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The North Texas Dally
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Drop the policy
In efforts to raise the quality of education at NT, uni-
versity officials have taken a closer look at NT's policies
and are tightening many of NT's regulations.
They raised admissions standards and minimum aca-
demic standards. They moved up drop dates, both the
final drop and the final drop without instructor approval.
In the past, students could drop a class without instruc-
tor permission until midsemester. But this year, students
have until the 12th class day to drop without the approval
of their instructors.
For the most part, these changes are good and neces-
sary steps toward improving academic standards at NT.
Requiring higher standards for freshmen and continu-
ing students will no doubt encourage high school students
to take the prospect of college seriously and encourage
current students to take their classes seriously, no matter
Moving the drop date up two weeks may encourage—
or more accurately, force—students to study class require-
ments before they register. It may also bring stability to a
class earlier. Faces should not be disappearing from the
class at midsemester.
But requiring students to receive his teacher's approval
for dropping a class after the 12th class day is—if you'll
pardon the freshmen vernacular—going just a bit too far.
One of the major problems with this new university
policy is that there is no uniformity to it. After the 12th
class day, it's left to instructors to decide whether to grant
students permission to drop a class.
The standards they will use to determine whether they
will grant students drop requests will vary from depart-
ment to department, and, unless departments have enact-
ed guidelines, they will vary within departments themselves.
Another major problem with this policy is that it asks a
student to decide whether he wants to drop classes by the
end of the second week of classes, before he may have
even had a chance to take a test.
Of course, for many students, dropping a class will be
no more difficult than it was in the past. Many teachers
will probably give their approvals without asking for, or
caring much about, an explanation.
But students have no guarantee of this. And students
may find it intimidating to ask a teacher's permis-
sion to drop a class when the reason they're dropping the
class is that they feel their instructor is not an effective
But the biggest problem with this policy is that it treats
college students as if they were still children incapable of
making their own decisions.
College students are adults, and they should not have
to revert to the days of elementary and high school when
they had to have a teacher's permission for everything
One of a college's goals should be to help prepare stu-
dents for life. But it can't be accomplished by treating
them like fourth graders.
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THAT HIS P/\lMT/M6 PROFESSOR
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Of CUTE PICTURES
OF LITTLE PUCKIES,
The value of freedom
Reagan, a Buddhist and Buzz beer
'' Tnsanity is the logic of an accurate
i mind overtaxed.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
Politicians will someday realize that a large portion of
society is highly offended when they interfere in matters
of personal belief.
President Reagan is certainly finding this to be true. In
recent days he has received much criticism about his state-
ments regarding the mixture of religion and politics. But
now Reagan is toning down his remarks concerning reli-
gion and is striving to remove the topic from the political
A few weeks ago at a prayer
breakfast in Dallas during the
Republican National Conven-
tion, Reagan said religion and
politics are inseparable and that
those who oppose a school
prayer amendment are intoler-
able. However, last week, while
addressing a non-partisan Jewish
group, Reagan said the United
States is, and must remain, a nation of openness to peo-
ple of all beliefs.
He said the Constitutional separation of church and state
prohibits the United States from endorsing a state religion,
and guarantees every citizen the right to choose and prac-
tice his religious beliefs or to choose no religion at all.
Reagan is right on that point. The Constitution does
guarantee religious freedom; therefore, no one should dic-
tate religion-based values to the masses.
Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale was
correct when he said the Reagan administration has opened
its arms to an extreme fringe of religious zealots bent on
capturing the Republican party and imposing their beliefs
The Republican platform is a clear example of Reagan
pandering to special interest groups. The Moral Majority
thinks it has the answers for everyone and would take
away personal freedoms under the veil of God's word.
They believe God has chosen them to deliver the mes-
sage of truth and righteousness.
The Moral Majority and its leader, the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
took an active part in writing
the Republican platform. When
it was passed at the convention,
it was a victory for the more
conservative wing of the party.
The Moral Majority made sure
the platform condemned abor-
tion and endorsed the school
prayer amendment, and includ-
ed support for tuition tax cred-
its and a higher defense budget,
which it somehow links with religion.
The president's change in attitude probably resulted from
advice given by campaign aides who fretted that Reagan
may be offending more people than he was pleasing. The
moderates in the party largely were ignored, but Reagan
must gain the support of moderates in the country before
Religion and politics must remain two different spheres,
with each revolving on its own axis, as prescribed in the
Constitution. No single group should presume to speak
for the whole.
This country's forefathers taught a good lesson about
the value of personal freedom.
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. . .and now, the news. . .
In Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini has
announced that he has become a pacifist
and has asked for all members of (he plan
et to forgive him. He said he will step down
from his powerful perch, release all politi
cal prisoners and travel to California where
he will protest the use of nuclear energy
and take in a Beach Boys concert.
ALSO, THE RUSSIANS are reported
to be seriously thinking about freeing all
of the people and becoming a democratic
country. Fighting in Afghanistan has stopped
and the latest communique from Moscow
is as follows: "Broiling beats frying, and
so now, aren't you hungry!!"
In Washington, White House analysts are
brooding over its meaning and will have
an answer after lunch
President Reagan, while vacationing at
his ranch in California this weekend, said
he was well-prepared for today's events
because he reads the National Enquirer.
Reagan was quoted as saying, "Well, as
you all know, inquiring minds want to
He also said he takes Geritol once a day.
The Great Communicator said the whole
world seems embroiled in a communist plot
and that the world may be at its end unless
the Burger King girl who does the Burger
King commercials can be found and con-
verted over to McDonald's or Wendy's.
In sports today, everyone lost and wants
to renew their contracts for some outrageous
amounts of money or they will form a new
league in which each team moves from one
city to another until everyone tires and
decides to do Buzz beer commercials until
THF WEATHER TODAY will be un-
evenly scattered across the planet with rain,
sleel, snow, hurricanes, dust storms, torna-
dos and old Bob Hope reruns occurring here
There's a man in California who has had
a terrible urge over the last 50 years to
climb Mt. Shasta and shout, "Go West,
young man!!" but he is afraid thousands
will drown and so he suffers with himself,
Thought for today:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away,
an agixl Buddhist stood among his peers.
He held up a beautiful flower and nodded
to the congregation. They, in turn, nodded
The aged Buddhist began to pluck each
petal from the (lower one by one until none
were left. The entire act had been commit-
ted in complete silence. The Buddhist then
held up the remaining flower as if revering
it and asked, "Who can tell me the mean-
ing of my act?"
ONE PERSON EXCLAIMED it was
an end to innocence, but he was wrong.
Another said it simply is. The aged Bud-
dhist laughed, "Fool! You're all fools!!!"
The Buddhist refused to tell anyone the
Meaning of the Flower, as the incident was
referred to from then on. That night, the
aged Buddhist grew sick and was close to
leaving life as we know it. A bold, young
monk asked the dying man lor the answer
to the Meaning of the Flower so that (he
world may know the beauty of its secret
and revel in its meaning.
The dying Buddhist beckoned the young
monk closer and then, in a quiet, dying
gasp uttered, "She loves me, she loves me
Advice to incoming freshmen:
Do not roam about the campus in your
bathrobe late at night especially while eat
ing watermelon in the rain. However, if
you feel you must, please beware of crazed
people pushing stolen shopping carts up and
down the sidewalks.
Advice to crazed people who push stolen
shopping carts around campus:
You arc going to have to be quicker
Those sultry summer evenings
God-fearing Dickey had to work where he could feel the wind in his face; and he had to play his music
Sometimes on sultry August evenings,
music drifts over the southern Indiana
hills and lazes through the groves of trees
that line the rocky fields and dried-up
People turn off the air conditioning, if
they have it. and prop open the windows
of the old houses. They drag the dining
room chairs out on the front porches and
sit fanning themselves in the gathering
darkness, while they watch the sky.
They wait for the late summer storms.
They wait like a country must wait as it
charts the violent progress of an enemy
army across its landscape.
Lightning sears the sky just above the
tree line, punctuated by muffled thunder,
as the elements gather power to do battle
in the superheated air.
Traffic rumbles along a distant highway
like troops marching Heard faintly through
the stagnant air, the strains of music could
be the efforts of a piper urging weary col-
umns along an endless, dusty road toward
some unwelcome confrontation.
Carried on the heat-soaked air is the
sound of fiddles being played fast and gui
tars strummed 111 accompaniment. One
hears snatches of ballads, sung boldly and
confidently when the words are known,
but the singing changing into humming
when the lines have been erased from
memory by times and countless handings-
SUMMER EVENINGS, after the yard's
supply of lightning bugs had been caught
in mayonnaise jars and turned loose inside
the house and we had been banned on pain
of an early bedtime if we showed our
faces anytime soon, my brothers and I
would go down to the road to look for
toads to put inside one another's collars
and to listen for our neighbor to start playing
music at his house up from the hill from
Lotus Dickey, I am sure, was a Pied-
Piperish idol to my brothers. He was a
man who could not endure being closed
up in a factory all day, screwing parts
together or soldering wires in small motors.
He had to work outside, where he could
look up and sec what the weather was like
and feel the breeze against his face, or the
rain or the sun. He had to be able to go to
his old car at break time and get his guitar
out, unwrap it from the quilt that served as
its case and play some of the songs that
the "old-timers" used to play.
Lotus was someone that farmers like
my father could call upon when putting up
hay, because he would bring his sons along
house and its occupants.
Both Lotus and my father were great
Bible readers. In their late-night discus-
sions. they skipped the gentler passages of
Psalms and the Song of Solomon for the
hell-and-damnation of books like Jeremiah
and Revelation. They were both convinced
that this old world was on its last legs.
to help and he would work like a horse
until forced to stop by darkness in the
LOTUS WAS ALSO the man the coun-
try people called upon to wire their new
houses, because he did his work cleanly
and fast. Lotus' wiring would not short
out some winter night and burn down a
Terms like "Armageddon" and "Gog of
Megog" were bandied about in our house
as often as others might talk about the
wheat crop or prices at the Louisville stock-
During the 1967 Israeli-Egyptian Six
Day War, the two men thought their time
of deliverance was at hand. Every night,
they would discuss the war news and reas-
sure each other with scriptures referring to
"blood on the moon" and every man's
hand being against his neighbor.
MY BROTHER ARTHUR and I were
not so reassured. Arthur was not prepared
to face the Day of Judgment having been
the principal actor in a certain little drama
involving several baby copperhead snakes
and a cocoa can.
And I was pretty sure Jesus would take
a dim view of my recent actions. I had
smuggled, copy by copy, an armload of
Modern Romance and True Story maga-
zines out of my grandmother's spare bed-
room and had memorized all the steamiest
passages against the day my mother would
discover my secret hoard and cart them off.
When the situation in the Mideast quiet-
ed down and Lotus went back to playing
his music, and my father to listening to it,
Arthur and I felt like the condemned must
feel when they are called back from the
wall when the firing squad is discovered
to be out of ammunition.
The years went on, and Lotus played his
music at church reunions and fiddlers' con-
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ventions and foxhunters' association meet
ings. He regularly placed second at the Indi-
ana State Fair Fiddlers Contest. He had a
nemesis, a Kentuckian named Herman
Grisby, who always took the championship.
A COUPLE OF YEARS ago, some peo
pie from Indiana University at Blooming
ton "discovered" Lotus while they were
researching the music history of people of
The people from 1U put Lotus on tape.
They arranged performances on the Public
Broadcasting System. He eventually per-
formed at Kennedy Center in Washington
D.C., as part of a folk celebration.
Lotus is in his 70s now. He has a ease
tor his old Gibson guitar. There are people
who drive 50 miles on weekends to hear
him play He can't appear at all the places
that ask him because there is not that much
time left now. Old triends pass the word
along when he is going to be on TV. His
music floats out through the open windows
of a hundred country houses, like a lace
curtain of sound fluttering on the rising wind
as a storm brews on an August night.
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