Growing Pains   
David Streifling

 


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Growing Pains


      "Growing pains" was what they called it. I recall, as a boy growing up on a western Canadian farm, hearing much about "growing pains"–particularly in the case of my older brother. This brother and myself, being separated in age by a little less than one year, and never more than ½-inch different in height (I was always and still am that much taller), have been all of our lives mistaken for twins.

       Vivid in my memory is the complaining, almost crying, at bedtime, particularly on winter nights: "My leg aches, my leg aches!" Although many times too I had to acknowledge aching legs what I experienced was apparently not nearly as severe as what was troubling him. In retrospect, now seeing him as then merely a child and not as my elder brother, my heart goes out to him. Our parents took him to the family doctor on several occasions.

      What precisely was the medical diagnosis and the proper medical term? I am still not certain. But, they called it "growing pains." If our parents actually understood more than they were able to communicate to us, I have no way of knowing. They tried to explain it this way: "The bones are growing faster than the muscles and that is what is hurting." Was that the doctor's explanation, or their simplification of the same? I am still not certain. Was the severity of the cold Canadian winter (nights not infrequently down to -40° Celsius), coupled with the necessary long hours outdoors for farm chores a contributing factor? I suspect it was. But, whatever it was, and whatever the cause, and whatever could have brought the relief wished for so painfully, the phrase "growing pains" has become a part of my vocabulary. And when we speak of "growing pains," we discover that it is a phenomenon common both to the human family and to organizations.

       And now we are experiencing "growing pains" with the InFo Journal.  Many of you will have noticed that our previous issue of InFo (October 1999) was very late, and now, in spite of efforts to do better, the present issue is late again.

       At present we have the "luxury" of having a full editorial board and ongoing plans for upcoming InFo issues. Yet we note that the mother institution–AIIAS itself –is also experiencing "growing pains." This year there are more students on campus than ever. Student housing is full, and more is needed. The School of Graduate Studies is opening more DLCs (Distance Learning Centres). Classes on campus are growing larger (Dr. Cruise recently conducted a research class for nearly 50 students!). SGS Dean Dr. Melgosa is looking for more student chairs and desks. Even the little on-campus elementary school is accommodating nearly three times the number of children for which it was designed. The AIIAS Library is outgrowing its space, needing to expand into the wing which has served as administration offices–resulting in pressure for a new administration building.

      "Growing pains" can be positive. In this issue of InFo, note the improved cover design. Note also the half space added between paragraphs to make our copy more readable. We have wrestled with a variety of word processors and lay-out software, opting to complete our camera-ready layout using WordPerfect 8.0. We have learned that when using any current word processor, it is possible to achieve identical hard copy printouts by employing a variety of approaches and techniques, and that the differences between the techniques employed by individual users are greater than differences between the software competitors. (However, please note that submissions for future publication are still welcome in all major word processors).

       In our next issue, watch for more improvements–particularly in variety of content. And who knows what other surprises we may be given once this goes to press (they too are human and subject to "growing pains").

 

David Streifling, PhD
Editor, Info Journal
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite , Philippines