Letter: Coverage of Moose Party misses the point

By Letter to the Editor

The recent editorial on the Student Government (SG) debates, (“Student Government Endorsements” 4/22/08), was steeped in unapologetic sanctimony with hyperbolic statements such as “the Moose Party’s belligerent and sexist treatment of the SG debate crossed the line from farce to folly.” Sexist statements? Really? Referring to people as unattractive, as one Moose Party candidate did, is not sexist—it’s subjective. Could this also stem from the Moose Party’s reference to fellatio? Well, if that were the case, then the only sexists would be the members of the Maroon Editorial Board for their myopic belief that fellatio is an act that can only be performed by one gender.

Harking on statements such as this displays that the Maroon, like the three other slates, is missing the point of the Moose Party. Make no mistake about it: Disruption is our goal. Without the Moose Party the debates would have quickly degenerated into a festival of self-congratulatory speeches between people vying for résumé padding. The argument that SG fosters real change and the candidates honestly care about the students is a specious one.

The statement “asinine and distasteful comments that not just disrupted the proceedings but failed to even solicit genuine laughs” is patently false. The audience members were often in hysterics because of our party’s antics. The Maroon feels comfortable printing a fabrication like this because to do otherwise would give legitimacy to the Moose Party. To borrow a quote from Woody Allen’s Bananas, SG is a “a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.”

Lastly a farce is defined as a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterizations and ludicrously improbable situations. Once again SG fits the bill.

Oliver Mosier

Class of 2008

President of Delta Upsilon Chicago Chapter