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Up Front May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Raymond HardieWe hope you’ll enjoy the January 2006 issue of @UCSD, our award-winning alumni magazine. I think you will agree that @UCSD, now in its third year, includes a variety of special features, interesting articles, and news about the exceptional faculty, staff and students at UCSD.    MORE

 

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Darwin Versus Creationism
After reading the September issue, I was at once proud of, and dismayed by, my UCSD background. The feature on global warming was fascinating and accessible. On the other hand, the brief article on creationism and IDEA struck me as exclusionary in tone.

One of the challenges I faced while attending UCSD was a faculty and intellectual environment that was passionately devoted (one could even say ‘worshipful’) to “hard science,” but condescending and dismissive of theories that do not coincide neatly with human scientific discovery. While I was immensely grateful for the opportunity to attend such a rigorous university, I was and still am disturbed by the prideful tone that pervades scientific writing. Can anyone definitively lay to rest all arguments about the origins of the universe? I was under the impression that good science is about continuously asking questions.

I am a teacher and I do not want public schools that promote religious beliefs. On the other hand, I do not believe that public universities are required to continuously dismiss faith as ludicrous and ignorant. Such active prejudices disenfranchise students, community members, and alumni who, like me, have mixed feelings about financially contributing to a university that unapologetically maintains such exclusionary ideology. I know that I am writing to an audience that would argue that religion, or faith, has no part in science. Given how much of nature and reality remains a mystery, I find that opinion ironic.
Shoshana Adams, Marshall, ’96

Serving in Iraq
I was disappointed by Shira Stanton’s letter to the editor insulting Colonel Ubbelohde’s service in Iraq. She claims to support the troops but the tone of the letter says otherwise by suggesting somehow the story was not appropriate because the Colonel wasn’t in enough danger. I think most readers would agree the article was about a UCSD graduate, who is serving in Iraq, and his experiences there. The fact that that included building things that the Iraqi people appreciated, and not getting shot at or blown up may come as a shock to those who only pay attention to this war through TV and other media outlets. @UCSD is a UCSD alumni magazine, and alumnus Colonel Ubbelohde’s experience is just as legitimate as any other person serving in Iraq. If one truly supports the troops, you support him as well, regardless of how many times he has or has not been shot at. Thank you, Colonel, for your service to our country.
Robert Leider, Third/Marshall, ’84

Reservations and the Bear
While I enjoyed reading about the new bear sculpture that has been installed in front of the new Jacobs School of Engineering, I have questions about how the boulders were actually obtained from the Pala Band of Mission Indians. I understand from the article that the artist, Tim Hawkinson, found the boulders on the Pala reservation and am curious if he obtained permission from the tribal chief to remove them.

As Native Americans have been repeatedly victimized by the dominant culture throughout history, I just wanted to make sure that my own undergraduate university wasn’t contributing to this pattern.
Kim Flomenhoft, Marshall, ’99

Mary Beebe replies: We obtained the boulders from a quarry operated by Vulcan Materials, which was on land leased to them by the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The quarry has since closed and the land is being restored.
Mary L. Beebe, Director
Stuart Collection

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