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Higher ed in the headlines.
BY John Lilly
AMERICAN-STATESMAN, April 3 — The Austin, Texas,
daily examines how the Holy Cross Brothers’ St. Edward’s University is making
the transition to lay leadership as the number of brothers on campus declines.
In pointing out how students
“frequently turn to the calming presence of the … brothers,” and how they are
“beloved for their kindness and [their] academic and spiritual guidance,” the
story effectively points to what is irreplaceable about religious who “dedicate
themselves to education.”
The 40 brothers who work at the Austin college
practice the “philosophy of cultivating the mind and the heart.”
NATIONAL REVIEW, April 18 — A piece on the
magazine’s website by Tim Graham of the Media Research
Center examined the bias
that Katie Couric has demonstrated in a career that
led to her recent naming as the anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”
pounded Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan about how his vision for a Catholic
college town in Florida
was “like, wow … really infringing on civil liberties,” “eschewing diversity and promoting
intolerance” and “de facto segregation.”
He added: “It was Couric who dragged the Nazi connections out, no matter how strained,
for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pope Benedict, and then lectured others about
peddling ‘dirty’ allegations.”
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, April 18 — During Holy Week,
“professors at Bethlehem
institution of the De La Salle Christian brothers) were frustrated by
government refusal to permit student trips,” reported columnist Robert Novak on
how Israeli policies are effectively encouraging the migration of Arab
“Sisters and brothers from Bethlehem University sadly parade … saying the
Rosary once a week” along the famed Israeli security wall, reported Novak.
a university vice president, told Novakthat he
believes “there is a conscious Israeli policy of getting rid of the Christian
minority, whose discomfiture is more politically embarrassing for Israel than
THE OBSERVER, April 5 — Sensitivity about
ethnic nicknames for college sports teams has finally extended to the Fighting
Irish of Notre Dame, though it is doubtful that the moniker is in any danger.
In response to several complaints
in the independent student newspaper by fellow students that the nickname
either exploits Ireland and the Irish or denigrates them for savagery, junior
Patrick Rigney points out that the nickname surged up
among opposing fans who were impressed by the play of a football team
“comprised mostly of Irish Catholics.”
The team’s official nickname had
been the Terriers until the university bowed to popular usage and formally
adopted the current nickname in 1927.
SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, April 18 — Director of White
House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives H. James Towey has been named the 16th president of the
Benedictines’ Saint Vincent College in Latrobe,
Towey’s background includes vast
experience in health and human services, including as the founder of an
organization to improve care of the elderly.
He also represented Blessed Teresa
of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity on legal matters for 12 years.