Notre Dame "slaps" Saint Mary's Maynooth program
By Paul McGinn
I have learned that Notre Dame students on scholarship may no longer use their scholarship money to pay for their year abroad at the National University of Ireland-Maynooth.
The apparent reason? Saint Mary's runs the Maynooth program, and Notre Dame has it own program in Ireland — at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.
I abhor such a decision. Saint Mary's College students and its Maynooth program coordinator have, for some two decades, opened their arms to dozens of Notre Dame students. Now it appears that Notre Dame has returned the affection — with a slap.
Of course, some Notre Dame pencil pusher will argue that transferring scholarship money to Saint Mary's doesn't make sense when Notre Dame now has its own program in Ireland. Sure it does, if the students want to study in a big city and not pass up the chance to spend a full year in a program that could transform their lives.
All Viewpoint Stories for Wednesday, October 27, 1999