Friday, October 22, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 44

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About the Cougar

Letters to the Editor

TKEs, TKEs and more TKEs

To the editor,

The stain of dishonor that has been displayed by the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity no longer rests on the Interfraternity Council alone.

As a member of Sigma Chi, I have friends in TKE and have known them to be men of honor. However, those TKEs have left the undergraduate arena.

The TKEs of late have shown a total lack of leadership. They have purged themselves from the IFC, thus lowering them to their current status.

Had they shown discipline, they would have had an easier time in the IFC judicial process. The group's leadership will not accept responsibility for its actions.

They alone are not at fault for their current status, though. The UH officials involved in the hearing board did not back the findings of the IFC, which completely undermined one of the IFC's purposes.

There is nothing in the IFC bylaws that is in conflict with the UH social policy. So when the IFC finds a group to be in violation, why doesn't UH support the IFC?

I have a theory. I think it is because the IFC did such a professional job in its multifaceted purpose as an umbrella organization that the University was not aware of a problem. Either that, or the University just didn't care because whatever TKE did would show dishonor in IFC fraternities, and not UH.

Now TKE is UH's problem. Its members reflect UH, yet they remain in good standing. What does it take to not be in good standing as an organization? Does it take another finger being bitten off? Maybe a hate crime?

IFC saw a problem, and TKE chose to blame IFC and its member chapters, and UH chose to ignore IFC. Given the current status of TKE and its leadership, I have every confidence that TKE will bite off a finger or commit a hate crime, thus landing itself in poor standing.

After all is said and done, TKE will be a stain of dishonor that will rest upon UH -- not the IFC.

Vincent E. Cabello,
senior, economics
Sigma Chi


Hang in there

To the editor,

Two weeks ago, I was named a member of the 1999 UH Homecoming court. I had the opportunity to meet the eventual Homecoming king, Bill Hoover.

I am not a member of a fraternity, and I didn't know any of the other men on the court. Bill Hoover certainly took the time to get to know me, though, and for this I would like to thank him. It made the week a lot easier.

It has come to my attention that he also has the unfortunate task of being in the hot seat during this TKE debacle. I have had my own run-ins with the TKEs over the years and have found them to be unsettling, to say the least.

From dealing with their lawyer on a leash after the Student Video Network's Sports Junkies got taped footage of their "Welcome to UH, Chet Gladchuk" Midnight Madness brawl with Sigma Nu to their poor sportsmanship on the intramural fields that they seem to be so proud of, it seems that Mr. Hoover is in a very unenviable position. However, he has undertaken his duties with both class and maturity.

I would like to take this opportunity to directly address Bill Hoover. Bill, you're a good man and a fine representative of the University. I'm proud to have met you, and I wish you the best in everything you do. Hang in there, Bill. You're with the good guys on this one.

Bill Cochrane,
senior, management


Emphasize the home team

To the editor,

UH middle linebacker Wayne Rogers shared the honor of being Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week with Southern Mississippi defensive back Leo Barnes. I would like to know why The Daily Cougar printed a large picture of Barnes and no picture of our own player, Wayne Rogers.

You had written wonderfully about Ketric Sanford and Rogers. The least you could have done was to print a headshot of Rogers. The Cougar defense is ranked ninth in the nation in total defense -- Rogers obviously contributed to this ranking.

The Daily Cougar could have at least recognized Rogers with a photo instead of showing a large full-body shot of Barnes, who does not even attend our university. A headshot of Barnes would have been sufficient.

Why was the most attention brought to Barnes when Houston players won both offensive and defensive awards of the week? I think that The Daily Cougar is doing a great job in supporting our football team, but if we win the same award as a player from another school, our players should be recognized more than that player.

Nicole C. DeLay,
senior, communications/media production

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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