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Bradley Hilltopics

Spring 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 2  

View Point

Markin Center makes a splash

I received Hilltopics and what a grand-looking student recreation center with a beautiful pool. I assume that it is a regulation-size pool and not the short one we had under the old gymnasium.

As I was on the swimming team back in the late ’30s, I was disappointed when Bradley discontinued the program. The cost of a swim team was such a small cost that it seemed rather ill-advised. Now that we have a beautiful facility, I would hope that a swim team would be back in the picture to enhance Bradley’s image and to provide a well worthwhile activity.

Seminole, Fla.


Thank you for the stunning pictures of Bradley’s newest wonder, the Markin Center. To say that this was a huge act of generosity by DAVID MARKIN ’53 would be an understatement. As a former BU swimmer, I was amazed by the picture of the pool. One of my biggest disappointments at Bradley was the decision to dissolve the swim team at the end of the 2002 season. One reason given was that a new pool could not be afforded.

My hope is that this gift will be used for good. Swimming strengthens the lives and health of so many people, and I hope that competitive swimming can return to Bradley.

Waukesha, Wis.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Bradley University is committed to providing support and facilities to allow our intercollegiate teams to compete in a very competitive league. An assessment of intercollegiate sports programming was completed in the early 2000s and, in part, based on that review, the swimming teams were discontinued. There are no current plans to reinstate them.


Wow is right! I used to work in a computer lab near the back of Bradley Hall. The view sure has changed from those windows.

I look forward to getting the next issue.

Tiverton, Ontario


Bowling story brings back memories

I found the fall issue of Hilltopics to be very good, as usual. You are to be complimented for the diversity and quality of topics covered, especially the article on Camp Big Sky. Kudos to BRAD GUIDI ’71 and all involved. Of personal interest to me was the SportScene article on bowling. I was a bowling alley rat when I was in high school in Chicago, and an automatic pinsetter mechanic. During orientation in 1960, I stopped in the Student Center and told Jerry Hinds (assistant director) that I knew how to repair the automatic pin spotters (at that time there were six bowling lanes). He hired me on the spot. I started at 85 cents/hour. After one year, E.J. RITTER ’50 MS ’51 (director) promoted me to Student Center supervisor, but I was frequently called on to help with pin spotter repairs.

Bradley also had a bowling team that participated in the University Association of Student Centers. Our teams were good, not great, but we enjoyed the opportunity to represent Bradley and to bowl for free. It’s my understanding Bradley does not have a bowling alley anymore.

Keep up the good work with Hilltopics.

Chocowinity, N.C.


Cohen’s story applauded

The recent Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class didn’t directly address the education department at BU, but the staff at the time BRAD COHEN ’96 attended must have been very caring and loving to nurture such a talented, young teacher. I applaud them.

I graduated in 1969 when children with Tourette syndrome were not included in the regular classroom. In 1984, I was fortunate enough to obtain a job in gifted education. During my 20-year position, there were students in my classes with Tourette syndrome, OC (obsessive-compulsive), or ADHD behaviors. Fortunately, before I had the first child in class, the boy’s parents taught me what to expect. I was very grateful to them for preparing me before he was actually enrolled.

From the classes listed for teachers, it looks like the fairly standard core classes I took. If there is already a section of a class that includes learning about Tourette syndrome, Asperger’s, OC, autism, and related neurological disorders, then I am impressed. If there is not, I recommend that these topics be added to the curriculum.

Fort Worth, Texas


BRAD COHEN ’96 and his wife Nancy were invited to the White House to meet President George W. Bush and his wife Laura the week after the airing of the Hallmark Hall of Fame film, Front of the Class, based on Brad’s life with Tourette syndrome.