Opinion | Genuine bonds of fellowship between CSB/SJU students are lacking in our community

By Muqkadeen Poole
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I’m sitting in the cafeteria eating my lunch. Across from me, my Swiss friends are talking about their past weekend, behind them is my friend from Saudi Arabia talking to my friend from Australia about the latest soccer news. Behind them are my friends from Mexico talking to one of my friends from the Netherlands—probably about food. The thing is though, they are all speaking different
languages. Not just English, not just French, but Swiss-German, Spanish and Arabic. (more…)

Opinion | Polarization presents opportunity to hear different ideas

By Jacob Czech
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In this era of extreme polarization and a lack of discourse between the two major political parties, being on a college campus will certainly provide students ample
opportunity to encounter and debate those of a different ideology. Especially here at St. John’s and St. Ben’s, where the Benedictine values that these  institutions hold are designed to foster debate and discussion on the issues of our day. (more…)

Opinion | Pro-choice club would value other’s student voices

By Ally Nelson
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Recently a lot of debate and publicity surrounding the issue of a pro-choice club has been prevalent on the CSB/SJU campuses. Students are writing letters,
petitions articles and alumni are becoming involved as well. Many people who are against this club say that it is because CSB/SJU is a Catholic institution and abortion goes against Catholic values. I accept that point of view. (more…)

Opinion | CSB should strive to nuture and support women

By Mary Hinton
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The Rule of St. Benedict begins with a call to “Listen.” In our noisy, fast-paced culture, that’s often quite difficult. But as we look to the future of the College of St. Benedict, creating time to authentically listen to the voices of our community has never been more important. Toward that end, CSB is hosting a series of Listening Salons throughout the academic year focused on the question: Who and how we are called to serve today? (more…)

Editor’s Take: The Bennie voice is almost nonexistent in The Record

By Meredith Jarchow
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During our Sunday night budget meetings when the editors meet to discuss what stories will be covered in the upcoming week’s issue, we like to give CSB and SJU equal coverage. That is not always possible depending on what is going on around campus, but we try our best to have equal coverage. But the past few weeks, The Record has been lacking in one specific area: the opinion section. (more…)

Reader Letter | Pro-choice club argument lacks understanding of Benedictine values

Dear Editor,

I write in response to the letter by Faye Williams in the Oct. 13 issue of The Record.

I am a 2002 graduate of the School of Theology and have 25 years of experience in Catholic School education including 13 years as a principal. My extended family has invested 27 years in SJU & CSB education, and my three daughters graduated from CSB and my brother from SJU. (more…)