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December 07, 2006
  Letter: USRIs UselessPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

The current Universal Student Ratings of Instruction process should be shelved because the methodology is unsound.

The fundamental flaw of the current system is that it is voluntary. Students are asked to submit several course assessments online at the most congested time of the academic year: at the end of term, when course projects are due and when exams loom or are already in progress in lab-based courses. Where does--or should--this fit on their list of priorities?

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December 07, 2006
  Letter: Potties NeededPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: "Check your gear," letter, Nov. 30, 2006]

As a U of C alumnus, I was quite appalled to read Ms. Bertolini's letter to the Gauntlet.

She is unreasonably dismissive of the all-too-real experiences of transgendered people who are in the midst of transition.

In my experience, transsexuals are the least confused about their gender and sexual identity. Their own identity may be confusing to others like Ms. Bertolini, but that's another story.

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November 30, 2006
  Online Exclusive: Letter: Muslim feature awesomePDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: "The Muslim," Sarah Malik, Nov. 9, 16, and 23, 2006]

In her article series, Ms. Malik expresses a feeling of injustice done to her community, and rightly so in a number of cases. One is also made aware that she sees as incorrect the western world's perception of her faith and Muslim history. To hear a Muslim voice in these matters is invaluable.

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November 30, 2006
  Letter: Check your gearPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: "Not every cookie fits the mold," Emily Senger, Nov. 23, 2006]

After having read your article and similar ones from other concerned universities in Canada and as a former homosexual, I can honestly say that the washroom is not the problem or what needs to be changed to accommodate people who label themselves as transgendered or other. It is their symbolic confusion about their sexuality that needs to be addressed.

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November 30, 2006
  Letter: Muslim feature one-sidedPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: "The Muslim," Sarah Malik, Nov. 9, 16, and 23, 2006]

I began to read Sarah Malik's three-part feature on Muslims with great interest. I wanted to understand "the world's most misunderstood religion," and "the history of Islam." But I find almost nothing on the Islamic religion, and the history of Islam is in fact an account of the oppression of the Middle East Muslims by the (Christian) West since the 19th century.

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November 30, 2006
  Letter: Get thee to a clinic!PDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: "U of C student contracts meningitis," Emily Senger, Oct., 26, 2006]

Bacterial meningitis is not as rare as you are led to believe! Our very precious daughter MacKenzie died of meningococcal septicaemia on Feb. 26, 2005 while she was attending Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. MacKenzie was 19! We didn't know what meningitis was or that there was a vaccine that could have prevented it. We lost our beautiful daughter to this disease! Get vaccinated!

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November 30, 2006
  Letter: Students stuck out in the coldPDF files may take a moment to load

Editor, the Gauntlet

Recently I was waiting for the bus at the west bus loop on campus. Due to the bitterly cold weather, other students waiting for the bus and I were either huddled in the small bus shelter provided by Calgary Transit, or waiting inside Craigie Hall, prepared to dash out across the pathway when the right bus came.

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November 23, 2006
  Letter: KudosPDF files may take a moment to load

[Re: "Stem cell research needed," Andrew Sedor, Nov. 16, 2006.]

I want to express my admiration for the balanced, well-written article that Andrew Sedor wrote about a recent panel discussion on the ethical issues arising in the area of stem cell research. I organized the event, so am aware of both the current issues in this area and the breadth of knowledge and wisdom that each of our three speakers brought to the table. Mr. Sedor is to be commended for capturing the essential messages of each of our speakers.

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November 23, 2006
  Letter: The Right is right, right?PDF files may take a moment to load

[Re: "Stem cell research needed, Andrew Sedor, Nov. 16, 2006."]

Your article regarding stem cell research included the quote "it's the the age-old story of the fanatical religious right opposing scence..."

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