Bill Thomas, a Republican, on your cover -- I thought
I died and went to heaven. For a while there, I thought SFSU Magazine
was in a universe free of conservative/Republican people of note,
and then your winter 2005 issue arrived. I would also welcome
a feature on S.I. Hayakawa, president of SFSU and U.S. senator
from California -- a genius and gifted statesman -- and the many
others of our persuasion, in your magazine. After all, a bird
needs a left wing and a right wing in order to fly.
just wanted to chime in on the fantastic articles and
news from SF State. Your profile of Rep. Bill Thomas gave some
insight into one of our country's leaders, and it was especially
interesting to read about a Republican who studied at a predominantly
progressive, left-leaning campus. Your profiles of others such
as alumna Caroline Vaughan at the United Nations and local students
doing well are very uplifting and make me proud that I'm an alumnus
of San Francisco State University.
Cedric C. Cheng
It is quite amazing to receive updates on the
growth of the campus. I enjoyed reading news of the acquisition
of affordable housing at Stonestown Apartments. For me, the charm
of the city was part of the lure to go to school at SFSU. When
I attended, during the '60s, we could just about afford living
off campus; rent had not yet skyrocketed. Thank goodness you have
vision to keep living expenses more reasonable for students.
Ann Suter Mathews
Relief Story Strikes a Chord
The article "Weathering the Storm"
in the winter issue brought tears to my eyes. I especially liked
knowing that animals were reunited with their families thanks
to alumnus Ken White -- and bless you all at SFSU for taking in
the Louisiana students and helping them to continue their education.
During the late '60s and early '70s we referred
to the University as "the yard." The energy was magnetic,
inspiring -- an environment conducive to leaders. The emerging
social issues gave young students an opportunity to expand their
consciousness with the hope of transforming their immediate environment.
Reading the magazine brings back echoes from "the yard."
have just read a copy of your delightful summer issue
that brings back memories of the best time of my life. I was also
a member of the SFSU Theatre Arts Department during the '70s.
The thing that amazes me is the number of famous people who floated
through school at the same time. Annette Bening was not the only
one to go on and make a living in the arts. Greg Proops, Michael
McShane, Dana Carvey, Carl Weathers and anyone else I may have
forgotten all were involved with our wonderful professors and
did some amazing theatre at the time. I wish to congratulate them
on their careers and the University for fostering such creative
Editor's Note: We're happy to verify that Dana
Carvey (B.A., '79), Carl Weathers (B.A., '74),
Greg Proops (attended '79–'81), and Michael McShane
(attended '80–'82) are indeed SFSU alumni. See
our Alumni Hot Shots Web site, www.sfsu.edu/~hotshots,
for lists of other accomplished alumni. Be sure to check in periodically
thought that would get your attention. SFSU Magazine is
giving away University decals
of alumnus Dale Perkins' watercolor painting of the Golden Gate
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