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Letters to the Editor, April 2009


Published Apr 1, 2009 8:00 AM

As a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, I always look forward to receiving UCLA Magazine. But this month's edition was special for me. On page 42 is a photo montage celebrating 75 years of the Alumni Association. One of those photos is of my grandfather, John B. Jackson, taken in 1927 when he played football for the Bruins. Johnny was also the director of the Alumni Association from 1939-1955. I wanted to send you this note to thank you for remembering him. He was so proud of UCLA and his affiliation with the university, and his family is just as proud of him.
Jim Jackson '85
Greenbrae, CA


Thank you for your thorough, candid article, "Under Review" [page 7], explaining the holistic admissions process. My only regret about such necessity is the fact that affirmative action itself fell into such disfavor. In 1964, I heard a speaker give a carefully considered defense for enlarging the pool of applicants to areas crucial to functioning in our society, areas previously denied to such applicants. He noted that the government, in exchange for co-opting young men's lives for two to six years in a military draft, provided the former with the G.I. Bill of Rights that included a life insurance policy, medical benefits, college tuition and low-cost housing loans. He then asked: So what does the nation owe [African Americans] who were subjected to 250 years of slavery and another 100 years of segregation, not to mention continuing racism? 'We demand a place at the table' was Dr. M.L. King's response to his own question.
Bill Younglove Ed.D. '83
Lakewood, CA


Former UC Regent Ward Connerly makes the common sense, race-blind suggestion that applicants for admission not be allowed to reveal their race. Kevin Reed, UCLA vice chancellor, retorts that this would be 'potentially illegal.' Oh? Exactly which law or court decision gives applicants a legal right to reveal their race? Do they also have a legal right to reveal their religion — or sexual orientation? Mr. Reed adds that applicants are 'entitled' to describe 'who they are and what they have accomplished.' Oh? Again, what law or court decision explicitly sets out this entitlement? Personal identity and accomplishment can be described in many ways without specifying race.
Greg Lanning M.A. '70
Abbotsford, British Columbia


I enjoyed the article chronicling the history of rock concerts at UCLA. In 1961, the Student Union was opened with a dance concert benefitting UCLA UniCamp. The event was produced and engineered by the UCLA Kelps and was billed as 'El Monte Legion Stadium Comes to UCLA.' Thousands of students rocked to the music of The Coasters, Johnny Otis, Don Julian and the Meadowlarks, The Masked Phantoms, Gene McDaniel, Marie Adams [with] Three Tons of Joy and other stars of the era. My law partner, Mike Nasatir '62, was one of the organizers.
Richard Hirsch '61
Santa Monica, CA


Kudos for you for recognizing a point of view different from the standard-issue liberalism of the vast majority of public university professors [ "Professor Conspirator" page 18]. It is refreshing to see at least a faint hope for diversity of thought on campus.
Michael Eshoff '78
San Jose, CA