Notre Dame News
The Student Newspaper of Notre Dame College of Ohio
Inside this issue...
Current Events pg. 2
Arts and Music pg. 3
sports pg. 6
Notre Dame to Admit Men...Can We Play Nice?
Today the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame College voted to accept men into 'all College programs beginning in January of 2001.
Although you may have chosen Notre Dame because it is a women's college, you are participating in an evolution at the College that will assure a strong future well into the 21 st Century.
I assure you that the decision to accept men will not change the essence of Notre Dame College, but will add to the diversity our campus already enjoys. What has made Notre Dame an outstanding learning environment for women will continue because it is the core of what we are a small. Catholic, liberal arts institution providing personal attention to help stu¬ dents achieve their individual goals.
The decision to accept men is only one element of a five- year strategic plan that will rflK .s^HH^^ allow us to grow even stronger m In H as an academic institution. ^ \ IM Stifdents at colleges and univer¬ sities across the country, includ¬ ing many of you, are asking for |. a more diverse college experi¬ ence, more flexibility and more career-specific options. Our strategic plan responds to those needs with improve¬ ments in curriculum, technology, staffing and facilities.
These improvements will assure that Notre Dame College continues to attract students seeking a quality education in a unique and supportive environ¬ ment. All of us know that you are the most important people at Notre Dame, and I look forward to your involvement as we step together into a bright future. Sincerely,
Anne L. Deming, Ph.D. President
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
Malcolm S. Forbes
On Friday, September 22,1 heard the inevitable was official. Men are being permitted into all of our programs at the college. Startled at first, I took it all in. I realized that this isn't all too radical. Men are able to receive associate degrees through us. Ohio law requires men to be able to obtain graduate degrees through us. Some are also attending classes with us on a regular basis. So is this really something new? All that is really happening, is that now they will be receiving a bachelors degree fi*om us.
As you are reading this, some of you may be getting just a little bit angry with me. Some of you might ask me, "How can you handle this so nonchalant¬ ly?" and "Are you aware of the years of tradition that we are throwing oiit the window?" Well the fact is I do take this quite seriously, and we are not throwing any¬
thing out the window. As a mat¬ ter of fact, I am working with the school's Archivist, Patricia Harding, on developing the school's archive website, and I am fortunate enough to know much about the school's roots.
This school was found¬ ed to help young women get ahead in the world and receive an excellent education. This will not change if men can get a piece of paper from us. Notre Dame takes pride in giving a quality education to a diverse group of people. Why can't men be included? This school has focused on women for many years, and I can count on knowing that our faculty and staff will not forget about us over night. I can guess that they never will. We, the students, are exactly what built the college, and we will keep it going! We are still in charge here! Don't forget it!
So instead of putting up a wall to change, embrace it. This can be one of the smartest moves the college makes. We need to stay goal oriented and focused on the fixture. We need to learn to be competi¬ tive with men and keep our doors open! We are learning to be strong women, but now we are being given the opportunity to become strong women in the presence of men.
Remember that we are not turning our backs on our past. The college's tradition is not going anywhere, and the only way it would fade is to not keep pride in what we stand for. Be loud and be proud to be a part of this great milestone in our history. Notre Dame College is still a college for women, and now, men too.
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