THE ALCALDE is the official magazine of Texas Exes (UT Austin alumni). The current Centennial Issue is full of interesting historical topics.
Glenn Frankel wrote a story about The Searchers; The Making of American Legend, a new book about the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, the 9-year-old girl who was abducted by Texas Comanche Indians in 1836.
The Searchers was the title of John Ford’s 1956 masterpiece film about the girl’s story, in which John Wayne played a leading role.
THERE ARE brief stories by professors and ex-students. One is by Lino A. Graglia, UT Dalton Cross Professor of Law. who wrote:
“The market test for value or ‘class’ is price. For nonprofit schools the price can be said to be the required admission scores, and level of demand can be indicated by the rejection rate. For example, out of some 200 law schools in the country, eight of the nine justices of the Supreme Court are graduates of just two, Harvard and Yale, which have extremely high admission requirements and rejection rates. They are clearly schools of the first class.
“The Texas Law School had an alumnus on the Supreme Court (Tom Clark), has been fairly successful in getting its graduates Supreme Court clerkships, and high (though not extreme) admission requirements and rejection rate. I conclude it is a school of the first class.”
FORMER UT Regent Charles Miller writes about the constitutional mandate that UT should be “first class.”
“As a regent your number-me duty is to represent the state of Texas. Currently we’re experiencing tension, and some people are saying that the board is micromanaging the University. I think the Legislature is actually micromanaging the board.
“The Board of Regents has the legal and constitutional ultimate authority to run the universities in the system. A lot of the current debate is about personalities, and that’s unfortunate . . . If everybody took a step back and thought about what’s good for the institution. . . we wouldn’t be having this disagreement.”
The Alcalde editors can be congratulated for not trying to make light of problem areas.