Michael Warner '77
Many years ago I attended a Southern liberal arts college where the students and faculty had a vision of the future. Our vision did not show us the shape of things to come. Rather, it showed us a way of working with the world. It showed us a way of communicating and of working hard and of prevailing.
Basic to the vision of my college was the idea that experience in dealing with the difficulties which the world offers us is the main builder of character and knowledge. My fellow students took up this challenge in different ways. Most studied hard. But in addition many sought to gain those experiences that would serve them well in later life: we worked in govenrmental functions, we promoted charities, and we honored the rivileges and rights afforded us in the exercise of speech in the media.
Sometimes when we exercised our rights of speech, the words were poorly formed. Sometimes the words were sent toward a deserving target, but the efforts were less than appreciated. On occasion our words got us into trouble. But always we learned.
Today I look at my fellow students with whom I still keep contact and I see that to a person they are successful in life. Not all are rich and not all hold positions of power. But all are intelligent, considerate, and considering. I credit these successes in measurable part to that small liberal arts college and the gift we received which comprises the opportunity to struggle and succeed.
Freedom of expression is critical to development of a propserous culture yet easy to set aside when political or economic considerations press. I strongly encourage Centenary and our administration to retain KSCL and to allow this priceless and unique opportunity for growth and education to continue for future Centenarians. I have always believed and continue to believe: Labor Omnia Vincit.
J. Michael Warner, Ph.D., J.D.
Class of 1977
Former Conglomerate Editor
Former KSCL staff member