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Letters to the editor

Aug. 31, 2004

Financial settlement needs revision for student welcome

Baylor procedures really need a transformation if they expect parents and students to be satisfied.

Last week's newest scare tactics included canceling Baylor IDs, classes and meal plans of students not financially settled by the third day of class.

In years past, the deadline has always been two weeks. On-campus students were locked out of residence halls as they have gone to 24-hour card readers this year.

When I joined more than 100 of my friends in the financial aid line, most like me, had already turned everything in and were only waiting on the financial aid office to "process" the forms.

This processing time had no clear end in sight and couldn't change the status of canceled classes.

Many students who thought they had done everything right found no compassion in financial aid, even when faced with transferring to another school, long lines, and were left Wednesday night locked out of their residence hall with no schedule or meal plan.

I don't think this is what I pictured of the Christian university I came to.

Rachel Goodland
Journalism/Political Science '07

Insensitive statement made regarding death of faculty

I would like to point a quote from the latest universitywide e-mail, "This summer has been full of high and low points. During one week we lost three of our favorite faculty members: Dr. Ray Wilson, Professor Robert Jones, and Dr. Chip Conyers.

While at the same time, in the midst of our losses, we also experienced God's grace as we opened our new facilities."

This is a terrible and materialistic thing to say by itself. How is opening a new building experiencing God's grace?

To me God's grace is merciful and one of the most awesome parts of the salvation experience.

To use it in this context cheapens one of the most wonderful aspects of God.

It is especially insensitive to say that you experienced God's grace in this manner after you mention the deaths of beloved professors.

I would like to think this quote was not thought through as opposed to a reflection of the administration's focus and insensitivity.

Maureen Lester
Economics '05

Baylor should put effort into recycling improvements

In the Welcome Back issue of the Lariat I was glad to see a report on the improvements Baylor is making towards its recycling program.

Over the past four years the campus has very slowly began to acquire the occasional bin here and can there, but the effort was shoddy.

Not only did students not know about it, but the few places that there were to recycle were not easily accessible.

I have recently studied at both Georgetown and American University and have seen what a good recycling program entails -- bins for cans, paper and plastic in high traffic areas and by soda machines, and a couple of dumpsters around campus.

Interest is there.

Every time I have been to the Goebel dumpsters they have been stuffed.

I also believe that if students are just as likely to throw their Dr Pepper bottles into a bin marked "recycling" as they would one marked "trash."

So most likely the problem is the amount it costs to create a recycling program.

However, since Baylor is investing so much into buildings, dorms and parking garages to get our school up to tier one standards, I think an effort towards a better environment would be worth the capital.

Angela Sager
History/Journalism '05