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Issue 486, 25 November 2002
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Send your letters to editor of the Reporter, Vanessa Bridge. Email or send by internal post to press office, 12.67 E C Stoner building


Something in the water (Jeremy P. Collins F.R.I.C.S., Jeremy Collins & Associates) – I read with great interest your article in Reporter 484, concerning the survey and restoration of the water gardens and cascade at Bramham Park. For as many years as I can remember I have always wanted to build a cascade and create a small water garden. This I am now doing. My wife is of the opinion that it is a complete folly, but then I suppose I keep company with all those great and imaginative 18th/19th century patrons and gardeners!

Lectures and democracy (Brian Howard, MA student, advertising and marketing) – The ‘occupation’ on October 31 of the Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre was not a stand-off between conflicting political views on Iraq but a clash of timetables. Business school students came for a discussion on marketing communications and found anti-war slogans and 30 smiling, smug faces on the self-proclaimed moral high ground ready to teach us a lesson in oppression. To the demonstrators’ surprise, their oppressive shenanigans were met with aggression. They told us to relax, stressed they wanted to tell us their views on Iraq. We would not relax. Finally they voted whether to stay. If they so appreciate the democratic process, we should have been the ones to vote, on whether to let them stay. That would have been a positive learning experience for the Chinese, who make up 75% of the class. Many Chinese come to England’s free society to study. That day they were taught a lesson in oppression from those who view the world with a dangerous naivety. Who is in the position to teach who? The real lesson this group should be teaching is not how to oppress people in a liberated society, but how to appreciate and respect the freedom that comes from living within one.

University utopia (Ian Cope, Epidemiology & HSR/LRF) – Having received your latest edition of the new Reporter, I am still trying to find your letters page! I presumed that on your first edition, the omission may have been an oversight, but I see that this does not appear to be so. Is there any particular reason why you are no longer publishing letters or do I take it that the University of Leeds has recently become a utopia?
Editor’s note:We also received similar enquiries from Patrick Douglas, from continuing education and Allison Iredale from dentistry. We are more than delighted to feature letters in the Reporter. Just keep on writing them and we’ll print them. Send your letters to

Braving the cold (Barbara Cunningham, Union Bookshop) – May I begin with my sincere congratulations to the staff of the refectory on the excellent menu served up on November 14, their ‘Chinese Day’. Not a regular diner there, I decided to treat myself on seeing their menu and I was very pleased with my meal. I chose to dine on the balcony, which is where my lunch was spoilt – it was freezing up there. I had to sit in my jacket – like many others I might add – and I gather from fellow diners that this level of heating is usual. Surely we should be encouraged to dine there, especially when the staff go to so much trouble to put on such a good menu? I gather from the front of house staff that they are also regular complainers about the temperature but nothing is done about it.

Banned from Leeds (Eric Atwell, Computing) – A PhD applicant from Malaysia, accepted and expected to begin this term, has explained that she has had to withdraw because the Malaysian government has banned prospective students from going to Leeds and Manchester. She writes: “... their reason [the government] is that so many Malaysians are in Leeds and Manchester. I really want to go to Leeds, but it seems that it won’t happen. I’m really pleased that you have reserved a desk and a PC for me. Thanks very much, but I’m really sorry for not being able to come to Leeds ...” Are other departments affected?


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