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Monday, June 12, 2000
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 150

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Attention: School of Communication

To the editor,

I looked over your editorial ("Bad communication," Opinion, June 7), and it reminded me of a similar "reorganization" -- more like dismantling -- of the University of Texas El Paso's mass communication department, where I graduated. All of the alumni got this message from the chair extolling the virtues of the plan. The only problem was that the department went away. The courses were absorbed by other units of the college of liberal arts.

The problem was that the Radio/TV part was completely gutted. My degree has vanished. It's possible that I can direct some of my contributions to my employer's Communication school. Wait a minute, that's going away also.

The need for people who can write and edit has not gone away, everything begins with the word. I can't shoot a frame of video without an idea, and ideas start with words.

Philip Booth,
Manager ITV
TSS Instructional Technologies


Much thanks

To the editor,

On May 26, the college was notified that one of our faculty, Burdette Keeland, had passed away. The family requested to have the Memorial Services in the building on May 31. We had a short time frame to work in because Monday was a holiday. This was a final tribute to Professor Keeland and we wanted the arrangements to be perfect.

This was accomplished with assistance from the Physical Plant, Custodial Services, Media Services and the University of Houston Police Department. Their response to help in our hour of need was incredible.

College of Architecture faculty, staff and students


A moment of silence

To the editor,

This is in response to the lawsuits over prayer at public school functions. The opponents of prayer at public school functions make a point about the separation of church and state, but when I look at today's schools and colleges, I see people who are searching for love or someone to care about them. They are not getting love or care at home.

Whatever your religious affiliation, when someone offers to pray for you, it is a way to show they are concerned enough to ask their God to help you. Even if I didn't believe in their God, I would not be offended by someone showing concern for me.

For those who want to fight prayer at public schools, I urge you to choose your battles wisely. There are many battles to be fought in life, and you can't fight them all.

Rachel Angel,
graduate student, 
Natural Sciences and Mathematics



Letters Policy

Letters to the editor are welcome from all members of the UH community and should focus on issues, not personalities. Letters must be typed and must include the author's name, telephone number and affiliation with the University. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, language and space. Letters may be delivered in person to Room 151, Communication; e-mailed to dclettrs@mail.uh.edu; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.

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