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President's Message
When our Chicago friends ask me—sometimes skeptically—how we like living in Galesburg, I love to tell them that I usually leave the house at 7:55 a.m., stop at Innkeepers for a cup of coffee, and walk into Old Main a couple of minutes after 8:00 a.m.

At each Admission open house, I encourage the parents of prospective students to drive around Galesburg. Just a few blocks north of campus, they'll find 19th-century homes, many of which have been restored. A grand, old mansion on North Prairie, built in 1894 by Clark Carr, a political ally of Abraham Lincoln, is being restored now. Seminary Street has been wonderfully restored and features apartments, shops, some of the best restaurants in town, and a world-class coffee shop. Having lived in Chicago for 30 years, I can tell you that at the Seminary Street restaurants, you'll find Chicago food at Peoria prices!

Galesburg community leaders have tackled the local economic issues of the 21st century with energy and a strategic vision. The 350-acre Logistics Park-Galesburg on I-74 and the BNSF rail line just east of the city represent two examples of their efforts. Yet a very different picture of Galesburg has been painted by the national media. With the announcement of the closure of the Maytag refrigerator plant two years ago, Galesburg has been thrown into the heart of globalization. Western Illinois has witnessed first-hand the movement of jobs to a foreign country and its effects on both individual workers and the community as a whole.

What is globalization? Did it affect Maytag's decision to leave Galesburg? And what role does Knox play in this equation? This issue of Knox Magazine addresses questions such as these.

Knox encourages students to explore such issues through a variety of perspectives, sometimes challenging their personal convictions. With this issue, Knox Magazine begins to do the same for its readers. Inside you will find a primer on globalization written by Keith Maskus '76, chair of the economics department at the University of Colorado-Boulder; an in-depth view of the effects that Maytag's closing has had on local residents by Chad Broughton, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology; and a Q & A with Peter Cozzens '79, an officer at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, addressing globalization "south of the border." Knox's involvement with and contribution to the local community after Maytag's closing is also covered. If you learn something new, whether it is the definition of globalization or that our College is working with Galesburg to help displaced workers, the magazine has done its job.

And, just as I tell my Chicago friends and College visitors, please visit campus. Explore the community. Shop and dine on Seminary Street. Walk down Prairie or Cherry streets. You'll see why I love to tell people that Galesburg is a great place to live—and to go to college!


Editor's Note
My dream was to become the editor of Rolling Stone.

Or, at least, that was my dream in eighth grade. Through high school and college, my dream of entering the world of magazine editing changed to book publishing, and, after graduating from Knox in 1996, I started a career in literary and academic publishing. Yet the dream of someday becoming a magazine editor never fully disappeared.

When the position of editor of Knox Magazine came open last spring, I jumped at the chance. How could I resist the opportunity finally to become a magazine editor? Knox Magazine is not Rolling Stone, but I think it might be a better fit for me.

As a native of Galesburg and Knox alumna (as a third generation legacy, Knox is a bit of family tradition for me), I am proud that the first issue I've had the opportunity to edit addresses a topic that is of great relevance to my hometown and my alma mater. Galesburg has become the "poster child" of economic globalization over the last two years, and I believe it's important that this magazine address not only topics of great relevance to our College and its community, but also topics that are relevant to the lives of all of its readers. Thanks to our alumni and faculty, the articles in this issue present what I hope is a well-rounded view of globalization and its effects on Galesburg, Knox and the world.

More important, I hope that this issue is a reflection of your Knox experience, regardless of when you graduated. From provocative articles to engaging photographs to lively class notes, the contents of this magazine should inform, challenge and connect its readers. Sound familiar? I hope so. Inform, challenge and connect—these are three primary goals of a Knox education.

The first "big" changes to the magazine during my tenure are to make it a full-color publication—an improvement that I hope readers will especially enjoy—and to make it available online—www.knox.edu/knoxmag. Other small changes will follow in future issues, such as more in-depth features, engaging photography, timely news items and more profiles of alumni, students and faculty. I have also been working with our class correspondents—some of the College's most dedicated volunteers—to keep the Class Notes section both timely and appealing for all alumni. These changes will take time, and I hope that you enjoy watching me and the magazine staff work to implement them in this and future issues. And don't forget, I want to hear from you as well. This is your magazine—if you loved an article or if you don't like one of the changes we've made, let me know. The more feedback I receive from you, the better I can do my job.

Enjoy and keep in touch!
Megan Scott '96

Letters to the Editor
Ecological Admiration
Thank you for the fascinating article on "Ecological Restoration," including the history of Green Oaks, which is of great interest to me personally. We (my late husband, James Drought '56 and I) knew Professor Paul Shepard at Knox. The very word "ecology" was new to us then. My husband admired Shepard in the Allstate magazine Home and Away, when he was associate editor of that publication.—Lorna Carlson Drought '52

King of Swing Doesn't Jive
A friend of mine and I have concurred that your recent Knox Magazine article titled "When the King of Swing Fell from the Sky" contains an error in fact and an error in judgment.

First, the error in fact is that Glenn Miller was not the "King of Swing." This sobriquet was given to Benny Goodman and has always rested firmly on his head ... Secondly, to put a tragic story in what appears to be a continuing section of the magazine called "On the Lighter Side" seems misplaced. A more somber heading might have been more appropriate.

In closing, I would like you to know that despite my comments above, I enjoy the publication. It is a credit to the school, you, and the others involved in its production.—Donald Stroben '52

Phi Sigma What?
Your article in the Campus News section of the latest Knox Magazine on the character and history of an independent Knox fraternity, Alpha Delta Epsilon (ADE), caught my eye.

Some of the facts in your article are skewed, factually inaccurate and misleading. . . .The original Knox fraternity that most of the members of ADE belonged to was Phi Sigma Kappa, a well known national fraternity that, to this day, maintains chapters at major universities and colleges across the United States. I never heard of Phi Sigma Epsilon, the fraternity you identified in the article, which, to my knowledge, never had a chapter at Knox. ... The balance of your article is essentially correct ... The College offered the disenfranchised members of Phi Sigma Kappa the opportunity to form an independent fraternity, gave them a house and legal status to remain on campus as fraternal brothers under a new name, Alpha Delta Epsilon. It was a bold experiment that finally failed in 1979.

I wasn't aware that Bill Hall passed away in 1991. He was a good guy, who died too young. But he's in the history books at Knox, no doubt, as a civil rights legend.—Jim Wagner '52, Beta Triton Chapter, Phi Sigma Kappa

Editor's Note: We apologize to Mr. Wagner and all members of Phi Sigma Kappa for incorrectly identifying their fraternity.