|Precepts of St. Anthony|
A statement of principles shared by the members of St. Anthony Hall.
We believe learning is a life-long process we engage in together with our brothers and sisters.
St. Anthony Hall’s primary purposes are to form lasting relationships which enrich our members throughout their lives and to further the intellectual growth of its members. We recognize that younger members benefit from the life experience of older members and that older members similarly benefit from the exploration and enthusiasm of our younger members. We consider our membership to be lifelong and that we are each personally obligated to participate in the Hall and our communities.
We believe learning requires exploration and we create that learning environment within our chapter communities.
We value the opportunity to be members of the learning communities at the institutions where our chapters meet. St. Anthony Hall is dedicated to its members’ academic learning. We expect each member to strive for academic excellence, for that is the purpose of attending an academic institution. We recognize there are many other kinds of learning - social, athletic, artistic, among others - all of which are important to our members. We also recognize academic exploration is a life-long process of forming theories, testing them and building upon them. Because of the life-long process and learning’s many forms, we strive to create a learning environment where such explorations can occur within the family of our members. Such an environment cannot be created where any member is asked to humiliate
We build bonds of trust among our members to support each other's learning.
We recognize the essence of trust is knowing each of our members shares basic respect for the views, opinions and lives of other people and, particularly, of our other members. We expect our members to live lives in which they extend common courtesy not only to each other but to everyone they meet. Members can be distinguished by the care they take in treating other people as they themselves wish to be treated. This courtesy, or fidelity to society's most basic norms, provides a foundation of trust on which all of our members' other learning is based.
We use our different talents and perspectives respectfully to help us learn and grow Hall members come from all walks of life from all over the world.
Our members understand that different backgrounds give us many different perspectives and talents. Rather than focusing on the conflict that differences sometimes create, we focus on the learning opportunities those differences create and on the benefits those different talents provide.
We live lives of moderation.
We understand the many benefits and experiences our lives bring to us. As members of academic communities where many resources are uniquely available, we understand overuse of any resource is a temptation to which we cannot afford to succumb. Just as St. Anthony shunned his visions in the desert, we understand the value of enjoying all that life brings to us while recognizing the need to discipline ourselves against any excess. We encourage members to seek out life’s higher pleasures and to shun all excess, whether in pure learning or more mundane matters such as eating, drinking or relationships. When we find members having difficulty with that discipline, we take measures to teach that discipline to our members, to guide members to seek better teachers or, where needed, treatment for
We are good citizens.
As members of some of the United States' oldest academic institutions and members of one of the oldest fraternities in the country, we recognize our association must have some higher purpose since "to whom much is given, much is expected." Thus, we recognize each member has a personal responsibility to use the resources and talents made available to him or her through the Hall to improve his or her community. Similarly, we recognize we cannot allow ourselves to use those resources in a manner inconsistent with the duty of any citizen to obey the social contract, whether the contract is represented by the Constitution or by local laws and regulations. To that end, we confront with brotherly and sisterly firmness those members who break those laws without expecting to face the legitimate