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Letters to the Editor

To the Editor : In the October 13-26 issue of Strait , there is an article by William J . Brown, entitled "Interchange " in which Brown misquotes the words of Stephen Stills. They should read "and if we can't do it with smiles on our faces, and if we can't do it with love in our hearts, then we ain't got no right to do it at all ." If you are going to quote someone, as you said, at least quote it right. If you are going to change at around for your own purposes, then do not use quotation marks. You say "Give people the truth!" and then you turn around and take something out of context. Laird is not the only one with a forked tongue. Both iades seem to have them. A. Kopecky A. Burnes "Interchange" is a department under the editorial section of STRAIT in which we invite our readers to respond in a constructive or augmentative manner to articles or issues we have presented in other parts of the magazine. Our intent is for these to be of a different nature than "Letters to the Editor" which are generally of a correctional nature. Mr. Brown's article was entered in "Interchange" and therefore printed verbatim as it was received from him.

This letter has two concerns. First, may I congratulate the staff of STRAIT on its second issue. Good luck and best wishes for the future of the mag- azine. Second, as a member of the English Department, I should like to respond to two points made by Michael Flanigan in the interview with him printed in the last issue. Mr. Flanigan says that because of his interest in getting faculty members "to read papers," he " talked to them about it and they're starting to do it." Assuming he is speaking of members of the English Department, I think it should be known that the practice of faculty reading scholarly papers before their colleagues for their criticism has been in existence in the Department for over four years--some time before Mr . Flanigan arrived at SUCB. Mr. Flanigan then went on to criticize this practice on the grounds that it does not include students, and that the faculty is "supposed to ,work with the students." There is no distortion in this criticism, as there is in the first remark, only denigra- 4

tion of a practice that has stimulated some of the finest teachers in universities across the country. What faculty mem- bers do, once a month, in the evenings, to keep alive their interest in and their con- tribution to their chosen life's work hard- ly seems an appropriate target for such criticism. If Mr. Flanigan's concern in making this criticism is that he sees a lack of faculty interest in faculty-student com- munication, I call attention to the fact that during the Fall semester of 1970 there was a weekly evening meeting of faculty and students of the Department, with faculty outnumbering students as much as 3 to 1. Mr.Flanigan can point legitimately to a number of genuine contributions he has made to the college. Distortion and divi- A sive denigration, even for a good cause, - are totally unnecessary. J.E. FORD Assistant Prof.--English

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