PAX is Spring Hill College's online magazine focused on peace and justice issues. PAX is intended to give Spring Hill students, from all disciplines, the opportunity to publish content related to a social issue or topic of interest. Spring Hill College was founded on Catholic social teaching and it is this background as well as a secular social justice understanding that encourages students and faculty to promote peace and justice on our campus and around the world.

PAX

Winter 2014

Hello PAX Readers!

I hope you enjoy this issue as you prepare for Spring Break (even though it's still winter) and that you can engage with social justice issues on your vacations.  Whether you're on an Immersion trip abroad or catching beads at a Mardi Gras parade, you can make an impact just by increasing your own awareness of issues around you.  

I'm always a little sad when the Olympics end.  Even when I'm not invested in the sporting events, I love hearing examples of national pride and universal solidarity.  I was particularly interested in Sochi because of all the speculation and press surrounding Russia's anti-gay laws. Though the athletes were awe-inspiring, my favorite part of the Winter Games was seeing spectators, commentators and athletes show defiance of Russian laws without disrupting the peace. They proved that indirect impact can be just as empowering and revolutionary.  We can always choose to do something when we see injustice in practice.  

Thank you to our contributors and to Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio for her assistance with this issue and everything else she does. 

Aislinn Shevlin

Thank You Honduras

By: 
Emily Ellis
Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

Touching down in this foreign country, I was ready to help you

You were the one who needed new clothes and toys,
You were the one who needed a new house, one that wasn’t built with mud and sticks.
You were the one who needed a tooth brush, for the few teeth you had left,
You were the one who needed pity, raising four boys in a hut.
You were the village that needed running water and electricity,
You were the one who needed help.

Belize Mission

Date: 
Friday, January 31st, 2014
Belize Mission

Review of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

After witnessing inhumane atrocities directed towards specific religious and ethnic groups during the Holocaust and the Second World War, humanitarians, religious figures, and political figures across the world were adamant about not enduring more of these hardships and “violations of human dignity” (Glendon, Loc 91). Consequently, the human rights project was initiated by the Allies of the United Nations to provide consolation to the countries and groups of people that had been significantly impacted by the World War. Thus, the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was started. As a whole the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “aimed at prevention” of violating or disregarding human rights (Glendon, Loc 111). However, the creators were posed with question of precisely what the document was protecting. With an early foundation of natural rights composed by previous philosophical thinkers, the writers believed the Declaration should contain civil, political, economic and social liberties.

Malala's Movement

Date: 
Friday, January 31st, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Malala Yousafzai before, prepare to be amazed.  So far she’s become the youngest nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize and she’s won other humanitarian awards for her human rights activism and promotion of female education.  She’s taken on the Taliban and was shot in the face, almost fatally, for it. She’s addressed the United Nations and she’s now a published author.  Oh, did I mention she’s sixteen?

Lessons in Poetry and Life

Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

Throughout my service experience, I have learned a variety of different things. First, I know that there is a little Shakespeare in everyone, no matter how young or old. Second, children can teach important lessons to adults just as much as adults to children. Third, imaginations are gifts every child receives, but most of the time, puts aside even at early ages. Fourth, I realize that even second graders like video games. Finally, even though you don’t mean you, you always, always get attached to your students.

Solidarity

By: 
Marie Booth
Date: 
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Solidarity

 

Modern Family

By: 
Erin Claxton
Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

The definitions of the American family and of the nuclear family are changing. In the past, the typical family in theory consisted of a working father, a stay at home mother and, of course, well-rounded children. Today, less than 20 percent of American families fit into this cookie cutter image.  American households have never been more diverse. (Natalie Angier New York Times article).

Spreading Spring Hill's Message

Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

Spring Hill College’s mission statement states: “Forming leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice, and service for life.” I take pride in going to my community service area every week. It gives me a sense of joy and happiness to know that I am helping others and influencing them in a positive way.

Beautiful Heart

Date: 
Friday, January 31st, 2014

Beautiful baby boy
You are perfect
You are innocent
You can do no wrong
Beautiful little boy
Rebellious as can be
Confused and unsure
Of your heart
Beautiful young man
They tell you who to love
They tell you it's a choice
Beautiful young man
They tell you are wrong
You're sick
They say
A chemical imbalance
You can't love him
They tell you
Beautiful young man
They tell you
You are wrong
Stand up and tell them
Beautiful young man
They are wrong...

 

ESL Reflection

By: 
Jenia Bello
Date: 
Friday, January 31st, 2014
I have been volunteering at ESL, English as a Second Language since I began attending Spring Hill College in August of 2012.  I am 75% Cuban, born and raised in Miami, so not surprisingly, Spanish was my first language.  Since I am familiar with both languages, I was placed in the foundations teaching class, an introductory to English. I can translate easily and I do it in a way that the students can understand since I know exactly how difficult it can be.

Justice Through Their Eyes:A Short Story

Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

 

They watched in unseen thought from their seats in Abney Park, both reflecting on the goals they had spent their lives working toward. Neither had seen those goals achieved in their lifetime, but others had picked up where they left and their work carried on long after they died.

“However long it took, it seems your vision eventually became reality,” the one on the right remarked.

A Friend in Need

Date: 
Friday, February 28th, 2014

I love to help out a friend
Bringing kindness to a limit of no end
Like a rose that illuminates beauty
I illuminate my charm through my duty
Seeing their smiles shine so bright
Opens up a new chapter in life
Take care of someone in need
Plant seeds here and there
Let them grow everywhere
Because my seed has been planted
Growing everywhere it is wanted

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