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Club Fair Week

Posted by Ashley Krause on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

You know the semester is in full swing whenever it’s Club Fair week!

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Topics: Ashley Krause, saint vincent campus, Saint Vincent College, college life, Campus Life, clubs, campus activities, Student Life

How to make your dorm room feel like home

Posted by Ashley Krause on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

Welcome back, Bearcats!

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Topics: Saint Vincent College, dorm life, dorm room, #SVCdorm, decor, Ashley Krause, college, college life, college home

Things to Do at Steelers Training Camp

Posted by Alexander Byers on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

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.

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Topics: pittsburgh steelers, steelers training camp, Steelers, laurel highlands, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, chuck noll field, things to do, visit, tour, SVC campus, SVC, campus

My Favorite Shots

Posted by Alexander Byers on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 @ 13:06 PM

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.

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Topics: basilica, saint vincent students, saint vincent campus, campus, SVC campus, Student Life, photography, landscape, Alexander Byers, students

A Night at the Opera: The Marriage Of Figaro

Posted by Kaitlyn Thomas on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

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.

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Topics: benedum, opera

Thai Night

Posted by Kaitlyn Thomas on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 @ 08:11 AM

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.

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Topics: honors program, Kaitlyn Thomas, thai culture, Pittsburgh's cultural center

Speaking for the Oppressed Victims of a Silent Culture

Posted by Katrina Nemchik on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

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.

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Topics: Katrina Nemchik, female genital mutilation, senior thesis research, philosophy research paper, Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights, CYCWR, Nigeria

Symphony 2017: A Night with the Honors Program

Posted by Kaitlyn Thomas on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

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.

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Topics: honors program, Kaitlyn Thomas, Pittsburgh Symphony, Rhapsody in Blue

The Value of Debate and Disagreement

Posted by Maggie Welsh on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

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. 

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Topics: disagreement, honors program, Maggie Welsh, debate, John Stuart Mill, liberal arts

Why I Attend Saint Vincent

Posted by Sarah Malone on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 @ 16:02 PM

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. 

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Topics: Sarah Malone, honors program, Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent College, liberal arts, dreams

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On this blog, current students write about everyday life on the campus of Saint Vincent College, a private, liberal arts college located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.


About the Authors

Michael Brinker, junior communication major, currently in Orlando, working with the Disney College Program.


Amanda MacMurtrie transferred to Saint Vincent as a sophomore studying English with a minor in Theology. Transferring to a new school is not the easiest thing in the world, but she is steadily finding a home on this beautiful Benedictine campus. Between enjoying life in community, balancing books for fun and books for class, and finding little corners of beauty, Amanda is discovering a few joys of life at Saint Vincent College.

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