Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sister Regina Maria Brimmer October 11, 1918 - August 11, 2012

Gentle woman, quiet light, morning star,
so strong and bright, gentle Mother,
peaceful dove, teach us wisdom; teach us love

Just before Lent. Sister Regina always
gave up her favorite: ice cream!
Many students, especially those in the Education programs, will already be missing a certain presence in Logue Library. Sister Regina had a disarming gift, an ability to relate one-on-one about anything and an empathy that is rare on today's college campuses.  As Sister Anne Myers said at her funeral mass, "Sister Regina was an amazingly flexible person who adapted to the times yet held firm to the values that were most important to her.  How many 93 year olds do you know who have both a cell phone and an e-mail address and relate well to all types of college students?" 

On Wednesday, August 9, in the company of many dear to her, Sister Regina lost consciousness as a result of a "cardiac event" and was taken to Chestnut Hill Hospital. After being surrounded by family & friends for two days, on Saturday, August 11, she died peacefully.

We remember Sister Regina as the engine that runs the library! Her energy, humor, and wonderful perspective kept all of us moving forward on an even keel. We miss her enormously, even as we still feel her presence here with us.

So many people have shared their memories of her with us. We would love to
hear yours! Leave a comment, or stop by any time.
Blessed are you among women,
Blest in turn all women, too.
Blessed they with peaceful spirits.

Blessed they with gentle hearts.*
*From lyrics by Carey Landry and North American Liturgy Resources, "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman." ©1978

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

PA Voter ID Law Leaves Some Students Out

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November's election is shaping up to be a complicated affair in Pennsylvania, and a few other states with Voter ID laws.  Logue Library's election resources web page includes a continually updated news feed of the latest issues in the PA Voter ID Law. Students should be aware of the challenges they face in voting this year in Pennsylvania.
"You think your vote doesn't matter? Then why are they trying so hard to take it away from you?" asks Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, a group that works to register young voters. "It does demonstrate the power they have." - USA Today
Under the PA Voter ID Law, a current photo ID with an expiration date is required to vote. Most student IDs in Pennsylvania  do not have an expiration date, including Chestnut Hill College student IDs printed prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, and all IDs for students of the School of Continuing Studies. Some colleges & universities are adding an expiration date this year in response to the law; others are providing expiration stickers for ID cards that have already been printed. Chestnut Hill College is researching all of the options available, to choose the best one to meet the needs of our students.

Why is a college ID so important? Why not just use a drivers license? Students from out of state will need a Pennsylvania ID to vote in Pennsylvania.
It's not uncommon for out-of-state students to vote where they think their vote has the most impact. So if they attend a school in a swing state, they often vote there. It also can simply just be a matter of convenience, and a way to avoid going through the process of getting an absentee ballot. - US News & World Report
It is important for students to decide where they want to vote, and then to take the steps needed to ensure that they are able to vote. It is your constitutional right, but as long as the voter ID law stands, it has become more complicated.