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Volume 95, Issue 2
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Anti-Semitism response
October's issue carries a response to anti-Semitic incidents ("Chicago Journal"), referring to 9/11 "events" and "continuing violence." Never hearing of the 1941 Japanese event at Pearl Harbor nor the terrorist war on civilians in such terms, I question my University's pride in its lofty moral perch. I am sure you do not mean to indicate sporting "events." But your definition of "attack" is missing.

Margery E. Stone Zeitlin, PhB'48

Elsewhere in the issue the term "September 11 attacks" was used; in the instance Zeitlin cites, the term "events of September 11" was intended to encompass the attacks, the deaths, and the public reaction to both.-Ed.

I have just received the October/02 issue and was dismayed to learn that accusations have been made regarding anti-Semitism at the University.

When I was a student, I noted that there was a very strong strain of anti-Catholicism at the University. The University did nothing about my complaints because it was fashionable then, and still is, for the intellectual "elite" at secular universities to hold the Catholic Church in contempt. On a visit to campus several months ago, I mentioned to some that I was in graduate school at a Catholic university majoring in theology. The reactions ran the gamut from amusement to contempt. Alas, anti-Catholicism is still alive and well at Chicago.

I have learned to live with it, and unless the offences are truly scurrilous, I do not take action despite the hurt. I strongly advise Jewish men and women to do the same. People do not like other people for any number of reasonable, unreasonable, or completely contemptible reasons.

Edward Lewis, MBA'71
Dallas, Texas

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