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Volume 72, Issue 34, Friday, October 6, 2006


Staff Editorial


                Matt Dulin     Chris Elliott                        Robyn Morrow                  Johnny Peña
                                      Fabian Sifuentes              Kristen Young

Safety first, Northwest campus last 


UH has a longtime reputation for being a campus with a crime problem. If you take the time to review the recently released UH Cleary Report, however, you will realize that the reputation is unwarranted.

UHPD's steps to increase officer visibility have helped minimize crime. Now that it has received additional funding to man parking lot camera surveillance, crime should decrease even more.

Some crimes reported in the Cleary Report are preventable. Most thefts printed in The Daily Cougar Campus Crime Report are due to leaving valuables unattended. So take a bite out of crime when it comes to preventing theft, and don't leave your valuables unattended when you are on campus.

Rep. Mark Foley: F

The timing of the report about Foley's actions is questionable, but the seriousness of his actions is not. Foley used his office well to champion causes such as Florida Everglades preservation and the prevention of sexual exploitation of children. However, it appears he used his office to advance in areas he shouldn't have. Foley used his office to attract congressional pages to exchange steamy online messages.

If true, Foley's good contributions can be forgotten, since he may be almost as guilty as the people he tried to protect children from.

UH System northwest campus: F

The UH System wanted it and the citizens wanted it but the plans fell through. The proposed plans for a northwest campus were abandoned after restrictions placed on the campus made the plans financially unfeasible. Prairie View A&M and Sam Houston State University, the two institutions that put up the most resistance against the new campus, are likely very pleased with the outcome, though they won't admit it on the record. 

The campus would have provided high-level courses to an area whose growth has no signs of slowing, yet fear over losing students to the new campus caused the other institutions to end the plans.

Here is a grand idea for Prairie View A&M and SHSU: Concentrate on improving your product so you don't lose any students and let the UH System build the new campus.


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