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English professor plays Dickens for peace
(Continued fromPage 1)
alout a marl who finds happiness af-
ter a traumatic childhood and a
troubled adulthood, remains Hor-
Now, as an author of several books
on the English writer, Hornback is
quick to deny any pretense of being a
"20th century Dickens." "No, he was
a genius," he said emphatically, "and
he was way ahead of his time."
. ,,"I believe in the same kind of
values he did," he continued. "If we
,cn't manage to think straight, we
can't go anywhere but downhill. I
think that's why we have to continue
to be interested in young people.",
IN HIS CLASSES, Hornback tries to
give social relevancy to course
"Let's say we are talking about
~society," said Bill Fox, an LSA
Sophomore in Hornback's "Words"
.course. "In a real society, everyone is
-riends with each other. Whoever is
the leader leads because he does what is
,.best for everybody.
o : "(Hornback) says that today we
don't live in a society, we live in a
'conformity' because we are not all
friends, and we don't willingly follow
our leaders. He will bring up Ronald
Reagan, and he shows how leaders
today are incompetent - that's why
we don't live in a true society."
HORNBACK teaches five courses a
term, twice the load most professors
carry. Every summer he travels with
a group of students to Ireland and
England, where they read literature
by native writers.
In addition, Hornback cooks class
members dinners on Sundays, and
holds discussions in his S. University
home. Not surprisingly, his house con-
tains figures of Dickens' characters
and a library that holds original
copies of every Dickens' novel except
In 1979, Hornback asked 20 of his
colleagues at the University to form
the Bremen Scholars, a group that
would meet every two weeks to debate
current affairs. He asked each
professor to invite two students.
"I FIGURED IT would last about
four or five months," Hornback
recalls. "It's been six years."
"I believe that education is a full-
time thing; it's not just what goes on
Otto Graf, former director of the
Undergraduate Honors Program,
praised Hornback's involvement with
his students. "He is one man who has
dedicated himself to what he regards
as his highest priority: teaching."
friendships "is a way to keep from
having to think of your job as work,"
Hornback said, smoking as he sat ,in
his high-backed chair. "I either play
365 days a year or I work 365 days a
HE REMEMBERS a professor he
had as a freshman at Notre Dame who
invited him over for Sunday dinners
and to talks. "He got me to do things
I'd never dreamed of doing," Hor-
nback said, "talking about books and
values in those books."
Hornback shares Dickens' belief
that egotism and greed are society's
greatest evils. But while the English
author brings out those evils through
caricatures in his books, Hornback
tackles greed head-on. And at the
university, his attack is usually direc-
ted at highly-paid administrators.
In April 1984, Hornback approached
Jon Cosovich, vice president of
development, about formally making
a gift of $20,000 worth of credit for
teaching extra courses. When the of-
fer was turned down, Hornback went
straight to the Board of Regents and
demanded an explanation.
Hornback said he wanted to make
the donation so that he would be ad-
mitted to the President's Club, an
organization for people who have con-
tributed at least $10,000 to the Univer-
sity. He wanted to tell club members
that he wasn't actually teaching at the
University to make money.
WHEN HE couldn't get credit on his
D O P
salary, Hornback considered making
an annual donation to $1,000 to the
University. But he decided against
that plan because it would take him
ten years to reach the club's ad-
mission price, an amount, Hornback
points out, that equals President
Harold Shapiro's annual raise.
"If (Shapira) wants to take a $10,000
raise a year in a society in which the
lowest-paid people work twelve
months a year and don't even make
that much, then he's going to have to
answer for being a greedy bastard."
"No matter what we teach in this
University," he continues heatedly,
"the values of the people who run this
place are antithetical to it and say,
'no, what you're in it for is yourself.'
If people were immortal, he claims,
it would be perfectly acceptable to b:
selfish and "do your own thing."
"Since I'm not, since I know I'm
going to die, what I have to do is
organize my life so that when I get to
the end of it I'm going to be happy
with what it has been," Hornback
concludes, paraphrasing what a
modern-day David Copperfield him
self might say.
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Washington Postal Inspection Agen-
cy. "Deranged people will send bom-
bs...I don't know that there's a link."
Washington D.C. postal inspector
Phil Renzulli said "the only thing I
can say is it's routine to look at bom-
bings to see if there's a link."
HE WAS RELATING the McCon-
nell case to a May, 1985 bomb at
Berkeley which exploded in the
hallway of an engineering building,
injuring a faculty member.
Earlier, a different Berkeley
professor was the unintentional vic-
tim of a 1982 bombing in the univer-
sity's Cory Hall.
University Director of Campus
Safety Leo Heatley said bomb threats
to professors here are "more common
than you might think."
Professors will occasionally report
threatening phone calls or letters.
Heatley said, but he added he
"doesn't know of one (bomb) that was
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African govt. drops treason
charges; riots continue
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The government dropped treason
charges against 12 leading anti-apartheid activists yesterday, including a
66-year-old black woman who called the action a victory against white-
The trial of four others will continue. If convicted, they could be
Police said five more people were killed in rioting against apartheid,
which has taken about 900 lives in nearly 16 months. Nearly all the vic-
tims have been black.
Government spokesmen did not say why the charges were dropped, but
Priscilla Jana, a defense attorney, said: "The state's case was so weak it
just had to collapse."
Albertina Sisulu, considered the "grandmother" of the black rights
movement, said: "This has been a victory for us, and in the future it will
encourage us to go on with the struggle." She spoke to reporters at Jan
Smuts Airport after the freed activists returned from Natal Province,
where the trial was being held.
Supporters cheered and waved garlands of purple and yellow flowers.
Oil war may lower prices
GENEVA - OPEC vowed yesterday to fight Britain and other in-
dependent oil producers for a "fair share" of world oil sales, opening the
way for freer competition that analysts said will mean lower prices.
The 13 ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Coun-
tries stopped short of formally abandoning their four-year-old strategy of
trying to keep prices high by allowing their production to fall.
But sources said they had reached an understanding that, with prices
likely to fall anyway, their best alternative was to use price competition
to stop the costly decline in their share of world oil sales.
The sources, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said the
ministers were unwilling to openly declare a final break with their
current policy because they feared it would accelerate a drop in prices.
The meeting's outcome, after three days of talks, triggered a "great
panic" in the oil markets in early trading, said Paul McDonald, senior oil
analyst at the London office of the U.S. investment firm Shearson Leh-
man Brothers, Inc.
Officials to probe news leaks
WASHINGTON - At White House request, the Justice Department is
investigating the source of news reports on a financial investigation of
secret Army units that often work with the CIA, two government sources
One source said the initial request for a leak investigation had come
from officials of the National Security Council at the White House.
Both sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the grand jury
probe was being conducted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Green-
berg in suburban Alexandria, Va. The Pentagon and a special Justice
Department office that is studying Defense Department finances are
Greenberg was out of his office yesterday and could not be reached for
Both sources said the investigation was triggered by a Washington Post
story late last month on the Army's financial investigation of several of
its special operations and intelligence units, including an aviation unit
known as Seaspray that operates out of Fort Eustis, Va.
Summit could spur super-
power trade, official says
MOSCOW - U.S. Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige said yester-
day that the Geneva summit could spur superpower trade, but he reaf-
firmed U.S. trade restrictions and said commerce would not grow without
a political thaw.
Seeking to assuage Soviet concerns about American reliability asa
trading partner, Baldrige said President Reagan would not invoke
powers to abrogate trade contracts "except as virtually a last resort"
against a direct national security threat.
Baldrige made his remarks in a speech prepared for a dinner for
delegates to a three-day conference of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Trade Council,
composed of American businessmen and Soviet trade officials. Soviet
Foreign Trade Minister Boris Aristov also was scheduled to speak.
Council head James Giffin said earlier that the United States should
revise restrictions on technology sales and repeal legislation linking
commerce to hum~an rights.
Church report hails reforms
VATICAN CITY - Roman Catholic bishops yesterday issueda report
on their two-week synod praising church reforms enacted two decades
ago by the Second Vatican Council and vowing to fight for the "poor, op-
pressed and outcast."
The bishops also said they would continue fighting abortion and
criticized the consumerism of "wealthy" nations.
The synod, which ended Sunday, was called by Pope John Paul II to
review Vatican 2, which catapulted Catholicism into the 20th century with
its liberal reforms.
Three proposals have already won John Paul's support - adoption of a
universal catechism on faith and morals, study of episcopal conferences
and power sharing between the pope and bishops, and a new code of
canon law for eastern rite Catholics.
The report said problems that developed in the two decades since the
council closed - confusion about basic church teaching, priests leaving
the priesthood to marry, people ignoring church bans on artificial birth
control - were not caused by the council itself.
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