Reflections show that bad days aren't so bad
To the EditorOver the holidays while bat-tling
insane mall traffic, I real-ized how self centered
vision" view of life as the next
and tend tofocus on
the basis of howthey will affect me.There
moments when Ilook at my reflection in the mirrorand
pounds lighterand two inches taller. Or I wish Icould find a "freckles be gone"lotion.I sometimes envv those who
to spend money
get rustratedwhenI don't excel in athletics. Or Icomplain that I need a nicer car.What sobers me up
heseinsignificant desires is
fact thatsomeone has it much worse than Icould even fathom.I think about the people whohave lost their Clegs and sight Ithink about those who have losttheir families due
a catastrophicevent I think about
of unification and pur-suit of a stable
orequality in South Africa; and ofcourse, I think about
n theSaudi Desert with the strong possi-bility of losing their lives. The listis infinite
more complex.But I can still run everyday. Ihave my health. I'm educated. Ican afford to eat I don't
in asuppressed society. In fact, I'mextremely fortunate.
So the next time you think
can' topen your
Students discouraged over Rec Center use
To the Editor.
outinto the open an injustice that hasbeen done to the student body ofour college. It started about threeweeks
ago when I
trudged throughthe snow to play basketball at thenew Recreation
finally getting some exer-cise to wear off the ten poundsgained throughout the
occupied bythe Softball
team at 6
as did the other sevenpeople, "Isn't this our facility ?"
repeated at leastthree times throughout January.I felt horrible about the lack ofgym use. For me, as the case with
is theone place
I can get away
to see if
the same.I found that I
not alone. WhenI asked Mark Azar how he felt, he
isbull*#%@, I haven'tbeen able to come over here andget on the floor yet" As for theothers I have asked, the responsewas the same,
stop was at
Engel's (Student Government Presi-dent).Robin was not aware of the
don't blame him forthis;he is too busy taking care ofother injustices to his constituency.
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What Robin did
say to me was
thathe was told the Recreation Cen-ter s primary use was, For
and open gym.'* Yet Mr.Russo and Coach Cherico havemanipulated the schedule to fitathletics. I have no problem withpractices, but the extreme lack oftime for students is a problem.Granted, intramurals
beenexcellent under the supervision ofCoach Webb, but this
minute stint each
Asidefrom these games,
to six hours
Thisis excluding Fridays for obviousreasons. It seems like five or sixhours is
but these hoursare around five
(dinner).The prime hours are taken by soft-ball and intramurals. Add this tothe fact that practice starts earlyand runs late, and
baseball andsoftball* that is used for open gymis more like thirty minutes.
to the Campus
only tocomplain about
have this great complexbuilt for our use.
samecomplaints exist today as they didwhen
one center. Onlythis time, teams that are "warmweather sports" are in "our" fa-cility while there
snow on the ground.
teams Lostyear? And
team isn't allowed tocompete
in the EC AC
why are these teams practicingmonths before they play a game?It looks like I'll have to do the
same as last
YMCA.But wasn't my money, and otherstudent's
spent for recrea-tion? I guess it shows
unless you play girl'ssoccer.Thank you,Tom
Judicial Review Board
Entire'Hurst communityresponsible to reduce crime
Staff editorialSince Thanksgiving there havebeen at least two reported thefts,one in the Media Services officeand the other in the Communica-tion
and an attemptedforcible entry
studios.Merciad articles have tried tohelp prevent crime on campusthrough information and preach-ing,
isone thing a student on a $10,000per year college campus willunderstand...MONEY!I!
People don't realize that thesethefts are costing us, the studentsof
money. Every timesomething
powers fromabove have to increase tuition tohelp cover the cost of replacing themissing items
ofhigher insurance rates.Paying the extra tuition takesmoney away from the new sportscar
leather jacketthat's just dying to be boughtThere are ways that we canhelp
not ust non-students, from stealing the moneyout of our pockets. ro^pHffit
We have to bcCorhe'aVarfe
ofwhat is going on around
If thereis someone hanging around cam-pus
be here,call security. That one
a potential theft
worse!!!2) In most of the thefts,
suspects just walked away with
property. If someone is carryingsomething that looks like schoolproperty, or just acting strange, letsecurity know.
own theproperty, fine. If they don't, that'ssomething we won't have to payfor later.Students aren't the only ones
become more consci-entious.
campus. In somecases they
stu-dents without asking forIDs.Thatpolicy
stop. At least take the
time to ask
andcheck his ID to see if he belongshere.Security also has to becomefaster at answering calls. At timesthey
take up to one
answera call. That's way too long. I'msorry, but an office can be cleared
campus the size of
shouldbe a maximum of
The blame cannot
be laid just
orthe students, but
We all have
to work together tostop people from ripping
off andtaking our hard earned money.
Student feels that; SaddamHusseinhas
To the Editor,As I flip through the channelson
from the picturesof the clearly physically brutalizedallied pilots being paraded beforeIraqi cameras, being
reciteprepared anti-U.S. statements, tothe pictures of
a violent manner,I
feeling in my stomach.What are you people thinking?Hussein is
initiated a hostile military
peaceful country, perhaps for
toward an increaseof power.
me repeat that power.What was Hitler trying to accom-plish when he overtook smallercountries around him? The samething.
only wish world lead-ers in the late
had had half
of mind the world
today have in
putting anend to this snowball effect, beforeit gets out of hand, a lot of livescould
must be stopped,
time was given to achieve apeaceful solution. That time isnow over, and it
the will of theworld
their placebefore it is too late. Evidence hasled many to believe that the peopleof
women and childrenincluded, have been tortured, andendlessly
since the takeover.
And so witn this in mind, onbehalf of
80 percent of theAmerican people,
yousit in our free country and freelyvoice your opinior, to put downyour stones, stop burning flags,and wave one and get behind ourcountry, so that freedom may berestored and our troops may bebrought home in victory ASAP.And remember as long as it is thehome of the brave, it will remainthe
of the free.Thank You,Ted Wilson.