Fewer Parties, More Education at UM.Editor: My hat goes...


November 26, 1990

Fewer Parties, More Education at UM.

Editor: My hat goes off to the University of Maryland for its recent stand on college parties. As reported by Patricia Meisol in her Oct. 7 article, the school has implemented stringent rules affecting both fraternity and sorority parties.

It is inspiring to learn that the college is concerned enough about its ''top 10'' academic image to institute such changes. In an era when the words college and party are almost synonymous, the university's decision puts into perspective the primary reason for the facility: educating.

I often wondered just how many alcoholics our colleges are turning out. As one senior commented, "Beer and college kind of go together." Or do they?

College is to be viewed as a social environment, but let us not forget its main function -- to provide students with the skills necessary for becoming productive citizens.

It is imperative that academic establishments intervene where fraternity and sorority hooplas are concerned, for without intervention, alcoholism, violence and vandalism may become prevalent.

The University of Maryland in its efforts to avert violence and vandalism has set the precedent. The party crackdown establishes the college's commitment both to the students and the community at large. It is creditable that the organization has gained sight of the lack of morality and ethics confronting today's youth, and chose to do something about it.

Larry McCusker

Dawn M. Prediger.


Arabs and Jews

Editor: Reading the newspapers and watching television these days, one gets the impression that Arabs and Jews are constantly at each other's throats with daggers, stones, bullets and tear gas. I would like to bring to the attention of your readers another side of the equation.

I recently returned from Jerusalem where I spent a week with my brother who suffered a heart attack, and who was undergoing treatment at the Hadassah Hospital. Although the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem is supported entirely through Jewish philanthropy, I saw about as many Arab as Jewish patients receiving medical care. As I waited for my brother to return from the recovery room after undergoing angioplasty, I struck up a conversation with an Arab family whose members were waiting for one of their loved ones. We shared a cordial exchange filled with compassion for the well-being of each other's relatives and were all most appreciative of the Jewish doctors who were performing the medical procedures.

Dr. H. Polachek.


Female Bosses

Editor: Seldom have I read an article that coincided so precisely with my opinion as the one Oct. 28 on ''Female bosses' non-traditional approach may set leadership style of future.''

The study compared the traditional male leadership style of ''command and control,'' to the non-traditional female executive style of ''sharing information, responsibility and power." In other words, ''management by objectives.''

That study by Judith B. Rosener at the University of California, Irvine, is encouraging because it captured the sense of the times.

Also, there is reason to be optimistic that the study will convince traditional corporate executives to become aware of the management capabilities, qualities and achievements women could bring to corporate leadership.

I feel the non-traditional style is an idea whose time has come. This style may be the key to help reduce excessive stress on the job. Think about it.

Sandra Bassey.



Editor: There is a terrifying contrast between the patience of three presidents during the Vietnam War and the impatience of President Bush.

Month after month, military ''experts'' told Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon that if they could have only a few more soldiers ` another thousand, say, or ten thousand, or a hundred thousand ` the war would surely be won.

For 15 years, American presidents patiently swallowed this fairy tale, and foisted it off on Congress and the American people. When it comes to slaughter, the patience of our presidents seems to have no limits.

But George Bush shows no such patience in using non-military methods. He apparently expects international economic and political sanctions to succeed very quickly. If they do not, he is ready to rush in with Stealth bombers and the other fascinating war toys which got hardly a workout in the ''surgical strike'' against Panama.

Mr. Bush's lack of faith in non-military ways of solving complex problems is indicative of administrative priorities for several decades: billions for bullets, pennies for peace. The tragedy is that in the Middle East, thousands or millions of innocent persons may suffer for one macho leader's failure of nerve.

Joe Morton.


Stadium Splendor

Editor: The news article about the splendor and extravagance of the new Camden Yards stadium and the sky boxes projected to cost $40,000-$95,000 provides palpable and telling evidence of two Baltimores: one for the plutocratic, the other for the masses.

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