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Volume 69, Issue 106, Monday, March 9, 2004


Letters to the Editor

Academics should represent UH

To the editor:

Earlier this week, UH swimming head coach Mark Taylor was quoted as saying, "... if you don't have sports, then there is no way to present your school to the world" ("Maggard: 'Our marketing plan is winning,'" News, Tuesday). Surely The Daily Cougar got this wrong. It couldn't be that one of our leaders of student athletes doesn't understand that UH shows itself to the world in a myriad of ways more relevant and more frequent than the occasional sports exhibition.

It can't be that Taylor could be so arrogant, shortsighted and self-serving to be unaware that the work of alumni, students, staff and faculty shapes the world's opinion of our institution in ways sports never will. He mustn't be so ignorant to be unaware that there are universities of the highest rank that manage to teach, conduct research and present themselves to the world without any sports program whatsoever. However, even if Taylor has such a fundamental disrespect for the work of the academic side of the institution that such remarks reflect, surely he would not be so stupid as to make this so clear in public. The only person who would allow such remarks to be printed in the paper would be someone who had jumped into the pool too many times without a helmet.

If The Daily Cougar continues to be so casual in its reporting, it might erode the notion that men and women of UH athletics put teaching and learning above entertainment.

Peter Copeland, 
associate professor, geosciences

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