About the cover
On this Bulletin’s cover and in the background of the online edition, you’ll see a graphic design of the labyrinth recently installed outside Shove Chapel; President Richard F. Celeste braved a blizzard to lay the last stone March 8. Members of the CC community are invited to walk the labyrinth meditatively.
What a nice issue the December Bulletin was! My curiosity was aroused by the picture of downtown Seattle. Do I remember that a CC grad was the architect for either the center building or the domed one on the right?
Barbara Coyne ’56
From the editor: Ms. Coyne is correct. The tallest building in the photo, the Washington Mutual Tower, and the green-domed building at right, Second and Seneca, were developed by Norvest, the firm of Doug Norberg ’62.
I learned of the death of Professor Edith Kirsch from the August 2005 Bulletin. Edith exemplified the care many CC professors take in encouraging students’ abilities. She supervised my senior thesis on a 16th-century printed book of hours (a layperson’s prayerbook), and through the venture grant fund, in 1997 we researched similar books at libraries that normally admit only researchers with advanced degrees.
We dined with Thomas Roche, a Princeton English professor. He asked to borrow a pen; Edith handed him a pencil. “Of course,” he said, “you would only have a pencil, as you are an art historian.” I felt welcomed into a club with pencils as markers of identity — one of the lucky few who work with the rarest books and manuscripts.
As a Ph.D. student, whenever I pull out a pencil to work in an archive, I think of Edith. She and other CC professors continue to give me a hand into the challenging, fulfilling world of academia.
Donna J. Drucker ’98
I was pleased to see the civic services alumni have pursued in the December 2005 Bulletin, but I was shocked by one book review. While other books seemed like good reads, I cannot believe that “The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping with Chicks” was included. Why was this alongside books like “Freshwater Fishes of Mexico” and “Wagner’s Themes: A Study in Musical Expression?” I am disappointed CC would include a sexually graphic book amidst good literature.
Dawn Fletcher ’98
From the editor: One of Colorado College’s core values is to “value all persons and seek to learn from their diverse experiences and perspectives.” In congruence with this philosophy, we do not make judgments about the quality or nature of books selected for the On the Bookshelf column. Any book with an ISBN that can be purchased by the public is eligible for inclusion, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Letters are edited for length and style.