The Colgate Scene
March 2006

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. . . The January issue of the Scene recognized Ryan Colameo, a Colgate junior, who graduated first in his class from Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) last summer. Having completed OCS myself some years ago, I can appreciate Ryan's accomplishment and congratulate him on this fantastic achievement.

What really captured my attention was the reference to the eight additional Colgate students who attended officer training along with Ryan. Even if I were to assume that these nine students were the only current students to have volunteered for military service -- which is unlikely given that all nine joined one of the four active duty military branches -- nine is a remarkable number. I am curious to know if this number is representative of a larger trend of Colgate students volunteering for military service.

Regardless, this number runs counter to the popular perception that students from elite universities don't join the military, especially during these challenging times. Obviously, reasonable people can disagree over and debate current foreign policy, but only the most unreasonable will question the need for a strong and capable military. Colgate should be proud that so many of its current students are choosing this path. Our nation's military is better for it.

. . . Congratulations on the lead piece in the January 2006 number ("Live from Broad Street"). It was an appropriate "commissioning" ceremony for the residential plan. As one whose career included many years as corporate counsel, I know how difficult it is for any institution to change course. Our president showed perception and courage when she went forward with the plan, supported by equally courageous trustees. It was rewarding to observe, on the January cover, the roof ridge of my old Phi Gamm house. Our alumni did the right thing for Colgate.

Not long after the Class of 1945 celebrated our 60th reunion last June, we read the account in the New York Times (Dec. 13) reporting that Colgate had received favorable court rulings in lawsuits brought by fraternity alumni opposing the residential education plan. It has been a long burdensome task at considerable expense. Let us hope that Colgate's sons and daughters can look forward and contemplate our future with mutual respect and confidence.

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