Volume 69, Issue 3
September 19, 1997

Letters and Correspondence

Raudenbush explains W.C.'s recycling situation

Recycling has not been terminated at Washington College.

This summer I received a letter from Mr. Ford Schumann, President of Infinity Recycling, Inc., which began, "I am writing to give you some unfortunate news. We at Infinity Recycling have concluded that we must discontinue our commercial glass service." The fact is that our recycling company no longer was willing to pick up our glass due to "poor glass markets."

On September 4 I met with Howard Kronthal (WC student who for the last two years has been the driving force behind campus recycling), and Marty Holden, the coordinator of the recycling program in Kent County. The county is willing to become our recycler and began glass collection last week. The county will pick up paper types not previously picked up by Infinity, and will pick up plastic, a new item for WC. The fact is that the recycling program is expanding. The new rules will be announced when all is in place with Kent County. The fact is that all recycling is being done as before.

Last year over 35,000 pounds of materials were recycled from WC.

­Reid Raudenbush

Susan Huck responds to the Elm's review of book

Thank you for correctly publishing my "D-List" in your issue of September 12. But (sigh) did your reviewer know that a book review ought to mention the title of the book being reviewed? Why Do We American's Submit to This? is available at Scottie's downtown, and there may still be one copy in the College bookstore.

The faint-hearted Tom Briggs finds me "dangerously conservative," even as he claims to be the bravest soul available to drive the stake. Yes, I am "opposed to" pretty much all of the "movements, ideologies, and thought structures" mentioned. Oh, dear, the "incredibly... nasty attacks on things I believe in... on public figures... harsh criticism of Environmental Activists [caps his]... making fun of judges, politicians, lawyers, entire cities"! God save us!

Mr. Briggs evidentally "doesn't do reasons." "She is meaner than Stalin and she's got a big list of facts to back it up," if you can make any sense out of that. (And he is supposed to compare me to Hitler, not Stalin. See my article, "Painting Swastikas.")

As for specific nonsense, try Briggs' reference to page 64. No "black helicopters." The "alleged" document, however, is the infamous Navy "combat arms survey," which asks Marines and SEALs about their readiness to kill Americans as part of a gun-confiscation program.

Mr. Briggs' essay on "sic" begins with a nonexistant, spurious "quote" about him. Beyond that, my employment of "sic" is entirely justifiable. As a Yale Ph.D. and a full professor of English, one might assume that Professor Richard DeProspo knows how to spell, punctuate, and write a clear sentence. Wrong. I quoted in full his course description for "Ponography" (sic) four years ago. Now cosmetically retitled "Female Somatics," the current description retains precisely the same stupid errors. Check it yourselves.

Other remarks could be made, but never mind. My book is full of discussions of "issues" which are censored out of consideration at Washington College. First contact with another point of view sends Mr. Briggs into culture-shock, which goes far to prove my point.

­ Susan Huck

Thomas Briggs responds:

First of all, I did name your book, Why Do We Americans Submit to This?, in my review. I guess maybe you ought to read more carefully in the future. Check the first line of paragraph four.

Second of all, I did read the tedious article you refer to in your letter, and therefore, very deliberately, called you Stalin, even though I may be "supposed to" call you Hitler. I'm not playing by your rules, even if I have to play your game.

Finally, please refer to me as something other than "faint-hearted." Or have all the nasty names you can think of already been used up? I am not in "culture shock" as you say, but rather, I find your ideas stupid, outdated and misguided. Your so-called "issues" are not censored by Washington College, however we do have certain standards of intellectual honesty and decency to hold up. I'm sure you can understand, and in the future kindly do me the courtesy of reading my work ­ as I read yours ­ before you trash it. I have nothing but laughter and scorn for your schlocky book, but I did at least read as much of it as I could stomach without getting (sic).

I reiterate my advice: get a life, read something besides right wing propaganda, and don't be so bitter about losing the culture war. Nobody likes a sore loser.

­ Thomas Briggs

More criticism of first issue "School Daze" cartoon

As an organization which has worked to promote the well-being of athletes, the Student-Athlete Mentors were disturbed by the cartoon, by Stacey Scheibler, which displayed what we feel is a poor attempt at humor with a half-witted, lethargic lacrosse player. This is a stereotype that has no place at a school of this size which prides itself on being close-knit, supportive, and dedicated to the exapnsion, not the narrowing, of the mind.

Athletes in general have a tough time fighting the stereotypes that they do not need the school paper to perpetuate such narrow thinking. It has been shown that college athletes across the country show an equivalent, and often higher, academic achievement level than non-athletes. Many Washington College student-athletes are in the top percentiles of their classes despite having to manage their intense practice schedules.

The perception that all members of the lacrosse team are stupid is not true. Many members are recognized for making the Dean's List. In addition, many players engage in various support roles on campus as RAs, OLs, SAMs and other leaders. The swim teams were named to the College Swim Coaches Academic All-American Team; the men's tennis team, last year's Division III National Champion, was named an All-Academic Team with Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll players; the field hockey team had two players named to the National Field Hockey Coaches National Academic Squad; and the women's Basketball Team is currently up for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Academic Honor Roll. 64 student-athletes were named to the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics 1996-97 Academic Honor Roll. 98 student-athletes were named to our very own Dean's List Everyone needs to be more aware of these facts.

More positive accomplishments should take precedent over "humorous" cartoons that acheive nothing but to perpetuate false stereotypes.

­Diane Zeng and the Student Athlete Mentors