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Volume 70, Issue 79, Thursday, January 27, 2005


Letters to the Editor

SGA not looking out for us

To the editor:

When I started to read the article on student government, "Shuttles, fee bills highlight SGA concerns," (News, Tuesday), I was hopeful that the Student Government Association and the University in general were finally going to pay attention to student concerns. My fee bill has been raised almost 70 percent over the last four semesters; I would like to see where that is going.

Unfortunately, when I got to the part about what kind of things the committee was looking at, I was severely disappointed. For one thing, they are looking to increase our current fee caps for things like atomic clocks in the classroom. I would like to say we do not need atomic wall clocks. There is no reason to raise our fees so that we can tell time accurately to one second in 2 million years.

Robert Peterson
junior, civil engineering

No attachment, or UH just jealous

To the editor:

I am slightly appalled by the column, "Maroon, burnt orange shame Cougar red," (Opinion, Wednesday).

Yes, it is odd for someone who no longer goes to either major Texas school to continue wearing the gear, and they do have to understand this reality at some point. However, I take issue with Dickson's stance on graduate students or teachers. I am in pharmacy school here, and I view this campus as purely a means to an end.

While I respect the pharmacy program here, I in no way feel or want to feel like a Cougar. I attended Texas A&M University, and that is where my affiliation stops in my mind. It is extremely difficult to attend a university of that caliber, attain a degree and then switch to UH and feel any attachment.

I am proud to only know my way to and around one building on this campus. I do not, and will never, join in your circus and buy UH gear or stickers. I will proudly display my A&M affiliation whenever I want. Also, I look forward to my second year in this program being over so that I can leave this hellhole.

Michael Bell
pharmacy graduate

To the editor:

After attending the University of Texas and graduating in May 2002, I was eager to soak up the University of Houston culture as a post-baccalaureate student. After all, many other Longhorn alumni originate from the Houston metropolitan area. But, after one semester and one shameful opinion column later, I can see clearly.

It's understandable to have a little bit of envy toward your fellow classmates that have proceeded to attend one of the state's flagship universities and continue their education in the city they grew up in. However, it is absolutely hilarious to see the level of animosity exhibited in Wednesday' Opinion column. 

My advice to those who are "sick" of seeing burnt orange is to continue attending classes, graduate on time, get a good job, start a family and encourage all your little offspring to attend The University of Texas. That way the chip you carry on your shoulder for every classmate wearing burnt orange will not be passed down from generation to generation.

David Huynh
mechanical engineering 

A matter of pride

To the editor:

Derek Dickson's fantastic column ("Maroon, burnt orange shame Cougar red," Opinion, Wednesday) should be required reading for all current students and incoming freshmen. Besides the lingering apathy of the student body toward just about everything, there is nothing that angers me more than people wearing other school's gear on our campus. I don't care if it's from Harvard University or Central Southeastern Alaska Polytech. Dickson is right -- nobody cares if you're a transfer from the "University of Austin" or "Collie Station." The only exception to this would be if you are a graduate student, and even then, you can own plenty of shirts and your car window has enough room for both stickers.

Since my arrival a few years ago, I've noticed that the number of traitorous apparel has dropped each year, and that's a positive sign. It's time for everyone to discard the apathy and support your university, especially our athletic teams. The UH men's basketball team has a realistic chance of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in more than a decade. Come out to Hofheinz Pavilion to cheer on both basketball teams this spring, as well as the other teams. 

Scott Mason
public administration graduate

To the editor:

What a great opinion piece by Derek Dickson. As a proud alumnus of the University of Houston, I too have wondered why students, especially undergraduates, would want to wear a shirt advertising a University that they either flunked out of, could no longer pay for or never were admitted to. In the business world you don't hear a lot of people bragging about getting fired or laid off from a company they used to work for, or attempt to get a job with but were never hired by. Why would you ever honor some place that rejected you? This makes absolutely no sense. It also can lower that person's self esteem. Get rid of the University of Texas and Texas A&M University gear, and be proud of the university you attend -- the University of Houston.

This young man has the right idea. Now all we need is another 30,000 just like him.

Paul Picard
UH alumnus

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 ; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.

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