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Early abolitionist views

By Tad Lafountain '72

Published in the February13, 2008 issue

While Samuel Sewall was commendably early in his questioning of slavery (“Mining Family History,” Books and Arts, Dec. 12), Eve LaPlante ’80 is mistaken in crediting him with writing “... America’s first abolitionist argument.” Francis (Franz) Daniel Pastorius and other members...

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More on Achimedes

By Bruce N. Baker '53

Published in the February13, 2008 issue

Edward Groth III ’66 (letters, Dec. 12) points out that the puzzle Archimedes was trying to solve was not “buoyancy,” but rather, how to measure the volume of an irregularly shaped object. The other part of the legend, which he did not state, is that the monarch was concerned...

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No need to obsess on college admissions

By Cristina L.H. Traina '83

Published in the February13, 2008 issue

Mercifully, Merrell Noden ’78’s worrying “Admission Obsession” (feature, Dec. 12) tells only part of the story. Overall, the recent bulge in applications is a boon to American higher education. I’ve been converted to this view by my experience as both a parent and an educator....

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For the record

Published in the February13, 2008 issue

In a Dec. 12 article about a class that was co-taught by Professor Uwe Reinhardt and visiting professor and former senator Bill Frist ’74, a quote from a student misrepresented Reinhardt’s views on drug-company profits. He has said in the class that while drug-company profits as...

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Keep Firestone great

By Robert Hollander '55

Published in the February13, 2008 issue

Before the Dec. 12 issue of PAW (Notebook), I am not sure many alumni were aware of the impending project at Firestone Library, which has caused some concern on campus this autumn. Our main library, for which such a plan has been in the works for quite some time now, is now...

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