letters

‘Hawkeye,’ elevated
Everyone has a Hawkeye story or two. We also referred to her (lovingly!) as the “Psychic Numbers Lady.” A Tri Delta sister, Linda Schwarz ’76, was sure Hawkeye kept our numbers stored in her beehive hairdo.

If it was a slow afternoon, we would hitch an arm over Hawkeye’s podium/perch and have a chat with her. She definitely was empowered by the elevation of her seating arrangement and (again) the height of her beehive, as well as those photo-gray glasses—she could see us, but we couldn’t see her!

Thanks for writing about this wonderful woman we all loved. And to Marian, if you’re reading, you’re looking super fab! You go girl! Alas, I remember so many random things these days, but not my number at the SUB!

Kate Johnson Spector ’75
Evanston, Illinois


The inspiring Prof. Annis
The article on Professor LeRoy Annis [autumn 2004] inspires me to pass on praise for the man who gave me the model for making a classroom come alive. Poking, prodding, lots of laughter, soft commentary, booming emphasis, brutal Blue Book tests—always challenging, never mundane, and, above all, a celebration of the literature. I was motivated to keep up on the reading, to be ready to meekly spar in class discussions, and I still wonder if there really was a bird’s nest in his Merlin-like beard. Professor Annis left me irrevocably changed for the better, and when I became a teacher my pledge was to make my classroom like his.

To Professor Annis, thank you from a generation of students who never knew you and from one student who will never forget you.

Don Papasedero ’77
Mercer Island, Washington


OT/PT has tours, too
I enjoyed your article about undergraduate campus tours offered through the Office of Admission. I would like to add that occupational therapy and physical therapy also tour prospective students. Visitors considering application to either program can visit classes, meet with an advisor, go to lunch with a current student, and see facilities and places on campus relevant for graduate studies.

As the campus tour does for undergraduate visitors, this “up close and personal” experience gives our graduate visitors a strong sense of the environment and the opportunities afforded them for their education. They leave knowing who we are not only in theory but in reality.

Ellen Yensan Maccarrone ’87
Tacoma


More on same-sex marriages
We received a number of responses to a letter in the winter issue opposing same-sex marriage announcements in Arches. The following are representative:

The first time I noticed same-sex commitment ceremonies and child adoptions in Arches, a smile formed across my face. I was happy to see equal representation of all people and proud to be a UPS alumnus that day.

However, when I read the Hurdlows’ letter in the last issue, I was surprised. Their utilization of conservative and religious beliefs to judge others is disturbing. Their letter almost reads as “fighting words” to me. I am tired of sitting back and having my rights restricted by some supposed mandate from religious conservatives or the ignorance of a segment of the general populous.

The past has shown that we can’t wait around for societal acceptance to catch up with the universal need for equal rights. If minorities had not fought for their rights, we might still have segregated schools and separate drinking fountains.

Next time, Arches editors might consider helping out the equal rights movement and drop such letters in the trash. Trust me, you have an alibi. The U.S. Postal Service does still lose letters from time to time.

Marc Avery Jones ’97
Seattle


I was saddened and disappointed by the letter to the editor submitted by Terri and Dail Hurdlow denouncing same-sex marriage. I am appalled that as a nation and people we continue to discriminate against others. Same-sex couples should have the right to express their love in the same way as heterosexual couples. You would think that a well-rounded liberal arts education would prepare individuals for a diverse world. However, it looks like not even a UPS degree can assure its graduates won’t express hateful and discriminatory viewpoints.

Chris Harder ’99
Durham, North Carolina