Thursday, March 31, 2011

Updated Letter


The rough news about rising junior WR Anthony Johnson is out there right now. I don’t really think there’s much to say about this except we hope the young man is able to straighten everything out.

Don’t forget to post your name and school year/affiliation if you support our call for a special halftime ceremony honoring our student veterans.

I am intrigued by some calls to eliminate all mention of the negative incidents that led me and others to call for this tribute for our veterans… and I have to agree.

A revamped version of the letter is below:

Dear President Bollinger, Dr. Murphy, and Chairman Campbell:

We the undersigned are concerned alumni, students and parents of students at Columbia University. We write today in favor of honoring all of Columbia’s student armed forces veterans at halftime of a football game this coming fall.

We believe these veteran-scholars represent the best of both the Columbia community and our country. We also believe that the vast majority of Columbia’s student athletes and fans support our veterans wholeheartedly.

Columbia has a grand history of honorable contributions to American military history. That history includes the volunteerism and heroism of Alexander Hamilton, Dwight Eisenhower, William Donovan, and Philip Kearney, just to name a few.

We believe the best way to honor these extraordinary student veterans would be to hold a halftime ceremony singling them out in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Whatever we can do to make such a ceremony happen we are prepared to offer. Just ask.


Greg Abbruzzese '91 C

Nicolás S. Barragán '13 C

Richard Berger ’57 C

Curtis Chen ’82 SEAS

Ralph DeBernardo ’09 C

William O. Flick Jr. ’87 C

Steve Greenberg '73 C

Karl Groth

Carl Henriquez '60 C, '64 P&S

Rebecca Hiner '09 GS

Donald Jensen '73 C

Barry Kelner '73 C

Bob Kent '92 C

Bob Levine ’58 C

Thomas Long ’74 C

Eric Lorber '06 C

Cassidy Lutjean '07 C

Brian & Renée McClain

John McClelland ’11 GS

Jacob Novak ’92 C

John F. O’Connor ’67 C

Kiernan O’Connor ’92 C

Charles Sergis ’55 C

Gene Straub '49 C , '50 SEAS

Richard Szathmary '67 C

Dorian Tergis ’74 C, ’78 P&S

Bohdan Vitvitsky ’79 GSAS, ’85 LAW

Jewell K. Waldbaum

Stan Waldbaum ’62 C, ’65 LAW

Jeff Wasserstein ’93 GS, ’96 LAW

Sam Williams


At Thu Mar 31, 09:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still support the idea that this ceremony would be best at Homecoming and we should ask for that, so it can be held before thousands of fans, not just a thousand fans.
I also would like to see another name or two or three on that very brief list of Columbia vets. Certainly Columbia football captain Randy Murff who died abroad when his jet fighter crashed less than a decade ago would be an appropriate modern addition to that list.

At Thu Mar 31, 06:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this version of the letter much better. Thanks, Karl Groth

At Fri Apr 01, 02:48:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Neila said...

I agree with the above commenter regarding Randy Murff. Please add my name to the list
Neila Jacobson Buday Athletic trainer, CU 1991-2010, TC'94

At Fri Apr 01, 06:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great letter! Please add my name:

Thomas Fagan - '57C/'58E

At Mon Apr 04, 04:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please add my name, Chris Groth '12 CC

At Mon Apr 04, 06:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add my name as well.
Chase McCaleb SEAS'10

At Tue Apr 05, 06:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam Cecil CC 12


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