WDCSA Newsletter – October 1998


Saturday, October 17

Don’t forget-WDCSA kicks off our co-sponsored tutoring program at Meyer
Elementary School on Saturday, October 17. Together with volunteers from
Harvard and Princeton, Stanford alums tutor kids in core subjects such as
reading, arithmetic, and basic computer skills.

The program will start at 9:45 AM and last until 11:30 AM. Alums are welcome-but
not required-to tutor more than one student. As we said before, it’s not
necessary to attend every Saturday, but the students, eager kindergartners
through fourth graders, are a fun bunch.

Contact Jennifer Ballen, the WDCSA Adopt-a-School Program Coordinator at
or (202) 362-2017 for further details.

Over 30s Singles

Billy Goat Trail Hike

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 PM

Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls, Maryland

Join singles from Harvard, Yale, etc. for a hike. Hike one half mile on the
tow path, 2 miles on the Billy Goat Trail, and return 1-1.5 miles on the
tow path. Much of the 2 miles on the Billy Goat Trail is over rocky terrain;
those wanting an easier hike can simply stay on the towpath and meet the
others at the end of the Billy Goat trail.

No reservations necessary; if there is doubt about the weather on the morning
of the event, please call Bill Pegram 703/486-0952 (h).

Directions: I-495/Beltway to exit 41 toward Carderock. Pass the Naval Research
and Development Center on the right. At the junction with MacArthur Blvd.
Turn left onto MacArthur Blvd. Continue to the Old Anglers Inn. Meet in the
parking lot across from Old Anglers Inn.

Modern Drama Discussion Group

Wednesday, October 21 A Raisin in the Sun (discussion)

Saturday, November 7 A Raisin in the Sun (performance)

In October, the Modern Drama Discussion Group continues its series of plays
about “outsiders” with a play that “changed American theater forever” (Frank
Rich, The New York Times): A Raisin in the Sun (1959), by Lorraine Hansberry.
“One of the handful of great American plays” Washington Post, this searing
yet warm-hearted portrayal of an African-American family’s struggle to escape
the ghetto won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and became a celebrated
film starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee.


Wednesday, October 21 (director Scot Reese will attend)

Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (Dupont Circle Metro)

6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Discussion

Cost: $2 contribution requested (plus dinner if you wish)

RSVP: Betty Byrne BS’55 ((202) 483-4048)


Saturday, November 7, 2 PM

Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (MD 108), midway

between Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues (maps will be available at the
October 21 meeting)

Cost: $18 per ticket. Make checks out to “Footlights” and mail by October
17 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852 ((301) 897-9314;

Tickets will be held at the box office.

For further details, check the drama group website at

Washington Opera

Thursday, October 29 & Thursday, November 12

Opera lovers and first-timers: We still have quite a few tickets for two
outstanding operas this fall: Fedora on October 29 and Samson et Dalila on
November 12. Both operas start at 8:00 PM.

In Fedora, Placido Domingo performs as Count Loris, with the title role sung
by Mirella Freni, who virtually owns the part through her much-acclaimed
performances at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden and elsewhere.
We have a block of Premium Orchestra seats at $130 per ticket.

Placido Domingo makes his company conducting debut in Samson et Dalila, starring
the internationally famous Washington native, Denyce Graves, and Argentine
tenor Jose Cura. Our seats are Prime First Tier, at $104 per ticket.

To order tickets, please send a check, made out to WDCSA, to Julie Campbell
2601 Klingle Road NW, Washington DC 20008. Questions? Call Julie at 202-244-0206
or email her at JulieSed@aol.com.

Friday, October 30

This month’s gathering of singles/unattached alumni from Harvard, Yale, Stanford,
etc. is hosted by the Mount Holyoke Club of Washington. The cost includes
an open wine bar and delicious Italian pizza and hors d’oeuvres provided
by Francesco Pistorio, former manager of Bica Ristorante (alternative beverages
will also be available).

The Details:

Date: Friday, October 30, 1998

Place: Il theatro

3206 N Street NW (near Wisconsin)

Washington D.C.

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

RSVP: Please send check (payable to WDCSA) to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th,
Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202 (703) 486-0952 (h) if questions.

Election Night at

Stanford in Washington

Tuesday, November 3

On November 3, join Professors Adrienne Jamieson and Michael Goldstein of
Claremont McKenna to monitor and discuss the results of what may well be
the most interesting midterm election in recent memory. Professor Jamieson
is the Director of the Stanford in Washington program, and Professor Goldstein
is a noted authority on American elections, and the author of the quadrennial
Congressional Quarterly Guide to the Election. There’ll be good TV coverage,
plenty of lively discussion, and even a friendly wager or two, as we watch
key races unfold across the country, and the nation’s political landscape
is shaped for the next two years.

It’ll be very informal, and a mere $5.00 will cover light snacks and soft
drinks. Things will start around 7:30 PM and continue at least until the
preliminary California results are in.

To give us an idea of the headcount, please RSVP to SIW, (202) 332-6235,
by Monday, November 2. Give us a call, too, if you have any questions.

The SIW campus is located at 2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW, a short block north
of the Woodley Park Metro.

Second Thursdays

November 12 (and subsequent months)


After a successful first gathering last Thursday, at Buffalo Billiards, we
are now planning for the second event in our series of monthly pub nights-every
second Thursday of the month-designed for the young (at heart) alum. If you’re
interested in meeting other grads in a casual setting, join us in November
at Fadó, an Irish pub in Chinatown that boasts the only 20 oz. drafts
in the city. There is no cover charge.

Fadó is located at 808 7th Street, NW, on the corner of H and 7th
Streets, next door to Starbucks Coffee. Take the H Street (north) exit at
the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro station.

Stay tuned for more details on future Second Thursday events, including the
December location.

For questions, more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, call
Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or e-mail:

Tennis Party

Saturday, November 14

The Harvard and Yale Clubs of Washington D.C. have invited alumni from Brown,
Princeton, Smith, Stanford, Vassar, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Vassar, and Wellesley
to a tennis party in November.

The Details:

Date: Saturday, November 14, 1998

Place: Arlington Tennis and Squash Club

3400 N 13th Street

Arlington, VA 22201

(703) 522-1700

Time: 7:45 PM-12:00 AM

Cost: $20 per person includes court rental, snacks, and tennis balls

$25 at the door if space is available

RSVP: Please send RSVP form and check (payable to Harvard Club of Washington,
D.C.) to Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., National Press Building, Suite
997, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20045-1901

For more information call Kuni Matsuda (Harvard) at (w) (301) 953-9870 and
(h) (703) 765-1653 or David Federbush (Yale & Stanford) at (w) (301)
3940 and (h) (301) 657-4691.

Reservations are made only by sending a check, and refunds for cancellations
must be received by 3PM November 11. The fee for each non-tennis playing
guest is $9. Each attendee is responsible for any injuries or incidents in
connection with this function.



Please reserve ______ place (s) @ $20/ person. Total enclosed: $________.

NAME______________________________(M,F) SCHOOL__________________________________

PHONE____________________________(w) ___________________________________

Level: Advanced/High Intermediate/Low Intermediate

Please list name(s) of guests and their level of play:





Big Game

Saturday, November 21

The WDCSA and the University of California Alumni Association of Washington,
D.C. will co-host the annual Big Game party on Saturday, November 21. Come
join us and root for the Cardinal as it battles the (dirty) Golden Bears
in the 101st Big Game.

Kickoff is at 3:30 PM, but the festivities will start earlier in the afternoon.
Keep your eye on this space for more information.

Top-10 Ranked Stanford Men’s Basketball: BB & T Classic

Sunday, December 6, 1 PM

Monday, December 7, 6 PM (championship and consolation games)

Come join us and root for the Stanford Cardinal as it enters the 1998-99
season. With all five starters back from last year’s Final Four appearance,
a tremendous year is in store for the Cardinal (Stanford was ranked #4 in
the ESPN pre-season poll). Stanford will kick off the tournament on Sunday,
December 6th against the University of Maryland Terrapins. The second game
on Sunday will feature George Washington University’s Colonials and the Blue
Demons of DePaul. The winners will meet in Monday’s championship game and
the losers will meet in the consolation game.

We have purchased a block of tickets for the tournament to enable our members
to buy tickets for one day only (as we do for the Washington Opera). The
ticket cost is $35 if you buy for one day, $65 if you buy for both. (The
latter is the same as from the MCI Center, which is only selling tickets
if you buy both days). Please send check (payable to WDCSA) to Bill Pegram,
815 South 18th, Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202. Your tickets will be mailed
to you in late October.

WDCSA plans to have a social event in conjunction with the team’s visit to
Washington. More information will be available closer to tournament time
once the team’s schedule is finalized.