice open house in late August 2005, in which I was tasked to cover how the Scot Marching Band had decided to forgo the traditional costume of tartan shirts and replace them with T-shirts with a tartan stripe on them instead. The lead borrowed the townís slogan, ìKeeping tradition a part of the future.”

Later that week Hurricane Katrina made landfall.In one of many semantic arguments I had with the other staff, I insisted on describing the displaced as ìrefugees” and that casting the governmentís response as criminally anemic was an objective way of describing what was going on. How foolish of me. Continue reading Reminiscing about past years at the Voice