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VOL. XV, NO. 13
4/22/97 - 5/12/97

Life Forms
Letters to the Editor
Community Calendar
Religion & Science:
     A Historical Perspective
Science Not Belief
A Critique
Coverage Gets Hazy
Promo Pipeline
Dog Named David
Events, Etc.
Gary James Interview
Modern Composer
Mobile Then & Now
Feminist Lydia Falcon
Earth Day Thoughts
Clark Powell

Stretched Thin, But Holding On

by Neil S. Milligan

There have been some changes since last we visited the RiverKeepers. For those not familiar with the history of the RiverKeepers and the Clean Water Project, a short introduction: Working with salvaged wood and fallen trees on the banks of the Tennessee River, Leaf & Cielo Myczack built their floating home, a 30 foot ketch christened "Broadened Horizons." (See also The Harbinger 1/20 - 2/2, 1992.) During the process, they were appalled at the contamination fouling this vital waterbody -- trash, slicks, foam and dead organisms floating past -- and they knew that "someone" would stop it as soon as "they" were made aware of the problem. Thankful for the timber provided by the river, Leaf & Cielo decided to devote six months to stopping the pollution from upstream before sailing away into the world. (...Full Story)

Higher Education in Alabama Faces Paring Down

by Edmund Tsang

Without fanfare, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) is carrying out its newly-acquired power to pare down the number of two-year community colleges and four-year universities in the State of Alabama. Act 96-557, signed into law on May 20, 1996, by Gov. Fob James, assigns ACHE the responsibility "to establish standards that programs offered by public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education must satisfy; and permits the commission to terminate programs failing to satisfy these standards." (...Full Story)

White Rabbit Poetry Contest Winners Announced

John Sokol, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received First Prize honors and a cash award in the 1997 White Rabbit Poetry Contest for his poem "Robert Frost's Books, Ripton, Vermont, 1980."

Second Prize, and a cash award of $50, went to Susan Thomas, of Marshfield, Vermont, for "After Disappointment." Third Prize honors and a $25 award were received by B.R. Culbertson, of Blacksburg, Virginia for his poem "Wind."

Daniel Gutierrez, of Seattle, Washington, received an Honorable Mention for "The Great Blue Turaco." Congratulations to all the poets recognized in this year's competition, and many thanks to all those who entered.

All the poems mentioned above will appear in this and future issues of The Harbinger.

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