It might sound ridiculous, but “potty
parity” is an issue…
Tangent fans and pans
Your one-page vignettes of faculty (“Unexpected
Expertise,” April/03) was a grand idea. Perhaps longtime
staff could be treated similarly.
Norman H. Anderson, SB’46
Del Mar, California
Expertise” strongly evoked memories of what my graduate
training in geography in the late 1950s and early 1960s under
the tutelage of Gilbert White [SB’32, SM’34, PhD’44],
Chauncy Harris [PhD’40], Norton Ginsburg [AB’41,
AM’47, PhD’49], and others was all about. The
canon and au courant methodologies were essential, but only
to the extent that they stimulated sensitivity to what an
“unexpected,” or discernable but opaque, problem
was all about. This approach to intellectual inquiry still
governs my work.
Baruch Boxer, AM’57, PhD’61
Congratulations on the latest issue,
especially the story on off-beat research. It might sound
ridiculous, but “potty parity” is an issue that
Floridians have tried to address. At the Strawberry Festival
in Plant City, they built twice as many bathroom stalls for
women as men. And it works! No more lines. How many women,
too, have dashed into the men’s room because they just
can’t wait any longer?
I also enjoyed reading about the
professor who studies wine. He’s right. Life is too
short to drink cheap wine!
This week I wrote a letter to another
magazine to point out an ironic aspect of our U.S. armed forces:
how the magnificent job they have done in Iraq was done by
organizations in which a large majority of the personnel are
drawn from the least-privileged strata of society, those who
have not had the benefit of higher education. To emphasize
this irony I drew a sharp contrast between the military and,
at the other extreme, the legal profession, which does little
good with its graduate degrees. Not just little good, but
so much inefficient, unproductive harm in return for excessive
Then came your April/03 issue featuring
the law professor and her study of urination in public restrooms.
You and she must be quite proud of such important “research.”
Did she consider that the 45-second average time for men may
be skewed on the high side by enlarged prostate glands? And
may we look forward to hearing more if she continues her work
on Number 2?
This prosecution rests.
Bruce W. Tennant, MBA’57
Bluffton, South Carolina