|Volume XXIX Issue 8||October 9, 2003|
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor,
Itís approximately 12:50 a.m. Oct. 1, 2003, and another common occurrence unfolds. My friends and I are watching the Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athleticsí American League division series game and the police show up. So what if weíre cheering for our team and chanting for our favorite players? So what if our apartment normally holds only 10 people but tonight we have 17?
If police want to know why college kids hate them, then all they need to do is step back and look at the scenario I witnessed. Two police officers just stepped into my next-door neighborís (off-campus) apartment and started giving out drinking tickets and breaking up the party. They threatened people saying, "If you donít leave right now, then Iím taking all of you to jail." Then, recognizing another person that he is writing up the police officer said, "Havenít I written you up the police officer said, before? Yeah, sucks to be you." What kind of scare tactic is that? How unprofessional can someone possibly be? They claim to have received a noise complaint when in reality all of the potential complainers are in the same apartment as the cops. This is why nobody likes or appreciates cops. It should be realized by now that Elon Police are not out to "protect and serve," but to "find you and screw you."
Let me try to keep this short and sweet. I have no problem with a police officer setting up a road check and making sure the roads are clear of drunk drivers. However, when police officers go out of their way to seek out 25 college students and find a way to ruin their night, then they have gone way too far.
Their $40,000 a year salary may buy them a used Chevy pickup truck, but it will never buy them the respect and dignity that a normal police officer should have. They arenít making friends. They arenít making our lives any safer. All they are doing is putting a bad name to their profession. Just think about this Elon students; every time you get your paycheck from work and you see that little state tax being taken out of your gross pay, you are paying for various things, including a police officerís salary.
Maybe Niggaz With Attitude said it best some 13 years ago, or maybe things just havenít changed or have changed for the worse. In closing Iíd like to say to the Town of Elon Police, thank you for absolutely nothing but making your quota, and congratulations on being the No. 1 nemesis of any normal college student.
-John Menser, Ď05
To the Editor,
Congratulations on an interesting and informative feature on domestic violence. We in the library are always delighted to see a "Books for Further Reading" section, but would like to note that students can read three of the four titles listed (and many more) by checking them out from Belk Library, rather than spending their hard-earned money at amazon.com. We regularly purchase books on current social and political topics. Give us a try!
-Kate D. Hickey, Director, Belk Library
To the Editor,
Yes, Leigh Wiley, the Clinton administration made a deal with devil if you will. Yes, the Bush administration did end that deal, but only after that tyrant leader of theirs came out and publicly admitted that he had not honored his part of the deal to destroy all of their missiles. Even Clinton has publicly acknowledged this. The truth is that Kim Jong Il is a tyrant and is starving his people and he does not care. The way that you come off in this article makes it seem like America and the Bush administration are to blame and that is not accurate. It would not matter who the president is. There are people in the world that will not do the right thing no matter how much you try to accommodate them. Kudos to Bush for standing up to North Korea!
-Darrell Gantt, campus police officer
To the Editor,
During the speech of Thomas Friedman at the Fall Convocation, many points were made about the terrorists and the War on Terrorism. This war is sometimes referred to as a religious war between Muslims and Christians. This war has had a tremendous impact on peoplesí views and beliefs against the Muslims leaving them thinking that it is a religious teaching to commit acts against America. It is a fact that the United States is fighting terrorists that belong to the Islam religion, but does this mean that all Muslims are terrorists and anti-Americans?
Thomas Friedman mentioned that two of the largest Islam countries are India and Indonesia. In class discussions afterwards many students confessed that this was an unfamiliar fact to them. This proves that there are Muslims in regions other than where the United States is doing its mission against terrorism. Whenever talking about Muslims people tend to think that all Muslims come from that particular region. People are undermining the uniqueness and diversity of another culture and religion.
If the Muslims in the Middle East are affected by their religious teachings to commit threats against America, then that proves that there are different teachings and interpretations within that particular religion. This also proves that the Muslims in the Middle East do not represent other Muslims in the rest of the world.
- Ilir Berisha Ď07
To the Editor: Elyse, boy did you strike a nerve with me about your article in the
Sept. 25 edition on book prices. My son is a student at East Carolina. His first semester there,
he spent more than $300 on books that his professors listed as "must
haves." In three of his five classes that semester, the professor
did not use the book. From then on, he took the advice of a friend of his. He buys all
his books from half.com. Last summer, the books he needed for class
from the bookstore would have cost $175. At half.com, he only paid
$58 and some change. He was even able to sell some of those books
around campus and almost broke even. I wonít call you cheap, as your article suggested, but I certainly
would call you responsible when it comes to spending your money. Thanks for the article and trying to make changes! -Jan Dillon, Secretary Counseling Services
To the Editor:
Elyse, boy did you strike a nerve with me about your article in the Sept. 25 edition on book prices.
My son is a student at East Carolina. His first semester there, he spent more than $300 on books that his professors listed as "must haves." In three of his five classes that semester, the professor did not use the book.
From then on, he took the advice of a friend of his. He buys all his books from half.com. Last summer, the books he needed for class from the bookstore would have cost $175. At half.com, he only paid $58 and some change. He was even able to sell some of those books around campus and almost broke even.
I wonít call you cheap, as your article suggested, but I certainly would call you responsible when it comes to spending your money.
Thanks for the article and trying to make changes!
-Jan Dillon, Secretary Counseling Services
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