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Page 6 September 1 Z, 1998 N WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Univer- sity of Notre Dame and Georgetown University made the U.S. News and World Report's latest list of the best national universities in the country. Notre Dame, run by the Congregation of the Holy Cross in South Bend, Ind., placed 18th on the Washington-based magazine's 1998 list of the top 25 national universities. Georgetown, a Jesuit-run university in Washington, was 20th. Both schools moved up one notch from their ranking last year. Tile magazine also named on separate lists the best national liberal arts colleges, the best regional colleges and universities and the best regional liberal arts colleges. The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., at 30th, was the only Catholic school on the list of the top 40 national liberal arts colleges. More than half of the top 15 regional universities in the North were Catholic institutions. They include: Villanova Uni- versity in Villanova, Pa. (1); Providence College, Providence, R.I. (2); Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. (3-tie); Loyola College, Baltimore (3-tie); University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa. (3-tie); St. Michael College, Colchester, Vt. (11); and St. Jo- seph University, Philadelphia (15). Only three Catholic schools -- Loyola University in New Orleans (8), Spring College, Mobile, Ala. (11-tie), and Wheel- ingJesuit University, Wheeling, W.Va. (1 l- tie) were on the list of top 15 regional universities in the South. In the Midwest, six Catholic colleges were in the top 15. They include: Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. (1); University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio (3); John Carroll University, Cleveland (5); Xavier University, Cincinnati (8); Univer- sity of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. (9); and Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo. (14). There were eight Catholic .schools among the top 15 regional universities in the West. They were: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calit: (2); Loyola Marymount Uni- versity, Ins Angeles (3); Gonzaga Univer- sity, Spokane, Wash. (5); St. Mary College of Calitornia, Moraga, Cali (7-tie); Univer- sity of Portland, Portland, Ore. (7-tie); Mount St. Mary College, Los Angeles (11); Seattle University, Seattle (13); and St. Mary University, San Antonio (14). There were no Catholic schools among the top 10 regional liberal arts colleges in the South and only one in the West -- Carroll College in Helena, Mont., which placed ninth. In the North, six Catholic liberal arts colleges were ranked in the top 10, in- cluding: Stonehill College, North Easton, Mass. (2); St. Anselm College, Manches- ter, N.H. (3); Le Moyne College, Syra- cuse, N.Y. (5); Regis College, Weston, Mass. (7); Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pa. (8-tie); and King's College, Wilkes- Barre, Pa. (8-tie). In the Midwest, St. Mary College in South Bend, Ind., ranked first among lib- eral arts colleges and St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis., was fourth. OO0 Please consider making a contribution to the STEP FOR SCHEP Walk-a-Thon I October 17th to support Our Lady of Good Counsel School. Mail your checks to: Monsignor Scheper Endowment Fund Our Lady of Good Counsel School 1321 South Van Buren Street Little Rock, AR 72204 Event to be held It 1:00.4:00 pm I Ecott Fklld I Uttle Rock I ARKANSAS CATHOLIC A national survey of teens found-that those who attend religious services regularly are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who do not attend regular services. Those who offend religious services: [] 4 times a month Less than once a month Have smokedDrank in the Smoked cigarette marijuana past month in past month Say at least Know friend or half their classmate who friends drink has used illegal drugs Source: Luntz Research for The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University 1998 CNS Graphics By Patricia Zapor CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON -- Teens who are regularly involved in religious services are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or use marijuana than those who do not attend services, according to a new national study on teen substance abuse. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that 8 percent of teens who attend religious services at least four times a month smoked cigarettes. That compared to the 22 percent of teens who smoke among those who participate in religious activities less than once a month. The study also found that 13 percent of teens who go to a church or synagogue once a week or more have smoked mari- juana, compared to 39 percent of those who are less involved in religious activi- ties. The results were released in Wash- ington Sept. 1 by the center's president, Joseph A. Cali/ano Jr., Iormer secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Use of alcohol also was less common among religiously involved teens, with 19 percent of those who regularly attend reli- giotLs services saying they had had an alco- holic drink in the last 30 days, compared to 32 percent of those who participate in church activities less than once a month. "Religion is a most significant factor in 12- to 17-year-olds staying off drugs, ciga- rettes and alcohol," Califano said. Teens who are active in religious groups also were le s likely to have friends who drink or use illeffal drugs, according to the study. Other factors that seem to have a posi- tive effect in teens avoiding smoking, drinking and using drugs include active parental involvement and school use of locker searches, drug testing and zero tolerance policies, the study found. "Parents have enormous influence over their children," Califano said the survey showed. 'q'eens who do not smoke pot credit their parents for this decision. Pa- rental involvement is a critical protective factor. "The more often teens eat dinner their parents, the less likely they are smoke, drink or use marijuana, he tinued. "Parents who insist on where their teens are after school, whO e dinner with them frequently, who home after school and who talk to kids, are likeliest to be parents of who don't smoke, use ij Among the survey's other findingS: Seventy-eight percent of the teenS hsf veved said religion is important m " 't ~ lives, while 22 percent described t not imnortant . ..eno Forty-nine percent said they atL church activities or religious services least four times a month. Teens who get drunk or smoke regularly are two times likelier religion is unimportant in their than those who do not. Seventy-eight percent of teens drugs are used, sold and kept at schools. Teens were more likely than and principals to consider drugs most significant problem l,untz Research Companies 1,000 teen-agers aged 12 to 17,824 ers and 822 principals. Mass on Odyssey changes time NEW YORK (CNS) -- Effec Nov. 2, the interfaith cable chant Odyssey will move the time weekday Mass from 9 a.m. to 8 The Sunday Mass dme will at 9 a.m. Most Masses will continue to hate from St. Ann E Scranton, Pa., Odyssey said in announcement. But on special occasions will show the Mass at St. Patrick thedral in New York, San Cathedral in San Antonio, locations.