New dining services repMy name is Cam Schauf and I am the new Director of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations at the University of Rochester. In the Oct. 14th issue of Campus Times the headline in Campus Briefs incorrectly reported that I was hired by ARAMARK, when in actuality I am a university employee, hired to serve as the university’s principal spokesperson for dining issues. I am responsible for overseeing the River Campus and Eastman School of Music dining programs and for the management of the university’s relationship with ARAMARK. I also oversee various university auxiliary operations, including the campus bookstores, vending and the One Card system.My office is located in 005 Morgan in the Susan B. Anthony Building. My phone number is (585)275-8757 and my e-mail address is cschauf@services.rochester.edu.Since arriving on Oct. 1, I have met many people and attended a number of meetings with students, faculty and staff and I am excited by the possibilities that lie ahead. I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to build a campus dining program that serves the needs of the entire university community.Cam SchaufDirector of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations

Bush should be re-electedHe may well be the greatest president this country has ever had. Liberal Democrat Ron Silver said it best at the Republican National Convention: “President Bush has done everything exactly right.” The truth of that statement is self-evident and needs no elaboration.On the other hand, what sort of hypocrite is John Kerry? How can someone who, until recently, claimed he was a war criminal, who threw away his medals and supported the Viet Cong with his words, who even met with enemy delegations in France while our soldiers were dying in the field, now switch sides to run as a hero of those he condemned as criminals in that war?Why, even today, is John Kerry given a position of honor at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City? Yes, perhaps Kerry is a hero, but certainly not in this country.Thanks to the scuzzy protesters, the DNC and the Hollywood low-lifes, it strongly appears now that America will be spared the experience of a disastrous Carter-like Kerry presidency. (Carter was, arguably, the worst president this country has ever had.) Hopefully, the people of the state of New York will line up on the winning side in the coming landslide and spare themselves the appearance of ingratitude toward the one man who brought this state and this nation back from the abyss of 9/11. Re-elect George Bush!Michael BlyskalGlenville, N.Y.

Poor debate coverageMy response is to your incredibly shallow analysis (Campus Times 10/14/04) of the Bush vs. Kerry debates, never mind the utter lack of consideration for the facts that your so-called editorial is based on. Opinion is appropriate, but it has to acknowledge the legitimacy of fact even if it contradicts one’s views, in order for it to have value.As a managing director, I’d hoped this lesson had not been missed by you from some of your classes at UR. Your “analysis” of the debate itself reeks not of an attempt to provide insight to your readers, but instead to state “thoughtful” commentary such as, “Bush was to Kerry as demonic fury is to angelic concern,” and “he (Bush) spent … alternating between sulking and throwing temper tantrums like a 3-year-old.” I’ve read deeper insights in elementary school compositions. As for your facts – you conveniently ignore that despite meeting the “global test” in 1991, Kerry nonetheless voted against Desert Storm.Furthermore, a review on global attitudes toward the US, in the UN for example, over the past 25 years, would tell you plenty about their desire to cooperate on behalf of our and our allies’ interest.Your acceptance of Kerry’s response to the abortion question once again ignores his comments that he would never appoint a Supreme Court Justice who was pro-life. He would instead represent the “public’s opinion.” Well, which public? Does he suggest that any “orthodox” Catholic (or Jew or even Muslim), who believes that birth is at conception is automatically excluded from consideration? That may be as many as 40-50 million people in this country.Finally, I am impressed that a young man named Michael He, at the ripe old age of 19 or 20, has such historical and informed decisiveness on what defines the “American character.” Global deference to France, Germany and Russia is good, American leadership in its own best interest is bad – why not insist that Kerry is more qualified to the presidency because he is taller? Or is that one of the “worst American character traits,” as far as some shorter, foreign nations may believe.Sir, I hope you are at the beginning of your studies at UR, because if this editorial represents the product of that very expensive education, additional classes in logic, reason and perhaps journalistic honesty would serve you well.Best wishes toward an enlightened future.Robert Rutman



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