Saving Social Security: varying methods to improve funding

In my last column, I told you that Social Security is at the cliff’s edge of financial disaster. How big a disaster? Big enough that even if Congress quits robbing the Social Security trust fund this afternoon, our generation can only expect to get back 70% of every dollar that we pay into the system…

Seton Hill students and faculty welcome new study abroad programs

As the study abroad program at Seton Hill University (SHU) has grown in recent years, students have visited London, France, Mexico, Poland, Italy, and Greece on faculty-led tours during January and May-terms. Coming this May are new journeys to Italy and France, and, and a first for SHU, China. Tyler Jones, a junior, went to…

Librarian featured on Jeopardy

Recently ranked by TV Guide as number two among the 50 greatest game shows of all time, Jeopardy! has been a staple of prime-time television for more than 40 years. On Thursday, May 22, 2008, Seton Hill University’s (SHU) own Judith Koveleskie, periodicals librarian for Reeves Memorial Library, will appear on the show. Koveleskie first…

This one’s for the girls: Straight talk about sexism

Recently I was compelled to read and discuss for class an article (from a textbook billing itself as The Best American Magazine Writing, 2006) that was driven by this assumption: American women are the oppressed victims of a sexist society. The article cited statistics about the low numbers of women working in the fields of…

Candidates race for presidential nominations

If you haven’t been paying attention to the races for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations, you ought to, because it’s the first time we’ve had interesting primary races in more than 50 years. They’re interesting because usually each party has nailed down who its nominee will be after the third primary, and primaries held…

Iranian president sparks ethical questions

Seton Hill University (SHU) welcomes several speakers each year to campus. Later this month we’ll play host to the writer Richard Rodriguez. While I’ve been here, we’ve heard from novelists, congressmen, and the producer of the offbeat documentary “Super-Size Me”. In the past the SHU community has heard from such diverse personalities as the Dalai…

Sister of Charity honored for work in Holocaust education

In the tradition of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Seton Hill University (SHU) has consistently been a leader in social justice. This summer, one of SHU’s own was richly honored for just that commitment, when Sr. Gemma Del Duca, Sister of Charity (S.C.) was presented with an Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education. The award was…

Work less, make more: a confusing message?

Last semester, work-study students at Seton Hill University (SHU) returned from Christmas break to find that something terribly exciting had happened to our work schedules and paychecks. Suddenly we’d all be working an hour and a half less a week, but still earning the same pay for the semester. Quite aside from the fact that…