Opinion: The CSB/SJU experience is not the same for all students

Dear class speakers,

We are senior Bennies who feel the need to address our experiences at CSB/SJU before commencement, as we know certain people will talk about community and the great experience as a Bennie family. They will reference making their best friends here, enjoying all the community activities and being changed by these wonderful institutions. (more…)

Additional faculty opinions on the vote to remove faculty and student presence on the Boards of Trustees

I am writing because I am very concerned about the latest changes proposed to the Boards of Trustees for our two institutions. The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, as schools sharing a Benedictine heritage, have a long tradition of listening to and taking into account the voice and wisdom of all members of the community. It is worrisome to me, that our Boards have decided this year that both the student and faculty representatives should no longer be a part of all the governance committees. (more…)

Reader Letter: Benedictine values show that further discussion is needed in trustee vote

Dear Editor,

Like many others I remain seriously concerned about the proposed decision. I have exchanged with both presidents about the issue, voicing my concerns as a junior faculty member that joined CSB/SJU three years ago in large part because of its healthy shared governance practices. And I dearly appreciate the sensitive concern that both presidents personally showed by quickly reaching out to me. (more…)

Abbey settles sexual abuse suit

By Sierra Lammi – [email protected]

A sexual abuse case filed against the St. John’s Abbey in 2014 was recently settled.

The sexual abuse survivors sued the St. John’s Abbey on the charges of negligence relating to Rev. Richard Eckroth, who passed away in 2015. The lawsuit claimed that Eckroth allegedly sexually abused two boys who were parishioners at the church of St. Joseph in the 1970s. (more…)