For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars

Stephanie George, sentenced to life in prison for possession of half a kilo of cocaine, is interviewed in an article written by John Tierney that questions what drug crimes should deserve prison time, as incarercation rates are increasing with no affect on the crime rate. 

“Over the past three decades of stricter drug laws, reduced parole and rigid sentencing rules have lengthened prison terms and more than tripled the percentage of Americans behind bars.” This state spending on corrections and prisoners is cutting into other important state budgets such as higher education. What are state officials doing to decrease crime but also reduce the incarceration rate? Tierney goes into depth about what state officials are working on to correct this problem.

Greg Ousley is Sorry for Killing His Parents. Is That Enough?

An intriguing article about juvenille inmates facing long prison sentences and whether they deserve a second chance to patch their life back together. Scott Anderson writes about this debate through the story of Greg Ousley living in Indiana who killed both his parents at the age of 14 and is serving a 60 year prison sentence.

Greg who is in his early 30s now, is up for consideation for an early release. However, has he learned his lesson and changed his life around since serving his prison term or is he the same person he was 19 years ago when committing the heinous crime of murdering his parents.

A Good Person Speaking Well

Steven Mailloux discusses in his article the idea of “eloquentia perfecta” and its influence in U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. “Eloquentia perfecta” is said to be the ideal Christian who would be a good person who speaks and writes skillfully for the common good. Mailloux spends most of the article describing how the connection between eloquence and virtue (or “eloquentia perfecta”)became the foundation for their educational goals.

Jesuits want to cultivate a student who possesses these traits of virtue and eloquence through rhetoric. Therefore Mailloux goes into further detail about what actions many Jesuit colleges and universities are taking to transform their curriculum to be more geared towards the rhetorical arts which will as a result help students to grow in other fields of study and to keep Jesuit tradition alive and well.

Not for Ourselves Alone

An article written by John O’Malley, S.J. in Conversations of Jesuit Education. The article discusses the rhetorical education in the Jesuit society and illustrates the important role rhetoric has that influenced Jesuits to become a teaching society. The two aspects of Jesuit education according to O’Malley are academic and student- centered. Rhetoric is essential to the development of a student and it gives a sense of wide possibilities of the human spirit. The tradition of Jesuit education has been to have students grow into important posts that are to everybody’s advantage. However there have been many transformations throughout time and it is important that the basic goals remain valid and at the end of the article, as promised O’Malley delivers five bullet points that the Jesuit education should encompass today.

Wait: The Art of Science of Delay

A novel written by Frank Partnoy is about the value of waiting and he uses a wide range of examples. Mr. Partnoy says. “Modern society taps into that hardwiring, tempting us to respond instantly to all kinds of information and demands. Yet we are often better off resisting both biology and technology.” The author’s intention in “Wait:The Art of Science of Delay” is to take on those who evangelize the power of thinking quickly, “getting things done” and leading an organized life. We can praise efficiency but fail to take note of what is sacrificed in its name. “Wait” offers a valuable counterweight to this attitude, reminding us that quality should matter as much as speed. The novel does not peddle secrets of success, though it does contain some inspirational quotes for the slow-at-heart. The book succeeds most when it directs our attention to the range of situations where delay has value and when it counters the widespread intuition that faster is always better.

The Art of Failure

An article written by Malcom Gladwell, working for the New Yorker, discusses how the human mind leads us to failure. Gladwell takes an interesting approach to describe

how we fail and asks the question “are all forms of failure equal?” He uses the two words  ”choking” and “panicking” to define the types of failure that many of us experience and even though many may think these two words are one inthey arefact very specific and different terms. Gladwell goes into detail about the differences through studies and examples of tennis matches, Greg Norman’s loss at the Masters, and the plane crash that took John F. Kennedy’s life and how their situations lead them to failure for different reasons.


“The Art of Failure”