mathNEWS Issue 85.1: Friday, January 19, 2001

mathNEWS Poll of the Week!

mathNEWS starts off the New Year with a new feature: the mathNEWS Poll of the Week !!

Each issue, we will present the UW Mathie community (and anyone else reading the Canada's Bastion of Erudite Thought) a life dilemma that must be solved through public voting over the internet! Of course, suggestions for the poll is always welcome, so please email r3lai@student.math.uwaterloo.ca for further suggestions. In the future, we hope to get a corneredfrosh@student account, but that has yet to be approved so my personal account will have to suffice for now.

Onto this week's personal dilemma. A friend of mine told me that his friend is in quite a predicament at this moment, and I think everyone has been in a similar situation at one point or another. The subject of today's discussion is a student in engineering, so obviously he's not the best at attaining to life's minor details.

Earlier this year, he found a girl he particularly liked. For a time, they were quite close, and all his/her friends thought they had become close as well. However, what people don't know is that he has failed to do one requirement that would make this relationship "Official": He neglected to tell her that there was a relationship to begin with in the first place. So, this unofficial arrangement carried on for months and months. Now, as the guy (we'll call him, Mr. X) describes it, the unofficial relationship is almost reached a point of inexistence. Mr. X has been killing himself for the past few weeks for not telling her that he had feeling for her (and we'll call her, Ms. Y). He's been planning to tell her all week, actually, all month, but his excuses ranged from "I forgot", to "It wasn't the right time". Needless to say, he's simply too chicken to do anything.

So, vigilant readers, here is the mathNEWS Poll of the Week's first question: Should Mr. X stand up and say something to Ms. Y?

The poll can be found at: http://www.freevote.com/booth/mathnews. Go out and vote! Vote smartly, because you only get 1 vote. The results will be posted in next issue, and of course, we'll have another question of life's paradox ready to go. If you have any suggestions for Mr. X, please email me at r3lai@student and I'll publish the best ones next issue, so the rest of the Math Faculty can follow in your enlightened guidance (not to mention helping out single guys in desperate need for advice, such as myself. Am I in desparate need for advice? hmmm... time to go see a therapist.).

mathNEWS PollMaster Lai



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