alumni are always in the news or writing it-although they are
not always identified by their class year and degree. Here are
some recent sightings.
Concluding her Morning Edition series on cheating, NPR
special correspondent Susan Stamberg turned on April 30 to former
Laboratory Schools kindergarten teacher and MacArthur "genius"
award winner Vivian
G. Paley, AB'47, who has studied the relationship between
childhood development and playing by the rules. For children,
Paley told Stamberg, the issue is fairness: "Are you leaving
me out of it?" Using musical chairs as an example, Paley
said that what the children want out of the game "is that
every child always find a chair." That's not how the game
is set up, of course, which only proves that "children themselves
come in with the highest morality of all: give everyone the same
thing; we want to be treated fairly-and it's cheating if you make
someone cry." Cheating enters the picture, she said, "along
with the other things that start happening once the main rule-be
nice-changes," replaced by injunctions to "be smart,
be fast, know everything, know more than everyone else."
In place of this "highly competitive" model, Paley suggested
that we "look upon success as being the extent to which the
group helps each other develop and grow," a philosophy that
she noted has been around "since Plato and the Republic."
The political trajectory of Attorney General
John Ashcroft, JD'67, was the subject of an April 15,
2002, New Yorker profile. In "Ashcroft's Ascent,"
writer Jeffrey Toobin chronicled the conservative Republican's
life through the downs and ups of a career that has included the
Missouri governorship and a term as a U.S. senator, then asks
the what-next question: "How far will the Attorney General
The May 5, 2002, Los Angeles Times noted the appointment
of University of Southern California professor Lawrence
E. Harris, AM'80, PhD'82, as chief economist of the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Harris, who succeeds retiring
SEC chief economist William J. Atkins this summer, will head the
SEC's office of economic analysis. An expert in the economics
of securities market microstructure and the uses of transactions
data in financial data, Harris wrote his Chicago dissertation
on price-volume relations in securities markets.
May 9, 2002, Atlanta Constitution cited Kimberly
Ng, AB'90, as "on track to become baseball's first
female general manager, if and when there is one." Despite
the note of pessimism in that prediction, Ng, a public-policy
concentrator at Chicago-where she also was an infielder on the
women's fast-pitch softball team-is well on track. With three
World Series rings from her 1998-2001 stint as assistant general
manager of the New York Yankees, Ng is now assistant general manager
for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that position, she is "second
in command for day-to-day player personnel decisions for the team
with the second-highest payroll in the National League."
Her first job in the majors? A post-College arbitration internship
with the Chicago White Sox that, three months later, turned into
a full-time post.