The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 19, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Page: 3 of 12
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The University News
March 29, 2011 - 3
B ological honor
campus Fr iday
Dr. Eugene Garver v sits campus
Aristotle scholar sits down for an interview with the University News
Last Friday afternoon, the biology
department installed the Epsilon Tau
Chapter of the biological honor society
Beta Beta Beta. This is the first time a
biological honor society has been established
at the University of Dallas. President Thomas
Keefe, Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden and Dr. Charles
Eaker were present at the ceremony, along with
many other teachers and students of the biology
Brown began the initiation ceremony by
stating the necessity of having an honor society.
"Having a chapter of TriBeta on campus
will promote excellence among our majors,
give them opportunities to work with each
other on projects at UD and in the surrounding
community, and connect them with the national
TriBeta network," she said
Rosemarie Domingo, senior biology major
and elected president of TriBeta, also lauded the
society's great worth for our school. As a show
of gratitude for their attendance, the students
presented Eaker, Keefe and Dr. AM Azghani,
Southcentral District Director of TriBeta, with
Keefe then spoke of his pride for UD and
the students present, who were required to
maintain a certain GPA and complete a certain
number of biology courses to be initiated. Keefe
also stated he is "proud to be the president of a
university that has you students as members."
Azghani spoke next and explained the
meaning of the three betas, which symbolize
a bird, worm and fish; these animals serve to
incorporate the three general modes of life on
which biology focuses. Azghani led the students
in a vow promising they will uphold the integrity
of the honor society.
"The seniors of TriBeta will truly be missed
next year," said member Anthony Guerra about
the biology students who have largely made this
If you are sorry you missed the ceremony,
a framed picture of the participants along with
the names of the ground-breaking club officers
will soon be in the biology department office for
Photo by Meaghan Colvin
Aristotle scholar Dr. Eugene Garver, right, stands with fellow philosopher Dr. Joshua Parens of the University of Dallas
Dr. Eugene Garver is not your typical
professor. In 2008, he biked all the
way from Cairo (on the Northern
tip of Africa) to Capetown (on the
Southern tip). As Dr. Scott Crider, professor
of English at the University of Dallas said,
He's heroic!" Garver is professor emeritus
of philosophy at St. John's University and has
written one book on Machiavelli and three
books on Aristotle. Garver visited UD last
week to give two talks. He also took the time
for an interview:
CM: What is your impression of UD?
EG: I think that most schools try to be like
every other school today, and it's wonderful
for a school not to try to be everything or try
to be just like everyone else.
CM: Out of all the philosophers, why did
you study Aristotle in so much depth?
EG: I think because I found it really hard in
a rewarding way. That is, here's this stuff that
I really couldn't make sense out of, and every
time I tried, I thought it got more interesting.
The great appeal to me is to hang out with
people who are a lot smarter than I am.
CM: Would you agree that studying Aristotle
EG: Oh yes.
CM: What advice would you give to
students who are trying to get the most out of
EG: I had a teacher who once said, "Nobody
can ever read Aristotle for the first time," and
in a way I think that's right. You've got to do
it slowly and not be too ambitious and realize
that you're not going to do all that much at
first. And why that shouldn't be a turnoff, I'm
not sure, but I think that's right.
CM: Is there something in common between
your bike ride down Africa and your studies of
EG: Yeah, I think the only thing in common
is that I realiy like getting in over my head.
Every once in a while in both cases I just said,
"I can't do this. This is more than I can take."
The only way you find out your limits is by
getting over your limits and doing something
that's too much.
CM: What are your plans for the future?
EG: My goal in retirement is to become a
student again. I used to be able to read a lot
of stuff just because I was interested and not
because I was thinking, "What am I going to
have to say about this?" which is what you do
when you read for teaching or for writing. That
feels narrowing to me, so I'd like to get back
to reading something because it's interesting
and not in terms of a career.
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