“Holding On” (Summer
2002), the article by Paula Meseroll about student retention,
reminds me in some respects of my college experience in the mid-’70s.
(The school I initially attended) actually did everything it could
to not retain students. It openly bragged that less than half the
incoming freshmen would survive to graduation.
I eventually transferred to Syracuse. It was definitely friendlier
to undergraduate students, and my advisor saw that I had potential.
I don’t remember any formal program back then for this, but it’s
nice to know that Syracuse still cares about undergraduates.
Bob Casey ’78
Oradell, New Jersey
couldn’t believe my eyes when the Summer 2002 issue fell open to
the “Happy Trails” article. Syracuse, known for its outstanding
academics, attentiveness to detail, and professionalism, really
disappointed me with this photo and its message. This horse is so
poorly groomed that it is embarrassing. As well, the horse’s bridle
barely fits. I know it gets blistering cold in Syracuse, however,
it’s not so cold that a currycomb, clippers, and hard brush can’t
be used on the horses.
Jennifer Vogel ’84
not an Israeli or an Arab. I’m an American who believes Elliott
Eisenberg G’92, G’96 was mistaken in his letter (In Basket, Summer
2002) when he wrote that “the root cause of ill will in the Arab
world toward the United States has little or nothing to do with
is an American creation, and American money and munitions arm Israeli
soldiers who terrorize Palestinians. This is the cause of the Israeli-Palestinian
war today. I believe American policy toward Palestinians is unkind
Nancy Kobryn ’69
Utica, New York
deserves its lofty status as a breeding ground for professional
U,” Summer 2002), but no snapshot of the SU sports broadcasting
juggernaut is accurate or complete without proper acknowledgment
of WJPZ’s contribution to that position. Entirely student run, WJPZ
provides real-world training not only in sports journalism, but
also in the production, sales, programming, and management areas
of sports broadcasting.
In fact, a few of the alumni cited in your article—Ian Eagle ’90,
Mitch Levy ’89, and Mike Dardis ’89—actually spent the majority
of their collegiate broadcasting careers at WJPZ. There are many
other prominent WJPZ alumni in the professional sports world as
WJPZ and the SU Alumni Club of WJPZ Radio applaud the University,
the Newhouse School, and WAER for their sustained excellence and
look forward to continuing to build Syracuse as “Sportscaster U”
over the next 30 years.
Scott S. Meach ’90
President, SU Alumni Club of WJPZ Radio
disgusts me that we pretend we’re doing something about acid rain
Rain Man,” Summer 2002). If you don’t cut the acid rain problem
off at the source, you can’t possibly treat it in the field. Any
treatment plans are a waste of money until you dry up the source.
Mother Nature couldn’t fix the problem—man definitely cannot. We
are a bunch of fools.
S.R. Walroth ’74
Rome, New York
was delighted to see an article about the School of Education’s
commitment to people with disabilities (“For
One And All,” Summer 2002). For a ’72 graduate who received
certifications in teaching children with visual disabilities as
well as mental retardation and elementary education, the article
brought back wonderful memories of such noted professors as Burton
Blatt and James Winschel.
was a bit dismayed, however, to learn that the inclusion program
is preparing teachers to work with all children—with and without
disabilities. Today there is a critical shortage of teachers for
students with visual disabilities, and I urge SU to re-establish
the program preparing teachers for such students. I also encourage
undergraduates with inclusion preparation to consider attending
a master’s degree program that will add a visual disabilities endorsement
to their teaching credentials.
I wish the SU program well and hope there will be a renewed interest
in teachers of students with visual impairments.
Anne L. Corn ’72
Professor and Coordinator
Programs in Visual Disabilities
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee