Monday Column Response
Apparently, my last column regarding school spirit hit a nerve with some people. The headline might as well have been “UA student hates the UA.”
If my prior experience had been at one of the other 1,598 colleges, I do not think there would be this kind of vitriol spewing on the comments section for my Monday column on the Traveler website. I used my personal experiences as a frame of reference. Occasionally I see schools from California to North Carolina represented on campus. This is a good thing.
To clarify: For the most part, my experiences here have been positive and I have enjoyed my interactions with my professors and fellow students. I have made friends, even wearing my hat.
People who were so upset by my column, which was about expansive thinking and overcoming silly prejudices, have made my point with their personal attacks.
An extension of the narrow-mindedness has been the emphasis in the commentary on old sports rivalries, which misses the point of my column entirely. Students seem upset by football games that happened in a conference that was dissolved before most of them were even born. Get over it, already—life is too short.
Most disturbing is the lack of argumentative ability some people who responded to my column exhibited in their comments. Rather than formulating cogent arguments, some chose to jeer and call me names, resorting to the ad hominem fallacy that ancient rhetoricians cautioned Western philosophers to avoid. It is incredibly disappointing to see people who are supposedly seeking a higher degree of education resort to such simplistic and juvenile measures.
In the spirit in which I have been attacked, I assume that Razorback students, fans and alumni, upon arriving at the doorstep of any another college campus, should immediately perform the following acts of absolution. They should remove their Razorback license plate, tear off their Razorback decals and right there on the side of the road set fire to all other Razorback paraphernalia. Then they should immediately run to the nearest campus store and buy products that represent the school that they are about to enter. You certainly do not want to stand out by being proud of your alma mater.
I am not a chameleon who changes colors at every state line.
Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is majoring in journalism. She is a Traveler columnist. Her column appears bimonthly, every other Monday.