Campus Watch

Grand Canyon College?

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, April 21 — New Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted is seeking to start a new Catholic college in the area, discussion of which has been ongoing for 10 years.

Bishop Olmsted has appointed Msgr. Dale Fushek to oversee the effort, the Arizona daily reported.

In August 2002, leaders of the effort announced plans for fund raising to help build a 5,000-student campus on 125 donated acres located in the far western part of the Phoenix area. The offer of land still remains on the table.

College Pulls Papers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 21 — La Roche College in Pittsburgh pulled the student newspaper from campus before an April 17-18 open house because the issue contained a column about condom use.

The college said the column didn't reflect its policy or the Church's teachings on condoms. The open house was for potential students and their families, the wire service reported.

The article, which was written as an opinion piece, questioned why there were pamphlets available on campus for information on where to drop off unwanted babies but no information about condoms.

Iona Satellite

THE JOURNAL NEWS (New York), April 23 — What was once a nightclub is now a satellite campus for Christian Brothers-founded Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.

For more than 20 years, the Rockland Graduate Campus was located in nearby Tappan Zee High School, where evening classes were held. As attendance grew, so did the need for more space, the newspaper reported.

Now students can enjoy state-of-the-ar t technology, a library, a lounge and conference rooms in the former Images nightclub, which closed in 2002.

The campus boasts more than 300 students studying for arts and sciences graduate degrees.

A Gathering of Cardinals

ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, April 23 — In an annual fund-raiser for The Catholic University of America, six cardinals came to St. Paul for Mass followed by a dinner in Minneapolis on April 23.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., and Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore were joined at the event by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Vatican's ambassador to the United States, the newspaper reported.

“There's a desire to make the university better known in other areas,” said Catholic University spokesman Victor Nakas, “since it is the national university of the Catholic Church.”

Home Schools Rise

SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE (Mass.), April 25 — A growing number of families in North Central Massachusetts are home schooling their children.

When one woman started home schooling her kids a decade ago, she was the only person she knew who home schooled. Now, the newspaper reported, as many as 20 and perhaps up to 50 families in the area home school their children.

Massachusetts doesn't keep track of the exact number of home-schooling families. However, the founder of the Montachusett Area Christian Homeschoolers noted the number of families in its support group rose from six to 35 in the last 20 years.