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Letters to the Editor

Nov. 30, 1999

Affirmative action furthers discrimination, hypocrisy

Simply put, affirmative action promotes discrimination rather than detracting from it. The arguments made by minorities in favor of affirmative action are incredibly hypocritical.

They feel they should be hired because they are a minority. Such thinking does not eliminate discrimination, it creates it. If they really want to be treated equally, they can't expect to be handed a job because of their ethnicity. I think we all envision an ideal world where there are no racial boundaries and where people of all colors are treated with the same regard.

This goal cannot be reached so long as programs like affirmative action persist, because all affirmative action does is segregate us.

I have no problem with helping minorities get jobs, but taking them away from often more-qualified members of the majority is no better than the oppression forced upon blacks and other minorities earlier in the century. Affirmative action is a blatant form of discrimination and segregation. I think any minority that fights for equality while supporting affirmative action is a model of hypocrisy.

Trent Terrell

Undecided '03

Level playing field thanks to Hopwood

Why is it when people who are pro-affirmative action talk about this issue, no one mentions merit? Why should someone be given something based on their ethnic background, rather than because they have earned it?

I believe this issue points more to the struggle between the haves and the have nots than to the matter of equality. I attended Baylor as a returning student, after finishing an enlistment in the USAF, and know first-hand that there are resources available for anyone with the desire and determination to continue their education.

The article 'Campus groups debate affirmative action's worth,' quoted someone as saying that 'Texas colleges are losing promising minorities to other states because of the Hopwood decision that made all collegiate affirmative action unlawful.' How is Texas losing promising students if everyone is held to the same standard?

If you have the grades and entrance scores required for admission into a university, how are you denied access? There was one statistic in the article that I question, 'women still make 72 percent less than men in the workplace' I myself doubt that a woman, performing the same job, makes 28 percent of my salary.

I do find one thing puzzling. When people talk about why affirmative action is needed, why is the area of athletics never discussed? Or for that matter, what about the nation's historically black colleges do the white students attending these schools feel like 'a drop of milk in a bowl of chocolate?'

Did the freshman who was quoted as making a similar comment in the aforementioned article not tour Baylor before she made the decision to attend?

My decision to attend Baylor was based on the fact that I felt the school demonstrated beliefs similar to mine and that it possessed a good reputation in the business community, not because of the student population.

Maybe I am naïve, but I thought people developed friendships based on common likes and dislikes, not because of skin color.

Chris Ferguson

Baylor alumnus '99

Ags thank Bears

for 'prayers, love'

Dear Baylor students and faculty,

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support your campus has provided ours during this horrible tragedy.

I wish I could describe what your prayers and love have done to help us begin to heal. Your university has shown nothing but class as we rise together to overcome this horrible event.

As I revisited the site where 12 members of my Aggie family perished, I saw three banners full of signatures from Baylor students. It was enough to bring me to tears.

I cannot express in words what kind of pain and grief blanket our campus right now, and I also cannot express how much we appreciate all the prayers, love and support coming to us from Waco and all around the world.

On behalf of all Aggies everywhere, thank you, Baylor and God bless you all.

Brian K. Groover '00

Commanding Officer

Squadron 2

Setting aside our

rivalries helps heal

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the entire Baylor University community. As I walked around Bonfire site and looked at all the memorials, the ones that stuck in my mind the most were the banners posted by the Baylor students.

Knowing that Baylor, along with the rest of the schools in Texas, can put the rivalries aside to help us out in our time of need is something I will never forget.

Cory Dugan

Fighting Texas Aggie '01

More evaluations needed in classes

At the end of each semester, many Baylor professors distribute course evaluations to their classes. These evaluations give students a chance to tell their professors some of their honest reactions to their courses without fear of retribution. In many cases, these evaluations are the only way students can give compliments and suggestions to their professors.

Although many programs such as the BIC require course evaluations in nearly all their classes, many classes at Baylor remain unevaluated.

Last year, two of the three classes I took in my major did not give me a chance to respond to them, while even my beginning tennis class received evaluation forms. A friend of mine only evaluated one of her five classes last spring.

It seems that tenured professors and others who have taught at Baylor for several years are less likely to offer evaluations to their students, and those who are newer or involved in special programs like the BIC are more likely to do so.

I believe every student in every course should have an opportunity to evaluate their classes anonymously.

Most of us pay around $1000 for every course we take, on top of all the time and energy we give to the coursework itself. After taking a course, we may have suggestions for our professors that would improve their classes for future students.

I urge whoever is in charge of the course evaluation program to give all students the opportunity to share their opinions on every class, not just the ones with newer professors.

Andy Box

Professional Writing '01