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Monday, November 2, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 50

De La Garza

About the Cougar

Staff Editorial


John Harp                Lisa M. Chmiola 
Michelle Norton     Jim Parsons 

Take off your A&M hat and think

Today marks the beginning of Homecoming Week 1998. If you've seen some of the signs around campus or the windows painted at the University Center, you probably already know.

Or better yet, if you followed Saturday's football game against East Carolina, maybe you're actually excited about this week. The Coogs fought hard Saturday and ended up winning -- though the final score was a little too close for comfort.

Winning that football game was a great way to kick off Homecoming events. It ensures that the University will go into the week with a good adrenaline rush and a wave of Cougar spirit.

But even headed into this year's celebrations, we should use Homecoming as a chance to reflect on what has been. That's why homecomings were invented in the first place.

Looking back on UH's achievements, milestones, moments of glory and times of trouble, it becomes apparent that Homecoming is really something special for everyone at the University. It is an opportunity for school spirit, for pageantry, for celebration and for community -- things we often miss, and chastise ourselves for not having, on this campus.

Looking back on the faces, the events and the words of the University's past, it's easy to see how many people loved, and were committed to, this school. And that hasn't changed. Despite all the complaining we tend to do about our school, the fact remains that it <I>is<P> our school, and we should be proud of that.

The students were fundamentally same in 1927 as we are today, and they managed to deal with not even having an actual campus. In those days, UH's classes were held at night at San Jacinto High School.

By the same token, the students in 1961 were much the same as we are, and they -- along with some key administrators and officials -- managed, in spite of powerful opposing forces, to win a 134-day battle to make UH part of the Texas state system of higher education.

It seems that there are more big events just around the corner. Today's students have the chance to see their university into the next century at a time when there are many plans to improve all aspects of the campus.

Homecoming isn't a few events that a select group of students can enjoy. It is something we can all join in: a reflection on what has been, and a look at what will be, for UH. This week is a prime chance to celebrate what we have done and think about what we can do. Remember, no matter who says otherwise, there's no reason to be ashamed of attending UH -- unless we believe that there is.


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