What is the purpose of a university education? Why are you here? Ideological tools of analysis. In his sermon during the opening mass last year, University President Fr. John Jenkins said much as opportunities to intervene directly in the war in Ukraine were foreclosed to the attending faithful, they could continue to make sense of the occurrences of the time in their classrooms. This is what he was appealing to: the idea of the university as the site for strategic retreats where students acquire the tools to make sense of reality.