Letters to the Editor

Archive memory

I loved your picture of one of Sheila Reilly’s ballet classes before it moved to the new home at the Helfaer Theatre (archival photo fall 2015 issue). Sheila was so motivating, with a great sense of humor and a wonderful way of getting through to even the dancer with two left feet. If you take a look to Sheila’s left, you can see the token males in the class: Jerry Russo and Dan LeMonnier behind him. If anyone could stand up to the rigors of a roomful of women in pink tights, nobody could do it with more chutzpah than Dan and Jerry — whether donning ballet slippers or tap shoes. Sadly, we lost both Jerry and Dan in the last few years. They will be remembered by all who were lucky enough to know them. I am sure that in heaven, Sheila Reilly is tapping the beat for a class, admonishing all — especially Jerry and Dan — for more plie’!

Julie Malec, Sp ’79

Divided house

As a 1961 Law School graduate I was impressed with the fall 2015 article about Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, executive director of the Becket Fund, the nonprofit supporting religious freedom. Wonderful story, wonderfully written. Carolyn Duffy Marsan is a concise and insightful writer. Your whole magazine exhibits that — attractive layout, in-depth articles about current issues and excellent writing. I’m so glad you still mail the magazine. The current trend is to make it all digital, but you don’t read a whole magazine that way or peruse it later. I picked up my magazine today just to read about Kristina.

Kate Malone Geddes, Law ’61

In the fall issue of Marquette Magazine, Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, in the story “Amen, I Rest My Case,” was quoted as saying that “our Constitution makes it clear that our rights do not come from the state.” If she means “rights” in the sense of legal entitlements, then she is wrong. Because we have (at least nominally) a republican form of government, i.e., a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” (Lincoln), the state is synonymous with the people. And because the Constitution (the law of the land and the source of the legal entitlements) begins with the statement that “We the people of the United States … do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States,” it would appear that our rights do indeed derive from the state or, which is the same thing, from the consent of the governed. I would also like to remind Ms. Bucholz that the Constitution is a purely secular document. God is not mentioned anywhere in it; and religion is only referenced in a negative sense (Article VI paragraph 3). Consequently, it stands as a bulwark against the theocracy that she seems to desire.

Tom Drolsum, Arts ’73

Wrap up

I enjoyed the article written by Joseph Simmons, S.J., about being Jesuit educated. As a philosophy minor, my liberal arts degree provided me with an invaluable foundation for a fairly successful career in operations management with a Fortune 100 company. It taught me to be open to all potential solutions to problems, to responsibly challenge the status quo as needed and to not only be unafraid of the questions life poses but to embrace them — especially when they concern your core beliefs. I am forever grateful for this gift.

Pam Jung, Arts ’64

Is it my imagination or does the magazine just keep getting better and better? This month was especially great. Keep up the good work!

Richard D. Lang, Jour ’86

I used to enjoy the magazine. Not now for the following highlighted reasons: excessively verbose, including Dr. Lovell; type too small; pages too crowded; a scatter-gun approach that missed the targets; and very costly paper and printing and pictures.

Jerry Carlstein, Jour ’54

I have not written to you since I recommended Ruth Hovland, with whom I co-facilitated an Alzheimer caregiver’s support group at Clement Manor Health Care Center, for a profile. The story was brief but very well done. In reading the fall 2015 edition of Marquette Magazine, I was again impressed with the quality of the magazine. It was good at the time you did the piece about Ruth. It has gotten even better since. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Glendon Bogdon, Dent ’71, Grad ’73

Your article on Marquette Warrior football player George Andrie brought back such wonderful memories for me. I began at Marquette in January 1956 after a five-year stint in the U.S. Army, and I chose to reside in Noonan Hall on 13th Street. I got to know George very well. I was also a close friend with quarterback Steve Nolan from Chicago. Marquette dropped football in 1960. Our last game was with the College of the Pacific. The students marched down Wisconsin Avenue in protest but to no avail. I lost track of George after he graduated. He was a great athlete, and Marquette should be proud of him, as I am.

Larry Giantomas, Jour ’62

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