It's a Horned Frog World

Monday, May 09, 2005

Dilemma: Water, illegal border crossing and death

Not too long ago, I was watching the news when a story came on about illegal immigrants thirsting to death while crossing over to America. Americans sent several letters to Fox News stating how inhumane this was to let these people die and that water stations should be placed all around the area close to the Mexican/U.S. border.

When I heard about this for the first time, I couldn’t believe my ears. Why in the world would we want to give illegal immigrants more incentive to try to break our laws and come into our country illegally?

I am not a racist person, in fact I have several family members who are Hispanic, so don’t assume I am playing the “race card.” All I am saying is that the fear of thirsting to death might be one of the only things that are holding thousands of other potential illegal immigrants at bay.

We shouldn’t encourage people to break the laws we have established for the betterment of our country. I believe that if anyone wants to come to America, they should work hard to achieve that goal, and then I will welcome them with open arms. Until then, don’t encourage people to break the law. What do you think?

Cody Kilpatrick

Chimeras have gone too far

It has been normal practice in recent years to use cow or pig heart valves in humans, thus creating a human with animal parts. I think that this is an acceptable practice in order to save human lives. I also don't have anything against animal testing if it is productive and improves human life by discovering new medical treatments.

What I don't agree with is the genetic creations of chimeras -- hybrids of humans and animals -- named for the Greek mythological creature. Read all about it here. It is unethical in my view to so alter stem cells to create creatures that are both and neither human and animal. Pigs with human blood? Mice with human brains? Animals that produce human sperm and egg cells?

Where does it end?

Corrine Young

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Whatever happened to carpe diem?

As the semester draws to a close and teachers pile on the assignments, I find myself less and less motivated to do any actual schoolwork. Every day. I pick up my textbooks and vow to retain all the information they hold. Day after day, I run my errands, I pay my bills, I practice my networking skills. Instead, I'd much rather be lounging by the pool, partying the nights away or taking that much-needed power nap.

I don't do these things, however, because I know it would be detrimental to my GPA and therefore my future, but all the stress makes me wonder, “Why?”

And for what? For Someday.

Someday?

What about now? Whatever happened to carpe diem?

It seems like so many of us, myself included, are so focused on the future that we forget today. Our lives are overcome by the competition of grades, the who's who of TCU, and that ever-nearing light of the real world.

For me, I forget to focus on life's simple pleasures, like midnight "Will & Grace" with the girls or baking cinnamon rolls on Sunday nights with my best friend. I forget to focus on life's simple displeasures like losing my ID card or when people say hateful things about me. For me, these things seem superficial. Insignificant. For me, these things are not stable. These things are not real. These things will not help my future, but these are my memories.

I can't help but wonder, through my determination for such a perfect future, am I watching my life pass me by?

Ashley Adelman

What's the deal, TCU?

So the students at TCU pay a lot for their education, myself included. When it comes time to register for classes for the following semester, one would expect to get in classes -- wrong! It is close to impossible to get in the classes needed.

As an advertising/public relations major there is a certain order in which classes are taken, and if you don't get the class you need then you're stuck.

I spoke to the journalism class about a class that was online but "DEPT. PERMIT REQUIRED," so naturally I asked permission to get into the class, but to no avail. It turns out the department doesn't even have enough classes to get the rapidly growing student body into the classes they need.

One would think that paying all this money for school would be enough to get the necessary classes and an exceptional education.

What's the deal, TCU?

How religion causes trouble in Fort Worth

As soon as I got off at the Fort Worth downtown stop, someone asked me my religion. Then he told me how I was going the wrong way and that I should change it. All of a sudden a bunch of people surrounded me and started praying. Of course I was scared but I refused, and they told me that I'll go to hell.

The other day someone from another religion said if I don't accept her religion, I'll go to hell.

It's weird how religion, which teaches us to love and embrace peace, can become the cause of trouble and tension. It's sad but this happens all over the world. As an international student, I have dealt with students from 80 different countries at TCU. Sometimes their view offends me, and sometimes it just amuses me. Then again I have met people who would not reveal their religious identity due to awkwardness. At least that's what they've told me.

However, I know there are people who are totally open to different cultures and religions. I have a deep respect for them. It's because of these good people I have learned that it's not a religion that's wrong, it's just a person's thought. If everyone could be so open-mined, things would definitely be better.

Sona Thapa

(Editor's note: Sona Thapa is a second-year TCU student from Nepal.)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Academic steroids

Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs have recently been the talk of the town in sports. I would like to turn this issue around and talk about steroids in college, non-sports related.
Adderall is prescribed for people with attention deficit disorder, but many students without ADD are still getting the drug. I would say that most students could get their hands on an Adderall anytime of the year, except during finals when everyone is trying to get the performance-enhancing drug.
To me, Adderall is the steroids of academics. It will help you stay up all night studying for a test, almost to the point where you want to keep studying. For all who have taken an Adderall you know the effects and how it can improve your grades dramatically.
For me it is too late, for I am graduating soon, but I feel sorry for all the incoming students who have to compete in a drug-enhancing world. After they test the athletes maybe they should move to the honors program and test those students as well.

Richard Wasser