Inspired by a dying Carnegie Mellon University professor’s upbeat words, UD theologian Dennis Doyle came up with a dozen reflections he’d impart to students in a “last lecture.”
Topped by a philosophy of St. Augustine, these are words to live by:
1. Love God and do what you will.
2. Realize that life is about human relationships.
3. Be yourself in a way that attends to your relationships with others.
4. Live authentically within the context of a religious tradition.
5. Remember that what you do is important and that it makes a difference.
6. Stick to your guns in such a way that you know that you might be wrong.
7. If someone is irritating you, try to disconnect your buttons.
8. If contrary things appear to both be true, try for a while to live within the tension.
9. Reach out to people on the margins.
10. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help.
11. Never commit suicide.
12. Examine critically what your society regards as “success.”No Comments
As a Dayton Early College Academy teacher and an English and education graduate student, Amanda Wright must have been looking forward to the end of the school year but not to returning all of her books, borrowed for a Shakespearean criticism class.
4-29-08 by Larry Burgess
Kicking off their shoes, these friends settled in for an evening of studying in Roesch Library just before finals.
4-29-08 by Larry Burgess
Sitting next to the front desk at Roesch Library last week:
* Thirty-six canned goods
* Salt and pepper shakers
* One box of lasagna mix
* Three packets of chicken-flavored pasta
* One bag of noodles
Residential assistant Beth Ann Saracco brought it all to erase her fines.
“Library fines from OhioLink add up quickly,” she said.
During National Library Week, one can of food for St. Vincent de Paul equaled $1 worth of fines. This was a great deal.
“I bought an assortment of vegetables costing 50 to 80 cents and saved a few bucks,” said senior Claire Yerke. “I had so many fines.”
UD staff member Christopher Strasbaugh planned on donating seven canned goods because of his $6.75 in late fees.
“I tried to renew an OhioLink book two days too early, and two days later I forgot to renew it,” he said. He also forgot the canned goods. The library reduced his fines on a promise to bring them later.
At the end of the year, many students are cleaning out their pantries. “Not everyone thinks about donating,” said Dianne Hoops, circulation specialist at Roesch Library. The library’s extra incentive resulted in more than 570 items for the hungry.No Comments
A senior takes a break from studying for finals. Starting Sunday, she’ll be an alumna.
4-28-08 by Larry Burgess
Beyond the classroom
Somehow, learning can seem so much better when there’s grass between your toes.
4-28-08 by Larry Burgess
It’s not a distorted Marilyn Monroe in sophomore Katherine Norris’ “Pop Art,” but an acorn (shown left). “We were supposed to bring stuff in to look at under the microscope,” Norris said of the Art + Science minicourse. “I was walking back to my dorm in the fall and I noticed it. It was fuzzy inside and I put it in my bag.”
While leaves and pieces of mulch also ended up in her bag, Norris was particularly fond of her acorn. “I liked it when I zoomed in really close,” she said. “It had really interesting stands, almost like hair.”
The minicourse allowed students with science and art backgrounds to experiment with microscopic images as inspiration for work in printmaking, photography and ceramics.
Norris, who entered UD as a chemistry major, focused her coursework in environmental science. “As a chemistry major your classes are pretty set. You don’t have the opportunity to take printmaking,” said Norris, now an interdisciplinary studies major.
Senior Kristen Lauer, a biology and fine arts major, took microscopic images of plastic-coated fiberglass to make her prints, “Untitled.” Both her artwork and her majors exemplify unpredictability. “You don’t always know how it will turn out,” Lauer said.No Comments
Two Flyers ran this morning in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Boston, a day before the Boston Marathon. What was on the line? The top three finishers make the Olympic team heading to Beijing this summer.
Ann Alynak, head women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach, finished in 2:34:46, a personal best by nearly four minutes. In today’s strong field, it earned her seventh place overall. The difference between her and first-place finisher Deena Kastor? Just 11 seconds per mile over the 26-mile course. Four seconds per mile separated Alyanak and the third-place finisher, Blake Russell.
Alumna Melissa Rittenhouse ’98, who was featured in the spring issue of UDQ along with Alyanak, finished in the top 100 with a time of 2:50:17. After yearly improvements as a distance runner at UD, RIttenhouse earned MVP honors her senior year. Following a post-graduation break from competitive running, she took up the sport again in graduate school. She qualified for the Olympic trials with a time of 2:45:16 in the 2006 Austin Marathon.No Comments
UD senior Mike Reuther remembers playing high school soccer with Colin Fahrenkamp like it was yesterday. It wasn’t. It was four years ago, before Fahrenkamp died in an accident.
Reuther couldn’t get back to St. Louis in time for his friend’s funeral, but he found closure by spearheading a charity volleyball tournament, Spike for Charity, to benefit Fahrenkamp’s memorial foundation, the Save a Life Campaign. Organized by business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, Spike for Charity raised more than $3,000 last April as 300 students dug their feet in the sand to battle over the net.
After months of fundraising, 12 professional fraternities will again bump, set and spike on the sand volleyball courts this Saturday in the second annual event.
“We’re using the unique community and environment of the neighborhood so students can sit on their porches, listen to music and play some volleyball for a great cause,” Reuther said.
With a volleyball in his hand and a blue Save a Life Campaign band around his wrist, Reuther will spike one for his high school buddy.No Comments
Digging in the sand
After wintering in RecPlex (in the background), students are moving their athletic activity outdoors to the sand volleyball court on Evanston.
4-17-08 by Larry Burgess