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What a treat to read Jim Tobin's piece on the Clements Library (A piece of history Sep 2007). The Clements reading room is the prettiest room on the campus but, more importantly, its collection represents one of the essential collections of Americana in the world. I hope that Mr. Tobin (a fellow Daily alum) will contribute more to your publication. (Maybe a piece on that other architectural gem, the Law School, and its unusual benefactor, Mr. Cook.)

  • David Burhenn
  • A.B., J.D.
  • 1975, 1982
  • LSA, Law
  • Los Angeles

All the years I lived on campus, I never entered the Clements Library (A piece of history Sep 2007). I assumed it was "off limits" to visitors. Sorry I missed it.

  • Chester R. Steffey
  • Bach Arch, Master Arch
  • 1954,1957
  • Architecture and Design
  • Sierra Vista

I enjoyed reading the alumni note from Trevor Thrall '88 and Matt Roy '88 - regarding their new creation, Wolverine Beer. I sampled some of the beer at Dominick's in A2 while I was visiting for a field hockey alumni reunion. The beer is delicious! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine! Go Blue!

  • Ashley Reichenbach Kopp
  • B.A (English)
  • 2000
  • LSA
  • Downingtown

Re: Talking about words, Sep 2007: Strictly speaking, astrakhan isn't a fabric; rather it is a fur. Specifically, it's the fur of newborn or fetal lambs.

  • Leilani Dawson
  • MSI
  • 2004
  • SI
  • New York

Keep up the excellent work. Like to know what's happening at M and Ann Arbor.

  • Jim Schmid
  • MSW
  • 1975
  • Social Work
  • Battle Creek

Michigan has moved too far to the left to know how far to the left it has moved.

  • Jeff Paetkau
  • MArch
  • 1990, 1993
  • Architecture
  • Sonoma

I love receiving and reading the articles in the Michigan Today. However, I noticed that some of the medical/research articles are written for "the scientist."

Is is possible for you to write two articles--one for the novice that just wants the quick, bottom line of facts, and one longer, more detailed and scientific one for the "scientifically/research" oriented person--this way readers could choose which article to read?

We're sorry for the trouble. We try to write our articles in a way that non-scientists can understand. Unfortunately, some of this research is very technical, and it's critical to our scientists that the information we put out be complete and accurate. As a result, sometimes these stories are by necessity pretty complex. We do try to summarize study findings in the story leads, but unfortunately, the university puts out so much research we simply don't have the resources to condense everything. We will continue to strive to make our regular news articles as clear and easy to understand as possible. --Editor

  • Rita Ghazal
  • A.B.Ed.
  • 1999
  • School of Education
  • Austin

Thank you for reminding me about the wise choice for commencement speaker (Bill Clinton). That President Coleman would choose such a polarizing figure demonstrates just how arrogant she is.

President Coleman states that she is not a political hack. If that is the case, does this mean that we will have a good conservative to be the speaker at next year's commencement? I'm not holding my breath. It is reprehensible that the Board of Regents would present an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree to someone who is not allowed to practice law in his own state, for lying under oath. This is someone whom we want our young graduates to look up to?

By the way, who will be next year's commencement speaker, Michael Moore or Ward Churchill? In fact, I understand that "Doctor" Churchill is looking for a job. Has he had his first interview in Ann Arbor yet?

  • Bill Dunn
  • B.A.
  • 1972
  • LS&A
  • Grand Rapids

This is very interesting to read. Thank you for sharing it with the UM staff. Great topics, and timely. I really wanted to hear President Clinton's speech, now I am able to. I also feel more connected to UM research by reading these articles. Thanks again

  • Barb Mulay
  • 1973, 1977, 1983
  • Ann Arbor

After reading this article When God sanctions violence, believers act more aggressively, I felt a comment needed to be sent to distinguish the study's definition of a "believer."

When I attended the University of Michigan I was not a believer. Yes I "believed" in God and "believed" in the Bible. When I moved to California I was confronted with my beliefs in view of the Bible and God. In using my U of M "get all the facts before making a decision" I came to find out that true "believers" are those who accept Jesus as God incarnate in the flesh to be their "Savior" and "Lord" to have all their sins forgiven (by grace, not based on how good a person you are or how many good things you have done). Those believers then live a life according to God's Word, but are stil with imperfections. Most say they are believers but either don't practice what they believe or practice something that is not taught in true Christianity.

In reading the article, I am confident that the study was in gross error of defining a believer. In becoming a believer myself (which by the way, in claiming to be a "born again Christian," you are setting yourself up for all sorts of intolerance, hate and general disdain) I know what a believer is and the those who are true believers accept the Old Testament and ALL that is in it but also believe that Jesus came, not only to forgive the sins of the world that they might be saved, but also to give a new commandment; that we love one another. And this love is not always the huggy-kissy type. It may involve defending the faith, protection of people, discipline of children, rebuke of a friend, etc.

What I learned at U of M is due diligence and making a decision. I did my due diligence and found the truth staring me in the face. I actually didn't want to believe it and tried to disagree with it. But a quote I remembered in a Poli-Sci class from Winston Churchill stated that truth is incontrovertible. Christianity (true Biblical Christianity) is the Truth!

  • Rob Ogden
  • BGS
  • 1982
  • LSA
  • Chino Hills

Just an opinion, but the study of the American Soldier (April 2007 issue) is truly a waste of money. Soldiers overall don't like war any more than you or I. The sad part is, somebody has to do it. If the soldiers don't defend us, that means that you and I will have to do it. God help this country if it depends on the likes of me to defend it. I thank God every day that we have these brave men and women there to help defend us even if it is not their sole desire in life. It is a major job, and I love each and every one of them for their dedication.

  • Audrey Seay

Thank you for your thoughtful selection of article subjects. I appreciated very much this edition of Michigan Today (April 2007) and was genuinely interested in most of the content. Also, the format works very well: the succinct article descriptions tied to links and the resources at the right sidebar work well together. I am proud to see a product that reflects so well on the U. Thank you very much and keep up the good work.

  • Randy Jones
  • B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering
  • 2006
  • Engineering

In the period 1952-1955, I worked in the Mental Hygiene Clinic in the Student Health Sevice. I recall clearly being told it was the first such clinic in the United States, and quite possibly in the world.

Dr Theodore Raphael, a fine and kind man, was the director of the clinic, and the staff included Lloyd Berridge and Sadie Powers, among others, and a fellow psychology graduate student, Irving Sarnoff.

I enjoyed my time and the people there. They helped me to understand and learn much that has stood me in good stead since then. I know the clinic had an excellent record and I hope I contributed to it.

Sincerely and Fondly, Kenneth S. Davidson PhD

  • Kenneth S. Davidson
  • M.A., Ph.D. Clin. Psychol.
  • 1954
  • LSA - Graduate Sch
  • Farmington Hills

Please advise whoever wrote the Law Clinic article that the practice of law is a profession, not a trade. Point taken. We regret the error; thank you for pointing it out.

  • Gregory J. Zierk

I love Michigan Today. Don't go Hollywood and use glossy paper. It's so hard for old eyes to read. I love reading the articles on science especially brain research and on education as I am an educator. Keep up the good work. - Janet

  • Janet Jacobsen Perkins
  • BA
  • 1963
  • LSA
  • Escanaba

I found the article When God sanctions violence, believers act more aggressively to be VERY enlightening. I teach history at DePaul University here in Chicago. I will be able to use the information in this article in ALL my classes. It supports a contention I have been noting for some time. That is the use of God as a justification for political actions, even if those actions seem contrary to justice. Thank you for the publication of the article.

Howard Lindsey, PhD

Dept of History

DePaul University

  • Howard Lindsey
  • M.A., Ph.D
  • 1970, 1993
  • Rackham
  • Chicago

I was just searching for photos of the university and to my dismay, I found none. Nothing on or after an extensive google search. I also failed to find a way to provide feedback on any or alumni sites. Please share this feedback with partner sites, as our campus is beautiful and impressive and we are currently missing the opportunity to showcase that to prospective students.

  • Elizabeth McKeague
  • BA
  • 2001
  • LSA
  • San Francisco

I really appreciate that you send out the research going on. I am retired and enjoy hearing what is still happening at the ISSR and other schools.

  • Harry A. Ford
  • MSW, MA, PhD
  • LSA, Social Work
  • Lakewood

Thank you for the interesting newsletter - keep up the positive support. By the way, I saw the Bible research story - is religion / spirituality a new area of focus for Michigan? I can't remember ever tuning in and seeing something in that vein before.

  • Kathleen Engler
  • BA
  • 93
  • LSA
  • San Francisco

I have asked Professor Poulson to prove that his 300 Million year paper is correct in his statement that carbon dioxide produced warming rather than warming produced carbon dioxide. (A New Climate Fall, 2006.)Studies have shown that there is no correlation between carbon dioxide content of the air and the temperature. What proof does he have? Ice core tests have shown that over the past 400,000 years carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere follow warming and not the other way around. I don't want modeling data to prove or confuse anything.

Howard Sachar

  • Howard Sachar
  • BSE(EE)
  • 1950
  • Elect Engineering
  • Redondo Beach

I would rather have this publication mailed instead of e-mail.

Thank you for your note. We at Michigan Today would love to continue sending a paper edition of the magazine, but unfortunately, the costs of doing so simply became too high. With paper, printing, and mailing costs rising, and our duty as part of a public institution to spend wisely, we have had to make the magazine strictly an online publication. We're sad about losing the print edition, but we also look forward to the opportunities avaiable online. We're sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes, and we hope you'll stick with Michigan Today through the transition. --editor

  • Arthur James Rubiner
  • AB, JD
  • 1949; 1951
  • LSA, Law School
  • West Bloomfield

I am thrilled to hear more about this wonderful author. Years ago, when the LSA magazine issued a "literature issue," this young writer's superb characterization jumped out at me. I am eager to read, and hear, more about him.

  • Daphna Boros Stepen
  • B.A. Philosophy
  • 1988
  • LSA
  • Ann Arbor

really enjoyed my issue good work!


Frank Beaver's remarks about the film "Letters from Iwo Jima" fails to take into account the sad truth about the Japanese soldiers in WW II. Yes, they were humans, but they were brutal and inhuman in their treatment of their enemy as any survivor of Bataan will tell you. Their tactics were ghastly which is the direct obverse of how American soldiers behaved toward captured Japanese military. This film is an insult to those who survived the Bataan death march and other atrocities at the hands of the Japanese military in WW II.

  • H. Allen Brown
  • MS
  • 1964
  • LS&A

"Letters From Iwo Jima" was based, in part, on the book "So Sad to Fall in Battle" by Kumiko Kakehashi. Of note to U-M alums is this quote on page 112 of her book. "Attached to the U.S. First Cavalry Division for military study, Kuribayashi found the time to audit courses at Harvard University and the University of Michigan..." Did he really? Was he on Campus? This had to be between March 1928 and April 1930. Are there any records of this? A note for the reviewer: the tactics of Lt Gen. Kuribayashi on Iwo Jima seem to have been closely copied by the VC and the NVA in South Vietnam, and by the Hezbollah in the defense of Southern Lebanon last summer.

  • John Simcox
  • B.B.A.
  • 1960
  • Business
  • Fairfax

an excellent way to communicate I enjoy getting the info

  • charles ALDRIDGE
  • BS,MD
  • 1940,1943OCT

Where on line can I purchase/order Michigan memorialbilia: car stickers/patches/clothing/blankets/caps etc. thanks.

You can find tons of Michigan gear at many sites online. A simple Google search will lead you to several vendors. You can also search via the U-M Alumni Association website, at Happy hunting! --editor

  • D. Bruce Wile
  • 1952,1965
  • Engineering

I for one applaud President Coleman's efforts to find ways to assure the University's diversity. The people of Michigan made a serious mistake last November when they voted to discontinue affirmative action, especially as it applies to and affects enrollment at universities. Public education needs to do a better job of preparing minorities for college, especially for U of M, MSU and WSU. Hopefully the staff and students will submit creative and effective ideas to accomplish the goal. It would seem that some thoughts should include how public education can better prepare all students for learning at universities such as U of M. I tutor at an elementary school in Kalamazoo and would be happy to support suggestions that would be offered to the public school systems. Just for your information I am Caucasian who valued my time at U of M and the diversity of students which mirrored the real world. I look forward to hearing about the ideas that are generated on this subject.

  • Richard Glass
  • 1956-57

It is a waste of time and effort to find ways to promote diversity. Students accepted to U of M come from various backgrounds bringing with them their own natural diversity. Artificially creating it is redundant. Our hard earned money should be put to better use.

  • Milton and Edith Simmons

Considering that no less than the US Supreme Court has affirmed Michigan's position on classroom "diversity", it is clear that this feature is critical to a good education. In that high profile case, the University of Michigan did not argue that special considerations for race in its admissions policy were necessary to correct discrimination. Rather, it contended that providing classroom diversity was essential to a quality education for all students. It did not say that the goal of classroom diversity was merely a "nice" or "desirable" thing. It took the official position that diversity was "essential" and a lack thereof meant that fellow students that were not black would be receiving a substantially substandard education. In consideration of the fact that Senator Hillary Clinton recently announced her aspirations for considerable influence over all our lives and that her college experience was at an institution that was either totally or substantially female, I would expect the University of Michigan to announce that it is of the opinion that the senator has an inferior education. The only other announcement that would be consistent with the institution's high profile focus on this issue would be that in its lexicon, the word "diversity" has no place in any discussion of the absence of representation by gender. The absence of either announcement would appear to indicate that the institution's position on diversity is not so much "real" as it is "political".

  • Doug Haag
  • 1965

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