Enforceable standards, ombudsmen, and ethics pledges might, as Newhouse
professor Steve Davis suggests, help clean up journalisms
plagiarism mess (Perspectives,
we must create a standards course to counsel journalism majors against
the theft of words, then lets also use that forum to decry
the more insidious theft of truth, the growing practice of presenting
random facts, prevailing beliefs, unattributed opinions, and inane
speculation under the guise of straight news.
teaching students how to report and write the news, I hope were
still advising them to leave their opinions at the door. When those
opinions get into print or on the air, journalism isnt simply
a messits bankrupt.
R. Campbell G69
I agree with SUs aerospace experts that space exploration
is a vital goal for NASA (Pioneering
Spirit, Fall 2003). Unmanned spacecraft are a cheaper
and safer alternative than human explorers. Unmanned rockets can
travel much farther than humans and spend much more time in space.
Unmanned missions will not only extend our understanding of the
universe, they will also stimulate the development of technological
advances in the areas of robotics and sensors. These technologies
will, in turn, play a critical role in the modernization and automation
of our nations manufacturing infrastructure.
J. Sheskin G65
I want to let you know how impressed I am with the Winter 2003 issue.
I particularly found the articles on how SU affected the lives of
the alumni to be inspiring. It also reminded me of how SU changed
my life through my connections and experiences, particularly with
the faculty, staff, and students at the Institute for Sensory Research.
Providence, Rhode Island
What a pleasure to see your profile of Pete Sala (The
Dome-inator, Fall 2003). In addition to the many nice
things Kristen Swing wrote, Pete is an unfailing gentleman and true
professional. I cant imagine anyone doing a better job of
Director, Production Services, CBS Sports
New York, New York
The Universitys mentor programs are well outlined in the Summer
The athletic departments mentors are a boon, and SU Project
Advance mentors provide the needed push to many high school seniors.
also found that mentors are important in after-school life. Alumni
can serve as mentors by offering jobs to graduates and donating
to the University.
It was with much dismay that I noted the photographs of Bill Clinton
as the 2003 Commencement speaker (Fall 2003). In the early 80s,
the likes of newsman Ted Koppel 60, H82 and Secretary
of State Al Haig brought a stature to the ceremony that was indeed
appropriate. It is hard to believe that Clinton was the selection
committees consensus as to a model for young people about
to enter a new phase of their lives.
Story Allen 81
Amherst, New Hampshire
I congratulate all Syracuse fans on the 2003 NCAA basketball championship
Journey, Summer 2003). Basketball has become a very popular
game worldwide, and this major achievement has helped to put SU
on the map in my part of the world. I an extremely proud.
I disagree with the opinion written by Patrick Morelli 66
(In Basket, Fall
2003). West Side Story is an updated version of Shakespeares
Romeo and Juliet that premiered on Broadway in the late 50s
as our country continued to struggle with its racial identity. As
social commentary, the musical and the original play are riveting.
Many classic theatrical pieces could be viewed through such narrow
lenses. In so doing, one misses the crux entirely.
D. Gardsbane G95
Morellis letter about West Side Story as a racist relentless
tradition of dehumanizing stereotypes left me
wondering what Ive been missing all these years. I always
thought it was nothing more than a simple love story about two kids
in New York City.