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Nov. 21, 1997

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Noze responds to accusations

We can't help but notice that in the past several weeks, there have been articles published in the Lariat connecting us to several unseemly, not to mention unfunny, incidents around campus. First, we get blamed for whatever that Satanist Cult Marilyn Manson Weirdo Halloween Ball thing was on Halloween at midnight. Then we get accused of attempting to burn down Old Main. And now, in the latest pyromaniac craze, we're the scapegoats for burning down the 24-Hour Prayer Wall/Tent thingy.

But hey, we're flattered that conspiracy theorists around the Baylor community, as well as the trusty Lariat reporters are thinking of us in this time of loss and mayhem. While we don't endorse any terrorist actions of this magnitude, we applaud student activism and any attempts of campus beautification, however misguided these several recent occurrences may be.

We suppose the 73 years of our existence has yet to persuade people that we indulge in something called satire. While Biblical literalists and the unimaginative may have trouble grasping this concept, we hope that at least somebody (besides Jim Doak, that clear-headed rudder of a police chief) has caught on to the fact that we have neither the time, energy, nor sobriety to involve ourselves with arson. For the time being, we'll stick to painting noses and setting Burleson on fire--not Old Main. So tell your readers to cheer up and catch the bad guys. Satch!On behalf of the boys in Elm Mott,

Bro. NoZencrantz

Cunning Linguist

Public Relations Co-Chair

Watson passes legacy to James

This Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor will begin to embark on a new future. When Jeff Watson takes the field to lead the Baylor Bears against Oklahoma State, he will bring to an end his four tumultuous years quarterbacking Baylor. For a kid who was so highly sought after coming out of A&M Consolidated, he has left more of a mark off the field than on it. In fact, he's spent more time in Waco's night scene, at places such as Burgers and Blues and George's, than burning the midnight oil studying game film to prepare for his opponents. He has a police rap sheet that deems him worthy to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

And after this Saturday, Jeff Watson will be handing over the reigns of an enigmatic offense to the much heralded and overly hyped Odell James. And Odell has already learned something from Jeff Watson; how to get in trouble. He was suspended for the first five games this season for violationg team rules. Odell has the total package: size, speed, arm strength, everything a great quarterback needs to have. Let us hope that he has learned from another quarterback and doesn't end with the same fate and unfulfilled promises that another highly touted, can't miss prospect ended with at the local football powerhouse in Waco.

John Furnas

Education, '99

University of Oklahoma

Columnists ego needs deflating

This letter is in response to Ryan Riggs's column entitled 'Christianity Remains Constant' which appeared in the Tuesday, Nov. 18th edition of the Lariat. Overall, I found his article to be well-written and thought provoking. There was one paragraph though, that I completely disagreed with. It follows...

'So my question is to those who decry the Christian apparrel wearers: why do you attack them? Of what harm does it bring upon you that someone chooses to wear a 'Jesus died for your sins' T-shirt, or a baseball cap with an embroidered cross? And don't say it's because we are no better than anyone else. We surely are.'

With those last two sentences, Mr. Riggs insulted me, every non-Christian in the world, and countless Christians who are not that stuck-up. 'We surely are.' Mr. Riggs basically called himself better than Gandhi. Now, I've never met Mr. Riggs, and I'm sure he's a great guy, but there's no way he's a better man than Mahatma Ghandi.

Yet because Mr. Riggs is a Christian, he's obviously better than one of the greatest civil rights leaders the world has ever seen. It is precisely that kind of arrogance that I find so gallingly prevalent on this campus. It is the feeling that Christianity equals superiority that makes it so uncomfortable to express one's feelings on a subject here at Baylor.

I've expressed my feelings openly on certain subjects before, and the response from fellow students has been overwhelmingly negative. Now personally, I don't have a problem with the W.W.J.D. bracelets or the crosses or the T-shirts or anything that shows a person's love for Jesus. It's their choice.

Who am I to tell anyone that what they believe is wrong? It is their choice. But who is Mr. Riggs to say that he is better than I am because he is a Christian and I am not? For me, it is a person's actions and not their beliefs that matter most in life. It seems to me that many people here hide behind their faith because they can't let their deeds show what kind of a person they are.

So Mr. Riggs, I'll leave you with one thought: Actions speak louder than words. Maybe you are a better person than I am, and maybe you're a better person than Gandhi. But don't hang your argument on your faith. That's not what Jesus did. As a follower of Him, that's not what you should do either.

Robbie Sinclair

Journalism '01

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