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Letters...Why don’t you return to the status quo ante?

Cataloging offenses

I am unsure whether you are trying to give needless offense to University of Chicago alumni. You claim that books by alumni take up too much room in your magazine (“Editor’s Notes,” October/04), yet you ran reviews of books by faculty members across four pages of your February/05 issue (“Investigations”). Does this suggest that you place a higher valuation on faculty than alumni?

I suggest that you acknowledge that you have made a mistake and list books by faculty and alumni in the physical pages of your magazine. Why don’t you return to the status quo ante?

John N. King, AM’66, PhD’73
Columbus, Ohio

I found it amusing to read the complaints from alumni authors about your change in policy for listing alumni books (“Letters,” February/05). At least they still have a place where their work can be recognized. I remember well my attempts several years ago to list my work, which is in the form of video. I was told you don’t do video. Guess alumni are good for only one thing, right?

Scott Gurvey, MBA’82
New York

Allow me to add my voice to the chorus of those who would like to see all publications by U of C alumni listed once again.

Or you could put the entire Magazine online and then I wouldn’t read any of it.

Kelly L. Harris, AB’76
New York

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