Feedback Readers chime in to discuss articles from past issues.

Training for Life

The article on sports psychology, that’s the kind of stuff that rings my bell [“The Mental Game,” Summer 2015]. It gives insight into the fullness of sport and life. In particular, I liked Tyler Cooperwood’s comment that [Nicole] Detling is a “great listener” who has helped him with life on and off the gridiron. To me, the important word is “off.” Yes, indeed, a great gift to the teams and especially the athletes, to be used as enrichment for life.

Richard Ferrone BS’74
Sandy, Utah

Helping Student Parents

Great article [“Balancing Act,” Summer 2015]. Congrats to the U for being sensitive to the needs of their students. It makes one wonder what solutions the other 90 percent of the children have and how many are left home alone. No wonder parents burst into tears when they find that they qualify for quality care for their children on campus. Keep up the good work. Great pictures, also.

Judyth Bramwell
, Idaho

Praise for Jack Newell

I thought it worth noting that Jack always had a penchant for wearing tweed sport coats and was instrumental in launching a number of our careers [“An Examined Life,” Summer 2015]. The foundational liberal educational program Jack built with a few dedicated faculty and students was the highlight of its era at the University. How unfortunate, as the story goes, that a myopic administrator of rank was able to dismantle this central program in the experience of many of us who worked at the University of Utah.

Edward L. Kick
Professor, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

How splendid, Elaine [Jarvik], to post a review of Jack’s life and achievements… Will you write next about Linda [King Newell], whose accomplishments parallel Jack’s? She, too, is exemplary of the woman in a world ruled by men, the one who would not be silenced in the places and projects that mattered. Thanks again!

Maura Beecher
Ottawa, Ontario

An Anthropologist’s Impact

We now find ourselves caught in between two contemporary cultures—the traditional and the Western culture [“You Need a Person,” Spring 2010]. Most young Engans today find it difficult to accept both cultures. And the odds are that they will neglect the traditional ones in favor of the Western. What you [Polly Wiessner] have done to preserve Engan culture will be remembered by this generation and for the generations to come. You have made us proud!

Alois Tanakae
Adelaide, South Australia


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