From the week of October 25, 2000

There's really so much I want to say to Lexie, who envisions God as a "crusty heap of garbage." I would want her to know that this God chooses to love her whether she wants his love not. As for those "little pink bunnies poking out," they are nothing more than God's warm, comforting fuzzies reaching out to all his creations. In regard to Lexie comparing God to sounding like "cicadas when they die," it made me wonder if Lexie ever gave any thought as to who had the power and imagination to make such a creature!

Lexie, my prayer for you now is that you will be open to your maker ... God!

Norma Schmitz
St. Louis

Dennis the Menace

Lindenwood isn't just about Spellmann: Lindenwood University has been my home for the past three years. I have seen many wonderful and horrible things happen on our campus. It is wonderful that our campus is growing and I am excited for the city of St. Charles. We the students are proud to call St. Charles home where we work and spend our money. The land around Lindenwood is in need of some major renovations, so I am glad that Dennis Spellman has bought the dilapidated properties to expand the university. The city of St. Charles should look at this as a way to make the city more beautiful and prosperous.

Now, I am not backing Spellman up here, either. I have seen him expel students for ludicrous reasons, and once one of the students was yelled at by him in his bathrobe in front of Ayres Hall for being loud on a Friday night (before quiet hours). Above all we need to keep in mind that he has turned this university around and I will be proud to graduate in May. The professors really do care about the students and are willing to take time to sit down and explain an unclear formula or concept. On this campus, the professors actually know their students' names and have interest in them. The other day I ran across a professor who attended one of my games and told me I did a good job. Even today I had a previous professor ask me how my studies were going and was excited to hear of my future plans. Here the faculty goes above and beyond the call of duty. Spellman has done his part by bringing Lindenwood back up to where it should be.

This is a work in progress, and everything will even out. Lindenwood is not all Spellman, as your article [Jeannette Batz, "The Talented Mr. Spellmann," RFT, Sept. 6] made it sound. It is also the faculty and the hardworking, diverse group of students, which have left me with a great feeling of accomplishment as I gear up to leave the gates and pursue an exciting career.

Shannon Lueders

Academics should speak freely: What a shame that in the United States in the year 2000, a faculty member at Lindenwood University must protect his or her job by withholding his signature from a letter to the editor. I must presume that said writer is fully qualified academically to occupy his or her position in higher education, just as I must point out that his or her necessity for anonymity belies the very foundation of higher education in general and American higher education in particular. Does the writer's professional/economic situation justify his need to protect personal identity? He or she must decide.

Kenneth Cox
Lindenwood Alumnus, 1964
Stillwater, Okla.

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