2002 Archive

December 29, 2002: “Get Acquainted Party” for early-decision accepted students, current students, and recent alums

A “Christmas Break” get-acquainted party at Lynda’s home for early decision accepted students, 1990-2002 Oregon alumni, and Oregon students currently at Brown. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 29. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Lynda Bigler ’74.

November 2, 2002, Hike to the McNeil Point with the Sierra Club

Hi Sam…Sat Nov 2, McNeil Point (wild side of Mt. Hood to Glisan Glacier)…strenuous and incredibly gorgeous hike…can you pass the info on?

Most likely we’d leave at 9am from the Gateway park ‘n ride…we’d carpool up hw 26 and turn left on Lolo Pass Road, then take forest service roads until we get to the trailhead. It’s a steep hike and gets up to some elevation so we’d want to be prepared for snow (boots, gaters, gortex)…it’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the area going through woods, along an alpine stream for a while, and then above alpine and up to a glacier. This is actually one my friend, Karen is leading for the Sierra club, so we’d be a larger group than just Brunonians…but it’s a wilderness area, so we will be limited to 12…Karen and I always have a great time on hikes we do together, so this should be a good one!

I found a couple sites with nice images from similar hikes:


September 25, 2002, 7:30 PM: Ira Glass special benefit for Portland Literary Arts

Brown Alum Ira Glass – host and producer of the wildly popular public radio program, “This American Life” is featured in A Special Benefit for Portland Literary Arts. The event is scheduled for Wednesday September 25, 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Two levels of tickets are available:
* lecture seating only $20 each
* better seats with a patron reception following the event $35 each

If you are interested, please contact Debi Coleman ’74 by Friday September 6.

Sam’s note: If you haven’t listened to This American Life on NPR, there’s a website with all the past shows in RealAudio at www.thislife.org. My personal favorite is the August 31, 2001 show called “Meet the Pros”. If you like basketball, Act One is fascinating, funny, inspiring — simply radio at its best!

August 27, 2002, 7:30 PM, Old Library Auditorium at OHSU: Lisa Raiola ’84

A Memo from Oregon to the U.S. Healthcare System: Lessons Learned in the Ethics of Rationing

Brief background on Ms. Lisa Raiola ’84:
Brown Professor, Clinical Teaching Associate, Brown University School of Medicine, Department of Community Health, and Brown’s V.P. for Alumni Relations.

View complete biography here

The presentation will take place in the Old Library Auditorium at OHSU, Tuesday, August 27 beginning at 7:30 p.m. A reception and conversation will follow in the foyer.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation that Lisa used.

Thoughts from Marcia Weinstein ’65:

  1. Lisa Raiola pointed out that healthcare has no value to Americans. I have thought of it rather as a case of healthcare moving from a not-for-profit mission and a service paradigm to some kind of for-profit commodification/industrialization.
  2. The AMA (American Medical Association) in some ways has only itself to blame (for the current state of the American healthcare system). By holding out against “socialized” medicine, doctors have become the servant/slaves of for-profit insurance bureaucrats.
  3. People have barely gotten it through their heads that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you/they should do it (e.g., the use of various imaging and surgical procedures and treatments). Only those people who are responsible for paying the “real” price have any incentive to worry about cost/benefit.
  4. For sure a lot of us went to a lot of meetings in the 1980s, but I doubt the people who are on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) went to many of those meetings. The system publicly seems to work until some individual on the OHP (particularly a young person) needs an expensive and not-too-likely-to-succeed procedure (e.g., the young woman who needed a heart-lung transplant for her cystic fibrosis) at which point the “triage by checkbook” becomes obvious and serves to inflame public desire for everything (whether it works, or not) for everyone.
  5. I will be curious to see how the single payer initiative does in the November election.