The last word from Rob Brooks
Dear Campus Chronicle old friend,
Good-bye, and thank you for your many years of good and faithful
service to the campus community.
When I first came to UMass in 1964, we were both young. (You aged
more gracefully than I.) As the Weekly Bulletin, you were mimeographed
and coming of age, and so was I (except for the "being mimeographed"
part.) You helped to orient me and to inform me what was going
on, when, and where. An invaluable service to a neophyte administrator
whose job description, in part, required knowing what was going
In my middle and later years, we both became more sophisticated
(at least you did) when you metamorphosed into The Campus Chronicle.
As the campus grew, sources of information and communication were
harder to come by, and to rely on - and thus, you became all the
more invaluable - if only to confirm what it is I thought I already
knew, or had heard, or thought I had heard (especially). It certainly
beat having to check with multiple sources via the electronic
In retirement (2001) you were even more of greater service - for,
for whatever reasons, I wanted to stay connected to the University
in some ways, and you were the primary source by which I was able
to do so.
So I will miss you, and your dedicated staff of editors and office
support. You can be assured in retirement that your job was well
done - and although you in no way deserved to be "liquidated"
- be assured that your passing will not go unnoticed. And, as
is so often the case, I can also most guarantee that your passing
will be all the more grieved as time goes on.
Your epitaph may have been best expressed by Bill Moyers: "The
printed page conveys information and commitment, and requires
active involvement. Television conveys emotion and experience,
and it's very limited in what it can do logically. It's an existential
experience - there - and then gone."
Thank you Fitz, Sarah, Stan and Chris.
ROBERT N. BROOKS
Loss of Chronicle is a 'tragic consequence'
I am writing with a heavy heart to express my gratitude -- and
I am certain that of a great number of faculty and staff as well
as those who work here at the Renaissance Center -- for the superb
achievement you and your staff have accomplished for our campus
with limited funding and support. As someone who once wrote for
the Providence Journal and The New York Times, I have admired,
from the very first, your evenhandedness, your comprehensiveness,
and your fairness in reporting on our campus, and the imagination
and wit that you have also shown to lift our spirits even when
you inform us. I would have known far less about my fellow workers
without the Chronicle; I would have missed a number of events,
including on occasion defenses of dissertations, and I would have
had far less opportunity to be proud of the campus's record. Your
newspaper has been as crucial as it has been invaluable -- and
since it was also read regularly by our President's Office, our
trustees, and the state Legislature, it was our very best record
of what we do, and at times, why we do it.
The loss of the Campus Chronicle is a tragic consequence for our
ARTHUR F. KINNEY
professor of English and
director, Renaissance Center
Chronicle and Sherer's photos will be missed
I regret that The Campus Chronicle will cease to be. You have
played a crucial role in making this large university feel more
like a community. I learned much about the work of many others
on campus, people whom I would not have known of otherwise.
I appreciated the clarity of the writing. I especially enjoyed
Stan Sherer's photographs. He found the humanity and poetry in
the most prosaic of situations. It was a joy and a privilege to
see the work of a skilled and caring photographer issue after
The Campus Chronicle kept us all - faculty and staff - in touch
with each other's thoughts and doings. We will not be the same
without the service you provided the campus.
professor, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
'A mighty sad day'
It is a mighty sad day to see the Chronicle, our only in-house
paper for news and PR, done in by budget cuts. It, I predict,
will be sorely missed.
Thank you for all your years of service to the campus community
and for a paper that did a great job at UMass.
Massachusetts Higher Education
'Deep and profound sadness'
There are no words to express the deep and profound sadness
I feel for the demise of the Campus Chronicle. This excellent
source of information illuminated the POSITIVE aspects of the
campus, yet was tempered with a no-nonsense dose of "the
This commitment to telling the Amherst campus' story without whitewash
is valued by the University's advocates as a vital component of
the Ambassadors Network/Advocacy Programs and has aided in its
growth and development over the past 15 years. I especially have
valued the vast institutional memory of Fitz, and the collaborative
and creative spirit of the Chronicle staff as a whole.
Perhaps the next iteration of the Campus Chronicle will be the
flagship campus' phoenix rising from the ashes of budget cuts.
I hope sooner rather than later.
CHERYL L. DUKES
Best wishes and appreciation
The Campus Chronicle has fostered a sense of community through
good times and bad. Daniel Fitzgibbons and his staff have served
us well, and they are entitled to our unstinting appreciation
and best wishes for the future.