Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 22:09
Go Pope! - First and foremost, a big Thumbs Up to Pope Francis for embodying all that we love about the Jesuits. We’re huge fans. In a recent interview that was conducted by Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor-in-chief of the Italian Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica, and approved to be translated and published in America, the National Catholic Review, Pope Francis said, “We must initiate processes rather than occupy spaces. God manifests himself in time and is present in the processes of history. This gives priority to actions that give birth to new historical dynamics.” We wish we could quote the whole thing here, because it’s all beautiful, and you certainly should read it if you haven’t already, but we picked that quote because to us, that sounds a whole lot like he’s asking us to set the world aflame.
The Best Time of Year: NJP! - And now, shameless plug: the New Journalist Program is this week! The Heights is hosting a series of three events focused on people interested in going into journalism after college. So mark your calendars! They are tonight, Thursday, and next Monday, all at 7 p.m. So, if you are by chance reading this at 6:50 p.m. on the day of this issue’s publication, drop the paper immediately and sprint like your life depends on it to Stokes S195. You don’t even have to finish reading this column (though we understand why you would want to), because after all, it’s just the negative stuff that comes next, and that’s no fun! At least not as fun as hearing Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe talk! You can read our utterly self-indulgent complaints about arbitrary details of our lives on Thursday, when the next issue comes out. Go!
Stranded on Newton - After the men’s soccer game versus Notre Dame on Saturday night, there was a severe shortage of buses to take people back to main campus. This is an issue for several reasons, but we’ll only list one here: Based on the unprecedented crowd at this event, we can safely say that this was many a person’s first time attending a men’s soccer event. And after this, they probably won’t be returning. The one point they can add to their Gold Pass total most likely will not trump the hour and a half they have to wait to get home after the game. C’mon people. This is America. No one likes soccer that much.
What’s a Test? - So, the time has come. We are now officially far enough into the school year that paper deadlines and test dates are fast approaching. I guess we’ve learned enough about cells and molecules at this point that we must be tested on our knowledge. The problem? We haven’t really studied for anything since the beginning of May, and we kind of forget how. How much time does it take? Do we usually start this several days in advance, or just hours? Is it a problem that we haven’t done any of the reading? Will the problems be easier, harder, or at the same level as our homework problem sets? Or, will they be problems that are designed to completely stump us, and the highest score on any given problem will be around eight out of 20, resulting in an average test score of 32 percent, meaning that if you managed to scrape together an amalgamation of partial credit that earned you a 41 percent, you’re in the clear, because that’s probably an A? (Yep, that’s a good way to test your students’ grasp of the material…). Clearly we have no advice to present of this matter, so all we can say is good luck, God bless, and we’re here for you.