Editor, the Gauntlet,
This may seem completely random but I think the policy behind the effective writing requirement is a big steaming pile. Sure, you have to prove that you are proficient enough in English to be here, but come on! Why is it that marks from social studies 30/history IB do not qualify for it?
To me, it does not make sense to force students to write an essay related to the field of social studies and not have an option for exemption available if you receive an exceptional mark in the high school course. As a student paying roughly $2,600 per term for textbooks and tuition, I also find it ludicrous to be charged up to $310 on top of that to fulfill the requirement--if you pass, that is. As a student, it's hard enough to afford to attend school, never mind being charged to write an essay simply to stay in the school regardless of what program you're in. I realize people may not agree with this, but this is just one undergrad's opinion.