Letters to the Editor – 4/12
Vote for a full ticket in SGA elections
It’s Student Government Association election time, which means that in the game of politics, everyone agrees to disagree. However, there are two things that both United Stripes and T-Unity would agree on:
1. Each individual is running because he or she thinks that he or she can effectively advocate and represent the student body as a member of the SGA.
2. Each ticket would like to see the people with whom they are running with get elected into office together as one unit.
As a former SGA senator, I have worked with two different administrations and saw how split ticket politics can affect the productivity of the organization. In the real world, different parties coming together always have differing perspectives yet the partisanship can sometimes be cast aside. At Towson University, however, split ticket dynamics incubate an unproductive environment for those working within the SGA.
The executive board of the SGA is a microcosm of the White House administration. Imagine a presidential candidate running with someone as his or her vice presidential candidate from a different political party. Would this provide a successful administration? This probably would not. Thus, why would one expect an SGA executive board made up of two different tickets to be any more successful? Yes, there will always be a difference of opinion amongst individuals. But building up unity among members of two different tickets that fought so decisively in an election campaign is not an easy task.
Above all, I urge all students voting in the SGA elections this Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13 and 14 to vote for a full ticket, regardless of which ticket one may support. Next year’s SGA administration must work to unify the organization. Such harmony can only work effectively if the individuals are put into office with the people they ran alongside in the election.
Steven Crudele, sophomore, history, secondary education
Christianity transcends culture, race
Adam Jackson, I think your article had a lot of good truth for us to consider and absorb into our practice of the Christian faith.
I would like to add that the beauty of Christianity is that it transcends culture, race and gender. In order to believe that Jesus died for your sins, rose again and lives today in your heart to transform your character, life and the world you do not need to abandon your culture.’ In fact, the church in China grew very slowly until the late 1940s when the communist party threw out the entire western missionaries and the church went underground, led by nationals. It took off because the silly barriers those missionaries brought with them (e.g. you needed to dress like a Westerner) were dissolved and the church flourished because it was now in Chinese hands.
This paradigm is thoroughly unique to the major world religions.’ If Osama bin Laden had his way, all women everywhere would be in burqas and men would have long beards, etc.’ Jesus makes no request for people to lose their cultural identity in order to follow him.’ In fact, at the end of time, in the eternal state, there will be worshipers of God from every culture, bowing before Jesus (Revelation 7:9)
That is why Cru, Impact and Athletes in Action all exist on Towson’s campus; to reach students with the message of God’s love and forgiveness so that they may be mobilized to change the world through love and good deeds.’ Our three groups may operate culturally different, but we all love the same Jesus.
Larry Kelly, Director, Campus Crusade for Christ
Stop signs, not kinda’ stop signs
I want to take a moment to remind our lovely, capable, and intelligent drivers about a little thing I like to call a STOP sign. Every day for the past two weeks, I have been nearly plowed into by drivers who seem to think that the new three-way stop outside of Towsontown Garage is optional. No. It’s not. It doesn’t say ‘maybe stop’ or ‘kinda stop.’ It says, ‘STOP.’ Do it. Thank you from my car and me.
Sarah Barrett, senior, English