Lighting the Lamp of Knowledge
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James. J. Annarelli
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
September 3, 2008
According to the Book of Genesis, light is the oldest gift – a sign of the victory of meaning and being over chaos and the void. In the academic world, light also symbolizes knowledge and truth. As Dean Chapin, Professor Bill Kelly, and ECOS President Blake Johnson light the Lamp of Knowledge, they do so as a way of expressing our commitment as an academic community to those values that sustain us as individuals, nourish us as a community of learning, and inspire us to serve the needs of others.