This is a quick selection of some notable links/articles that have been posted recently to the Speak Up! page:

From Henry Bass:

Joseph S. Perrott ‘57 has a novel out. It is called Sure-Kill and can be ordered from Amazon. It was published on April 3 but I just heard about having just exchanged E-mails with Joe about our annual opera get together next season.

I will order it but since I’m off for a 2 week vacation won’t be able to comment on it for awhile. Someone else will have to review it. Joe warns that it is “not for the prudish or faint of heart”.

From Larry George:

  • iBerkshires reports that Dr. Christina Cruz, formerly a crew coach (and an Olympian) and now on the Williams administrative staff, has researched and written about a subject that interests me greatly: the apparently increasing percentage of males who coach female teams. Not mentioned in the article, but also of great interest to me, is the paucity of females who have broken into coaching male teams.
  • Profile of a Californian who wants to become a lawyer and has been very involved in community service — welcome to the Class of ‘13, Gabe.
  • For those of you fortunate enough to be in/visit Williamstown this summer, keep two shows at the Clark in mind. One is a display of 17th-19th century Japanese art, with an emphasis on nature and the changing seasons, and the other focuses on Arthur Dove’s influence on Georgia O’Keeffe.
    And don’t forget the trails around the museum.
    The textures, compositions, and strong reprise of a lost era seen in the fashion photographs at the WCMA exhibit are worth a visit, as well.
    As a shout out to help both institutions, remember that both have excellent gift shops, where you can stock up on gifts, books, and stationery. The volume of Lane Faison’s Nation essays seems to be out of print, but there are plenty of other books at the WCMA, including Whit’s book on the architecture of the college.
  • Recent interview with Clarence Otis, Jr. ‘77, who is this year’s graduation speaker. Congratulations to today’s graduates.
  • Remembering Tom (”Stretch”) Longstreth ‘59, long-time St. Paul’s (Baltimore) English teacher and coach.
  • Farewell to Dr. Russell Salmon ‘56, who taught Spanish at IU Bloomington.
  • Farewell to Peter Bernstein, who wrote of markets and investing and was once on the Williams faculty.

From JeffZ:

  • Latest Eph nominee:
    Miriam E. Sapiro, Nominee for Deputy Trade Representative
    Miriam E. Sapiro is President of Summit Strategies International, which advises non-profit organizations and companies on international Internet and telecommunications policy issues. She has more than twenty years of experience as an executive in the private sector and as an official in the government during the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Over the course of her career Sapiro has represented the United States in numerous complex multilateral and bilateral negotiations. In 1999, President Clinton appointed her Special Assistant to the President for Southeast European Stabilization & Reconstruction. Sapiro supervised efforts to revitalize the region, working with USTR and other agencies, as well as other governments and international financial institutions. From 1997 to 1999 she served at the National Security Council as Director for European Affairs, developing and coordinating implementation of security and economic policies. Previously she was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser. Sapiro received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She has taught international law as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Columbia University.
  • If this guy is a success, he should definitely think of expanding to Williamstown, or delivering to the Williams campus — especially if he stays open late.
  • Ahhhh, Katie. (Brandi Brown ’07 has further comments)

hwc points us to Teach for America: The 2009 Class and news about Moody’s Investor Services downgrading Dartmouth College’s debt from AAA to AA+. He adds: “David Kane is not the only observer concerned about college debt. Moody’s is adding to their ratings analysis new measures of total debt in relation to assets. It is not a good time for colleges to be adding new debt. Amherst survived their $100 million debt offering with their AAA rating intact, but with their outlook downgraded to negative.”

From Sarah:

  • A couple of interesting pieces from the NY times, one a little old that may be interesting for readers. The first: A calculator to predict what colleges will cost based on current rates.
  • The second: An article on loan forgiveness programs. I’m not sure if people who go to Williams are eligible for the undergraduate programs, but I know a lot people rely on the money for graduate education. It seems pretty relevant for our graduates this year. For example, one of the ways I’m hoping to pay for medical school is through some sort of loan forgiveness program for doctors who agree to work in rural family practices. Most of the data in their graphic kind of freaks me out, because it seems that that these types of programs will be the first to go when state budgets are getting cut.

From PTC: Thank god. Lebanon is key. The Lebanese are connected and have a lot of wealth and influence all over the globe. A shift toward Iran there would have been a very bad indicator.

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