Montana State University Bozeman - Montanan Yearbook (Bozeman, MT)

 - Class of 1983

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p rowded classes, interminable term papers, tempting sunshine and ski hills, courses that seem irrelevant, exams, expensive textbooks, scientific jargon, and smart jerks that set the curve too high. Why bother with a higher education anyhow? What is there about this thing called higher education that draws cowboys away from their beloved cows, farmers from Sidney, Muslims from Kuwait, the young and old from all over the world to tiny and remote Bozeman, Montana? The search for an answer to that question has been long and frustrating. Some still argue its the bottom line and a recent survey by the American Council for Education supports that belief since the vast majority of interviewed students said a better paying job was their major goal from the college experience. But another study by Dr. Howard Bowen suggests the bottom line solution will barely stand up. His review of all recent thorough studies of the issue concludes that when comparing those "with" to those without", there were only marginal advantages to the higher educated in the areas of income over investment, cognitive, and analytical skills. The greater differences, he reports, are in the subjective areas that make life more meaningful to the individual. He suggests college grads are more tolerant, more loving, more community involved, enjoy cultural events more, and just generally are able to give and receive more from life to a measurable degree. But enough of the expert view. I suspect that down deep in each of you there was a personal bottom line that explained why you stayed up all night to study, why you dug out that last bit of research, attended class when tired, bored or both, or regreted that you did not. For me the bottom line concerns "widsom". College, I contend, has to be more than just the gathering of data and the almost concomitant acquisition of knowledge. Any of us can do that by ourselves, the books are there, and if we can read we can find what we want or need in the way of facts. But no place seems to me to be better than a college campus for beginning to convert data collected from knowledge into wisdom. For to do that we have to be able to talk it over with others, with our classmates, and with our professors who have devoted their lives to this or that subject. By existing and interacting in this microcosm of the world that exists in our tiny university enclave we can begin to learn to make the value judgements that lead to knowledge adroitly applied, to wisdom. Only in such an atmosphere can we readily experiment, berate, belabor, dissect, and discuss what is needed without having to worry about the profit to be made or the promotion to be garnered, and thus begin to develop to our true potential. College is the ideal place to experience life, to interact, to learn how few cut and dried real truths there are, and to acquire a sense of values and integrity. Higher education should allow us to acquire sufficient wisdom to conclude that we live in a world of greys, rather than black and white, and that ALL the answers carry both pluses and minuses for us and others. That is the wisdom we either are or should be seeking to garner from our stay at MSU, even though for most it will not come easy. Some of us may never really become wise, others will, but all of us will benefit from the attempt. Look for signs of that elusive achievement of wisdom in the memorable pictures that follow. I bet you will find them and conclude with me that it has been worth the bother. ii Don Clark



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