I’m out

Posted on 30 April 2008 by Robert Fafinski

This is my last editor’s column for The Warrior. Working for The Warrior as a writer, columnist and now, editor will probably be the thing I remember most about my time at Marquette. To see how far we’ve come as a paper is a phenomenal testament to the dedication of our many staff members over the years. I’m excited to see what avenues The Warrior will pursue in my absence.

In this issue, we have a great account of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent trip to New York City by Remington Tonar. When we realized that we had the opportunity to send Remington to the N-Y-C, it was a no-brainer. So, check that piece out… it’s the centerspread.

Katelyn Ferral wrote two good articles: One an interesting piece about Marquette’s treatment of Joseph McCarthy, who I would consider to be the most influential Marquette alumnus, historically speaking. And the other, she writes about her one-on-one, exclusive interview with former Attorney General during the Reagan years, Edwin Meese III. Also in news, Daniel Suhr has a wonderful tribute piece to Dr. Wolfe who’s teaching his last class session at Marquette today.

Adam Covach headed up a collaboration in an effort to decide what MUSG should do with its ever-expanding reserve fund. A joke amongst my friends is that some of the senators in MUSG said they would actually raise the activity fee if given the chance despite the fact that we don’t even use all the money as is. Thus, MUSG has a pool of unused money. Luckily for everyone, MUSG has decided to invest in an electronic LIMO, instead of buying us something we truly want like a country music act or some new squat racks in the rec center. Joseph Schuster also writes about the MUSG Senate in this issue. And his piece seems satirical and borders on funny until you realize it’s all true; then it’s just sad.

America’s post-secondary education system has largely turned into a liberal breeding-ground of intolerance, secularism and morally relativistic mushiness. And, to some degree, Marquette has fallen into this trap. But, for the student who truly desires an education oriented towards truth and discernment, there are professors on this campus who can help. At the risk of hurting their reputations amongst their liberal colleagues, here’s the list… Oh, and one more theme: they all tend to be very demanding.

The Rev. Steven Avella in the History department makes history come alive by telling it as a story. He frames most of American history as a continuation of the Hamiltonianism-Jeffersonianism battles that were so instrumental in the formation of our nation. He genuinely cares about his students, frequently talking with them outside of class.

Michael Donoghue, Ph.D., teaches using a give-and-take method with his students and assigns applicable books, which consequently results in a better understanding of the Carribean history and culture.

Darrell Dobbs, Ph.D., is perceived by many as intimidating, but I suspect that’s due to Dobbs’ lack of patience for those who do not prepare for class. Anyone who assigns C.S. Lewis’ “The Abolition of Man” is good to go in my book. Plus he has instilled a love of political philosophy in many students that gets brought out more in subsequent classes with Ryan Hanley, Ph.D., to whom I’ll always owe credit to for any defense of Adam Smith or capitalism I engage in.

John McAdams, Ph.D. has always been a personal mentor for me, helping me remember to never be afraid to take someone on, intellectually speaking, if I think correctly. And obviously, Dr. Christopher Wolfe, Ph.D., who has been a friend, mentor and teacher.

And finally, I think I speak for every student who ever took a classes with the Rev. Phillip Renczes, S.J., when I say to Marquette: Hire the man. His class on Joseph Ratzinger was amazing – he taught us well and remained faithful to the Cathechism. Fr. Joseph Mueller, S.J., was another great lecturer who has a knack for getting results from his students.

Almost all of these professors have a few things in common: I’ve seen most of them out having a beer or two with students; they see their students as people they need to mentor, not just teach. They are all tougher professors in terms of expectations. And they all encourage and demand classroom participation.

Also, on the Wednesday evening edition of Wheel of Fortune, my friend Sabrina Stephensen, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences will represent Marquette during the show’s College Week. Without being blatant about the results, let’s just say there are 20,000 reasons to watch Sabrina compete for Marquette.

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