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JUNE 2003
Volume 95, Issue 5

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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


Unexpected 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
Washington, D.C.

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!

Lisa Cunningham
Tampa, Florida

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 remuneration.

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

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