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December 19, 2004
I am a student at Harvey Mudd College, and while I recognize that a significant portion of the student body is represented by the descriptions in the article "Adam's Excellent Adventure" (by Tracie White, Nov. 28), it is far from accurate to claim that they represent our school. Like any other college, ours has its share of rowdy parties, athletes and, yes, binge drinking. It is also true that many students have a penchant for computers, science and engineering, and we share the same sleep-deprivation culture as other technical schools.
December 9, 2002
David Perlmutter's Dec. 4 commentary on college misbehavior, "Teacher Dilemma: Sued If You Do, Sued If You Don't," was the sort of silliness that gives academia a bad name. Perlmutter claims that colleges are "scared off by the prospects of litigation" from telling students how to behave. Nothing could be further from the truth. Colleges still have behavioral codes, and I have never heard of an institution being sued for enforcing a reasonable code. To the contrary, it is common to hear of students being punished for the same things that would get them in trouble were they off campus.
November 19, 2001
Re "San Bernardino County Computers Scramble Elections," Nov. 10: Once again, a computerized voting system has failed to deliver its promised advantages. Especially telling is the fact that the paper record is the only thing standing between us and complete disaster. It is also notable that the error might well have gone unnoticed in slightly different circumstances. Knowledgeable computer scientists have been saying for decades that the headlong rush toward all-electronic voting is foolish in the absence of nonelectronic backup verification methods.
November 23, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
For the third year in a row, a team from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont won the Assn. of Computing Machinery's collegiate programming competition for the Southwestern U.S. region. Senior computer science majors Jeff Lawson and J. Nathaniel Sloan and senior math major Dominic Mazzoni will travel to the Netherlands in April to compete in the ACM's International Collegiate Competition. A Harvey Mudd team won the world championship in 1997.
March 5, 1998
Robert McAlister, 85, founder of the Hang Ten clothing company and benefactor of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. In addition to running his sportswear firm, McAlister sponsored an international surfing contest in Hawaii and organized car races in California. A native of Weldon, Iowa, McAlister graduated from Grinnell College in that state and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
November 24, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Karen Kaplan covers technology, telecommunications and aerospace
The teams had traveled from colleges as far away as San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Las Vegas and even Hawaii. By 9:30 on a recent Saturday morning, they were gathering on the campus of Cal State Northridge for a full day of head-to-head competition, their gym bags brimming with vital equipment. These collegians would not battle on an athletic field but inside a computer lab outfitted with Hewlett-Packard workstations. They came outfitted with gear like textbooks, ear plugs and cans of Mountain Dew.
Of course Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would love to speak at his niece's college graduation, the Army Intelligence folks were saying last summer. But there would be a few details to attend to. He would need some 20 hotel rooms--some of them south-facing so the satellite equipment could be hung out the windows.
Dr. Norman F. Sprague Jr., a surgeon, educator, community leader and philanthropist who was a founding trustee and benefactor of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, has died. He was 82. Sprague, the son and father of physicians who shared the same name, died Saturday in Los Angeles, said his son, Dr. Norman F. Sprague III. The elder Sprague built a library in his father's honor at Harvey Mudd College and created an endowed professorship in the life sciences department there.
December 18, 1996
Onetime USC administrator Jon C. Strauss was named Monday as president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. Strauss, 56, who takes over in March, is vice president and chief financial officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. Harvey Mudd officials described the research institute as the nation's largest private philanthropic organization.
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