Archive for Friday, October 5, 2012

Letter to the editor: Athens no more

October 5, 2012


To the editor:

It was not that many years ago that most Lawrence students and residents showed admiration and respect for KU with the lofty proud mantle “Athens On the Kaw.”  But alas, with KU administrators no longer blessed with philosophical vision, they, like the leaders of ancient Alexandria, are allowing the Great Beacon of Knowledge to burn out.

The recent watering down of the 67-year-old Western Civilization requirement is an example of KU’s weakened leadership of today.

KU’s current sports mantle is a poor substitute for time-honored knowledge.


Paul R Getto 5 years, 1 month ago

Good point. We lose our knowlege of where we came from at great peril. Universities are not trade schools.

Clara Westphal 5 years, 1 month ago

When I attended KU in the late 40's early 50's, KU was in the top ten universities in the United States. Full professors taught classes. not TA's.

KU had good football and basketball programs but they did not detract from the academics as they do now.

George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

In the early '80s when I attended KU almost all of my classes were taught by TAs. If I had it to do over I would have attended another university. To me it never lived up to the reputation it projected.

I had some pretty bad instructors. I only had contact with my under-grad adviser three times. The last time was when I was already well into my final semester and he called to let me know that I was 1/2 credit hour short of being able to graduate.

Ended up having to do an internship with UPI. Could have taken a five hour elective class and it would have cost me less than that internship did.

Brian Laird 5 years, 1 month ago

I seriously doubt that KU was in the "top ten universities" in the US in the 1950s. Most modern ranking systems didn't really exist then, so by what metric do you base this claim? I hear this a lot from people that somehow KU really was this top-notch university in the past, but I attribute it mostly to misty-eyed nostalgia and to the fact that people's views at that time were often more regionally narrow.

That being said, there are serious problems at KU that are threatening its stature.

Clara Westphal 5 years, 1 month ago

I have the feeling I have just been called a liar. I base my statement on the fact that I was there. One of things Freshmen were told about was the high caliber school KU was.

One of the arguments made when someone younger doesn't believe what an older person says is that they have fuzzy memories or that they just wanted to remember it that way. You would be surprised how many older people are still able to function quite well - memories and all.

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