Out of the Loop
Through the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Theatre Arts, we Mitchell alumni produced world classics on 42nd Street with master directors and actors from around the world. At the invitation of Princess Grace of Monaco in August 1973, our IASTA produced for her international summer festival the musical Your Own Thing.
My wife, Miriam Pitcairn Mitchell (S50), and I cherish our memories of the school, and our wonderful and inspiring teachers. Because of the years of our Northwestern degrees, I ask again, are we dinosaurs?
John D. Mitchell (S39, GS41)
Editor's reply: "Taking Center Stage" focused on the nine-year-old Music Theatre Program in the School of Speech and on Speech graduates who are currently performing in musicals on Broadway.
That is not true. The two boys were exonerated in early September 1998 by laboratory tests. The linkage to the man ultimately indicted in the girl's murder came much later.
Until the very day that the charges were dropped against the two boys, there had been no hint of any physical evidence linked to anyone, let alone an inmate in the County Jail. I am intimately familiar with this case, having covered it extensively for the Chicago Tribune.
Another Perspective on 'Jordanian Journal'
Noting the author's affiliation with a Zionist organization, Cainkar suggests the author lacked objectivity. To run such a letter and imply that hostility toward another ethnic group is ever excusable belies the mission of a liberal arts institution that should, in the words of Matthew Arnold, serve to bring "sweetness and light" to our society. How ironic that in the same magazine you would highlight the extraordinary Eva Jefferson Paterson ["Leading the Charge for Change"], who has fought all her life against exactly that kind of thinking.
Mara H. Fein (WCAS74)
Hooray for RAs
On a college campus there is no harder-working group of students than the resident assistants. Most manage 30 to 40 hours a week of rounds, duty, meetings, programs and impromptu counseling sessions while at the same time keeping up their grades, looking for jobs and trying to be "regular" college students.
Amy Cornell (SESP87)
Hyung J. Park (WCAS94)
Editor's reply: We were indeed planning to publish Northwestern six times a year, but because of budget and staff limitations, the magazine remains a quarterly. We did, however, extend the circulation to include all alumni, about 159,000 readers, and increased the number of pages in each issue.
Blowin' in the Wind
Whether those were his exact words or not, it was definitely a wisecrack the crowd laughed. I took some pictures of the event, but I don't think I can find one of the flying papers.
Martin Tangora (G58, 66)
I wonder what the preferred term is today?
Rev. Thomas C. Willadsen (WCAS86)
Environmental responsibility is one of the most important issues in our society and an issue that provokes severe cases of ostrich-itis. People, companies and organizations deliberately stick their heads in the sand. But soon the sand, and the rest of our planet, will be completely destroyed; we will have committed human species suicide.
The most profound and effective way to teach people is by example. If Northwestern really wants to be the dynamic and leading educational institution it professes itself to be, I suggest it reexamine its priorities and put the greater good above trying to compete with the Harvards and Yales. I challenge Northwestern to outshine its peers and rivals, at least in its publications, by taking a stand for our home, the Earth, and daring to act responsibly by using recycled paper for its publications.
Karen "Kele" Baker (S83)