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The National Council of Teachers of English has presented its 1994 George Orwell award to Garry Trudeau, the creator of the comic strip "Doonesbury." The council each year honors a conspicuous opponent of evasive or misleading language, an offense Orwell called "doublespeak."

Mr. Trudeau has consistently attacked such language in all aspects of American life, said Keith Gilyard, the chairman of the council's Committee on Public Doublespeak.

The committee also bestows an annual Doublespeak Award--what it calls an "ironic 'tribute' to public figures who have perpetrated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-contradictory."

The 1994 recipient: Rush Limbaugh, the outspoken conservative talk-show host.

The awards were announced in a recent N.C.T.E. publication.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named David G. Pond winner of the 1995 Robert Bell Crow Award. The annual award recognizes an independent-school professional for distinguished service. Mr. Pond is the assistant headmaster for alumni affairs and development at Deerfield Academy, a 550-student high school in Deerfield, Mass. He has worked with the academy for more than 14 years and successfully completed a five-year $36.5 million fund-raising campaign as the academy's director of development....The thriftiness of Bertha M. Savoy, a former schoolteacher who saved $1 million before her death in April, has paid off for graduating seniors at Madison (Me.) Memorial High School. Ms. Savoy left the school a $500,000 scholarship trust fund.

Michael R. Sandler has left his position as the director of development at the New American Schools Development Corporation to launch a consulting company in Boston.

He was hired in 1993 to revitalize NASDC's fund-raising efforts. The nonprofit NASDC was founded in 1991 when President George Bush called on American business leaders to raise millions of dollars to create "break the mold" schools.

Mr. Sandler's new business, EduVentures Inc., will help for-profit companies work with public schools in areas ranging from integrating technology into the curriculum to providing food service.

--Adrienne D. Coles

Vol. 14, Issue 20

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