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"Rather than quibble with magazines..."


Use and abuse
Chris Smith's "News You Can Abuse" in the October/01 issue is rich in information about U.S. News and World Report's college rankings. The U.S. News articles are very informative, too. One can read past the newsmagazine's arbitrarily weighted final rankings and evaluate the constituent statistical data for oneself.
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Caption correction
The Magazine continues to improve issue by issue, with excellent articles and style. There is one error in the October issue, however, which I would like to point out.
On page 50, there is a brief discussion of Fred L. Soper, MD'18, and his work ("Between the Lines") involving the attempt to eradicate malaria.
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Another caption correction
I read with great interest your article on the unexpected consequences of Dr. Janet Rowley's 1972 cytogenetic work-and the editor's note on Rowley's messy office (October/01).
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How OMP became OII
Charles F. Custer, AB'48, JD'58 ("Letters," October/01) connects the name of a former College course labeled Organizations, Methods, and Principles of the Sciences (OMP) by a "pink-cheeked kid who was AB'53" to Observation, Interpretation, and Integration of the Sciences (OII).

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Colorful architectural criticism
Although a Chicago native and resident, I had not been in Hyde Park or around the University campus for some time, with the exception of quick trips to the Seminary Cooperative Bookstore. Several days prior to this writing, I decided that I needed a change of scenery and so drove south on the newly reconfigured Lake Shore Drive.

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Advertising-fueled consumption
I find it disturbing that Chicago would tout its connection with Social Research Inc. ("Consuming Interests," August/01). Mindless and excessive consumption by an over-large human population is rapidly destroying the planet's ecological function.
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Poetry in the stacks
Richard Mertens's account of the Poetry magazine archives (August/01) brought back rich memories. During my first year in the Graduate Library School I had a part-time job in Special Collections, then under the benign direction of Bob Rosenthal, to catalog the manuscripts in that archive.
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Expected chaos
I turned eagerly to your feature on the "Kings of Chaos" to find Professor Sunstein and was not disappointed. I attempted to visit Professor Sunstein in his office only once while at the Law School; I had a near-suicidal idea for an independent-study paper and wanted to float it to him.
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Alumni board nominees sought
The University of Chicago Alumni Association invites nominations of alumni to serve on its Board of Governors, a 25-member group that sets association policy and advises the University on matters of interest and concern to alumni.

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Author's query
For a biographical work on Milton Friedman, AM'33, and a general history of the development of libertarianism in the 20th century, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might like to share anecdotes or recollections of him or his friends and colleagues. Please contact me at 2685 Glendessary Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, or via e-mail: AlanEbenstein@aol.com.

Alan Ebenstein
Santa Barbara, California



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