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Lariat Letters: Professor supports Kenyan hero, student says CL should not have been fired

Nov. 12, 2010

CL should not have been fired

Clearly, the "termination" of Jeremy Goss in March 2010 was justifiable.

As of March 2010, Goss had, according to Lara Conrad, "repeatedly ... disregarded policies ... making a situation harder to handle while at other times resulted in violation of policy or cost to the university."

Oh, just one thing -- March 2010 wasn't the date of Goss's termination; it was the date of his promotion to Senior Community Leader.

Goss's promotion was an affirmation of the strong leadership and outstanding character that he has demonstrated in the HRC. Subsequently, it was an affirmation of the success "Assassins" had accrued. To the critic that disagrees, I say, if indeed CL&L had had an issue with "Assassins" and its use of student ID photos, surely, given two years' (2008 and 2009) worth of "Assassins," they would have indicated as such.

Thus, can one fault Jeremy Goss for proceeding to create a third installment of "Assassins?" Absolutely not. He had just recently been commended and awarded for his exceptional performance as a CL.

Consequently, one question is begged: "Would CL&L promote such a rash and undesirable person, as they have made out Jeremy Goss to be, to the position of Senior CL?" Surely not.

I have faith in what CL&L can be and am persuaded that they genuinely prefer and employ capable, consistent leaders. Pursuant of this faith, it is inherently impossible for CL&L to use the argument that a gradation of alleged incidents involving Goss led to his termination while simultaneously having promoted Goss to one of the most prestigious student leader positions.

That multitudes of campus residents have demonstrated support for an excellent CL is no coincidence.

We stand to protect the job and stellar reputation of a young man that has encouraged, strengthened and impacted us.

Ben Aguiñaga is a junior political science, philosophy and history major.

Man supports hero

I want to thank Sara Tirrito for writing a terrific article (Nov. 9) on my hero, Harmon Parker, who builds bridges in Africa to transform lives and to bring the gospel to people in remote regions of Kenya. He is a risk taker and adventurer like Indiana Jones, but with a purpose much higher than treasure hunting; namely, ministering to those who are economically and spiritually impoverished. I would like to urge all of the Baylor community to check out the two-minute video highlighting Harmon's work in Kenya at http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2010/08/19/cnnheroes.parker.profile.cnn andthen vote for Harmon at http://heroes.cnn.com/vote.aspx.

Baylor engineering students and professors have been privileged to work with Harmon on his bridge building.

Dr. Walter L. Bradley
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering