|Monday, November 29, 1999||
Volume 65, Issue 68
Nandagiri on coaches
|Letters to the Editor
Pull the plug
To the editor,
The staff editorial "Handy letter for prospective coaches" (Opinion, Nov. 23) absolutely floored me. With all that is being done to improve the University and fight the false and negative images of this great institution, it hurts to see these perceptions being promoted from within. These types of articles are self-fulfilling prophecies.
They happen all too often. Imagine a prospective student or employee reading these articles. They will run like the wind. Then there will be negative articles written about the University's failure to recruit quality faculty and students. I would rather not have a school newspaper than have this type of negativism reported on campus. It's no wonder the kids don't support the school. They never will if this is allowed to continue.
The people on The Daily Cougar Staff who support this type of attitude and behavior will never give back to this University once they are gone. Their names will not be found on the sides of buildings nor on the rolls of the Houston Alumni Organization. Dr. Smith, pull the funding for The Daily Cougar. Stop this madness.
To the editors,
I am disappointed with the editorial about the football coach opening. Obviously it was meant to be largely in jest but the part about students "often engaging in games of parking-lot chicken and pretending to be robbed or shot by neighborhood residents" was not only ridiculous but harmful to UH's image.
That image not only stereotypes our neighborhood residents as being combative but also gives a false sense of lack of security. The crime statistics bear out the fact that UH is as safe as the University of Texas and Texas A&M.
Taken as a whole, the editorial gives further credence to Chet Gladchuk's decision to fire Kim Helton, despite a winning season. We need to win back our students and alumni. For what it's worth, Cougar Athletics and the University as a whole are much more often praised than vilified on the Internet message boards.
The "dozens" of alumni (as you point out) want what's best for the alma mater and are disappointed with results below expectations. Shouldn't we all demand excellence from the programs we support?
Editor's note: The above is a sampling of what The Daily Cougar received regarding the Nov. 23 staff editorial. Mostly the result of a letter-writing campaign on an Internet message board, these letters basically repeated one thing: The Daily Cougar's sole reason for existence is to be a shill for the University.
The Daily Cougar exists to provide relevant news and information to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Though we enjoy seeing our teams win and our academic programs succeed, the Cougar does not have a "rah-rah" agenda. Our only agenda is to report. Period.
All staff editorials appear in the Opinion section, with the disclaimer that "no opinions expressed in The Daily Cougar necessarily reflect those of the University of Houston administration or the student body at large."
Needless to say, the Nov. 23 editorial was satire -- exaggerating points to demonstrate why UH needs a coach that will bring pride back to the football program. One supposes that, because so much attention was given a satirical editorial, the countless editorials praising UH and attempting to get students to care about the Cougars have been completely forgotten.
We at The Daily Cougar are proud of the University. Many of us will continue to be active in the community long after graduation. But we, like the letter-writers, have a right to our opinions.
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 email@example.com; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.