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18 December 2009 No Comment

Alumnus Recalls College Days

I felt compelled to write after reading my copy of the Spring 2009 Wittenberg Magazine. There was so much inside that called for a response, but I will focus on two of the many excellent articles.

I was a student at Witt when the CBS walked off campus. I personally was very moved by their courageous act and attended all of the informational and educational events off ered as a result. I came from an integrated high school in richmond, ind., but it was only integrated so that the sports teams would be top notch. in almost every other way, socially, culturally and recreationally, the Screen shot 2009-12-18 at 3.38.08 PMwhite and black students did not associate. My friend, Mike robinson, and I were an exception to that segregated atmosphere, and at the time of the walk out, I asked myself, what would Mike expect me to do in that situation? i hope that at that time and since i have not let Mike or the dedicated cBS students down. in a very meaningful and concrete way, the CBS students gave meaning to the Wittenberg motto. Their acts shined a light on Wittenberg that has never gone out, and their legacy has been passed on to the present day.

The second article that was especially meaningful to me was the article on restoring Buck creek. I have many “fond” memories of running along the creek to soccer practice as the soccer field, at that time, was located in Snyder Park. running to practice was usually enjoyable; it was running back to campus after a bad practice or poor game that occasionally diminished my appreciation of the creek itself! I do remember with great fondness having dates that consisted of long walks along the creek o Snyder Park or the cemetery. Often those walks would be topped off with an ice cream cone at the Union since money was always tight for many students as I am certain it is now. I always thought Snyder Park and the cemetery were beautiful and peaceful then, and I am certain that with the restoration good places will only become better.

Keep up the excellent work with your magazine.

R. Scott Ryder ’71
Kalamazoo, Mich.

CBS reunion Prompts Clarification

Screen shot 2009-12-18 at 3.47.49 PMEditor’s Note:
Our sincerest thanks to the following alumni for correcting omissions in the news article on CBS’ 40th anniversary, which appeared on page 12 in the summer 2009 issue of Wittenberg Magazine. Please accept our apologies for the omissions.

I received your most recent issue of the alumni magazine with the same anticipation and eagerness with which I have received all the issues since I graduated from Wittenberg University. Most of the time, you have intriguing articles and accurate information on the school and its history. The way the school contacted me for donations and fund drives is a testament to its desire to remain connected to all its alumni.

This time, in the small article with a picture about “CBS celebrates 40th Anniversary,” I noticed a most obvious error in the listing of the names and class years for the founders of concerned Black Students. You left off the class of 1972, freshmen of 1968-1969, the largest class then to date at Wittenberg. I have consulted my 1968 freshmen brochure with pictures of entering freshmen and can give you the following names for black students: Gary callahan, George (Peter) Davis, Pearl Davis, claud Dent, Bonnie Fletcher, David Poindexter, Alexander Sadighen, Kenneth Scott, natalie Settles, Karen Sheffi eld, Mary Spencer, John Thomas, Gail Willingham, James Worthington and Baboucar Mbowe (not pictured from Gambia).

With the strong support and continued active participation of present day cBS members at Wittenberg, I would hope you can give us a correction of this information in a future issue. it means a great deal to those of who walked out and formed concerned Black Students to remember it rightly and well.

Thank you for your consideration and prompt response to this matter. With many good wishes for the success of Wittenberg and prayers for all persons concerned, I remain,

Faithfully yours,
Gail Willingham ’72
Miami, Fla.

This was the 40th anniversary of cBS, and there were two founding members omitted in the recent magazine on page 12, where several members are pictured. We were very involved in the walkout, the demands of the administration and subsequent success in establishing the fi rst Black House, later cBS. We stayed with students at Antioch college during the walkout, raised money with fashion shows and dances to help furnish the house, and we all wore dashikis on the opening day in April 1969. What a glorious day; how proud we all were! The omitted names are carolyn Grant (me) and Deborah riley (now Brown). We were just as much a part of this wonderful activism as those pictured. Please note this in your next issue. Thanks and God Bless all the students whom CBS has benefitted.

Carolyn Grant Applin ’71
Fairfield, calif.

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