Wednesday, February 07, 2007

St. John’s Officials Nix Controversial Play

Eve Ensler's infamous play will not be performed at St. John's University in Queens, of which I am a graduate. This is good, and surprising, news.

"The Rev. James Maher, vice president of student affairs at the Jamaica Estates campus, said the university took great care in weighing the issues, “and concluded that the performance, by its very nature, was unsuitable subject matter in keeping with Catholic teachings and our Vincentian mission.”

Despite turning down the play, Maher said St. John’s supports raising awareness and education about violence against women “and we will continue to provide resources to this end with programs and services each year.”

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