Editor's note
November 2000
Athena Perrakis

A certain holiday is fast approaching - one that reminds us to be thankful for all we have and all that has been given to us by others.  Let me take this opportunity to thank those of you who read, support, and contribute your work to Extra.  This January marks my one-year anniversary as chief editor, and I am more proud than ever to be at the helm of this small but distinguished publication.

This month we have an array of articles sure to stimulate thought and urge you to consider some serious and timely issues in education.  We also introduce a new column devoted to the work of Phil Brocato, who has published an article each month for as long as I can remember.  Thanks, Phil!  Maureen's book reviews are another staple of Extra, and we appreciate her continued support as well.  Faculty advisor Ben Varner reinvigorates our faculty syllabi column with two of his own documents used in real live English seminars at the University of Northern Colorado.  Peg Tittle muses about grade 10 history and the all-important concept of conflict resolution.  Our very own Justin Ober reflects on the need for students to become more active in student government.  Petra Landfester discusses the ways in which German youth become prepared for university education.  And finally, David Arcella writes a brief but lucid poem about the pain of unrequited love and impaired communication between lovers (yes, we are still interested in publishing works of fiction!).

I should also mention that Meredith Larson is wearing more than one hat these days: not only is she contributing editor to Extra but she is also uploading our pages to the web as assistant to Peter Greszkow, who has become heavily involved in AEQ's new publishing company, Rapid Intellect (www.rapidintellect.com).  We are in your debt, Meredith!

Speaking of Rapid Intellect, here's a shameless plug: Linda Hagedorn and I have edited a textbook called Sound Instruction, which can be purchased in advance at a significantly discounted rate.  The book is forthcoming next spring.  If you are interested, please e-mail me at aperrakis@aol.com.

As always, we wish you a peaceful and productive month.  Take care, and take heart: finals are just around the corner, believe it or not!

All the best to you,