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BU values align best for library

Nov. 3, 2005

by MARK LAYMON, columnist

As most of you know, Baylor is being considered as a future site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

On Nov. 14, representatives from Baylor will give a presentation of the university's final bid for the library to the presidential library search committee in Washington, D.C.

Many have made logical arguments as to why Baylor is an excellent choice for the presidential library.

But I think one reason we must seriously consider is deeper and more compelling that the rest.

"Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana" -- "For Church, For Texas" -- is the motto that has been adopted by our university since its establishment.

As expressed in Baylor's mission statement: "Affirming the value of intellectually informed faith and religiously informed education, the university seeks to provide an environment that fosters spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue."

Throughout his administration, President Bush has been very public about his personal faith in Jesus Christ. He, too, has sought to lead with spiritual maturity, strength of character and moral virtue.

While he would be the first to admit that he is only human and is capable of making mistakes, we as Baylor students should genuinely appreciate the faithful manner in which he has led this country.

That's why Baylor is a perfect fit for the presidential library. We as Baylor students should be proud to host the institution of a man who has governed our country according to the values our university upholds.

Now you, as Baylor students, have the chance to directly express to the president your eagerness to host the next presidential library.

Members of student government have drawn up a petition that states our confidence in Baylor as being fit to receive this great honor.

Copies of the petition are available for students to sign at multiple locations across campus, like the dining halls and the Bill Daniel Student Center if you feel that Baylor is a worthy choice for the presidential library.

Who knows -- your effort could be instrumental in giving Baylor another legacy that will last for generations to come. That is certainly something to be proud of.

Student Body President Mark Laymon is a junior economics major from Richardson.