report will yield a return of perspective.
William C. Waldman ' 66
Studio City, Calif.
My compliments to Doug Dibbert ' 70
on his straightforward account of the
recent report of the Knight Foundation
Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Frankly, as I read the column in the
July/August issue of the Carolina Alumni
Review, I anticipated some measure of
apologia but found none.
Your report confirms what we all
know: There is no evidence that institu-
tions of higher education and their presidents are coming even close to facing the
facts and taking action. The situation
reflects, I regret to say, the unseemly side
of our culture wherein the insatiable
demand for profit supercedes principle.
Thomas Augustus Carrere ' 49
Saluting ·Review, BluePrints
It is my pleasure to write to thank you
for yet another excellent set ofpublications
Guly/August 2001). I anxiously await the
arrival of my binlOnthly issues of the Car-
olina Alumni Review and BluePrints, the
young alumni newsletter, and I read them
cover to cover immediately upon their
arrival. In fact, I frequently find myself
showing the Review and BluePrints to my
coworkers at a nonprofit organization as
the example of the quality and professionalism that I would like to see our organiza-tion's publications be able to demonstrate.
Thank you to the publications stafffor
working so hard to make these publications
a source ofpride for all Carolina alumni.
Ryan T. Ripperton ' 98
that startles the reader, and you surpassed
that average. I appreciated your
description of 1-T as a "weapon of mass distrac-
tion." I used to rail against TV in a similar
vein but could never turn a phrase like
that. However, I sit in awe of the Internet,
and I wouldn't so characterize it -
unless, of course, it is a threat to UNC.
I came across the Review at my
daughter's graduation ceremony, where
Dean Balthrop jokingly recognized that
some parents say with some concern
"what in the world is she going to do
with a degree in communications?" For-
tunately, she has the focus I find nowadays
reserved only by young kids for their
Game-boys. But her focus is on speech
pathology, and so she leaves UNC and
heads off to USE Fortunately, she has
chosen a field that cannot be "globalized."
I don't know if even you realize how
marginalized the University is becoming.
Forget OnJineU - the real threat is from
the "globalization of the workplace." Do
you know how much it costs to hire a
programmer in India? $8,000 (U.S.) a
year. As someone once pointed out, the
Indian population is so immense and so
diverse that whatever skill or class you can
think of, you will be able to find at least 1
percent of the population making up such
a group. Now, 1 percent of that
population equals 10 million people! Parents will
soon ask whether they should spend
$80,000 getting Mary a UNC degree that
cannot get her a job here in the U.S., or
just put it in a long-term mutual fund?
'Listening to a Lost Time' Strikes a Sour Note
As always, I enjoyed receiving the July/August issue of the Review. I was
intrigued by the Edison cylindrical records on the cover.
I learned much about wax cylindrical recordings and the problems of the
Southern FolkIife Collection. However, as an educated alumna, I am not an ignorant person, and the condescending tone of the opening paragraphs was intolerable. I knew exactly what was pictured on your cover. I have been to Edison's lab in
New Jersey and the reconstruction in Dearborne Village. Many more people have
seen the movie Songcatcher, in which the Edison Ediphone is used to collect
Please, in the future, remember who is the reading audience ofyour magazine.
Chapel Hill provides a good education, and most ofus alumni have continued to
educate ourselves over the years. I hope you will not again talk down to me.
Beth G. Galloway ' 73
Dear Professor: OnlineU May Be
the Least of Your Problems
To: Peter Kaufman, Professor of Religious Studies
Your words in the May/June 2001
Review demanded a gut reaction. I
once read that every page a writer
completes should have at least one word
The University's SOlithem Folklife Collection is credited
in the recent motion
T71e film's researchers
in~ormation about the
origins if the song
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