In the article "Community Expresses Fears," there is a quote by the WSU police chief stating, "we're not going to turn off the spigot, but how do we turn it back so we can still be Cougs, but we can rely on each other?" The quote implies that being "a Coug" involves drinking, and drinking heavily.
I think that we as a community need to look at what is really important to us. Since I began attending WSU, people have been severely injured and even died due to drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Now an innocent professor is beaten, and no one comes forward with information despite there being witnesses and camera footage of the crime.
Are we more concerned with protecting these drunken criminals or obtaining justice for a man who had dedicated his life to knowledge and cultural understanding? Being a Coug seems to be less and less about academic achievement and gaining understanding, and more and more about partying and drinking.
It makes me ashamed to call myself a Coug.
The people who committed this heinous crime are out there, maybe sitting next to you in class right now. This is not about feeling safe or afraid, it is about standing up for what is right. These people need to be exposed for the brutal criminals they are and this community needs to say that we will not allow this kind of thing to happen.