Letters to the EditorNov. 10, 1998
I am certain that the loss of 10 students, especially well-known, dedicated athletes, was traumatizing in 1927 to all who felt connected to this campus. I fail to understand, however, the need to continue to exaggerate the valor of the men in this group. Clyde 'Abe' Kelley, who saved his friend at the cost of his own life, is the only one of the 10 who purposely did anything heroic. I see nothing wrong in honoring Baylor students who have passed on, and I certainly do not intend to belittle the impact these men's lives and deaths had on the campus.
I hope that when the freshmen think about heroes, however, that they will remember the women and minorities who first braved a campus uncomfortable with their presence. I hope they will remember the students who left their families and used their education for the sake of telling other people that Jesus makes life worth living.
These and other stories seem more relevant to me than those of the unfortunate athletes. These students' conscious choices validate Baylor's claim of providing character education as well as information.
'It was a damp and dreary day' begins the article recounting the sad tale of the Immortal Ten in Wednesday's Lariat. Just as worn-out descriptions like that one are out of place in a university-level publication, so the romanticizing of the story of the unfortunate athletes has seen its day. Remember the men, but let's dispense with the myth. Candles and shiver-producing stories aside, strong bodies make less of an impact than strong hearts.
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