T M A I L
Food, Glorious Food?
Imagine my disappointment when I read
"Food for Thought" (COLLEGE LIFE) and
found that you did not mention my alma
mater Michigan State's "delightful" con-
tribution to the culinary world, the infa-
mous Johnny Marzetti dish!
NATASHKA P. MCDONALD
New York, N. Y.
* The Johnny Marzetti dish is a casserole,
consisting, more or less, of macaroni and
ground beef with onions, tomatoes, green
peppers and cheddar cheese. It has been
served at Michigan State at least since the
'50s, but food-service officials there say they
acquired the recipe from Purdue and that it
can be traced to a restaurant in Columbus
(Ohio State), in the '20s. Perhaps it can be
called the Big Ten's contribution to the
campus culinary world.
* . .
I take exception to your cover story on
food. Even before arriving on campus, most
college freshmen have a preconceived no-
tion that the food will be bland and insti-
tutional, even inedible. While such im-
pressions may have been accurate 15
years ago, in most instances that image is
incorrect now. Your attempts to give cred-
it for special programs were diluted by the
unrelated negative comments from stu-
dents. Campus dining services satisfy the
needs of a large and diverse market.
BRIAN A. WADELL, General Manager
Marriott Food Service Management
University of California
I was dismayed to read "Searching for
Wisdom" (EDUCATION). How can a college be
allowed to affiliate itself with Buddhism
when the college actually stresses the arts?
As a Buddhist, I can assure you, Buddhism
is not "fine arts and dance." This is iothing
but a way of exploiting the mystique of the
Buddhist religion to lure students to the
school. And I find it particularly offensive
that NEWSWEEK ON CAMPUS referred to the
school as "Buddhist U." Buddhism, like Ca-
tholicism, consists of many different sects
that represent very divergent viewpoints.
You should know that this school, with the
little Buddhism it actually teaches, covers
only a small area of this complex religion.
University of California
I'm sure that Allison Bell's "Romancing
the Phone" described accurately many
present-day long-distance relationships
(MY TURN). My boyfriend attended the Uni-
versity of Houston my first semester here,
but he has since transferred to North Texas
State. With a distance of 280 miles separat-
ing us now, we, too, have become "long-
distance junkies." My boyfriend's phone
bill one month was over $200. Our solution?
I'm moving to NTSU this fall!
University of Houston
Hey, Allison! Long-distance addiction
pays off! I live in Boston and I met Jeff in
Albany when I was visiting a friend there.
He graduated from school and moved back
to Long Island. We have been talking on
the phone every single night since the day
I left Albany. I've been a "long-distance
junkie" for almost a year, and now I'm an
"Duded Up Dorms" offered some mis-
leading ideas about decorating dorm rooms
(DESIGN). Our friends and we have visited
several campus dormitories in the past few
years, and none shows the potential of be-
coming one of those in your article. We try
to transform the "dungeon" into home
sweet home as best we can, but nailing
boards into walls and painting pictures
onto ceilings would only result in fines due
to damage. Most places don't allow graffiti,
and our university won't even permit any-
one to put tack holes in the walls. Also, at
the places we've seen, much of the furni-
ture remains attached to the walls and/or
floor, thus making it impossible to create a
AMY JO KNAPER
Conspicuously absent from all five "cas-
tles" displayed in your report were text-
books! Ms. Kramer, for instance, opted to
use her bookcase and desk as an ornament-
display area rather than as a place for
study. These rooms are obviously not
meant for study. Perhaps all these students
intend to get design jobs-based on your
PATRICIA E. SHERMAN
Letters to the Editor, with the writer's name
and address and daytime telephone
number, should be sent to: Letters Editor,
Newsweek On Campus, 444 Madison Avenue, New
York, N.Y. 10022. Letters may be edited for
reasons of space and clarity.
There was this guy, a nationally
known sports hero. And then I
got busted. As a result of my lust
for cocaine, I bypassed high
and went straight to messed up.
I mean zoom--there was no stop-
ping. Some of you know exactly
what I'm talking about because
you're taking the exact same ride.
A phone call could help you. It
took prison to help me.
COCAINE THE BIG LIE.
A Public Service of the National tfnstitute on Drug Abuse
~jJDepartment ot Heath and Htuman Srie