Tulane University - Jambalaya Yearbook (New Orleans, LA)

 - Class of 1981

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Philosophy Ronna Bulger Eric Mack Radu Bogdan Donald Lee John Glenn Harvey Green Michael Zimmerman Gordon Wilson Frank Schalow Andrew J, Reck: Chairman Not pictured: Louise Roberts Robert Whittemore Michael Zimmerman: Asking Questions on Life Is philosophy obsolete? Does it have anything relevant to offer to today ' s soci- ety? " Philosophy teaches us to ask ques- tions, " says Michael Zimmerman, pro- fessor of philosophy at Tulane and head of the JYA program. He claims philoso- phy is important because " it makes one think critically of himself. " Michael attended LSU, where he earned a BA in philosophy. " I chose phi- losophy for a major because it was the most challenging, " he explained. He then worked for his MA and Ph.D. at Tulane, was a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium, taught at Denison University, and finally, returned to Tulane. Michael Zimmerman is calm, creative, and extremely interested in society. His office reflects his easy going personality, resembling a private study, with personal drawings on the walls. It is here that Michael studies the present age, as well as the future. One aspect of society that Professor Zimmerman finds particularly discom- forting is the defeatist attitude held by so many people. " In the 60 ' s there was much political activism. Students were active; people were involved, " he emphasizes, contrasting that spirit with today ' s passivity. He believes that peo- ple just sit back and let things happen to them, instead of making an effort to con- troll their environment. " I like to call it the ' Entertainment-Leisure time syn- drome, " he explains; television is a factor because people have learned to demand entertainment. Stu- dents are not excluded from this. Michael feels that New Orleans has an abundance of entertainment. Students have come to expect it, and in the same way that they turn off the TV when they aren ' t enter- tained, they turn off classes that aren ' t entertaining. A professor can help stimulate stu- dents by playing a role model. " He can exhibit the results of learning and show that there is an intrinsic pay-off for learn- ing. " Unless something is done, Michael fears the future will be disastrous. " Imag- ine people who are not willing to take charge of their lives! " he claims. In the future, Michael believes the ma- jor concern must be to prevent the con- tinuing ecological crisis. " Man has gone ' ' ■ ¥ ' ' % 0 M - ' - V SW HH -. x .j ' . ' ' ' ' B H W - too far in dominating nature, " Michael explains. " Man has made himself the source of all value and meaning and has in a sense — become God. " Man must rise above present economic policies. In capi- talism, he takes from nature for private interests; in socialism, he takes from na- ture for public interest. Either way man is taking from nature. Michael emphasized, " There has to be a radical change. There is a possibility for this in Judeo Christian- ity. This possibility lies in the view of na- ture in a religious way. If we stop mater- ialistic exploitation of nature there is that chance for change. That change would preserve man ' s freedom and dignity which preserves our place in nature. " Michael states that philosophy can play an important role in bringing about change. " Philosophy will make you think critically about what you believe to be true, " he states, " Once we stop taking our lives for granted, we have taken that step in the right direction. " 66

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Mathematics Meredith Mickel Carl Cheng Robert Fortus Hester Patemostro Martha Mark Al Vitter John Liukkonen Jackie Boling Bill Nico Tom Beale Michael Rose Al Clifford Michael Mislove John Dauns Ed Conway Jean Renault Steve Rosencrans Laszlo Fuchs Ron Fintushel Terry Lawson Maurice Dupre Gary Sod Not Pictured: Mark Benard Jerry Goldstein Karl Hofmann Pierre Grillet Ronald Knill Arnold Levine Jennie MuUin-Killilea Areski Nait-Abdallah Frank Quigley James Rogers Howard Sealey Susan Lam James Rogers: Teaching Academic Administration Professor James Rogers is a member of the mathematics department and he has always taught a variety of courses. However, this year instead of teaching, he is working on a program with the Council of Education. The object of the program is to take people who are not exposed to academic administration and give them that exposure for one year. This program helps them decide whether to become administrators in academics or simply educates them about the way a university is run. In the fall semester. Dr. Rogers worked with former President Hackney and Vice- President Starr, studying various aspects of the university administration and learning their individual functions. In the spring, he traveled to other universities in order to compare their administration with that of Tulane. Professor Rogers is from Statesville, North Carolina and majored in mathemat- ics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Cali- fornia at Riverside before coming to Tulane in l%8. Originally, he did not plan to stay at Tulane, but he has been very satisfied with the school. For the past four years Dr. Rogers has also held the position of Chairman of the Senate Committee on Athletics. This committee advised the president and the athletic director on problems involving athletics. Dr. Rogers finds the position quite exciting as controversy has flourished over the possible abolition of inter-collegiate sports at Tulane. Professor Rogers ' primary area of re- search is topology — a type of abstract geometry which is the basis of many mathematical concepts. Tulane is re- nowned for its excellence in topology and Dr. Rogers is carrying on the tradition. He has published some forty articles on topology and its applications. Dr. Rogers enjoys doing research and publishing, as well as teaching. Tulane is fortunate to have Dr. Rogers in the mathematics de- partment. 65



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Minnette Starts Avie Bridges Berverly Trask Janice Michiels Jeanny Neilson Elizabeth Delery: chairman Not Pictured Elizabeth LeNoir-Diaz Sandra Patemostro Adele Smith Kenneth Wenn Michael Ban Bruce Bolyard Betsy Dyer Scott Hammond Nobuo Hayashi Rix Yard Harvey Jessup: Chairman Sharyn Orr John Bobzein Physical Education Hindman Wall: Stressing Academics and Athletics Five years ago, Tulane University underwent many major changes in the Athletic Department. New coaches for baseball, basketball, and football were hired, but more importantly, a new Athle- tic Director, Hindman Wall, was selected to run Tulane ' s eight varsity sports. Since Wall has been at Tulane. he has been instrumental in the building of the Monk Simons Athletic Complex, which did not cost the school one cent, the establishment of an endowed scholarship program, and the national recognition of Tulane as a prominent athletic power. Since NCAA has begun to enforce its regulations concerning academics and athletics, it has suspended the University of New Mexico and five of ten teams in the Pacific Ten Conference for viola- tions. Tulane has always maintained a tradition of combining a good athletic program with a fine academic program. " Tulane University, as many other fine academic institutions such as Duke and Stanford, can compete very well with high academic standards, " noted Wall. " I think many of our athletes are good students, and I look at it as an advantage, because the main purpose for them com- ing to school is academics. For example, the University has done a study on our athletes who graduated ten years ago, and the results in terms of their success in life has been excellent. This study proves that the athletes have taken their educa- tion, used it to their advantage, and have becorrie successful in their endeavors. " Although academics and athletics help in recruiting people to come to Tulane, Wall adds there are other reasons why high school seniors choose Tulane. " I have not actively recruited since I have been an Athletic Director at Tulane and Cincinnati, but when you recruit you sell your school. The coach sells himself and his program. Most kids involved in college athletics come to the school for some specific reason. For some of them, it is the athletic program, for some, the school, and its environment, and for some, the city and its surroundings. I per- sonally think that at Tulane the academic capability is a big factor in a number of our kids, but I think it is a combination of academics, the athletic program, the coach, and the city that sells your school, not just one aspect of a school. Our hope is to continue the quality of student- athletes we get. We think we have a great success record, because our rate of reten- tion is very high. The one thing that I say time after time is that I am more con- cerned with how he comes out of here, than how he comes in here. " After five years at Tulane, iHindman Wall has seen, and contributed to, the improvement of Tulane athletics. The football team has had two consecutive winning seasons and has participated in two consecutive bowl games. Finally, the athletic department has shown profit, thanks to a successful football program and increased attendance. Although the basketball program is still in a depressed state, the baseball and women ' s sports programs have greatly improved. With the positive trend in the last five years. Wall believes that the I980 ' s will be just as successful. " I see our future as generally good. The financial problems, which have plagued most universities, will make the road rocky. The endow- ment fund, which has raised several mil- lion dollars, and the fact that we have doubled the amount from 220, OOO to 550,000 dollars annually will hopefully be the salvation of our program, but the de- gree of our success will depend on addi- tional revenue outside the university. " 67

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