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Volume 71, Issue 5, Friday, August 26, 2005


Staff Editorial


                 Matt Dulin                   Lourdes Castillo      Tina Marie Macias
                             Dusti Rhodes                  Blake Whitaker

With the first week of the fall semester coming to a close, it's time to relax and take a look at some of the trials we endured during the back-to-school frenzy. Well, grades came in today, so take note:

Elevator problem: C

Because officials were unable to secure the necessary certification to operate elevators in the new Science and Engineering Research and Classroom Complex, several students, especially those with disabilities, encountered considerable inconvenience. 

If it weren't for a technician on hand at the elevator, some students would have never made it to class on the first day of school. Signs should have been posted to inform students with disabilities that the elevators could still be used.

Ice cream: A+

The addition of an ice cream parlor at the University Center was one of the best decisions ever made on this campus. Students can now enjoy frozen treats on crazy hot days without giving up too much cash -- a rarity for most campus eateries.

Who needed a travel agency on campus anyway? 

Tobacco on campus: C+

UH is home to plenty of smokers, who we are sure do their very best to abide by all of the smoking bans in effect around here. (Twenty feet from building entrances? Who's counting?) We understand their frustration, though, at the Aramark's failure to secure a tobacco sales license. 

At the same time, smokers should be kind of glad -- prices for campus cigarettes are bound to be exorbitant. (Hell, even Cokes cost $1.15 now.) Maybe smokers should look at the bright side: They'll have to get cheaper cigarettes elsewhere.

Parking on Tuesdays and Thursdays: F

Need we say more, except that we're counting the days until the parking garage opens?

Coupled with debilitating gas prices, parking at UH is almost enough to make the commuting student to consider an on-campus lifestyle. Almost. 

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