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Friday, October 23, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 44

Staff Editorial

About the Cougar

Dreaming of a non-apathetic world

Brandon Moeller

I have to be honest. I have been avoiding this column for a while. And I admit it: I am a freshman. Yet I realize that you, the average reader of The Daily Cougar, do not care. I generalize this statement, but do not feel bad about it. No one cares about anything anymore.

Maybe I got my hopes up during my senior year of high school as I noticed how the students had no rights to begin with and were too scared for the most part to say anything about it. Maybe I assumed that college life would be different, that people would care and speak their points of view accordingly in hopes of forming a community that exchanges ideas in a peaceful manner.

Perhaps I watched too many documentaries of '60s protests -- led by students -- and I figured the same would still be true.

Maybe I didn't realize how UH was such a commuter school where the majority of students go to class, then work, then go to another job and barely make ends meet. These students have no free time to spare for noble efforts like rallies and demonstrations and picket lines and, well, maybe the world is perfect now. Maybe now there is no need to stand up for your rights.

I guess I was delusional.

Welcome, young dreamer, to the '90s, the Decade of Apathy.

I dreamt that rights like student privacy would be respected. And if they weren't, students would give a *&^%. I dreamt that there would be a large Houston underground movement, which would keep the mainstream in line, and that would provide alternative channels for writers and poets. Instead, there is only one publication directed especially for students that has any circulation or useful purpose at all on campus. And you, the faithful reader, are holding it, getting your hands filthy with newsprint. Perhaps I have been blinded by my dreams of all that glorious college hippie crap.

I am beginning to lose hope. Maybe there isn't a campus organization out there that would suit my needs an organization that would fight for the well-being of students' rights. An organization that wouldn't mind circling a building of importance chanting "Power to the people!" or "We want our rights, and we want them now!"

I guess there's really nothing to shout about these days. I guess everything has already been done. I guess I'd better join a fraternity.

I am going to say this only once: I am not bashing fraternities. I respect fraternities, sororities, frat boys and sorority ladies alike. They are there for a purpose, and they serve a great deal of the student body. Oh, and they occasionally wake up red-eyed in the morning and do community service. Their purpose is to give the unfortunate sheep a safe haven to gather as sheep and network (drink) with fellow sheep. As bad as it sounds, I am not going to deny that sheep probably make up a good 75 percent of our world. Thus, joining one of these groups is a great career move for those who plan on living like sheep for the rest of their lives.

Also, with noise/alcohol/fun control in the dorms due to the student cops (a.k.a. RAs), the frat house is the only housing near campus where a student can have lots of fun with other random sheep all the time and not worry about getting in trouble by "The Man." All this for only a few hundred dollars.

College is nothing but fun, right? I mean, that's why I am here and you are here and we are here together, right? I hope not. I wish there would be a desire among students to form organizations that would be all about the hippie crap I have been referring to. I don't mean marijuana, kids. I mean freedom.

Civil rights for all ethnic groups. Underground literature that would provoke change -- or at least get people in the right mindset to do something about the apathy around them. I'm not saying The Daily Cougar does not provide great editorial material for its audience. It does. I just expected more diverse publications circulating throughout campus. Maybe I should have gone to Columbia.

I dream of a world (or at least a campus) that celebrates the arts, the diversity and the freedom that makes the fourth largest city in the United States the best. Who's with me?

Moeller would like to hear who else believes
that anything is possible through peace,
love and rock 'n' roll. He can be reached at

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