Dr. Jim Rodgers, D.A. retires after 34 years at Saint Mary’s

Dr. Jim Rodgers, D.A. retires after 34 years at Saint Mary’s

Throughout his 34-year tenure, Dr. Jim Rodgers has co-taught a few classes with his friend and Social Science colleague Dr. Wes Miller. The frequent banter and heated-yet-jovial academic discussions of these two professors frequently echo in the hallways of Saint Mary’s Hall. Ironically, the two of them agreed about how to convey “anarchism” in their shared political and social thought course. “We stood at the podium and announced that ‘Today, this is a class devoted to anarchism,’ and then we walked back to our offices and closed the doors,” Dr. Rodgers recounts. The class was divided in their reactions to this unconventional turn of events. There was a murmur of discussion as students exchanged questioning looks. Some knocked on the professors’ office doors to see if class was actually over. Some thought it was appropriate to write essays about anarchism and slip them under their office doors. “With anarchism, there is no coordination, no government, no control,” Dr. Rodgers said. They seemed to be missing the point. “But one student told us she just left because she thought that was what they were supposed to do. We told her, ‘You get the A!’ ” It’s this type of camaraderie, as well as the candid discussions with students that Dr. Rodgers will miss most as he retires from Saint Mary’s this spring. What won’t he miss? The “end-of-semester chaos.” TITLE: Professor of Social Science YEARS AT SAINT MARY’S: Dr. Rodgers began teaching in fall of 1981. CLASSES TAUGHT: He has taught a variety of courses in political science, social science, and interdisciplinary studies. He also taught for seven years in...
Students gain perspective in London study abroad program

Students gain perspective in London study abroad program

This fall semester 15 undergraduate students will gain international experiences and perspective as they attend Saint Mary’s study abroad program in London, England. Dr. Gary Diomandes, professor of theatre and dance, serves as the director of the London program. As part of the Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin Theatre Program, theatre students will present “How I Learned to Drive” at The New Wimbledon Studio from Oct. 15-18. The London program is available to students from all majors and offers courses in theatre, business, global issues, art and culture, British politics, and literature. You can read more about student experiences in London on their blog. Follow our Study Abroad Office on Facebook and blog for updates on all of our international study...
St. Paul judge presides over students’ mock trial

St. Paul judge presides over students’ mock trial

The third annual Saint Mary’s Mock Trial was hosted on Nov. 21 in the Common Room and was judged a smashing success. This year’s case involved an allegation of date rape against a college student and provided the audience with all the courtroom drama that one would expect for that type of case. CAPTION: The Honorable Teresa Warner, a Minnesota judge and 1981 Saint Mary’s alum, presided at the Mock Trial. The “attorneys,” who were all SMU students in law-related programs, did an excellent job presenting their cases. Kevin Gannon, Alec Rolain and Denard Covington represented the prosecution, and Matthew Smaron, Miles Dunna and Aide Hernandez represented the defendant in the hotly contested case. The “witnesses” were SMU students from the theatre department who played their roles with such conviction that one truly believed they were the characters in the case. Katie Sapper, Andrew Hanselka, Alex Akers, Gabriel Verges, Julie Frederickson and Allie Kriz made each of their characters come alive. It was a close case, and after the two juries deliberated (composed entirely of SMU students who were spectators) one jury voted to convict and the other to acquit. A reception capped off what was a memorable event for all who attended. The Honorable Teresa Warner was the judge for the Mock Trial. Judge Warner is the Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District (St. Paul area) and a 1981 graduate of Saint Mary’s. In addition to judging the case, Judge Warner took extra time after the case to speak with the student attorneys and other interested students about her take on the case and the legal system...
Salvation for Syria event raises awareness

Salvation for Syria event raises awareness

  Previously published in the Cardinal student newspaper by Katy Teske, Cardinal staff Approximately 70 students attended the Salvation for Syria event on Friday, Nov. 8 to hear Dr. David Lynch speak about the status of the war in Syria. CAPTION: Dr. David Lynch speaks to students about the situation in Syria. Photo by Mae Yang Lynch, a political science professor and chairman of the social science department at Saint Mary’s University, was invited to speak on the subject by the Peace and Justice Club. Although Lynch does not specialize on the Middle East, he agreed to speak because of his interest in the present state of Syria, especially the difficulties facing the humanitarian efforts trying to get to those who are need of aid. Lynch said, “The United Nations estimated 40 percent of Syria in dire need of aid.” Right now, the death toll has reached 110,000, and there are 2 million refugees, according to Lynch. With winter coming, the urgency to help these refugees increases, he said. However, humanitarian efforts are prevented from reaching many of these people because of the constant fighting and disagreement in the Middle East. Syria, made up of a mix of many different religions and ethnic groups, has been under the rule of the Assad Regime since 1971. Since the Arab Spring hit Syria in March of 2011, the opposition has been fighting to overthrow the regime. The Assad Regime has used violence to maintain their position of power ever since it took control, and they view staying in power as means for survival. As Lynch states, “There is no one opposition.”...
Witness for Peace speaker on campus Oct. 22

Witness for Peace speaker on campus Oct. 22

  A Witness for Peace speaker, Francisco Cerezo, will speak about “Lessons from the Mexican Human Rights Organization Comité Cerezo” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Common Room. The departments involved in hosting the event are Modern/Classical Languages, the First- Generation Initiative, the Political Science Department, and the Peace and Justice Club. Francisco Cerezo will travel from Mexico City, where he has 11 years of experience fighting for the freedom of political prisoners. He is a founding member of Comité Cerezo. Hear how U.S. drug war policies, gun laws and military aid are connected to increased violence, militarization, and political repression in Mexico over the last decade and what we can do to support sustainable peace and justice in...