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Opinion

October 27, 2010

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Security hindering athletic teams’ efforts Eliana Mijangos Sports editor

emmijangos@mail.txwes.edu

Basketball season will be in full swing as of Nov. 3, and both teams are ready to get on the road to a conference title. The Ram’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both share gym time with table tennis, volleyball and junior varsity men’s basketball. This doesn’t allow a time slot for players who want to put in extra work outside of practice. With all the teams practicing in one gymnasium, at least one team is forced to practice from 6:30 to 8:30

“To put student athletes’ safety in jeopardy because we do not have access to our own gym is ridiculous.”

p.m., leaving only late night hours available for any workouts players plan to do outside of practice. Our campus location can be a dangerous atmosphere past 8 p.m., so having security available at these hours is extremely convenient and appreciated. However, when security has an issue with players coming in after practice hours to work on their individual games and prepare for the upcoming season, players are forced to go to the Boys and Girls Club

across the street. Having to walk in the neighborhood surrounding the school is far from safe, but it’s the only option. The Boys and Girls Club is a public gym and facility that caters to the high schools in the surrounding area. Gym availability for Wesleyan student- athletes is not their priority, nor should it be. To put student athletes’ safety in jeopardy because we do not have access to our own gym is ridiculous. Coming in as a transfer from the

University of the Incarnate Word, I have first-hand experience with a more cooperative security team that was willing to open the gym doors at any hour for members of the basketball team. I am not, by any means, suggesting the gym should be available for open access to just any student. Nor am I suggesting that it should be available all hours of the night, once again reflecting on the school’s location. However, it only seems fair to compromise open gym availability with security for student athletes who want to do more for their sports programs. If coaches are encouraging their players to make themselves better in and outside of practice, security is limiting those efforts by refusing to open the gym past practice hours. Basketball, or any other sport for

that matter, moves to a higher level of competition and commitment at the collegiate level. The reality of this situation is that many people who are now student athletes have a past of being just an athlete. That past could have included selling drugs in the streets or following another path of failure. Instead, they have chosen to embrace the opportunities Wesleyan has given them by becoming more than just an athlete, but a student athlete, pursuing successes at a higher level. The idea of students choosing to be in the gym instead of on the streets at night should be commended not condemned. This issue reflects upon the school’s morale and support of athletes and their efforts at Wesleyan.

It’s time to choose—or not

The strength of democracy The decision not to vote thrives in the voting booth may be the smartest choice Barry Grubbs Opinion editor

“The

important issue is our participation in the process. ”

bgrubbs@mail.txwes.edu

The midterm elections are a week away and election officials are expecting voter turnout to be brisk. Early voting began Oct. 18 and will continue for inperson voting until Oct. 29 across 33 states and the District of Columbia. There has never been a more crucial time in history for us to take back control of our governments. Maybe you are satisfied with the job your leaders are doing. If you are not satisfied, get down to the polls and throw the bums out. We can change our government by choosing our lawmakers carefully and by punishing those who fail us with a trip back to reality. We’ve been apathetic for too long, and yes both major parties have let us down. It’s time to we educate ourselves about the issues and the candidates. We are not only choosing our law makers and judges this fall. We are locked in a battle for our freedom and to a degree, our democratic system as well.

jresendez@mail.txwes.edu

The power mongers in Washington and Austin have paralyzed the hard working people in Texas and all across this country with bad policies and poor judgment. Your opportunity to send them a message is quickly approaching, and for those who want to get a head start through early voting, the polls are open. We don’t have to choose democrat or republican this time. There are many libertarian candidates as well as candidates from the green party to consider. The important issue is our participation in the process. We don’t have to allow those who hold all of the power and money in our society to continue violating our collective rights. Demonstrate your power at the polls. The offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general will be decided at the state level as well as three positions on the Texas Supreme Court and three more on the Court of Criminal Appeals.

In national races, we will have choices to make in the House of Representatives for the 1st through 32nd districts. There is a lot at stake for voters in Texas and across the country as we limp out of recession and into another chapter of economic uncertainty. The only change we can reasonably expect to see is the change we create by exercising our constitutionally guaranteed right to choose our government. If you think about the big picture, you can see that very little has changed since the general election of 2008. What happened to all of that “hope” and “change” we were promised? If you are not feeling as hopeful as you were in 2008, you are not alone. Short of a revolution, the most we can do is create the government we want by voting our candidates in. We still have the power to fix what is broken. It’s time to get in your government’s face. Vote.

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Hey young people—not voting is perfectly OK. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 49 percent of people ages 18-24 voted out of the 59 percent that were registered in the presidential election of 2008. Although the report only included people of “select characteristics,” it’s an accurate representation of a common truth: young people don’t vote. The people behind Rock the Vote, a website that encourages youth to go out and vote in order to “build political power for young people in our country,” should realize that the small amount of voting activity among youths isn’t a problem. It’s actually a good thing. Just because someone is able to do something doesn’t mean they should do it. I could probably drive a Greyhound Bus, but that doesn’t mean I should endanger lives and hop behind the wheel. Likewise, just because a person is old enough to vote doesn’t mean they should go make uninformed decisions. It’s better to not make a decision rather than make a bad

“If you don’t vote you can’t

complain about governmental decisions you don’t like.”

one just because you can. Yes, a single vote for a candidate won’t topple a nation, unless you count Germany. Most young people don’t possess the proper knowledge, time or desire to choose the right person to run a state, country or city. Sophomore Johnny is more worried about the Rangers and when his favorite rapper is getting out of jail than he is Rick Perry’s recommended education employee tax incentives. Sally the senior is too busy checking her Facebook and texting her friend sitting eight feet away to know whether she thinks Bill White will truly use state appropriations more effectively than Perry. If students can’t even do the proper research to complete their homework (sorry professors, Wikipedia is the new CliffsNotes), Rock the Vote shouldn’t expect them to comprehensively comb through their website’s propaganda, I mean information. It’s hard to want to build political power for a person your demographic can’t relate to. While young voters do have a place on candidates’ platforms,

the candidates ultimately have bigger political fish to fry. A 20-year-old doesn’t relate to a person twice their age unless it’s their parents. And if someone’s parents influence his vote, that person is not thinking for himself. Same goes for straight-ticket voting. Yes, I know: “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about governmental decisions you don’t like.” Actually, people who do vote complain the most—go watch cable news. And even if someone does vote, that person is more than likely voted in an election where his vote matters least. According to countless political science textbooks, the elections where young peoples’ votes carry the most weight have the smallest turnout. These elections are usually city and county elections. If you’re a student who knows the ins and outs of the upcoming election and carry strong conviction for your candidates, go vote early now. If you don’t know Perry from White from Glass, don’t be ashamed to go do what matters—Facebook.

Why do you think student voting is important?

Chelsie Hodges, sophomore kinesiology

“I think students should vote because it’s going to determine our future.”

John Walsh, sophomore athletic training

“As the upcoming generation, we have to make our presence known.”

Jonathan Smith, junior international business

“Students have a choice, but if you have the ability and you don’t use it, you’re not helping.”

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Sylvia Ibanez, junior bilingual studies

“I’m not a citizen, but I wish I could vote so we can make some changes.”

Tabitha Evans, freshman undecided

“You want to get the students’ voice out because we have our own opinions.”

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