This Week at CUA

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By Renee Rasmussen 

Happy Friday, Cardinals! We are back and bringing you the latest edition of “This Week at CUA,” a short news brief catching you up on the highlights of the last week. This edition will cover news from February 25-March 3.

On Friday, February 25, Centerstage opened the play She Kills Monsters for a fabulous performance about grief, acceptance, and healing. The showings continued until Saturday night for a whole weekend of theater. 

BSA hosted their annual Black and White Tie Gala on Saturday, February 26. This year’s theme was Painting the City Red: An Ode to Chocolate City. It was a successful way to end Black History Month, giving Cardinals an excuse to dress up and celebrate. 

Monday was a busy day on campus with multiple events occurring across campus. The CCE hosted an event on “Student Debt Management” as a part of their “Adulting 101 Series.” Meanwhile, seniors began to feel the existential dread of their upcoming graduation as they attended Graduation Fair, enjoying some cupcakes while they bought their cap and gowns.

The Byzantine Student Union hosted an event titled “Vigil for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East”with Dr. Ambassador Patrick Theros and Dr. Wilhelmus Valkenberg. Both led a discussion about factors affecting peace in the Middle East, as well as a prayer for peace. Anscombe Club and American Solidarity Party co-hosted an event titled “A Catholic Perspective on Transgenderism” with Mary Hasson JD. 

President John Garvey and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre led an event titled, “Synodality: Why Should You Care?”to discuss what the synod is (and isn’t) and why Catholics everywhere should care. 

Tuesday March 1, marked the first day of Women’s History Month, and OCA celebrated by tabling in the Pryz with enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee, macarons and some swag. They also encouraged Cardinals to take a couple minutes to write a thank you card to an important woman in your life. They even mailed it out for our Cardinals!

Also on Tuesday was the annual “Student Org Mocktails” competition. Clubs competed for funds by making the best mocktail they could. While some Cardinals were making mocktails, others were listening to JJ Putz tell his story about being an MLB pitcher. This event was hosted by the Cardinal Sports Association and was geared towards students thinking of going to work in the sports industry. 

On Wednesday March 2, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science hosted a seminar titled “Fairness and Incentives in Scarce Societal Resource Allocation” with Dr. Sanmay Das from George Mason University. That title alone makes Cardinals sigh in relief that they are not engineering majors. Also on Wednesday the Department of Sociology hosted an event with Hannah Chesterton titled “Crackdowns and Coalitions: Understanding How Dissident Campaigns Survive Government Repression.” 

Wednesday also marked the beginning of Lent, with Ash Wednesday, leading many Cardinals to go to class with crosses of palm ashes on their forehead to symbolize the inevitability of death. 

To end the week, on Thursday, March 3, the Intelligence club hosted Nate Beach-Westmoreland, Chief of Strategic Cyber Threat Intelligence at Booz Allen Hamilton, to continue their series of “Conversations With Intelligence Professionals.”

Finally, the Tower (that’s us!) hosted their weekly story meeting, where we hope to see you (yes you!) next week.

That’s all for this week! Check back next week for even more excitement at CUA.

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