Time to clean out my e-mail box of EphBlog material

1) Todd Pelkey ‘89 pointed out (two years ago!) this article about Michael Govan at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

2) From the Purple Bull mailing list:

Skip, a purple bull alum, just emailed me to let you guys know that Lehman will be here tomorrow at the Job Fair. He said:

“It will probably be most helpful for people looking at next year (current sophomores applying for internships next year and current juniors applying for full time next year).”

So, I encourage you all to check it out. Will be a good opportunity to get to know the Lehman folks, which is important since we’re not a core school for Lehman any more.

No worries on that front!

3) John Berger ’89 founded and runs (with his wife) The Emancipation Network: Fighting Human Trafficking and Slavery with Empowerment. Read about them here. Someone should invite him to give a talk at Williams.

Amity Shlaes on Bloomberg in December.

Youth is what the climate change conference in Copenhagen is supposed to be all about.

The advertising campaign for the United Nations Climate Change Conference on global warming that opens this week is even called “Hopenhagen,” to suggest that young people need to push their governments to save the Kyoto Treaty if they are going to prevent environmental apocalypse.

One reason that Hopenhagen has caught on is that youth fashion these days is as green as it gets. Copenhagen, thrift and handbags made of recycled seatbelts all go together in the under-30 mind. At Williams College in Massachusetts, some 50 students and faculty started a hunger strike to show their support for a climate-change agreement.

7) Most bizarre article featuring an Eph.

8) (d)avid points out this article (pdf): “Why do Institutions of Higher Education Reward Research While Selling Education?”

9) A letter from John Calhoun ’62:

I just discovered “ephblog” via a North Adams Transcript article I read, for reasons I can’t remember or even imagine. A couple of comments:

1. Your site seems to me a wonderful idea, well executed. I’ve never been much interested in blogs, except when occasionally I read what I’d have called essays or columns by so-called bloggers employed by major newspapers. Good going, or some other ungrammatical outburst.

2. I was, however, somewhat concerned to learn that for a lot of alumni, “life” seems to consist of jobs and attendance at their kids’ activities. I quote from your About Ephblog page words you already know, by heart, presumably:

“Many of us who live beyond the Purple Valley have discovered that life after Williams does not provide nearly as many opportunities for honest, informed and open-minded debate as we might have hoped. A wise Eph does not argue about foreign affairs with his boss. A sensitive Eph does not debate economic policy with her staff. A sensible Eph does not argue about controversial issues of the day with the other parents on the sideline of a childrens’ soccer game.”

Is what is implied by your words really true, or just a sort of journalistic quickie? (Or even, god forbid, irony that I didn’t spot.)

Living where I do, and living a life that accommodates as much honest, informed and open-minded debate–ranging from casual conversation to knock-down diatribe–as my aging heart and mind can stand, I have very little contact with Williams folks. My small question leads to some larger ones about the College and the work it does, which is why I ask the small question.

3. Reading your FAQ page, I learned something about HTML (an otherwise foreign language to me). One really, really stupid question: Never mind special formatting, is some kind of code required to type plain and simple English? Do capitals and lower case, sentences and paragraphs, commas and periods require < > stuff? I ask because maybe at some point I’ll burden your readers with a comment, or even, gasp, an article.

John Calhoun ’62
Silver Plume, Colorado

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