ideas come from all over
news article ("Chicago Journal, February/00)
quoting newly elected president Don Randel has him saying: "The
only good ideas come from the faculty. It's been my job simply
to try to get behind them, to resolve the inevitable differences
about them, and see us move ahead where we had an important need
to move ahead."
wonder whether the parochialism of this comment is accurate because
it seems, in effect, he is discounting any wisdom or input from
intellectuals outside academia including any which might filter
down--or up--from alumni. To inbreed intellectualism seems, somehow,
to be a throwback to a medieval time when the church, in its wisdom,
excommunicated Galileo because he differed from the doctrinal
teaching. Do we deny the Enlightenment because many of the enlighteners
were not academicians? Do we totally dismiss political innovators
because their innovations were tested in the field of public affairs
rather than in the halls of our colleges and universities?
President-elect Randel deserves the benefit of the doubt and would
care to rethink this quotation, or at least put it into a context
that would satisfy independent thinkers, the world's intellectual
roustabouts, and those of us who have encountered the outside
world and have survived in it.
S. Lowenstern, PhB'45, MBA'46