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Nov. 3, 1999

Tragedy can strike classmates sitting next to you now

Today, former Texas Tech student Michael Burrows will be laid to rest in Houston. I sat on the phone with a close friend who was part of the group of N.S.B.E. students returning from Houston this weekend. As she spoke, I was thinking about how devastating it must be to witness a tragedy such as this one. Being a former Texas Tech student, and being acquainted with a number of the students in this organization, this accident really hit home, as I am sure it did for many other students. I am saddened by the losses Baylor has suffered this semester, but they didn't really sink in.

However, now to think that many of my friends will be flying to Houston to see 'L' or 'LB,' as he was known, be buried. He was just another college student, like many of us, excited about a weekend road trip to H-town. I am writing for students like myself who may still be under the impression that tragedies always happen to 'other people.'

I think we have seen that 'other people' can just as easily be our classmates or friends. I think we owe it to the memory of our friends to live our lives to the fullest and cherish every day as if it were our last.

Andrea Bowser

English '02

Key players set for next November's audition

With the upcoming election for the presidency, it is hard to tell which celebrity will win the role. I mean, who will really take Warren Beatty seriously as president? And was it not enough for Jessie Ventura to become governor of Minnesota that he and Hulk Hogan have to consider running for presidency? I am sure these men have the money and the fans to win the votes of the nation, but I would honestly prefer, as hopefully does most of the intelligent human race, someone with a little more experience and seriousness in politics instead of someone wanting to add their presidential title to the resume of their next role audition.

What could Ventura, Hogan, or Beatty possibly contribute to the nation by becoming president? I remember the hype when Ventura became governor for Minnesota. People all over are still talking about that one. And Hulk Hogan was even more worldly-known than Ventura.

It seems like these days, people will do almost anything to shock the nation. Wasn't it funny enough that Clinton was elected?

Cori J. McCullough

Psychology '02