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Jan. 31, 2001

Baylor celebrates its 156th birthday today. Student Government spotlights Baylor's traditions every year at this time through Traditions Week. I encourage you to take the time this week to learn about the traditions that make our university strong. Our traditions are only as strong as the current student body's interest in them.

Baylor is also turning its attention toward the future in the creation of a 10-year vision by the president's office. President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and members of the administration have done an excellent job of seeking student input in this process. There are two Baylor's traditions that I see as essential to the 10-year vision.

First, Baylor must maintain a small student-to-faculty ratio so that classes will remain small. Baylor also prides itself as a 'best buy' for private education. If Baylor does not find a way to remain affordable, it runs the risk of attracting an entirely different kind of student body by 2012.

The events at Oklahoma State University this week remind us of the grief that comes with such tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are needed as OSU gathers today to remember their beloved friends. Following my conversation with students from Oklahoma State on Monday, I was reminded of how thankful I am to be a part of a community that finds comfort and encouragement in the hope and love of Christ.

Jon Rolph

Student body president