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September 25, 2009
Vol. 51 No. 3

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Crusader mascot lives on

Over the last couple of weeks, much interest has been generated in our nickname, Crusaders, and our mascot, the Caped Crusader. A Facebook site and an article in last week's Crusader have given rise to speculation among some that a movement is afoot to banish the mascot and rid the campus of any reference to Crusaders.

Although the nickname, and more recently the mascot, has sparked interest and controversy over the years, and I would suspect will continue to do so, I am not aware of any active discussion of this matter. As for the death of the Caped Crusader, its demise was greatly exaggerated.

In fact, the costumed mascot is alive and well. If students want to don the masked tiger costume, they should contact our cheerleading coach, Jen Botchie, in the Department of Athletics.

Although there has been a lot of confusion about our mascot and nickname, the good news is that the discussions are clear signs of an engaged student body. We welcome your spirit and the dialogue. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Senior responds to Kanye West article

Perhaps in criticizing Kanye West, you thought that you were offering something constructive or that you were being an arbiter of just desserts. Let me correct you. In pointing out the failure of West and crudely blaming it on the loss of his mother, you have chosen to indulge in the same behavior that you have criticized–tasteless, unfair and downright mean. It is unacceptable to exploit such a sensitive and personal matter, a loss that is devastating to anyone who has the misfortune of experiencing it, and I'm dismayed that you would aim so low.

It isn't as though you didn't have a myriad of mistakes from which to choose (see empty bottle of whiskey dangling from his hand). It surprises me–in the unpleasant way that West's outburst evoked in the first place–that you would immediately bring your attack to such a fragile subject. I understand that you have a right to your own opinion, but a sense of decency needs to temper that, and you don't seem to have grasped this concept just yet. It doesn't seem likely that West's disruption was a result of his grief, and it was entirely unnecessary of you to drag that into your affront.

I don't know what your aim for this article was–to be the voice of many in expressing your disdain for his actions? To distance yourself from such deplorable behavior? I can't tell– but in any case, congratulations. You have successfully, as you've put it, "pulled a Kanye West."

Writer shares knowledge of H1N1

It is always interesting to look into one's history. We are all responding to the current global pandemic of H1N1 on the Susquehanna campus. Most people are going to advertized locations, including myself, to get the seasonal influenza vaccination.

However, it is funny that there were people on campus a little over a century ago who ardently opposed any vaccination.

While perusing the old Lanthorns that happily reside on the library's section of the Web site, I found an organization that seemed utterly ridiculous to me with the current apprehension of flu. The "Anti-Vaccine Club," with the motto: "He that get vaccinated is a fool." After seeing this, I was completely surprised, especially after a pathetic injection I received five days prior. After a brief moment of being perplexed, I took a closer look at this club.

The first requirement is naturally that someone needed to have been vaccinated at least once. If one has such a rage to have officers like a "Chief Haranguer" and "Stump Speech Maker," they must have had horrible memories. But with only requirement one, there seems to be an overreaction that is typical of children getting ready for school.

"Must have been sick for at least two weeks." Now, the book does not state whether or not the individual must have been sick because of the injection, so we are left to wonder.
But if we all consider being sick for two weeks, we can still think of these students of old as no more than whiners.

All became clear when I got to the third condition for why such a club could even consider making it into the yearbook. "Must have been bored in arm one inch deep and one-half inch in diameter." I could think of more painful events that could happen in a doctor's office, but those events would be dulled with anesthesia. I too would be willing to "fight even to death rather than be mutilated again."

Several things can be gathered in this that can be applied to the attitudes about H1N1. The first thing is that medical knowledge has advanced considerably.

This group was around in 1902. The different blood types had only been identified the year before. Penicillin would not exist for decades. "The Origin of Species" was published only forty-three years prior. X-Rays were in their very basic existence. The Spanish Flu was not going to happen until the First World War.

We could also consider the fact that this group was only on page 156 of the 1902 yearbook.

The preceding and following years do not even mention this club again.
While in the dawn of the 20th century one practically had to be stabbed with a stake to possibly get protected against a disease, the dawn of the 21st century features a pinprick that will allow the body to defend itself.

While we are able to laugh at some of our forbearers and the club that they established, we should enjoy the advantages we have in our time and get vaccinated.

Even if the "Swine Flu" turns out to be rather pathetic this flu season, we are doing a disservice to ourselves not to protect ourselves.

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