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To and from the editors

Last updated May 11, 2001

"KNUCKLE-DRAGGER" RESPONDS
Now, I'm just another knuckle-dragger, so please bear with me. I read with interest the article by Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz regarding an article in Men's Health on the best colleges for men ["Heads up, knuckle-draggers," in "Big Trouble, Little Pond," Winter 2001]. I had read part of the Men's Health article, not for the reason intended by the author, but rather to see if I could glean some information on colleges where my daughters should not go. I only read a little, and don't remember a great deal of it (we knuckle-draggers can't remember much beyond our favorite beer and best bimbo), but as I dimly recall the article was more anecdotal than informative and of little value to anyone seriously seeking an appropriate college.
      I was more disturbed by Jhally and Katz's response. The strong points they made to rebut the Men's Health article were undermined by name calling, odd logic and other behavior more suited to the traditional male chauvinist than to the enlightened males they purport to be.
      Even the most ardent adherents of the "boys-will-be-boys" philosophy are beyond name-calling by the time they get out of high school. Yet the authors engage in this time-honored, if infantile device, repeatedly. They refer to the "the knuckle draggers" at Men's Health (and this one paragraph after saying "Watch out when ‘the' appears before any group description — you know crude stereotyping is about to occur."); they refer to women who do not adhere exactly to their way of thinking as "babes and bimbos"; they call the writer/editor at Men's Health liars because they do not follow the same statistics as the authors. As respected professional academicians, the authors surely know that everyone believes and cites the statistics that support their argument, while conveniently ignoring statistics that undermine their argument. Is this lying? Perhaps it's misguided, but we all do it, most of us presumably in good faith.
      I also don't understand the logic of their first paragraph (again, this may be due to my own knuckle-headedness) in which they accuse Men's Health of Orwellian doublespeak because they say UMass, "a campus where women had recently been terrorized by what appeared to be a serial rapist" was a bad college for men. It seems to me that by their own argument, a campus where women are terrorized and raped is a bad place for anyone, men or women. So why is Men's Health being condemned? Isn't this what Jhally and Katz are saying also?
      Finally, Jhally and Katz decide that because Men's Health deals exclusively (according to them) with heterosexual relationships, it is homophobic. This is a logical leap of the worst kind. The absence of support or endorsement of a position does not automatically mean hatred of it. I drive a Japanese car. By Jhally and Katz's definition, I'm anti-American.
      Unfortunately, the many good points that Jhally and Katz make in their article will be dismissed by the very people they should be trying to convince. Those already in agreement will nod in assent, but is the point of such debate merely to preach to the converted? I'd rather think that such debate is intended to move us all toward a more enlightened vision of the nature of our relationships with other human beings. As with statistics, we generally hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest. By giving their opponents such easy means to dismiss their argument, Jhally and Katz have done little more than call names. And that seems to be an occupation better suited to knuckle-draggers and bimbos.

Dennis Harrod
Cazenovia, New York

BAND NEEDS HOME
Last March I had the opportunity to chaperone two students to the Massachusetts All-state Music Educators Conference/Festival. What occurred to me at the festival was how simply amazing it was to have so many UMass Amherst alumni represented at the festival, most of whom had or have connections with the UMass Marching Band.
     It strikes me as shameful for a program as wonderful as the UMMB to be in the unfortunate circumstance of not having a home. No place to adequately store equipment, uniforms, music. No place for members to join in camaraderie. No place for the band to exist off of the practice or show field.
      Such a strong ambassador for the university deserves better treatment from the current administration! The band is now housed in the condemned university apartments, having been thrown out of Old Chapel (its former home) due to repairs. Many letters have been written by alumni asking why these events have transpired without adequate foresight (or indeed without redress! — the band is still homeless!)
      From my own days at the university, I remember always finishing practice or a show with "the mantra": EYES WITH PRIDE! I am sorry to say that with the lack of response to our questions posed to the administration, my eyes now are downcast for the lack of respect we have been shown.
      Please support the band in its time of need! Empty promises of a new building will not help the current band. Do not turn these ambassadors away. They need a home and they need it now!

Gary Hyman '92
Norton

ESSAY RESONATES AT MEN'S RESOURCE CENTER
THANKS TO SUT JHALLY and Jackson Katz for directly tackling the issues of violence and masculinity in their recent article [Big Trouble, Little Pond, Winter 2001]. Their challenge to us all to "offer more resources to these [non-violent] men — the majority — in order to help them intervene in male culture in a productive fashion" is particularly meaningful to us at the Men's Resource Center of Western Massachusetts.
     For the past 18 years we have been developing these resources and programs for the communities and campuses of our region. Our close collaboration with the Everywoman's Center has demonstrated what is possible when men and women work together as allies to change a culture of violence that hurts us all. Our magazine, Voice Male, stands in sharp contrast to publications like Men's Health that Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz so aptly critique as perpetuating damaging myths and stereotypes about men.
     We agree with Jhally and Katz that "men have a special responsibility to do this work." And it is helpful when we can offer real models in our own community of organizations that are effectively doing "the hard educational work of providing boys and young men [and adults] with the inspiration and tools to become "better men." For more information about the Men's Resource Center of Western Massachusetts or our magazine please contact us at www.mrc-wma.com or (413) 253-9987.

Steven Botkin '88G
Amherst

MORE ON WHERE WE'RE AT
WHERE DID YOU GET that awful map of Massachusetts on the inside back cover? ["Ever wonder where we all live? Winter 2001.] As a former resident of Barnstable County, I can tell you that the elbow of the Cape is growing, not shrinking. Where is Monomoy Island?

Bruce Baker '76
Falls Church, Virginia

The map in our winter circulation ad was meant to be conceptual, not geographically accurate, but we'd feel the same as Bruce Baker if we noticed the elision of a cherished locale. Monomoy Island, which we understand to be uninhabited and to which in any case we address no magazines, goes the way of the Quabbin Reservoir in this stock silhouette.

I WAS INTRIGUED BY the inside back cover page detailing where all the UMass Magazines go.It figures that a preponderance of UMass alumni — especially those who still have dew behind their ears instead of a lot of hair growing out of those orifices — hang out in the Northeast. And it also figures that many of those of an age where they're put out to pasture seek sunny pastures.
     But, although the demographics indicated on the page show 3,792 mags being circulated to Florida, for me to be included under that heading is partially misleading. More descriptive of my baliwick is the skimpy sampling of 179 souls located in Alabama. For this clime is almost the center — both geographically and culturally — of the "Redneck Riviera," made famous by that maven of sun and fun, Jimmy Buffett. When people say, "Oh, you live in Florida," they infer proximity to Disney World, the Tampa Bay Bucs or Miami Beach. We have to immediately dispel their error with the disclaimer, "Actually, this is ‘Lower Alabama' — and Chicago is closer than Miami!"
     Anyway, the demographics on the page define why there's no UMass alumni club anywhere within anything short of "take a vacation" reach of my abode. But maybe the 179 from Alabama, the 69 in Mississippi, the 192 in Louisiana — and me — could set up our own chapter. And meet in Biloxi once or twice a year for golf and gambling! It's a thought.

Ted Raymond '59
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

REMEMBERING DAVID LIEDERMAN
ONE OF THE MOST UNHERALDED graduates of the university died at age 65 in January 2001. David Liederman '57 passed away from pancreatic cancer at his home in New York City. David was one of the outstanding child welfare advocates in the country. He headed the child Welfare League of the United States for many years and was a recognized leader in social welfare policy in Washington and across America. In Massachusetts, David was a state representative, the first director of the Massachusetts Office for children, and Chief Secretary to Governor Michael Dukakis.
     Everyone who knew Dave found him to be a kind, humane, yet passionate pioneer in the field of human services. As a social worker he understood the needs of children, the disenfranchised, and the poor. He had amazing empathy for all who needed help.
     There were tributes to David in the Washington Post, The New York Times, as well as in the Boston Globe.
     He was a very special person and the Alumnus should have many kind words for this famous alumnus - husband, father, grandfather and wonderful friend to so many.

Elaine Siegel Marks '56
Alexandria, Virginia

RAPE OR REGRETS?
I AGREE THAT RAPE is a terrible thing. Men of conscience need to be
aware that it happens and take an active role in working to prevent it. I sincerely doubt, however, that the majority of men give either overt or tacit approval to any violence against women, whether it be rape or "mere" beatings.
     
What bothers me most is the attitude exemplified by the woman quoted in the article as saying, " . . . I was not even fully aware that I had been raped either time until much later." This does not sound like rape. It sounds like a woman who lacked either the maturity or self-possession to say "no" and had a sexual experience that she later regretted. Whether this poor judgment on her part speaks of ignorance or alcohol is immaterial to the fact that poor judgment is not a crime, nor is it indicative of the criminal guilt of another party. It is simply a mistake from which one hopes the girl has learned better. Yes, the male partner probably took some advantage here. But he would have been wholly unsuccessful if the woman hadn't aided and abetted him at every turn. If he is guilty of rape, she is his equally responsible accomplice.
     
My wife, earlier in her life, was raped. To this day she bears the scarsof that attack, including a bite mark. That's rape, real rape, and in her own words, "To equate violent rape with a one-night stand later regretted is to trivialize the depths of depravity of a true rapist, and far worse in my mind, suggests a woman who realizes the next day she made a mistake suffers to a comparable degree with a woman who is forcibly restrained and violated. I've been in both situations, and I assure you that there IS no comparison." I agree with my wife. Classifying morning-after regrets as rape dilutes the horror that rape really is.
    
Life is full of choices, and inevitably you will regret some of them. Take the regret for the lesson it is on your road toward maturity and, we dare hope, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Learn it and move on.

David Hunt '00
Sandusky, Ohio


POULTRY DAYS
THE WINTER ISSUE OF YOUR MAGAZINE brings back a number of memories of the Mass. College of Agriculture!
    I
nside the back cover there is the illustration showing the various counties for the state. Back in those early days there was a nice building, west of the pond and quite close to the library. It provided a social area for students and visitors, including an area in the basement used for bowling. There were a number of rooms on the second floor, some of which were later listed for and used by people who came to Amherst seeking help and information, usually dealing with agricultural problems, from the different counties.
     
When I returned one time (the late 1940's?) someone wanted to use a restroom. When they were located and found as “women” and “men,” the large room between them was listed as Middlesex!
     
In an earlier issue of your magazine there were statements that indicated the entire state was now considered to be suburban areas. Thus, in effect, agriculture was no longer of any importance. My interests were in agriculture, stimulated strongly by 4H club activities that, in my case, concentrated on chickens. A member of the faculty (Nodine) did a lot to help such 4H clubs, that included meetings each spring in Amherst. This led me to attend the Agricultural College — class of 1934. I noticed in the earlier issue that effort was being made to advance 4H clubs — something I strongly approve.
     
At my high school graduation in 1929, I was permitted to present an essay that I prepared: “Agriculture as a Profession.” In it I listed Professor Rice at Cornell “who is considered by his fellowmen to be the most valuable man in the poultry world.” I joined the poultry department staff [at Cornell] in 1935, but as at many other agricultural colleges, the support by research, extension service, and teaching related to the poultry industry stopped – in our case in 1991. Thus I have found it difficult to support such colleges.
    I did keep in some contact with Fred Jeffrey '34, who was a grad student at Massachusetts Agricultural College and later joined their poultry department, soon to take over control of the Stockbridge School. He prepared an excellent book – Bantam Chickens (1974).
     
It would sure be nice to return to those wonderful days when agriculture involved many families!

Randall K. Cole '34
Ithaca, New York


FINDS HOPE IN “BIG TROUBLE”
THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING "Big Trouble, Little Pond." It is rare to find such truthful, poignant pieces written by men today. I, like so many others, was a victim of rape at UMass. I walked around in fear in the fall of 1999, like every other student on campus, thinking that someone was going to jump out of the bushes at me. I know now that I shouldn't have been so worried about stranger-rape. It doesn't have to be a stranger to be rape, for me it was one of my best friend's neighbors. This piece shows the other side of sexual violence, which happens in dorm rooms, at parties, and everywhere throughout the UMass community. It gives me hope to see articles like this, and to know that there are men who do care. You have done a wonderful service by printing this article, and reaching so many people. Thank you.

Name withheld by request
Amhers
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“MEN WHO ‘GET IT'”
THANKS SO VERY MUCH for the article “Big Trouble, Little Pond” by Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz, and especially for their reply to the editors of Men's Health. The issues they raised concern me as a UMass alumna, woman, mother, educator, and member of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), an organization dedicated to advancing respect and celebration of the diversity of sexual orientation and gender expression. It was deeply gratifying to read an enlightened, cogent and sensitive article by two men who obviously “get it” — enough to challenge still-pervasive cultural views of “masculinity” and to be voices for changes which will benefit all of us.

Judith A. Nardacci '65
Lee


OUR SHARP-EYED READERS, I & II
SORRY TO REPORT A GOOF in the Winter 2001 issue. On page 39 [“Time Capsule Memories – 40s, 50s, 60s”] there is a picture of a snow sculpture captioned “UMass Winter Carnival, 1950s style.” That is a picture of a 1948 Pi Phi snow sculpture. All the students pictured graduated in the 40s. Maybe the snow sculptures continued into the 50s, but the caption is incorrect. I am positive of this because one of the students pictured was my roommate at Pi Phi and she graduated with me in 1948.

Edith D. Klein '48
Frederick, Maryland


YOU'VE PROBABLY RECEIVED a gazillion messages regarding this, but I had to send mine anyway. On page 47 of the Winter 2000 issue, the picture of the car and several girls with skis is definitely not from 1938. I believe it's of the classes of '56 and '57. I believe the girl standing in front of the car is JoAnn Donahue ('57) who was in the Ski Club. The one in the back is probably Bette Johnson (57'). Others could be Jane Donahue, Lois Bain, Judy Dinsmore, Nancy Cole, Peggy Stewart, and Meredith Fernald. It'll be interesting to see if you hear from any of these people.

Jan (Nichols) Krueger '57


OUR GREAT RESOURCE
MY STUDENTS IN GENDER AND COMMUNICATION here at Arizona State are probably tired of all of the articles and films by Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz that I make them read or watch. Professor Jhally, in my opinion, does more to curb the backlash against feminism than any other writer of whom I am aware. UMass has a great resource in him.

Sara DeTurk '92G
Tempe, Arizona


STILL GROWING UP ABSURD
FROM ITS CATCHY BUDDHA COVER to Linda Cahillane's memorable closing essay, your Winter 2001 issue was superb. A plethora of snippets from alumnae also rekindled that beloved campus feeling — like walking home after classes with a crimson sunset swirling off to the west.
     Kudos too, to Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz '82 for their provocative “Big Trouble, Little Pond.” Their obvious concern and insight about the rash of rapes and violence against women and men at UMass Amherst and the country-at-large was truly impressive. Missing, however, was an acknowledgement of the swelling economic divide afflicting the country and its wrenching impact on young people.
     Like the authors, I believe the “mainstream media” is culpable in fostering the excesses alluded to — but they're also tapping into a pre-existing condition. That condition is the seething cauldron where hopelessness and disenfranchisement meet. Until greater resources are devoted to this silent pandemic, asking youth to rethink their definitions of gender will be an endeavor restricted to society's “haves.” The author Paul Goodman explored many such socioeconomic issues in his classic Growing Up Absurd. Though almost 40 years old, alas, it's still germane.

R. Jay Allain '73
West Yarmouth


KENTUCKIANS, WE OWE YOU
IN THE WINTER 2001 EDITION of UMass, I found the back page ad, titled "Every wondered where we all live?" quite interesting. NONE of us live in Kentucky? I find that hard to believe since I live there and thought we also had two alumni clubs in this state. One was located in Louisville and I believe the other was in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. My children thought it was interesting that I must be the only UMass alum in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I agree.

Cynthia Brenner Ellsworth '77
Danville, Kentucky

Cynthia Ellsworth is right — there are 220 alumni on record in Kentucky. How we lost that line of type we don't know, but we do apologize.


MALE BONDING
KUDOS TO SUT JHALLY and Jackson Katz [“Big Trouble, Little Pond,” Winter 2001] for once again saying what needs to be said over and over, until this culture changes. As a UMass alumnus, rape crisis and domestic violence educator, and spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (www.nomas.org), I feel that men commit most violence against women, but do very little to work against it.
     When I was an undergraduate at Hampshire College, I had the philosophy that if a woman didn't want to kiss me, I'd try to kiss her really well so that she'd "melt" in my arms. I was confronted by women on my disrespectful behavior, but didn't want to hear it — I got defensive and claimed I was the victim, of being talked about wrongly. As men, we need to get past this kind of defensiveness, whether about our own behavior or that of our gender, and work towards solutions, either through the alumni group mentioned at the end of the article, or through nomas.org.
     I am proud to be in the same movement as these two eloquent men — thanks, Sut and Jackson!

Ben Zeman '92
Framingham

The writer is a community educator for Women's Protective Services in Framingham.


LETTERS RE LETTERS
RE: "OFFENDED by Fund-Raiser" [Exchange, Winter 2001]: Regarding Robert Ruplenas' letter: Perhaps there are those, such as Mr. Ruplenas, who don't consider an upper management position at MTV an admirable one. Not all of us are out saving the world, as Mr. Ruplenas must be, but many of us find such a holier-than-thou attitude — to paraphrase Mr. Ruplenas — "something less than admirable."

Kenneth Kie '96
Worth, Illinois


RE “HERE'S PEAS in Your Eye” [Exchange, Winter 2001]: Doesn't anyone realize that Don Glickstein has impugned the ethics and integrity of Professor Ken Samonds by implying that since his research was funded by the canned food industry, Samonds would improperly design and twist the results to suit the sponsors?

Daniel Rosenfield '53
McLean, Virginia


COVER RECALLS RECENT TRIP
I JUST RECEIVED your Winter 2001 magazine — as usual, a great job! The “Buddha Gate” cover caught my attention right away: We literally just returned from a month in Asia. Those who know me know that I'm married to a lovely Filipina, and we travel to Asia often, mostly to the Philippines, but sometimes to Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea. We have two sons; Jerrel Christopher will be three years old in April, and Brent Elbridge just turned eight months old. The flights to Asia are typically 24 hours or more long, and the boys were really good, travelling.
     I also belong to a political group in the Philippines, and we had predicted that there would be a coup on or about January 24th. As events unfolded, the actual coup took place a few days earlier, due to the masses of people who gathered at the EDSA Shrine. There were several hundred thousand, perhaps up to a million people gathered there, to rally for the ouster of Joseph Estrada as the president of the Philippines. Fortunately, General Reyes, head of the Philippines Armed Forces, switched his allegiance to the then vice-president and incoming president, or there could have been serious bloodshed. The petite Filipina who succeeded Erap (Estrada) in the presidential line is herself the daughter of a former president. The first night in Malacanang, the presidential palace, she and her husband slept in her old room where she slept as a young lady when her father was president. It was really exciting to be there as part of such a significant change in the government, and to witness Democracy in Action.
     We toured some of the islands of the Visayas, namely Cebu and Leyte. I had previously obtained permission to tour the huge Geothermal Project (650 megawatts) outside of Ormoc City. It is a thought-provoking experience to stand on a "dormant" volcano, with steam emerging from the ground all around — reminds one that the Philippines are of volcanic origin. Actually, the company there had been drilling on Mt. Pinatubo six months before its eruption, the largest eruption in the world of the last century. The steam was found to be much too acidic, and they gave up the project. Today, there are still canyons through the volcanic ash hundreds, if not thousands of feet deep. When the seasonal rains come, much of the volcanic ash is washed down as Lahar, which has the consistency of very wet cement. When the Lahar reaches a bend in a river, the Lahar has a tendency to keep going in a straight line, and many villages have been buried, with a large loss of life.
     We stayed in a very lovely oceanside resort in Ormoc City, in Leyte, which has a beautiful wrap-around pool, with all the palm trees, tropical fruit and so on. The sunsets are unbelievable and the food a wonder. A resort such as this typically costs about $30, U.S., a day. At this time, the peso exchange rate was over 50 to a dollar. My wife comes from Pangasinan, a province about 125 miles north of Manila. We stayed there some of the time, and also spent time up in the mountains, in Baguio, which is the summer capital of the Philippines. The weather in the dry season (as it has been for a few months and will be for a few more months) is typically in the 90s with relatively high humidity. In the high mountains, the temperature drops to the 70s and below, but it can get warm on a sunny day. One is literally up in the clouds there. My wife, Digna, graduated from the University of Baguio with a degree in business management. I sometimes kid her about whether she ever expected to end up married to a scientist! Our almost-three-year-old discovered swimming pools, and we nearly had to bring one home on the plane with us! My wife's brother lives next door to the parents home, and he has a five-year old daughter. She's smaller than Jerrel (27 pounds vs 40 for our son), and they couldn't talk to each other, but every morning the two of them would go off, hand-in-hand for the day. I have some great pictures!
     Actually, we have now passed 42 albums of our tours. I can't express deeply enough what a great difference it makes to have someone along who speaks the local language! Digna speaks several languages, and she not only can purchase things much cheaper that an obvious foreigner (me) can, but she finds all the hidden vacation and tourist spots that often go unseen by the average tourist, gets directions readily, and seems to always be invited to come share lunch or dinner with total strangers.
     I'm still working full time as senior scientist for Pierce & Stevens Corp and SIA Adhesives, Seabrook, New Hampshire; we're the largest privately owned adhesive company in the world. I obviously have a passion for travel and exploration, and I'll close before the semester ends for you! Thanks again for a great magazine. There is a famous Taoist temple in Cebu City that is world renowned for its size and beauty. I'm sure John Simpson (“Buddha Gate,” Winter, 2001) would enjoy tossing the bamboo sticks and spinning a prayer wheel there.
     With all best wishes to UMass and my fellow alumni,

Harold Garey '60
Methuen


102 DALMATIANS WOULD BE 100 TOO MANY IN CARY, NC
IN A POORLY DOCUMENTED MEETING in 1964, The Town Council of Cary, North Carolina, decided that no one should have more than two dogs. Time has erased any reasoning, but whatever the logic was, it no longer makes sense. I have began a ONE-WOMEN CRUSADE to overturn the archiac law.
     Whether a dog is being a nuisance is the issue, not whether you have more than two. There are 47 laws on the books in Cary that can address any dog related violation. The law is seldom inforced. I have two dogs of my own and I also keep fosters until I can find responsible owners. I have taken my crusade to the Town Council in December only to be buried. Out of the Top 10 Cities (by population) in North Carolina, Cary is number seven and the only one with dog limits. Two states have had limit laws adjudicated due to the unconstitutionality of the law. I need your support and would very much appreciate an opportunity to be interviewed to stop illegal legislation from becoming a norm.
     Cary prides itself on appearance. I live in a $400,000 house and do not want my house to look any less than the one next door, but it is not for a self-serving, intrusive, political reason called CONTROL.
     Irresponsible pet ownership is a multifaceted problem, and the only hope of ending it lies with us. Some in out society feel that, as long as the basic needs are met, animals rights end. That is one reason why we have so many neglected, abandoned and abused animals. For every dog that is rescued, another is euthanized. It is time to decide that limit law legislation cannot be tolerated, that rescue-fostering is the way to go. Limit laws prevent responsible pet owners from providing the love and attention that irresponsible pet owners neglect to give. Rescue groups and foster homes are definitely making a difference.
     It is time to insist that animals that share this earth with us will be
treated with kindness, respect and dignity.

Jennifer Tierney '98
Morrisville, North Carolin
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IN PRAISE OF LAND TRUSTS
AS AN ALUMNUS I RECEIVE YOUR PUBLICATION and have enjoyed reading many fascinating articles on other alums and on a variety of university related issues. I think it would be interesting to see more features about alums working in the natural sciences — biologists, science teachers, ecologists, environmental educators, etc. There is so much emphasis right now on global environmental issues it might be nice to see how UMass alums are working to help — specifically at the local level in their communities.
     A great story right here in the Connecticut River valley really starts with the experience that each student has at UMass. Here they find the intellectual stimulation of the Five-College community while surrounded by the beautiful agricultural fields of the Connecticut River floodplain, the forested wonder of the Holyoke Range and Berkshires beyond . . . from the Norwottuck Rail trail and Mount Sugarloaf, to hundreds of small conservation areas — for hiking, camping, running, and biking. This valley is a very special place! Many students come here in part because of the beauty of the area.
     But this place that so many alums have come to cherish, is changing. With the economy booming, commercial and residential development is advancing at an unprecedented pace. Many natural features of our valley are at risk of being developed! Time is definitely running out! Many areas are already slated for development.
     What can be done to save some of the special places? Enter volunteer, not-for-profit land trusts. These small, grassroots organizations are sprouting up all over the valley. All around the country for that matter. Here in the valley we have the Kestrel Trust, Valley Land Fund, Deerfield Land Trust, Hilltown Land Trust, Franklin Land Trust, and the list goes on. All of these groups are out there raising funds to save land throughout the region. They work with private landowners, governmental agencies (both state and federal), towns, colleges, in collaborative ways to protect open space for people and critters. Resource values include: open space, scenic landscapes, water supplies, endangered species, agricultural lands, hiking and camping areas and the list goes on!
     The trusts also work directly with UMass faculty and staff. In the last year alone I have worked with faculty, staff, and students in natural resources conservation, botany, and UMass Extension. UMass has played a key role in protecting critical lands by providing technical assistance, mapping resources, and outreach education. It is really a great partnership!
Alums like myself (with many others of course) are working together with UMass folks to plan for the future of the valley and to protect land from development. We are making a difference right here in western Massachusetts.

David Ziomek '85 '89G
Amherst

The writer is project manager of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls.


CARPINO'S CONTRIBUTION
I AM A 1989 DOCTORAL UMASS chemistry graduate. I enjoyed reading the article “The Phoenix's Progress” about the evolving UMass chemistry department. The article made my Sunday morning reading period very rewarding. Seeing the names of familiar people and reading about new directions and the people involved in them was pleasantly informative.
     I was nevertheless disappointed not to see the name of my thesis advisor, Professor Louis A. Carpino, whose monumental work has been so essential in the development of this chemistry department. Including the contributions of Professor Louis A. Carpino is certainly relevant to a description of the intellectual dynamics that occur there.
     If you ever print another article about this department in the future, I hope you will devote some space to this unpretentiously eminent personage.

Fatemeh Nowshad '89G
Saugerties, New York

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