LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I always read CCT carefully. It is my favorite Columbia
publication. Your Within the Family column and the Class Notes caught
my attention this month.
I founded the USA/USA Program in 1992 in order that a few students
from Ukraine could undergo the Core Curriculum at Columbia. I felt that
this in the long term could lead to the development of a core curriculum
for a major university in Ukraine and to a greater understanding of Europe
in that country. Ukraine is still searching for its European roots.
Despite numerous successes, not one of the students from our program
has entered the College. Our students have won full four-year scholarships
to Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, Stanford, MIT, Middlebury, Smith,
Berea and other leading colleges. They have excelled at the highest levels.
The main reason for this failure at Columbia is the relative lack of funds
for international students. So the issue of financial aid is very important,
and I am grateful to you for raising it. The $400 million fund drive is
key to the solution of this problem at Columbia.
Second, my ideas on the Core in 1991 coincided with those of Mr. Toomas
Hendrik Ilves ’76, now president of Estonia.
Estonia is smaller, more homogeneous and closer to the West culturally.
Change there is easier. Ukraine is bigger, yet Ukrainian-American alumni
of Columbia have failed to understand the significance of the Core Curriculum
and its potential meaning for Ukraine. I would look forward to exploring
this issue further with anyone.
Bohdan A. Oryshkevich ’68
New York City
Sad and Happy Tasks
I’ve just received my November/December issue and I compliment you
on your editing and layout of the Obituaries. It is a very important part
of the magazine. Our Class of 1942, unfortunately, had a lot of entries,
and has two more in this issue. As our class correspondent, it is a sad
task to report so many deaths among my good friends and casual acquaintances.
On the other hand, I enjoy doing the Class Notes, in which I can report
happier events among our survivors.
Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz ’42