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Georgetown University, a Roman Catholic institution, played host to a series of pro-abortion events last week. Here’s a brief excerpt from the description of events:

H*yas for Choice is hosting its seventh annual Choice Week. This year’s theme, “My Choice, My Voice,” is about both women’s right to reproductive choice and free speech on campus.

“My Choice, My Voice” is a nod to the work H*yas for Choice has done this year in regards to the University’s speech and expression policy,” Laura Narefsky (COL ’14), President of H*yas for Choice, told Vox. “This issue has gone quiet in the last few weeks, and we want to remind both students and administrators that we are not done fighting for rights of expression on campus.”

The Catholic church teaches that abortion is an immoral form of killing. Yet last week’s events included various event designed to promote access to abortion and even a free university shuttle ride to a Planned Parenthood rally outside the Supreme Court.

Read more about Georgetown’s “Choice Week” here.

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A professor at Georgetown University–a Roman Catholic institution–made a shocking statement about Jesus Christ on television Monday. Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown, was being interviewed about “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s recent controversial statement that homosexuality is a sin.

But professor Dyson made a controversial statement of his own, claiming that loving Jesus is “interestingly homoerotic.”

“The same men who sat up in a church of all men ‘I put my God, Jesus over all women, I love Him more than I love her!’ Hmmm… do you really? That sounds interestingly homoerotic to people who are outside your religious tradition!” Dyson said. “I’m not suggesting it is but I’m suggesting there are some very interesting narrative tensions within the Bible itself and within Christianity beyond that.” (Read more.)

What television network aired this interview? MSNBC, of course.

This is not the first time The College Fix has reported on the antics of professor Dyson. In December of 2011, we reported on Dyson’s full-credit academic course focusing on the lyrics of rap artist Jay-Z.

Despite the fact that the class, entitled “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z,” centers on the lyrics of an artist who says such profound things as, “I got 99 problems, but a b*tch ain’t one,” Dyson insisted that his class consisted of meaningful scholarship.

“[The class] just happens to have an interesting object of engagement in Jay-Z — and what better way to meet people where they are?” Dyson said to USA Today. “It’s like Jesus talking to the woman at the well. You ask for a drink of water, then you get into some theological discussions…”

Dyson also said that if Jay-Z were alive among the ancient Greeks, he “would be regarded as a god in terms of literary and poetic expression.”

In view of Michael Dyson’s string of statements to the media over the past couple of years, it is remarkable that he is employed by a Roman Catholic university.

According to Catholic Education Daily, “Georgetown University ranks as the highest paying Catholic college in the country, with average full professors taking in more than $170,000.” In all likelihood, Dyson’s salary is much higher than that, however, because Georgetown has given Dyson the rank of “University Professor”–the highest faculty ranking available, reserved only for those the university considers its most distinguished scholars.

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Representatives of TFP Student Action, a conservative student Catholic advocacy group, recently attended a “Coming Out Day” celebration at Georgetown University. They got videos, pictures and more to tell the tale of how one of the oldest Catholic colleges in the nation is morphing into something quite different:

My colleague, holding the camera, then asked how they justify such things given that “the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”
— “Unfortunately, the Catholic Church is sort of a hierarchical institution; it doesn’t always recognize the importance of individual revelation.”
— “But how does that explain it (homosexual acts) as being intrinsically disordered?” continued my friend.
Georgetown student: — “Well, I’ll say very blatantly, that that belief is wrong! At Georgetown,” he continued, “there are Jesuits who think that what GU Pride does is wrong, but there are Jesuits who love what we do and who are supportive of the community. The Catholic Church isn’t as undemocratic on the more human, sort of the, umm, each level of the, each individual… what is it? Oh, each individual diocese, as people make it out to be. Uhh, and that’s, like I said, demonstrated here, where what we do is celebrate diversity, celebrate identity, which is so critical to the Catholic mission.”

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Several envelopes stuffed with free condoms that some pro-choice students at the Catholic Georgetown University tape to their dorm-room doors have been hit by a campus condom bandit.

University officials at the Jesuit university recently decided to look the other way as the student group H*yas for Choice, which reportedly gets its rubbers from Planned Parenthood, doles out the prophylactics to their randy peers.

Someone on the campus apparently doesn’t agree with that decision.

The Hoya student newspaper reports the condom-filled envelopes have been “repeatedly vandalized” in what the H*yas for Choice student president called a ”widespread, new phenomenon.”

The Hoya goes on to note:

H*yas for Choice Board Member Vincent DeLaurentis has had his door in Darnall vandalized at least twice.

“Every time they rip it down, I’m going to put it back up. I mean, there is an infinite amount of envelopes in the world, so I can always find another,” DeLaurentis said. After his condoms were torn down, he hung a sign that said, “Every time you rip this down, I’ll make a donation to Planned Parenthood,” which was also ripped off the door.

“I’ll just keep upping the ante and put little jokes up like that,” DeLaurentis said.

The debate over whether free condoms should be distributed on a Catholic campus heated up late last month when administrators essentially agreed to allow the practice.

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A college campus is a great place for a ghost story to take root. From library stacks to lecture halls, universities are targets for students and locals alike to get their fix of hauntingly scary stories come Halloween.

Here’s a College Fix round-up of some of the most haunted campus ghost stories in the country:

Fordham University

The Exorcist was filmed here. Need we say more? The centerpiece of the Jesuit campus is a Gothic-style building, Keating Hall, and a dorm, Finlay Hall, which were built on top of an old morgue. It is alleged that sleeping students are awoken with cold hands around their necks. In another dorm, tale tells it that a ghostly priest wakes a student and tells him that he has performed an exorcism to rid him of demonic spirits. If that isn’t enough, students also say that there is a blonde-haired ghost who cruises the showers. ht/Daily Caller

Mercyhurst University

Students at this small Catholic campus have unwisely used an ouija board outside the Mercyhurst Christ the King Chapel. Didn’t someone teach them that’s a no-no? This university in (no pun intended) Erie, Penn., is said to be haunted year-round. The most famous legend of is that of a deceased nun who hung herself on campus. Students say her bitter soul still roams the halls. There are also stories of the South Parlor in Old Main, used as a viewing room for the deceased. Rumors circulate that a deceased nun was placed in her coffin, and the next morning her body had disappeared, but footprints were found leaving the room. This mystery was never solved, but now the doors to this room remain permanently shut. ht/The Merciad

University of Tennessee

At Hoskins Library, it is not unusual for students deep in their studies to hear unexplained footsteps, books falling off shelves, elevators that move between floors without any riders, and experience the scent of fresh cornbread. Allegedly, the ghost of Evening Primrose is responsible. While her identity is not confirmed, she is rumored to have been an undergrad who died in the library. Other parts of campus are haunted, too, so the stories go. Many students claim to see the apparitions of six Union Army soldiers conferring next to Perkins Hall. In another part of campus, Tyson House, lights flicker on and off and someone can be heard roaming the halls when no one is there, accompanied by low moans. ht/UT website

College of Charleston

In this small but thriving southern city, students at the College of Charleston tell stories of the haunted Berry Dorm, an all-girls dormitory. Prior to becoming a dormitory, this building was Jenkins Orphanage, which burned down in the 1800s. The residents claim fire alarms mysteriously go off, electronics malfunction, and odd noises are heard frequently. ht/The Examiner

Kansas State University

From the 1920s to the 1950s, Kansas State fraternity Delta Sigma Pi’s house was Parkview Hospital. When the hospital moved, at least one patient, George Segal, died of neglect. Today, the room where George died is occupied by some fraternity brothers, and it is said that George has a heavy presence in this part of the house, according to first-hand accounts. In the 1970s, Manhattan endured a violent ice storm, and the town lost power for days. However, in this room, each day the television would turn on at 4:30 p.m. for the daily airing of Star Trek, George’s favorite show. The TV would then turn off as soon as the show ended, despite the power outage. In addition to strange occurrences like this, it is also rumored that random items would zoom across the room, lights flicker, windows open and close, and fan turns on and off. While George’s pranks are mostly playful, it is said that instances become more serious if George is instigated. ht/The Collegian

University of Arizona

Students and fans of University of Arizona know the famous battle cry that inspired the school’s fight song: “Bear down!” However, many do not know its origins. In 1926, UA student body president and starting quarterback for the football team, John Salmon, was in a car accident. He spent nearly two weeks in the hospital before his death, and just before he took his last breaths whispered the phrase “Tell them…Tell the team to bear down” to his coach, James ‘Pop’ McKale. The campus and community were devastated by his death, as he was very well liked. The university’s first gymnasium was then named the Bear Down Gym in his memory. The staff and maintenance workers of this facility claim they often see the ghost of Salmon walking the halls of the gym. The ghost is always sporting his well-used football jersey and whispers the words “bear down” to them. ht/University of Arizona

Wells College

The Main building at Wells College is said to be one of the most haunted places on campus. While it is now an administration building, it used to serve as a dormitory until students started to refuse to live there. Prior to becoming a dorm, the building served as a student hospital during a flu epidemic and then became a temporary morgue for students who did not survive. After it became a dormitory, many students began suffering random, untimely deaths. Not only do the ghosts of the hospital and morgue hang around, but ghosts of those who died unexpectedly haunt this building, too, according to legend. ht/Huffington Post, Wells College website

Georgetown University

Students and residents of Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown University point fingers at the fifth floor of Healy Hall when it comes to campus hauntings, which supposedly can be traced back to one student’s exorcism chants. The legend of the fifth floor supernatural has been around for years, the alleged source of loud moaning and wailing. The design of the Victorian building built in the late 1800s leads to the speculation of secret floors sealed off with ghostly creatures. Officially, the fifth floor of Healy Hall does not and never has existed, but the tales of this university suggest otherwise. ht/The Examiner

Fix contributor Katie Jones is a student at University of Arizona.

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A Washington D.C.-based private Catholic university is slated to offer a class next semester that is expected to teach students how to promote and protect abortion coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act.

The course, “Regulatory Advocacy: Women and the Affordable Care Act,” is set to be taught at Georgetown Law, and it has upset staunch Catholics, according to The Cardinal Newman Society, which first reported on the new academic offering.

“We have long warned about Georgetown scandals that undermine the Church’s strong defense of innocent life,” Patrick Reilly, society president, told Catholic Education Daily. “But here students are being required to work for a pro-abortion lobby, making America’s oldest Catholic university an active agent of the culture of death.”

The course will hone in on “regulatory advocacy as it pertains to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and women’s health,” and calls on students to work with the National Women’s Law Center “to develop projects that will assist in the organization’s regulatory advocacy efforts.” The law center publicly supports Obamacare and its mandate requiring religious institutions provide insurance coverage for abortions and other birth control.

The class will be taught by Professor Kelli Garcia, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She oversees its efforts to “address religious restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health services,” according to her online Georgetown profile.

Catholic Education Daily, in reporting on this issue, points out Garcia has written a love poem in honor of Planned Parenthood, supports the abortion mandate, and has proclaimed that institutions that refuse to provide contraceptive coverage are simply using their religion to discriminate against women.

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