The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 05, 2003, Image 10

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Forum The Battalion Page 10 • Friday, December 5, Aggie legacy MAIL CALL Bill Byrne misplaces blame Students must celebrate each other I t is hard to know when one crosses bQundaries in life. On a daily basis, students are faced with deci sions, and each choice pro vides a quick glimpse into the contents of their charac ters. As children, our beliefs are molded to different per spectives, ranging from pol itics to religion, often Julio Jana reflecting those of our parents. Once in school, students, children and teenagers continue the process of learning but. as college students, these issues are presented on a more academic level. We are taught by profes sionals who know how to extract the best from their students. At some point in this lifelong process of intel lectual development, students are also taught to be xenophobic, or to fear what is perceived to be abnormal according to our principles. As a result, hatred, racism, indifference and intolerance can arise. Feelings that distort human existence by creating the opposition of a certain race or set of beliefs, which became evident in the 20th centu ry from the annihilation of Jews during World War 11 to the civil rights movements in the 1960s, can still be found today in our daily routine. Principles that inspire discrimination of any kind must be reversed if we are to reach the fullest intellectual capabilities we seek in high er education. As we all reside in the United States, the icon of democracy, we need to focus on the basis on which this great country was founded. We should feel honored and obligated to share the respect we receive and are taught at Texas A&M with those around us. Let the feeling of belongingness students have gained by joining the Aggie family — one that judges no color, race, nationality or religion — be our contribution to the world. Although we often $hare different values and sets of beliefs and morals, by respecting each other’s view points, we can perpetuate the greatest legacy: the legacy of being Aggies until the day we die. Having grown up in Latin America in an Italian/Lebanese family, at an early age 1 realized there are a lot differences in the world. More importantly, I learned that even if people come from different backgrounds and possess assorted viewpoints on political, economical and religious issues, common ground can always be found. The greatest thing we can possess is respect for one another. As a representative of A&M’s international students, I am proud to be an Aggie. I am proud to be part of an institution that is striving for increased diversity and one that reaches beyond the borders of our daily lives. In his “Weekly Wednesday” column on aggieathletics.com, TAMU Athletics Director Bill Byrne seems to blame the Young Conservatives of Texas A&M and their “affir mative action bake sale" as the cause of recruiting difficulties. I would think it obvious that (1) our first losing football season in more than 20 years and (2) an embarrassing 77-0 defeat (which could have been even worse if Oklahoma hadn’t let up in the fourth quarter) are going to have far more damaging effects on recruiting than a handful of students using a tongue-in-cheek activity to stimulate discus sion on a current political topic. registration I got all my classes. My neighbor was not so lucky. She registered the second, and was notats to get any classes, even though she's a polfc science major. Currently, there are about 1 POLS majors, but there are only 600 spots able for 300+ level classes. Also, there are ifr national studies and American studies majtr: who also have to take these classes. At this ra:- there are going to be far more political mi majors that are going to be stuck here for 5«' years due to the lack of courses. I urge political science, American studies as: international studies majors to contact the te of political science and Liberal Arts and expres your concern for this problem. B Tl Tim McGuire Class of 1991 Canionk Class of flid 'Towel out' too expensive A lost ring during the garni To whomever attempted to create a “towel out” for the University of Texas game: Nice try. One of your problems was that all the old people — seniors and fifth years — remember a time when having a “towel out" meant reducing the price of a Twelfth man towel to $1. That way, even the poorest of Ags could find enough loose change to afford one. Now organizations are figuring out that they can print their own towels at an equal or cheaper cost than $4 each. I’m starting to think the “towel ouf was just another factor in Bill Byrne’s plan to boost revenue. Curtis Rogers Class of 2004 Political science lacks classes International Student Association ISesident Julio Jana is a senior agricultural economics major As an international studies major, I am required to take POLS 329 or POLS 331 some time during my college career. I was lucky; because I registered on the first day of junior During the University of Texas game, IreJ ized that my Aggie ring flew off my finge’ told a few people around me and sudderj saw a wave of students bending over, loolm under their benches. “Someone lost f- Aggie ring!" I heard from several rows Even when we had the ball, people wereoa ting down to help me and my friends loo After the game was over and it got cold5': windy, you wouldn't believe how many Age-: stayed behind with us, crawling their stomachs, their hands and searching cracks and holes and drinks. At that moment, everyone cIm and whooped and I thanked them for helpio} One man said, “Congratulations. Cherish forever.” I’ve always loved A&M, butfe made me realize what a wonderful familyii all have here. Erika Wte: Class of M — — suspe Coun admi: said y than bannt Althc level torec TL A&V recru: TT imnoi Fi: such ized 1 stude H< TL track enrol I dents Unive minor allow sofe\ Gc appes ensur Adventist Christian Methodist 9s(pn-(Detiommatwnal PresSyterian Seventh Day Adventist 1218 Ettle St., Bryan (comer of Coulter) 775-4362 Pastor Bill Davis English - 11:30 am Sabbath School - 10:00 am www.bryansdachurch.com First Christian Church 900 South Ennis, Bryan 823-5451 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Robert D. Chandler, Minister AssemBCy of Qod Church of Christ Bethel Temple Assembly of God 2608 Villa Maria, Bryan 776-4835 Sunday Worship 10:15 Sunday School 9:00 www.betheltemplebcs.com ‘Baptist Parkway Baptist Church 1501 Southwest Pkwy (979) 693-4701 Sunday Worship 8:15 10:45 & 6PM Sunday School 9:30 AM Wednesday: Meal 5:30PM College Bible Study Wed. 6:30PM www.pbccs.org A&M Church of Christ 1901 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy. (979)693-0400 Sunday Assemblies: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., College Bible Class 9:30 a.m. Sunday Night: 5:45 p.m. Mid-Week 6:45 p.m. Aggies for Christ Call for on-campus pick-up info www.aggiesforchrist.org First United Methodist Church Bryan Worship Services: 8:40 am and 10:55 am College Class at 10:00 am Rev. Matt Idem, Pastor On 28 ,h Street, 1 block east of Texas Avenue in Bryan 779-1324 www.fumcbryan.org communityCn URCH Mpn-tDenominationaC Now Meeting Across from Campus in Oakwood Interm. School George Bush & Holik St. behind the CS Conference Ctr. t\ Follow the signsl every SUNDAY Prayer Service @10 a.m. worship @10:30 a.m. small groups meet throughout the week College Station Korean Presbyterian Churcli 220 Rock Prarie Rd., CS 696-0403 Sunday Worship - 2:00p.m,j Covenant Presbyterian Churcl 220 Rock Prairie Road (979) 694-7700 Rev. Sam W, Steele - Pastor Sunday Service: 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Students Welcome www.covenantpresbyterian.org ‘EpiscopoC Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church College & Career Class You are invited to a Bible Study especially for students. Sunday mornings at 9:45 Wednesday night supper at 5:30, followed by Bible Study at 6:30 1228 W. Villa Maria 779-2297 For more information contact Bill Van Winkle: 774-3059 colleae@fellowshipfwb.ora http://wwwiellowshipfwb.ora St. Thomas Episcopal 906 George Bush Dr. • College Station, IX 696-1726 Services - 8:00 (Rite 1), 9:00(Family Service Rite I and 11:15 (Rite ll-fbr late sleeping Ags) 7;30 p.m. Evensong Next door to Canterbury House, the Episopal Student Center 7 Lutheran Cathode St. Mary’s Catholic Center 603 Church Avenue in Northgate (979)846-5717 www.aaaiecatholic.ora Pastoral Team Rev. Michael J. Sis, Pastor Rev. Keith Koehl, Associate Pastor - Campus Ministers - Deacon Bill Scott, Deacon David Reed, Martha Tonn, Julia Motekaitis Dawn Rouen, Roel Garza ally Mon.-Fri.: 5:30 p.m. in the Church Tues.&Thurs.: 12:05 p.m. in the All Faiths Chapel Weekend Masses Sat: 2:00 p.m. (Korean), 5:30 p.m. (English), 7:00 p.m. (Spanish) Sun.: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Confessions Wed. 8:30-9:30 p.m., Sat. 4:00-5:15 p.m. or by appointment. 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