|Cover: Iwona Duszek, "Tryptych: Myth of the Goddess"|
I went to college in New York City; from the window of my freshman dorm room I could see down the entire length of Manhattan. I consoled myself, or pondered, or procrastinated, by counting the skyscrapers: Empire State Building, RCA, Citicorp, Chrysler, World Trade Center. Watching the Trade Center towers crumple September 11, I wept with fear, imagining the last moments of the people trapped inside. When I got a call from my brother, who works in midtown Manhattan, I wept with a joy that shocked me. The attacks on New York and Washington will be a turning point in my life, just as they transformed every American.
Here at Drury, we gathered in Stone Chapel for prayer and remembrance, once on Sept. 11, and again on Sept. 14. President John Moore and Dean Steve Good addressed the community; their letters are included in this issue. Student groups organized fund-raisers for victims and rescuers. Red, white and blue ribbons were passed out in front of the Commons. We did what millions of others did: we stopped, cried, hugged, talked, prayed, celebrated the strength of our nation and tried to move on.
Just as the arts have interpreted human life for thousands of years, so they will help lead us through this cultural grief process. Creative thought is even more important at a time when we risk emotional paralysis. In that light, it seems appropriate for us to examine how the arts fit into the current style of Drury education, and how our students reap the benefits for the rest of their lives.
As we said farewell to Julie Guillebeau with the last issue, you can say hello to me with this one, my debut as editor of Drury magazine. Our office was renamed the Office of University Communications in February, and I was named director in May. Charlie Hungerford joined us in August as assistant director; giving new meaning to the cliché "hit the ground running," he reported and wrote much of what you will read in this issue. With Creative Director Don Ameye, Office Coordinator Judy Matteson and nearly a dozen student workers and interns, we've rededicated ourselves to being the primary source for information about Drury.
As the new guy, I have much to learn from the Drury community, and I welcome your help. Help us understand what you desire most. I love to read letters, and criticism is as welcome as praise.