Trustee Science Center
The Tragedy of Mistrust in the Middle East
David Clohessy '78: Holding Out For Change
When Trust is Broken
In Student Loans I Trust
The Drury Trust
Building Blocks of Trust: The Drury-Midtown Plan
When I Looked into Your Eyes
When I was learning to drive, an adult friend took me out to practice in his 1985 Thunderbird. Big mistake. As we rounded a cul-de-sac, I hit the gas instead of the brake, and the Thunderbird found a partial perch in a maple tree. My friend fixed the fender, but our friendship wasn't the same after that.
I did not do a good job that day of living up to my friend's trust. On a much larger scale, the same thing keeps cropping up in recent news. Business practices at Enron and WorldCom violated a bond of trust with employees and customers. A forest service employee and a firefighter are each charged with triggering a destructive wildfire. Sparring over power and influence kept the FBI and CIA from sharing information that may have disrupted the Sept. 11 hijackings.
For the last decade and more, David Clohessy '78 has tried to alert the nation to exceedingly serious breaches of trust: the sexual abuse of children by priests. As a survivor of abuse himself and as executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, his face, his voice and his story have been prominent as the scandal builds, and as the church seeks a resolution. His courage is impressive.
We asked David to write for us - not about the details of the scandal, which are easy to find elsewhere, but about what happens to the spirit when the deepest bonds of trust are exploited and broken.
To expand our discussion of trust, we let students speak through prose, poetry and autobiography, and invited Jeff VanDenBerg, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, to address the role of trust in bringing peace to the Middle East. Dawn Brandon pulls the theme together with a discussion of trusts's role in building Drury's unique warm and welcoming environment.
Finally, my deepest thanks to Charlie Hungerford, who was essentially the managing editor for this issue. In a summer when there weren't enough front burners for all the major projects we worked on, Charlie and designer Don Ameye coordinated this issue with their usual grace.