Yackels article Stage
Struck (Spring 2003) inspired me to comment on the excellence
of the presentations at the Syracuse Stage and the Archbold Theatre
and on the unique partnership between Syracuse Stage and the SU
Department of Drama.
return to campus several times a year for WAER and Library Associates
activities and for SU sports events. In March, I saw Syracuse Stage
perform Arthur Millers The Crucible. Two days following,
I attended the drama departments production of Shakespeares
Othello. Each was excellent and stood on its own merits,
but to have both in the same building and running simultaneously
was wonderful beyond any theater-goers dreams. Most memorable
was witnessing the Syracuse student performers delivering Othello
lines with such gusto throughout one of Shakespeares more
difficult works. I was thrilled to be in Syracuse to see two of
English literatures best plays performed so professionally.
an age of dumbed-down, commercialized productions, it is truly uplifting
to know there are still theaters doing the classics in such authentic
ways and that two areBravo!at my alma mater.
Robert G. Ortwine 72
was disappointing to learn that Syracuse University submitted a
friend of the court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting college
quotas (Quad Angles,
Spring 2003). This University sadly tends to worship politically
correct dogma at the expense of individuals.
support for quotasthe term we should be using as opposed to
the biased, loaded term affirmative actionis on
shaky ground. Set aside the patronizing view that blacks need a
jury-rigged system to find success. Forget the immorality of taking
a campus spot from an achiever who is more than the color of his
skin, so it can be presented to a middling student in the name of
diversity. Ignore the tremendous gains in black-earning
power since desegregation. Disregard divisive leaders such as Jesse
Jackson who reinforce negativity by blaming an allegedly oppressive
country for problems properly remedied with sweat and study. And
look past the delusional view that 18th-century inequalities contribute
to the economic disparities of the 21st.
most distressing thing about the Universitys stance is the
obsession with race. What this school does not seem to understand
is that every student who attends SU, including whites, is an individual
who brings unique perspectives and experiences to class. We need
to commit to bringing together the most talented and brightest kids,
instead of attempting to have as many hyphenated Americans on campus
as possible. Unfortunately, the same issue of the magazine contained
a feature story (A
Multitude of Voices) that detailed the schools attempt
to improve faculty diversity. Instead, shouldnt Syracuse be
focusing on improving faculty quality?
Anthony Bialy 97
Kenmore, New York
Syracuse University supports affirmative action in collegiate
admissions as a way to achieve a diverse educational environment
that will benefit all students. The value the University places
on recruiting a diverse student population is at the very core of
its institutional mission to prepare students to understand, live
among, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made
up of people with different backgrounds and cultural traditions.
By promoting a culturally and socially diverse climate, SU supports
the development of each and every member of its community. The University
does not support so-called quotas.
is in response to Is Civil Disobedience a Form of Terrorism?
Spring 2003) by Professor Don Mitchell, who calls for civil
disobedience in answer to the USA PATRIOT Act. The First Amendment
also allows for the willingness of the audience to hear the
message, and also protects audiences that are unable to avoid messages.
Thus, it would seem that, as in the late 1960s and early 1970s,
the antiwar protesters who blocked streets and entrances to public
buildings and workplaces were running afoul of the First Amendment,
in that audiences trying to go to class, attend concerts
or lectures, or even go to work were unable to avoid the message.
we again see protesters blocking public roads, buildings, and workplaces.
One is hard-pressed to excuse this interference with the rights
of the public by attacking the PATRIOT Act, a hard-hitting response
to the despicable 9/11 attacks on the American public.
disobedience may be considered by some as a legitimate means of
protest, but it inevitably tramples on the right of the majority
to avoid the message.
the greater good, common sense would dictate that the security,
safety, and rights of the majority supersede any right
to illegal protest and confrontation that may hinder the public
safety in any way. Political dissidence in America is alive and
well. The PATRIOT Act in no way restricts the peaceful, lawful exercise
of anyones free speech. It merely gives police and firefighters,
first defenders against another terrorist attack (or even a major
accident or fire), another tool with which to protect the public
Marilyn Leiker 90
DeWitt, New York