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BY John Lilly
THE CHRONICLE OF
HIGHER EDUCATION, July 21 — The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled
in mid-July that Southern Illinois University at Carbondale may not withdraw recognition of a
Christian campus group that denies membership to homosexuals.
The court held that the
university must continue to recognize the Christian Legal Society while the
society’s lawsuit against the university is pending.
University withdrew recognition of the group in March because of the society’s
requirement that members abide by Christian beliefs about sexuality, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The society subsequently filed
suit against the university.
Judge Diane Sykes wrote that the
Christian Legal Society had shown there was a likelihood that the university
had “impermissibly infringed” on the group’s “right of expressive association.”
Aug. 3 — Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the
Congregation for Divine Worship, celebrated Mass at this year’s Summer
Institute at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. The July 28-29 session
focused on the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.
In his homily, Cardinal Arinze stressed fidelity. “When God speaks, we are not
expected to argue,” he said. “We are expected to listen, to believe and to
The cardinal also bestowed an
apostolic blessing from Pope Benedict XVI on the participants of the Summer
Other speakers included Father
Benedict Groeschel, Pia de Solenni, Helen Hull Hitchcock and Christendom president
Timothy O’Donnell, who discussed Benedict’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God
“From the beginning, Benedict
wants us to gaze and contemplate the pierced and wounded side of Christ,”
O’Donnell said. “He wants us to love God. God is not being loved sufficiently.”
Bequeathed in Boston
THE BOSTON GLOBE, July 21 — Boston College
continues to wrestle with the question of what to do with the former official
residence of the archbishop of Boston.
The university, which purchased
the 40-room mansion as part of a $107 million purchase of archdiocesan
properties in 2004, recently sent an e-mail survey to alumni suggesting “the
development of a new private club” for alumni in the building, the Globe reported.
College spokesman John Dunn said
a final decision has not been made on the alumni club proposal.
Said Dunn, “We’re always
cognizant of its historical significance, but when we purchased it, it was with
the understanding that we’d use it in a way that best met the college’s needs.”
Providence Drops SATs
THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, July 26 — Providence College is going “test-optional.”
The Dominican school in Rhode Island will no
longer require applicants to take the Scholastic Assessment Test or another
standardized college entrance exam, the ACT, as part of its admissions process.
for admission in September 2007 without test scores “will receive full
consideration, without penalty, for admission,” according to a university
Brian Shanley, Providence College’s
president: “From a moral point of view, the idea that if you have the economic
resources to take a test prep course and it gives you a competitive advantage
over students who can’t take the test — there is something wrong about that.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 4 —Academics who are deeply religious say they are tired of apologizing for their faith or suppressing it in the classroom, according to a new book highlighted in the weekly trade newspaper.
The book, The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief (Oxford University Press) is written by George Marsden, a history professor at the University of Notre Dame.
“Why should it be taken for granted that religious perspectives should be out of bounds?” says Marsden, a Protestant. “Feminists say that one's biography is relevant to one's scholarship. I'm saying that about religion as well.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 8—At least 27 of the nation's 1,600 private colleges have announced plans to close since January of 1997, a 33% increase from the previous five-year period, says the Times.
Experts said the private college market has shifted in favor of the large, elite institutions and away from smaller schools with only regional reputations.
“Most of the rising demographic demand generated by Baby Boom 2 is being absorbed by public universities and community colleges,” said John Nelson of Moody's Investors Service.
Irish Expel Four
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, May 13—The University of Notre Dame has expelled three football players and a former player on sexual-misconduct allegations after the four were accused of raping a female student March 28, reports the Chicago daily.
The four athletes—Lorenzo Crawford, Donald Dykes, Abram Elam and Justin Smith, a fifth-year student and former football player — have appealed the expulsions to Holy Cross Father Edward Malloy, Notre Dame's president, whose decision will be final.
Moralism of the Left
DISSENT, Spring Issue—Today's campus left is plagued by a debilitating moralism, writes Jeffrey Isaac, a professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Public Life at Indiana University at Bloomington. This moralism arises in the absence of a serious discussion of political ends and means, said the author in reference to simplistic responses to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and America's military response. The left “avoids real debate about practical alternatives,” or attempts to trump it with the morality issue.
Adds Isaac: “It is often politically necessary to employ morally troubling means in the name of morally valid ends. To be politically responsible is to engage this world and to consider the choices that it presents.”
CNN.COM, May 9—The Bush administration is pushing rule changes to encourage more single-sex classes and schools, marking a significant change in the U.S. government's 30-year policy prohibiting gender discrimination in public schools, says the Web site of the all-news TV network.
Civil rights advocates charge that separate public schools for boys and girls raises questions about education equality.
Proponents say boys and girls often perform better when members of the opposite sex are not present and point to the records of the dozen or so single-sex public schools in the United States as proof the approach works.
BY Joe Cullen
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, April 25 — The Jesuits’ Gonzaga University was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing April 24 about whether students can sue colleges under the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which prohibits colleges and schools that receive federal funds from releasing most student records without receiving permission from parents or an adult student.
The justices are being asked to weigh the rights of aggrieved students against the potential costs to colleges and universities of frivolous litigation. Washington State Supreme Court ruled earlier this year in favor of Ru Paster, a former Gonzaga student, who contends that he was unable to get a character reference because his school records included rape allegations that never resulted in formal charges.
Come of Age
FOX NEWS, April 5 — As the first generation of home-schoolers settles into young adulthood, they are proving to be more self-reliant and focused than their traditionally schooled peers, reports the all-news network.
“I wouldn't say home-schoolers are better educated, but they are better equipped to learn,” says J. Gary Knowles, a University of Toronto researcher who has extensively interviewed adults who were home-schooled. Absent from home-schoolers is youthful angst and alienation. The burning desire to isolate and separate themselves from their parents just doesn't seem to be there, researchers say.
THE CATHOLIC ADVOCATE, April 24 — Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison warned an audience at Seton Hall University April 11 not to get stuck in the “best years” of their lives.
To those who see the college years as life's happiest, Morrison said, “you have my condolences.” Those who remain stuck in the “best years,” said the poet, “never mature.”
She cautioned that there are entire industries aimed at maintaining that immaturity. “If happiness is all you have on your mind, you indeed have my sympathy,” she said. “True adulthood,” she said, “is a hard-won glory.”
CATHOLIC PRWIRE.COM, April 29 — Ontario's Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, a private Catholic post-secondary institute, has reached an articulation agreement with the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) that will allow students completing courses at the academy to apply credits toward a bachelor's degree at Steubenville. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers a foundational one-year program rooted in the Catholic vision of the liberal arts with a special emphasis on the western intellectual tradition.
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, April 23 — The latest University of California admission figures prove that the state was right to end affirmative-action programs in 1998, and that California's public schools bear the responsibility for not adequately preparing more black and Hispanic students for college, says columnist Joseph Perkins.
Minorities make up better than 19 percent of last fall's freshman class, a larger proportion than when race was used as a factor in admissions. Perkins adds that nearly a third of California's black and Hispanic high school students fail to earn a diploma, a problem that should prompt educators and activists to turn “their attention to California's public school system.”
BY Joe Cullen
More from AmeriCorps
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Jan. 30 — In his State of the Union address Jan. 29, President Bush proposed to expand by 50% the number of participants in AmeriCorps, which provides funds for college in exchange for a year of community service. He also called for upgrading the training of teachers.
The president proposed recruiting 200,000 new volunteers to work “to rebuild our communities.” Some of those new volunteers would come from the AmeriCorps national-service program, Bush said. Although he was not more specific in his address, the president wants AmeriCorps to provide 25,000 of the 200,000 new volunteers, Leslie Lenkowsky, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that oversees Ameri-Corps, said in an interview after Bush's speech.
Home Schoolers on Campus
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Jan. 23 — The Pennsylvania Legislature is considering a law that would require public schools to let home schoolers participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. Fourteen states already have such laws, according to the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association.
About 6% of the nation's 850,000 home-schooled children participate in extracurricular activities, said the wire-service report.
Ground Zero's Church
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 23 — New York City Technical College Professor Tim Maldonado has asked his architecture students to design a church to replace the 82-year-old St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York.
“Rebuilding the church represents a victory over the attackers,” said William Perez, a student. “This church is a symbol. It will become a landmark.”
GI Bill For Kids?
THE PLAIN DEALER, Jan. 24 — Virtually all Cleveland children who have received taxpayer-supported vouchers this school year use them to pay tuition at religious schools, according to a study cited by the Cleveland daily.
Voucher opponents claim the statistic is important because the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Cleveland program in 2000, ruling that it seems to promote religion. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal later this month.
THE CATHOLIC EXPLORER, Jan. 24 — The newspaper of the Diocese of Joliet, Neb., featured a group of students at Catholic-run Lewis University who are taking part in Best Buddies International, an organization that pairs college students in friendships with those who are mentally retarded.
“The purpose is to help with integration into the community,” said Jennifer Fadal of Best Buddies. “Our goal is to eventually have these friendships occur naturally.”
THE HOYA, Jan. 25 — Preceding Washington's annual March for Life, several Georgetown University student organizations sponsored the third annual Cardinal John O'Connor Conference Jan. 21, reports the Jesuit university's undergraduate newspaper. The pro-life conference drew students from other universities, and included talks by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and president of the National Right to Life Committee, Wanda Franz.
Lisa Credo, a freshman from St. Mary's College, said she hoped to send a message to policymakers on Capitol Hill: “The only way to change what's wrong with the government is to show support for this issue.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE CHRONCILE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Dec. 7 — The trade publication's annual compensation survey of private-college officials found representatives of three Catholic colleges among the top 20 earners, excluding presidents and medical professionals. All three slots were filled by men's basketball coaches: St. John's University of New York's Mike Jarvis ($683,815, 9th); Steve Lappas of Villanova University ($608,000, 12th) and Seton Hall University's Tommy Amaker ($501,000, 16th).
LAKE SHORE VISITOR, Nov. 28 — The Erie, Pa., diocese is asking its Catholic schools to implement a bullying-prevention curriculum by the end of the 2003-04 school year, reports the diocesan newspaper. The kindergarten-to-12th-grade program is designed to “permeate the attitudes and actions of a school.”
Marilyn Reiser, principal at Erie's Our Lady's Christian School, said administrators and teachers are looking at bullying with new eyes. “People thought bullying was age-appropriate. But not anymore,” she told the newspaper.
THE DARTMOUTH REVIEW,Nov. 12 — The undergraduate newspaper includes a positive review by Jeffrey Shaw of Non Campus Mentis, a book compiled by Anders Henriksson of Shepherd College.
The book consists exclusively of student gaffes taken from papers written at colleges throughout North America. They form an original, often zany, history of the world that begins with the “Stoned Age,” and includes references to religion and Catholicism.
Mary was “different from other women because of her immaculate contraption.” She and Joseph were turned away from the inn “because they were Jewish.”
In later centuries, Catholic dissenters were “burnt at the steak” when they “refused to decant” heresy. An outbreak of “Small Box,” in colonial America “bothered the Spanish little for, as Catholics, they did not believe in God.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL,Nov. 23 — In light of the new interest in world affairs and American history that is being shown by college students since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Journal editorial decries the results of a recent Roper survey that shows how little history American students are asked to study.
Just three of the top-ranked 55 schools in the nation — Columbia, Colgate and the University of the South — require a course in Western civilization. None of the 55 requires a course in American history and many schools allow students to substitute other disciplines or offer exemptions based on high-school performance.
NEWSandOPINION.COM, Nov. 27 — In a column on how the cultural elites, including many in the academic establishment, have stumbled in their thinking since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, John Leo includes comments by Lawrence Summers, the new president of Harvard University that could just as easily be applied to religion: “The post-Vietnam cleavage between the coastal elites and certain mainstream values is a matter of great concern and has some real costs.”
Leo reports that President Summers urged the academic world to rethink its attitudes toward patriotism, and said Harvard has a responsibility to support all public servants, especially “those who fight and are prepared to die.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE NEW YORK POST, Nov. 23 — The American Psychological Association has abandoned its proposal to strip religious colleges and universities of their accreditation to grant degrees in psychology unless they agree to hire professors and admit students of all faiths and without regard for sexual orientation, according to a column by Maggie Gallagher.
Faced with a legal challenge from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, the association's accrediting committee announced in November that it would abandon the proposal in light of “recent Supreme Court decisions that show an increased deference to First Amendment interests over anti-discrimination statutes and the committee's role as an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.”
— The Jesuit university's men's basketball team is playing its home games on the new Al McGuire court at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee this season. McGuire, a legendary Marquette basketball coach in the 1960s and ‘70s and a long-time NBC broadcaster, died of acute leukemia in Milwaukee last January. An inspirational speaker, McGuire frequently drew on his experiences of the Catholic faith.
Opus Dei College
NEW CATHOLIC WORLD, Nov. 12 — The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago reported on the expansion plans of Lexington College, a culinary institute founded by female members of Opus Dei in 1977 to help Catholics give witness to Christ in their working lives. Accredited in 1992, Lexington offers an associate of applied science in hospitality management that equips students to work in restaurants, hotels, conference centers or places that specialize in tourism. In the future, it will offer a bachelor's degree in the field as well as an associate's degree in the culinary arts. “A campus chapel will [also soon] be available,” reports the newspaper.
Philly Status Quo?
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Nov. 21 — Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker has backed off his proposal to take over the failing public schools of Philadelphia and place the entire system under the direction of Edison Schools Inc., a private management company. However, under a revised agreement still being worked out between the city and state, Edison would serve as a consultant, a provider of services, and a recruiter of new managers for the district. The company may also be called upon to operate some 60 low-performing schools in partnership with community groups.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, Nov. 20 — The children at St. Philip School in Crafton, Pa., have created a giant flag from four queen-sized bed sheets, using their painted hands to create the stars and stripes — one child, one hand.
From a distance of 40 yards, the flag looks conventional. But when you walk up to it, you say, “Wow, this thing is made out of hands,” said Gary Klimek, a parent of two pupils at St. Philip, located within the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
The flag was made as a gift to comfort the Catholic school children of New York following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and is currently making the rounds of parochial schools near Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Klimek came up with the idea four days after the attack, while talking with other parents. “We said, ‘You know, we need to do something as a group. The kids feel like they need to do something.’ “
BY Joe Cullen
THE WASHINGTON POST, Nov. 8 — Once a tiny group, home-schooled children now comprise 2% — 1,000 children — of the Howard Country, Md., student population, according to the Post. The number of home-schoolers throughout Maryland has increased sevenfold since 1990.
The Post said the prevalence of home-schooling in Howard is particularly striking because of the high scores routinely achieved by area public-school students on state tests. Thanks to cooperative efforts by parents, the paper said “today's home-schoolers [also] have just as many opportunities to make friends as do children who attend traditional schools.”
Digest Moves Off-Campus
THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT, Nov. 16 — The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., is selling Catholic Digest magazine to Bayard USA of Mystic, Conn., the largest Catholic publisher in the world, according to the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The university is operated by the archdiocese.
The Digest is the largest paid-circulation Catholic magazine in the United States with 401,413 recipients. Included in the deal with Bayer, which is owned by the Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption, is the 50,000-circulation God's Word Today. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, Nov. 10 — New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is among three dozen elected officials, professors and organizations who have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Cleveland's 6-year-old school-voucher program.
They are asking the high court to overturn a federal appeals-court ruling that declared the program unconstitutional because it allowed parents to chose to spend a portion of their tax dollars to pay tuition at parochial schools.
Comfortable With God
THE EL PASO TIMES, Nov. 15 — Eastwood High School officials denied that the complaint of one student prompted them to remove the “God bless America” message from the school's marquee, reported the Texas daily. They said the message was changed as part of a normal rotation, and not because a senior said it was “insensitive.”
The Times was not able to find a single other student who objected to the message. “It's not a real issue,” said a student. “The majority of students believe the sign should be up.”
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, Nov. 13 — Pennsylvania is likely to takeover the troubled Philadelphia school system and place it under the management of Edison Schools, Inc., a private management company, according to the Monitor. If enacted, the plan could become the nation's largest experiment with privatizing public education.
Where the Boys Are Too
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 8 — The College of Chestnut Hill of the Sisters of St. Joseph, in Philadelphia, will open its undergraduate-degree program to men in 2003, reported the higher-education trade publication.
The decision followed a six-month, $250,000 study into the future viability of Catholic colleges for women, which Chestnut Hill commissioned along with Rosemont College, a women's college administered by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in nearby Rosemont, Pa.
The study found that the number of women's colleges has shrunk to 65, down from 298 in 1960, and that only 3% of today's high-school girls say they would consider attending a college exclusively for women.
BY Joe Cullen
Death by Voucher
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 7—Banking his campaign on a $1 billion school voucher/tax credit program was political suicide for Republican New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler, according to a Times analysis by Michael Winerip. Designed primarily to help inner-city families by allowing them to receive vouchers for tax dollars that could be applied to pay tuition at private and parochial schools, the program had little appeal in New Jersey, “the most suburban state, with the nation's highest annual income, $54,226 per household,” writes Winerip. “Only 10% of New Jersey people live in its six biggest cities—compared to New York State, where 60% percent live in cities.”
NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION, Nov. 8—Increased church attendance is not the only positive effect from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. The number of New York City public high-school students suspended for bad behavior has dropped by almost 80% this school year, a change school administrators attribute to the somber mood in classrooms since the attack.
Suspension Stands for Profane Professor
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Nov. 2—The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a federal appeals-court decision that allowed Macomb Community College in Michigan to suspend English professor John Bonnell, who used crude language in the classroom, including a derogatory sexual reference to nuns.
Pro-Life Clothing OK'd
THE THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER, Nov. 5—By citing recent court cases and U.S. Department of Education guidelines, the Catholic law center obtained written assurances from school personnel that a student can wear pro-life sweatshirts to her public high school in Malone, N.Y. The student had been prevented from wearing sweatshirts that contained such messages as: “You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation. Rock for Life.”
The federal guidelines allow students to display religious messages on clothing to the same extent that students are permitted to display other comparable messages.
No Good Deed …
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 9—Deborah Adelman, a nursing professor at St. John's College in Springfield, Ill., has been fired after leaving her job for three weeks to assist victims of the terrorist attacks in New York. She had arranged for other instructors to handle her responsibilities, but was dismissed for “job abandonment.”
Adelman acknowledges that she took the time without authorization but plans to file a grievance.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Nov. 6—The Alabama State Board of Education voted without dissent Nov. 5 to place a warning on 40,000 new biology textbooks that will be used in the state's public schools, that refer to evolution as “a controversial theory” that they are free to question.
The statement—the only one of its kind in the country—advises: “Instructional material associated with controversy should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”
BY Joe Cullen
Terrorism Tests Charity
THE NEW YORK POST, Oct. 30 — A student at Christendom College has been suspended for six months after distributing a flier that took issue with fellow students who, he claims, rejoiced in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as fitting blows to capitalism and democracy, according to Post columnist Rod Dreher. Dreher found the flier to be “tame stuff by the standards of most campus polemics.”
He reported that a member of the disciplinary committee said that a faculty committee's unanimous decision to suspend Marshner-Coyne was based on his prior offenses, lack of genuine contrition and an inability to verify that anyone had made provocative statements about the Sept. 11 attacks.
Plea for Ceasefire
BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY, Oct. 26 — The head of Vatican-sponsored Bethlehem University is calling for international pressure on Israel to cease its bombing of portions of the West Bank, including the birthplace of Christ, which had previously been under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.
During four days in late October, every building on campus was hit by gunfire, with evidence of at least 86 tank grenades and hundreds of bullets found in the aftermath, according to a statement issued by De La Salle Christian Brother Vincent Malham, the university's president and vice chancellor. “Security measures and flying the Vatican flag, have, unfortunately, not produced results,” he said.
Collegians OK War
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Nov. 1 — Nearly four of five college students support the U.S.-led air strikes in Afghanistan, and more than two-thirds back the use of U.S. ground troops in the war, according to a national survey conducted by Harvard University's Institute of Politics. Seventy-one percent of male students said they would serve in the military if the draft were reinstated and they were selected.
The survey of 1,200 undergraduate students, part of an annual study of college students' attitudes toward public service and government, found that the majority — 71% — had donated blood, given money or volunteered in relief efforts stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Catholic U Scholarships
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Oct. 26 — The university has pledged to renew a parish-based scholarship program that benefited hundreds of new freshmen in its first year, exceeding expectations. More than 800 students from parishes in 43 states were nominated last year by their pastors for the renewable $3,000 parish scholarships, according to a university press release.
Of those, 555 students were admitted and 256 high school seniors from 38 states enrolled. Forty percent of the incoming freshman class received parish scholarships.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY, Oct. 25 — Two trucks covered with pictures of aborted fetuses circled the central campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor one day in October as part of a national tour that began in June, reported the university's daily newspaper.
“The truck project shocked students on both sides of the abortion debate,” said the newspaper of the tour, sponsored by the Reproductive Choice Campaign of the Center for Bio-ethical Reform, a grassroots education foundation based in Anaheim, Calif. “I wasn't personally offended, but it's not something I really want to see,” said one pro-life student.
BY Jim Cosgrove
Scholarships for Victims’ Dependents
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Sept. 24 — Several colleges and universities announced they would offer scholarships for dependents of victims in the recent terrorist attacks.
Colleges located near the World Trade Center were the first to offer such assistance. They were followed quickly by New York State officials who said they were preparing to help victims’ spouses and children attend public colleges in New York, free.
Other schools offering special aid were Rutgers, New York University, Columbia, Fordham and Harvard.
The Chronicle also reported that Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.), will offer special scholarships to those who lost family members in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Flagpole Vigil Halted at Marquette
MARQUETTE TRIBUNE, Sept. 20 — Students were told by Marquette University officials not to conduct a vigil and a moment of silence at the flagpole because it might offend foreign students, Lonny Leitner, president of College Republicans, told the Marquette Tribune.
Leitner said she was told, “this is not a day for nationalism.” A staffer said that displaying the American flag would be offensive to foreign students and that university offices were notified not to display the Stars and Stripes.
Rana Altenburg, vice president for Public Affairs, told the Marquette Tribune and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Marquette officials were simply confused about what the College Republicans wanted to do. She said she approved the event after she learned that it was to be a memorial and not a rally.
Pro-War Rally at Berkeley
REUTERS, Sept. 25 — “The times they are a-changing,” reports Reuters.
A small group of students at the University of California at Berkeley, a famous hotbed of anti-war protests during the Vietnam War, broke out in a “Rally for America” Sept. 24.
The event, which involved a coalition of student activists and fraternities, rallied behind President Bush's “war on terrorism.”
“This is 2001, not 1968,” rally coordinator Randy Barnes, a Berkeley senior, told 150 students from the steps of Sproul Hall, a landmark for Vietnam-era protests.
Pacifists shouted back, “1-2-3-4, we don't want your racist war.”
Robb McFadden, spokesman for the Berkeley Conservative Foundation, blasted the hecklers. “There is an unwritten rule in Berkeley: Blame America,” he told the crowd.
Loan Obligations Put Off
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Sept. 24 — The U.S. Department of Education announced Sept. 24 that it had directed lenders to temporarily suspend loan obligations of student borrowers who are activated for military duty as a result of the recent terrorist attacks.
Rod Paige, the secretary of education, also called on colleges to refund tuition and other institutional charges to students who are forced to withdraw to fulfill military obligations.
“The actions we are taking today, “ said Paige, “will ease their financial burdens as they defend our country in these challenging times.”
BY Jim Cosgrove
Catholic Campuses Hurt By Terrorist Attacks
CHRONICLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, Sept. 14—Catholic universities were not immune from the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, reported the Chronicle for Higher Education.
- Santa Clara University junior Deora Bodley, 20, was a psychology and French double major. She was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Karen Kincaid, 40, a communications attorney in Washington, D.C., started this semester as an adjunct professor at Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.
- Leslie Whittington, 45, was an associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University for five years. She was headed to Australia with her husband, Charles Falkenberg, and two daughters, 8-year-old Zoe and 3-year-old Dana, when their flight crashed into the Pentagon.
Georgetown Offers Class About Homosexuals
THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Sept. 2—Georgetown University will offer a class this fall called, “Representations of Lesbians, Gays in Popular Culture,” the Washington Times reported.
According to the paper, the course catalog reads:
“There can be no doubt that lesbians and gay men have recently emerged into the cultural spotlight. We will analyze the ‘gay '90s’ through the prism of an historical period in which there has been an explicit encouragement of lesbian and gay civil rights. This course focuses on this cultural ‘sea-change’ (through films, TV, popular magazines), but places those media images in a social context, a context that includes the election of the first president who has embraced gay rights, as well as the new Republican majority and statewide anti-gay initiatives.
“Are old stereotypes being recycled, or are new stereotypes being invented? How do the media construct the ‘new gay visibility?’ ...
“Are gays being introduced into the cultural imagination, only to be trivialized and stereotyped? And, most importantly, what are the ideologies about gay identity being expressed in these representations? ... While this course will focus on the recent media explosion, we will also locate these representations in a cultural-historical context, examining early Hollywood films and early television images as well.”
SII's Galten Among
Ex Corde Honorees
CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY, Sept. 15—The Falls Church, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society announced recipients of its “Ex Corde Ecclesiae Awards” for the year 2001.
The winners include John Galten, former director of the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco, and Mary Cunningham Agee, founder and director of The Nurturing Network. One of the efforts of Agee's organization is to “develop programs for pregnant students” at Catholic colleges, the society said.
A group award was also announced for the founders and editors of Crossroads, an independent student newspaper at Boston College.
The awards will be given during the society's annual conference at The Catholic University of America, Nov. 10-11. Washington's Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will welcome conference participants.
The society also announced Cardinal Avery Dulles as the winner of its John Henry Newman Award “for distinguished service to Catholic higher education.”
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