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Editorial: Health Care System Editorial Health Care System Students show lack of response to BHCS situation; ignorance or apathy? The issue: The Baylor Health Care System decision brought virtually no response from the student body. Our view

April 3, 1997

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April 03, 1997

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Editorial: Health Care System

Editorial

Health Care System

Students show lack of response to BHCS situation; ignorance or apathy?

The issue:

The Baylor Health Care System decision brought virtually no response from the student body.

Our view:

As college students, it is our duty to be aware of current events and voice our opinions.

The top story in Wednesday's Lariat reported that the Baylor Board of Regents and trustees of the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas had voted this week to relinquish University control of the BHCS.

This was a major story--the report of the final decision in an ongoing debate that had lasted for almost three months. Dallas residents, Waco residents, BHCS employees, University regents, University students and alumni, parents--everyone connected with Baylor University had a stake in the outcome of the debate about the BHCS.

Enough of trying to explain why this was a major decision that will affect the University's future. The fact is, this was an important event to the University, one of the most important in months.

And no one noticed. Or at least, those who noticed didn't care. After the report of the BHCS decision came out in Wednesday's paper, The Lariat received only one letter to the editor concerning the health care system.

In fact, the letter about the BHCS published on this page today was the only letter to the editor The Lariat received Wednesday.

Is anyone awake out there? Does anyone on campus know or care about what's going on?

With more than 12,000 students and hundreds of faculty members and employees, a university should have letters pouring in to the student newspaper.

The paper provides students an opportunity to voice their opinions to thousands without paying a dime. In a university environment, campus events and other news should spark debate, cause disagreement and open discussions about what's happening and how those changes will affect us all.

Instead, Baylor students just don't say anything at all. The student body in general either doesn't know or doesn't care about what's happening at the University or anywhere else in the world.

Nowhere is the effect of the Baylor Bubble more obvious than in the Lariat office every day when we come in to begin work on the next day's paper. It's frustrating and completely disheartening when no one's written a letter, when no one, including administration, calls to agree or disagree about anything, when many of the people our reporters contact don't even know enough about the current issues to voice an intelligent opinion.

We are college students. We are supposed to take note of news events and evaluate them, then offer our opinions to encourage a discussion of the reasons why.

So heads up. There's life beyond the intramural fields. Events that could affect every one of us are happening at every moment, and it's our responsibility as students to notice them.

We realize, of course, that in some ways we are preaching to the choir. The ones who most desperately need to open their eyes to the world around them won't ever read this editorial.

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