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Maryville College professor publishes book about diversity in church

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

In September, Oxford University Press published “Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church,” by MC associate professor of sociology Dr. Tricia Bruce. The work, broadly speaking, addresses how leaders in the US Catholic Church are dealing with parishioners who are choosing personal parishes—a relatively new religious and sociological phenomenon— over that of their more traditional territorial parishes. Bruce explained that territorial parishes are the parishes into which the Church has traditionally designated and allocated parishioners. These parishes are assigned according to the geographical location that the parishioners live in. Personal parishes, on the other hand, are a phenomenon that her book attempts to address in more detail. Bruce’s work is also the first full-length book to address the issue. So, what is a personal parish? Personal parishes, according to Bruce, are parishes that organize...

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Changes to Title IX under “Burden of Proof” standards

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

On September 22, the Department of Education (DE) headed by Betsy Devos, released a statement that announced that the Department would be rescinding Obama era changes to Title IX. The changes focus on an Obama era Dear Colleague letter from 2011 in which the administration addressed policies concerning sexual assaults on college campuses. The DE has stated that the Obama era policies need clarification and revision. In tandem, Devos has stated that the DE will go through a revision and review process in order to bring about a policy that will be fair to both accused and accusing parties in college sexual assault cases. The greater part of the controversy centers on differing views for what should constitute as the acceptable criteria for the burden of proof—that is, the amount of evidence necessary to determine guilt or innocence of...

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“Come as a Child” is theme for 2017-18 worship series

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in News | 0 comments

For the 2017-2018 school year, the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) has started its new chapel worship series entitled “Come as a Child.” The series, which started on September 5th, has as its theme the view of faith as seen through the eyes of a child as well as how various faiths view children. The theme for the chapel series, as well as which professors are asked to speak, is decided by the student scholars affiliated with the CCM. “The chapel series is almost completely student directed,” said Diana Curtis, former CCM Coordinator and current English professor. “They both decide on what the topic is, as well as deciding on who should speak.” Due to this interesting student-led choice, the series may take on a highly personal tone that may resonate with many members of the student body and...

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Cajun Navy comes to rescue hurricane victims

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

In the aftermath of the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey, the city of Houston and its surrounding areas were plagued with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Roads had turned to virtual rivers, stranding thousands of residents in their homes. This in turn left much of the population without medical assistance and basic commodities such as electricity. The problems of Houston were further exacerbated with the reality that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would take time to amass its resources to appropriately respond to the devastation caused by Harvey. Finding itself in such dire straits, city administrators put out a call for any and all citizens who could help assist residents. Following the call, the people of southeast Texas found help from an unlikely source. Calling itself the “Cajun Navy,” a large group of roughly 1,000 volunteers consisting mostly of boatmen...

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Vanderbilt Professor, Kissinger Expert, Gives Lecture at MC

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

On the evening of March 9, Maryville College hosted a lecture by Dr. Thomas A. Schwartz, associate professor of history and political science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Schwartz, a distinguished scholar on American foreign policy after World War II, presented a lecture entitled “Kissinger and American Foreign Policy.” The night was opened by Maryville College’s own Dr. Daniel Klingensmith, Department Chair of the Humanities and professor of history. Klingensmith, who studied under Schwartz as a sophomore at Harvard, opened the event with a praiseworthy salute to the impact Schwartz has had on Klingensmith’s academic life. After the introductions, Schwartz took the podium and commenced the evening’s erudite allocution. The lecture was based upon research Schwartz has been conducting in relation to the life and ideology of former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger. Kissinger, who was a...

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