“The situation in Kosovo was ripe for nonviolent struggle for the simple reason that the Kosovars outnumbered the Serbs 9 to 1,” theologian Walter Wink tells Messenger (May), the Elgin-based magazine of the Church of the Brethren. “That meant they had the numbers to launch massive forms of nonviolent struggle, like a general strike, which might have made it impossible for the Serbs to govern the country and made the Serbs more amenable to some sort of compromise. We don’t know if that would have worked or not….The other thing that is noteworthy is how incredibly ineffective the military people have been in trying to carry out this violent response in Kosovo….The hardest thing in the world for Americans to accept is the idea that there is nothing we can do.”

The war between the sexes is over. According to “Philanthropy Journal Alert” (May 7), “Women control 51.3 percent of personal wealth in the United States.”

The war between the sexes is over, part two. According to a May 5 report from the National Science Foundation, “the ‘gender gap’ in mathematics achievement has, for the most part, disappeared.”

“Different people learned about CAPS [community policing] in different ways,” according to a summary of a recent report, “Community Policing in Chicago,” by Northwestern University researchers. “Television and personal communication were most frequently cited by less educated people; newspapers were mentioned by more educated respondents. Television was most frequently cited by young people; older residents recalled talking about CAPS or reading about it in a newspaper. Latinos relied on television; among those who’d heard about CAPS, 63 percent cited television as their source of information. Whites read about CAPS in newspapers; one-quarter of them mentioned newspapers, compared to 8 percent of Latinos and 10 percent of African-Americans. African-Americans heard about CAPS from other people, by a smaller margin. Men heard about CAPS on television; women via personal conversations. Neighborhood newspapers were principally a source of information for homeowners.”

Two new aldermen won their seats despite being outspent by their opponents: Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) and Shirley Coleman (16th Ward). In all other runoffs the better-funded candidate succeeded, according to the Chicago Reporter (May).

“The quest for [law firm] partnership is much like a pie-eating contest where the prize is more pie,” says Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee, quoted in the Chicago-based Student Lawyer (May).

The groundswell for public participation. At Gladstone Elementary School on the near west side, “LSC meetings, usually held at 7:30 a.m., have been sparsely attended by parents and community members,” writes Jody Temkin in Catalyst (April). “To boost the numbers, a survey went out earlier in the year asking parents for suggestions on convenient times and days. Eight surveys came back saying Gladstone should move the meetings to Thursdays. Since they’ve always been on Thursdays, [principal Gary] Moriello wonders if anyone’s paying attention.”

“Geographic proximity does not entail intellectual proximity,” muses Emile Perreau-Saussine, a French student at the University of Chicago (“Calvert Times,” Winter). He found few books in French when he studied at Cambridge University, but found nearly all the ones he needed when he was in Chicago. “Many French intellectuals have come and do still come to Chicago, while very few ever go to Oxford or Cambridge. One of the reasons might be that most of those intellectuals happen to be Catholic…and are often more famous in the United States than in their native country. This was true yesterday of Yves Simon and Jacques Maritain, as it is today of Pierre Manent, Remi Brague or Jean-Luc Marion.”

Governor Pinocchio. “Do you support riverboat gambling in Cook County?” the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization asked George Ryan last year when he was running for governor (“IVI-IPO Action Bulletin,” May). “No,” he replied. He was then asked, “Will you support legislation requiring citizen referenda at the state or local level before land-based or riverboat gambling is expanded?” And he answered, “I am opposed to the further expansion of legal gambling; there is no need for referenda.”