All of us have known someone in the midst of deep, relentless despair, someone whose challenges in life seem so intractable, so overwhelming that there doesn't appear to be a way out. Sadly some people feel so hopeless that their will to live evaporates. Others somehow manage to move forward toward whatever light glimmers at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Brian Shanley is living proof of what it means to have hope -- real hope -- in the throes of agonizing anguish.
Brian Shanley grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, attended Providence College, and, for graduate school, Salve Regina University, where he now serves as associate dean of admissions. Shanley lives with his wife and son in Newport, Rhode Island.
Providence College has offered a new five-year contract to President Brian Shanley, who has led the private Catholic college for the last decade.
Shanley, a member of the Dominican order, has presided over the construction of a new building to house PC's humanities program, a two-year requirement for all students, and the accreditation of a new business school. He is also credited with shepherding a reorganization of the Big East Athletic Conference.
Providence College says it is following up with students cited for loud parties in the neighborhood around the college.
Providence police have started putting orange stickers on houses that repeatedly cause problems. PC President Rev. Brian Shanley says the college reviews police reports and considers whether students involved in the parties should be disciplined.
"If students are involved with off campus activities that are detrimental, we bring them in and we talk about it, so we are not laissez-faire about this at all," Shanley said.