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Common courtesy

Nicole McMillan | Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dear Mr. Davis,

In response to your letter “Game Weekend Anthems” published on Oct. 11, I would like to point out that Mr. Labate was by no means imposing on your right to freedom of speech and expression. There is a difference between blaring music out your window and blaring music in your room. Of course you are more than welcome to listen to whatever music you want in the comfort of your own room at volumes that don’t disturb the people living around you. This is called being considerate.

In the original letter, Sorin was only used as an example. but it makes no difference where you are on campus. Every dorm, whether or not it’s close to the Basilica, represents our student body and our University. I would hope that anyone in any dorm who chooses to blast music out of his or her window should select songs that are appropriate, especially on a football weekend when there are many families and alumni on campus. Playing music from dorms contributes to the exciting atmosphere on campus and is a traditional part of Notre Dame football Saturdays. However, when you turn up the volume of your music to a certain point, you’re no longer the only person listening. You’re playing your music to an audience and must keep that audience in mind when making your song selections.

I would ask anyone on campus that chooses to play music out of his or her windows to select music free of profanities that is appropriate and represents Notre Dame in a positive way.

Nicole McMillan


Farley Hall

Oct. 12