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.
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.
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.
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.”
- July 20-26, 2003