You know the semester is in full swing whenever it’s Club Fair week!
For 53 years, Saint Vincent has been the official summer home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thousands of people from all over the United States gather to watch their favorite football players practice on Chuck Noll Field.
I haven’t worked for Saint Vincent for very long, but over the past 2 and a half years I was able to capture some pretty fun, interesting and amazing shots. My job as the assistant director of digital media – photographer and videographer – allows me to photograph landscapes, sporting and campus events, summer theatre, portraits and other photos our marketing team wants and needs.
On the night of Nov. 4, I attended the Pittsburgh Opera at the Benedum Center. The show was The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart and da Ponte. The trip was sponsored by the Honors Program, so there were several students and faculty of Saint Vincent College in attendance.
There’s something infinitely enriching about discovering that there is a wealth of culture right in your backyard. Dr. McMahon decided to take our Honors Systematic Theology Class out for Thai food as a cultural enrichment.
When you want to save the world but are not sure where to start, a good question to begin with is “what makes people sad?” I'm not sure how it started in my case, but it led me to write my senior thesis on female genital mutilation. Nothing about this is happy. The practice is ethically reprehensible and rather uncomfortable to talk about, which made it the perfect topic for a philosophy paper. My argument against any cultural justification for the practice is supported by the capabilities approach, a theoretical framework which affirms that anything that hinders basic human capabilities is morally evil.
When I first heard that the Honors Program was returning to the symphony this year, I remembered what an amazing experience the symphony had been last March. I thought to myself, “There’s no way they can top Sebelius.” But, I noticed that the concert this year was focused on Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. While I will be the first to admit that I am no classical music expert nor do I purport to be more than a casual listener while I study, I vividly remembered Gershwin from my elementary school days. I had a music teacher who was passionate about Gershwin, and from my perspective, passion tends to be memorable. So, I had high hopes as I awaited this year’s concert.
John Stuart Mill, a 19th century English philosopher, said in his work On Liberty that “… the only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion.” He uses the term ‘discussion’ to characterize this gathering of variety of opinion. Mill suggests that it is through discussion with others who have different opinions from ours that we learn.
As a student, it is easy to forget why we are attending college at all. Too often we get caught up in the dates and assignments, the exams that seem to come in floods every few weeks, the stress of juggling sports, activities, good health, socialization and the almost always forgotten, getting enough sleep. Sometimes, striking a balance between all our responsibilities is incredibly difficult, and it doesn’t leave us with much time to sit back and think about what we are really doing here. So, friends, fellow students and even faculty, I suggest we take a few minutes to do just that.