Vouchers’ impact noted
I was interested and pleased to read of Kathleen Cepelka’s work with Milwaukee’s Catholic schools. The salient point I found was that many of her efforts have been facilitated by the first in the nation private school voucher program. Apparently this has stood the political and legal tests in that city and is proving to be a boost for the education of many of your youth. It is not so in many parts of the nation where such efforts have failed legal tests, usually driven by a left-leaning legislature and/or court system that recoils from any state connection to religious endeavors based on a very broad interpretation of the separation of church and state powers. Any attempts that can be interpreted to undermine the powers of the public school system and its very powerful teacher unions is defeated. The secular and liberal agenda that often dominates in the university environment and faculty is one that assists in preventing the widespread implementation of a voucher system. If so, that is ironic, since many college students are supported by government-provided Pell Grants, which they can use at a university of their choice, including religious ones.
John F. Quilter, Bus Ad ’70
In the article “School Work” in the spring edition of Marquette Magazine, the following statement was made: “In the city of Milwaukee thousands of parents have taken advantage of the school choice program … to send their children to private schools [including Catholic schools] with public money, rather than tuition, paying for each child.” This voucher program would appear to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. In light of that fact, it is difficult to understand why non-Catholic taxpayers should be expected to subsidize Catholic education.
Tom Drolsum, Arts ’73
This question was answered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Zelman v. Simmons-Harris.
Letter from Bangladesh
The winter issue of Marquette Magazine reached me last Sunday in Bangladesh. … John Neumeier’s “Moment of truth” inspires pride that a Milwaukee-area boy can go far in the world of dance art. “Out of Africa” inspires admiration for those who save lives. It is touching to learn there were doctors and nurses unable to do the “tricky shimmy” for putting on and taking off protective gear and were disqualified for that reason from being direct care providers for Ebola patients. Perhaps we are in an era of medical care when seriously ill patients require ballet by the doctors. Thanks for your always beautiful and informative magazine.
Rev. Bob McCahill, Arts ’59
Thanks for the great spring issue. The “From the Archives” photo of Father O’Donnell has a 1957 Plymouth on the left side of the photo. My husband identified the year and make of the vehicle. It helps to date the picture. Looking forward to my 50th reunion.
Susan Sheridan-Mack, Sp ’66
Near West Side Partners
This update on the “goings-on” in Milwaukee by my alma mater makes me extremely proud to be a Marquette alum. Great stuff!!
George Delaney, Arts ’71
Love the chapel
Alumni response is overwhelming whenever St. Joan of Arc Chapel is featured in the magazine. The “Campus Replay” article in the Spring 2016 issue that focused on bringing the chapel to campus in 1966 received many online comments. Here are a few:
I work in an ICU where I recently took care of a patient who was a student at Marquette when they were building St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Funny how this article comes out within a few weeks after that meeting! Love the alumni family and the chapel. Go Marquette.
Stacey Brown, Nurs ’13
Lived in Stewart Hall, right next door, at the time. Enjoyed watching the construction take place as we went to and from our dorm rooms. Thank goodness for the gift and legacy of St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
Tim Monnig, Arts ’68
I enjoyed many weeknight Masses in that wonderful spot. Stepping into that chapel for only 15 or 20 minutes gave me such strength.
Tom Huffman, Bus Ad ’85
I left Marquette in 1986, and I remember how we had to get rides to get groceries. I really thought that this problem had been addressed years ago. Off-campus housing usually plays a part in everyone’s student life and food is a necessity. I would be willing to contribute to this enterprise, and I know many other alumni would, too.
Tracey Harvey McCoy, Arts ’86