A small group then walked next door to Olivia Music Hall for a choir practice, led by Stephen Grimm (’75), in preparation for Mass on Sunday. Others opted to stay in Tracy and continue to practice their newly learned dance moves. Having worked up a good appetite, everyone then headed to Gould Commons for a delicious Peruvian pork and rice dinner.
Then it was down to Dolben Library for study hall. Students prepared readings from the 19th century biologist Jean-Henri Fabre as well as St. Thomas’ fifth way for proving the existence of God. The material provokes a fascinating continuation of yesterday’s discussion about God’s existence, as they argue for the necessity of an intelligent designer.
After study hall, many prayed the Rosary in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel before returning to the Dolben auditorium for a talk on art and beauty by Dr. John Nieto, a member of the College’s California teaching faculty. The lecture began with Dr. Nieto’s own experience of beauty and St. Thomas’ definition of the term, and then focused on various aspects of paintings that the programmers will see later today in a special outing to an art museum.
Iced mochas were awaiting students back in the coffee shop upon the conclusion of the talk, and everyone enjoyed a little social time in Tracy Student Center before heading back to their residence halls. Today features what promises to be an unforgettable trip to both an art museum and a concert starring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, so be sure to check back for photos and details!