Xavier Magazine

Letters to the Editor

Another View

Thank you for the article “A Decade of War.” (Fall 2011) But I must say that as the sister of an American soldier, I am disgusted by Samantha Groark’s opinion. She is a disgrace to the military scholarship she has been bestowed. And while she separates herself from this war “backdrop,” many more military families choose to actually support those who sacrifice so much for us rather than criticize their mission. Oh, to be young and stupid again…

—Jennifer K. Dettinger, MPH, JD (Class of 2001) via email

How you could let the statement above run about a current student at Xavier is disgusting to me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but there is also a thing called decency. As a current Xavier student I am outraged that you let something like that go online.

—Brian Schultz via email



Great issue of @xavieruniv magazine. Always very excited to see it in the mailbox. #proudalum

—Jessica Able via Twitter


Scenic View

Superior class. (“Of God and Grizzly,” Fall 2011) This is as education should be at a Jesuit university – experiencing, thinking, journaling, sharing, and yes , even praying. The level of introspection had to be amazing. This is the way to teach. Those 12 students were fortunate to take a class not confined to the walls of a classroom or a high pressure silly multiple choice final. This is a class the students will not only remember forever, but they will be touched by it forever. Education is about planting seeds in hopefully fertile minds, and the seeds from this experience should blossom in the hearts, minds, and souls of these students for the rest of their lives. Great idea and great class professor.

—Pat Bowes via Facebook

Don’t need to go all the way to Yellowstone to find the connection.

—Mary Anne Brauns via Facebook

Very ecumenical I suppose but hardly Catholic. I guess Antioch College would fill the bill as a religious citadel. Why not save the money and just sit on the Academic Mall and study cloud formations?

—Kevin Donovan via Facebook

Would have liked to have heard more in the video about the link between “our sacred earth” and the Incarnation, or about Man being the only creature God has willed for its own sake… or, gee, here’s a wild thought: maybe more about Jesus (?!) If I were a paying XU parent, I’d rather my kid learn about the Personalism of John Paul II than something that — in this video, at least — smacks of mere pantheism. [Suggested quiz question for ya: Can God be found in the filthy crowded streets of Calcutta?] Perhaps 3 minutes 36 seconds gives a false impression of the course. I certainly hope so.

—Teresa Donovan via Facebook

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