In the Middle Ages, when the first universities were chartered, the human being was defined as an “animal gifted with reason”, based on the ancient philosopher Aristotle. Perhaps, an alternative definition could have been “animal conscious of its indefinite longing”. Indeed, human beings are always wishing something, waiting for something.
This is particularly the case before a special event, why not before the start of a new school year. Students are expecting to learn new things, to face and overcome new challenges, to meet new friends, to enjoy new moments of getting together. Faculty members are looking out for their load, and hope for a “practical” schedule, as well as for a cooperative relation with their respective classes. While the university had a special occasion to look out for in the past years, the school year 2013-2014 is set to bring us back to basics: there is no SLU Centennial, nor CICM Sesquicentennial to open or to close this year! Instead, the university community is set to focus on the coming K-12 reforms, and their impact on the offer of courses, which has necessitated the construction of new buildings, especially in Navy Base campus. I hope and wish that all Louisians – students, teachers and other employees – will realize that each has a unique role to play in making our university a place of true Christian living, where creativity is being rewarded and used to form competent people who can duly serve their communities, in a spirit of inclusion. May all have a good start, under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit!
Rev. Father Jessie M. Hechanova, CICM