By Samantha O’Conner
Arts & Entertainment Editor
What do you think of when you hear the word “loyalty?” Go ahead, give it some thought. Loyalty is a rarity at times and often hard to find, be it in a relationship of any kind, to a job or even a hobby. Loyalty by definition means faithfulness. That is what it means to me.
In the dictionary, loyalty also means “faithfulness and adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.” Well, since we don’t have a sovereign, it would be the next guess that we are loyal to our government, our leader. Sure, and while we’re at it, let’s all ride around on our hover boards and flying cars.
Oh, we are loyal to our country. Who isn’t? It is where we are raised, where we learn, where we live. It is home. And who isn’t loyal to their home? Okay, some people aren’t, but that’s beside the point. I’m talking about being loyal to what we believe in. This country was founded on a belief; freedom. I don’t mean to get political, so just roll with me here.
Being loyal to your beliefs is a hard thing to do. Whether it be religion, your own personal views or the views you share with others. It can be hard to hold onto those. And those of you who stick by them no matter what, I applaud you.
Now, I’m going to reach into the topic of loyalty to one’s school. This is where it gets a little touchy for most of us, given all the rumors and such that are going around with the sustainability plan draft and everything that is happening with that. I get it. I was mad too. I still am. But that doesn’t change my opinion about the school.
I love EOU. It’s close to Baker City, my home town. The college isn’t too big, it has a beautiful campus and the teachers are all nice. What’s not to love about it? Yes, the programs are being messed with and a lot of things are being taken away, I am not denying that at all, nor how much it really sucks. It does! I’m right there with you. But I’m talking about keeping EOU as it is. A lot of people agree with me on this.
Okay, loyalty to a school that is basically hurting students at the moment is a hard thing to think about and to ask for. So, why not ask the school; are you loyal to your students? Anyone would say “yes, this school is all for the students and helping them.” And that is true. They have so many programs up here solely for helping students. But that’s not the point. My point is, if the students say something, such as, “I don’t like what you are doing to this school; I want to see this instead,” the school should listen, right?
Now, if this is true, speak up guys! If you don’t like it, say something. The school listens to the students, but it has to be a lot of us. But we actually have to do something, to say something about it.
So, go out there and talk. Just get people interested in saying something about what is happening to help change it. Be loyal to the school enough to help make it better. Even if you’re not going to be here next year or the year after, make it better for people who will be here.