Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 27

Cougar Comics Online
Cardenas on Parking

Dao on Life

Theriault on Relationships

Staff Editorial

Editorial Cartoon


About the Cougar

Letters to the Editor

There are other students

To the editor,

Research. Writing papers. It usually involves locating some sort of resource in the library. Many students here at UH go to the library every day to do just this, myself included. Actually, I'm up at M.D. Anderson Memorial Library on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, trying to locate journal articles for my papers.

What really ticks me off more than anything in this world is when I look up journal titles on the Electronic Publication Center system, it tells me that the Anderson Library has the current journals I need, and then, by some mysterious twist of fate, none of them can be found.

This is not due to stupidity or lack of library skills on my part. I am fairly aware of how to use library resources, PsycINFO, call numbers, etc. I know how to look up where a journal is and then find it.

The problem is these people who think that they can just walk right on out with the journal they want, and then leave. The rest of us that may need that article are really up the creek without a paddle. I'm really, really sick of it, people.

I waste more time trying to find things I need in the Current Journals section than in any other section of the library. I know I'm not alone. Many of my friends have encountered the same situation and are also upset. I'm sure that other students who follow library policy have been, too.

If you just bring dollar bills or carry change, you can take the article to the copy machines and copy it. I know it sucks to spend money on copies, but it's even worse to be so selfish, in my opinion.

Sometimes, I've lucked out and found full text articles on ProQuest Direct, which you can access at M.D. Anderson through EPC if your problem is paying for copies.

I know we're all in a time crunch, especially if we're taking a lot of hours, but we all need to be able to access current journals in the library so we aren't in even more of a bind.

Tessa Kole,
sophomore, psychology

You're not raza

To the editor,

Regarding Rohith Nandagiri's column "Don't use racism as a lame excuse!" (Opinion, Sept. 27): Yes, many people use racism as an excuse and scapegoat for their actions. However, the comparison made between an immature basketball player and La Raza is inadequate.

Before Mr. Nandagiri starts criticizing the Hispanic community, maybe he should learn a little about it. If you look at the statistics, you will see that Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group.

However, we are a group that is growing in numbers, but not in power. Having television shows that don't portray us -- or when they do, they do so in a negative way -- doesn't help.

Hispanics are not asking for free rides or making excuses for not succeeding. All we want is for people to understand that we are more than just lawn mowers and criminals. The reason why we don't get opportunities is because we always have people like Mr. Nandagiri. They seem to want to criticize our culture without knowing anything about it.

Claudio Rodriguez,
sophomore, psychology

Three cheers for reason

To the editor,

It is unfortunate that Mr. Whitlock represents the "great silent majority" in this debate. His column ("Is abortion a question of murder?" Opinion, Sept. 24) is a sterling example of the type of dialogue that the issue of abortion needs.

The insanely obsessed extremists on both sides of this issue have been entirely too successful in controlling the public's arena for this debate. The one side of the argument not presented in Whitlock's opinion piece is that neither he, nor I, will ever be faced with the terrible decision of terminating a pregnancy.

Many males in the religious right also seem to forget this point. It is an important qualification for any male to make when speaking on this issue.

The question also needs to be raised: Do we as a country want politicians such as Newt and Bill legislating their interpretation of morality?

I classify myself as a liberal Roman Catholic. I believe in the sanctity and respect for all life but as stated in the column, it is unimportant what my beliefs are as well. What is important is that the mixed nuts on both sides of this debate have had their 15 minutes. Let's move forward.

It would do this incredibly complicated issue well if people such as Mr. Whitlock continue to bring reason to the debate.

Jim Brackeen,
senior, history

We have a right to be here

To the editor,

I usually spend about eight hours a week in the University Center Underground waiting around for classes. On any given day a person can find students studying, talking, eating and even sleeping in those green, comfy chairs. For the most part, the UC is a quiet place. The UC is home to many students every day for at least a few minutes.

Last Thursday, the Business Fair was held in the UC Underground, leaving many students "homeless."

At 8:30 a.m., I was approached by a lady explaining that there was a business fair going on, and she asked if I could please leave at 10 a.m. She proceeded to inform me that "The employers have said that having students sleeping, studying and talking have been a distraction for them."

I know they advertised in the Cougar, but nowhere did it say that students were not allowed to sit in the chairs. There was no warning posted on the UC doors. If anything, the business employees were distracting the studying students by making noise.

Speaking of distractions, how can studying and sleeping be a distraction to the employees? I felt as if I and all the other students were tacky ornaments and had no right to be there when she said she was trying to "eliminate distractions."

Whenever some group or organization has something going on, they always pick the middle of the UC. Why can't they pick another place or room?

There has to be plenty of room in a university this size to hold the event somewhere else. Several rooms to the right were empty and could have held some of the booths. Why couldn't it be held outside?

I'm getting tired of it. It's always the students that are getting kicked out. I think it's time for the students who frequent the UC to stand up and "just say no" to being removed, kicked out or eliminated from their daily retreats. Hopefully, in the future, events will be held somewhere else and the UC Underground can just be a place to relax.

Meanwhile, the next time someone tries to evict me from my refuge, they will have to physically drag me out.

Diamond Grote,
sophomore, kinesiology

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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