The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 4, 2004 Page: 3 of 8
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February 4, 2004 3
Annoying people annoy me
You 're kissing another word for donkey, and
everyone knows it.
This being my first opinion piece to
have ever written for The Rambler, or any
newspaper for that matter, when opnions
editor Casey McMahen gave me the oppor-
tunity, I was thrilled, but also terrified.
Sure, everyone glances across the news and
campus life articles, but the opinions and
entertainment pages are what people really
want to see.
As I toiled and pondered for the per-
fect story idea, the decision became obvi-
ous. I ___________________
those certain individuals in class who tend
to be a bit more assertive (insert foreshad-
Now I am a very opinionated person,
but strive to be open-minded,
as well. I suppose those people
in class who speak out at the
wrong times, tell stories that
no one wants to hear and
laugh at the teacher's amusing
sayings continually, think they
are doing the right thing.
In their eyes, they simply
want to contribute to the class
discussion, give encouraging
input and make their teachers
feel good about themselves.
Well, here's a revelation for ——
you: You're wrong.
You're kissing another word for don-
key, and everyone knows it. So here we go.
If a teacher is having a class discussion
or asking for feedback, should you give
your input? Absolutely. Should you give
your input for 50 percent of the time, leav-
ing the other half to be divided amongst the
remaining students in that class? No way.
It's a common courtesy to allow oth-
ers the chance to speak in a room full of 30
Many who just can't seem to control
this verbal heaving make repetitive com-
ments of ignorance and blatant stupidity.
Frankly, most people, including the teacher,
don't really care what you have to say, so
just get it over with and silence yourself!
Now we're going to talk about those
who choose to constantly share pieces of
themselves with the class. If you want to
share a tidbit of an experience that relates
to the current topic of discussion, more
power to you. But when the entire class
knows your life story by the time of dis-
cue to add
some tape to
——————— your school
It's nice to get an amusing professor
who will make the students chuckle here
and there. Along with this, you also get the
students who will laugh incessantly.
Are you trying to gain your profes-
sor's favor by doing this? Chances
are, you're not.
The professor is probably just as
irritated as I, so why don't you just
can it already?
Maybe going to college is all fun
and games for some you. Superb. I,
personally, have come to leam, to
make the grades, and you are dis-
tracting my fellow classmates and I.
So save your input, your autobiogra-
—— phy and your annoying laugh for
I don't feel it is my place to physi-
cally confront you, but if you're reading
this now, heed these words. I don't see how
the professors deal with you people.
Honestly, think before you speak.
Better to be thought a fool, than to speak
and remove all doubt.
Sara Soulherland is a freshman journalism
major and is campus life editor for The
April 13-16, April 21- May 7, 2004
Where'/ the security, man?
This past week I've been hearing
many stories of disappointment and
anger toward a certain part of this fine
institution that we all attend.
At least five people in the past five
days have told me about their cars being
broken into and their property being
stolen, or about acts of vandalism and
campus. Everyone thinks
about it and many people
have voiced their concerns
to me and to the higher
Everyone that lives on
campus knows exactly what
I'm talking about. That's
right, boys and girls: securi-
Me, personally, I've had
about S700 worth of stolen
property and damage done to ——
my vehicle in the time I have attended
Texas Wesleyan University. I know
many people who have had a lot more.
Windshields and cars doors have been
busted open, CDs have been stolen,
stereo equipment has been torn out and
campus buildings have been broken
into. All of this is going on with the
oblivious security guards sitting across
the street from the Stella Russell Hall
dormitory, in the same spot they always
sit, smoking or talking to each other.
A man was seen driving up to the
front entrance of one the dormitories by
a student late at night. He then got out
of his car, walked up to the window of
the lounge and pried it open. He entered
the dorm and, after a few minutes,
crawled back out the window and into
his car, with security taking its place
across the street, sitting there. I did, at
first, try to think of a good reason secu-
rity did not do anything.
Maybe they did not see him. That does-
n't make me feel secure, though. Isn't
security supposed to be driving around
making sure no one is breaking in?
They were also facing the window that
was broken into. Maybe they thought
it's just a student who has lost their key
and just needs to get in. Yet, even if it
was a student, he was breaking into a
building. That deserves to be checked
out, because we are in a high-crime
neighborhood, and people around here
have been known to steal a thing or
two. Maybe security just didn't want to
deal with it. I find that highly
unlikely, but you never know.
You can't really find a way
around the fact that security
did not do their job in this
In another case, a
departmental truck was broken
into and school merchandise
was taken. Many students
found this out and called secu-
rity. Ten minutes passed and
security had not appeared. The
——students called security a sec-
ond time, saying their next call would
be to the police and then to President
Harold G. Jeffcoat. Two minutes after
this call was made, the police were
called, and six minutes later the "ever-
present" Texas Wesleyan security
showed up. If you've been doing the
math, that adds up to 16 minutes.
Almost 20 minutes is not a very accept-
able time to wait for someone who is
supposed to be protecting this campus
and its students.
Perhaps we need more security
guards or maybe we need better ones. I
don't know much about how to secure
certain vicinities, so I don't know what
to do about this problem. Perhaps a
good lashing is in order — a lash for
every hundred dollars in damages.
Students need to be able to feel safe.
They need to know that their cars and
their dorm rooms are being looked over
24 hours a day. This needs to be taken
care of for the safety of everyone and
everything on this campus. With each
dollar stolen, the lashing idea is becom-
ing more and more appealing.
Casey McMahen is a junior theatre
major and is opinions editor for The
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