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The president of Fairfield University on higher education

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Our new Community Center, and our collaborative future

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Last week, we were fortunate enough to open a new building on our campus — the Jesuit Community Center. It’s quite a striking work of architecture, partly hidden from view by a line of beech trees at the base of Bellarmine Hall, but also oriented so that large windows from the common room look out […] [Read More]
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Why we “Build” Community on Campus

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It seems that transfer students have a more difficult time ever feeling like they are fully engaged in their college education. A study by the National Survey of Student Engagement found that “transfer students tended to lag behind ‘native’ students, as it calls those who did not transfer, in terms of campus engagement.” [Read More]
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Public Universities, Private Universities

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As costs rise and money from state legislators starts to dry up, many state universities are beginning to operate like private institutions, with steep rises in tuition and an increasing tendency to seek students from out of state — who pay higher tuition and fees than in state students — to try to address their budget gaps. [Read More]
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Tosca, and the Met in HD

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This season promises to be a very good one indeed. Aida will be presented this Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 and 6 p.m., followed by Turandot in November and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann in December [Read More]
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St. Edmund, and a place of contemplation

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We live in a world just a as fragmented as that of St. Edmund’s, and the challenge we face is similar: How do we remain whole and integrated persons despite all the adaptations that the world demands of us? [Read More]
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The Green Campus

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And as universities, we should also practice what we preach and implement green practices where possible. There’s no point in lamenting — in the classroom — the damage we are doing to the earth, if we are going to carry on as usual as an institution. [Read More]
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Project Pierre Toussaint

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This week, I sent this message to the Fairfield University community concerning the news regarding Project Pierre Toussaint: To the Fairfield University community: In the past few days, our community has been shaken by the news concerning the arrest of and criminal charges against Doug Perlitz ’92, founder and former director of Project Pierre Toussaint, […] [Read More]
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The National Day of Service

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All of us will have our own unique memories of Sept. 11, 2001, memories filled with shock, grief, and sadness. In the history of every nation there are such watershed moments where no one goes untouched, and after which nothing will ever be quite the same again. But if history teaches us anything — and […] [Read More]
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What does a President Do?

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Now and then someone will ask: “What does a university president do?” One story I always like to tell is about the time when a reporter from our student newspaper asked if they could “shadow” me for a day. I said: “Sure, why not.” So the day began with a meeting at 8:30 a.m. with […] [Read More]
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Stanley Fish and the Core Curriculum

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No writer on the mission of universities has a higher profile at the moment than Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University. During the 1980s he was a tremendously influential, almost notoriously controversial literary theorist. More recently he has emerged as a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed […] [Read More]
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