To our readers,
The Gazette would like to apologize for our Frosh Issue. The editorial board of The Gazette worked hard on the publication and our aim was to put out an entertaining issue for first-year students and Western as a whole. It’s clear that we have failed to do that and, for that, we apologize.
In publishing articles that appeared to promote excessive drinking, drug use and sexual advances on teaching assistants, The Gazette displayed a lack of judgment regarding issues we have reported on seriously in the past. We regret this mistake, and we look forward to reporting on these issues in a more serious manner in the future.
The controversy over the articles has now reached the level of national news. We take full responsibility for this, and we would like Western, the University Students’ Council, Western staff and students to know that we are sorry.
Considering the reaction, The Gazette will not distribute the Frosh Issue during orientation week. In addition, we will carry out a full retraction by removing the Frosh Issue from campus and selected articles from our website.
The Gazette will also review its editorial practices and with the advisory board. We hope that this step will ensure that we will be better able to serve students in the future.
The Gazette Editorial Board