Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Born to run something else, maybe


Marquette University has a new university president, Father Scott R. Pilarz. I don’t think this will inspire confidence in Marquette’s alumni:

Pilarz exuded warmth and easy humor throughout his remarks. He’s equally comfortable quoting 16th century poets and the poet laureate of his home state, rocker Bruce Springsteen.

It was a work of providence, he said, that his inauguration occurred on Springsteen’s 62nd birthday.

“Marquette, baby, we are clearly born to run,” Pilarz said, to applause from students, faculty, honored guests and alumni gathered at the Al McGuire Center.

He concluded his remarks with a return to Springsteen, saying that The Boss’ album “The River” was appropriate for Marquette.

“On that album, he sings of the ties that bind. Today, we celebrate the ties that bind us to this place and to one another. Ties that enrich our days, ties that ultimately give us evidence of God’s work and God’s grace, active on this sacred ground at Marquette.”

In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
Its a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Run kids, run. Maybe they can find a Catholic university.

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