How Extremely Cool is Thomas Aquinas College?

How Extremely Cool is Thomas Aquinas College? April 4, 2012

Cool enough to have Anthony Hopkins (sorry, no “Sir”, he’s an American citizen now) come and speak at the school:

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  • Jealous! Having graduated from a small, lib arts school (Thomas More, woot!) I know that they do attract some interesting people whose reputation is much bigger than the campus population.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Pretty sure you don’t have to be a British citizen to be a “Sir.” Most are, but I don’t think it’s a requirement.

    • True, but as an American citizen you’re not allowed the title (I think). I could be wrong though.

      • Lydia

        He gave up his British/Commonwealth citizenship when he became an American, so he’s no longer a subject of Queen Elizabeth. Hence, no honorific. You don’t have to be British, but you do have to be a subject.

        • Ryan

          He actually retained his British citizenship, as the UK does not require you to give it up.

          • John

            The U.K. may not require it, but in order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, the U.S. requires the renunciation of all other citizenship.

          • John

            “Title 8 of Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR) \ 8 CFR Part 1337- Oath of allegiance \ § 1337.1 Oath of allegiance.”. U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Retrieved 2011-09-16. “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; …”

  • B.E. Ward

    Dude’s going to become Catholic.. watch.

  • Mark R

    I don’t think Bernard Haitink used the “Sir” title even when he lived in England because is a Dutch citizen. I think it can be used in other Commonwealth countries so long as it is in compliance with their individual laws.

  • FdS
  • Ann

    We had a drop in visit from the Porsche Club of America as well recently:

    The bell tower of the new chapel is a beacon both literally and figuratively.

  • Tim

    Anthony Hopkins has dual citizenship. “Sir” still applies.

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    Even though it says something in the Constitution about no titles of nobility in the U.S.A, we all know that nobody goes by that anymore.

    There’s always “penumbras.” There’s “emanations.” There’s “emantions from penumbras.” All in all, if you’re smart enough, and believe hard enough, the Constitution can become a living, breathing document. And it can take you as fast and as far as you can imagine.

    It’s all about change. Change we can believe in.

    Constitution – Shmonstitution! Call me “Lady Marion.”

  • Nick R

    Regardless, he says to just call him tony in the video. 😉
    This was very cool, and while I’m sad to have missed it, I can’t wait to see who else our belltower reels in.

  • Well, since he tells people to call him “Tony” my guess is he doesn’t care much about the “sir” anyway … 😉

    Incidentally, the scoop from my sister (who’s going to TAC now–I’m a grad) is that Hopkins knows the area around the college well, but had never known the college was there … until the other day when, driving by, he happened to see the bell tower of the very recently completed chapel rising above the trees. Talk about unintended consequences and fortuitous events!

  • Dan

    While any Catholic should hope and pray for this man’s conversion, please let’s not get silly over the fact that an actor, and quite an over-rated one at that (a Paul Scofield he ain’t), spoke at a Catholic college. Interesting, yes. World-shattering, no.

    Let’s hope that more of the ethos of the college rubbed off on him rather than the other way around.

  • digdigby

    I always was taught to use ‘Sir’, even with older homeless gentlemen scrounging for Thunderbird wine. I’m surprised they allowed Hopkins on a Catholic campus after those torrid love scenes he did with Emma Thompson in ‘Remains of the Day’.

    • Mark Shea

      It’s a good thing Pharisees like you are on the job to scrutinize TAC for hints of impurity.

      • digdigby

        I was being facetious. I guess you have never seen ‘Remains of the Day” They don’t even KISS. It is a lovely movie and well worth seeing.

        • Mark Shea

          Okay. It’s hard to judge tone of voice. My bad.

          • digdigby

            Really, though you SHOULD see the movie, I envy you not having seen it.

  • William J Quinn

    One of my favorite spots in all the world.

  • Ana

    Well, I am one up on Mr. Shea since I did get the Remains of the Day line. Cannot believe he hasn’t watched it. I actually found it very frustrating…
    I watched the TAC video the other day. I have a 12 year old daughter, the current SD State Spelling champion I must add, who has chosen TAC as her college three years ago when we visited. So I feel like a TAC mom already. I did like him very well and I too think he seems like a very decent fellow, a lover of beauty, humble, and the idea that he is attracted by the Force behind TAC did cross the mind.

  • john

    He is Welsh and therefore awesome