New Year, New ____
For many people, the new year is a time for creation, for renewal, for starting fresh. We asked members of the Tufts community to share their thoughts on something new they would like to see in the world. Here is a selection of their responses.
I would like to see more people taking public transportation, car-pooling and buying hybrid cars.
Nina Braten, Gift Planning Coordinator, University Advancement
As a writer, I would like to see more philosophical discussion everywhere. There are surveys, blogs,polls,and demands for opionions on the most mundane of subjects. As thinkers, makers of meaning, we need to share our deepest thinking before our democracy and its principles disappear before our eyes. Let the dialogue among thinkers begin!
Jacquelyn Zollo Brooks (A'57)
More emphasis worldwide, nationwide, locally and at home on talking about, reading about in the media, and acting on issues that really matter -- saving lives, improving lives, bettering communication among disparate groups, and thus aiming toward that elusive goal of peace and prosperity for all.
Jenifer Burckett-Picker, Director of PhD Program, The Fletcher School
White, sparkling snow.
Serena Chang, Student, School of Arts & Sciences
I would like to see our president pull our troups out of Iraq and admit that the war wasn't successful in meeting its objective.
Nicole Cottam, Behavior Service Coordinator, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Though it may not be original and I don't have any suggestions on how to achieve this goal, I would love to see the end of the war in Iraq and most of all, world peace.
Catherine Doheney, Secretary of the Faculty, Office of the Provost
New Year, New Pace of Life.
Growing up on an island (Oahu, Hawaii) made me appreciate a slower pace of life. Why walk quickly when walking slower will do? You will get there in the end--is two minutes really that important to shave off of your day? Take the time to look up at the night sky. Sometimes putting off your reading and work to just stand outside for a few minutes and look up at the stars is the sanest option in this crazy place. And remember, somewhere out in the world, someone is doing the exact same thing you are, looking up at the exact same sky.
Just slow it down a little to experience life a little more.
Amireh Golesorkhi (A'08)
I would like to see everyone in the world (who is not already carbon neutral) to make an annual New Year's resolution to do three things to further reduce their impact on global warming.
Tina Huang, PhD, HNRCA Dept. of Epidemiology and Dietary Assessment
I would like to see the world care more about greenhouse effects and global warming. I would like to see the United States lead the effort in reducing greenhouse effects and global warming.
Sanpawat Kantabutra (E'01)
I would like to see the Tufts Marathon Team beat its $400K fundraising accomplishment from last year! GO JUMBOS!
Jennifer Mitchell, Staff Assistant, Office of the Vice Provost
I would like to see environmental education starting to become an important component of the American public school system at all age levels. I would like to see some major religions losing their grip of influence on the world in some important areas, such as the availability of contraceptives, especially in the developing world, and the attitude of society toward homosexuality. I hope that next year will be an important step in the victory of rationality, education and open-mindedness over ignorance, dogma and their painful consequences. I also hope that the world's resources will move to be more evenly distributed, and that those that have plenty can learn to replace their sense of entitlement with a sense of responsibility and fairness.
May Moreshet, Student, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
I would like to see a renewed commitment to taking time and care in all relationships. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger in the supermarket, as profound as truly listening to another's suffering and letting that person know he or she is not alone in the world.
I would like to see students and faculty, patients and their physicians, neighbors, enemies and strangers see each other as individuals rather than as faceless pawns within inexorable systems.
This may seem an impossible task, yet one at a time we can each share joy and compassion with strangers and remind each other of our shared humanity.
Jennifer Neuwalder, Student, School of Medicine
Wireless high-speed, excellent-capacity internet technology that will transform web accessibility for Africans the way inexpensive cell phones and rubber flip flops have transformed their access to telephones, and enabled people to enter busses, stores and buildings without the "shame" of being barefooted.
Some seemingly small things make huge differences. Perhaps in 2007 something huge, like cheap, highspeed, wireless internet / web access will seem like just a small thing to some really smart and creative person.
Jeanne Marie Penvenne, Associate Professor of History, School of Arts and Sciences
My wish for 2007 is that we can all remember that being a member of the Tufts! community is about more than just doing our respective jobs, it is about investing ourselves in the dreams and hopes of our students, it is about making sure that the "light on the hill" represents not just the light of knowledge, but of kindness, compassion, understanding and hope as well.
David Proctor (A'94, G'01, '07), Department Administrator, Classics
"New Year, New Me."
A central goal at Tufts is to reshape and remodel tomorrow's world as to make it a better place in which our children and grandchildren will live. Attacking the roots of our problems is undoubtedly a strong and effective means of going about changing the future, but this sculpting of future minds must be done individually, and with much care. Teaching tomorrow's inhabitants how the world should be run is a must, but this must be taught to the "me" and the "you" as opposed to the "us" and "them" approach used worldwide with more efficiency but less impact. If overall effect is sacrificed so carelessly for cost and convenience benefits, the state of world issues will continue its downward spiral regardless of what semblance of good we are trying to do for our community.
Jeffrey Ragazzini, prospective student
Peace supported by commitment to ensuring that people throughout the world receive the basic means for economic well-being, health, and freedom to express themselves within their societies.
Gina Siesing, Associate Director of Educational Technology, University Information Technology
Transdisciplinary yet integrated approaches to solving global issues. Oh, and for my foster dog stop peeing on the rug. That too.
Nadia Stegeman, Student, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
This story originally ran on Dec. 18, 2006.