A Partnership in Excellence
Mannix College is the only traditional denominational university residential college affiliated with Monash University. Together for over half a century, Mannix and Monash have forged a unique partnership in excellence.
The College is grounded in the Catholic tradition and seeks to give expression to Catholic values in all aspects of College life. In this way the College aims to be a visible and active presence of the Catholic Church at Monash University.
To foster in our residents a desire and capacity to make a difference in the world.
Everything we do is animated by the cornerstones of our Ethos – Dignity and Love.
The Catholic view of life is for people to flourish and achieve the greatest joy and happiness possible. At Mannix we want you to have the time of your life. If we were using a metaphor for life at Mannix, we might adopt that of an open fire.
Our desire is for residents to experience an environment that is bright, one that radiates warmth. A place you want to gather around, whilst at the same time providing a sense of peace. Mannix should be a place you want to keep stoking and adding to, to keep the fire burning.
We believe the two pillars of our Catholic Ethos, Dignity and Love, enable us to provide the best possible environment for the open fire to burn brightly and safely, within. These pillars are like the nerve centre of the College – they direct and drive everything we say think and do.
Dignity: The Catholic belief is everyone of us is created in the image and likeness of God
That’s significant – it says every resident precious regardless of what you look like – where you are from – the monetary wealth of your family – the course you are doing – your academic, sporting or artistic capacity.
You are precious simply because you are a human being – nothing but the absolute best should be for you…that’s what you should be striving for.
In practice this looks like:
- every resident applying themselves to their studies and achieving the best results they are capable of. A minimum of a pass average must be achieved
- treating themselves with respect – not compromising themselves with behaviours that are degrading to theirs, or others well being
- treating everyone – residents – staff – visitors and neighbours with fundamental respect…including how they treat property
Love: Dictionary note: Delete for a moment the notion of romantic love from your mind!
We see Love as being an act of the will – Willing the good of the other , for the other, and doing something concrete about it
It’s unconditional – we act and do for others regardless of whether they have done anything, or will do anything for us.
In practice this looks like you will:
- give of your talents for the betterment of others. If you:
- have artistic gifts you will share them at Formal Dinners
- are good at sport you will be active in this space
- have leadership capacity – you will take responsibility and lead
- are academically gifted you will support others with their learning
- take advantage of the opportunities we have to do something concrete for the poor by participating in social outreach – whether local or international. (The Catholic faith has a particular focus on service for the poor, based on Christ’s teaching),
- embrace the community – not keep to yourself or a selected clique
- use your best personality traits to add joy and life to the community
- challenge poor behaviour because you care about the people concerned. If they are not challenged, they run the risk of falling into patterns that will be treated with disdain by others. They risk developing a character that will be a ball and chain holding their lives back
The essence of ‘Love’ viewed this way, might be captured by the term: ‘Others Centred’ We want Mannix to be a place that is others centred.
When it’s about “me”, that’s when we often see behaviours we will never accept, and always challenge.
Back to the analogy of the fireplace:
When people behave in a me centred way, they might think it’s just adding a log to the fire – making it burn with more vigour.
In reality, it’s about the fire shifting from the confines and safety of the fireplace into the ceiling – that’s when damage gets done – people get angry – some emotionally hurt or physically injured.
That’s why we have behaviour expectations and consequences for when people step outside them. Challenge of antisocial, “me” behaviours is an important element of a loving climate – willing the good of the resident – knowing behaviour not challenged is in fact condoned. Wanting to ensure every resident acts with the dignity they have as a human being.
Whilst we recognise that not everyone at Mannix is of Catholic faith, we believe the two pillars of the Mannix Ethos, Dignity and Love, are applicable to individuals of all beliefs and as such we expect all residents to live by these values.