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BY John Lilly
Banned in Bolivia
THE GUARDIAN, July 11 — Bolivia’s Education Minister, Feliz Patzi, has called for an
end to religious education in the country’s public schools, drawing wide
Patzi said the newly elected leftist
government aims to make education secular in Bolivia, where Catholicism has been
the official religion since the country’s founding in 1825.
In an apparent contradiction of
President Evo Morales, who pledged not to interfere
in Catholic-run schools, Patzi said that private
schools in Bolivia should teach the same courses as public ones in order to
Both Morales and Patzi have come in for sharp criticism from Catholic
CNN, July 11 — A
federal appeals court has ruled that Southern Illinois University must
reinstate The Christian Legal Society, a student group that had its status
revoked over its requirement that members pledge to adhere to Christian
The university had revoked the
group’s registered status, meaning it no longer could use campus facilities or
name and was ineligible for school funding.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
sided with the Christian group, which claimed the university’s decision violated
its First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.
Can’t Place a Name
THE NEWS JOURNAL, June 27 — A storm of protest
prompted the board of trustees of Delaware’s Archmere
Academy to reverse its plans to let a major donor with a connection to a murder
cover-up put his family name on a new student center.
Developer Louis Capano, who pledged $1 million to the high school’s $6
million capital campaign, is a younger brother of Thomas Capano,
an attorney who is serving a life sentence in prison for the murder of a former
girlfriend in 1996.
Louis and another brother were
sentenced to probation after cooperating with prosecutors by admitting they
helped their brother cover up the crime.
The original plan to name the
building after U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., was
scrapped after Wilmington Bishop Michael Saltarelli
opposed it because of Biden’s pro-abortion views.
LONDON FREE PRESS, July 4 — A three-year-old
agreement between Fanshawe College in Ontario and D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., has stalled while
Ontario decides whether the province needs more schools for teachers.
The deal, in which D’Youville would train about 1,000 students at Fanshawe, is also being opposed by the University of Western
Ontario and other Canadian schools.
Some 900 Canadian students are
currently enrolled at the Buffalo
campus founded by the Grey Nuns — about one-third of all the students enrolled
in the teaching program.
New Board Member
CATHOLICONLINE, June 27 — Dominican University of Illinois President Donna Carroll has
been appointed to serve as a consultant to the Bishops and Presidents Committee
of the U.S. Catholic Conference for a three-year term beginning in June 2006.
The mission of the Bishops and
Presidents Committee is to advance the Catholic character of Catholic colleges
At the helm since 1994, Donna
Carroll is the first lay president of the institution founded by Dominican
Sisters of Sinsinawa.
BY Joe Cullen
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 1 — Boston College has been turned down for membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which opted to admit only Virginia Tech and University of Miami to its ranks.
With Miami gone, that leaves the Jesuits’ BC as the only school with a major football program in the Big East conference. For the Big East to be able to “hold together,” the AP said, it will need to retain its spot in the Bowl Championship Series, which leads to the selection of a national champion, as it looks for another member with a major football program.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, June 29 — Catholic schools and individual students in poor areas “have to have good relationships [with public schools]” because all federal money goes through the district first, said educator Steve Perla at an association conference in Boston.
He urged Catholic educators to apply for direct funding from their state's Department of Education; to speak to superintendents in urban areas who, under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act, have a certain amount of money set aside for private schools; and to form coalitions with groups who have similar interests.
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, June 17 — Jesuit Father Henry Birkenhauer, 89, president of John Carroll University in Cleveland in the 1970s and a seismologist who spent 15 months with a team of scientists at the South Pole, died June 13.
Father Birkenhauer, who earned a doctorate in geophysics with an emphasis on seismology, became known as the “polar priest” because of the 15 months he spent in the late 1950s as chief seismologist and chaplain with a team of 28 American scientists conducting studies of the polar ice cap in Antarctica.
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, June 30 — The North Carolina daily used the vacancy in the presidency of Belmont Abbey College as the starting point for its story about the widely noted Niagara University study on the backgrounds and qualifications of today's Catholic college presidents.
In addition to reporting on the likelihood that Belmont Abbey's next president would be a layman — an increasingly common phenomenon for Catholic institutions — the North Carolina newspaper also reported a little-known fact about one of the country's most famous Catholic universities:
“Notre Dame University … has strict requirements for its presidents, who must come from the Indiana Province of the Holy Cross order of priests.” It added that few colleges have a similar policy regarding their sponsoring religious communities.
USA TODAY, June 29 — Fordham University student Chris Nagey, 25, is leading a project to introduce screech owls into New York City's Central Park. So far, the park service has released eight of the owls, the national daily reported.
The project is part of BioBlitz, a larger effort to survey and record the numerous life forms that exist in the park and to introduce others where possible. So far, the newspaper said, the owls “seem to be enjoying their new digs.”
BY Joe Cullen
PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM, June 12 — The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education has appointed Msgr. Paul Langsfeld as the Columbus, Ohio, seminary's rector/president. He succeeds Bishop Earl Boyea, an auxiliary of Detroit since 2000.
A priest of the Washington Archdiocese, Msgr. Langsfeld has served as vice rector and dean of formation at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., since 1998.
Msgr. Langsfeld has served as an expert in catechesis for the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy and helped in the early drafting of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
He holds a doctorate in dogmatic theology from Gregorian University, Rome, and a licentiate in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
NEWARK STAR-LEDGER, June 10 — Dominican Sister Patrice Werner has agreed to serve a third term as president of Caldwell College in Essex County, N.J., in part because there are no suitable candidates in her Dominican community to succeed her.
While the situation is typical of many colleges, the Star-Ledger reports that all five of New Jersey's other Catholic colleges continue to be headed by a priest or religious.
Nuns lead Felician College in Lodi, the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station and Georgian Court College in Lakewood, while priests fill the presidencies at Seton Hall University in South Orange and St. Peter's College in Jersey City.
Trouble at Boston College
THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 22 — Boston College's decision to leave the Big East athletic conference to pursue entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference has set off a firestorm of protest from other Big East members, some of whom have filed a lawsuit against Boston College and other would-be jumpers.
Now, after seeking a separation from the Big East, the Jesuit-led college might be left at the altar by the Atlantic Coast Conference, whose members are now studying a plan in which membership is limited to 12 schools. That means it will have to choose between Boston College and Syracuse University to fill the remaining expansion slot.
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY, June 13 — Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity at the Vatican, received the 2003 Shepherd's Award from the Steubenville, Ohio, university.
The Polish-born bishop, a pastoral theologian, has championed the cause of renewal movements in the Church, the university's announcement said, and has been highly visible worldwide in promoting lay movements.
THE CATHOLIC TIMES, June 12 — What often starts as a tactic to improve a high school student's college application forms often turns into a love for community service that far exceeds school requirements, reported the diocesan newspaper of Lansing, Mich.
The newspaper focused on Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Mich., where students work at soup kitchens and nursing homes, and some even work a hot-line that refers women thinking about abortion to counselors.
“Students first join thinking this will’ look good on my transcript,’” said teacher Paulette Burgess, “and then find out how rewarding the experience is.”
Joe Cullen writes from New York.
BY Joe Cullen
Students' Murder Charge
THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 13 — Joseph Lepore, now a student at the University of Delaware, and Sean Ryan, a senior at Seton Hall University, were charged with felony murder and other crimes in connection with a dorm fire at Seton Hall in 2000 that killed three students and injured 53 others.
Prosecutors did not speculate on the students' motives for allegedly setting the blaze in a student lounge. Another Seton Hall student, Santino Cataldo, and several of Lepore's relatives were charged with obstructing the investigation.
The Times article was accompanied by a photo of the crucifixtopped free-standing bell tower that is on the campus as a memorial to those who were killed.
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF OMAHA, May 30 — The Nebraska archdiocese's Institute for Priestly Formation is enjoying a record enrollment of seminarians for its 10-week summer program that began May 26 with 105 students coming from 51 American dioceses.
The program is designed to assist in the spiritual formation of future diocesan priests, especially through the cultivation of a serious life of prayer.
The institute's inaugural session in the summer of 1995 drew only six seminarians.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 6 — The trade publication offered how the joining of New York's Fordham University and Marymount College is a model college merger.
Fordham is credited for retaining as much of 96-year-old Marymount's identity as possible, including its name, its status as an independent undergraduate college and its single-sex mission, making Fordham the only Jesuit institution to have a women's college.
The merger might also strengthen Marymount's weakened Catholic identity. At “Fordham's insistence,” the Chronicle reported, “birth control and other contraceptives are no longer distributed at Marymount.”
ARKANSAS CATHOLIC, May 21 — Dr. Sandra Magie, a molecular biologist who became a Catholic in 1984 and went on to become a theologian because of the Church's approach to medical ethics, has been named dean of the School of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, reported the newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark.
The school includes St. Mary Seminary, making Magie one of a half-dozen women in the United States to head an institution that educates priests. Magie's doctorate in theology is from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.
“This is exactly the position of authority in the Church that women can fill,” said Mary Catherine Sommers, the director of St. Thomas's Center for Thomistic Studies, in a statement released by the university. Holy Ghost Father Tom Byrne, who taught with Magie at St. Thomas, said the new dean “will be orthodox as well as practical.”
ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, June 9 — The New York university has received a $30,000 grant from the NCAA to launch “Winning Choices,” a series of student-led initiatives to reduce alcohol abuse.
With an athletic theme, the program builds on the fact that some 85% of students participate in organized sports. The university also acknowledged that its students have also shown above-average drinking patterns.
BY Joe Cullen
THE CATHOLIC REVIEW, May 30 — Unity between the Catholic and Orthodox churches could be achieved if the major Orthodox communities would put aside concerns about the pecking order of leadership, said Patriarch Mesrob II, the head of the Armenian Oriental Orthodox Church's patriarchate in Istanbul.
He made the comments while in Baltimore to receive an honorary degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University.
“We have no problem with the primacy of Peter,” Patriarch Mesrob said in an interview with the Baltimore archdiocesan newspaper.
To achieve Orthodox-Catholic unity, he proposed “a patriarchal synod [council], which would be chaired by the Pope himself as the chief patriarch.”
PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM, May 28 — Scott Hahn has been appointed the Cardinal Pio Laghi chair for visiting professors in Scripture and theology for 2003-05 at the pontifical college in Columbus, Ohio. A well-known convert and apologist, Hahn also teaches at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.
The chair is named for the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education who earlier served as the Vatican's apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the current apostolic nuncio and chancellor of the college, announced the appointment.
VENTURA COUNTY STAR, May 18 — A total of 77 students graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in May, making it the largest graduating class in the 32-year history of the liberal arts college.
“You are liberal in the original sense of that word,” Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, prefect of the Vatican's congregation for the laity, told the graduates.
“You are free,” he told the graduates, because, by finding truth in their studies, they had “also found freedom.”
The cardinal urged graduates to avoid the perception that science can answer all things.
“The technological, mechanical mind-set,” he said, “can never answer the mystery of being.”
AVE MARIA LAW SCHOOL, May 26 — The three-year-old Catholic law school in Michigan has graduated its first class, a group of 67 new lawyers.
With the school's parent, the Ave Maria Foundation, gearing up to move the undergraduate Ave Maria College to outside Naples, Fla., some in the media have wondered about a possible move by the law school to the same area.
Bernard Dobranski, dean of law school, told Catholic News Service that school officials are conducting a feasibility study on a possible move but cautioned that such a major change would require the approval of the American Bar Association.
THE STAR-LEDGER, June 5 — Jersey City, N.J.-based St. Peter's College will open a satellite campus in Middlesex County this fall in an effort to expand its reach into the central part of New Jersey, the Newark, N.J., daily reported.
The Jesuit college plans to offer 22 undergraduate and graduate courses at Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy during the next year.
“There is a sizable Catholic population in that area,” according to Sister Jeanne Gilligan of the college's office of academic affairs, forming a key portion of a “potential pool from which we can draw.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE BALTIMORE SUN, May 25 — An article in the daily newspaper focused on Michigan's “Ave Maria College, one of a small but growing number of liberal arts colleges that promote traditional Roman Catholicism.”
While mainstream Catholic colleges debate their religious mission and worry about lost Catholic identity, the Sun noted, “there is no such angst at colleges such as Ave Maria, which proudly proclaim their orthodoxy.”
“The paradigm has shifted,” Jesuit Father Harold Ridley, president of Loyola College in Baltimore, told the newspaper. “We have to be willing to articulate our Catholicity … more energetically than in the '70s, when we were looking more to being accepted within … the higher-education scene.”
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 22 — Lost in the controversy about journalist Chris Matthews' commencement address at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., was the presence of another pro-abortion honorary degree recipient, philanthropist Iris Cantor.
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts urged Catholics to boycott the ceremonies because, the wire service reported, Cantor has funded women's health care centers, which perform abortions and distribute birth control.
SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS SEMINARY, May 30 — The Byzantine Catholic seminary in Pittsburgh has been authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to grant both master of divinity and master of arts in theology degrees.
The seminary, which has been training priests for Byzantine Catholic dioceses in North America since 1950 on a non-degree-granting basis, said it will also seek accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools.
NEPA NEWS, May 19 — Actor James Caviezel, who plays the lead role in Mel Gibson's upcoming movie, The Passion, told this year's graduating class at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to “make a commitment to pray, fast, go to confession and attend holy Mass” and to use their gifts “for God's purpose,” not their own.
Caviezel also told the graduates about the time he took his grandmother's rosary to an audition at the home of director Terence Malick. He wound up giving his cherished rosary to Malick's maid after learning she had lost a rosary blessed by Mother Teresa.
The audition resulted in a part in The Thin Red Line, a milestone in his career — but not one he ascribes to his acting talents alone.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, June 6 — Santa Clara University has set up six new university policy committees whose members are appointed, not elected, in an effort to give faculty a greater say on a variety of issues, the weekly newspaper said.
To be a member of one of the committees, a professor must have a core “competence” such as academic affairs or university planning.
However, faculty power remains limited, especially regarding how money is spent. Jesuit Father Paul Locatelli, Santa Clara's president, said the faculty should be looking at “strategic issues,” not assuming day-to-day decision making.
Many other institutions have studied the Santa Clara model — in place since 1995 — but only one, Loyola University of Chicago, also a Jesuit institution, has decided to implement it.
BY Jim Cosgrove
EDUCATION WEEK, May 21 — Some 140 Catholic schools merged or shut down in 2002 — the highest number in five years — while 47 new schools opened, reported the trade publication, citing an upcoming report from the National Catholic Education Association.
Reasons for the closures include changing demographics and a faltering economy.
While enrollment at Catholic elementary schools has dropped during the past two school years, enrollment in Catholic secondary schools has increased slightly.
Overall enrollment dropped from 2.61 million in the last school year to 2.55 million this year — a difference of 63,050 children — in 8,000 schools, according to the statistics reported by the Catholic Education Association.
THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 25 — New Hampshire's Magdalen College is representative of a “small but growing conservative Catholic counterculture, including a dozen or so colleges [that] have sprung up to cater to…kids from families who are looking for a traditional religious and secular education in a strict social environment,“ according to the daily.
While the article opined “the isolation and conservatism of Magdalen is extreme even by the standards of America's conservative Catholic colleges,“ the piece was objective and often positive.
It even pointed out that the new Catholic colleges are “an outgrowth of the Second Vatican Council…because they are generally run by independent lay groups, not religious orders,“ and because they promote the council's intention to elevate the laity “without bringing down the clergy.“
ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 22 — Bishop Daniel Reilly of Worcester, Mass., declined to attend the commencement ceremony at College of the Holy Cross, which featured an address by pro-abortion jour-
BY Joe Cullen
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SEMINARY, May 14 — As it makes plans to mark the 40th anniversary of its founding later this year, the seminary announced that it is enjoying increased enrollment, a new library and administration building, and a refurbished campus at one of the few fully bilingual major Catholic seminaries in the United States.
Located in Boynton Beach, Fla., in the Archdiocese of Miami, it is a regional seminary, jointly owned and operated by Florida's seven dioceses. It was founded in 1963 and staffed by the Vincentian Fathers through 1971.
St. Vincent de Paul is home to 76 students from Florida and several other states as well as from the Caribbean basin and Central and South America, Ireland, Poland and Vietnam. The seminary reported some of the highest enrollment it has had in 15 years.
CHRONICLE.COM, May 9 — Colorado legislation that would have created the first voucher program for higher education in the United States was withdrawn for this year after its sponsors conceded that it did not have the votes to pass, reported the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The plan would allow students to dictate, through their college choices, how a large amount of state aid would be allocated among Colorado's public institutions.
Proponents of the scheme — which has attracted considerable interest from educators in other states — say support for the initiative is growing and that it has a strong chance of passing in the next session.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, May 14 — Jesuit Father Bernard Knoth, the president of Loyola University New Orleans, angered staffers of The Maroon, the student newspaper, when he quashed an article about the sudden departure of Scott Fredrickson, the music program director.
The article, headlined “Chair's firing shrouded in secrecy,” was pulled as it was about to go to press, igniting protests by Maroon staffers.
Fredrickson confirmed for The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans daily, that he had left Loyola, but he refused to comment further. Father Knoth told the Times-Picayune that stories on personnel matters were not appropriate for the undergraduate newspaper.
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, May 5 — Jesuit Father Terrence Curry, an architect and artist-in-residence at the university, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary during the 2003-2004 academic year.
The university said Father Curry would teach courses and run seminars for the faculty of architecture and engineering.
His lectures will emphasize community development and user participation in architecture and urban design.
CATHOLIC NEW YORK, May — In a rare gesture, Iona College will award an honorary doctorate at this year's commencement to the Irish Christian Brothers, the founders of the college. While not unprecedented, it is uncommon to award degrees to anyone but individuals.
The brothers, who celebrated their bicentennial in 2002, continue to staff the college and Brother James Liguori, Iona's president, will accept the doctorate of humane letters and speak on behalf of the religious congregation.
BY Joe Cullen
THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 12 — Literary scholar Harold Bloom will donate his immense personal library and his archives to St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., because, he said, Catholic colleges still have “some sense of literature á and extraordinary aesthetic beauty.”
Bloom deliberately avoided making his gift to the larger and more prestigious colleges because they have fostered a “school of resentment,” including “Marxist, feminist, Afrocentric and deconstructionist” scholars who dominate modern academic life.
Bloom, a self-described Gnostic, said his gift was also a way to honor his friend John Reiss, an emeritus professor of English at St. Michael's. Even though the two sometimes argue about religion, Reiss said, “he likes it that I am Catholic.”
THE KANSAS CITY STAR, April 10 — “If recommending a religious institution constituted an establishment of religion, a public school guidance counselor could not recommend that a student apply to a Catholic college.”
That was part of the written opinion of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago as it ruled in favor of the constitutionality of a Wisconsin program that allows probation and parole agents to refer offenders to faith-based alternatives to prison.
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, April 11 — “Dozens of secular humanists and atheists were locked out” of a meeting at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul because their gathering didn't fit the mission of the Catholic women's college, reported the Minnesota daily.
The meeting was sponsored by the St. Catherine Secular Committee, a group of faculty and staff members that is not sanctioned by the college.
“The college has its roots, its identity, its essence in its religious values,” said Sister Andrea Lee, St. Catherine's president. “The [Secular Committee] group essentially calls those fundamental values into question.”
Sister Andrea also objected to the group's use of St. Catherine's name.
TOWNHALL.COM, April 14 — Rebecca Hagelin of the Hoover Institute dedicated a column on the Web site to the “many attempts by public-school officials around the country to silence” even the most benign religious expression by students that are routinely reported on by groups dedicated to protecting First Amendment rights.
One case involves students of Westfield High School outside of Springfield, Mass., who recently brought a suit in federal court after school officials refused to allow them to distribute candy canes last December because the sweets came with a folded card that contained a religious message that “might offend” other students.
The message contained two words: “Merry Christmas.” The court ruled in the students' favor earlier this month.
TELEGRAM & GAZETTE, April 15 — Charles Millard, past chairman of the College of the Holy Cross' board of trustees, is publicly opposing the college's decision to award an honorary degree to pro-abortion journalist Chris Matthews, reported the Worcester, Mass., daily.
In letters of protest to the board, Millard included a copy of Holy Cross' pro-life “College Position on Abortion” and a copy of the current Jesuit publication “Standing for the Unborn.”
BY Joe Cullen
THE WASHINGTON POST, April 6 — Catholic school innovations in several dozen cities such as the four (soon to be nine) Cristo Rey schools that provide students with part-time clerical jobs to defer the cost of tuition “are blossoming,” reported the Washington daily.
Initiatives at other schools have included a longer school day, supervised homework at the school or low enrollment to keep costs down.
John Convey, provost of Catholic University of America and a national expert on Catholic schooling, said these efforts continue a tradition of “clear goals and high expectations concerning student performance, attitudes and behaviors.”
He said they “aggressively socialize the students to the school's norms and expectations” in a structure that produces “a caring and supportive environment.”
CHRONICLE.COM, April 3 — New Jersey's Rutgers University has approved the constitution of InterVarsity Multiethnic Christian Fellowship, including a provision that allows the religious beliefs of candidates seeking leadership roles in the group to be taken into account as part of their selection.
The group filed a lawsuit in December after Rutgers decided to end the group's eligibility for student-activity funds because of alleged discrimination due to the group's requirement that its leaders affirm the Christian faith.
For its part, InterVarsity recognized the right of any student to seek a leadership position in the organization while preserving its right to choose leaders based on their religious beliefs.
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, March 28 — Jesuit Father Joseph O'Hare, who will retire as president of Fordham University in New York on June 30, is the first recipient of the Founder's Award, a new annual award established by the university last year.
Cardinal Edward Egan of New York said Father O'Hare's most important contribution as president was arranging for “four of Fordham's most distinguished Jesuit scholars,” including Cardinal Avery Dulles, to teach courses at the archdiocesan seminary.
Father O'Hare served 19 years as Fordham's 31st president, the longest tenure of any Fordham president.
THE RECORD, March 26 — Deacon Gary Tankard resigned as a religion teacher at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey rather than agree to remove a button that read, “War is not the answer” while teaching, reported the Newark, N.J., newspaper.
Joseph Fusco, the principal of the 850-student boys school, said the student dress code bars slogans on clothing and that the rules generally apply to faculty as well. He had no objection to Tankard's views, but said, “I just feel a button is not a vehicle to teach.”
The school is administered by the Irish Christian Brothers.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, March 28 — Catholic commentators Peter and Margaret O'Brien Steinfels will receive the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal at this year's graduation ceremony.
Peter Steinfels covers religion for The New York Times while Margaret Steinfels is the editor of Commonweal, a liberal Catholic magazine.
The award, which Notre Dame hypes as “the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics,” was announced March 28, two days before Lent's Laetare Sunday, for which it is named.
BY Joe Cullen
THE CATHOLIC NEW WORLD, March 18 — Loyola University of Chicago's School of Education is launching a two-year program for graduate students to earn a master's degree while teaching full-time in Catholic schools, reported Chicago's arch-diocesan newspaper.
The program, LU-Choice, is designed to help Catholic schools deal with a shortage of teachers while providing a graduate education and a unique experience of service to students.
Participants must be willing to live in community, share daily chores, meals and prayer, and they must be willing to share the Catholic faith with their students. The teachers will receive a small stipend, but the bulk of their salaries will go to offset tuition.
THE HARTFORD COURANT, March 25 — In a lawsuit, Tara Brady, 21, claims that Connecticut's Sacred Heart University in Fairfield violated her civil rights by dismissing her from the women's basketball team and suspending her athletic scholarship because she became pregnant in 2001, reported the Connecticut daily.
Sacred Heart officials called Brady's lawsuit “un found ed” and promised to fight it.
The university also rebutted Brady's insinuation that it punished her for completing her pregnancy, saying the claim had been made for the “sake of publicity.”
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO, March 31 — Mary Lyons, president of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., has been named San Diego's new president, the university an noun ced. She will replace Alice Hayes, who is retiring after eight years on July 1.
Lyons is a former professor of rhetoric and homiletics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
THE CATHOLIC EXPLORER, March 7 — Toni Smith, a women's basketball player at New York's Manhattanville College who protested during the run-up to the Iraq war by turning her back to the American flag during the playing of the national anthem, was “misguided,” according to an editorial in the newspaper of the Diocese of Joliet, Ill.
The editorial agrees with Smith about the war but not with “directing her anger at the American flag” because the flag “represents much more” than the government. It is the emblem of “the sturdy fabric of this country — those [people] who have always been willing to fight for all kinds of freedoms.”
The newspaper also faults the school's administration for making “no attempt to thwart Smith's actions” and for passing up an opportunity to better form students’ understanding of their “right to freedom of expression.”
THE STAR LEDGER, March 10 — “Around the nation, small private colleges like St. Peter's are hurting,” reported the Newark, N.J., daily.
The problems for the Jesuits’ Jersey City, N.J., college include an enrollment decline, the unexpected loss of promised state funding and an endowment that has, been depleted by the sagging economy and a need for funds.
Finally, flaws in the college's 20-year-old computer system became too great to ignore when it was realized the system had been inadequately tracking the amount of scholarships and grants the inner-city college had given to its students.
BY Joe Cullen
42 for ‘Monologues’
CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY — The Falls Church, Va.-based group said 42 Catholic colleges were scheduled to hold productions of “The Vagina Monologues,” a graphic play about feminist views of sexuality, in February and March.
The society, an organization that promotes Catholic identity in higher education, issued a press release to protest the productions.
Some of the colleges that planned to host the play this year included: Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.; DePaul University and Loyola University, Chicago; Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; St. Louis University; the University of Dayton in Ohio; the University of Notre Dame; and the University of San Francisco.
THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL, Feb. 13 — Archbishop Desmond Tutu became only the fourth recipient of Marquette University's highest honor, the Pere Marquette Discovery Award, said the Milwaukee daily.
The retired head of the Anglican church in South Africa, Archbishop Tutu used the occasion to speak in opposition to a war in Iraq.
The Pere Marquette Discovery Award, named after Pere or Father Jacques Marquette, the Jesuit missionary and explorer, was first presented in 1969 to the crew of Apollo 11 — astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. In 1979, the award was presented to Jesuit theologian Father Karl Rahner, and in 1981 it went to Mother Teresa.
ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY, Feb. 20 — Franciscan Sister Miriam Cecil, 95, a former professional baseball player, received a distinguished achievement award during the National Girls and Women's Sports Day celebration at the Olean, N.Y., university.
A tomboy, Miriam Rohr played for the New York City Bloomer Girls and eventually earned $25 per game after joining a men's team that was built around her, Kitty Kelly's All-Stars.
After a 16-year career that included being hailed by Babe Ruth as the best female baseball player around, Miriam made a career change.
In 1941, she took the habit of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., and has served the Church for more than six decades.
THE SETONIAN, Feb. 18 — Mary Ann Swissler was fired as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University after sending a profanity-laced e-mail message to her freshmen communications students in which she called them, among other things, “homophobic, sexist” and “racist,” reported the undergraduate newspaper.
The e-mail was a reaction to students’ negative comments about Swissler, a freelance writer and editor, which had been posted on a Web site that lets students rate their professors while remaining anonymous.
The university, administered by the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., apologized to the students.
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY, Feb. 20 — A new summer institute on ancient and biblical languages will be inaugurated this year on the Steubenville, Ohio, campus and will include intensive courses in Latin and Greek and introductory courses in biblical Hebrew, the university announced.
The institute is designed to give students the opportunity to study and read classical, early Christian and biblical texts. They can earn 12 foreign language credits by completing the summer Greek or Latin programs and six credits for Hebrew.
BY Joe Cullen
‘Leadership for What?’
THE OBSERVER, Feb. 3 — The recent decision by a department of St. Mary's College to sponsor four students to attend a pro-abortion conference has been repudiated by the college administration and by Bishop John D‘Arcy, ordinary of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Ind., reported the independent newspaper that covers St. Mary's and nearby University of Notre Dame.
A spokeswoman for St. Mary's conceded that it was “the wrong conference to choose,” but added, “I'm sure the intention was to expose students to Washington,” and to show them “how to become involved in lobbying and leadership.”
“They're learning leadership for what?” Bishop D‘Arcy asked when contacted by the newspaper. “To become leaders that support pro-choice causes?”
CHRONICLE.COM, Feb. 10 — Fairfield University will eliminate its varsity football and men's ice hockey teams at the end of the academic year, making it the third member of the mostly Catholic Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to drop football this year, said the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
University officials said budgetary concerns drove the decision, not conformity with Title IX, the 1972 law banning sex discrimination at institutions.
However, Fairfield will now easily comply with the strictest standard of the law, which requires colleges to have roughly the same proportion of female athletes as female undergraduates.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 — The university's annual national survey of the attitudes and behaviors of college freshmen was widely reported in the media for such findings as a slight decline in student drinking and growing support for both military spending and same-sex marriage.
Neither the extensive coverage nor the university's own press release reported on attitudes about legalized abortion, which saw an almost two-percentage-point drop in support in two years (55.0% in 2001 to 53.6% this year).
When asked by the Register, a spokeswoman for UCLA said the change was not especially significant because it represents a continuation of a trend that has been in place since 1979 — a slow but steady decline in freshmen approval for legalized abortion, which peaked at 78.8% in 1969.
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Feb. 6 — Msgr. Brian Ferme has been named dean of the university's School of Canon Law in Washington, D.C., the university announced.
Dean of the canon law faculty at the Lateran University in Rome since 1999, Msgr. Ferme is an expert in medieval history and canon law. He was ordained in 1980 as a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth, England.
A former professor at Oxford University, Msgr. Ferme is a consultor for the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts.
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Feb. 13 — The Jesuit-run university announced it is one of five Washington, D.C.-area colleges to share in a $13.9 million grant from a federally funded program called Gear Up, which helps prepare low-income high school students for college. Gear Up will also fund programs at Catholic-run Trinity College.
BY Joe Cullen
Gay and Faithful?
CHRONICLE.COM, Feb. 4 — Boston College will likely establish a gay/straight student alliance but only if it does not advocate positions contrary to the teachings of the Church, reported the Web site of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
A number of Jesuit and other Catholic colleges have officially recognized homosexual student support groups while trying “to walk a fine line between offering support for gay and bisexual students and upholding the Church's view,” the Chronicle said.
The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes Catholic principles in higher education, told the newspaper that such groups almost always end up questioning Catholic teachings.
FRONTPAGEMAGAZINE.COM, Feb. 3 — In an essay on “My Failed Catholic Education,” Mark Gauvreau Judge quotes Catholic University philosopher Jude Dougherty on the growing influence of secular culture, especially the courts, on Catholic education:
“Many [Catholic institutions] have surrendered ties with ecclesiastical bodies in an attempt to qualify for state funding. Others have … advised administrators to pursue [Catholic] … objectives only insofar as they seem consonant with legal trends.
“A too-Catholic student body, an effort to maintain Catholic identity through a predominantly Catholic faculty, are regarded as invitations to hostile rulings on the part of courts.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 10 — The proposed Ave Maria University has received provisional state licensing from Florida, the Times reported in a Page One feature on the school that is being launched under the patronage of philanthropist Thomas Monaghan.
While the article pointed out that “local officials have welcomed Ave Maria as a source of jobs, cultural events and sports,” it also plainly worries about Monaghan's and the school's “most traditional” outlook.
The Times said Ave Maria “will be far more conservative than most of the nation's 235 Catholic colleges,” and that it is being supported by “many prominent Catholic conservatives.”
Critics — whose ideology is never mentioned — charge that “Ave Maria reflects Mr. Monaghan's conservative political agenda.”
In case you were wondering, the Times added that “Ave Maria's administrators are conservative Catholics.”
Study in Contrasts
THE WASHINGTON POST, Feb. 3 — The newspaper reported that the privately run bookstore at Catholic University recently cancelled an appearance by Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non-voting delegate to Congress.
Students quoted in the story noted Norton's pro-abortion stance, saying it was improper for her to speak on a Catholic campus. In a contrast noted by the secular Post, the newspaper said “there were no protests when Norton spoke recently at Georgetown, another Catholic university in Washington.”
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO, Jan. 21 — The university an nounced that the Archdiocese of Chicago has joined with Loyola's Institute for Pastoral Studies to provide full-tuition scholarships for members of the archdiocese's Together in God's Service, a graduate program created to help prepare lay people who wish to serve the Church full time, according to the university.
The scholarship is named for the university's president emeritus, Jesuit Father Raymond Baumhart, who now serves as a consultant to Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.
BY Jim Cosgrove
PC Run Amok
CHRONICLE.COM, Jan. 2 —InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student group, has been stripped of its recognition by Rutgers University for its policy that leaders of the group must be Christians, said the Web news service of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The student group has filed suit in federal court to restore its status.
The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reversed a similar sanction against the group because, he said, the university was balancing concerns about discrimination with a “wish to uphold the principles of freedom of expression.”
A lawyer for InterVarsity said its identity depends on leaders who embrace particular beliefs. Not to discriminate, he said, “is just silly.”
ST. JOSEPH's UNIVERSITY, Jan. 3 — Jesuit Father Timothy Lannon has been named president of St. Joseph's in Philadelphia, the Jesuit university announced.
Father Lannon is a former vice president for university advancement and associate executive vice president of Milwaukee's Marquette University.
No to Monologues
THE IONIAN, Dec. 12—Iona College has prohibited a production of the controversial play “The Vagina Monologues” on the New Rochelle, N.Y., campus because it is not compatible with the mission of the Irish Christian Brothers' college, reported the undergraduate newspaper.
The story did not describe the contents of the play — which endorses homosexuality, even offering a sympathetic depiction of a lesbian rape—but points out several times that proceeds from the “beneficial” production would have gone to support shelters for battered women.
The newspaper also mentioned other Catholic colleges in the New York City area that had staged performances of “Vagina Monologues,” including Marist and Marymount colleges and Fordham University.
AVE MARIA COLLEGE, Dec. 30—Continuing education courses beginning Jan. 14 at the college's campus in Yipsilanti, Mich., include: Sacred Scripture; Catholic Political Thought; 20th Century Europe; Evangelism and Catholic Spirituality; Dostoevsky; and a theater performance practicum.
The Ave Maria Theater Group will also produce a play about the Hebrew-Catholic martyr St. Edith Stein.
The courses may be audited or taken for credit. Call (866) 866-3030 or log onto http://www.avemaria.edu for more information.
MANCHESTER UNION LEADER, Dec. 31—The gratitude of a man who was given the opportunity to attend college and then go on to medical school has prompted the establishment of a $2 million scholarship fund at St. Anselm College, reported the New Hampshire daily.
The gift, one of the largest ever made to the Benedictine Fathers' college, was made by Betty Boutselis of Ohio, the widow of Dr. John Boutselis, a 1945 graduate who grew up poor but wanting to become a doctor. Boutselis was encouraged to apply to St. Anselm by a college coach who happened to see him play in a pickup game. The coach later provided a scholarship.
Dr. Boutselis often spoke about how he might never have become a doctor “without the courage and compassion shown to him at St. Anselm,” said Father Jonathan DeFelice, president of the college, in announcing the gift.
BY Joe Cullen
THE DAILY NEWS, Dec. 16—New York's St. John's University will drop its football and men's track-and-field teams at the end of this academic year and eliminate its men's and women's swimming-and-diving programs at the end of 2003-4, the New York daily reported.
The cuts will help the university comply with Title IX of federal law, which forbids sex discrimination at institutions receiving federal funds. Following the changes, the school will have 16 teams, 10 for women.
In a further irony, the decision comes as a federal commission is set to issue recommendations that would reduce incentives for universities to get rid of male athletes as a way to comply with Title IX.
ABERDEENNEWS.COM, Dec. 10—The University of Mary in Bismarck, the only private college in North Dakota, is one of the region's fastest-growing universities, and much of that is due to its recruitment efforts, reported the Web site of The American News, a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D.
The college provides free distance learning to Catholic high schools in the Dakotas, Montana and Minnesota, and visits those same schools to conduct its Emerging Leadership Academy, a workshop program on values and leadership.
Officials of the college, founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation, said the programs are designed to attract students—especially Catholic students—to the university. “We want to form partnerships with Catholic schools,” said one official, “to attract the best and the brightest in the upper Midwest.”
THE BALTIMORE SUN, Dec. 12—Thomas Powell has been named the 24th president of Mount Saint Mary's College and seminary, said the Baltimore daily. He will succeed George Houston, who is retiring at the end of June 2003 for health reasons.
A committed Catholic, Powell is currently president of Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., and this will be his first stint as teacher or administrator of a Catholic institution.
While Powell will serve as president of both the college and seminary, the day-to-day operations of the seminary are the responsibility of the rector, Father Kevin Rhoades.
NEWARK STAR LEDGER, Dec. 19—Frank Walsh, who was implicated in the meltdown of the troubled Tyco International company, resigned from Seton Hall University's governing board a day before he pleaded guilty to a New York state charge of felony fraud, said the New Jersey daily.
It is the latest episode in which legal troubles of prominent donors have brought unwanted attention to Seton Hall, which is administered by the Archdiocese of Newark.
THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION, Dec. 20—Theodore Cachey, a professor of romance languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame, is one of 2002's 16 recipients of awards for outstanding scholarship in English and modern languages presented by prestigious association.
Cachey was recognized for his book, Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land, published earlier in 2002 by University of Notre Dame Press.
BY Carl E. Olson
‘04 for S. Catholic
ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE, Dec. 5 — Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, Ga., will delay its projected opening date by one year and open in fall 2004.
Jeremiah Ashcroft, president of the prospective college, said the institution will open at that time “if we meet critical objectives,” including finances.
The difficult part “will be turning away the numerous applicants for enrollment next fall,” said Thomas Clements, chairman of Southern Catholic's board of trustees.
Catholic Is Cool
THE BOSTON HERALD, Dec. 16 — Despite the priest sexual-abuse scandal, it is harder to get into most Catholic high schools in the Boston area, reported the Boston daily.
“Money is pouring in for new buildings and parents say they see their children being accepted into colleges and becoming well-rounded people,” the newspaper said.
Headmaster William Burke of St. Sebastian's High School in Needham said the scandal has not hurt the quality or quantity of applicants. Among students already in the school, Burke said, “the faith is really, really strong.”
CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, Dec. 10 — After two years of warning, Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., a Cincinnati suburb, has seen its accreditation fully reaffirmed by the College Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The four-year Catholic college of 1,554 students never lost its accreditation but was put on warning in 2000 following a review process that raised a number of concerns related to the financial solvency of the institution and its long-range planning.
Under the leadership of Thomas More's president, E. Joseph Lee, the college has formulated a five-year strategic plan, formed a new management team, implemented new internal budget controls and increased outside funding.
THE NEW YORK TIMES,
Dec. 17 — Father Joseph McShane, a former theology professor and dean at New York&x0027;s Fordham University and the current president of Scranton University, has been named Fordham&x0027;s new president, the newspaper reported. Both Scranton and Fordham are Jesuit institutions.
The Times said Father McShane replaces retiring Father Joseph O&X0027;Hare, who was "a leading voice" among those who expressed reservations about "the Vatican&x0027;s efforts to codify the relationship of Catholic colleges and the Church."
The newspaper described Father McShane as favoring that effort as a way to prompt "colleges to re-examine their missions," but said that he thinks the need for a Church mandatum for theology professors "must still be resolved."
Two More Years
SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, Dec. 12 — Holy Cross College, a two-year institution since its founding in 1966, has been authorized by the higher learning commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to add a four-year degree program, said the South Bend, Ind., daily.
The college “will be an associate/baccalaureate college, with two-year associate's degrees continuing to account for most degrees granted,” the newspaper said.
However, most Holy Cross graduates go on to four-year schools, and many might now opt to do that by staying put.
BY Joe Cullen
THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, Sept. 18 — A spot check by the paper of 18 Catholic high schools in Ohio and Kentucky showed a slight increase in overall enrollment this fall compared with a year ago.
“The finding is significant,” said the newspaper, because it “is the first opportunity to measure how Catholics responded to the [clergy sex-abuse] scandals.”
William Madges, a theology professor at Cincinnati's Xavier University, credited the solid reputation of the local schools and the fact that less than 1% of American priests have been implicated in the scandal.
FLUSHING TIMES LEDGER, Oct. 3 — New York's St. John's University recently broke ground for the St. Thomas More Catholic Church at the center of its main campus, reported the Queens, N.Y., weekly.
Brooklyn Bishop Thomas Daily used the same shovel that has been employed at every St. John's groundbreaking since the school's founding in 1870.
The new building — scheduled to be the only free-standing church on any of the university's five campuses — was made possible with a $10 million donation from St. John's alumnus John Brennan.
DAILY PRESS & DAKOTAN, Oct. 4 — Iowa native James Barry is the new president at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., reported the city's local daily.
Barry has worked in educational administration for 29 years, including stints at two other Catholic institutions, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and at Avila College in Kansas City, Mo. His responsibilities have included public relations, marketing and fund raising.
Mount Marty is staffed by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Yankton.
THE TOWER, Sept. 26 — A concert by Rusted Root, a rock band associated with the proabortion position, was held at Catholic University of America in September, reported the school's undergrad paper.
Several students objected after discovering a link to Planned Parenthood on the group's Web site, prompting administrators to promise to be more vigilant about who is allowed to perform at the Washington, D.C. university, including better procedures for vetting possible performers.
JOURNAL AND COURIER, Oct. 6 — Drexel Hall, the oldest “Indian school” building east of the Mississippi, will be restored by St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., thanks to a $500,000 federal grant, reported the Indiana daily.
Built by St. Katharine Drexel in 1888, the brick building sits across from the main campus. Once the home of Chippewa boys as they learned to be farmers and tradesmen, it served as a dormitory for St. Joseph's for 40 years before it was shuttered in 1975.
Uses for the building have not been finalized by the university, which is administered by the Precious Blood Fathers.
ST. ANSELM COLLEGE, Oct. 4 — The New Hampshire college has received the donation of a 38-acre property valued at $11 million — the largest gift in the history of the Benedictine Fathers’ college.
Located several miles from the main campus in Goffstown, it was given to the college by the Flatley Company of Braintree, Mass.
BY Joe Cullen
THE NEW YORK POST, Sept. 26—A generation gap between more conservative teen-agers and liberal parents has been detected by political science professors Merrill Shanks and Henry Brady of the University of California at Berkeley, reported the New York daily.
They found the gap was most pronounced on issues such as school prayer, with 69% of teenagers surveyed saying it should be allowed, compared to 59% of adults between the ages of 27 and 59.
On abortion, 44% of those aged 15 to 22 supported restrictions, while 34% of adults older than 26 shared that feeling.
Based on 1,258 telephone interviews, the survey has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
THE CATHOLIC EXPLORER, Sept. 24—An adult student at St. Francis College of Illinois' Albuquerque, N.M., campus is leading an effort to collect 14,000 Christmas ornaments for distribution to victims of this year's western wildfires, reported the newspaper of the Joliet Diocese.
Tina Derr, 46, lost her own New Mexico home to a wildfire in 2000 and was especially cheered by the gift of 28 Christmas ornaments from neighbors that helped make Christmas possible that year.
This year's collection efforts have spread to the main campus of University of St. Francis in Joliet.
“This is an example of how students are mentored in the Franciscan tradition of service,” said Maria Connolly, dean of the St. Joseph College of Nursing and Allied Health.
MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY, Sept. 20—Ken Rundell, 50, has been named director of the Human Performance Laboratory, the Scranton, Pa., university announced. The laboratory is part of the Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, a new health-research and teaching facility.
Rundell is a former senior sports physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Marywood is administered by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Oct. 4—The College Television Network has been purchased by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc., for $15 million, reported the education weekly.
Known as CTN, the network is most visible in public spaces at about 750 American colleges and universities and offers news, music videos and some original programming.
Noting an advantage to the acquisition that will not please critics of the music network, Judy McGrath, president of MTV Networks, said, “We now have a terrific means of deepening our connection with a critical part of our audience.”
New Lease on Life
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 22—Bishop William Murphy said the Diocese of Rockville Centre on New York's Long Island will take over Mercy High School and raise $10 million to maintain the school over the next five years. Founded in 1957 by the Sisters of Mercy, the school faced possible closure because of decreasing enrollment.
The Riverhead, N.Y., school will be renamed Bishop John McGann High School after the second bishop of the diocese, who died in February.
BY Joe Cullen
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, Sept. 27 — A civil lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission this month alleges that L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former head of Tyco International Ltd., donated company money in his own name to Seton Hall University, his alma mater.
Kozlowski — a Seton Hall alumnus and a member of its board — and two other former executives were also indicted on criminal charges that allege they used Tyco as a personal line of credit to pay for items that included mansions, jewelry, ski chalets and the donation to Seton Hall.
A spokeswoman for Seton Hall, which is administered by the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., said the university was “troubled to learn about the allegations against Mr. Kozlowski” and that it would be “premature to comment on ongoing allegations.”
JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH, September — Just more than half of the college health centers in the United States offer “morning-after pills,” according to a new survey published by the monthly journal.
Of 358 health centers that responded to the 1999 survey, 52% reported offering emergency-contraceptive pills. One-sixth of those that offered them said they had started to do so within the previous year.
The survey showed that colleges located in the Midwest and the South were less likely than other colleges to offer the pills, as were private colleges, including many religious institutions.
No Baby Seals?
THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, Sept. 20 — The Marianist university's Center for Social Concern will host six presentations this fall that cover “stories of activism.”
Topics will include the alleged injustice of U.N. sanctions against Iraq; the tragedy of AIDS in Africa; opposition to the U.S. Defense Department's School of the Americas; opposition to the death penalty; and a panel discussion on “Ethics and War in the 21st Century.”
CHRISTENDOM COLLEGE, Sept. 18 — The Front Royal, Va., college ranked first among all Catholic national liberal arts colleges in America by US News & World Report in the category of “least debt incurred by its graduates.” No other Catholic national liberal arts college was listed in the “least debt” report.
The study, included in the magazine's “Best Colleges” issue published earlier this month, revealed that the average debt incurred among the 76% of Christendom graduates who acquired student loans amounted to $8,000. The amount of debt that students accumulated from educational loans at national liberal arts colleges throughout the country reached as high as $24,448 at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
US News ranked Christendom first in its tier in the area of SAT scores among incoming freshmen (1,110-1,350), first in graduation rates and third in freshmen retention.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, Sept. 19 — University biologist Edward Hinchcliffe, a biologist in the university's Walther Cancer Center, has received a four-year, $700,000 Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
His grant proposal, “Centrosomes and Cell Cycle Progression,” was ranked first out of 44 submitted to the society's Cell Cycle and Growth Control Committee.
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