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Calling all homeopaths
. . . As I have recently taken up the study of homeopathic medicine, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that James Tyler Kent, M.D., born in 1849, and later the most influential and famous homeopath since the founding of the discipline by Samuel Hahnemann, graduated from Colgate (then Madison) University in 1870. He authored Lectures on Materia Medica and Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy and developed the first modern homeopathic repertory, still used by the majority of the world's homeopathic physicians.
It's great to feel this common link with one of history's greatest masters of healing and medicine!
I'd love to hear from other Colgate alumni who are homeopaths. Anybody out there? E-mail me at email@example.com. Kent is looking out for us!
DOUGLAS BROWN '79
Family Nurse Practitioner
. . . Charles Beitz's excerpted tribute to Hunt Terrell (July Scene) resonates in the emotions of any student lucky enough to have found his or her way into one of Professor Terrell's extraordinary classes.
However, at no point does the Scene tell the reader why a "day of farewell" in the professor's honor was needed. Where is/was he going/gone?
Uninformed, the reader is left to draw his own conclusions. Some of the possibilities are (in descending order of likelihood): The good professor has:
- Been abducted by aliens
- Gone to teach in the N.Y.C. public-school system
Inasmuch as such speculations do no one much good (least of all Professor Terrell), could you please enlighten us as to his fate?
GORDON STACK '79
Editor's note: Number 1.
Forgiven, not forgotten
. . . I attended reunion in May and since this was the first time I had been to campus in four years it gave me an opportunity to contrast Colgate with the world at large.
The first plus was the friendliness and optimisim at Colgate in a world which, largely thanks to the media, has become less friendly and more cynical. Also, I saw again that, true to its founding and eternal purpose, there is forgiveness at Colgate despite strong disagreement. A number of people at Colgate with whom I have had strong disagreements and whom I have attacked strongly in the Maroon-News letter-to-the-editor column were very friendly. If only we could get everyone in the Middle East and Bosnia to do the same.
Also, Colgate's spiritual life is coming alive as evidenced by the recent "Jesus Week" in which Colgate Christian groups aggressively evangelized the campus. And Colgate, much more than Harvard and Yale, continues to motivate people to engage in what Professor Balmuth called reflective thinking in his brilliant Saturday morning lecture. The Colgate philosophy and religion department can still be the catalyst for a worldwide revolution of reflective thinking which motivates people to figure out what is wrong with their lives, families, relationships, jobs and most important society and its problems.
Last, I was encouraged by the numbers and intensity of letters to the editor of the Maroon-News this year, when worldwide apathy has caused letter-to-the-editor writing to fall off.
On the negative side, the drinking culture at Colgate, symbolized by the tents at night during the reunion, looks like a scene out of hell itself. This contributes to alcoholism and divorce and domestic violence. As former Colgate president Cutten said in his brilliant book The Psychology of Alcoholism, "Alcoholism can only be cured by the spiritual conversion because supernatural power is needed." So the remedy for the Colgate alcohol problem is the return to the Colgate spiritual founding purpose.
Last, the Scene needs to print more articles about the monthly problems and controversies on campus, giving us a bi-monthly summary of what is in the Maroon-News.
EDWARD T. O'DONNELL JR. '70
. . . This past week should have brought back some great memories to those of you who took part in the 1955 College World Series. However, those feelings will never be experienced by any future Colgate diamondmen. That is, unless we who played under Red O'Hora care enough to do something about it.
There are a number of reasons that baseball has disappeared from the Colgate campus. These are the poor weather, early graduation and lack of interest on the part of administration and alumni. Of course the baseball seasons of the '50s included the month of May. However, like the Grinch who stole Christmas, somebody stole that month from the spring sports teams. `Red' saw a way around this by coaching the Raiders in the fall. In those years the Raiders found a number of opponents playing fall baseball. Among them were Siena, LeMoyne, Ithaca, Albany and a number of other state teams. The weather was great during September and half of October.
October is, of course, World Series time and finds the eyes of all baseball fans on "America's Game." Many of those Series' games have been played in New York's Yankee Stadium, the world's most famous ballpark. Kids in our state still dream of playing there in the "House that Ruth built." However, most of those young men will reach their peak at the college level. This will not happen at Colgate even though for one hundred years no college in the nation had a finer baseball tradition. However, like the "old soldier," that tradition just faded away. Yes, we just sat on our collective hands as varsity baseball, field and all, died a sad death.
Thanks to a good many other northeastern colleges, baseball is still alive and well. Some of these and the number of games they played this year are: Northeastern (48), Vermont (47), Maine (50), Hartford (45), Massachusetts (39), Fordham (45), St. Bonaventure (42), Duquesne (47), Temple (46), LaSalle (40), Providence (43), Connecticut (42), Boston College (41), Cornell (37), Yale (42), Harvard (44), Dartmouth (41), Brown (46), LeMoyne (41), Marist (47), Siena (49), Niagara (41), Canisius (40), Iona (50), Central Connecticut (46), Army (45), Navy (43), Holy Cross (36), Bucknell (48), Lehigh (39), Lafayette (36), SUNY Cortland (40), Rensselaer (39), Ithaca (42).
Yes, Colgate baseball has been left holding the bag. Is there anything we "Red's Raiders" can do to bring our sport back to the campus? Is it a financial impossibility or is it just a matter of indifference? I, for one, am very chagrined when I read college baseball scores which include Skidmore, St. Rose and Vassar!
I know that Red O'Hora feels the same as he looks down from Coaches' Heaven.
BOB BURLINGAME '52