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Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Education at BFS
Dear Editor:Harrison Stephens (Readers’ Com-ments,April 17, 2010) is quite right thatthe Bernard Field Station [BFS] landwas first thought of by the collegefounders as an area for new colleges.However, sometimes serendipity stepsin as it has in the history of this piece of land, and a better idea develops.This land was given by Miss Scrippsfor ‘educational purposes.’ The BFScertainly fulfills that goal.Classes ranging from biology to art tosocial science and from all five collegestake place there, and every year hun-dreds of college students use it. Severalhundred K-12 students use it as well. Itseducational use is not in the least “de-batable.”As a natural laboratory, it is vital tothe education of succeeding generationsof our students who will be making de-cisions about our environment and nat-ural resources. It is at least as valuableand much more rare than teaching or re-search labs bounded by four walls.When the Keck Graduate Institutewas proposed for the western portion of the BFS, it was not a ‘few’ faculty whowere opposed. The faculties of four of the five undergraduate colleges votedoverwhelmingly against building on theBFS (one did not take a vote).Hundreds of students wrote letters,signed petitions and protested. Therewas a lawsuit and a referendum petition.As a result, KGI bought its current prop-erty on Arrow, thus actually expandingthe land held by the Claremont Col-leges.This opposition may indeed give po-tential developers pause, as Mr.Stephens suggests. But there will in-evitably be an end to College expansionanyway.Mr. Stephens thinks more collegeswill bring glory to Claremont; others of us think having a field station does that.As it happens, some faculty have pro-posed that a Graduate Institute of Envi-ronmental Design be created andlocated in the BFS, thus providing anew institution for the consortium andpreserving the habitat for teaching,surely a win-win suggestion.Mr. Stephens thinks it ironic that theBFS is named for Robert J. Bernardwho was key to developing the consor-tium. This is, rather, a tribute to a manwho was not so mired in the past that hecould not see the future and change hismind. In his history of the Colleges,Bernard wrote of the field station: “Atour of the property readily convincesvisitors of the importance of keepingsuch a beautiful expanse of land, shrubs,and trees for scientific purposes.”He was ahead of his time; I hope oth-ers catch up.
Dr. Susan M. Schenk
Dear Editor:I believe the Democratic Club shouldthink very hard before supporting“Moonbeam” for his second timearound as Governor.There’s the old saying, “Be carefulwhat you wish for.”
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