Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Catholic universities educate the whole person, you know:

Jarvis, David Wegrzyn and the Rev. Donald J. Harrington may wish to take a few seconds out of their hectic schedules sometime very soon and cozy up to a copy of the St. John's University Mission Statement, which reads, in part:

"Our community, which comprises members of many faiths, strives for an openness which is ‘wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise.' "

If the university's basketball coach, athletic director and president did that, perhaps they would finally understand how little honesty, purity, decency or virtue have been valued around Utopia Parkway since Nov. 17, when forward Grady Reynolds was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment of Rachel Seager, a 20-year-old member of the school's swim team.

Reynolds, released on $500 bail, has yet to miss a game for the 2-0 Red Storm. Jarvis intends to play him again on Saturday, when St. John's plays Fordham at the Garden.

"Why shouldn't he play?" Jarvis asked yesterday in a calm, defiant voice. "It would be inappropriate not to play him. I know what happened. To me, there is no reason to tell the young man he can't play when it hasn't been proven that he's done anything wrong."

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