The administration at the University of Colorado in Boulder has issued guidelines on what’s inappropriate at the school this year in regard to students’ Halloween costumes. Incredibly, the university gave a thumb’s down to dressing up as a cowboy. A cowboy costume, a university spokesman said, amounted to a “crude stereotype.” An odd thing to say, given how cowboys have long contributed to the state’s cattle economy. And odder still, given that the university’s mascot — a real-life buffalo — is brought out on the field by students dressed as ... We don’t even need to fill in the blank.
The United Way’s Day of Caring always offers a good chance to get out and see the good work that people across the Midlands are doing to change the lives of those less fortunate. It is especially gratifying to see young people step forward and counter negative stereotypes of teens as self- involved or less outwardly focused. Volunteering is a good way to challenge those assumptions, and service is one of the best ways to invest in the communities that make us who we are.