Articles written by: Ceara Shanahan

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Reflection on the Great Books

      Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Augustine, Aquinas, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Milton, and Hobbes. Why are these texts — today considered the Great Books of Western Civilization — still relevant to the needs of the 21st century? Why do we need to read about the Forms or the soul, in […]

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Building Bridges: Connecting Faith Traditions

      Catholics are definitely in the minority here at Eastern. Being Catholic at Eastern can be intimidating. Because Eastern is a protestant school, there is not a strong Catholic community. This has several repercussions, the first being that it is easy to feel alone and isolated because there […]

The Value of An Independent Study
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The Value of An Independent Study

      Independent studies allow the student to explore an academic opportunity or interest that is not available through regular coursework. What is unique about an independent study as opposed to a regular class is that it is uniquely tailored to your interests and academic pursuits. For example, if […]

College Traditions: More than Just Academics
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College Traditions: More than Just Academics

      As a new semester starts, students begin settling into their routines. While at Eastern, the beginning of the semester is fairly tame, at other schools around the country, strange things are happening. Students peeing on statues of prominent figures, nailing their shoes to trees, and hunting for […]