Waiting for a hero: where change begins

The end of the year is a hectic time for students, but it offers us an important opportunity for reflection. The end of 2014 hopefully gave the opportunity to achieve academic goals, solidify personal achievements and prepare ourselves for what 2015 has in store. As I begin the new year, I want to share with you what my goal for 2015 is: to not be a hero. The idea for my goal came to me this November when a group of 21 students including myself, led by sophomore Hannah Sheppard and senior Joseph McGrath, went to the 17th annual Ignatian … Continue reading Waiting for a hero: where change begins

Ice bucket challenge: heroism or narcissism?

It’s not uncommon these days for different internet challenges to go viral. Some of them are pretty bizarre, such as the currently popular “set yourself on fire” challenge. (Seriously, people are pouring nail polish remover on their bodies and lighting it on fire.) But internet challenges are rarely as important as the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge. The idea was created by the ALS Association, and the challenge began gaining popularity in early August. Participants are tasked with filling a bucket with ice water, dumping it onto their heads and posting proof of it on social media. They … Continue reading Ice bucket challenge: heroism or narcissism?