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Sex, lies, and hook-up culture

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It seems that easy sex is rampant on college campuses today, but new research reveals that students really want romance.

When Donna Freitas offered a class on dating and spirituality at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, she didn’t know her students would want to change the social scene at the Catholic liberal arts school. But when they learned that none of them liked the culture of casual sex on campus, they decided to create a newspaper discussing “hook-up culture” and got the whole school talking about it.


Facebook spurs inadvertent romances

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If you're a current college student, chances are Facebook.com is the homepage on your laptop. Which means you're spending way more time learning about your school's fun-spirited co-eds than the world's famous thinkers. And chances are, you'll acknowledge the addiction unabashedly.


Basic Training: Catholic college students at the SOA vigil

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Catholic college students get schooled in peace and protest at the annual School of the Americas vigil.

 

"Close it down!" Patrick Eccles, a Loyola University Chicago chaplain, shouted to a group of 50 Loyola students about to embark on a trip to Columbus, Georgia to protest the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA). "Close it down," they replied weakly, seeming unsure of their voices, mission, and comrades.


Marked for life

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Former full-time volunteers confess that their experiences change them for good.

 


Must love God: Catholics and online dating

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Can Catholics find their soul mates in cyberspace?

 

Jen Perkovich, a 26-year-old nurse from Woodbury, Minnesota, flinched when she spotted Ryan Dick’s personal ad on Match.com.

“Look at this guy!” she shrieked. “What a player!”


We're just not that into you

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Why aren't more young adults making it to Mass? We went straight to the source for answers. Their reasons, they say, range from a crowded calendar to disenchantment with the church to just prefering to stay in with the Sunday paper.

 

WHEN MOLLY MATTESICH SERVED as a Peace Corps volunteer two years ago in the West African nation of Mali, she relied on audio tapes of Sunday Mass to stay connected to her Catholic faith during her two-year tenure in the predominantly Muslim nation.


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