To the Editor:

Apr 252004

In response to Friday’s “Students’ interest in war in Iraq

declines” article, I was appalled by some of my fellow students’

statements that the war is getting “old.”

How easy it is for us to complain in between attending classes

and hanging out with friends, meanwhile half a world away our

American soldiers have and continue to put their lives on the line

daily. Why not complain? It is not like it is our lives on the

line; that is ridiculous!

Whether or not any of us personally agree with the war in Iraq

or not, how dare we take our freedom, the very freedom in fact that

was given to us thanks to American soldiers like those now in Iraq

who also put their lives on the line, for granted.

Each of us needs to remember: while we can simply turn off our

television and the war in Iraq will disappear for a while, every

second of every day the lives of our soldiers are put on the line

in Iraq.

Furthermore, for those that have lost their lives in Iraq and

will lose their lives, they are human beings each with their own

lives, families, friends and so on. Do not let them become numbers

or statistics because they deserve so much more from us.

Amanda Belles

Senior, political science

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Apr 252004

Walking out of class Thursday, I saw yet another wonderful

addition to our campus beauty. “I love Stalin” spray-painted onto

the side of the Clark building. Then as I was parking my car, “Stop

Conservative Graffiti” spray painted onto the backside of the Eddy


While usually I roll my eyes in disgust at the mess people are

making of our campus in the name of freedom of speech, for some

reason today was different. What came to mind was a child being

scolded by its mother for drawing on the wall, and then the mother

having to clean it off. While some feel they are expressing their

opinions, I feel the entire mess is a child unable to find an adult


As you are standing there with stencil and paint can in hand,

have you stopped to think of the person who is cleaning up after

you? This is no longer living with your parents. Your mother is not

here to wipe off your permanent damage to our campus. Instead, a

campus employee has to take time out of his or her day to clean up

after some juvenile with an attitude.

While I have no problem with freedom of speech, I do have a

problem with defacement of public property. I do not think the

phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” included a can of

spray paint. Conservative, liberal or whatever, making your point

in an adult manner is more likely to be taken seriously than acting

like a child without consideration for the people cleaning up after

you. As for me, until somebody wakes up, and begins to act as if

they were in college, I will continue to roll my eyes at the sad

attempt of making a point in the name of freedom of speech.

Sarah Van Otterloo

Senior, History/Education

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