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The Albright Reporter
Albright College
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Fax: 610-921-7295
E-mail: jstoudt@alb.edu

Dear Albright Reporter,

I would like to respond to Mr. Greg Willamson’s comments (in the fall 2003 issue) about my letter, printed in the summer 2003 issue.

Mr. Willamson seems to think that I am saying that we must tolerate all viewpoints. This could not be further from the truth.

What I was saying and still am saying, is that Albright is a family. No one should be excluded from that family due to what he or she is doing or believes, just as no one should be disowned from any other type of family. If, however, one member of the family cannot tolerate the views of another, then that member is free to leave the family. But if they should change their mind and wish to return, the door should always remain open.

Harriet M. Shapiro
Charlotte, N.C.
Class of 1998


Dear Albright Reporter,

Dr. Zimon's “Story of a Starfish” (Fall 2003, Vol. 23, No. 4) got me thinking – where have I heard that story before? So I dug up a book called The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley, my favorite author. Eiseley was the distinguished chair of anthropology at University of Pennsylvania until his death in 1977. Perhaps Dr. Zimon’s story was inspired by this short story, only it ends differently than Zimon's. The thrower says, “The stars...throw well. One can help them.'' After which Eiseley observes: ''The star thrower is man, and death is running more fleet than he along every seabeach in the world.” Thought you might like to know the rest of the story.

Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland, CA
Class of 1974


Dear Albright Reporter,

My years at Albright instilled in me a different lesson from the starfish story Dr. Zimon recounted, thanks to Marcia Green, Doris Manzolillo, and others. It is exemplified by a story that guides our work in public health:

One day, people started noticing babies floating down the river. They scrambled to fish babies out of the river, rescuing as many as possible and calling frantically for other rescuers to join them. However, there were far too many to save and the drowning babies kept coming... until someone thought to go upstream to stop the babies from getting into the river in the first place.

If you really want to make a difference, GO UPSTREAM!

Chris Coombe, M.P.H.
Ann Arbor, MI
Class of 1973


Dear Albright Reporter,

I work at a non-profit community cancer center where we address various supportive needs of patients including working with children and adolescents. “The Cancer Game” (Fall 2003, Vol. 23, No. 4) sounds like an ideal tool for our social workers to use with children to facilitate their familiarity with terminology, reduction of fear and provision of an element of “control” over the disease.

We are interested in being able to access this game as a teaching/counseling tool and would be willing to act as a “pilot site” to test its effectiveness. Our financial resources are very limited. Can you help us with this?

Susan Bowman, R.N., O.C.N., M.S.W.
York, PA
Class of 1973

Editor's Note: As this issue of The Albright Reporter went to press, Yuko Oda, assistant professor of digital media and co-creator of “The Cancer Game” planned to meet with Susan to discuss this opportunity.


 

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