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FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE
Arts Annex/
old Pi Beta Phi
LETTERS
Letters
More on Myths
I was a member of Pi Beta Phi, and lived in the
chapter house, at the corner of Romoda and Hill-
side Drives, for three years. We had a “cold dorm”
on the top floor, with about 35 beds. Everyone
had an electric blanket, which one sister would
graciously turn on about an hour before people
tended to turn in.
The story I was told was that if you had more
than a certain number of people per square foot
in a sleeping space you needed to keep air mov-
ing through the space, and keep the temperature
below a certain point, to prevent the spread of
airborne disease. To that end, the end windows
were open all year round, except briefly in driving
rain storms, and maybe a few days in the winter
of 1975 when nighttime temperatures went under
30
below zero.
And I never slept better in my life – it was great!
Elizabeth Eaton Viall ’76 | Riverside, Rhode Island
Laurentian
Bookshelf
To check on the availability of any of these books, inquire at
St. Lawrence’s Brewer Bookstore,
or
315-229-5460,
web-search the publisher, or go to amazon.com.
By Our Alumni
(
Presented alphabetically by author)
Adirondack Reflections
and
North Country Reflec-
tions
(
The History Press, 2013) are collections
of reflective personal essays written by regional
authors that testify to both the pleasantries and
the hardships of living in the far northern reaches
of New York State and the rugged terrain and
climate of the Adirondack Mountains. More than
55
writers, artists and photographers, including
several St. Lawrence University alumni, faculty
and staff, contributed to the two volumes. The
anthologies are edited by St. Lawrence Director
of Editorial Services (and this magazine’s editor)
Neal Burdick ’72
and former visiting professor
Maurice Kenny, who holds an honorary doctorate
from St. Lawrence.
Ryan Deuel
George Ciccariello-Maher ’01
,
assistant
professor of political science at Drexel University,
is the author of
We Created Chávez, A People’s His-
tory of the Venezuelan Revolution
(
Duke University
Press, 2013). In it he shows how social move-
ments against corruption and repression over
the past 55 years have played a crucial role in a
long-term and multifaceted process of political
transformation in Venezuela.
In his novel
Over the Line
(
Syracuse University
Press, 2013),
David Lloyd ’75
,
who teaches writ-
ing at Le Moyne College, brings to life the trials
of a small, declining Upstate New York town.
Justin Lyle, 15, feels decidedly unheroic, but a
series of events compels him to unexpected action
and a fresh understanding of the complexities of
heroism.
Kasey Mathews (Ormiston) ’89
writes with
humor, compassion and a desire to share her
experiences in
Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and
Motherhood
(
Hatherleigh Press, 2012), about her
life-altering experiences following the 2000 birth
of her daughter, Andie, four months early and
weighing 1 pound, 11 ounces.
Women on Water
,
by
Carol De Neuf Moseman
’72
and three others, looks like a guidebook, with
25
day trips, most of them in the southwestern
Adirondacks. But don’t expect many facts and
figures. Outing descriptions are dominated by ob-
servations of birds and plants, swimming breaks,
Adirondack history and a lot of unabashed joy.
The book is a reminder that one does not have to
be young and athletic to find beauty and awe in
kayaking the lakes and rivers of the Adirondacks.
Betsy Kepes
Adapted with permission from the May/June 2013 edition of
Adirondack Explorer.
Kate Preskenis ’97
has published a heartfelt
personal memoir, beginning with her college
years, about a rare genetic mutation that causes
young-onset Alzheimer's disease.
The Gene
Guillotine
(
Present Essence Publishing, 2013)
traces how five family members have died from
the disease. Is she next? Questions linger about
marriage, children and career. Through the crystal
ball of genetics, she can learn her future. But does
she want to know? Her family has been featured
on CNN, ABC’s “20/20,” and PBS.