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The seniors’ Step Sing

In response to: A farewell song

By Sean Edwards ’92 h’72

Published in the September 24, 2008 issue

It was disappointing to hear members of the Class of 2008 criticize the spontaneous rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Senior Step Sing (On the Campus, July 16). That they would describe the singing of the national anthem as “cliché” or “fratty” would suggest to me a...

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Credit for starting the song

In response to: A farewell song

By Nick Hermandorfer ’08

Published in the September 24, 2008 issue

I read the July 16 On the Campus column describing how our class “started a tradition” of singing the national anthem at the end of the arch sing. I don’t know if it is worth getting credit for, but I was the person who started the song. I thought it would be entertaining to...

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Unearthing a 'very catchy' song

In response to: A farewell song

By Steve Reed ’96

Published in the September 24, 2008 issue

In Laura Fitzpatrick ’08’s On the Campus column in the July 16 issue, she references a letter received by PAW editors from Herbert S. Bailey Jr. ’42. Mr. Bailey refers to a World War II-era song composed for Theatre Intime ending with the lyric, “America is okay.” While I do not...

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A caricature of the world

In response to: A farewell song

By Christopher C. (Kit) Binns ’69

Published in the September 24, 2008 issue

In her thoughtful essay on seniors’ reaction to an impromptu singing of the national anthem at step singing at Blair Arch, Laura Fitzpatrick quotes senior class president Tom Haine ’08 as saying that “the great American spirit will regain its indomitable nature in the face of a...

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Milton, the Bard, Bluto

In response to: A moment with...Nigel Smith

By Terry Vance ’77

Published in the September 24, 2008 issue

I very much enjoyed reading Merrell Noden ’78’s interview with Nigel Smith (A Moment With, June 11) and returning to the issue of Milton’s “unpopularity” despite undeniable genius, which was the subject of courses I took both as an undergraduate and as an alumnus. And many...

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