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An open letter to The Cascade



By Alicia Williams (CIVL DJ) – Email

Hey Cascade,

Okay girl, I totally get that our poster was like, kind of a bummer.  And we’re like, uber-stoked you’re still going to vote for us, because voting is totally cool and stuff.  But did you have to be so major lame about the flyer?  It took me like, a million years to make, and there’s so much information on it because I was like, totally psyched about this referendum. C’mon Cascade, I thought we were girlfriends.  Girlfriends stick together like, BFF style, and what you did was totally harsh!

The flyer said that we needed student support, and we do, like, for sure.  We wanna host more rad events, hire more deadly employees, get like, new, hip equipment, and, most definitely, be able to reach our girlfriends in like, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack.  And like, in the end, we need 4 extra bones for that kinda stuff.

CiVL Radio isn’t very thirsty, we don’t want students to buy us like, coffee or beer.  We don’t even really want them to buy us juice or delicious cola.  We want to let everyone know where their coins are going, not make a joke out of like, a totally important issue.

You were like, on the ball to say “nobody likes paying anything,” but, like, who would wanna give us more money if they like, think we just want to buy beverages?  That’s why we were totally legit about our issues, we wanted to ask for “straight up money” because that’s like, what we need, ya know?

And now I’ve got like a major “bone to pick with you.”  Saying that “most students don’t care jack-shit for” for us is totally brutal.  Like, we’re trying to get more people involved, and like, get people to vote Yes in our referendum.  And you’re like, totally buggin’ on our cause.  The size of our posters is totally irrelevant to we’re doing.  Couldn’t you have like, wrote a totally bitchin’ article about how, like, choice we are?  Instead of spazzin’ on our poster design, Cascade, you could have seen your girl was having some trouble and helped out, ya know?  That’s what girlfriends do!  If you’ve got beef let’s talk it out, or have a barbeque.

But, like, in the end, CiVL isn’t a College Bro or a Valley Girl.  We’re a radio station.

We don’t need students to vote Yes in the referendum so we can go get coffees or beers.  We need them to vote Yes so we can better serve students of UFV and the Fraser Valley as a whole.

Later days,
Alicia Williams

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  1. Dessa

    December 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Hi Alicia,

    I just wanted to point out that I, indeed, “wrote a totally bitchin’ article about how, like, choice [CIVL] is,” and you can find it here.

    The fact that you didn’t know it existed serves as an example of how much attention serious articles get, as opposed to the more conversational pieces. Bro.

    Fondest regards,

    Dessa Bayrock

  2. Alexei

    December 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I personally did not perceive Ms. Bayrock’s article to be nearly as hostile as you seemed to have. I, myself, read it as a friendly good-natured ribbing between academic student organizations. I don’t think it was intended to be harsh or brutal at all. I thought she was merely pointing out some potential flaws in your method of getting the message out there about this referendum, because the student body doesn’t seem to know much about it.

    As for the comment on most students not caring Jack shit for your station – I’m inclined to agree. Not because I think CIVL sucks or anything. I happen to really like CIVL. I listen to you all the time, and I think you guys are pretty much awesomesauce. I just don’t think a lot of students even notice that we have a radio station at all. I couldn’t tell you why. Probably because of lack of student involvement in extra-curicular activities. But usually when I mention CIVL to students they’re surprised, and tell me they had no idea you existed, which is unfortunate, because you have such a damn good station.

    It’s the exact same with the Cascade sometimes. Unless you’re on campus a lot, you might end up missing the paper entirely. Although, printed word has a better chance of getting visually noticed than radiowaves, arguably, which are not in fact visible to the naked human eye.

    Anyways, CIVL. I’m voting yes, because I happen to enjoy listening to you, and I’d like to see what else you can do. I encourage other students to do the same, and I wish you the best of luck in the referendum. And regardless of this perceived hostility, and while I can only truly speak for myself, I’m sure all of us at The Cascade do as well.

  3. Aaron Beckmann

    January 2, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Reading this really hurt my brain. I read an article in the cascade that was written in a similar style to this and I really think it moots just about anything that anyone has to say. This is not the sort of writing style I’d find in a proper news source and it certainly doesn’t make the writer any more convincing

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