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BY John Lilly
COLLEGE MEDIA ADVISERS, May 12 — The national
organization of student newspaper advisers has sanctioned the Jesuits’ Le Moyne College in Syracuse,
N.Y., for attempting to censor
its student newspaper, The Dolphin,
by abruptly replacing its faculty adviser.
The group said “Le Moyne
fails to value the exercise of free speech and the value of a free press on the
Le Moyne “released” professor Alan Fischler from his
role as the newspaper’s faculty adviser after he wrote a column that voiced
disapproval over the college’s dismissal of graduate education major Scott
McConnell, who had written a paper that favored corporal punishment and
objected to multiculturalism.
McConnell was reinstated after winning a lawsuit
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE, May 25 — Archbishop Celestino
Migliore, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of
the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the college’s largest graduating
class in the college’s 35-year history.
Some 78 graduates received their diplomas from the
prelate, who gave the commencement address and presided at the Santa
Paula, Calif., college’s
Archbishop Migliore was
awarded the St. Thomas Aquinas Medallion, the college’s highest honor.
Past recipients have included Cardinal Francis Arinze, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Cardinal Avery Dulles and Blessed Teresa of
ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 25 — Wisconsin’s pro-abortion Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat who has
frequently vetoed pro-life legislation, has signed a measure that requires
public schools to spend more time teaching abstinence education than other
methods of preventing pregnancy, AP reported.
“Young people need to hear that message,” Sen. Mary Lazich, a Republican, told the wire service.
She added, “Rather than teaching
that condoms and birth control pills are acceptable modes of behavior, students
will be taught they’re not safe, acceptable, or healthy and what is acceptable
THE ADVERTISER, May 25 — Lafayette,
La., Bishop Michael Jarrell walked off the
stage during the Teurlings Catholic
High School graduation in
response to what he called an “intolerable situation,” reported the newspaper.
In a graduation ceremony presided over by the bishop,
the presentation of diplomas was repeatedly interrupted by what the bishop
described as “cheering, hoots and hollers” — despite repeated admonitions to
hold all applause until after all the graduates had been announced.
“People who are appalled at the rude behavior sit
there and take it because they have no choice,” the bishop wrote. “I was in a
position in which I could do something, so I chose to do it.”
Home School Ban?
THE HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION, May 25 — The home
schooling association is warning that sovereign nations, including the United States,
face the threat that home schooling may be deemed illegal under international
The defense association said
that American judges may effectively try to impose the U.N. Convention on the
Rights of the Child, which has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate.
According to a new interpretation of “customary
international law,” some U.S.
judges have argued that even an un-ratified convention still has an “impact” on