I read with interest in the
Cornell Report about AXE. I was
active as an AXE from 1969-1971.
We burned our charter in 1971
and disbanded in the belief that
social groups exemplified segregation,
elitism, and an attitude of
pompous superiority over others
in the student body. We felt that
the exclusivity inherent in social
groups was indeed a social ill. “Giving up independence,” as
stated in the article, was not a factor
in the group’s decision to disband.
Ironically, the AXEs were
considered the most liberal and
integrated social group at Cornell.
However, on campus in the early
1970s, any structure that stratified
the student body was considered
by many students to be an example
of racism and bigotry in
Dan Kloster ’73
Snowmass Village, Colo.
No Title Needed
I very much appreciated the
information in the fall 2002
issue, especially that dealing with
my vintage, the 1930s. Through
the years, that period has been
very well covered in Cornell publications.
I was especially interested
in the Cornellians who
became administrative law judges.
I was given that position just two
months before I retired as the general
counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
after more than 40 years in its
legal positions. Actually, that
appointment as a “judge” was to
make it possible for me to use
that title later outside the government.
It didn’t work. Retired here
in Idaho, I use no title at all.
Ashley Foard ’32
I recently read with great interest
and admiration the article on “Appealing Cases” in the fall
2002 issue. Several of the judges
mentioned are from my era and
were friends or acquaintances.
Please add my name to your list of
alumni judges, as I have served as
a judge pro tem in the circuit court
of Josephine County, Oregon,
Thank you. I read each issue of
the Report cover to cover.
Duane Wm. Schultz ’67
Grants Pass, Ore.
Spin Doctor Antidote
I’m currently dealing with the
tragic loss of Minnesota Sen. Paul
Wellstone, a man who was desperately
needed by this country.
To me, this highlights the importance
of, need for, and knowledge
and understanding of history and
political science that was so ably
taught in the late ’40s by Dr.
Littell and Dr. Kollman. The ability
to recognize the spin and disinformation
occurring today is
invaluable. And, I’m afraid, sadly
lacking. I see troubled times
ahead. This is why Wellstone will
Allen Eliason ’49
Moving the Rock
Great story in the Cornell
Report about THE Rock. I was a
part of that all-night effort [to
bury the Rock in 1948]. Twentythree
men started the project
shortly after midnight. One tow
truck was able to lift it, but could
not move it. So a call to Cedar
Rapids brought out a 19-ton
truck that moved it like Hercules
lifted a pebble to its new location
between the Chapel and Old
Sem. Its first bath in three years
was given as the first faint rays of
morning touched the tip of the
Chapel tower. The group wanted
the world to know of its accomplishment,
so the following, to
the tune of “Rock of Ages,” was
shouted to each of the four dozing
Rock of Ages, sunk no more;
Oh, good gosh, my back is sore!
Twixt Ol’ Sem and Chapel too;
That is where we planted you;
Rock of Ages, high and dry;
There you ever more may lie!!!
John O. Kirkpatrick ’52
Sturgeon Bay, Wis.