The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 08, 1987, Image 9

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    Wednesday, April 8, 1987/The Battalion/Page 9
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Kyle Wilson, a freshman business major, studies
for his Management 2 1 1 class on the bleachers at
Photo by Tracy Staton
the Drill Field Tuesday afternoon. Wilson said he
was trying to catch up in his reading.
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By Stacey Babin
Sex, blackmail, scandal — no, it’s
Jot college football in Texas. It’s
licit vision evangelist Jim Bakker who
caused a major stir in TV min-
|try across the country.
I Bakker resigned as president of
Sic $172 million PTL (Praise the
ord) organization after saying he
lad been blackmailed because of a
exual encounter with a church sec-
hetary seven years ago.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who has
(aken over Bakker’s ministry, calls
me ordeal an “unholy war.”
But local reaction seems to be
Ifairly sympathetic toward Bakker.
Dr. Malcolm Bane, pastor of the
Sirst Baptist Church of College Sta-
Bon, doesn’t agree with evangelists’
theology, but says the situation does
joint out that only God is good.
“All of us are sinners,” Bane says.
“Preachers — we’re sinners just like
everybody else. People must put
their faith in the mercy of God, not
in a man.”
He adds that the scandal could be
detrimental to those who avidly
watch and follow the TV ministry.
Bane believes this incident will not
affect local congregations, but says
it’s too early to tell if it will have any
long-range effects on others.
“PTL folks probably feel like —
since Bakker admitted to this — he
did the Christian thing, and they are
forgiving him,” he says.
Bane says that people, including
evangelists such as Oral Roberts,
would be better off if no comments
were made against one another.
“People who are not Christians
look at the fighting and start think
ing all religion is bad,” he says.
Society should not sit in the place
of judges and condemn others. Bane
Reaction on campus is similar to
Sophomore Chris Await, a mem
ber of the Campus Crusade for
Christ, hopes other Christians stand
behind these evangelists, although
he doesn’t believe in the evangelist
“I just hope, putting all the evan
gelists’ personal ambitions aside, that
(the scandal) doesn’t hurt their mes
sage,” he says. “People have to put
the message above the men.”
Await also says it’s a shame the sit
uation had to happen in a religious
organization and he feels people
should keep things in perspective.
“Look at the Iran-Contra affair,”
he says. “People are not ready to
abolish the presidency. I don’t think
this should ruin Christianity’s repu
tation,” he says.
Await also says the press has only
aggravated the problem.
lospitalized children find
ay to keep up schoolwork
Illnesses don't stop youngsters from studying
[HOUSTON (AP) — A heart mon-
|)i and intravenous equipment are
lent schoolmates inside the isola-
pn unit that is Carmen LePere’s
Gowned and masked, LePere has
arpo® arrived for a few minutes of study
htni mpie at the bedside of a critically ill
impii"* pupil,
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“1 think of myself as being one of
; normalizing aspects of hospitali-
ition,” LePere said of her job as a
lispital teacher. “When you come
to a child’s room with the school-
oks and pencils and crayons that
eyare familiar with, it is very reas
For 15 years LePere has been a
[acherin the Houston Independent
hool District’s Hospital Program,
[isigned to keep children who are in
e hospital from falling behind in
eir schoolwork.
LePere and 33 other teachers in
| area hospitals work with school
lunselors, arranging to borrow the
Ime textbooks, curriculum, and in
jany instances, projected lesson
Ians being used by the child’s class-
bom teacher.
For a child to be eligible, his doc
tor must verify that the nature of the
illness will keep the child out of
school for at least four consecutive
weeks. That time must be spent in
the hospital or at home recuperat
Because of the rapidly changing
physical condition of some of the
“When you come into a
child’s room with the
schoolbooks, and pencils
and crayons that they are
familiar with, it is very re
assuring. ”
— Carmen Lepere, hospi
tal teacher
children, LePere said she must tailor
the class periods to the child’s capa
bilities on a day-to-day basis.
Headed by Francis Jackson, direc
tor of HISO’s community services
department, the program serves
about 200 students at any given time
during the school year.
The program is geared to serve
children confined to any hospital
within the boundaries of HISD, no
matter what the child’s home dis
trict. HISD also has a reciprocal
agreement with other districts.
“At one time or another we have
had students from every state and
foreign counties,” Jackson said.
If a child is confined in a hospital
within the district where no teacher
is assigned, a homebound teacher
will be assigned to the child, Jackson
The homebound program in
cludes children with long-term phys
ical illnesses who may never be in a
regular classroom, as well as chil
dren who have a one-time illness or
injury and will be going back to
school within a period of weeks.
The hospital-bound and home-
bound programs serve about 1,700
students per year. Although they are
geared for a nine-month school
year, special arrangements are made
for students who are in year-round
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