Around the Quad: America's Mayor Has His Own 2012 Vision
1. Robert Sloan: Pro-Choice Crusader? Yesterday at Houston Baptist Academy, er, University, President Robert Sloan (formerly of The B) introduced Rudy Giuliani, who then gave remarks to the uber-conservative school which included a defense of a woman's right to choose, gay civil unions and limited gun control. This NY Times article covers the talk well, except for its belittling description of Sloan's new employer as Houston Baptist College. Wow! Sloan would have never permitted such a speech at Baylor. (We remember his veiled threat to the Lariat Editorial Board regarding their endorsement of gay marriage.) Perhaps his 2012 Vision for HBU includes Celebrating Diversity, Promoting Alternative Lifestyles, and Rejecting Literal Biblical Teachings. We sure hope so! Maybe when Sloan 2.0 has completed his Schwartzenegger-esque left-ward turn, he can return to Baylor to fashion us into a Berkeley-on-the-Brazos. Onward through the fog!
Rudy: "We must stay on offense against terror."
Sloan: "Yes, and we must stay on offense against Evangelical political engagement."
2. Out with the old, in with the new. Baylor's regents voted Jim Turner out as chair and Harold Cunningham in after only a one-year term for Turner. Beware, Baylor Alumni Association, your days are numbered. The Sloanites have designs to turn your organization into a missionary society intent on re-Christianizing Austin, Texas.
3. Farewell, Queen of the ALICO. Helen Quiram, who has worked at the ALICO for 54 years, having seen the tornado from the 8th floor of the building when it hit downtown, is retiring. She has worked there ever since she graduated from high school. God bless. We at the BearMeat Editorial Board will miss her greatly. She always found us the best libations, escorts and carriage rides that could be requisitioned in a pinch. You will be missed, dear Helen.