A Message from University President Robert Wexler, Ph.D.


As a parent and as a child of the 1960's, I often make the common mistake of assuming that my children's generation is less committed to the improvement of the world than we were. After all, we were the generation that came of age during the height of the peace movement and the struggle for civil rights. We marched, we protested, we kvetched, and some things really did change as a result.

Of course, sometimes I wonder how much we, as a generation, actually accomplished. Our focus was on national or even global transformation, but perhaps we sometimes forgot that social change also means helping each individual in need.



I often think of one particular stanza in the song Easy to be Hard from the 60's rock-musical Hair-

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who care about evil
And social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend?

In this edition of For the Record, you will read about AJU undergraduate president, Ryan Bernhey who created the "Bag Lunches for the Homeless" program. He has organized a program where, once a month, AJU students assemble bag lunches for approximately 350 homeless people. The food is donated by AJU. He then delivers the lunches to the Union Rescue Mission downtown.

Maybe "Bag Lunches for the Homeless" alone will not bring peace to the entire world or guarantee equal rights for all; but for the homeless men and women who inhabit a private world of hunger and hopelessness, it is an effort of global proportions.