The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 14, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Page: 1 of 12
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Volume XXXVIII, Number XIV
University of Dallas Irving, Texas
February 5, 2008
Professor John Grant
spoke about the issues
that Catholics face
when hitting the voting
Local bar scene
Arts & Entertainment
Students weigh in on the
good, the bad and the
ugly at Lotus, Quarter
Bar, and Republic.
The annual Groundhog
Game ended with a 21 -0
win for the Freshmen/
A comparison of
Annual Aquinas lecture hosts
On Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, the
annual Aquinas Lecture took place
in Lynch Auditorium presented by
Dr. Alain de Libera on the topic "When Did
the 'Modern Subject' Emerge?" The lecture
fittingly took place on the feast day of St.
Thomas Aquinas, patron of philosophers and
students, and was well-attended.
Dr. Lance Simmons, head of the
Philosophy department, introduced Dr.
de Libera, who is a full professor at the
University of Geneva, Switzerland and a
Senior Fellow at the Ecoie pratique des
hautes etudes, Department of Religious
Studies, Paris, France. Dr. de Libera is
a leading European voice on Medieval
Philosophy and has lectured in many
prestigious European Universities. While
his name has much recognition among
American scholars, his works remain
untranslated in English.
Dr. Philipp W. Rosemann, an associate
professor in the philosophy department,
followed Dr. de Libera's lecture with a short
response in which he gave a simplified
summary of the lecture and its meaning.
Given the complexity of the subject at hand,
members of the audience who were not wel I
versed in philosophy greatly appreciated the
summary, since it clarified many of Dr. de
Dr. de Libera dealt with Mental
Attributivism, an idea
in which "subject" is
the Ego or I. Fie focused
on the development of
throughout history, and
the development of
His main premise was
that Mental Attributivism
did not develop from the
works of Descartes, as
those in philosophical
ci rcles common ly
suppose, but rather
from older medieval
philosophers. Often, he
said, philosophical circles
discount or overlook
because many of them
were theologians as well
One of the most
for the establishment
of "subject" was
St. Augustine, who
speculated on the Trinity,
and man's image being fashioned after
God's. The subject or person of the Trinity
is intimately connected with His actions,
memory, knowledge and love. Peter Olivi,
a 13th century philosopher, helped develop
the field, fusing the understandings of
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Above, Dr. Alain de Libera, featured speaker
for the annual Aquinas Lecture, addresses the
audience as he discusses the role of the modern
subject. Photo by Amber Griggs
Augustine and Aristotle in order to create
a new definition of the modern subject.
Aristotle claimed that the mind is the
subject and actions are accidents (or
see AQUINAS page 5
Students help in Honduras
Choir alum ni members travel
to Costa Rica to r wedding
Above, Trish Beutler volunteers at a medical clinic in Roatan over winter
break. For more about the Roatan project, see Page 4.
Photo provided by Trish Beutler
On Dec. 28, 2007, 34
alumni members, three
undergraduate members, Father
Ralph March and director Marilyn
Walker flew to San Jose, Costa
Rica to sing the wedding Mass
for UD graduate and Collegium
alumnus, Vincent West.
Vincent, who graduated
from UD in 2004 with a degree
in biochemistry, is currently
pursuing his doctorate at
Princeton University. He met his
wife Rosemary, who has strong
family ties in Costa Rica.
Mrs. Walker received a call
from Vincent as soon as the
engagement became official. "Fie
told me it had always been his
dream for Collegium to sing at
his wedding, whenever that was
going to be. However, because
of the date and rather unusual
location, he realized that it was
Mrs. Walker began emailing
friends who sang with Vince in
Collegium and received positive
responses from all. "The choir has
always loved to travel, especially
for weddings," she said.
Collegium members came
to Dallas from Illinois, Missouri,
New Jersey, Washington, D.C.,
Oklahoma, South Carolina and
Texas. Current members Brock
Broussard, Joey Pustejovsky, and
Bill Farris, all currently in Rome,
joined the alumni. There were
hours of intense rehearsals on
Thursday evening and Friday
before departure to work on
music that some of the alumni
had not sung in years.
The weddi ng Mass took place
in the afternoon on Sunday, Dec.
30, just outside of San Jose, in San
Rafael Heredia. "The church was
beautiful, the bride and groom
were beautiful, and the acoustics
were amazing," Mrs. Walker said.
All of the Collegium members
attended the wedding reception
immediately following. "The
reception had a Latin theme, and
with a live band it turned out to be
the best reception I've ever been
to," said Broussard.
see COLLEGIUM page 5
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