Hurry up, willya? I’m two minutes late for my satori. Letters we never finished: “Announcing a Major Breakthrough in Brain/Mind Research: In 28 Minutes You’ll Be Meditating Like a Zen Monk!”

“Many of us on [local school] councils were deluded into thinking we had more authority than we actually have,” says Doug Gills, parent representative and chairman at Reavis School in Hyde Park, in Catalyst (June). “One, we don’t really hire the principal. We only select him or her….Two, we don’t really have as much control over budgeting as we thought we would have. In many schools, it gets down to less than five or six percent of the overall school budget. These things have served to militate against the enthusiasm many of us brought to the council.” Nevertheless, like a majority of LSC members, he plans to run for another two-year term.

For God or country, but not both. This advice from the Chicago Archdiocese publication Liturgy 90 (April): “National flags are meant to separate peoples and to inspire allegiance to civil authorities; they are reminders of ‘the things that are Caesar’s.’ The church building is a place to unite peoples, a place to render to God ‘the things that are God’s.’…In fact, there are significant reasons why a national flag should not be present in a church, a place in which all (not merely United States citizens) are welcome and a place in which a gospel message that often challenges the values of the country should be heard.”

“I have taught classes of nurses’ aides and the caliber of person that comes into that training is very high,” says Claudia George, a nurse who teaches home health nursing and skills at Loyola, in the Bulletin of the Park Ridge Center (September 1990). “I have also worked with quite a few aides in understaffed nursing homes and hospitals. In those settings it is very difficult for a caring and compassionate person to survive…[But] in one work setting I saw that hierarchy rearranged, with some very interesting results. The Mile Square Health Center was located in a poor black neighborhood. The priority person there was the patient, and the staff ideally were hired from within the neighborhood so that they understood and had compassion for the patient population.ÉI have never worked with such a wonderful group of aides in my whole life. Here, aides who were caring people and who were delivering total patient care could function because they were given the recognition they needed and the arena in which to function.”

Tales from the campus. Brenda Krause Eheart, who designed a new undergraduate sociology course at the U of I–“Children and Families With Special Needs”– reports that more than half of the 68 students in her most recent class did not know what a migrant worker was.

How AIDS is like smoking. Equal numbers of white and minority women (22 percent) surveyed by a Loyola team at Loop CTA stops last winter say that they do things that put them at high risk for AIDS. But not as many of the minority women know what the risky behaviors are or worry about getting AIDS. Conclusion A: mass-transit ads on AIDS prevention don’t seem to be getting through to minority women. Conclusion B: white women know more but fail to act on their knowledge. As psychology professor Seth Kalichman puts it, “The most informed group were the high-risk nonminority women! As one student said, it’s just like smoking. Just knowing you’ll get cancer is not enough to get you to stop.” P.S. Kalichman adds that the survey could have been done only in Chicago: “The only other major metropolitan area where such a large percentage of the population relies on public transportation is New York City. But nobody there would ever stop to fill out a survey.”

Sleepytime. Number of “significant issues” voted on by the City Council May 22, according to Council Update: 15. Total number of dissenting votes cast on all 15 issues: 4.

Another mess Big Jim left behind. “The stampede of new prisoners in Illinois” is how state Corrections Department director Howard A. Peters III describes his biggest problem. “The recurring theme emanating from the Department of Corrections over the past several years”–contrary to Thompson Administration policy–“is that the state cannot build its way out of this predicament. Illinois simply does not have the $1.4 billion to build 26 prisons, nor does it possess the additional $442 million which would be necessary to operate the new facilities annually.” Alert! Alert! Government agency begs not to expand! Where are the antitaxers when we need them?

Usually reliable sources. Total number of on-air war sources used by the ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly news during the gulf war: 878. Number used from national peace organizations: 1. Number of Super Bowl players used: 7 (Extra!, May).

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.