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THE MAROON VOL. 83, NO. 19 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2005 Prejean, Landrieu to speak at graduation By Sarah Castagnetta Staff writer This May the Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., university president, will add Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Ti Adelaide Martin, the immediate Landrieu family, the Rev. Ladislas Orsy, S.J., Janet Mary Riley and Col. John Bourgeois USMC (Ret.) to the Honorary Degrees Committee's list of awarded honorary degrees. Since 1913, a year after receiving its official charter from the Louisiana state legislature to offer university degrees, Loyola has bestowed only 210 honorary degrees. Among the 210 are Huey P. Long, 1931; Corinne "Lindy" Boggs, 1977; and Walter L. Cronkite, 1983. Prejean, Martin and Moon Landrieu, who will accept the degree on behalf of his family, will also be the guest speakers at the commencement ceremonies. Prejean will speak at the College of Arts and Sciences' morning commencement on May 14, and Martin will address the College of Business Administration in the evening. Landrieu will be the guest speaker at the School of Law's commencement on May 13. "I will be honored to share this event with your terrific new president, Father Wildes, and with you who are about to reshape the world," Prejean said in a press release. "And I promise not to talk for long." According to Honorary Degrees Committee guidelines, an individual is eligible for an honorary degree if he or she has made any outstanding achievements, particularly in fields such as religion, public service and business, which are at the center of Loyola's mission as a university. Also, the recipient's life should reflect Loyola's commitment to principles such as academic excellence, the pursuit of faith and justice and service to others. Prejean, who will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, is a well-known advocate for the poor and an opponent of the death penalty. In 1981, Prejean dedicated her life to New Orleans' poor and moved into the St. Thomas housing project in the Lower Garden District. While living in St. Thomas, Prejean began her prison ministry and met Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate. Her friendship and support of Sonnier and another death row inmate eventually evolved into "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States." Prejean is also the author of "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions." Prejean also said the class of 2005 "not only can, but will change the world, one way or another. Presidential candidate comes to Loyola By Kevin Corcoran Contributing writer The U.S. government has become too expensive, according to Michael Badnarik, 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate. Badnarik said last Friday night that the government can no longer serve the purposes it was designed for and must be drastically downsized. "Government is a parasite," he said. Through a series of phone calls, Karl Weis, president of the Loyola College Libertarians, was able to contact Badnarik and ask the former candidate to speak at Loyola. Weis said this was the most serious event the College Libertarians, who got their charter in October of 2004, had organized thus far. Badnarik, a former computer programmer from Austin, Texas, was on the ballot in 48 states for the 2004 presidential election and received 400,000 popular votes, placing fourth behind fellow third party candidate Ralph Nader. He is traveling the United States speaking about the libertarian movementSTAFF PHOTO BY ANN HERMES Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik spoke last Friday in a lecture organized by Karl Weis, president of the Loyola College Libertarians. Lectures focus on bioethics and stem cell research By Krystle Robinson Staff writer According to the Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., university president, the evolution of gene therapy is of the most exciting events in medical history. It is also one of the most frightening, Wildes said in a lecture last Monday night. Students, faculty and alumni filled Nunemaker Hall to listen to the first in a four-part lecture series discussing medicine and ethics. Wildes, who titled his lecture "Genetics and Medicine: Decisions for all generations," spoke on the future of medicine, technology and the ethics of both. The lecture sparked much discussion over future ethical practices in the medical field. The sponsors included Compass, Loyola Life, Residential Life and many other clubs. During his lecture, Wildes explained that medicine has greatly evolved in the past 30 years. Thanks to improvements in other fields such as fibro-optics and computers, the medical field has continued to exponentially advance. Because of the advancements in technology, Wildes said that the medical field has developed "genetic medicine." Genetic medicine allows the medical field to gather information on human genes and examine them to prevent many diseases and birth defects. As the discussion continued, Wildes talked about death and our control over it. Wildes explained that 85 percent of STAFF PHOTO BY ANN HERMES Sarah Miles St. Claire, a communications junior interviews the Rev. Kevin Wildes, SJ. before his lecture last Monday. Wildes kicked off the President's Symposium on Bioethics last Monday. Wolfpack makes first NAIA tourney By Gene Guillot Chief Copy Editor After not making the national tournament last season, the Loyola women's basketball team had a saying for the 2004-05 campaign: It's automatic. Sociology senior Joelle Bordelon said the theme meant that the team was not going to be denied a spot in the tournament. "We were going to do what it took to make it," Bordelon said. "They were not going to look past us. We were going to make it." Harry Lee speaks freely on family, career and C-Murder By Tara Templeton Staff writer Sheriff Harry Lee of Jefferson Parish discussed his decision to allow camera crews into the jail to film interviews with incarcerated rap star Corey Miller, better known as C- Murder, last Monday. According to Lee, who spoke at the Loyola Law School, Miller is a charged and convicted 16-year-old for the seconddegreeseconddegree murder of Steve Thomas. This conviction was overturned and Miller remains in jail while awaiting his new trial. According to Lee, "Court TV" crews and a local cable access show were allowed to bring cameras into the jail for interviews with Miller. Lee said he had hoped to send out a message to C-Murder's fans that this man committed a crime and is now Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee spoke at the Law School on Feb. 28 to discuss the controversy surrounding his high profile career and the education he received at Loyola. D See BADNARIK, page 3 D See'PACK, page 3 D See BIOETHICS, page 3 D See SPEAKERS, page 3 D See LEE, page 3 ESTABLISHED 1923 • "FOR A GREATER LOYOLA"
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