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Professor Sees Catholic Mission Conflict in Notre Dame’s ‘Crossroads’ Project
10/1/2014
The University of Notre Dame is planning to move forward with its $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project” that would see the iconic University stadium become the “crossroads” of campus, despite a warning that the change would be detrimental to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.


Pro-Abortion Rights Students Protest Cardinal Wuerl at Georgetown
9/30/2014
H*yas for Choice, an unofficial student group at Georgetown University, staged a silent protest before an event in which the University awarded an honorary degree to the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, according to The Hoya.


Catholic Colleges Are Working to Address Binge Drinking on Campus
9/30/2014
Binge drinking is a problem on college and university campuses around the country, and a recent Arlington Catholic Herald article discusses what some Catholic colleges are doing to remedy the situation.


Club Promoting Catholic Teaching on Marriage Wins Recognition from Notre Dame
9/29/2014
A student group which promotes Church teaching on marriage at the University of Notre Dame is now an official University club, according to a letter sent out by alumni group Sycamore Trust.


Neighbors of University of Portland Complain of Student Partying, Property Damage
9/26/2014
The Beacon reported: "Social media websites like Facebook and nextdoor.com... are reporting disturbances in and around the University Park neighborhood."


Students Flout Fordham Policy, Hand out Condoms at University Events
9/25/2014
A new, but unrecognized group of students at Fordham University, the Sex and Gender Equity Safety Students (S.A.G.E.S) Coalition, recently distributed condoms and messages to students who attended the University’s homecoming events, according to The Fordham Ram.


Pro-Life Message at Catholic College Encounters Student Resistance
9/24/2014
The University of Portland’s pro-life group, Voice for Life, received opposition last week in response to its pro-life chalk messages written on campus sidewalks, according to the Catholic institution’s student newspaper. Many students were reportedly offended by the pro-life message. 


Notre Dame Alumnus Laments ‘Careerist Culture’ at University
9/24/2014
Michael Bradley, managing editor of Ethika Politika and a recent University of Notre Dame graduate, recently wrote a piece for The Irish Rover, an independent student publication, criticizing the “careerist culture [that] infests Notre Dame."


Colleges in Newman Guide Rank Well with U.S. News and World Report
9/23/2014
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 


Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
9/23/2014
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Catholic Universities Must Be Wholly Consecrated to Truth, Says Msgr. Swetland
9/22/2014
A university’s commitment to Catholic identity is dependent on its dedication to the truth, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, the newly appointed president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, in a National Catholic Register interview.


Education Project of Pope Francis Is Making Headlines
9/17/2014
Pope Francis’ education project, Scholas Occurrentes, has recently been making news with its platform of promoting peace and global communication in order to provide education for children, focusing especially on those with fewer resources.


Indonesian Student Credits Newman Guide for Helping Find Right College
9/17/2014
An Indonesian student at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (OLSWA) in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, recently credited The Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College for introducing him to the Catholic institution.


Students Promote ‘Love and Fidelity’ on Catholic Campuses
9/16/2014
Students affiliated with the Love and Fidelity Network are advancing the group’s mission on several Catholic university campuses across the country to promote the institution of marriage, the role of the family in society, and the meaning of sexual integrity.


Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
9/15/2014
Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.


Psychologist Warns of Reality of Pornography on College Campuses
9/12/2014
There is a “subculture of tolerance and even promotion of pornography use” on college campuses that leads students down a slippery slope, argues Dr. Frank Moncher.


Catholic Classical Schools Quickly Growing in Demand
9/9/2014
Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups.


Catholic Educators Should Form ‘Effective Disciples of the Lord’
9/8/2014
The primary job of Catholic educators is to form students for a personal encounter with God, says Sister Joan Roccasalvo, a member of the Congregation of St.Joseph.


Ontario Catholic Schools Defend Right to Teach Faith to Students
9/8/2014
Catholic school leaders in Ontario are defending their right to require students to take religious courses and have them participate in religious activities.


Criticism Mounts over Notre Dame’s Student Health Plan Covering Abortifacients, Contraceptives
9/5/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate.


Fr. Sheridan: Pastoral Care, Evangelization Essential to Catholic Campus Life
9/4/2014
The article "Living the Joy of the Gospel in Student Life" is adapted from a talk given by Fr. Sheridan to Catholic college officials at the Newman Society’s student life symposium, "Striving for Excellence as Student Life Leaders."


Notre Dame to Host ‘Gender and Culture’ Summer Program for High Schoolers
9/3/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s 2015 pre-college summer course schedule includes a program entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.” The program description on the Notre Dame website makes no mention of Catholic teaching on the sexes.


Lawsuit Seeks Free Speech for Pro-Life Students at University of South Alabama
9/3/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of students against the University of South Alabama (USA) for restricting the students’ rights to free speech and expression, according to Life News.


Nation’s First Catholic High School for Special Needs Students Set to Open
9/2/2014
Efforts are underway to open a new Catholic high school, the first of its kind, for students with special needs.


Washington Monthly Features Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide
8/29/2014
Washington Monthly recently released its rankings of four-year colleges and universities across the nation. This year’s 2014 college guide included many colleges and universities recommend in The Newman Guide.


Catholic Psychologist Considers ‘Transgenderism’ on College Campuses
8/27/2014
When facing new cultural challenges like “transgender” students at Catholic schools, educators must remember that “values are an integral, indivisible part of all that they are,” writes clinical psychologist Dr. Frank Moncher in an analysis published recently.


Schools Making Catholic Identity a Priority with ‘Eternal Perspective’
8/26/2014
Faithful Catholic primary and secondary schools are applying themselves with success in four areas—witness to the Gospel, the domestic Church’s role, Catholic worldview, and eternal perspective—according to a National Catholic Register article.


Five Books for Defending the Faith in College
8/25/2014
In a blog post entitled “5 Books Catholic Students in College Need to Possess,” Tom Perna shares five titles which he believes are essential to knowing your faith in college.


Bishop Rhoades Praises Commitment to Catholic Education at Local School
8/22/2014
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Fort Wayne, Ind., recently completed construction on a new educational wing for the opening of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.


St. Joseph’s University President and Vice President to Step Down
8/22/2014
President Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. and vice president John Smithson of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia will step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, according to NBC.


Catholic School Forced to Grant Exemption from Liturgies, Retreats
8/22/2014
After a series of exchanges between a Catholic-school parent and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District in Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court ruled in April that Notre Dame School in Brampton must exempt a student from taking part in compulsory liturgies and retreats.


Georgetown Student Shares Ways to Evangelize on Campus
8/21/2014
Louis Cona, a student at Georgetown University, recently shared his perspective on how to evangelize at college and spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about the opportunities and difficulties he has encountered living the faith on campus.


Pro-Life Culture at Christendom Bears Fruit at Pregnancy Center
8/19/2014
“Where the rubber hits the road.” These are the words used by Christendom College alumna Mary Brand (’98) to describe her local crisis pregnancy center, and others like it.


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Offers New Catholic Housing for Students
8/19/2014
Students at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh who wish to live a residential campus life that nurtures their Catholic faith and provides them with a spiritually encouraging environment will now have the opportunity to do so.


New Head Chaplain at TAC: Chaplains Help Students Thrive Humanly and Spiritually
8/18/2014
This fall, students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will arrive to find a new head chaplain and a returning member of the chaplaincy on campus, reports the College.


Trend of College Grads Dropping Religion May Be Reversing, Study Suggests
8/18/2014
A new study by Dr. Philip Schwadel at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that a shift in the relationship between college education and religious disaffiliation may be occurring.


New U.K. Catholic College Program Explores Foundations of European Culture
8/18/2014
Benedictus College Director Dr. Clare Hornsby told The Cardinal Newman Society that “students will be inspired with the academic confidence to keep exploring the wealth of knowledge” introduced to them throughout “the intense and varied” program.


St. Gregory’s U. Features Student Involvement in Pro-Life Walk Crossroads
8/18/2014
A junior at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., united with other college students this summer for the twentieth Annual Crossroads Pro-life Walk, the University recently reported on its website.


Boston College to Host Speaker Matt Taibbi Who Mocked Pope
8/14/2014
One of Taibbi’s most controversial pieces was the satirical piece entitled “The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope,” which included scandalously crude and derisive commentary on the declining health of Pope John Paul II.


Catholic Studies Program Founder at UST in Minnesota Retires after 21 Years at Helm
8/14/2014
Don Briel, founder of the Catholic Studies department at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., is retiring after 21 years in charge of the groundbreaking program.


Study Sheds Light on Damaging Effects of Marijuana among College-Aged Adults
8/13/2014
The results of a small but sobering study released in April by several Boston-based researchers have shed light on the damaging effects of even casual use of the drug among young adults, according to the Society for Neuroscience.


Benedictine College Prof: Catholic Colleges Need Both Academics and Ministry
8/13/2014
Benedictine College professor, Dr. Edward Mulholland, writes that the mission of a Catholic college should address both academics and ministry. “Any educational philosophy that does not address both fails fully to embody the Catholic vision.”


Former Yale Professor Praises Religious, Liberal Arts Colleges over Ivy League
8/12/2014
The New Republic recently published an opinion piece by former Yale professor William Deresiewicz, in which he provides a critique of modern Ivy League universities and suggests benefits of attending religious colleges.


College of St. Mary Magdalen Inculcates Morality and Thoughtfulness, Says Student
8/11/2014
A student at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen recently shared experiences from her freshman year noting Magdalen’s Catholic identity, small community, and the value of a liberal arts education.


Ave Maria President: Calcutta Service Trip ‘At Heart of Educational Experience’
6/24/2014
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey and twelve students served with Blessed Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity from May 12 to 23, assisting in various capacities, including serving handicapped children.


New York Post Praises Thomas Aquinas College’s Financial Aid Program
6/23/2014
The New York Post recently highlighted Thomas Aquinas College as one of a few colleges in the country that is “addressing the rising student-debt issue with an innovative use of an old-fashioned concept: work.”


Boston College Students March in Pride Parade with Same-Sex Marriage Advocates
6/17/2014
Boston College’s Graduate Pride Alliance—which supports “LGBTQ students,” but also organizes “advocacy events”—recently invited students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Jesuit institution to take part in the 2014 Boston Pride Parade.


Education Is About Pursuing Truth, Says Thomas Aquinas College Grad
6/16/2014
“We do not pursue this education for the sake of rocketing ourselves into the job market. We pursue this education to learn about the truth that allows us to function according to the highest parts in our soul.”


Belmont Abbey College, Univ. of St. Thomas (Tex.) Win Sportsmanship Awards
6/13/2014
“We are an extension of this great university,” UST Athletic Director Todd Smith said. “We are about graduating champions of faith and character.”


Rome Pilgrimage Deepens Faith of Catholic High School Graduates
6/13/2014
The 16 students who comprised the graduating class visited many sites in Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, but student Haylee McArthur reportedly said that seeing Pope Francis was the highlight of the trip.


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