Alma mater change lacks understanding
Letter to the Editor
In the traditional lyrics of the Rutgers alma mater, the phrase “be a man” connotes reaching maturity, and with maturity comes wisdom and self-reliance. I believe that was the original point of the verse and should be kept intact, for that is goal of every parent that sends a child off to college.
If the university wants a gender neutral or politically correct alma mater, someone should write an entirely new song rather than vandalize the traditional version. The current rewrite foisted on the Rutgers family is yet another unnecessary embarrassment suffered and an insult to the faithful alumni.
Steven J. Giarratano is 1980 Rutgers College alumnus.