Be happy with what you got, or get out
by Chris Pena
I knew it wouldn't last too long. It only took about one week into the semester for the same whiners to resurface complaining about the Athletics/Alumni Center.
When admitted to the University of Houston, and upon paying your tuition and fees in full, you, the student, are not awarded with a title/deed to said university.
Neither I nor you own UH. A simple concept indeed, but, nevertheless, it is a situation that keeps arising on this campus.
Many of you are simply confusing fantasy with reality.
A freshman wrote a letter to the editor this week complaining about UH spending Moores' grant money on "an excessively expensive `money pit,' " and the majority of his student fees going to the athletics budget.
He would rather his money was spent on building new parking lots.
Wake up, frosh. Write back after you are able to differentiate between fact and fiction.
John and Rebecca Moores donated more than $50 million to UH for the specific purpose of building a new alumni/athletics complex and a new music building.
No student should have a problem with these explicit instructions.
But the pundits now argue that they merit use of the athletic facility because student fees are being used to maintain it.
That position is invalid because the Athletics Department is still receiving the same percentage of student fees as it was before the construction of the Athletics/Alumni Center.
The bottom line is that you feel gypped. You feel ripped off. You want to work out but you don't have a facility. Wrong!
The opening of our new facility allows students to use the former athletics weight room. I bet you didn't know that.
This weight room, located in Robertson Stadium, is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
I inquired into how good of a weight room it really is, because frankly, the other student weight room, in Garrison Gym, is, shall I say, inadequate.
I haven't seen the place, but if you care enough to complain, check it out. Remember, you pay for this.
Call the Intramurals Department at 743-9500. If the hours aren't good for you, ask why. But please don't tell me students are underprivileged.
In a way, I'm glad this is my last semester at UH. I love this place -- at times I've been proudly accused of being a homer.
But after a while, the underlying nagging and whining about what is fair and unfair at this institution is more than any rational human being can handle.
Let us not complain; let us solve. It will merit and receive much more respect.
As I said last semester, what would you, individually, have done if you had been offered $50 million? Sadly, I think you probably would've complained it wasn't enough.
Peöa is a senior RTV major.