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The University News
University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
Volume XXVI, Number 3
September 19, 2001
UD cancels Italy trips in wake of terrorism
iffects of national tragedy reach Rome campus, students show
by Thomas Watson
The terrorist attacks last Tues-
day have left fall Romers in limbo,
as administrators try to decide on
a course of action.
The trip to Florence was can-
celled the day after the bombing
Two days later, the trip to Assisi
was also cancelled.
Shortly after the bombing, Dr.
Wayne Ambler, dean of the Rome
campus, received a conference
call from Msgr. Milam Joseph;
president; Dr. Thomas Lindsay,
provost; Bob Galecke, vice presi-
dent of finance and administra-
tion; Ilene Stern, vice president
of Institutional Advancement; Dr.
Fred Zuker, dean of Enrol I m ent
and Student Life; and representa-
tives from Student Life.
"It was a consensus decision
to cancel the Florence trip," Dr.
Dr. Ambler has been in con-
stant contact with the administra-
tion in Irving, and they will make
a decision about the viability of
the trip to Greece within the next
10 days, he said in a meeting with
Fall Romers last Friday.
"Our attitude has been one
of caution,watch and wait," Dr.
The students' 10-day trip,
Scheduled for Oct. 27, will also
be re-evaluated in light of the po-
tential for future terrorist attacks.
The 10-day trip is a time when
students travel independently in
"It's too early to tell. If there
is a well-directed response by the
U.S. that does not elicit further
terrorist actions, then 10-day will
go on," Dr. Ambler said.
Many students were disap-
pointed by the cancellations and
faulted an overreacting adminis-
tration in Irving with the decision
to cancel the Italy trip.
"We feel Dr. Ambler's deci-
sions are prudent, and we don't
need seven bigwigs back in Irving
telling us what to do," sophomore
Mae Johnson said.
Sophomore Andy Wheaton
echoed Johnson's sentiments. "I
don't know what kind of asinine
fools are making the decisions
back in Irving," he said.
Some students have also been
upset about the requirements to
remain on campus.
On Wednesday and Thursday,
students were given a 10 p.m.
curfew and were asked to sign out
when they left campus.
"We encouraged students to
go to the smaller towns, such as
Albano, rather than into Rome,"
Dr, Ambler said.
Friday, however, students were
notified they had to remain on
campus until further notice.
"Lovely campus, nice to be
stuck here," one student wrote on
the dry-erase board at the entrance
of the dorm.
Though students are upset
about the repercussions from the
terrorist attacks, students on the
Rome campus reacted similarly to
those in Irving when they learned
about the World Trade Center
bombing, Dr. Ambler said.
"About half of the students
were on campus when the bomb-
ing took place. We turned on the
news, and those of us who under-
stood Italian translated," he said.
After dinner, Dr. Ambler met
with students outlining events and
effects on the Rome program.
"On Wednesday we had a
memorial mass before dinner,
celebrated by Msgr. Conley," Dr.
Students' reactions have run
the gamut from grief to disap-
pointment, Dr. Ambler said, "but
the students have been wonderful.
They have reacted with great ma-
turity because they have realized
the magnitude of the events that
photos by Sarah Gaunt arid Kevin Helier
(left) UD'sflag stands at half-mast as a sign of solemn respect for
the lives lost Sept. 11. (right) Senior Amy Wadle passes her flame to
sophomore Amy Anthony at Friday evening's candlelight vigil.
UD announces new major, reception held n downtown Dallas
by Sarah Gaunt
Editor in Chief
The addition of a new Economics/Finance undergradu-
ate major was announced at a reception in the downtown
Dallas offices of Gardere Wynne Swewll, LLP, Tuesday,
Members of the Board of Trustees, professors from the
economics department, students, and administrators joined
president Msgr. Milam Joseph that morning to hear the
declaration of UD's second new major in 30 years.
"The new major was conceived by the growing need
nationwide for financial professionals who are skilled com-
municators and understand the need to think critically," Dr.
Sam Bostaph, economics department chairman, said.
Dr. Bostaph, along with Ilene Stern, vice president for
Institutional Advancement; Mgsr. Joseph, president; Dr.
Thomas Lindsay, provost; Dr. Louise Cowan, professor of
English and former dean of Braniff school of liberal arts;
and Dr. Fred Zuker, dean of Enrollment and Student Life;
all stressed the university's goal to blend finance theory
and a liberal arts education.
Dr. Bostaph explained the importance of financial theory
in today's society. "The two 1997 Nobel laureates in eco-
nomics were honored for their contributions to financial
theory," he said.
Dr. Lindsay said the financial leaders of the world are
seeking employees Who can read, write and speak well.
"A liberal arts education prepares students for that,"
By studying economic and financial services within a
liberal arts curriculum, UD students who graduate within
this major will have an edge up on graduates from other
"The new economics and finance major represents the
best of UD,"Dr. Lindsay said. ''The major's blend of intel-
lectual and ethical, of theoretical and practical, combined
in one major speaks to the needs of the 21st century in a
way that fosters creativity, vision and human potential."
Mgsr. Joseph gave a personal testimony to illustrate
how important a well-rounded individual is in the field of
business. With a degree in business from the University
of Notre Dame, Mgsr. Joseph described himself as "an
The president explained UD's program would graduate
students as complete adults with a finance degree.
Dr. Lindsay emphasized that students will benefit from
UD's approach to finance by the program's concern with
morality, politics and problem solving.
Dr. Zuker spoke of the new major as a significant way
to attract more students to UD.
He said he expects the freshmen class of 2004 to in-
crease by 20 or 30 students specifically because of the
"Students need a reason to choose a school," he said.
"This major will give them another reason."
Parents also need a reason to send their children to a
school because they want to see their children succeed,
"Students must defend their college choice to their par-
ents. " Dr. Zuker also believes the new major will attract
a student who wants to blend the finance subject with a
liberal arts education.
The addition of the economics/finance major at UD was
unanimously approved by the board of trustees and the
faculty senate and will be installed next fall.
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Gaunt, Sarah. The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 3, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 19, 2001, newspaper, September 19, 2001; Irving, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201344/m1/1/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Dallas.