The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 8, Ed. 1 Friday, October 29, 1971 Page: 2 of 12
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THE REDBIRD Oct. 29,1971 Page 2
Faculty called downers
With homecoming just around the cor-
ner, we feel that now is the time to do some
preaching about school spirit.
It has become a noticeable fact that
spirit and pride are at an all-time low at
Lamar. There are several reasons for this
appalling situation developing.
We believe that a majority of the morale
problems at this university are induced in
the classroom. Using the guise of “academic
freedom," some faculty members have con-
tinued to downgrade any idea that the admin-
istration has initiated along with the athletic
program, particularly football.
We have been under the impression that
the faculty’s job is to instruct students in
their respective courses. Evidently, this
assumption was wrong, since this form of
indoctrination has continued to be quite pre-
valent in the classroom.
This intolerable condition really blos-
somed during the recent two-college pro-
Faculty members were quick to offer
their impressions that the plan was bad for
the university. They mentioned their dis-
favor with the proposal in the classroom, a
move which was deliberately intended to
shape student opinion.
For a long time, the faculty has tried to
mold student opinion. Other topics men-
tioned in class over the past few years in-
clude tjie four-day week, the name change of
the university and capabilities of our head
football coach, the football team and the
president of the University. __
We cannot recall that “academic free-
dom,” gives the faculty the right to bite the
hand that feeds them. The tlsrm was strictly
intended to apply to course material. But
our hard-headed faculty rnembers seem to
be authorities on everything, including ad-
ministration and coaching.
Much of this discord began when our
current president was appointed by the
Board of Regents in June of rnese
petty animosities have continued to inter-
rupt the coexistence of this school since
We will be the first to admit that the
administration is not always right, but they
are not always wrong either;.
There are certain faculty members that
resisted cooperation after the appointment.
Our President and our |school deserve
support from the students, faculty and staff.
Without such”support, Lamar will wither
The morale situation at this moment is
pitiful. The constant degradation by the
faculty and students is not helping the pro-
Lamar can be only what we want it to be.
It takes united teamwork to shape a univer-
sity. Right now, the teamwork is lagging.
The students and the faculty could be the
12th man on our team, but only if they co-
operate , participate and boost the institution.
We live today in dangerous times, caused
by disunity and apathy across the nation.
This spreading disease has hit our campus
hard and has almost destroyed it.
Let’s put aside our petty differences once
and for all and return to the task of making
our university into something. Only a spirit
of cooperation and participation can accom-
The morale of this school stands today
on the brink of disaster. We can turn the
situation around and become winners again,
but only if we try.
If we don't, we all stand to be losers.
Up to now, I had been think-
ing that this Lamar University
had begun to see the light and
make some progress. But, last
Saturday night it slid right back
down to a high-school exhibi-
tionist level. And I’m ashamed
to admit it. That’s right! If it
takes as ill-bred ayellas*U.of
L., go to hell,* to raise some
spark of enthusiasm from a
crowd of “fans*, then Lamar has
hit rock-bottom and may as well
Looking me dp in the school
records to see who the heck I
am won’t change my attitude.
My number is 838-8468.
Hey, boys and girls, what-
ever happened to good old sport-
smanship and good old admir-
able competitive behavior? Old
hat? Forget it, kiddies. Lamar
doesn’t have good grammar or
We have seen of late much
activity within that intellectual
wasteland known as the admin-
istration building. While most
of the activity seems to be ran-
dom idea-generating, the latest
proposal is serious (?) and war-
rants our attention. It is not my
Intent to quibble with this plan;
I wonder, though, whether there
are not better ways to improve
this institution which is called
Lamar University and is Lamar
Should the administration de-
cide to drop attendance require-
ments, we should not argue with
them. They, in their infinite^
wisdom, know that attendance in
class is superfluous in light of
the testing techniques used. Our
duty, as students, is simply to
pray that the gods will become
aware that they know this.
Again, if the administration
suddenly decides to initiate a
pass-fail criterion on all non-
major courses, students should
defer to wisdom greater than
their own. Our leaders realize
that this would do much to ease
the student’s burden without de-
creasing the quality of his edu-
cation (conceivably, the next
task of the administration would
be to find away in which students
could become educated at La-
Some have accused me of (in
making these suggestions) the
snowball-in-hell complex. In
answer, all I can say is that we
must pray, that the gods may
Ronald R. Parrish
The members of Beta Tan
chapter of Kappa Pi, honorary
art fraternity, have decorated a
spook house for the Lions Club.
The spook house is scheduled
to be used by the Lions Club to
raise money for Schlesinger’s
Geriatric Center. It will be
located in the Gateway Shopping
Center parking lot over the Hal-
fRankly speaking... by pmi Frank
County district attorney,
Better Business Bureau
explain fast money deals
The district attorney of Jef-
ferson County warned Lamar
students this week to beware of
the fast money deals being of-
fered many students.
Tom Hannah, district attor-
ney, and Mary Ann Hunt of the
Better Business Bureau ex-
plained some of the pit falls stu-
dents can get themselves into
with these types of operations.
Hannah, Miss Hunt, Jim Gil-
bert, advertising director of
American National Bank and
Hershel Mathews, with the
Beaumont Advertising Council
were presented in the Cardinal
Nest on Wednesday by the
Forum Committee of the Setzer
Student Center Council.
•These are border line busi-
nesses,* Hannah said. ‘It’s like
spitting on the sidewalk, not nice
but not legal,* He added.
•Some of them are illegal.*
he said ‘but some are illegal
only in the operating intent.*
Hannah told studens to be-
ware of someone who tells them
he can give them an exclusive
right to sell a certain item in a
On these types of deals, Han-
nah said, once your money is
paid in, “then your in trouble.*
One of the deals being offer-
ed students and others-around
the country is where a person
offers you a franchise on sell-
ing a certain items. You in turn
are to get one or more persons
to sell the items for you. You
will get a commission off the
items and your salesmen can
get their own salesmen.
Continued on page 5.
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