Letters to the Editor

Academic-ace athletes

I wish to applaud the efforts of Pittsburg State’s coaches and players after the recent announcement that 51 of our football players have qualified for the MIAA Honor Roll.
This is a continuation of a history of excellence for Pitt State’s athletes.
Russ Jewett, cross country head coach, and Ibraheem Suberu, volleyball head coach, have consistently had an extraordinarily high percentage of their teams make the Honor Roll and earn Scholar-Athlete Awards with a 3.5 GPA or better. 
Besides good coaching, this is clearly exceptional mentoring.
Paul C. Smith is a professor and chair emeritus of modern languages and literatures. He is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he was a four-year varsity letterman.

Editor’s Note: Suberu announced his retirement as volleyball head coach on Thursday, Nov. 21, Jenny Mueller was announced to replace him.

The ‘real meaning of Christmas’

Why has the American Church lost sight of why we even celebrate Christmas?
Each year, as Christmas-time rolls around, we all go straight to making lists of what we want to see under the tree (an iPad, if you were wondering what I want) and how we can score the best deals on Black Friday.
Christmas used to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ; now it’s about our selfish wants.
I remember when I came to realize the meaning of Christmas, when I learned that it wasn’t about Santa and presents.
That’s when you realize you’ve outgrown childhood – thanks, parents – or even being gathered with family. I know. The realization is staggering.
Jesus may not have been born on Dec. 25. Still, it is a time to remember His birth and the reason for it.
We have set aside this day to be thankful for His coming to Earth and saving us from our sins. Jesus is our only true and perfect gift!
 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17

Blake Weaver is a member of Campus Christians and a sophomore in nursing.

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