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Nov. 20, 1997

Baylor family opens arms

In response to Jason Holder's letter about Baylor not meeting his needs as a 'family' due to his fault in not registering on time, I would like to respond with a clear and simple fact: there are rules. There are rules we like and there are those we don't like. When we don't understand the rules, we ask questions and we become better aware of what we must do the next time. We do this instead of pointing our fingers at the Baylor faculty just becuase we can't understand the rules right.

Unfortunately, it sounds as though Jason Holder never has had a chance to meet with Dr. Hillis and to see that Dr. Hillis, like a lot of Baylor faculty, is more than willing to help students in any way that he can.

The statement that Dr. Hillis made about 'doing anything possible' completely backs up Dr. Hillis as a man, friend and a professor. He has helped prepare the way for many young people and has given them a chance to become part of the Baylor family. Jason, I hope in time you can better understand the rules of registering as well as taking the time to meet with Dr. Hillis and know that you truly are a part of the Baylor Family.

Heidi Killion, '00

Baylor wrongly punishes student

Yesterday, an atrocity beyond the par of a burning tent occurred here on Baylor campus. A student, my friend, was run out of this school for having an unpopular opinion. She was forced out of this establishment of learning for expressing her mind. In an institution where we are supposed to become intellectuals, free thought was stifled.

Tuesday morning in History of Medicine class, my friend gave a report on the medicinal uses of marijuana. She expressed herself both professionally and in an academic manner. The professor took offense and kicked her out of his class. Because of her presentation, he banished her from his personal little realm of thought. Not being one to stand by while an abuse of power is undertaken, my friend took action and sought the help of the administration. They were of no assistance, and before the day was over she was telling me about how she no longer attended Baylor.

While I know this is a private university and as such is subject only to its own rules, but last time I checked this was still the United States of America. I rarely get on my patriotic high horse and bellow to the masses, but this is an atrocity. I may be confused, but I thought we, as American citizens have the right to say what we please; whether that be something of the popular opinion of society or not, we have the right to express ourselves.

Where would society be if nobody spoke his or her own opinion? If every person who ever held an opinion that was contrary to that of the popular and ruling class was excommunicated and shut down as my friend was, where would we be? What I have said will have no impact on what happened yesterday. All I am trying to do is drag this atrocity in front of the student body and let the members of the administration and the faculty involved in this situation know that they are in the wrong.

Cliff N. Coats

English/Philosphy, '00

Advice improves dating life

I found Lori Lenarduzzi's article 'Males need dating suggestions, tips' in yesterday's Lariat quite helpful. I have always had horrible dating experiences. As a result, I haven't had many dates lately. I never suspected that all along it was me and my horrible dating etiquette. But, now with Ms. Lenarduzzi's illuminating advice beneath my belt, my situation is sure to improve. I thought all along that something was wrong with girls, but thanks to Ms. Lenarduzzi's article I realize it was my fault all along.

I would have never thought that asking a girl, 'Where would you like to eat?' would be the wrong sort of thing to do. How inconsiderate of me to think that a young maiden might have a particular palate, or would like to have some input on where to dine.

I never decoded the typical response to my inquiries, 'I don't know ... wherever you want to eat is fine with me,' as a sign of cult-like devotion to my planning abilities.

I always interpreted it as a marker of indecisiveness or a sentiment synonymous with 'let's just get this over with ... take me to Wendy's!' I never knew that, all along, if she's agreed to go out then she would 'be happy with wherever' I take her so long it is 'within reason.' I just figured all women were submissive and did not have an opinion about dinner. How wrong I was.

As far as using profanity on dates, I never would have thought that 'being myself' and demanding that she, 'Get in the car, expletive synonymous for female dog' would not be an appropriate way to begin a date. How rude and insensitive my former ways were. What could I have possibly been thinking?!

Furthermore, I always attempted to be someone I was not on dates. I always tried to appear interested in everything important to the girl. From her brand-new shiny silver earrings to how interesting her elementary education classes are, I always made an effort to look captivated by her witty commentary.

Thanks to Ms. Lenarduzzi's article, I now know what to do on my future dates so that they may be more fruitful. With my new found dating sensibilities due entirely to Ms. Lenarduzzi's article my dating life is sure to improve. All men are eternally in debt to Ms. Lenarduzzi for without the benefit of such a dating guru we would surely never find true love. Sleepless in Waco,

Chris Blakley

Master's Candidate, Philosophy

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