The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 8, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 25, 1998

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Volume XXVII, Number 8
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Wednesday, March 25,1998
Student
groups
preparing for
festivities on
campus
By Ginger Prather
News Editor
international Day once again will trans-
form campus into a festive atmosphere of
cultural celebration Wednesday, March 25.
So too, on Saturday, March 28, UD will go
through another metamorphosis as the site
of the traditional Renaissance Faire
Marilyn White, the director of Interna-
tional Student Services, said this year's inter-
national day hopefully will be one the most
well-attended, especially since so many
people from the community will already be
on campus to see the Ceramics exhibits.
A variety of countries will be represented
in booths all around campus. During the day,
starting at 9:00 a.m., students can browse
through the booths and buy anything from
art, clothing, books, orfood. White said that
about 15 countries will have food booths,
6 will have exhibits and 6 will give perfor-
mances.
This year's performances include a
Chinese ceremony in match-making, a Thai
classical dance, martial arts displays, and
a singer from India performing traditional
Indian music.
The booths that sell food, which are set
up under the large tent on the mall, have
become the favorite part of International
Day to many students, according to White.
In close competition as favorite activities
among bystanders, though, she says are the
ethnic performances.
"My favorite part of International Day are
the performances. Two years ago, I believe
it was LASO [the Latin American Student
Organization] that put on a performance of
Hispanic folklorio dancing. I really thought
that the show was great," Sarah Halverson,
junior, said.
The booths are not the only part of Inter-
national Day, though. All week long, soccer,
basketball, volleyball, and other sporting
events have been occurring, as an extended
part of the day's activities. The festivities will
conclude Wednesday night with a dance in
the cafeteria beginning at 11:00 p.m.
Just as eventful as Wednesday's ac-
tivities, Family Weekend proves to be fun
for students and parents, according to the
Resident Housing Association (RHA) who is
planning the weekend's largest project, the
Renaissance Faire.
• Cherry Poppin' Daddies get
into the swing of things....5
• Help finding a job for
summer and beyond 6-7
' Five-year plan for athletics
revealed
West, Smith debate principle of
equality in America's founding
By Mary Marcellus
Contributing Writer
Stressing the diversity of opinion amongst
America's founders, Dr. Rogers Smith of Yale
University debated Dr. Tom West, politics profes-
sor, last Wednesday at the Second Annual M.E.
Bradford Debate.
The debate, titled "The Founders'Conception
of Citizenship: Is It in Accord with the Equality
Principle?", was centered around Dr. Smith's at-
tempt to dismantle Dr. West's argument that the
founders really believed all humans to be created
equal.
After West's opening arguments. Smith said
he did not disagree that the founders were at-
tached to the principles of the Declaration of
Independence, but then proceeded tosaycertain
groups were oppressed during the founding.
To prove this point, Smith separated the ac-
complishments of Lincoln and Jefferson into two
views of emancipation.
push for greater rights, while Jefferson advocated
justice only in accord with self-interest," Smith
said.
Using Harry Jaffa's early works to highlight
the differences between Lincoln's and Jefferson's
actions, the Yale professor said Lincoln did not
carry on the traditions of the founding, as West
argues, but in fact was morally superior because
of a firmer commitment to justice.
West asserted that the founders were deeply
committed to equality and did enough so as
to put slavery on the
path to extinction.
He said both Lincoln
and Jefferson made
bold statements in
advance of public
opinion.
"Lincoln thought
of himself as return-
ing to and reestab-
lishing principles of
the founding. The
early Jaffa on Lincoln
is wrong, and Jaffa
says so himself. Read
hislaterworks;hehas
many, I assure you,"
West said.
photo by Caroh/n Baldwin
Dr. Thomas West of the politics department debated Dr. Rogers Smith of Yale University last Wednesday night as part of the 2nd Annual M.E.
Bradford Debate. Bradfor was a professor at UD for several years, specializing in Faulkner and American politics.
■ Please see Founding on
page 3.
Fischer lecturer
discusses sacraments
By Michelle Gieske
Contributing Writer
The Fischer Lecture on Christian
Life, sponsored by the Campus Min-
istry Office, brought Sr. Kathleen
Hughes, RSCJ, of the Catholic Theo-
logical Union to campus this past
Thursday evening. Her talk, "Sacra-
ments: Present Challenges, Future
Perspectives,"focused on her research
of the effect of the sacraments on a
holarshipfrom
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ly parishes and
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nts and their
their effect on
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ent challenges
d to the whole
iges, I believe,
future changes
le Church."
ined one can
think of the sacraments in three
general categories: sacraments of
initiation, healing and vocation.
"The sacraments of initiation,
baptism and confirmation, have the
primary function of identifying a per-
son as a member of the Church. The
method of bringing new members
into the Church, especially through
the RCIA program which takes place
in the midst of the community, is one
of the most beautiful ceremonies the
Church has, in my opinion. It lets the
catechumen know that he or she is
truly coming into a full and rich faith
community,"she said.
"One of the challenges facing the
Church today is a good definition of
the role of confirmation. Is it a modest
ending to baptism, or is it a person's
profession of faith and acknowledg-
ment of personal commitment to the
Church?"Sr. Hughes asked.
"The American Bishops' Confer-
ence's indecision to identify the ap-
propriate age for confirmation, leav-
ing it somewhere between the ages
of seven and eighteen, is an example
of some of the future decisions that
■ Please see Fischer on page 2.
Ceramics for al
photo by Carolyn Baldwin
Gina Tang, a tenth grader at Francis Parker High School in Ramona,
California, submitted the piece "Gargoyle" for the National Council on
Education for the Ceramic Arts's K-12 exhibit. It is displayed in Haggar Art
Gallery.

Deacon, Aaron. The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 8, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 25, 1998. Irving, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201337/. Accessed September 22, 2014.