This week the Scholars explored a range of different sources that document college life at St Ignatius College over its first fifty years on Roosevelt Road. No two sources yield the same types of information, allowing us to explore the experience of students and faculty in all its complexity and richness.
LITERARY MAGAZINE: The St. Ignatius Collegian
Andrew uncovers the complicated – and at times contradictory – intellectual climate of St Ignatius College through its literary magazine. He shows how the magazine’s staff embraced realism in literature but took distinctly anti-reform positions on hot button issues in opinion pieces.
Beyond a profusion of social events at St Ignatius College, Bianca discovers a concerned engagement with contemporary political issues at the college in the 1890s. Shannon looks at past efforts by St Ignatius College to market itself.
VICE PRESIDENT’S DIARY
In Brendan and Guy’s analysis, the Vice President’s Diary is revealed to reflect the particular interests of the Jesuit who held the position at the time, rather than a single universal concern. In 1871-72 his focus was on the Jesuits running the institution, yet by 1887-88 it had shifted to the students themselves. Claire finds potential antecedents to various Loyola traditions in the events of the 1877/78 school year.