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I just received my copy of Colby and I was thrilled to read that students and faculty are exploring the idea of a gay and lesbian alumni association. My partner just helped start one at her alma mater (Hood College, Frederick, MD). There was much concern about it initially as Hood is a small, women's college, but once the idea took hold, it was a great success and there was little, if any, resistance from the other alums.

I also read recently that Colby got a high rating from the Princeton Review for "gay community accepted." That's great news too. "Accepted" is only half the battle, but far superior to its alternative.

Keep up the good work.

Diane Smith '86
New Market, Md.

How sad to read of a promising life snuffed out in a canoe accident (Editor's Desk, Summer 2002 Colby). You observe that it was "a freak accident, a flick of nature's hand." Now I don't know the circumstances of Kyawswar Win's canoe trip, but if it was a college-owned canoe--the Outing Club's?--I can't help but wonder if proper safety rules were not followed. Was he qualified to take out a canoe solo? Was he wearing a life preserver? It should be required of all those using college boats. Did he let others know he was going out? Did he check weather reports? Messalonskee Lake is big but relatively shallow. Standing waves can pick up very quickly. Perhaps all these conditions were fulfilled, but most boating accidents happen because people are not prepared.

William C. Winslow '57
Public Affairs officer
Flotilla 5-3
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary New York City

I was quite amused at the account by Susan Sterling (Last Page, Summer 2002 Colby) about the "Silent Woman."

I don't think the "Silent Women" sign in the 1970s was intended as a social statement. It was, in fact, a copy of an English 'pub' that served the 95th Bomb Group (8th USAAF) in Horham, Suffolk, England 1942 to 1945. It is pictured in the book One Last Look,Pg. 68. I remember the 'Pub' from my tour as a Pilot in the 95th and was surprised to see it in the book.

I don't think what Susan Sterling implies was ever intended. Anyhow it was a GREAT place to go for a dinner. Waterville has not seen the same quality since!!

H. Stanley Palmer
Director of Physical Plant (retired) China, Maine

I took Survey of Modern European History (1500-present) as a freshman from Gillum (he was known by only this one-word name then) in 1955-56; the schedule required a Saturday noon class, and i did not enjoy the class. To my complete surprise, I aced the mid-year exam, which consisted of a one hour essay topic preassigned, but no notes permitted), 3 20-minute essays, 3 10-minute essays, and the remainder "identifications," x items at y minutes such that xy = 30 min. We included self-addressed stamped postcards when we handed in the blue books, so that we could get the results quickly, and we were told that "if we had any questions" about the grade, we could see him. I decided to ask. When I opened the door to his office, he greeted me with, "I know why you're here; you want to know what you did right! Well, you answered the questions!" I didn't even have to sit down to understand what he meant. Some of my short "essays" amounted to only three sentences. No beginning, middle, end; they were all middle. I was too rushed in that taxing exam to do anything else. Most day-to-day writing requires this of us. I learned it from Gillum. I remember the course title, time it met, and exam outline, and learned how to get to the point.

Helen Payson Seager '58
Nantucket, Mass.

I submitted a letter to the editor regarding the piece on piece on Colby Student's service in the community (spring 2002 Colby) and how my initial involvement in Colby's Big/Little Program led me to my current position as E.D. of a youth mentoring organization. I just wanted to add to the "irony." At my 10-year reunion, our class president, Anne Bowie, organized an impromptu auction at our class dinner on Saturday night. We raffled off the lawn chair that Bill Cosby sat in as our commencement speaker, as well as (unplanned) some of our classmates' pants! The organization that had been chosen to receive the money was a youth-oriented group in the Waterville area. I was very excited about this, and wished I'd known about it ahead of time, but at any rate, I just wanted to add this information on to my previous letter. My class has now contributed to the cause I hold most dear to my heart!

Mary Beth Heiskell '92
Cornish, N.H.

Thank you for your piece (Summer 2002 Colby) on my role in the struggle for reform in Massachusetts. I enjoyed the piece. Unfortunately you got both of my children's names wrong. They are Benjamin, who just turned 4 in August, and Carson, who is 2. Since I did the interview with Colby last spring, I moved on to working for reform at the national level. After five years, I stepped down as director of Mass Voters for Clean Elections on July 12th, and am now running a national issue campaign for Reform Voter Project.

David Donnelly '91
Jamaica Plain, Mass.

In 1940 the entering class of 1944 was the largest entering class in the history of the college at that time. Because of World War II it was the smallest class to graduate. Now we are in the year 2002 and in recent issues of Colby our class notes are not published. I ask is that fair to treat the class as though it never existed? True, we receive a special mailing from Vivian Maxwell Brown's successor, JoJo Pitts McAlary, and JoJo has my most respectful thanks. I now ask, is it fair to treat our class of 1944 with such disrespect?

Louis Deraney '44
Roslindale, Mass.,


A Global Forum
An alliance with the United World College is giving Colby an international flavor and perspective.

On Terror's Trail
Brian MacQuarrie '74 looks for the sources of hatred that spawn violence and finds more.

All Business
Ted Snyder '75 runs a business school and tells us about it.

School Across the Bay
Kristine Davidson Young '87 and Barney Hallowell '64 dedicate themselves to their students on North Haven Island.

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