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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

Letters to the Editor

Co-Op’s Fate
I recently became aware that UCSD’s beloved Food Co-Op is in very real danger of being shut down due to lack of funds. I remember how much I treasured the Co-Op when I was a student because it was the only place I could get a bagel and cream cheese for $1; that could be like two meals a day! The Co-Op became endangered when construction began around the Old Student Center and foot traffic decreased heavily. UCSD is not willing to give them any funds or reparations for the business interruption that the construction caused. I would hate to see this place close down because I know that I and so many fellow students counted on this place to feed us throughout the day on our measly student budgets.

Melanie Epstein, Marshall ’05

Editor: While it is true that the Co-Op is in debt, and that University construction over the past two years has interfered with business, financial problems existed long before. We promise to keep all you Co-Op supporters updated.

Savoring Stewart’s Cuisine
I was sad to learn of the passing of John Lincoln Stewart as reported in your January 2008 issue. In the early 1970s, I was enrolled in a literature class taught by Provost Stewart. I must confess that I did not remember Dr. Stewart’s name, until my memory was jolted by seeing his wonderful and distinctive smile in a photo on page 26 of @UCSD. Nonetheless, he left an incredibly strong impression.

As part of the literature course in which I was enrolled, Provost Stewart invited the entire class over to an optional dinner at his house in which we all cooked and consumed a French beef stew that was inspired by the novel we were reading at the time—I believe it might have been by Proust or Woolf. The provost distributed the recipe for the delectable stew, which I have retained . . . not in my recipe box, but in my collection of important memorabilia. It was a wonderful dinner, with delightful conversation. That was the first time that I had ever been to a professor’s home, and it impressed upon me the value of sharing the “academic life” on a more personal level with one’s students. Specifically, I realized that good food and academic camaraderie can act synergistically. I received further lessons in this regard, some years later, during my postdoctoral stint at UCSD with Dr. Paul Insel, who remains a caring mentor as well as a great cook.

My husband (who also attended Provost Stewart’s dinner) and I became professors ourselves, and we have made sure to follow Dr. Stewart’s example by sharing our home and our culinary creations with our students and trainees over the years. In the latest and most agrarian iteration, we are growing our own food for such events.

I want to thank Dr. Stewart for, unbeknownst to him, beginning (or perhaps continuing) a tradition that has withstood the test of time. This is one of many important “life lessons” that I learned while at UCSD.

Kathryn E. Meier, Ph.D., Revelle ’75

Athletes and Scholars
I was sorry to read in the September @UCSD story on the Guardian newspaper that UCSD students recently voted in favor of athletic scholarships. One of the best things about UCSD 1974-1979 was the variety of sports available to anyone at any skill level from PE classes to intramural and intercollegiate teams. I had a suite mate who took fencing and discovered a life-long activity, and friends who played inner-tube water polo as hard as they studied. I played intramural volleyball, took classes in three sports, and sailed on the intercollegiate team.

I’m grateful that when I attended UCSD, sports were well-supported and inclusive but clearly secondary to academics.

Ann Viera, Warren ’79

Faculty Club Misnomer
On behalf of the UCSD Faculty Club, I wish to thank you for the article on the Club that @UCSD included in its January 2008 issue, but also want to register our great disappointment in the major error it contained regarding our founder, Murray Goodman, whom the magazine identified as Mary Goodman.

For a magazine that represents UCSD and its alumni, it’s an understatement to say that this is a grievous error. Dr. Goodman was beloved by faculty and students and played a key role in UCSD’s history. He served on the UCSD faculty for 34 years, was a founder and president of the Faculty Club, served as chair of the Department of Chemistry for six years, was provost of Revelle College, was honored with an endowed professorship in his
name, and received a Chancellor’s Associates Recognition Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Remarkably, Dr. Goodman also trained 84 graduate students and 200 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists.

In short, he is well known by several generations of UCSD alums, who must have been as stunned as we were to see him so grossly misidentified in the alumni magazine.

Sally Ashburn
President, UCSD Faculty Club Board of Directors

Editor: We sincerely apologize for the mistaken representation of Dr. Goodman’s name. As Ms. Ashburn points out Professor Goodman (pictured below) was a distinguished member of the UC San Diego faculty from 1970 until his death in 2004. He published nearly 500 scientific papers, and his work had significant impacts in fundamental chemical science as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

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