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Accessibility

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thank you, The Observer staff, for your thoughtful series last week on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. It is an extremely important topic worthy of continued attention and priority. We agree wholeheartedly that our community must be inclusive and accessible in order to allow students, faculty and read more

Thank you from the MSA

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A week ago, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) organized our second “Hijab Day.” More than 200 people stopped by our booth in front of DeBartolo to ask about the hijab (specifically the headscarf) and Islam, to experience the hijab or simply to grab a free scarf and a Krispy read more

Look within, see beyond

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

“What are you doing after graduation?” I am going home for the summer. Although a short response, this answer explains it all. Yes, I don’t have a job. Yes, I am a business major. Yes, I don’t have my life figured out. No, I am not a failure. No, read more

About myself

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I hate writing Inside Columns. This is only the second one I have ever written and I am somewhat proud of the fact that I have been on staff the last four years, even serving as Saint Mary’s Editor, and could always avoid picking one up, pawning them off on read more

White robes and black

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Confessions extracted under duress or torture are inherently suspect. Perhaps the best summary of the evils of torture and confession-based convictions was the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Chambers v. Florida, announced on Lincoln’s Birthday in 1940. Following a lurid show trial, Florida convicted four African-American tenant farmers of read more

The things we cannot say

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The August before my junior year of high school, I visited campus for the first time as a prospective student. The University of Notre Dame had previously existed only in my imagination, and it seemed perfect. It was in a location that would be just far enough out of read more

420

Unsafe at any weed

| Monday, April 25, 2016

In terms of annoying holidays, “420” falls somewhere between Guy Fawkes Day and International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day. The Internet, and occasionally real life, becomes infested with annoying stoners agitating for their hobby. In recent years, recreational cannabis use has been legitimized as a number of states move toward legalization. A read more

Odd year blues

| Monday, April 25, 2016

Don’t look now folks, but we’re a third of the way through 2016 and already we have a lot to talk about. There’s been a leap day and hotly contested battles for the presidential nominations, and that’s not to mention the upcoming Summer Olympics. Yet maybe — ladies and read more

Laetare: In defense of ND decision

| Monday, April 25, 2016

Laetare (“rejoice”), Notre Dame! Congratulations! You have wisely and courageously decided to honor Vice-President Joe Biden and Speaker John Boehner. Thus you teach that public service is the noblest way of life and the surest road to heaven, and that the real purpose of an education is to learn read more

Laetare Medal: Then and now

| Monday, April 25, 2016

Some time ago I resolved not to tangle in fruitless spats with the Catholic right. However, Tim Bradley’s precocious claim in an April 14 letter to The Observer declaring Vice-President Biden unworthy of the Laetare Medal proved too great a goad. Apparently, Biden’s pro-choice position puts him beyond the read more