I’ve attended Sul Ross. I attended for a year after dropping out of high school and getting my GED. I attended more recently because I thought that I needed more book larnin’ to get to where I needed to go (perhaps a mistaken notion).
I’ve always said the faculty there are top notch. They are great. Attentive. Knowledgeable. I have particularly good things to say about Carel Rowe (who had me lecture students on new media) and Sharon Hileman. I know these people and I am proud to have them as a part of our community. More importantly, Sul Ross acts as a cultural millwheel for the Trans-Pecos area; it keeps a fresh influx of artists and intelligentsia cycling through.
That being said, YOU CAN WIPE YOUR ASS WITH A DEGREE FROM THERE.
A four-year degree in English, Communications or History from Sul Ross on your resume is about as appealing to your employer as a couple of months of babysitting.
It’s not the quality of education there, but the pitiful lumps of clay who attend (19 year old Andrew Suber included). If we kicked out every bad student at Sul Ross, enrollment would drop by 40% overnight. On this college campus, there is a decided anti-intellectual bent and spending a night cracking the books is derided as ‘lame’.
How can people treat their education like this when they are either on scholarship, using a student loan, or using some personal unsecured loans?
The football players are allowed to bully the other students. They bully the staff at the caf, broke into a Dairy Queen and recently were involved in a stabbing at the Lobo (making our academic life worse since 2004). If this school gave a s!@# about academics instead of its cheesy athletics program, it would have expelled these trouble makers.
They’re making too much badly-needed revenue from selling red sweatshirts to take down the golden children of the oblate spheriod.
Texas is just not known for its academics. Rural west Texas is especially dire; we don’t care much for book larnin’. Anyone with an ounce of gumption at least makes it to Austin to see the bright lights of the city.
The backbone of Western education is the dialogue, both within and outside the classroom. I think Texans are too stubborn and proud to make good traditional academics. We’re too emotional about our freedoms and rights to brook contrary opinions.
I love you, West Texas. But a B.A. from Sul Ross literally qualifies you for nothing.
PROOF POSITIVE FROM YOUTUBE:
Even better, the barely literate comments from the person who posted this video:
“yo mama head game sucks 2…and bitch ass n!@#a we b live out here….i bet you wont step in dat hoe get knocked out 2”