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Kudos for last issue

I just read the July issue of "Horizons." John Bach did a fine job with the article he interviewed me for ["Pen and Paper vs. Mouse and Monitor," in print only]. It was very well done, well crafted, well written and nicely balanced. The issue itself is nicely put together, as well. It shows the university (and technology) to wonderful advantage. Nice work.
Fred Siff, UC Vice President for Information Technology

When my wife, Eileen, and I returned from Scotland and Ireland toward the end of August, "Horizons" magazine with the story on my retirement was waiting for us ["Staying Awake for His Own Wake," July '99, in print only]. As the editor knows, I did not realize she was covering the event.

The story I told about the poison ivy on my face is a true one. I have often felt that we can find tremendous humor in everyday life, if we are simply open to receive it.

Thank you very much for the wonderful way that you memorialized a truly major event in my life. I bestow upon you Irish blessings.
John Murphy, UC professor of law

Hard to read

The size of type used in "Horizons" eliminates readers such as those of us who cannot read many of the pages of the magazine. It is suggested you consider these matters as you design future issues of "Horizons." As alumni age, a significant number will not be able to read "Horizons." The size of the type in this letter is one indication of the issue.
Robert Curry, A&S '34, Ed '35, MEd '38

Editor's note: Mr. Curry's letter was printed on a special typewriter that produces letters in a size measuring 20 points. "Horizons" routinely uses 10-point type, which is the standard for daily newspapers and national magazines. To make reading "Horizons" stories somewhat easier, however, we insert slightly more space between lines than newspapers do. Those who have difficulty reading it can vew many "Horizons" articles on the Internet (www.uc.edu/horizons).

UC deserves better

Once again, UC's undergraduate program was ranked in the third tier nationally among colleges and universities in the recent "U.S. News and World Report." It's frustrating and embarrassing for the alumni to be exposed to such degradation.

When I attended UC as an undergraduate student, I felt UC had given me the best they could offer academically, and I was able to function very well in my chosen profession. It's no doubt UC is recognized nationally and internationally, so why is the undergraduate program so inadequate and mediocre? I'm speaking mainly of the liberal arts program.

My recommendations to the board of directors are: 1) Canvass the UC alumni for more financial support. 2) Improve the graduation rate of students. 3) Admit only 65 percent of the applicants. The academic scholarship students that UC admits represent only a small segment of the student body. 4) Raise the academic standards of the undergraduate program. The curriculum should be more rigorous and challenging.

I hope in the near future, the UC undergraduate program will be more selective and academically challenging as those of Miami University, Ohio State and Xavier. UC certainly doesn't deserve such a poor rating.
Maurice Shigesato, Ed '51
Honolulu, Hawaii

Editorial reply: "Let's look at the ratings"