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Letters to the Editor

Good Design, Bad Design

All I can say is WOW! I am so impressed with the new design of the magazine. It is of such high quality—quite unlike any other college magazine. That’s as it should be since Sarah Lawrence is quite unlike any other college. Congratulations.

Beth-Ann Gentile ’65
Washington, DC

What a nice redesign. So many interesting entry points for your readers, so much elegant white space, so many funky, idiosyncratic, Sarah-Lawrence-esque touches. The only letdown for me was the “What is good design?” Q&A page. Frankly, I was surprised at how conservative SLC sounded in those responses. May I suggest a few alternatives?

Good design gets into bed with art, rolls around with art and gets it all hot and panting, then gets out and lets art come to completion by itself.
A well designed pair of pants is tight enough to make everyone want to go to bed with you.
A well designed magazine makes you want to lie down and lick the pages.

Alex Joseph MFA ’98
Woodside, New York

I’ve just made my third try at the fall issue on design. Was it a joke? As a sample of design it fails—it is unreadable. I couldn’t even decipher the class notes! I guess you didn’t read or believe the comment on page 41, “The most important thing in print is to make sure the design doesn’t overwhelm the content.” This issue is stuffed, the print is fuzzy and too small, the colors blinding. Please return the magazine to sanity and readability.

Anne Friess ’51
Albuquerque, New Mexico

I think this is one of the rare times I have written to an editor. I must compliment you and the entire staff for the fall magazine. It is truly an amazing job—full of many interesting articles, and the new design is fabulous. I was most impressed. From an old alum, I want to congratulate you for the new design. It is seldom that I sit down and read an alumni magazine, but this was truly special. Thank you for all your hard work.

P.S. To prove to you that I was truly impressed with the magazine, I am enclosing a check for the Fund for Sarah Lawrence.

Elaine Schlesinger Wolf ’48
Albion, Nebraska

Just wanted you to know that the fall issue is the first one I’ve read—cover-to-cover—since I graduated in 1961. In large part that’s because of its superb design (arresting color and use of space) but also because the articles are truly interesting (design as applied to baby furniture, the disabled, senior and conference projects by students—and the wonderful shot of my don, Adda Bozeman.)

Your magazine makes SLC look more enticing than ever. And that’s saying a lot considering the campus I now live near!

Clara Grossman Reeves ’61
Princeton, New Jersey

Particle Man

In the latest issue of Sarah Lawrence magazine you printed an article by Ann Birnbaum Barnet ’51 [“The Cosmic Spark”]. I was also a student of Charlotte Houtermans. I was one of the 35 veterans of WWII. I took a course in physics from Dr. Houtermans in order to understand how sound is produced. I had no idea that I had enough intelligence to understand the basic mathematics required to be a physicist. Dr. Houtermans taught me physics and calculus. She was able to get me a summer job at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

My first summer was spent looking at the tracks charged particles from space make in nuclear emulsions. I spent three summers at the lab and later was able to study the tracks charged particles from accelerators make in emulsions. I also went to graduate schools for physics at Texas Tech and MI.T.

I am very grateful for the wonderful education I was able to get at Sarah Lawrence.

Roger Hall ’51
Francestown, New Hampshire

Vegetarian Times

Thank you for your article on sustainability in the fall magazine [“Sustainability at Sarah Lawrence”]. However, I was disappointed by the lack of any reference to embracing vegetarianism or reducing meat consumption.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, meat, egg, and dairy production accounts for an estimated 18 percent (nearly one-fifth) of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions—a larger share than all transportation combined. By switching to a vegan diet, one individual can save nearly 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment annually. That’s nearly 50 percent more than if you swapped your standard gas-consuming car for a hybrid. Even if everyone committed to eating meatless meals only one day a week, that would be equivalent to taking 8 million cars off the road.

On a recent trip to SLC, I was pleased to see the Pub offering veggie burgers and my recollection is that vegetarian choices were common at Bates. I hope this trend has continued.

Barbara Stagno, ’81
Dobbs Ferry, New York

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