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Thursday, December 2, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 71

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A few things to say before we leave

By Margaret Mitchell

It's the end of the semester, and since I am practically brain-dead and therefore out of original ideas, I thought I'd wrap up with the few thoughts swimming around in what's left of my head after cramming for finals. Don't think of this as after-Thanksgiving leftovers, think of it as "second servings," in my own inimitable, snarky sort of way.

Welcome back!

That's the greeting I'd like to extend to my fellow classmates who have been missing in action for most of the semester.

I thought most of you had dropped by now, but I guess not. I really miss not having the great parking spots that I've been spoiled with for the past six weeks or so. Good luck on the finals, especially since you missed most of the overhead presentations and lectures. Guess who's grade is not going to get curved?

Rest assured, however, that those of us who actually showed up for class on a regular basis are behind you 100 percent. We are all laughing our heads off and have absolutely no sympathy for you whatsoever, because you don't learn if you don't come to class!

Right back at ya!

I'd like to respond to the letter to the editor about pulling the plug on The Daily Cougar because of a certain writer's tongue-in-cheek letter to perspective UH football coaches.

All I have to say is, "Get a grip! It's satire!" The reason there is not more support for the school is not because of printed items like this but because the school does little to support us.

We pay tuition and scads of totally outrageous fees, and for what? Lousy parking, dirty classrooms and the indescribable joy of being screwed over by financial aid because the university screwed up (again).

Football should not be high on the list of priorities. This is a university, a place of higher education and learning, and that is where the priority should be.

We shouldn't have to worry about whether or not we'll get a good coach and make the alumni happy. Besides, I wouldn't worry about finding a new coach. Who wouldn't want to come to a school where not only is the salary great but you also make tons of money by being fired?

I'd like to know who at this institution agreed to that contract. Probably the same somebody who goes to a lot of trouble to find "star professors" who bring in hefty research grants without actually having to teach a class. How's that for prestige?

While I may sound like an idealist, I am very much aware that money is what makes the world go round, and this university is no different.

But if somebody somewhere would stop to think about it as I said before, maybe people could get behind the school if the school did a better job of supporting the students ­ while we are here.

Maybe certain letter-writers would also be better off if they paid a little more attention to what a university and a campus newspaper are really all about: diversity of ideas and freedom of expression. And kudos to our editors for saying so.

Besides, when you look at the circulation of The Daily Cougar both on campus and over the Internet, and compare it to attendance at the football games ... I think you can see where the priorities of the students lie. 

But if that's not good enough, then you can have the eight bucks I got for writing this.

It's been a real pleasure!

I must admit that I've enjoyed the past few months stirring up emotions, raising a few hackles and providing a few chuckles. It has truly been one of the most rewarding things I've done in my life. Because, let's face it, life's not worth living if you can't have a sense of humor about it, or yourself.
 

Mitchell, a junior political science major,
can be reached at smeggie37@csi.com.
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