Xavier Magazine

Letters to the Editor

About Abuse
All of us are appalled by the abuse of children especially by those whom they trust. It would be well to reflect that there is more than one way to abuse children. Children who are hungry, homeless, lacking in basic education, exposed to war, violence, dishonesty are being abused. Can we indifferent to abuse of children in whatever form it takes?
Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J.

Just Noticing
I’ve noticed a great improvement in Xavier Magazine. I just wanted to say I think you are doing a great job and keep up the good work.
Rich Kopro ’69

African Escape
The article in the current issue of Xavier Magazine [Fall 2002] features Xavier alumnus Ven Ochaya and his escape from the tyranny of Idi Amin in east Africa in 1977. He lives as a great success. This caught my interest. I was a volunteer teacher of surgery to underdeveloped countries. In 1969, I was sent to Uganda, located in east equatorial Africa. Winston Churchill described it as “the pearl of Africa.” However, in recent years, the country had rapidly deteriorated. As the fear increased and Idi Amin’s support waned, he survived by pampering his friends and murdering his enemies. In Makindye, prison inmates were forced to beat each other to death with sledgehammers. On my third day in Kampala, I was ordered to remain in the hospital and meet a man from Germany who was a salesman for medical equipment. Because of the crisis situation, the German salesman and I were ordered to drive out of the country at 3:30 a.m. the following morning and escaped before the guard house was opened. We followed orders—crashed through the wood gate and escaped safely.
James J. Berens MD, Class of 1942

Act Two
The first act of the U.S. Revolution began in 1776. I think it remains for us to write the second act and perform it. This second act would truly bring liberty and justice for all, for each human person, created in the image and likeness of God . The second act would be non-violent, courageous, imaginative, effective and comprehensive.

The Millennium can mean a period of prosperity. I pray that this prosperity be for all, that each human person have at least their basic human rights. I dream of a responsible freedom in which individual growth is balanced with the common good and security of all.

Let us thank God for our blessings, the many peace and justice groups in the U.S. who are working non-violently for social justice.

Let us also sing all the verses of America the Beautiful: “America, America, God mend thy every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.” Let us beg God’s pardon for our sins, make a firm purpose of amendment and move forward.
Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J.


A Stretch
Let me say first that I love your publication. I am a graduate of Marquette and Ohio State. You guys win by a mile. Excellent work.

BUT, your graduation picture of the Ohradzanskys was pretty wierd. First of all, do you people actually gown up and walk for anassociate degree?

Secondly, surely you must have had moms/daughters getting bachelor degrees; or advanced/bachelor degrees.

But associate degree?

Stretching it a bit, I thought.
Rick Singel

For many years I routinely scanned the Xavier magazine briefly when it arrived and then discarded it. Lately I find myself reading it from cover to cover. Congratulations on the interesting and varied articles, X-Files, and other spots. It all makes for interesting reading.
Sister Josephine Patti, GNSH

Grown Up Tastes
I really enjoy the alumni magazine. You guys do a great job–it’s a magazine for adults, which is unusual.
Jack Selzer Professor of English Penn State University

Catching Kudos
My Xavier experience was that of a part-time M.B.A. student in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I earned my degree in 1982, the same year I moved from Cincinnati to Cleveland. And I am practically a life-long Presbyterian, save for my three years as a member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Therefore, my view as an alum is very different from those who were XU undergraduate students as well as those who still call the Queen City home.

This email is to THANK YOU for continuing to publish a stellar alumni magazine. You effectively blend campus news and updates with interesting articles about Xavier alums who are making both large and small impacts on our world. I especially enjoy the “X-Files” tidbits. And you do this while emphasizing the vital link to Xavier’s Jesuit heritage and how we must use our God-given talents and abilities in our work, our families and our communities (which, as an evangelical Presbyterian, is very important to me). Lastly, the magazine simply looks good–layout, photos, graphics, etc.

So, this non-Cincinnatian/Presbyterian/former part-time M.B.A. student sends major kudos and encouragement to keep up the great work.

Eric N. Peterson


Summer Reading
I wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed reading the summer 2002 edition of Xavier magazine. Don’t know for sure what you changed from previous editions, but I like it.

Also, as class representative for 1968, thanks for the back cover advertisement to the annual fund. Annual fund is one of the many things that are showing greatness at Xavier. Congrats, again.
Joe Geraci, Class of 1968 and 1970

Hail to the Chief
As usual, I enjoyed reading the latest edition of Xavier magazine. I was especially pleased to see the “Hailing Hailstones” article [Summer 2002], and the naming of Hailstones Hall. Wonderful. Thank you for an excellent publication.
Louis Kuhn, Class of 1963

I cannot tell you how pleased I was when I opened the summer edition of the Xavier magazine and saw the story on my father’s mementos. James Sweeney, my father, graduated from Xavier in 1934 and I graduated from Xavier in 1967. When he died in 1991, I inherited his Xavier keepsakes. I decided that the only appropriate place for scrapbooks and mementos would be back at Xavier. Who knows what my kids would do with them after I died.

My dad loved the years he spent at Xavier and was very proud of his college. He would be very pleased that his scrapbooks are so appreciated and that they will be looked at and preserved for many years to come. Thank you again for taking care of my dad’s keepsakes. They mean a lot to my entire family.
Brian M. Sweeney

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