Opinion: Study abroad groups can be alienating for students of color

This is a reoccurring column from a few select writers that will feature issues that pertain to CSB/SJU such as religion, race, gender and politics

By Stanton Charleton – [email protected]
Study abroad is one of the most celebrated aspects of CSB/SJU. Per last year’s Open Doors report, CSB/SJU has been among the nation’s best when assessing the number of students who study abroad. There are more than 40 study abroad programs at CSB/SJU and nearly 60 percent of students study abroad before graduating. So naturally, it was hard for me not to be excited to participate in one of the programs this spring.


Opinion: Jokes about PTSD are damaging, wrong

By Sophia Rossini – [email protected]
I wrote a letter to the editor for The Record a few weeks ago about CERTS signs and discussed the harms of rape culture and victim-blaming. One of the ways I described my experience as a survivor was being triggered by the CERTS posters I saw on campus. I sat on that Friday morning, watching my friend open the paper to read my piece, when she began to laugh.


Our View: McDonough’s talk—excitement coupled with disappointment

“Our view” is prepared by the Executive board and should be considered the institutional voice of The Record

Megan Flynn, Editor-in-Chief – [email protected]
Hope Mueller, Managing Editor – [email protected]
Ellen Bartyzal, Managing Editor – [email protected]
Brendan Klein, Opinion/Editorial Editor – [email protected]

Both St. Ben’s and St. John’s have been home to many great minds, including Denis McDonough ‘92. McDonough served as President Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff for four years, an esteemed position in government. Even if students weren’t aware that a fellow Johnnie helped advise the President of the United States on the inner workings of the nation it’s hard to ignore after last week’s Politics and a Pint. (more…)

Opinion: Catholic teachings tell us to accept refugees, contradict rhetoric

By Natalie Miller – [email protected]
In light of current events, it is more important than ever to stay true to the beliefs and values that have been such essential pieces to our individual puzzles of growth over the years.
As a Catholic, Benedictine and faith-centered university, it should be in the forefront of our minds to consider the recent actions of our new political administration and then contrast them with the teachings we have been raised on.


Opinion: White people using racial slurs is unacceptable due to history

By Yariset Rodriguez – [email protected]

Maybe one of your friends told you they did not mind if you said it. Or, maybe you only say it when no one is around and that makes it okay. Or, my favorite, “If they can say it, why can’t I?” Regardless of your reasoning, I’m here as a non-black Person of Color (POC) to tell you that is not acceptable to use the n-word if you are not black. Ever. (more…)