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
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.
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).
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Santa Barbara, California
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