The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 7, Ed. 1 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 Page: 1 of 14
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Volume XXXVIII, Number VII
University of Dallas Irving, Texas
October 30, 2007
UD School of Ministry hosts panel on the
theological approaches to immigration
Last Tuesday night, Oct.
23, the School of Ministry
at the University of Dallas
hosted a panel discussion en-
titled "Theological Perspectives
The Oct. 23 panel discus-
sion, which took place in the
Haggerty Art History Build-
ing, was moderated by Dal-
las Morning News columnist
William McKenzie. Participat-
ing in the discussion were Dr.
John Norris, associate professor
of theology at UD, the School
of Ministry's Professor Maria
Pia Ramirez, Reverend Owen
K. Ross, the founder of Christ's
Foundry and an ordained elder
in the United Methodist Church,
and Sister Nancy Sullivan, direc-
tor of Mission Awareness/Justice
and Peace for the University of
McKenzie opened the dis-
cussion by saying that the issue
of immigration is the "largest
domestic challenge" today. He
said that as a journalist and as
a Christian he was interested
in the balance between the re
sponsibilities of enforcing the
law and "welcoming the strang-
er." He said that the location of
the debate was fitting, as "Irving
is one of the centers of the uni-
verse on this issue."
Dr. Norris was the first pan-
elist to speak. Immigration is "not
Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie moderated the panel.
Photo by Mary Tetzlaff
a problem, but a great blessing,"
he said. Norris spoke about the
dignity of the human being, say-
ing that each person is "created
by the same loving God with a
destiny to be with God in com-
munion with everyone for the
rest of eternity."
Norris described the roots of
the "common good" philosophy,
which he praised because he
said that it could be shared by
everyone. Acknowledging the
rights of states to form borders,
Norris said that in the respon-
sibility of stewardship, "some-
times the rights of others come
In her presentation, Sr. Sul-
livan said that "the immigration
system is broken, and there is
little will to change," and asked
"where will God enter the pic-
"Only truth and God mat-
ter," she said. "There is no docu-
ment that gives us salvation—we
are already saved." She said that
see IMMIGRATION page 6
UD satellite campus to
serve GSM students with
new classroom facility in
good for you
An in-depth look at
the beneficial effect of
vitamins on your body.
UD Crusader baseball
team participates in fall
12 Halloween TGIT
Arts & Entertainment
Students dress in costumes
and dance the night
away at last Thursday's
"Planet in Peril"
CNN feature misses key
facts |n its presentation
about global warming.
Revenge Your Roommate
Freshmen Nathan Helms and Nick Furnace participated in the annual
Revenge Your Roommate dance last Saturday. With its Halloween
theme, the dance was highly attended. For more pictures from the
dance, see page 12.
Photo by Mark Aionzo
Crack down on drugs
LID drug policy expanded
On Oct. 4, the Office of
Student Life issued a drug
prohibiting any items associated with
the use of illegal drugs, including bongs,
roach clips, blow tubes, dugouts, water
pipes, and hookahs.
While the need for an illegal drug
policy is widely accepted, the ban on
water pipes and hookahs has proved a
point of contention between the OSL
and students who hold that hookah
smoking is a perfectly legal recreational
There were two major reasons
for the enactment of the overall drug
paraphernalia policy, accordingto John
Grant, Dean of Student Life. First was
the absence of any sort of policy of this
kind in the handbook. "We knew we
had to have a policy," says Grant, "so
we spent about a month...researching,
iookingto see how other institutions are
All members of the OSL were
involved in the decision to promulgate
the changes, with the full support of
University President Dr. Frank Lazarus.
The Residence Life staff, including RAs
and Campus Safety, was also notified.
"We tried to come up with policies
that address our situation here most
closely with concerns that had been
raised," said Grant. Those concerns,
according to Grant, were the second
major reason for imposing the ban. "This
is the more contentious point," he notes.
"We had some concerns brought to us
about specifically hookahs." He says
that individuals had claimed that they
thought "things were in [the hookahs]
that shouldn't have been there."
Illegal drug use, particularly of
marijuana, at UD "is a problem," but at
the same time "it's less of a problem than
commonly found on college campuses,"
Grant says, "We see very few drug
related instances in the disciplinary
While he does not believe that
students opposing the ban have an
agenda to use illegal drugs, the policy
is "zero tolerance" for any type of
paraphernalia. Because of the difficulty
in assessing every circumstance where
see HOOKAH page 6
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