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Nov. 17, 2005

Baylor foils recycling plans

I just finished reading "Recycling encourages stewardship of land" by Gentra Cartwright in Tuesday's edition of the Lariat and want to provide some extra information.

I am a member of the Environmental Concern Organization. We manage recycling of plastic and aluminum for the student body as a whole. We maintain three recycling bins behind the Goebel Building where students can deposit their plastics and aluminum to be taken to the recycling centers in town.

This effort of stewardship was not discussed in the article. Neither was the fact that our organization received money from the Student Life Fund to finance a large shed to store additional recyclables so we could collect more from the students and expand our program. The Baylor administration vetoed our request to set up a shed behind Goebel because it didn't feel it would be aesthetically pleasing to the people who would be able to see it from the top floors of the Baylor Sciences Building.

Leigh Ann Moffett of risk management seems to be incorrect in her statement that Baylor is "doing the best (it) can with the resources (it has) available" because the university is not using or assisting the resource that is our organization.

Amy D. Ortiz
Environmental studies
and Speech communication 2005

Mixer not really for diversity

Tuesday's article about Phi Iota Alpha's culture week left me a little confused. Much of the article was about the Latino Greek Unity Mixer.

The article is peppered with quotes of those interviewed, including David Trevino, who talked about "diversify(ing) the campus's cultural awareness" with "Pan-American ideals."

But they are muddled by the reported statement that the mixer "will provide fraternities and sororities with an opportunity to interact in a positive environment, while furthering their relationships within their specialized niche."

Furthermore, Antonio Sandoval said the mixer "is being used to show the unity among the Latino Greeks." But Trevino added that it "is specifically for the multicultural Greek organizations."

That sounds like an exclusive approach to me, but the Trevino went on to say that "anyone interested in learning more about the culture is welcome to attend."

So what are the mixer's real intentions? Is it open to diversify the campus or closed to show the unity among Latino Greeks? For some reason, I think the latter is true.

Joseph Dooley
English 2007

People justify ban wrong way

If we are going to continue discussing Proposition 2, I think it is necessary to point out a couple of flaws in the justifications supporters of the recently passed proposition often use.

First, America is not a theocracy. The government should not pass laws or amend the constitution just because "the Bible tells me so." Religious views vary, and the state shouldn't endorse a single one.

Second, 76 percent of a population saying something is right doesn't make it so. There are a few distinct periods in our country's history when the majority has been wrong.

For instance, at one point, the general populace didn't think it was appropriate for members of different ethnicities to marry, but those laws were eventually changed.

A person has every right to vote how they think they must for whatever reason they choose. And if someone has economic or political reasons why homosexual marriage is harmful to the state and its inhabitants, I'd love to hear them.

But the law being the wishes of a religious majority is not sufficient.

Reese Seigler
Psychology 2006