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Nov. 19, 1998

I am appalled at the response of the student body toward our football team. I have got some things to say for you people who have already forgotten or overlooked certain details about our season.

I congratulate the team for playing out a season that could only have been made in Dante's Inferno. The only game Baylor was expected to win was University of Kansas, and that was the only statistically weak team we played at home. The win over North Carolina State at our home opener was not only an unexpected victory; Baylor broke the spread set by Las Vegas against them in the first half.

The rest of our home schedule went like this: University of Kansas, the real Big 12 pushover; Texas A & M, who now will be playing for the Big 12 Championship; Kansas State University, who is real upset at us because our six points and our three critical stops of their offense kept them behind Tennessee in the poll that really decides No. 1 and Oklahoma, the football team Baylor has not beaten recently, if ever.

Where is the schedule's soft underbelly? If you said on the road, you guessed it. The weakest teams on the schedule Kansas, Oregon State, Texas Tech, University of Texas and Colorado were all road games. That's not even mentioning the game in South Bend. In comparison, the strongest team on Texas Tech's schedule the first six games was Baylor, and we beat Tech. We just didn't beat Tech's referee.

The second point should put the Baylor student body to shame. Texas A & M managed to put more Aggie fans in Floyd Casey Stadium than Baylor fans. It was as if Baylor was playing Texas A & M on the road.

While the Baylor University Golden Wave Band was performing on the field, more people on the home sideline stood and clapped for the Sooner Alma Mater than for Old Fite. If this year's Denver Bronco team had this type of support, they would be 0-10 instead of 10-0.

A home team playing in front of more visiting fans is the same as if they were playing on the road.

The loudest the Baylor crowd got at homecoming came on the last play of the game after most people had left. And yet you as students have a right to condemn our team? The Golden Wave Band block should be the smallest wave of green and gold in the stadium, both at the beginning and the end of the game.

As a first-year band member, I saw and heard 81,000 people in Austin come to their feet after a Ricky Williams touchdown run. Any team with a sellout home crowd can win. Maybe we should work on the crowd as students, and let the football coaches work on the team.

Tracer Matula

Instrumental Music '02

Strolling through the Bill Daniel Student Center the other day, I couldn't help but notice the very colorful AIDS quilt. As my eyes glazed from square to square it quickly occurred to me why the quilt was so colorful--rainbows. Rainbows abound as far as the eye could see.

It is no coincidence that a vastly disproportionate number of AIDS victims are homosexual. This is often a consequence of that lifestyle, just as lung cancer is often a consequence of heavy smoking.

Why, therefore, do AIDS victims receive so high a level of attention and sympathy?

Many more die each year from heart disease or breast cancer than AIDS. Furthermore these victims often have little control over their disease. Most AIDS victims, on the other hand, can trace their infection to an unhealthy lifestyle such as promiscuity (heterosexual or homosexual) or intravenous drug use.

Back to the quilt squares. The messages sent by the uses of the rainbows by no means condemn homosexuality. To the contrary, the rainbows on the squares are usually portrayed in a happy environment, which condones acceptance of the behavior.

Do these people deserve to die for their bad decisions? That is not for me to decide.

Should we have compassion and sympathy for those afflicted with the virus? Certainly. As Christians we should show compassion and sympathy for all who are suffering.

Should the circumstances or behavior which brought about contraction of the virus be sterilized, ignored, and even condoned? Absolutely not.

Much of the AIDS quilt sends a conflicting and outright wrong message to viewers. Take it down and do not let it back on campus until its message is cleaned up.

Ran R. Nelson

History '98

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