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Jesuit discloses letter criticizing Biondi

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May 2, 2013

On July 4, 2010, I sent a letter to the Jesuit leadership of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus regarding my experience as a faculty member in SLU's Department of History and as a Jesuit living in Jesuit Hall from fall 2001 to spring 2010. My disclosure at this time is to document that at...

Unfairly overlooking big business, despite its benefits

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May 2, 2013

Despite the common misconception that large businesses only have negative effects on small businesses, they actually do tremendous amounts of good. Creating a large quantity of jobs and selling products at a lower price are only two benefits of many that large businesses have to offer. Large businesses,...

A plea for civil discourse amid leadership crisis at SLU

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April 25, 2013

I’d like to make a plea to those most engaged with the debate over the leadership crisis at SLU. Perhaps in some instances over the last several months, those advancing criticisms of the upper administration and the board of trustees have stepped over lines of civility and fairness. However, recent...

Drilling practices pose danger to nation’s health

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April 25, 2013

I am very concerned with our government’s current, lax regulations on certain natural gas-drilling practices, especially hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The fracking industry has repeatedly received exemptions from environmental regulations such as the Safe Drinking Water Act. This lack of regulation...

SGA president emeritus sets record straight

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April 18, 2013

In his April 11 commentary (“Fr. Veltrie responds to Dr. Parker”), Fr. Jim Veltrie, SJ, a family friend, mentioned me as representative of people who have moved on from the no-confidence vote in 1999 (over which I presided as Student Government president) and, by implication, “forgiven” Fr. Biondi...

Jesuits seek to transform University in spirit of Gospels

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April 11, 2013

In “Biondi No ‘Scrooge on Christmas’” (April 4 issue of The University News), Prof. Ken Parker understandably invites Jesuits to take a clear public stand during the present situation. We are fully dedicated to the mission of this university, and we are doing everything we think will be effective...

Foreign aid benefits US and recipients alike

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April 11, 2013

As the dreaded “sequestration” word continues bouncing around the halls of Congress and down the streets of America, we should remember that just as it takes a buck to make a buck, it may very well take life-saving foreign aid to save a buck, save a life and create a job all in one. I know, I...

Forward on Climate Rally empowers activists

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April 4, 2013

Having never visited Washington D.C. or attended a political rally, I didn’t quite know what to expect at the Forward on Climate Rally on Feb. 10. I traveled on a bus for 14 hours with other Saint Louis University students and Missouri citizens in order to urge President Obama to move “Forward on...

Help bring sustainable urban agriculture to St. Louis

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March 21, 2013

St. Louis has the chance to be a leader of urban agriculture, a method of farming that is sustainable for our environment. Senator Jason Holsman is supporting a bill that would incentivize urban agriculture, and other St. Louis legislators need to get on board. According to Environment Missouri representative...

A call for aid to preserve Missouri’s state parks

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February 14, 2013

I have always loved going to parks to relax with friends and family. Whether I am fishing, taking my dog to a dog park, or playing sports and games with my friends, I am always trying to find an excuse to get outside and hang out at the park with friends and family or even by myself. After a rough day,...

Continuing to create a revitalized university

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February 7, 2013

Our Board of Trustees is about to meet again. At their December meeting they took some critically important steps toward addressing the crises at SLU. Most importantly, they replaced Vice President for Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar with Ellen Harshman. This action was in response to votes of no confidence...

A call for a sensible response from discontents at SLU

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November 29, 2012

I am bothered by the infantile outcries coming from self-serving pseudo-wanna-be –intellectuals that are overly critical of Fr. Lawrence Biondi’s leadership and development of SLU.  It is precisely his leadership that has bolstered the value of SLU and a SLU degree.  Unknown to his critics, their...

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