Please report the College news
Thank you for the
College Report in the February/98 issue. [The College Report appears
in copies of the magazine sent to College alumni and parents of
undergraduates in October, February, and June.—Ed.] It is always
exciting to read about the active intellectual environment of the
College, the ever-broadening array of student activities, and the
involvement of College students in cutting-edge research.
However, I was dismayed by the lack of news about important decisions
that are being made right now about the future of the College. The
proposal for the new curriculum was available in January, but the
College Report says nothing about it.
College alumni need to know what the prospects are for the future
of our community. Please keep us informed about these vital matters.
Kenneth A. Bloom, AB’92
A report on revisions to the current undergraduate curriculum,
approved by the College Council at its March 10 meeting, as well
as a faculty reponse to the proposal to expand the College, can
be found in “Chicago Journal” (pages 12-15).—Ed.
I enjoyed the College
Report in the February/98 issue. It’s nice to see attention being
paid to the undergraduates.
Kenneth L. Cutler, AB’70, MBA’70
Honeymoon in Hyde Park
who usually embraces updated looks, I found the current cover (February/98)
to be a bit fuddy-duddy. The old, to me, actually looks better.
Two other comments: Dan Dry’s photographic portraits stand out.
The Dwight Hopkins shot (“Investigations”) especially, but also
the ones of Mary Jo LaDu (“Investigations”) and Kimerly Rorschach
(“Chicago Journal”). Interesting use of lenses and perspectives.
Finally, why did you stop doing “Notice of Death Received” a few
years ago? Like the obituaries in my hometown newspaper, this section
keeps me tied to the University community, as I experienced it,
as no other section can. Now, unless there is a biography to go
with it, you don’t print it. Can we go back to giving simple notices?
Thomas E. Terrell, Jr., AM’80
High Point, North Carolina
forever be puzzled by why the art staff, who design the cover, and
the distribution department, who mail the magazine, can’t seem to
cooperate. Doesn’t the art staff know where the label is going to
be placed—or does the distribution department randomize the placement?
E. Grant Swick, MBA’64
Whoops! Communication between the editorial staff and the mailing
house should have prevented the snafu that forced us to place the
mailing label over part of the February/98 issue’s cover lines—rather
than over the contact information for Reunion ’98.—Ed.
A matter of (non U of C) degrees
I was looking over
the Reunion ’98 material sent to my wife [Janet Benson Kaye, AB’48,
AM’67], whose class is having its 50th this year, and I noted in
the questionnaire that item no. 2 asks if any of our children have
graduate degrees from the U of C but does not ask about graduate
degrees from any other university. I notice in the class directory
that Janet is listed as having her A.B. and an A.M. but is not listed
as having any other degrees. I suppose that next year I will be
listed as having an A.B. and that’s all.
I tried to decide if omitting references to “foreign” degrees was
a matter of being parochial, or arrogance, and I have decided it
is probably both.
Our daughter has a doctorate from Oxford. Janet has, in addition
to her degrees from the U of C, another M.A. and a Ph.D. In addition
to my undergraduate degree from the U of C, I have a Harvard M.B.A.
and a J.D. To list people in the directory with only U of C degrees
shown is, in our opinion, implying that only U of C degrees count,
and that the other degrees a person might have only show that they
wasted their time and their accomplishments are not worthy of mention.
Frankly, we do not think this is a very good way to keep a warm
feeling for the University of Chicago in the hearts of alumni.
E. Donald Kaye, AB’49
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Blessed are the winemakers
(wine, beer, spirits) is not an “unhealthy and socially destructive”
element in our world today (“Letters,” February/98) unless it is
abused. Those of us who enjoy a fine glass of wine (or two), who
like a good beer (there are not too many of those around, unfortunately),
or who delight in a fine single-malt scotch should not be written
off as barbarians or, worse yet, as drunken slobs, the way Zane
Spiegel, SB’49, SM’52, makes it sound.
Let’s not condemn the winemakers, for they shall continue to produce
the pride of the grape, and they deserve to be written about, because
theirs is a tough line of work, as my son-in-law Frank Spezzano
of Philadelphia will verify. He makes his own wine (about 1,200
bottles a year) for his friends and family. Barbera, Zinfandel,
Cabernet Sauvignon…these are names that have the sound of romance
without any socially destructive effects. Too much of anything is
bad for you, be it food, sleep, or (dare I say it?) sex.
Robert C. Morgen, PhB’47, MBA’48
“Class News” errors
The report concerning both Eliot W. Abarbanel, AB’73, AM’73, and
Pat Danzon, PhD’73, in the February/98 “Class News” section was
completely erroneous and had no basis in fact; it was based on misinformation
sent to the Magazine by a third party without the knowledge of either
alumnus mentioned. Also in February’s “Class News,” Sajal Sahay
(AB’90)’s name was misspelled. The Magazine regrets the errors.
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