Barack Obama is rocking all college campuses in the United States. Except perhaps BYU (in Utah) and my university, Texas A&M. Located in conservative heartland of Texas, most student ‘conservatives’ are morons at best and an insult to the conservative movement. The student newspaper, The Battalion is a prime example of a bad student newspaper and lacks journalism ethics. No wonder it was major news in national circles when the local newspaper, The Eagle endorsed Obama. The comments on that editorial make Rediff Comments look innocent and erudite. I have mostly kept away from student activities here primarily due to such attitudes.
The most recent incident was shocking given the political climate and goes to show the rank immaturity of the conservative student body. The MSC Plaza hosted this despicable egg-tossing Anti-Obama Carnival. I find one of the images that of a black football player standing in front of the poster quite arresting. Mind you, this is a town that worships football players most of them black and you would think this would dispel many myths. There have been other Democratic nominees but none has generated this much hate as Barack Obama. I wish the students at Texas A&M would grow up to see the world that lies beyond your farmland. No wonder 23% of you think that Obama is a Muslim in spite of his much-publicized pastor scandal.
Update: To the university’s credit, we received the following message from the President late last evening:
To the Aggie Family:
One of the fundamental and most important rights that we have as Americans is freedom of speech — and this is a right that we firmly support here at Texas A&M University. As a native of Cuba, I personally understand the consequences of not having the right of free speech, or the many other freedoms that we, as Americans, so often take for granted.
The recent actions of the small group of students at Rudder Plaza claiming to make a political statement concerning the presidential election have been widely interpreted as being much broader — and certainly contrary to the core values of Aggies everywhere. Here at Texas A&M, respect is one of our core values that are fundamental to being an Aggie. We should always respect each other, each other’s opinions, and express our own opinions in a respectful way (emphasis mine).
Political disagreement is to be expected, particularly as election day nears, but it can — and should — be addressed in respectful dialogue. This was certainly the case when the Texas Aggie Democrats and the Aggie College Republicans conducted a joint program earlier this week under the auspices of the Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA), which is sponsored by the Memorial Student Center.
Aggies have a long and proud tradition of honor and respect for one another, for our school and our state and nation — and are so recognized and admired. We must do nothing to tarnish our reputation.
I strongly encourage everyone in the Aggie Family to respect the opinions of others, especially if you disagree with them. Even more importantly, I urge you to express your opinions and ideas in a respectful way, as they can serve to enrich the educational environment here on our campus. Let’s respect each other, for that is what Aggies do.
Elsa A. Murano, PhD
Although she didn’t explicitly denounce the incident because of first-amendment issues, I think she successfully distanced the university away from this distasteful incident especially in the bolded statement above.