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Letter Home, Fall 2008
Johnnies gather around guest speaker Noah Feldman after Friday night lecture.
Why Friday night is different at St. John's: When a fire alarm (false alarm, battery glitch) went off in the Conversation Room of Mellon Hall a few weeks ago, it interrupted the Question Period that follows lecture. However, few students were willing to abandon the conversation. Instead, Dean Michael Dink and the lecturer, Noah Feldman of Harvard University, went up to the Great Hall in McDowell—which was locked. Undeterred, Mr. Feldman sat down on a bench outside of McDowell Hall, and about 50 Johnnies gathered around him, peppering him with questions about law and Islam. (Mr. Feldman, a law professor, is author of The Islamic State.) According to Mr. Dink, the Question Period went on for nearly an hour in the dark. "Finally, at 11, Mr. Feldman decided to call it a night," said Mr. Dink. "He praised the audience and the sophistication of their questions."
The Epoch Journal, a four-cover glossy magazine on current events produced by St. John's students, was a finalist in the American Collegiate Press' 2008 Magazine Pacemaker Award, which recognizes excellence in student journalism. For more about the Epoch, visit the website: http://newsepochjournal.org/
The Naval Academy doesn't have the only competitive collegiate sailing team in Annapolis: At the MAISA Club Nationals at Toms River, New Jersey, seniors Robbie Shaver, the skipper, and Wynne Hedleski, crew, came in first place in one of their races. They were competing against 17 other teams. This first-place finish was not only a first for Mr. Shaver, who has been sailing with the SJC team since he was a freshman, but also a first for the St. John's Sailing Club.
St. John's College and Annapolis President Christopher Nelson are featured prominently in a book about the Great Books Movement, by Alex Beam, a Boston globe columnist. Beam was a little more impressed by St. John's than he was by the commercial enterprise of selling the great books door-to-door in the 1950s. Read more ...
Roger Martin, former president of Randolph-Macon College, spent a semester as a freshman at St. John's. He recounted the experience in his book Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again. Earlier this week, he was interviewed by NPR interviewer Kojo Nnamdi. Listen.