Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Houston, Texas
Volume 66, Issue 3 

Cougar Comics Online

Salnave on funding

Carpenter on Mexico

Lewis on technology

Staff Editorial

Editorial Cartoon


About the Cougar

Letters to the Editor

No gay party kids?

To the editor:

In his article "Trance the night away" (Features, Aug. 21), Jack Glauser reports on the Houston rave scene (which he confuses with the dance club scene -- clubs cater to a fairly mainstream crowd, while raves are more expensive and drug-filled). He tells us that "Rich's is the place to be on Thursdays, but only on Thursdays, because it's straight night. If you go on any other night, there won't be many party kids."

I imagine myself standing at the water cooler as Glauser nudges me in the ribs and adds, "If you know what I mean."

I am curious to learn what Glauser thinks he will find at Rich's on any other night, if not party kids. Male orgies, perhaps? Condoms falling from the ceiling? Leather daddies peering at you from the corner? Whipped cream?

Unfortunately, none of these things is true. Non-Thursday Rich's is full of music and people, mostly gay, dancing in various clique uniforms and acting like party kids. It is sad that Glauser assumes that each of his readers would be turned off by a gay night club. It is even more sad that he expresses his assumption through tongue-in-cheek homophobia. 

Doug Shields
senior, physics

Financial aid horror stories

To the editor:

I never cease to find The Daily Cougar entertaining and interesting, and was especially impressed by the Aug. 21 issue. Of course, the paper was incredibly different than it has ever been in the past, but the most amusing thing was the article on Page 9, "UH anticipates smooth year for financial aid." Please.

While I personally have not had problems with the financial aid department, I have heard the same horror story from two students. This one will curdle your blood.

My sister noticed that her scholarship had not been applied to her UH account for fall tuition. She, a fifth-year architecture student, assumed that the amount had simply not been applied. In fact, her friend Kelly made the same discovery and instead went to the financial aid office. What was she told? That fifth-year students' scholarships had been revoked. She had not received the letter? Sorry, but the funds have already been allocated elsewhere (no doubt to Page 14).

Crying hysterically, she ran across the hall into the first office she found and explained the situation. After looking up her account, she was told that there would be a credit for the amount of her scholarship, and no explanation was made for the error. My sister went into the same office Kelly had gone into the next day, and was told that there was a mix-up. Hers was not a terminated scholarship; it had been terminated accidentally.

Again, the promise was made to fix the error in the system. Of course, neither error was fixed. Both students wound up scrambling to pay the minimum amount due before Friday in order to keep from being dropped from all of their classes for non-payment. And the minimum amount due was well more than they would have had to pay had the scholarships been applied properly in the first place.

Of course, this left me wondering how the University can re-allocate scholarship funds, period. Why were some scholarships terminated for the fifth year and others were not? And, while I am on the subject, where are our fee bills? Today I encountered a room crammed with students who had not received fee bills in the mail, and I was one of them. Weren't they mailed out on Aug. 9?

I am not sure if their case represents a fluke in the system or if there is a legitimate problem here, but I would certainly be interested in finding my phantom fee bill, and I am sure there are more than a few fifth-year students out there who would like to see exactly what program is more important to the administration than finishing their education.

Jennifer Wood
junior, psychology

Celebrate difference in two-party system

To the editor:

I never actually realized how distant and unknowledgeable our student body was about the upcoming presidential election until now. I have heard, over and over again, even in this paper (imagine that!), how the two candidates are so similar. I have even heard numerous people go so far as to say they were identical. The only reasoning for these arguments that I can come up with is that the bad guys are afraid about what will happen if people actually start looking at the issues.

The bottom line is, statements such as these only prove how little one cares about our political situation. My suggestion: Quit making stupid assumptions, or any statements at all, until you know what you are talking about.

These statements are, of course, completely false and not even close to reality. For example, one candidate thinks government needs to grow, while the other thinks that it is too large already. One wants to spend the surplus; the other wants to give it back to the working people. One thinks that it is OK to send our troops on every peace-keeping journey without increasing our defense budget, while the other thinks the exact opposite.

One believes in government regulation and control, while the other firmly believes in the principles of capitalism on which this country was founded. One strives to punish those who believe in the Constitution, by bearing arms, while the other strongly believes in every aspect of that great document. Basically, one is a bleeding-heart liberal, and one is a rock-solid conservative.

Now some may not know which is which, and those may not care, but for those who go around making comments of how similar the candidates are, look again. I challenge you to learn more about our great political system and who you want leading us, because despite rumors that this election is meaningless, it will probably be the most important election in our lives.

Ben Jones
senior, political science

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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