The Tiger (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, September 30, 1988 Page: 1 of 12
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St. Philip’s College • San Antonio, Texas September 30, 1988 • Vol. 28, No. 2
“ I*X*L ” is the symbol that will be
used to denote any student on the St.
Philip’s College campus who shows
that their goal is to excel while at St.
“The phrase, I excel, is where the
symbol came from,’’said Glynis
Jackson, Editor of The Tiger.
“Most of the time when anyone
hears about an outstanding student, it
is because they have managed to
maintain a high GPA (grade point
average). But Chad Livingston, along
with other Tiger reporters, kept com-
plaining that the paper had no way of
recognizing those persons who have
excelled, not in the traditional sense,
but through courage, determination,
and self confidence.
“I thought it was a good idea, but
not until this semester, with the
overall ACCD push for academic ex-
cellence, could I find a way to tell
about these outstanding people.”
So, for the rest of the year, and into
the future, if the program is sue-
Rudy Pittman, Jr
Philippa L. Jenkins
THE TIGER is the Student
Publication of St. Philip’s College.
Opinions expressed are those of
the writers and not of the ad-
ministration. Deadlines are every
Friday at 2 p.m.
All articles, letters or other writ-
ten materials must be typed, double
spaced on an BW x 11” sheet of
paper. Any work submitted after
the deadline will be considered for
the next issue, depending on the
timeliness of the subject matter.
SEND TO: THE TIGER, St.
Philip’s College, 211 Nevada Street,
Box 50, San Antonio, Tx 78203.
cessful, The Tiger will be telling the
stories of those on campus who have
accomplished excellence on an in-
dividual level - not by the standards
set forth by their peers.
Each recipient of an I*X*L article
will recieve an I*X*L T-Shirt so
everyone knows them on- and off-
“Because we’re proud of every stu-
dent who reaches beyond their own
personal boundaries to excel, is the
reason for doing this!” said Jackson.
The first recipient of the I*X*L
award is Deborah Lois Baxter, a
graduate of St. Philip’s Class of ‘88.
Her story was kindly submitted by
Mary Kay Saunders. When Mary Kay
heard about the I*X*L program, she
immediately requested that Deborah
be named. And rightly so. Deborah’s
story is a sad one, but one that, as
There are always a lot of special
memories associated with gradua-
tions, but there was something just a
little more special about St. Philip’s
most recent graduation excercises.
On May 14, 1988 Deborah Lois Bax-
ter walked across the stage at
Municipal Auditorium to receive her
Associate of Applied Science Degree
as a Computer Specialist. Her walk
across that stage was the culmination
of a life’s dream. Debbie passed away
the following week, but her joy of
triumph in achieving that dream of
graduation from college was, and is,
shared by many of us still at St.
Debbie was my first friend at St.
Philip’s. I met her my very first day on
campus. I was outside of the
bookstore (the old one) wondering
how in the world I was ever going to
get in there and buy my books. I was
also having some real doubts about
why I was even at St. Philip’s trying to
Mary Kay said, “must be told. Just
think of it as my way to say Thank You
to someone who helped and changed
If you, or someone you know, has
risen above their personal limitations,
and shown excellence in their quest
for an education, please let Glynis,
any of the reporters, or Student Ac-
tivities know. You won’t have to do
the writing, we’ll take care of that. Just
let us know so that person will see that
someone understands and recognizes
that their personal effort is what ‘Ex-
cellence In Education’ is all about.
By Mary Kay Sanders
start a new career. At the moment it
seemed more than I could handle.
Debbie must have read my desire to go
home and hide, from the look on my
face. She came up and introduced
herself and her mom, found out what I
needed and went in and got all of my
books for me. Just like that!
Debbie was always helping others.
It was much later that I found out
about Debbie’s own physical limita-
tions which made my situation out-
side of the bookstore seem rather silly,
but that was the way Debbie was.
Debbie was born with two holes in
her heart and even though she had
surgery at a very young age, the
doctors were only able to close one of
the holes, so Debbie lived her entire
life with that physical limitation. Still,
she was always helping others, en-
couraging them never to give up, no
matter what. And she lived what she
preached. She never gave up on what
she really wanted to do. Debbie’s
dream was to graduate from college.
Debbie was able to accomplish her
dream through her own determina-
tion, and the constant support of her
mother, Ms. Earlene Baxter. She
started at St. Philip’s in September,
1982 and since that time, Ms. Baxter
has become as familiar to us as most
of the students because it was
necessary for her to accompany Deb-
bie to school. In a recent conversa-
tion, she shared comments of Debbie’s
that are very meaningful, “ “Mama,
there’s nothing wrong with my
brain!” It would upset Debbie to see
people that could be doing something
with their lives and just wasting
it...sometimes she would drag herself
Debbie had many fainting spells and
great difficulty just staying in a
classroom situation, but her combina-
tion of spirit with the flexibility and
willingness of her teachers made the
difference. Hands-down, her favorite
instructor was Bill Sailor. Debbie was
already in the computer program and
was one of Mr. Sailor’s first students.
He remembers that she always did all
her work and that it was excellent.
She was always conscientious about
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Jackson, Glynis. The Tiger (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, September 30, 1988, newspaper, September 30, 1988; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth652600/m1/1/: accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting St. Philips College.