The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, March 04, 1998, Page 2, Image 2

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

March 4,1998
Students support 'ramen' industry
rent the
that no one
else will
living in.
In today's world people must be flex­
ible, adaptive, resistant to stress and
poor living conditions, etc.
But who on earth can really handle
that poor, destitute and usually pathetic
life? College students.
Who else do you know that can go
for a month without eating anything
other than ramen for breakfast, lunch
and dinner ($19.80 per month)?
Other than ill-treated migrant work­
ers or plain homeless people, I can not
really think of another group of indi­
viduals that endure as much as we do
without complaining. In fact, some
college students revel in their pathetic
The ramen reference I made earlier
may seem funny or perhaps sad to
some readers but it is the truth. A
couple of my friends are ramen con­
noisseurs. Macaroni and cheese is
simply not in their spending range.
College students rent the apartments
no one else will consider living in.
They drive the cars that no one else
would dare be seen in. They endure
boring professors, long classes and
hideous class schedules.
Can anyone think of a type of per­
son, possibly besides a high school
student, who is willing to work in the
fast food industry? Or at a grocery
store? Not that people other than
college students work these types of
jobs, but the majority of those jobs
are filled by desperate students who
need money.
Even more pathetic are the college
students who work on internships.
Either these students are rich and can
afford to have a job that doesn't pay
or barely pays, or the student must
work an additional job.
However, things aren't all bad.
College students, by enduring
sometimes harsh and pitiful condi­
tions come to appreciate the better
things in life.
By working that horrible fast food
or grocery store job, they later ap­
preciate the desk job they land in
their later years.
By driving that beat up old car we
k taco bcll zw
can later appreciate the newer car we're
able to work toward.
It almost reminds me of some sort
of religious concept; by suffering
now, we will be rewarded later in life.
As long as we land a job with Intel
Conformity isn't the only way
Feature Editor
Recently a classmate of mine was discussing the opinion
articles I’ve written for the Print of late. “You know what’s
cool about this guy?” he extolled to a friend, “He says what he
believes, no matter what. He doesn’t care what people think;
he just says it.”
This compliment sounded a bit alien to me. Do I? I thought.
Do 1 really speak my mind on topics
that matter to me? Or do I keep my
mouth shut and only voice my views
through such artificial devices as edi­
torials and Internet postings?
I must admit, in person I find it
hard to voice a view that may differ from
those around me. On those rare occa­
sions when I do so, I am terrified. I am
reality is
reminded of Homer Simpson expound­
ing the Code of the Schoolyard: “Never
say anything unless you’re sure every­
one else feels exactly the same way.”
Of course, controversy is always
risky, and conformity is always the easy
not only
route. But I tend to think there’s a
that it
deeper reason as well. Many people
around me who disagree with me are
exists, but
perfectly vocal about their views. I
that it is
would like to do the same, but I feel
found in
held back. Why is that?
I believe one reason is that I live in
a society which is to some extent hostile
to my point of view. In my first year at
Clackamas, I was interviewed by a girl in
my speech class for an “Introduction”
Feature Editor
speech, and in front of the class she said
that “aside from his Christian beliefs, he
seems like a nice person.” That impacted
me. Is my faith truly that repugnant? Is the doctrine of love to
which I subscribe such a force of evil?
The thought that those around me feel this way has para­
lyzed me. I have operated under the fear that if I let some­
thing “narrow-minded”—that is, Christian—slip out I will be
branded as a hateful bigot. Am I exaggerating the situation?
Perhaps somewhat. Yet in many ways this seems an accurate
view of current philosophical thought.
We live, as we are constantly reminded, in a pluralistic so­
ciety, one which “celebrates diversity.” We are given to be­
lieve that if we assert one set of values over another, that we
are being narrow-minded, oppressive, bigoted, and the whole
lot. We are told to “respect others’ beliefs” and that “every­
one has the right to their own opinion.”
Wednesday, March 4, 1998
While that may be true, it proves little. As author Frank
Peretti once said, “It doesn’t mean everyone’s opinion is just
as good as everybody else’s. It is possible to be wrong.”
And as for pluralism, it seems to be valued as an ideal to be
pursued, when pluralism is in fact no ideology at all. It is
simply a fact—that more than one belief exists. It doesn’t
make all beliefs equal or “valid.” It just makes them different.
Anyone who begins to think any belief is as valid as all others
has only to remember the Nazi party to see the error of this
This view, like so much in life, is nothing new. When brought
to trial by the Roman government, Jesus Christ told Pontius
Pilate, “To this end was I bom, and for this cause came I into
the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone
that is of the truth hears my voice.”
Governor Pilate replied, “What is truth?” Even in that day,
the claim to an absolute and unalterable reality was met with
Absolute reality is the Christian claim—not only that it ex­
ists, but that it is found in Christ. That is where Christian
exclusivity comes in. Either Christ is God incarnate and the
only means of salvation, or He’s not. Both cannot be true.
Whichever is true, it alters the rest of reality so much that one
must either accept or reject the claim. One cannot coexist
with it. One cannot compromise with it.
This is difficult to accept. Steve Taylor, satirical voice of
Christian music, has said, “Before the Gospel is good news,
first it’s really bad news,” Biblical Christianity tells us things
about ourselves that we don’t want to hear. The things God
has to say about sin, evil, and moral decay grate on our hu­
manistic sensibilities.
For this reason it is hard to defend my position and still
seem like a “nice guy.” Despite assertions to the contrary,
Christianity is hardly a crutch for the weak-minded or emo­
tionally frail. It contains hard truths about our humanity, it
urges difficult directions for our lives, it is unfashionable,
strange, and full of complex and bizarre concepts. Flannery
O’Connor made the simple claim, “It’s much harder to be­
lieve than not to believe.” The path of Christ is indeed the
“road less traveled.”
Many claim that faith should be a private thing—that it’s all
well and good for me to believe what I will, so long as I don’t
try to “force my beliefs on others.” I am, however, faced with
a dilemma. My faith claims to offer an ultimate solution for
humanity. It claims to offer the answer to the Ultimate Ques­
tion of Life, the Universe, and Everything. If that is true, how
can I possibly keep it to myself? Christianity is not a club; it
is a mission. Can I stand in the midst of an epidemic and keep
for myself the cure?
I ask not that the reader agree with me or accept my views.
Whether or not an individual embraces Christianity is out of
my hands. I can only give the message and let he who has ears
to hear, hear. / show you a more excellent way.
or Microsoft.
Just remember: what doesn't kill
you will probably make you a better
person. So make the best of what
you've got now and keep in mind that
it can pretty much only get better.
Electronic hate mail:
Unacceptable letters
an issue on campus
It is no surprise that e-mail is quickly becoming one of the
most popular forms of communication in the world. Its im­
pact on our lives has not been fully realized by economists,
historians or the government.
E-mail’s casual language and re­
laxed writing standards have made writ­
ing teachers cringe and recipients lost
for the meaning of messages sent to
them. Currently, e-mail has been dete­
riorating to garbled messages that don’t
include periods or even a semblance of
Hate mail structure. Recipients are forced to take
on hundreds of forwarded messages,
is not an
some containing sexual or crude lan­
acceptable guage.
More disturbing to me are e-
form of
mails that poke racial fun and even lam­
baste individuals with cruel hate mail.
There has been a current string
of hate mail distributed throughout cam­
Jacob Boenisch
pus. The attacks have mainly been fo­
ASG President
cused on women, who have been called
bitches and told in many other four let­
ter expletives two “screw off.”
As responsible adults this sort of language and attitude is
unacceptable. Upon reviewing some hate mail that has been
sent to students at Clackamas Community College, it’s hard
to find any intelligent matter within such letters.
The accessibility of e-mail and its simple interface have taken
away any time for a sender to think over the comments they are
about to make. A traditional letter, for instance, allows an indi­
vidual to go over what he or she is writing by providing more time
for them to think things out. With e-mail, people sit down, write
their thoughts and push send. There is no way to retract your
message. Sure people get mad, but with e-mail we should be
more responsible with our feelings and protect others.
Hate mail is not an acceptable form of communication. Lately,
an instance broke out in the computer lab with students who were
writing racist comments. They were caught and lost computer
privileges at the school. Their demise came about by the fact that
students at CCC do not own their e-mail address.
Your account belongs to the college and your files are suspect
to observation by the Informational Technology Services. This
observation requires us to be responsible users of the services
provided to us. Hopefully students will take this message to heart
and report any hate mail that comes across their screen to the
computer lab supervisor.
Jacob Boenisch
ASG President