just read Amy Shiress wonderful article announcing the opening
of the LGBT Resource Center (University Place, Fall 2002). My pride
in Syracuse University soared. In 1971, I graduated from SU with
both B.S. and M.Arch. degrees, but without a word that I was gay.
During a 1994
visit to SU, I was saddened by the lack of any visible integration
of LGBT students into the general student body. Today it is very
pleasant to experience how it feels to be accepted as a fully enfranchised
member of the SU family.
I hope many
LGBT alumni will openly support this center. Thank you to the administration
and to the student body for taking another decisive step in providing
a diverse and inclusive environment for the superior education of
Michael Barthold 71, G71
I was disappointed
to read about the proposed closure of the School of Nursing (Quad
Angles, Fall 2002). As a graduate of this program, I find it disconcerting,
especially when there is a large nursing shortage. I would ask the
University to reconsider its decision in light of the schools
history, the excellent graduates it has produced, and the great
need for nurses that exists.
Cohen Parchinsky 65
Hoboken, New Jersey
I was upset
to learn that Syracuse will most likely be closing the School of
Nursing. I feel the education I received at SU was positive and
enabled me to further my career. I also take exception to Vice Chancellor
and Provost Deborah A. Freunds comment about nursing. She
states, The school has offered a solid program of instruction
and has graduated thousands of well-trained nursing professionals.
I, for one, am not trained! I am an educated, professional nurse.
Until our own institution realizes that nurses are indeed educated,
how can the expectation of others be changed to see nurses as educated,
Spencer Selvek G94
Canandaigua, New York
Safety on the Hill (Fall 2002) brought back fond memories
of my fellow original student marshals Mike Kicera,
Mario Briccetti, and Joe Canavan. I applaud all advancements in
keeping pace to parry safety and security concerns. However, I cannot
help but feel saddened that society has not progressed further in
dealing with the root causes of the problems. Prestigious universities
of higher learning, such as SU, can put their resources to better
M. Serpico 74, G76
Floral Park, New York
Kenneth A. Shaw wrote a thought-provoking column in the Fall 2002
issue centering on an incident involving a student who went to an
off-campus costume party in black face. The Chancellor rightly reminded
us that although the incident resulted from thoughtlessness and
not malice, the students actions were still hurtful.
I have one quibble
with the piece. The student was described as a member of one
of our fraternities, as if fraternity status had some bearing
on the incident. Perhaps the Universitys (unconscious) bias
against fraternities has been unwittingly revealed by this comment.
G. Cavanagh 72
Pelham, New York
read with disappointment the article A Design for the Future
(University Place, Summer 2002) describing the School of Managements
plans for a new building. I was shocked that a school that prides
itself on cutting-edge business principles and practices
would fail to identify green building as its primary
objective for the new structure.
I believe the
building should be an absolute showplacethe pre-eminent example
of green building that would serve as a model to encourage
corporations to follow SUs lead.
Isaac Weingarten 93 of Fox & Fowle Architects (the architects
of the new School of Management building) offers the following information
about the building: SU has been committed to the principles of sustainable,
environmentally responsible building design and construction methodologies
for many years. The new buildings design will continue this
trend on several environmental fronts and be a true model for the
leaders of tomorrow. Among the numerous featured design elements
A central communicating circulation corridor that maximizes
the amount of daylight penetration to all interior spaces;
Displacement/under-floor ventilation in classrooms to increase
ventilation effectiveness and save energy;
The use of numerous energy-efficient measures, low-emitting
materials containing no volatile organic compounds, and regional
building materials made with recycled content.
To achieve this goal, a nationally renowned design team led by Bruce
Fowle 60 will complement the Universitys in-house professional