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    Dear Editor,
Our newly elected President George Bush, in the
first week of office stressed the importance of ethics in
government. As a concerned member of the St. An
drews community, I,believe that those who have been
entrusted with positions of authority should leam the
importance of ethics in their respective jobs.
A lot of the students would like to have access to the
limited facilities that are offered at the college. How
ever, our access to these facilities is being hindered by
the ineptness and lack pf:«ommunication between the
P.E. Department and the Work Study Department,
which results in the Knight Room and swimming pool
not being available at peak times. The bowling lanes
cannot be opened between 3:00p.m. to 5;00p.m. or
after 10:00p.m. because there are no person(s) avail
able to monitor the facilities. The issue of employing
qualified lifeguards and getting insurance for the pool
continues to problem for the P.E. Department. Stu
dents are not able to gain access to the pool at con-
sitent and apropriate times, and the people responsible
for the area do not make whole-hearted attempts to
rectify the situation.
An underlining trend in these problems is that the
P.E. Department does not employ enough people nor
those who would be most appropriate for the jobs.
More non-colegiate athletes should be hired as work
study students, so that during practice (from 3:00-
5;00p.m.) non-athletes can still have access to the
facilities. It will also be a wise move if more students,
male and female, were instructed on how to operate
the bowling lanes; unless, of course, the department
plans to close the lanes down when the present stu-
dent-operators graduate or transfer.
There is no better time to join in the new ethics
concensus than now. We can all follow the example
set by President Bush, by being mcM’e aware of what
needs to be done and by making constuctive efforts to
see that they are done successfuly. The students will
look forward to the changes.
Name Withheld By Request
To The Editor,
I would like to comment on the security at St.
Andrews, or rather, the lack thereof. On the weekend
of January 28, several bicycles were vandalized at
various Residence Halls, with damage ranging from
bent rims to total destruction. The person(s) respon
sible apparently spent a good deal of time Saturday
night and early Sunday morning destroying these
bicycles, yet security saw and did nothing. When I
called campus security Sunday evening, no one picked
up the phone-I let it ring thirty times! I then checked
Belk Center (where the security office is located) and
Burris on the off chance that I would find a security
officer. If security was out patrolling any of these
areas they were well hidden. I went back to my suite
and proceeded to call the security office intermittently
until 11p.m. Had there been a real emergency, my
suite-mates and I could have been structurally rede
signed before help arrived.
By Monday, a few students had written letters and
posters to the vandals and had posted them on the bul
letin board outside of SAGA. By Tuesday evening
they were gone. While I understand that security
excels at removing signs from walls and doors (as they
demonstrated this past fall in Winston-Salem Suite 6)
one wonders just how effective they really are at their
primary responsibility, which is to safeguard the
students and their property.
Name withheld by request
with Mary Griggs
Right Speech/Right Action
There are things happening on the campuses of
America that I find very distubing. Racial tension and
violence against black students seems to be on the rise.
There are people on this campus who truly believe that
the coIot of a person's skin is the most important thing
about them; more important than the content of their
minds or the quality of their feelings or the manner in
which they behave.
Buddha, the enlightened one, taught that to reach
salvation a person must follow the Eightfold Path.
This path is very active and includes right views, right
aspirations, right speech, right conduct, right occupa
tion, right effon, right thought, and right contempla
tion. As Christians, we are taught similiarly. In Philip-
pians 4:8 it is vwitten, "whatever is true, whatever is
honrable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever
is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excel
lence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about
these things."
By following either teaching, a person can achieve
both peace and happiness. Both ways speak of proper
thought. One of the biggest problems facing the
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