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BY John Lilly
Religious Rights Upheld
Sept. 8 — The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s
dismissal of sex-discrimination claims against Gannon
University, a Catholic diocesan
college in Erie, Pa.
The plaintiff, Lynette Petruska, claimed that Gannon was guilty of sex
discrimination in connection with her resignation in 2002 from her post as
university chaplain. According to Petruska, she quit
because she believed she was about to be replaced because she is a woman.
A lower court dismissed the
lawsuit on the grounds that it involved a decision made in accordance with the
Catholic university’s religious beliefs.
But that decision was vacated in
May by a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit, which held that “ministerial
exceptions” for religious reasons must be “carefully tailored” rather than
Gannon’s lawyers applied for a
rehearing, and a new three-judge panel unanimously reversed the May decision.
Stated the court, “Today, we join
seven of our sister circuits in adopting the exception and hold that it applies
to any claim, the resolution of which would limit a religious institution’s
right to choose who will perform particular spiritual functions.”
INSIDEHIGHERED.COM, Sept. 18 — In the face of
continuing complaints, the University
of Virginia’s student
newspaper has removed from its website two anti-Christian cartoons that it
first published in late August.
The author of the cartoons, Grant Woolard, posted a personal apology on the Internet “for the
offense that this comic has produced.”
The editors of The Daily Cavalier refused to apologize
for publishing the cartoons when contacted in early September by the Catholic
League for Religious and Civil Rights.
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF
Sept. 19 — Catholic churches, schools and prayer groups can now obtain the
liturgical hymnal used in Franciscan University of Steubenville’s chapel.
“Canticle: The Franciscan
University Hymnal” can be purchased at the Ohio university’s bookstore or online at
In a press release, the university
describes the hardcover hymnal as “a comprehensive selection of music styles
including traditional hymnody and contemporary songs, as well as Gregorian
chant and praise and worship songs.”
It contains more than 400 songs,
along with Mass parts, Mass settings, and other service music.
For Wounded Athletes
TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Sept. 18 — More than 400 people attended a Mass Sept. 17 at Duquesne University’s Old Main Chapel, following
the shootings earlier that day of five members of the Catholic university’s
The players were shot during an
altercation after a campus dance. One of the players, Sam Ashaolu,
was in critical condition following the attack and two others remained in the
hospital as a result of their injuries.
The suspect in the shooting is not
believed to be a Duquesne student, and it did not appear that the players had
provoked the altercation, university officials said.
At the Sept. 17 Mass, basketball
team members were escorted to the front rows of the chapel.
“We first and foremost offer our
prayers for their recovery,” said Father Timothy Hickey. “Our prayers are with
them and their families. Their healing is our utmost concern.”
BY Jim Cosgrove
What's in a Name?
THE GAZETTE (Mar yland), June 10 — It's official: Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., has a new name — Mount St. Mary's University.
The school's board of trustees approved the change unanimously June 7. The change takes effect immediately.
Officials said they wanted the world to view the school differently, hoping to recruit students internationally, the Gazette newspaper reported. It also wanted a name that would unite the campus as one.
The designation will also help the school stay competitive, officials noted, citing a report that said more students said they prefer to attend a university rather than a college.
New Prez for St. Francis
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, June 10 — St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., has named an alumnus and former professor at the school as its new president.
Father Gabriel Zeis, currently a chaplain at the College of New Jersey and a 1975 St. Francis grad, will replace Father Christian Oravec, who left to lead the Sacred Heart Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. He had been president of St. Francis since 1977, the Associated Press reported.
Father Zeis graduated with a history degree from St. Francis and twice taught there, once teaching Hebrew and Greek and later teaching in the religious-studies department.
Another New Leader
THE HARTFORD COURANT, June 12 — St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., also has a new president.
Evelyn Lynch, currently provost and vice president of East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa., will become head of the Sisters of Mercy-run women's college Aug. 2.
Lynch has a background in early childhood and special education, serving as professor and coordinator of early childhood special education at Moorhead State University in Minnesota from 1978 to 1994, the Hart-ford Courant reported.
Lynch succeeds Winifred Coleman, who is retiring after 12 years.
Serving Deaf People
THE BUFFALO NEWS (New York), June 5 — Since 1853, St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo, N.Y., says it has always done what's best for deaf children.
The school, which recently finished celebrating its 150th year in existence, is one of nine state-supported schools for deaf in New York, the Buffalo News reported. Four nuns currently work there.
St. Mary's partners with nearby Jesuit-run Canisius College, which offers a graduate degree in deaf education, training teachers to teach deaf students.
Father Thomas Coughlin, the first deaf-born priest in the country, attended high school at St. Mary's and is now pastor of a church in California with mostly a deaf congregation.
Catholics Lead the Way
THE CAPITAL TIMES (Madison, Wis.), June 9 — Positive results from students who attend single-sex Catholic schools are leading public school districts to call for all-boys or all-girls schools.
A Wisconsin legislator plans to introduce legislation that would allow the state's public school districts to create single-sex schools, the Capital Times reported.
One proponent cited a University of Michigan study that found graduates of Catholic single-sex high schools scored better on tests than graduates of Catholic coeducational schools.
BY Jim Cosgrove
No NAACP at CUA
CHRONICLE.COM, June 4 — The Catholic University of America has denied a student's request to start a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on campus because some of the organization's positions conflict with Catholic teaching.
The school also said starting the chapter on campus overlaps with two already-existing groups for black students, the website for the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The NAACP's national organization supports abortion, but that factor was not the only one in deciding to deny the request, a school spokesman said, but it is “one of their planks with which we strongly take issue.”
Dead Theologians Alive
LA CROSSE TRIBUNE (Wisconsin), May 26 — Each week students in La Crosse, Wis. — home of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse — meet to discuss the early Church Fathers and to delve into the lives of the saints.
The Dead Theologians Society, started in Ohio by a pair of youth-group workers who have since moved to the Diocese of La Crosse, draws about 10 to 12 students each week. And students are beginning to see how it's impacting their faith.
One student, Erika Deniger, said meetings have helped her better understand her Catholic faith at a time when many question it.
“Everything people are questioning now,” she said, “people have questioned before and found answers to.”
‘Shame on Seton Hall’
THE SETONIAN, June 3 — Protesters gathered outside the Seton Hall University Law School on May 28 to protest the school's hosting a proabortion judge at its graduation.
Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J., head of the university's board of trustees, also voiced his opposition May 26 to Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who was awarded the Sandra Day O'Connor Medal of Honor. Barry in 2000 voted to overturn New Jersey's ban on late-term abortions, the Seton Hall student newspaper reported.
The protestors held signs that read “Shame on Seton Hall” and circled the entrance to the law school.
Standing on Principle
AVE MARIA LAW SCHOOL, June 1 — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a Catholic, told graduating students at the Ave Maria Law School in Ypsilanti, Mich., to act out of principle in their coming careers.
“Do it for principle rather than self-interest,” Thomas told graduates May 16. “Do it for principle rather than for prosperity. Do it for principle rather than popularity. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”
According to a press release from the law school, graduates will move on to positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, with federal judges and in various law firms.
THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER, June 7 — Marianist-run Chaminade University in Hawaii is one of three private institutions in that state to announce record enrollment this coming fall.
Chaminade will see a 6% increase from last year, from 1,065 undergraduates to 1,130 in the fall, the Honolulu Advertiser reported. Overall, undergraduate enrollment at the university has increased 75% since 1995.
The school attributes its growth to recruitment efforts on the West Coast. Its four recruiters have visited schools from Alaska to New Mexico.
BY Jim Cosgrove
ST. CLOUD TIMES (Minnesota), May 27 — Leaders of the St. John's Bible project presented a copy of the St. John's Bible to Pope John Paul II on May 26.
Calligrapher Donald Jackson and Brother Dietrich Rein-hart, president of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., presented the work to the Holy Father at his weekly general audience. The project, headed by Jackson, aims to create a Bible copied and illustrated entirely by hand, the St. Cloud Times reported. It is believed to be the first such project in 500 years.
The $4 million project was commissioned by St. John's. Its organizers hope to attract scholars worldwide to the school.
Home on the Range
THE GREEN RIVER STAR (Wyoming), May 27 — One of two towns seeking to be the home of a new Catholic liberal arts college in Wyoming thinks it has the per fect location.
The town of Green River has beautiful landscapes, is close to the Green River and possesses diverse wildlife, according to the town newspaper.
The committee exploring sites for the new school is looking for a rural place that could cultivate a sense of community and is close to public lands for nature studies. The site selection committee said it plans to narrow the shor t list of sites by July 1.
College in High School
PR NEWSWIRE, May 27 — “Things can only get better.” So said the leaders of Dayton Early College Academy, housed on the Marianist-run University of Dayton, Ohio, in a statement released after completion of the school's first year.
The academy offers the oppor tunity for students to take college classes at the university and at a nearby community college, according to PR Newswire. Of the academy's 89 ninth-graders, 19 have already successfully taken college classes.
The academy, only one of 19 such schools that opened nationwide last fall, targets first-generation college students from low-income areas who might not other wise consider attending college.
Bless Him, Father
THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 25 — Tim Russert, anchor of NBC's “Meet the Press,” told graduates of Boston College on May 24 to consider their Jesuit education a “special gift,” the Boston daily reported.
During his keynote graduation address, Russer t described an encounter with Pope John Paul II in 1985. When asking the Holy Father to appear on the “Today” show, Russert forgot his concerns about TV ratings and considered the prospect of salvation instead: “You heard this tough, no-nonsense hard-hitting moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ begin by saying, ‘Bless me Father!’”
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 17 — A former football coach at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., whose firing last fall led to accusations of discrimination by the college — the coach was confined to a wheelchair — has died at age 48.
Dan Allen announced last August that he suffered from multiple chemical sensitivity. The illness prevented his mobility from the neck down, and he coached all of last year from a wheelchair, the Associated Press reported. He was fired after a 1-11 season but remained employed by the college.
BY Jim Cosgrove
THE BALTIMORE SUN, May 14 — Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., has withdrawn an honorary degree from Alberto Gonzales. The move came in the wake of a campus protest over the White House counsel's support of the death penalty.
The protestors said Gonzales' support of the death penalty was contrary to the school's mission. They also asked that he not speak at the college's May 23 graduation.
College president Thomas Powell, however, said the degree was withdrawn because he had failed to seek proper approval to award it, the Baltimore Sun reported. Gonzales was still scheduled to speak at the graduation.
Legion School Grilled
THE JOURNAL NEWS (New York), May 18 — More than 110 residents near Thornwood, N.Y., turned out for a planning board meeting May 17. At issue: a proposal by the Legion of Christ to build a 3,000-student university.
Citing traffic, safety and environmental worries, several residents criticized the plan, the Journal News reported. They also raised concerns about the cost to taxpayers because the school would be tax exempt.
The Legion of Christ applied last year to build the $200 million school on a 165-acre site. The university would begin with fewer than 100 graduate students, the paper reported, adding undergraduates after a year or two.
They'll Go With the Flow
THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 16 — Despite the fact that same-sex marriages contradict Church teaching, Regis College and Boston College in Massachusetts have let it be known they will follow state law in recognizing them.
“As a Catholic university, we are committed to upholding Church teaching. However, the court's ruling makes it clear that all institutions are expected to abide by the new law effective May 17,” a Boston College spokesman told the Boston Globe.
A spokeswoman for Regis College said the college is still studying the implications of the new law but for now expected to comply with it.
Movement at St. Mary's
SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE (Indiana), May 15 — St. Mary's College president Marilou Eldred oversaw her last graduation ceremony as the school's leader May 15.
Eldred, 63, is retiring after seven years as president. During her tenure, the college's endowment rose from $65 million to $93 million, the Tribune reported. The school is planning for a new classroom and faculty building, and construction is already under way on a new student center and student apartments.
Eldred will be succeeded by Carol Mooney, a 1972 graduate of the college who is currently vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame.
Hellwig Stepping Down
CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY, May 21 — Monika Hellwig, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, has announced her retirement effective end of summer 2005.
She made the announcement at the association's annual meeting earlier this year, according to the association's spring newsletter. A search for a new president began May 22.
Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that seeks to restore Catholic identity in Catholic colleges and universities, noted that Hellwig was a vocal critic of the society and “in the 1990s, Hellwig led the ACCU's efforts to prevent full implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic higher education, in the United States.”
BY Jim Cosgrove
Xavier Leads Nation
XAVIER UNIVERSITY, March 12 — For the eighth year in a row, Louisiana's Xavier University placed more graduating black students in medical schools than any other university, the school announced.
Xavier, the only historically black Catholic university in America, sent 73 students to medical school in 2000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Morehouse College had 31 accepted, the second-largest number of black graduates entering medical school, and Howard University, much larger than Xavier, sent 26.
Xavier's streak should continue, as 44 of this year's seniors have already been accepted into medical schools.
Penn President Questioned
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Feb. 28 — The appropriations hearing for Pennsylvania State University was probably the only legislative session ever to be aired with a parental warning of explicit content, the Philadelphia daily reported.
The hearing focused on a sex-education fair held at the university, which featured free condoms, explicit brochures, and even obscene games and gingerbread men.
The campus ministry sponsored a counter-event, featuring prayer and testimony from chaste couples. The university's president, Graham B. Spanier, defended the school on academic freedom grounds throughout three hours of grilling from angry lawmakers.
‘Real’ Catholic On Campus
THE MANEATER, March 6 — Matt Smith of MTV's “Real World” show spoke at the University of Missouri's Newman Center, the school's student daily reported.
Smith discussed his faith and his experiences on MTV as part of the school's Newman Week, an event put together by campus Catholics to raise money for charity and help Catholics focus on their faith.
Smith said that he had been able to share his faith with the other “Real World” participants, and that it helped him get through the show's sometimes traumatic filming in New Orleans. He added that he has considered entering the priesthood now that his television gig is over.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, March 18 — An advertisement in the morning newspaper testified to the growing outcry over the University of San Francisco's decision to dismiss the top two administrators of its famed Great Books program and merge the program with a different course of study.
The St. Ignatius Institute focused on authors from Aristotle to Nietzsche — with a large helping of Catholic theology. Many defenders of the institute charge that its strong commitment to the magisterium of the Catholic Church didn't sit well with the university's establishment.
The Friends of the St. Ignatius Institute bought an ad in the San Francisco daily as well as the diocesan newspaper to draw attention to their cause. The ad said that the university's actions teach “a sad lesson about the growing exclusion from our colleges and universities of even the most fair-minded traditional religious educators.”
Eighteen prominent Catholic professors, writers and thinkers signed the advertisement denouncing the university's actions. Signatories included Princeton University's Robert George, papal biographer George Weigel, First Things editor-in-chief Father Richard John Neuhaus, Amherst College's Hadley Arkes, Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute, Crisis publisher and editor Deal W. Hudson, and Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute.
University Hosts Funk
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE,
March 3 — Seattle University invited Jesus Seminar founder Robert W. Funk to speak at the Jesuit institution, the Seattle-area daily reported.
Funk's appearance marked the first time a representative of the Jesus Seminar has spoken at a Catholic institution in the United States. In 1993, the group claimed that its investigations into Biblical history revealed that Jesus did not say 82% of what is attributed to him in the Gospels.
Seattle Archbishop Alex J. Brunett expressed disappointment at the university's invitation. University president and Jesuit Father Stephen Sundborg said that the university did not endorse the Jesus Seminar, and the dean of the school of theology and ministry said the school's Scripture faculty disagreed with the seminar's methods and conclusions.
BY Jim Cosgrove
Justice Scalia Draws Princeton Ire
THE DAILY PRINCETONIAN,
Feb. 26 — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faced between 30 and 40 student protesters when he spoke at Princeton University, the university's student daily reported.
The justice spoke to a packed crowd, but protesters waving signs and banners could be heard chanting “high court treason” and “illegitimate” outside. The College Democrats, Princeton Pro-Choice, and the Black Graduate Caucus were among the groups that joined the protest. Scalia drew condemnation for his dissents in the Court's pro-abortion rulings and, even more, for his role in crafting the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision, which effectively guaranteed George W. Bush the presidency.
The justice defended his view of constitutional interpretation, which stresses the “common sense” meaning of the words at the time the document was drafted, rather than allowing flexible interpretations in which the constitution's meaning changes from age to age. He charged that those who “insert into the constitution… new rights” are anti-democratic and “rigid,” denying localities the freedom to order their affairs differently.
Jesus Shirts Ruled ‘Disruptive’
THOMAS MORE CENTER, Feb. 26 — A third-grader who wore a sweatshirt and T-shirt with the name “Jesus Christ” was told to turn them inside out because they might disrupt class, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Thomas More Center for Law and Justice announced.
The center has sent a letter to school officials in Orono, Maine, demanding that the school retract its claim and offer the girl a written assurance that she could wear her sweatshirt. The principal had argued that some other students might find the sweatshirt to be profanity.
The center's chief counsel, Richard Thompson, said, “The only thing profane about this situation is the reaction of school officials toward this nine-year-old girl who was merely wearing a shirt bearing the name of Jesus Christ — an expression of her Christian faith.”
BY Jim Cosgrove
Gates An Unexpected Donor
SEATTLE TIMES, Feb. 1 — The Diocese of Yakima Catholic School District just got a $1.36 million windfall, the Seattle daily reported — and the source might come as a surprise.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is known for funding numerous population-control and pro-abortion international agencies, announced that the Yakima diocese will get its grant over five years. The diocese is the first Washington private school district to receive a grant from the Gates Foundation, although one Catholic school in Spokane, Wash., had received an individual grant earlier.
The diocese will use the money to buy computers for the district's supervisor and its eight principals, as well as to increase teacher training, improve curricula and buy computers for teachers.
ROTC and Pacifists Find Truce at Notre Dame
THE OBSERVER, Jan. 30 — Students at the University of Notre Dame are forging an unusual bond between peace activists and cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, the university's student daily reported. The school's pacifist group, Pax Christi, even counts an Air Force cadet among its members.
The group's discussions draw up to 100 students, including many cadets and officers exploring what it means to be a Catholic in the military. Notre Dame has 375 students in ROTC, one of the largest programs in the country.
Although Pax Christi, which was founded to oppose ROTC's presence on campus, initially alienated many cadets by sponsoring lectures like “Ten reasons why ROTC should be banned from Notre Dame's campus,” it now hosts dialogues in which cadets can present their own beliefs. Pacifists and supporters of Catholic just war theory square off regularly. And every month, the officers who run the school's ROTC programs have lunch with professors from the Peace Studies program to discuss issues relating to pacifism and the just use of force.
Dispute Continues at Boston College
BOSTON GLOBE, Feb. 8 — Boston College thought that a 25-year dispute with a radical feminist had ended when theology professor Mary Daly agreed to drop her lawsuit against the school, the Boston daily reported.
Daly, the author of Beyond God the Father, has refused to allow men into her class for the past 25 years, despite Boston College's repeated requests. In 1999 she told the college that she would rather stop teaching than admit men. The college then announced that she had retired — prompting Daly to sue for breach of contract and violation of tenure rights.
The two sides signed a pact in early February, in which Daly agreed to retire. But the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Daly's lawyer apparently violated that settlement by issuing a press release claiming “victory” for Daly. Both sides must now enter a new round of negotiations.
BY Jim Cosgrove
Chicago Schools Share the Wealth
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, Jan. 26 — The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a plan to rally its struggling schools, the Chicago daily reported.
The new plan calls for a “tuition covenant.” Parishes are asked to consider billing parents for the actual cost of educating their children, rather than the artificially low tuition parents pay today. With the additional revenues, parishes would create tuition assistance funds for families who find it hard to scrape up the cash. Parents in need would be able to apply for the same subsidy they used to receive, or even a higher one; wealthier parents, however, would pay full price.
The new plan also includes a yearlong advertising blitz for the schools.
The “tuition covenant” would especially benefit the poorest schools, where few parents are able to pay full price. Catholic school systems in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., already use this plan, reported the Sun-Times.
At least two schools in Chicago are closing this year and the archdiocese needed to find a new plan because it has to slash its subsidy to schools next year due to severe financial pressures.
Play Canceled for Sexual Message
THE OBSERVER, Jan. 25 — St. Mary's College nixed a student performance of a play that used obscenity and positively depicted statutory rape, the University of Notre Dame student daily reported.
When the college told students that “The Vagina Monologues” could not be performed on campus, students and faculty who disagreed with the decsion charged that the school was censoring its students and alienating potential professors.
However, many students, parents and alumnae objected to the play's depiction of illicit sexual acts, including sexual contact between an adult woman and an underage girl. Proceeds from the play would have benefited campus anti-rape groups, but the administration suggested that students find other ways to fight rape.
Student Group Defunded Over Homosexual Stance
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Feb. 2 — The United Methodist Church in Virginia has refused to fund a student group at Mary Washington College because the group supports homosexual activism, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The college's Campus Christian Community is run jointly by Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and United Methodists. But last month, the Methodist college ministries board began to cut its ties to the group, announcing that it would start its own campus ministry at Mary Washington and cut off funding for the larger group. It also took its building back from the Campus Christian Community.
The group's previous pastor had performed a homosexual union ceremony and placed a basketful of condoms in the group's offices. The new pastor removed the basket and a certificate from a pro-homosexual Lutheran group, but many Methodists still felt the group was engaged in homosexual activism.
BY Jim Cosgrove
Former Abortion Nurse At Steubenville
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE, Jan. 16 — The Franciscan University of Steubenville marked the 28th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a pro-life memorial service and an unusual speaker, the university announced. The speaker, Joan Appleton, is a registered nurse who assisted in over 10,000 abortions during the 1980s. Appleton was head nurse at a Washington, D.C.-area abortion business. But encounters with pro-life people led her to reconsider and eventually abandon her pro-abortion stance. She now directs Centurions, an outreach program offering guidance to abortion practitioners who have left or are considering leaving the abortion business.
Appleton discussed why she left the abortion business, as well as post-abortion trauma and other psychological and spiritual aspects of abortion. The memorial service then concluded with a candlelight procession to the nearby Tomb of the Unborn Child, where seven aborted infants are buried.
Focusing on Christ
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR, Jan. 14 — The Nebraska daily profiled Curtis Martin, a cradle Catholic who fell away from the Church and spent his high school years partying. He went on to Louisiana State University — considered one of the nation's top “party schools.”
But instead of spending all his nights around a beer keg, he began to read a Bible his mother had given him. He returned to Christ, and, he said, “began to have more fun with my friends in college, with Christ-centered relationships, than I ever had before.”
To help students, in 1997 he founded the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS. It began with 24 students, but now has over 600 members on campuses in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois and Michigan.
The group recently held a Catholic student leadership conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which drew 200 students. FOCUS reaches out to both Catholics and non-Catholics. Martin said the group used techniques adapted from evangelical Protestants, but stayed faithful to Catholic teaching.
The daylong conference featured workshops like “Leading a Bible Study” and “The Big Three — Chastity, Sobriety and Excellence.”
Renowned Dallas Professor Dies
UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS, Jan. 5 — The University of Dallas announced that on Dec. 31 it lost Dr. William Farmer, an adjunct professor of theology, to complications from prostate cancer.
Farmer was senior editor of the ecumenical International Bible Commentary, a volume drawing together the work of 118 scholars. “Dr. Farmer provided a strong ecumenical presence at the University of Dallas,” said Glenn Thurow, the university's provost.
Farmer had taught at the school since 1991, when he retired from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Nell Cochran.
BY Jim Cosgrove
Colleges Host Major Pro-Life Speakers
CHRISTENDOM COLLEGE AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Jan. 8 — Two Catholic colleges announced that they hosted renowned pro-life speakers this month. Christendom College, in Front Royal, Va., hosted Population Research Institute head Steven Mosher for a Jan. 29 lecture on United States population control policy, while the Catholic University of America sponsored a Jan. 11 discussion of abortion and the death penalty between Sister of St. Joseph Sister Helen Prejean and Helen Alvaré.
Mosher is the author of eight books, including A Mother's Ordeal: One Woman's Fight Against China's One-Child Policy. He is a well-known lecturer on population control.
Sister Prejean is the author of the best-selling book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. Alvaré is an associate professor at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and the former national spokeswoman for the pro-life secretariat of the National Council of Catholic Bishops. The presentation was part of the law school's Brendan F. Brown Lecture series, and was co-sponsored by two student groups, the school's Advocates for Life and Pope John Paul II Guild of Catholic Lawyers.
Anorexic Student Sues College
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jan. 3 — An anorexic student sued Stonehill College, a Catholic college in Massachusetts, seeking readmission after school officials turned her away because of her condition.
Keri Krissik, 20, suffered cardiac arrest while at home in Milford, Conn., in April. She completed her spring semester coursework, but administrators at Stonehill refused to let her register last fall. The university says it does not have the resources to take care of Krissik properly.
Krissik, 5-foot-6 and between 97 and 100 pounds, has been anorexic since she was 8. She said she is protected by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Krissik's lawyer, Abbe Ross, said her condition had improved and that the school was “only keeping her out because of her disability.” Anorexia nervosa's effects range from weight loss to heart problems, depression and death.
Dayton Homecoming Canceled
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, Jan. 8 — The University of Dayton has suspended Homecoming indefinitely, the school announced. Due to concerns over drinking and student safety, the university nixed the weekend-long celebrations, but expanded its fall alumni awards banquet and initiated a five-year class reunion to attract younger alumni to Reunion Weekend.
Marianist Brother Raymond L. Fitz, university president, said that recent homecomings have seen “extensive and excessive drinking and trashing of the student neighborhoods” by crowds of students, young alumni, guests and others. Last October's Homecoming street party drew over 7,000 people and resulted in eight arrests and 18 citations. Two Dayton students were arrested. Most of the citations were for violations of university alcohol policies.