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BY John Lilly
CHRONICLE.COM, June 30 — In a feature story on the Cardinal Newman
Society, the website of higher education’s leading trade publication relates
how the society’s founder, Patrick Reilly, came to embrace direct-mail
“At first, the direct-mail company
didn’t think Catholic higher education was ‘red-meat enough’ for that kind of
marketing,” reported the Chronicle.
“It thought people would yawn” at an effort to steer Catholic colleges closer
However, since starting the
marketing campaign, the society has grown from 3,000 members to nearly 20,000.
Annual donations have risen from
$30,000 a few years ago to close to $1 million this year. It also attracted a
handful of donors willing to write $25,000 checks.
“Mr. Reilly quit his day job,”
says the report. “He now has seven employees.”
23 — An advanced program in nursing practices, the
first doctoral program offered by Regis
College, will begin in
The program offered by the
Catholic college in Weston,
Mass., is designed to increase
the number of doctorate-degree recipients among nursing faculties.
While most nursing-doctorate
programs are focused on research, the Regis program will emphasize patient-care
issues, reported the newspaper.
THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL, June 22 — Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
became the first Democrat to preside over a new voucher program as she signed
into law a bill allowing disadvantaged children to attend private schools.
In an op-ed piece, Clint Bolick, president and general counsel of the Alliance for
School Choice, said “this is not an aberration,” as school choice programs have
experienced “unprecedented legislative success over the past two years.”
Bolick credits the success to a
“smarter” strategy in which advocates push for small and targeted programs
“that are difficult for politicians to oppose.” Noting that “choice begets
choice,” he points out that it is has also been easier to renew or expand
existing programs than to start from scratch.
Finally, increasing numbers of
Democrats have found their way to endorse some aspect of school choice with Arizona offering
“powerful symbolic evidence” that a shift is underway.
THE REPUBLICAN, June 27 — Elms College, the only
four-year, co-educational Catholic college in western Massachusetts, will
provide academic programs for lay leaders and ministers in the Diocese of
The program, which can lead to
either a certificate of study in five related fields or a master’s degree, is
the second joint effort announced within a week by the Sisters of St. Joseph college and the diocese.
The other partnership involves Holyoke Catholic
High School, a diocesan school, which
will move into the former Assumption
School adjoining the Elms
Elms College was founded in 1899 as Our Lady
of the Elms, a high-school academy for girls.
CASPER STAR TRIBUNE, June 27 — Wyoming Catholic
College is now accepting
applications for its first class in August 2007.
The college has produced
promotional materials and all necessary application documents highlighting its
liberal-arts program built around the “Great and Good Books.”
More information on the school,
which was featured in the Register’s May 18-24 issue, is available at
BY Joe Cullen
ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov. 22—Ave Maria University, the new Catholic college spearheaded by philanthropist Thomas Monaghan, is expected to spawn a town of its own that will rise along with the campus in what are now cane fields in southwest Florida, the newspaper reported.
The new university plans to start classes in a temporary location in Naples, Fla., next fall and then move within a few years to 750 acres near the Collier County hamlet of Immokalee, about 20 miles northeast of Naples.
The town is designed to enrich student life by having students and teachers live as close to campus as possible.
No Action AGAPE PRESS, Nov. 20—Cynthia Maughan, an Anglican graduate student, has sued the University of British Columbia, claiming she was accused of being a religious terrorist and mentally unstable for refusing to attend a required Sunday class, reported the Protestant news service.
The university took no punitive action against those who carried out the harassment, including a class member who circulated an e-mail that included comments such as, “I fondly remember a time when Christians were stoned.”
Brian Rushfeldt of the Canada Family Action Coalition said he was alarmed that the religious harassment, once made known to the university, generated no formal response.
Activist Faculty NEWSDAY, Nov. 19—The Long Island daily reported that students in the region are paying close attention to a possible war in Iraq, terrorism and events in the Middle East.
“Students are suddenly tremendously interested,” said Raymond Russo, who has been teaching a course on the Arab world for 17 years at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, N.Y. “I have sisters and teachers asking, ‘Can I sit in on your class and listen to what's going on?’”
The newspaper also wondered if a peace movement is on the horizon. Russo said there has been an increase in campus activism, though he acknowledged, “it still has to be promoted and prompted by teachers.”
SAN MATEO COUNTY TIMES, Nov. 20—Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., has decided to offer an animal-related bachelor's degree.
Animals in Human Society will give students a chance to major in sociology with an emphasis on the frequent bond experienced by some human beings and animals.
With tongue in cheek, the newspaper goes on: “But Notre Dame's novel plan begs one key question: Who will lecture? Will it only be homo sapiens? Or will some of the members of the more articulate animal species get a chance to strut their stuff?”
ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, Nov. 20—The university announced that it has received a Lilly Endowment grant of nearly $2 million to support its Journey Project to help inspire students to pursue religious vocations.
One of the program's goals is “changing campus culture” to effect a “campus-wide culture shift toward a greater appreciation of the university's Franciscan values and how those values affect the lives of both individuals and institutions.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE SACRAMENTO BEE, Nov. 8 — The Legion of Christ plans to build a Catholic university in the Sacramento, Calif., area and is considering a number of locations for a campus, reported the city's daily. The Sacramento region is the largest in the state without a private four-year university. Bishop William Weigand welcomed the congregation's plans.
Won On Appeal
CHRONICLE.COM, Nov. 15 — Six months after denying preliminary accreditation to Virginia's Patrick Henry College, the American Academy for Liberal Education has approved the institution after an appeals process clarified the college's teachings in favor of creationism, reported the Web site of The Chonicle of Higher Education.
USA TODAY, Nov. 12 — Sister Alice Hess of Philadelphia's working-class Archbishop Ryan High School is at once a throwback to a different era and a model for modern educators concerned with academic standards, reported the national newspaper in an extensive feature.
Her record of achievement after 40 years of teaching math is awesome: Anywhere from 89% to 96% of her calculus students score 5 out of 5 on the advanced placement exam each year.
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Nov. 13 — Bernhard Vogel, minister-president of the German state of Thuringia, was recently awarded an honorary doctor of law degree for “his efforts to achieve political goals in accord with the Western moral tradition represented by the Catholic Church,” the Washington, D.C., university announced.
BY Joe Cullen
Koran Is Okay
THE NEWS & OBSERVER, Aug. 16 — A federal judge has refused to grant a temporary restraining order to block a requirement that incoming freshmen and transfer students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill read and discuss a book about the Koran, reported the Raleigh, N.C., daily.
Federal Judge Carlton Tilley ruled against plaintiffs who had argued that assigning the book — Approaching the Qur'án: The Early Revelations, by Michael Sells — violated the constitutional separation of church and state.
Two members of the Family Policy Network, a Protestant group, were listed among those who filed the suit along with three anonymous freshmen, one of whom is Catholic.
Ave Maria Law Accredited
CHRONICLE.COM, Aug. 16 — Ave Maria, the two-year Catholic law school in Ann Arbor, Mich., has won provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association, allowing graduates to sit for the bar exam in any state.
Ave Maria was founded by philanthropist Thomas Mona-ghan in 2000 in order to produce lawyers guided by both faith and reason.
“Some legal scholars questioned whether the school's religious focus might make it difficult for professors and students to openly debate issues,” the Chronicle said. But school officials said the bar association “was convinced that the school was not forcing its views on anyone.”
ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY, July 29 — The Vincentians' New York university has broken ground on the $12 million DaSilva Hall, a technology lab, classroom and office building, according to a St. John's announcement. The building was named for John DaSilva, a St. John's alumnus who died in a car accident shortly after his graduation in 1980.
The building was dedicated on the Staten Island campus and received financial support from the DaSilva family and several local financial institutions.
No Church-State Conflict
LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY, Aug. 15 — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court decision and affirmed that Industrial Development Bonds awarded to Lipscomb in the early 1990s are constitutional, announced the Churches of Christ university.
In a 2–1 decision, the court held that the bonds were issued through a religiously neutral program of metro Nashville, Tenn., and provided only indirect aid to Lipscomb, according to the majority opinion written by U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.
John XXIII Medal
THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, July 29 — Capuchin Father Jack Rath-schmidt, the longtime campus chaplain, was awarded the college's Pope John XXIII Medal in recognition of his commitment to the school, which is administered by the Ursuline Sisters. In its announcement, the college said Father Rath-schmidt will become director of students in the Capuchin formation program.
CATHOLIC NEW YORK, August — Dominican College has entered into agreements that will enable students graduating with associate's degrees from Rockland Community College and the Helene Fuld College of Nursing to transfer credits to Dominican in order to pursue a bachelor's degree in certain fields. Dominican, located north of New York City in Orangeburg, N.Y., is administered by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.
BY Joe Cullen
THE NEWS & OBSERVER, Aug. 8 — The North Carolina House Appropriations Committee voted to add to the state budget a measure barring University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from using public funds for its plan to require freshmen and new students to read a book on the Koran.
Alternatively, new students may decline to read the book — a sympathetic portrait of the Islamic scriptures — and write essays explaining their decision.
Contending their First Amendment rights to religious freedom are being violated, three students have also filed a lawsuit in federal court against the university.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Aug. 16 — The weekly trade journal reported the school of business and economics of the Jesuits' Seattle University has received a bequest of $7.5 million from the estate of Genevieve Albers.
The Chronicle also reported the capital campaign of Cleveland's John Carroll University, also administered by the Jesuits, has received a gift of $450,000 from Barbara and John Schubert.
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, Aug. 13 — The association is urging Princeton Review Inc. to remove a ranking of the top “party schools” from its annual Best Colleges guide.
Calling the infamous list unscientific and misleading, the AMA said the party-school rankings harm students and colleges by “legitimizing high-risk drinking.”
Princeton Review, a test-preparation and college-admissions service, bases the Best Colleges guide on surveys that ask students to rank the top 20 colleges in numerous categories, including “Party Schools,” “Lots of Beer” and “Lots of Hard Liquor.”
MOODY&APOS;S INVESTORS SERVICE, Aug. 2 — The credit rating agency upgraded $48.6 million in new bonds issued by Minnesota's College of St. Catherine to Baa1 from Baa2.
Reasons cited for the action include an increase of nearly 50% since 1998 in freshman applications, a fund-raising campaign that has drawn $51 million and the college's “solid market niche” as the nation's largest Catholic women's college. The school is administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Ground Zero Campus
CATHOLIC NEW YORK, August — The Ursuline Sisters' College of New Rochelle has returned to its original location in Lower Manhattan, reported the New York archdiocesan newspaper.
The campus, situated in the District Council 37 headquarters just blocks from the former World Trade Center, was shut down after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The campus is exclusively used for union members.
THE NEW YORK SUN, Aug. 7 — As part of a trend piece on how many private universities have lost enormous value in their investment portfolios during the current bear market, the New York daily reported the return for the Fordham University endowment fund for the year ending June 30 was minus 9.1%.
And, said Conrad Obregon, the director of treasury operations at the Jesuits' New York university, the situation has only gotten worse. “We had about $250 million,” he said, “and the last time I looked we were down to about $210 or $211 million.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, July 20 — A university press release announced Dayton has closed the books on its “Call to Lead” fund-raising and image-building campaign with nearly $158 million in gifts and commitments, according to a press release.
One of the goals of the program was to foster a stronger Catholic and Marianist identity for the university. Initiatives have included the establishment of a Ph.D. program in theology with a focus on the U.S. Catholic experience and a $2 million scholarship program for students from Marianist high schools around the country.
BOSTON COLLEGE, July 26 — The Jesuit college has launched a series of programs for the next two years that will examine issues relating to the Church's sex-abuse scandals. The program will combine the college's educational and theological resources with other Catholic experts to provide a public forum for discussion.
The effort will include public lectures; seminars for the campus community, alumni and the general public; preparation of “issue papers” for scholars and the public; and the development of new undergraduate and graduate courses in ecclesiology, evangelization and sexuality.
CHRONICLE.COM, July 25 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to fine Manhattan College $111,199 for alleged violations of federal and state rules on hazardous-waste storage, reported the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The hazardous wastes include arsenic, paint, used fluorescent light bulbs, discarded computer monitors, ink, paint, photographic chemicals, oily rags and “unknown chemicals,” according to a statement from the environmental agency.
The complaint was issued after government officials declared as “insufficient” the responses made by the Christian Brothers’ Bronx, N.Y., college to letters sent in 2001.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES, July 25 — Signs proclaiming “In God We Trust” are going up in schools around Virginia under a state law that went into effect this summer, reported the Times.
Part of a national movement — and one that that picked up steam after Sept. 11 — Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah have similar laws. Mississippi was the first state to pass such a law in 2000, while South Carolina, like Virginia, adopted the mandate this year.
“In God We Trust” is the national motto, established by Congress in 1956.
THE FLORIDA CATHOLIC, July 15 — By the time she received her diploma from the Academy of the Holy Names this spring in Tampa, Fla., Kristin Luttrell had logged 1,098 hours of community service, enough to fill the requirements of 14 seniors, reported St. Petersburg's diocesan newspaper.
“God says to whom much is given, much is expected,” Luttrell told the newspaper. “I feel he has given me so much and he wants me to give back something.”
The youngster learned this lesson in a new way after a mission trip to Central America in her sophomore year. “Until I went to Honduras, I didn't realize that's what God calls us to do,” she said. “I made a commitment that [helping others] was what I would fill my time with because that was what God wanted me to do.”
BY Joe Cullen
For Church and Pope
ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY, June 17 — Daughter of Charity Sister Margaret John Kelly, executive director of the New York university's Vincentian Center for Church and Society, was recently chosen by Pope John Paul II to receive the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, according to an announcement by St. John's.
“Through a range of projects with the clergy, religious, charities, education and health care personnel of this [Brooklyn, N.Y.] diocese, we at St. John's have discovered the great value of Church-university collaboration in the spirit of Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” said Sister Margaret John.
CHRONICLE.COM, July 15 — Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, will offer three new bachelor's degrees beginning in the fall, according to the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education. They include psychology, computer graphic design and a degree that combines computer science and mathematics. The college is run by the Franciscan Sisters of Clinton.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE, July 20 — The Massachusetts college has introduced a new graduate program in pastoral ministry “designed to prepare men and women for service to the Church and their parish communities,” said a university press release.
Centered in a commitment to adult faith formation, the pastoral ministry program integrates the academic, human and spiritual dimensions of faith formation in order to provide the theological and spiritual background that is essential for pastoral ministry.
Areas of concentration will include religious education, pastoral leadership and administration, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, youth ministry and adult faith formation. Anna Maria is administered by the Sisters of St. Anne.
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY, July 19 — The Jesuits’ university in Cleveland recently announced a $2 million grant from Gerald and Helen McDonough as part of the kickoff of the public phase of the university's capital campaign.
The university's $125 million campaign includes the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, which is near completion.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, July 19 — Jason Kauffman, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at the Marianists’ University of Dayton, has developed a new — and potentially unbreakable — encryption technology.
He came up with his idea while working on a science fair project that used mathematical equations to improve computer animation. The project was inspired by animated movies that assign apparently random numbers to body movements.
Kauffman's idea is to assign more numbers to more body parts and gestures. He believes he has devised a way to use random numbers in an equation to encrypt data, making it impossible for hackers to solve it. The university is working with the student to patent and market his ideas.
AQUINAS INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY, June 27 — The Dominican graduate school in St. L o u i s has received a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation for use as scholarships for its master of divinity students, said an institute press release. The scholarships are slated for “younger, full-time lay students,” said the announcement.
BY Joe Cullen
Right and Wrong
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOLARS, July 1 — Nearly three-quarters of college seniors said they have been taught that “what is right and wrong depends on differences in individual values and cultural diversity,” according to a Zogby poll conducted for the association, a group that advocates a traditional curriculum.
“When students … [are] convinced that ethical standards are simply a matter of individual choice they are less likely to be reliably ethical in their … careers,” the report said.
Noting a “politicization of ethical standards” in education, the report found that students think a diverse work force and “minimizing environmental pollution” were more important than a company's obligations to stockholders.
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY, June 23 — St. Joseph Hospital of Omaha, Neb., has been absorbed by Creighton's Health Science Division and is now known as the Creighton University Medical Center, the university announced.
“The new name clarifies the position of St. Joseph Hospital as the teaching hospital of Creighton University,” said a university press release. The religious identity of the hospital, established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1870, will be preserved “through the university's link with the Jesuits at Creighton. The Catholic litany will remain on the hospital wall that identifies St. Joseph as the patron saint of the hospital.”
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE, June 28 — The university has established new undergraduate majors for the fall semester in German and legal studies, according to press releases. A bachelor of arts degree in German was developed partly because of student demand, which has only grown since the university brought its study-abroad program to Austria. A bachelor of arts degree in legal studies, the university said, will prepare graduates for a range of careers as paralegals in the legal profession, government and business.
Irish Summer School
BOSTON COLLEGE, June 23 — The spirited cadence of step dancing and the distinctive tunes of fiddles, tin whistles, harps, accordions and pipes filled the air as the Jesuit college hosted its annual Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance Summer School in June. Run by BC's Irish Studies Program, the summer school includes detailed instruction in Irish dance and music.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONTIOR, July 1 — Catholics are among the wide array of Americans who are seeking to expand the school-choice movement following the Supreme Court's approval of school vouchers.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for example, has built two new schools in the city center in three years with the help of the nation's first privately funded voucher program. Supporters told the Monitor they hope to see those private scholarships augmented by public vouchers.
The newspaper also reported that “some church-based groups … worry that vouchers could introduce unwanted government regulation, compromising the mission of sectarian schools.”
PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA, June 20 — The society's Buffalo/Niagara Chapter presented the Canisius College public relations staff with six Excalibur Awards. Debra Park, director of public relations at the Jesuit college, led the group by receiving the May C. Randazzo Outstanding Practitioner Award.
BY Joe Cullen
IONA COLLEGE, June 1 — The Irish Christian Brothers' college in New Rochelle, N.Y., raised nearly $750,000 to provide full scholarships to the children of the 15 alumni killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
The funds represented the total proceeds of the college's annual fund-raising dinner at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Prompted by a video tribute to the fallen graduates that was shown at the dinner, Iona alumnus Bob LaPenta contributed an additional $500,000 toward the $12 million needed for a new student union building. The building already had been scheduled to be named for LaPenta.
He asked that the new structure include a memorial to those lost on Sept. 11.
Back to Teaching
ST. ANSELM COLLEGE, May 25 — After 25 years as academic dean at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Benedictine Father Peter Guerin will return to teaching theology full time. He was awarded an honorary degree for his devotion to Catholic higher education and monastic life at the college's recent commencement. Father Augustine Kelly, also a Benedictine, has been named the new academic dean.
ACCURACY IN ACADEMIA,
June 4 — The organization, which exists to help check what it considers the leftist tilt of the faculties of most American colleges and universities, will hold a conference at the Jesuits' Georgetown University in Washington July 18-21. Scholars such as Dinesh D'Souza will offer free market and more traditional perspectives on history, philosophy, law, foreign policy, feminism, government and economics.
More information is available at http://www.academia.org.
CHRONICLE.COM, June 4 — St. Mary's College of South Bend, Ind., violated some federal regulations for reporting campus crime, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education, said the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The department also noted that the college's campus-safety efforts were “impressive.”
Conducted in response to complaints by two St. Mary's students, the investigation found that the college had incorrectly reported some crime statistics because it was calculating its statistics based on the academic year instead of the calendar year.
The report also found that St. Mary's had declined to include some incidents that were anonymously reported, which is required under the federal law that governs college crime statistics. The college, run by Sisters of the Holy Cross, has promised full compliance.
Home School Growth
TOWNHALL.COM, June 4 — In a column for the Web site, Phyllis Schlafly reported on a recent convention of Florida home schoolers in Orlando. Sponsored by the Florida Parent-Educators Association, it attracted 10,000 participants, a far cry from the handful that organized the association 15 years before.
The three-day convention included 100 workshops, 131 booths selling curricula and software, high school graduation ceremonies and the announcement of a college scholarship to Harvard.
The Florida Department of Education reported that the number of Florida children registered in home-education programs has grown from 5,313 in 1990-91 to 41,128 in 2000-01.
BY Joe Cullen
CATHOLIC NEW YORK, May 2002—New York's Cardinal Edward Egan recently blessed and rededicated the newly rebuilt Mother Irene Gill Library on the campus of the College of New Rochelle. The project cost $10 million. The cardinal also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the college in recognition of his service to the Church.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 11—“No big deal,” says the Times headline, “but some dorm rooms have gone co-ed.” The reason is not to let a young man live with his girlfriend, but reflects “the increasingly powerful presence of gay and lesbian groups on campus.”
Gay groups say that it is “heterosexist” to require roommates to be of the same sex, and the new policy at Swarthmore and Haverford colleges in Pennsylvania is designed to accommodate students who are uncomfortable about sharing living space with a roommate who might not approve of homosexuality, or because it might result in “sexual tension.”
Let Us Be Quiet
ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 19—At least a dozen states have begun considering laws this year that would allow public schools to provide a moment of silence for students to think, reflect or pray.
The impetus for change, says Associated Press, came from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and last October's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld a Virginia law that permits the moment of silence. At least a dozen states have begun consideration of similar laws.
No Study Aid
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 13—A hard-core pornographic movie was aired on the student government television station of Villanova University during the wee hours earlier this month. A senior later admitted that he had broken into the station's offices and aired the movie as a prank.
Not amused, the university pressed charges.
Award to Bishop
ST. CLOUD VISITOR, May 12—Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud, Minn., is the 2002 recipient of the Pax Christi Award, the highest honor given by St. John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, reports the newspaper of the diocese.
The award is given to those who “exemplify Benedictine ideals.” Bishop Kinney is being honored for “Christian leadership and service to priests and parishioners” in his home region, the nation and “the greater Church beyond,” a reference to Bishop Kinney's support of the Church in Kenya.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE—Coverage of the 50th anniversary of suburban New York's St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) revealed an anomaly for an American Catholic college.
Most of STAC's presidents have been Dominican nuns, and some 20 Dominicans currently serve the coed institution in a variety of offices. Sister Margaret Fitzpartrick is the college's seventh president.
Sister Margaret, however, is a member of the Sisters of Charity. While many Catholic colleges have had lay people serve as president—STAC was led by a layman from 1974 to 1995—this may be the first time that a Catholic college, founded by a particular order, is headed by a member from a different religious community.
BY Job Cullen
THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, April 25—The U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship has awarded its 2002 innovative entrepreneurship course award to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
The winning course, “Christian Faith and the Management Professions: An Entrepreneurial Perspective,” has been team-taught by professors in theology and entrepreneurship, for the past two fall semesters.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES, May 2—Elementary and secondary students who learn in same-sex classrooms score higher on tests, stay out of trouble and are more willing to explore a broader range of subjects, said researchers at a single-sex instruction seminar hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the Washington daily reported.
Single-sex instruction especially benefits poor students. “For at least some students, a more effective way to achieve an ideal end is to offer them an education separate from the other sex for at least a portion of their schooling,” said Rosemary Salomone, a St. John's University law professor in New York.
THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY, May 3—Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., has received an unrestricted gift of $5 million from Robert and Miriam Smith, according to the trade publication that specializes in philanthropy. Some $2.7 million of the gift will be dedicated to the Benedictine college's $50 million capital campaign.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 2 -The cost of public higher education for poor and middle class students is rising, according to a study outlined by the Times. The reason: a decades-long trend of steep rises in tuition as states are less inclined to subsidize public institutions.
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education found that, on average, poor families spent 25% of their annual income for their children to attend public four-year colleges in 2000, compared with 13% in 1980.
For middle-class families, the percentage of annual income required to attend public colleges nearly doubled as well, to about 7% from 4%.
Graphic Sex Ed
THE ARIZONA REPBULIC, May 2—A sex-education bill before the Arizona State Senate was roundly defeated earlier this month after opponents quoted directly from federal sex-education materials that could be used in Arizona schools if House Bill 2249 passed. The bill would have eliminated a portion of state law that bars teachers from promoting homosexuality. The federal sex-education materials included “graphic descriptions of sex devices and sex acts,” that caused many in the Senate gallery to gasp, said the Republic.
School for China
ST. CLOUD VISITOR, April 30—Catholic and other youths in central Minnesota are working to raise $15,000 to build a school in Hai Cheng, China, for up to 35 students who otherwise would be working in one of that city's factories, reported the newspaper of the St. Cloud Diocese.
Laura Hann, project coordinator for the local chapter of Free the Children, an international organization of “children helping children,” said the school would employ a single teacher and open in 2007. A high-school student, Hahn is a Sunday-school teacher at St. Augustine Parish in St. Cloud.
BY Joe Cullen
‘Not CNN's Day’
THE HEIGHTS, April 21 — In a reflection on Boston Cardinal Bernard Law's decision not to attend this spring's commencement exercises at Boston College, the editor in chief of the campus's student newspaper said the graduates “don't deserve [the media] turning the campus into a zoo. It should be the seniors' day, not CNN's day.” Lawrence Griffin, a Catholic, said that most students have not spoken out about the controversy involving sex abuse by priests but have dealt with it “individually, quietly reflecting.”
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, April 23 — The beleaguered Philadelphia public-school system plans to eliminate one of its more successful and emulated programs — Latin instruction for elementary students, reports the Philadelphia daily. Copied by schools in the United States and abroad, the highly regarded Latin program teaches Latin vocabulary to help students learn the roots of many English words. “It has been proven through a lot of research that this helps students do much better on standardized verbal tests,” said J. Patricio Concha, the program's administrator.
Poetry in Motion
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, April 19 — David Ebenbach, an adjunct psychology professor at the Christian Brothers' La Salle University dubbed himself the “Philadelphia Poetry Provider” last year and since then has been tucking original, one-page poems into the odd nooks and crannies of the metropolis.
He sticks them on the wind-shields of cars, in newspapers at newsstands, in books at bookstores, and on cereal boxes in grocery stores. The former creative-writing instructor, 29, chiefly pens free verse on workaday themes without political or social agenda.
AVE MARIA COLLEGE, May 3 — The college in Ypsilanti, Mich., founded by philanthropist Tom Monaghan in 1998 will graduate its first class on May 3. According to a college announcement, the class of six includes three men, all of whom have announced that they will enter seminaries in the fall, and three women. Honorary degrees are scheduled to be conferred upon Father Michael Scanlon, chancellor of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, the Catholic cable TV network.
NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, April 16 — The university announced a $1 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts for a two-year study of how religious institutions strengthen Hispanic communities. The Hispanic Church Research Initiative will be administered through Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies. It will include development of a Hispanic Church Community Impact Study, publication of research on Latino church ministry, and conferences of scholars and religious leaders.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION — Benedictine University, in Lisle, Ill., will offer a certificate in administration of health care institutions beginning in the fall. The Sisters of St. Joseph's Nazareth College of Rochester, N.Y., will offer a master's degree in liberal studies beginning in the fall. Ursuline College, in Cleveland, administered by the sisters of the Order of St. Ursula, will offer a bachelor's degree in biotechnology beginning in the fall.
BY Joe Cullen
Wired to the Hilt
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, March 29 — Philadelphia's St. Joseph's University was featured in a Chronicle story that highlights the very latest networked technologies that permit unprecedented interactivity among students and professors, especially for science and business courses.
Father Nicholas Rashford, St. Joe's president, has championed the effort at the Jesuit university, which has staked much of its future and some $30 million, on “smart classrooms” that are housed in Mandeville Hall, a neo-Gothic building stocked with technologically enhanced classrooms.
A ‘Cooked’ Poll
THE WASHINGTON POST, March 12 — Stanford University political scientist Terry Moe has accused the influential Phi Delta Kappa organization, an opponent of vouchers, of abruptly changing a neutrally worded survey question in 1991 after it found increasing support for school choice, reports the capital daily.
The question, first asked in the mid-1970s, and which garnered a positive response from more than 50% of respondents, explained that vouchers allot a certain amount of money for each child's education and allow parents to “send [their] child to any … school they choose. Would you like to see such an idea adopted in this country?”
By adding such phrases as “private school” and “at public expense,” support dipped to as low as 24% as Phi Delta Kappa portrayed vouchers “as a special-interest program for an exclusive group of private school parents,” says Moe.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 20 — Much of the Manhattanville College's School of Education has migrated east to the recently opened Long Island University graduate campus at the neighboring State University of New York at Purchase, noted the Times' “Bulletin Board” education column.
Long Island's associate provost, Dr. Sylvia Blake is a former dean of Manhattanville's School of Education. Carol Messar, the director of admissions and marketing, was a director of recruitment at Manhattanville. Two faculty members have also made the move from Manhattanville, which was founded by Sacred Heart Nuns.
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, March 20 — Jesuit Father Anthony Lehmann, 73, Gonzaga University's alumni chaplain and a fixture for 20 years on the bench of the men's basketball team, died March 8 from complications of leukemia just as the surprising Gonzaga Bulldogs were about to begin play in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The players' jerseys bore “Father Tony” patches sewn on especially for the tournament, and a chair was left empty at the end of the bench as a memorial.
A funeral for Father Lehmann was delayed until March 18 to give the team and university staff a chance to return from the tournament appearance, which resulted in a first-round defeat.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, March 20 — Chicago's DePaul University, administered by the Vincentian Fathers, will offer a master's degree in advertising and public relations beginning in the fall. Mount Aloysius College, in Cresson, Pa., will offer a new dual certificate in occupational-therapy assistance and physical-therapist assistance beginning in the fall.
Mount Aloysius is run by the Sisters of Mercy.
BY Art Bennett
There seems to be a lot of petty fighting at my job. A coworker whom I respect says that conflict in a dynamic and growing company is normal and I should just accept it. He says I should fight for what I want or I'll be left behind. Should I?
I was listening to some cassette tapes on leadership that Tim, a good friend of mine, sent me recently. (Hmmm, I'm now wondering. Is Tim questioning my leadership style?) The tapes are about leadership gaps and needs in the churches today and they highlight certain qualities of leaders that the churches need to move forward.
They are really excellent, but one thing about the tapes bothered me: the author's casual attitude toward conflict and sparring that “inevitably” results when leaders are leading. He was saying that, since you need different leadership styles to grow, and since different leadership styles tend to clash (e.g. a strategic leader with a people leader, etc.), then problems are inevitable and nothing to worry about.
While I agree that such problems are common at work, and in a certain sense as inevitable as sin, I am hesitant to agree that we should be casual about their occurrence. And I don't think we should be cavalier or endorsing of conflict that is in any way disrespectful or too assertive.
Why? Because charity for Christians is for us a commandment. We too easily invent a “romance of struggle” in which animosity, bickering or quarrelsomeness is somehow more genuine or authentic. But it's not true.
This kind of acrimony is false to who we are — you can tell, because it provides added stress, acrimony and confusion.
As Christians it would be odd, wouldn't it, to think that we can pick and choose when to be charitable and when to skip it?
As Christians we should prioritize unity and esprit d’ corps with our colleagues; we should commit to always treating people with respect and with dignity no matter how they treat us or how much we disagree with them.
But does that mean we have to be Mr. Niceguy and let people roll over us? No. We stand up for what is just and right — but we do it charitably. Great men lording their power over others is the old order. We are something new (Matthew 20:25-28).
Besides, the charitable way is usually the most effective also. In the short term it does seem like the bad guy sometime wins. But in the long haul isn't it often those organizations and programs that treat people fairly and are led by humility and in a spirit of service that have the most staying power?
It certainly is. But we'd be foolish to try to fulfill that ideal on our own. Christ is radically available to help us.
The one who loved the men who crucified him will certainly be able to handle your office bickerers.
Sit him down next to you at work.
Art Bennett is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist.
BY Joe Cullen
School Role Models
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, Jan. 29 — Faced with under-performing public schools, pastors and members of inner-city black churches are borrowing a page from the Catholic-education playbook by opting to found elementary schools alongside their churches. The curriculum is “best described as meat and potatoes,” says the Monitor's Craig Savoye.
The newspaper reports that a church-school organizer in St. Louis was receiving more than a dozen calls per day “from groups that want to duplicate the effort in their communities.”
“Similar church-inspired schools already are taking shape in states from Georgia to California,” says the Monitor.
CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY, Feb. 4 — The first Catholic beneficiary to appear on the trade publication's list of the 60 most generous donors for 2001 is Jesuit-run Santa Clara University. Lorri Oakley's pledge of $25.8 million to the university and two other nonprofit organizations was the 24th-largest philanthropic donation for the year, says the newspaper.
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 28 — A federal court ruled Jan. 24 that the Virginia Military Institute's (VMI) daily, student-led prayers before dinner were an “intense, coercive environment,” in favor of “religious indoctrination,” and ordered them halted, according to the newspaper.
VMI says it will appeal the ruling, which was rendered in response to a suit brought by the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and.
PC in NJ
TOWNHALL.COM, Jan. 31 — Columnist Suzanne Fields reports that the New Jersey Legislature recently nixed a requirement for students to daily recite the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Civil-liberties groups questioned the phrase “unalienable right” to life, suggesting it was a sneaky euphemism for “anti-abortion” sentiment; one legislator objected to the word “creator” because it would force students to accept a “state-sponsored religion.”
THE CRITERION, Jan. 21 — Second graders at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School in Aurora, Ind., recently smashed the grapes that will be turned into homemade wine for their first communion, according to the newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese.
An annual practice at the school through the 1960s, the tradition had faded. Parents who remembered the event brought it back three years ago and hope to restore it as a tradition.
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, .27 — “Religious groups operating tax-supported [charter schools] have won praise from some, but critics question the church-state ties,” reports the Los Angeles daily. California charter schools are publicly funded but freed from many of the regulations imposed on non-charter schools.
Some accuse religious groups of advancing non-sectarian charter schools in the inner cities because it is “their only means of obtaining public education dollars,” writes the Times’ Richard FaussetAdvocates say religious groups can be ideal sponsors because they have classroom space, provide social services, and have “a strong sense of community and mission.”
BY Joe Cullen
TODAY'S CATHOLIC, Feb. 15 — In a unique program, the University of Notre Dame trains Reserve Officers' Training Corps students to be lay prayer leaders for the military units to which they will be assigned, reports the newspaper of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.
The program, which may serve as a model for other ROTC programs, includes six 90-minute sessions in which students study the history and theology of the Eucharist and focus special attention on the rite for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest.
THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, Feb. 18 — Daniel Curran, executive vice president at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, has been appointed Dayton's first lay president, according to a university announcement.
A sociologist by training, Curran will become the university's 18th president in its 152-year history when he replaces Marianist Brother Raymond Fitz, who completes a record 23-year stint.
Curran has spent the past 23 years in various administrative and faculty positions at St. Joseph's.
Closing Seminary College
THE DIOCESE OF OGDENSBURG, N.Y., Feb. 15 — Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg will close June 30, according to an announcement by Bishop Gerald Barbarito.
Bishop Barbarito cited low enrollment — 15 students — as the reason for closure. He also praised the college for a spirit that kept the school going even as “many other larger dioceses ... had to close such institutions many years sooner.”
‘Sense of the Tragic’
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Feb. 9 — In a book review, Boston College theologian Alan Wolfe takes on what he considers an excessively optimistic view of religious life and studies in American higher education, which tends to be earnest, tolerant and service-oriented.
This reveals, he says, “the absence of a sense of the tragic” in the face of religious deformation that fails to challenge the relativism and self-centeredness of the larger culture.
He cites an unidentified Jesuit to illustrates the superficiality of religious understanding, even at Catholic colleges: Contemporary students are “dim, fourth-carbon copies of religious people. Certain things remind them of religion — crosses and statues. But theology is in desperate straits [at the Catholic university where he teaches]. It would die without Buddhism and other religions to discuss.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Feb. 14 — Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would make every student in Florida eligible for a state-funded voucher to attend a private school.
Current law — the first-in-the-nation statewide school voucher program — limits state-funded vouchers to students at schools that receive failing grades two years out of four.
‘Monologues’ on Campus
WORCESTER TELEGRAM & GAZETTE, Feb. 15 — An Ash Wednesday staging of “The Vagina Monologues” at the College of the Holy Cross sparked protests by students and area Catholics who thought the play was not appropriate fare for a Jesuit university, especially on the solemn inauguration of Lent, reported the Massachusetts daily.
Many objected to the play's graphic language and sexual themes, including homosexuality.
Countered Susanne Calabrese, student director of the Holy Cross performance: “Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE PLAIN DEALER, Feb. 13 — The Ohio State Board of Education will hear testimony from experts on whether to include the theory of intelligent design in high-school discussions on creation, reports the Cleveland daily.
Backers of intelligent design — the theory that the world must have been designed by a purposeful being — claim that evolution enjoys a monopoly in the state curriculum. The board started drafting new science standards after previous guidelines were criticized by the Ohio Legislature as vague because they recommend covering “change through time” but are not specific about what that involves.
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, Feb. 14 — The Vincentians' university in Chicago has announced that Msgr. Kenneth Velo, former president of the Catholic Church Extension Society, has been named to the newly created position of “senior executive for Catholic collaboration.”
Msgr. Velo, a former vice chancellor under Chicago's late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, will be responsible for forging closer ties between DePaul and the Archdiocese of Chicago and other Catholic institutions.
He also will work to expand the connections between the university and Catholic leaders.
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Feb. 6 — Penn State University is asking its architecture department to pay $800 for repairs to a bathroom stall that was redecorated to look like a confessional as part of a class project on the “metaphoric uses of garages.”
Christopher Rzomp earned an “A” for cutting a confessional window into the stall's wall and hanging curtains and a red light overhead.
While the AP points out that “a small number of complaints” were received, a Penn State spokesman said the university was prompted to action because it “was damaging university property, and someone has to pay for it.”
BARRY UNIVERSITY, Feb. 9 — The Catholic university announced that its law school was successful Feb. 4 on its fourth attempt to gain accreditation by the American Bar Association.
Barry, located in Miami, purchased the struggling Orlando University law school in 1998. It beefed up academic standards, increased enrollment qualifications and backed the school with $16 million in pledges. Barry finally won accreditation by submitting a plan for how it would compete with a new law school scheduled to be opened later this year by Florida A&M University.
Decline of Integrity
CNN.COM, Feb. 7 — A high-school science teacher has resigned in protest after being ordered by her school district to go easier on 28 sophomores who she had failed for plagiarizing a homework assignment, reports the Web site of the all-news network. The teacher, Christine Pelton, was originally backed by her superiors. But after parents complained, the Piper, Kan., school board ordered her to lift the failing grades. The event, “some say, reflects a national decline in integrity,” says CNN.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Feb. 15 — Bishop Frank Rodimer of Paterson, N.J., will receive the Msgr. Meyers Award during the association's convention in April. Bishop Rodimer will be honored for his efforts to raise millions of dollars that have been used for scholarships to attend Catholic schools.
BY Joe Cullen
INDIANAPOLIS STAR, Jan. 16— In another sign of home schooling's growing popularity with mainstream Americans, the Indianapolis daily reported that the number of Hoosier children educated at home has grown from 4,430 in 1995 to a current level of 20,596 — a rise of more than 300%.
Xavier: No. 1
TIMES-PICAYUNE, Jan. 16— Xavier University sent more black students to medical school in 2001 than any other American college, marking the ninth consecutive time the historically black Catholic university claimed the honor, according to the New Orleans daily. Xavier's total of 94 students sent to medical schools more than doubled that of any other institution, according to data collected by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
WASHINGTON TIMES, Jan. 16 — A course about Islam, now being taught at California public middle schools, has come under fire as parents have learned that students wear Muslim robes, adopt Islamic names and stage make-believe pilgrimages to Mecca, the Times reported.
Students at one school even pretended to be warriors fighting for Islam. “We could never teach Christianity like this,” said one parent who is part of a group that filed a complaint with the local school board.
“A lot of it is a desire to overly compensate in the name of political correctness and sensitivity,” said Brad Dacus, the lawyer that is representing the parents. “It's outrageous.”
Catholic Urban Flight
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jan. 17 — The number of urban Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the nation has been steadily shrinking, while suburban and rural schools have increased, reported the wire service.
Most of the 54 new Catholic schools that opened last year were in suburban areas, while most of the 61 that closed or consolidated were in urban areas, according to the National Catholic Educational Association.
“Catholic officials blame the declines on the fact that white, working-class Catholic families have moved to the suburbs,” says AP. The trend began as early as the 1960s, but has become more noticeable in recent years, school officials suggested.
MICHIGAN CATHOLIC, Jan. 8— Felician Sister Mary Francilene Van de Vyver, 60, the president of Madonna University since 1976, died Dec. 31. Under her leadership, Madonna achieved university status and enrollment doubled, to nearly 4,000.
Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit said Madonna University would be an enduring tribute to Sister Van de Vyver's “humble and devoted witness of faith.”
Ivory Tower Leans Left
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE, Jan. 15— Ivy League professors are out of touch with the American people, according to a poll commissioned by the Anti-Political Correctness Organization.
The poll found that, issue by issue, the faculty holds views that are far to the left of the American people.
For example, even though the country was almost perfectly divided in the 2000 presidential election, only 9% of the professors said they voted for President Bush.
The professors oppose school vouchers 67% to 26%, while Americans
support vouchers 62% to 36%.
BY Joe Cullen
CNN.COM, Dec. 26 — While the recently passed national education bill does not include a provision for vouchers that was originally sought by President Bush, it does give solace to critics of Darwin's theory of evolution for the origins of humanity, reports the Web site of the Cable News Network.
The bill cautions: “Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics may generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society.”
The Discovery Institute of Seattle, which favors the theory that an intelligent mind created the universe, told CNN that the bill includes the “the right of students to hear honest accounts of the scientific disputes over Darwinian theory.”
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, Dec. 16 — The number of students using taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private schools in Milwaukee has, for the first time, topped 10,000, reports the city's daily. The milestone was achieved during last fall's semester.
After outlining the program's popularity and the academic success of the student-participants, Journal reporter Alan Borsuk noted that “several prominent critics of the school choice movement did not respond to telephone calls or declined to comment.”
Ties That Bind
NATIONAL REVIEW, Dec. 22 — In a column on imaginary Christmas gifts, John Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, said he would like to present his male students with a tie: “a valuable reminder of impending adulthood.”
The professor notes that “it has been decades since American institutions of higher education have asked young men to wear ties to class. Unless he went to Catholic school, the typical student has gone through life with a naked throat.”
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Dec. 10 — The university has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to implement a program that incorporates alternative medicine into the School of Medicine curriculum.
A required course on “Mind-Body Medicine: An Experiential and Didactic Introduction” is believed to be the first such course to be required of first-year medical students in the United States.
Aviad Haramati, a professor of biophysics at the Jesuit university, said future doctors need to understand such practices as dietary supplements, acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy and therapeutic massage because of their increasing popularity.
THE DIALOG, Dec. 21 — Neumann College of Aston, Pa., and the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., have developed a master's degree in instructional leadership that will train teachers to become Catholic school principals and administrators, according to the diocesan newspaper.
Slated to start next fall, Neumann's current master's program in education will be expanded to cover issues specific to Catholic school administration such as fund raising and parish relations. Part of the two-year program, titled “Calling Forth Leaders,” will be spiritual formation so that the future principals will better know how to instill Catholic faith and values into the school community.
BY Joe Cullen
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, Dec. 1 — The Jesuit university has received the bequest of what is believed to be the single largest body of secondary sources on the author J.R.R. Tolkien available. The vast collection of Tolkien material and research came from the estate of Richard Blackwelder.
Blackwelder, who died earlier this year, worked as an entomologist and zoology educator, and devoted much of his retirement to building and organizing the collection. He began turning over his collection to the university in 1982. The university maintains the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection of original drawings and galleys with the author's handwritten corrections. The library has a permanent exhibit on view devoted to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien's best-known work.
Free to Protest
TOWNHALL.COM, Dec. 24 — The shouting-down by students of a commencement address critical of the Bush administration, delivered by Sacramento Bee newspaper publisher Janis Heaphy, at California State University Sacramento in early December was regrettable and rude. So says Debra Saunders in a column that was picked up by the opinion Web site. It also prompted the columnist to take note of an apparent double standard: “When audiences criticize publishers, they're hecklers. When they drown out conservatives, they're ‘protesters.’”
FORDHAM UNIVERSITIY, Dec. 10 — The Jesuit university in New York has formed the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs to train people to work in crisis negotiation, human rights and health and human service issues.
The center is a joint effort of Fordham and the Center for International Health and Cooperation whose president, Kevin Cahill, will direct the Fordham program. Cahill, a New York physician active in many church-related activities, served as personal physician to New York Cardinals Terence Cooke and John O'Connor. Fordham's new institute will take an active role in forging partnerships with relief organizations, publishing books and hosting symposia related to humanitarian aid issues.
Pennies from the Poor
THE CATHOLIC REVIEW, Dec. 2 — The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore reports that eight people maimed during Sierra Leone's 11-year-old civil war were flown to the U.S. this fall to receive prosthetic limbs, thanks to $3,000 in pennies collected by students from one of the poorest neighborhoods in Maryland.
“We appreciate what you have done. … We love you,” said Damba Koroma, 9, whose left arm was cut off by rebels. “May God bless you.” The effort, which began as a Lenten outreach program three years ago, was assisted by the nonprofit Friends of Sierra Leone.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Dec. 21 — Despite decades of almost universal acclaim by scientists, Darwin's theory of evolution enjoys less-than-universal acclaim with the public, says higher education's leading trade publication in a feature story on the growing popularity of the theory that the universe is the work of an intelligent designer, usually assumed to be God.
“A recent Gallup Poll found that 45% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years,” says the Chronicle, “and 39% believe that Darwin's theory of evolution is not supported by evidence.”
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