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Nothing wrong with our ‘Reputation’

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Twenty. Eight. Zero.

Twenty is the number of dollars I will pay Megan Rybarczyk (“Our reputation: a sober reality,” March 23) to transfer to a different school. Eight is the number of times I vomited over spring break. Zero is the number of times I regret vomiting during spring break.

Ulysses S. Grant was able to win the Civil War and serve as the 18th President of the United States of America all while being a world renowned booze hound. The most important thing Notre Dame students have to worry about is what time to go to the dinning hall. I think we can handle a little moonshine every now and then without killing ourselves.

If God did not want us to partake in the miraculous golden goodness that is beer, then Jesus would not have turned gallons of water into wine at Cana. It is a little known fact that most of the apostles started hanging out with Jesus because of His ability to conjure happiness out of thin air in the form of crunk juice.

Trying to convince college students not to drink makes less sense than the Church of Scientology. As you may or may not know, the term “townie” is not unique to Notre Dame. It has been used by millions of collegians for decades as a way to describe the disgruntled local citizens. They are only disgruntled because they see the fun we are having and are jealous that they cannot partake. Anyone who has visited a friend at a state school can testify to the fact that the party scene at any one of them makes Notre Dame look like a 16th century monastery. If the NCAA decided to make drinking a Division I sport, they would bar Notre Dame from competition on the grounds of lameness. It is therefore imperative that everyone takes the exact opposite advice of Rybarczyk’s prohibition reminiscent letter. We must work diligently to rebuild our reputation in the eyes of our fellow undergrads across the nation and attempt to put the “Fighting” back in the Fighting Irish.

Patrick McMaster


Siegfried Hall

March 27