We, the Students . . .

“We, the Students . . .” provides a platform for thoughtful reflections arising from the student body of Baylor University, and is addressed to our esteemed faculty, administrators, and regents. This blog conveys the sentiments of numerous current Baylor students and is not affiliated with nor approved by the University or any of its constituent parts.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Our Plea:

We, the students of Baylor University, with a view toward the healing of our cherished alma mater, and in hope that our petitions will be taken to heart by you, our esteemed professors, administrators, and regents, whom God has placed in positions of power and authority for our well-being and instruction, offer the following pleas on behalf of literally thousands upon thousands of our like-minded classmates.

We abound in love for our university and we believe that you do as well. We have grown increasingly anxious, however, in response to the escalating tensions of the past two years. We ask: are we—the students—still Baylor’s raison d'être? Do you still have our best interests at heart? We ask because we are certain that your continuing division, strife, and conflict are not to be found among our best interests.

We realize that you have likely felt wounded by the conflict at some point over the past two years. Believe us, the current atmosphere is certainly not what we bargained for when we elected to come to Baylor, either. But please understand that we suffer from every wound that is inflicted on any member of the Baylor family. Do you feel the lasting effects of your wounds? Take a moment, then, to consider how we are being affected.

Moreover, do not believe that we are neutral or indifferent with respect to the greater ideological issues currently facing our cherished university. We overwhelmingly support the robust implementation of Vision 2012, with special regard for two things: the commitment to academic excellence and the reaffirmation and strengthening of Baylor’s commitment to be an intentionally and unapologetically Christian university. Could this be otherwise? We don't think so. For not only have we caught this Vision, we are Vision 2012—in the making!

So should we—the students—still consider ourselves Baylor’s raison d'être? If so, then we desperately implore each and every one of our professors, administrators, and regents: please—PLEASE!stop this insanity that has gripped our campus for far, far too long. Please seek to heal our wounds and yours and join us in uniting around the Vision. We have the highest hopes for our cherished university. We can do nothing but trust in you to make the right decisions regarding our future.

Please, show us that we are in good hands.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In order for this to be effective, you will have to post it in a place that will be read by many (ex., newspapers)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 6:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers for "We, the Students . . . "

From a fellow student, let me add my voice to your own: Let us not return to the "good ol' days" as so many opponents of Vision 2012 seem to want. (For one thing, they really weren't that good. . . ) Instead, let us as a community of scholars and students go boldly forth to embrace the high calling of Christian higher education laid before us.

Church-State Studies Student

Friday, July 08, 2005 4:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just great! I think the voice of the students is precisely what needs to be heard. Now, we shall see if the "adults" will take you all seriously. More power to you!

Friday, July 08, 2005 8:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Sko said...

Well said. The dirty, underhanded, ranting smut posted on Baylorfans especially needs to end. Students and faculty alike are beginning to figure out who is behind each psuedonym, and it surely doesn't reflect the "Christian environment" that these professors publicly advocate (as opposed to an integrated faith and learning).

Monday, July 11, 2005 8:31:00 PM  
Anonymous from a Baylor student said...

YEs! Who are you people? I want to join! This is just how I feel. Baylor is like my Momma! People better stop messin with her! Let everybody know that we the students want to have a university with integrity and respect!i will email you.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is quite true that a significant majority of Baylor students support Vision 2012. Simply take a look at Student Body President Jeff Leach's speech to the Regents last fall: www3.baylor.edu/Student_Government/SBP/013.pdf

Close to seventy percent of the surveyed students said that they were happy with the direction of the University.

So Vision 2012 is overwhelmingly supported by 1) the Board of Regents, by 2) the Faculty Senate (at least ostensibly), by 3)numerous other faculty members who took out ads in the Lariat last fall, and 4) the student body, as well.

It seems that the only opposition must be coming from outsiders along with a very vocal fringe of insiders who oppose the heart of 2012. It is crystal clear that these individuals (those who oppose the Vision) are not serious about their Christian commitment, if they have one at all; indeed, this is quite likely the very heart of the battle.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will anyone read this? You need to geth this "out there" more. I am a grad student and adjunct faculty. I agree that the students are suffering from division and strife. However, know that the faculty are too. I hate to be pessimistic, but the problems here are very complex and multifaucited. I don't see improvement coming for a long time (10, 15 or 20 YEARS). As faculty, I do my best to nurture and support the students under my care. As a student, I've learned just to duck and cover. Very sad. Keep praying and hope for a miracle--that is the only way out of the mess that is now Baylor.

Friday, September 09, 2005 5:44:00 AM  
Anonymous "Jethro" said...

I have been wishing someone would do somthing like this for a long, long time. Many of the faculty at Baylor just don't get it. Their vicious bickering, gossip, backstabbing, etc. is really hurting us--both students and fellow faculty. Keep up the good work.

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course the students are still Baylor’s reason for being. This is a silly question to ask. But in any case, students should stay out of campus politics. I see this page as nothing but a political attempt to shame and silence those who are honestly trying to work toward a better university for all of us. Great progress is already being made, and as long as the regents don’t make another blunder, the atmosphere on campus will continue to improve as time goes on.

Friday, September 09, 2005 6:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. You your plea hit the nail on the head. As a student, I am also very concerned about what our academic superiors are doing. It might be a good idea to start some kind of petition to really communicate how we feel to our professors, because like one commenter below, I do not expect the venom from the anti-2012 "old guard" Reynolds-ites to lessen anytime soon. There needs to be some serious good-will from both camps before there can be even a hope of reconcilation on our campus. Baylor’s future as a world-class institution of higher learning is hanging in the balance along with our futures.......
Hang in there. I will return often.

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:09:00 AM  
Anonymous A loyal lover of Baylor said...

Why is there no comment link on your other posts? so that people can comment on them? Regarding today's events (or lack thereof) one has to wonder at the timing of Underwood's bowing out of the selection process. His statement was that his motives were being questioned. People saw him as basically campaigning for the presidency. It seems to me that if he wanted to avoid the appearance of campaigning, he should have bowed out BEFORE he realized that the regents vote (had one actually been taken) would not have gone his way. While he did the right thing, it wasn't necessarily for the right reason and I am not sure that he should be "applauded" for it, as you say.

Friday, September 09, 2005 5:12:00 PM  

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