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Letters to the Editor 9/27
Published 9/27/2011
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Editor:

I am responding to the letter to the editor published on Sept. 23. There is a couple of issues with your method of expressed leadership and sense of priorities. According to Google, the term "association" is “a group of people organized for a joint purpose.” Was it their joint purpose to decide upon and publish proper university terminology "as leaders in the residence halls?”

The term"leader"used in that context proposes they are the commanders within the residence halls, deciding among, yet apart from, the student population they"associate"with. Had they more accurately expressed themselves “as representatives of the students,” perhaps this would show RHA's more important need to focus on the student association rather than their leadership in the residence halls. The residence halls do not have meaning unless Cougs create that meaning, which is different for each person. It is when we share these meanings when bonding begins that friendships are founded and memories are made.

Such concern over a trivial headline in the aftermath of a room accidentally being flooded is a symptom of dorm-room apathy and procrastination from their studies.

They are too busy telling others what to make of their college experience because they have mistaken the role of being a"representative"to mean being a"leader."Not that I blame them. Many public representation roles in this country have become leadership roles because the people they are supposed to represent do not decide, vote or speak up as they should. This unfortunate transition in responsibility has also fallen upon them as student representatives. But how can they represent who or what they are unaware of representing? It is impossible. The only acceptable alternative is to lead. But then, to what end?

I urge them to be unafraid to ask their fellow students: Do you prefer using the term"dorm"or"residence hall?"I think the feedback may differ from their distaste of the word"dorm."I urge RHA to ask the associated student body many more questions like this. Do not lose yourself in a speech, for if you choose to be the representatives of your peers, you should lead by listening more than speaking.

Michael Loyd
WSU alumnus, 2010

Editor:

The longboard is an interesting means of transportation. Think of a skateboard that has been stretched out with bigger wheels. These boards are used for transportation on campuses all across the nation. However, they are not a good fit for the WSU campus.

Every few weeks, I hear that someone on a longboard lost control and crashed. This almost always results in a trip to the emergency room. However, they are also unsafe to the people walking, not just the riders. Longboards have no brakes and cannot stop on command. They also have very poor maneuverability. Due to these features, a longboard moving with the speed that the hills on campus give is completely unsafe.

It is time we put a ban on longboards on campus. I realize this will upset the boarders. They may claim that the same reasoning should ban bicycles. However, bicycles have two brakes and are much more maneuverable than a longboard. 

This isn’t a freedom issue. This is a safety issue. For everyone’s safety, it is time to stop the boards. 

Andrew Bodenstein
senior, zoology & neuroscience

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