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The minefield of American racism

| Friday, September 19, 2014

When former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum visited Notre Dame this week on tour for his new book, “Blue Collar Conservatives,” he enthusiastically advocated a controversial solution to poverty in America, noting that America’s political leaders should express their support for marriage and family. Santorum cited a CDC report that read more

Religion’s ethical failure

| Friday, September 19, 2014

Last month’s 11-count felony conviction of 1976 Notre Dame alumnus and former Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell, is an indictment against his religious-based education’s failure to inculcate business ethics. Specifically, McDonnell — Virginia’s Republican political poster boy for strong conservative religious convictions and clean, family values — earned his law read more

Take a hint from NASA

| Friday, September 19, 2014

It can be easy, in the wake of everything that’s being talked about in the news these days, to get awfully depressed. Domestic violence and child abuse in the NFL. Another ground war looms in the Middle East. Threats of terror attacks from ISIS and other formless yet nefarious read more

Increase our print quota

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let’s face it: Notre Dame students have a tendency to complain, especially over any new policy that the University enacts. While usually exaggerated, the uproar about Notre Dame’s most recent change to the print quota has clearly become an issue that is affecting students’ ability to succeed academically. At read more

A Series of ND pride

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I love traveling. From simple day trips at the beach to spending spring break in Chicago, something about visiting new places has always enthralled me. That’s why when one of my jobs offered me the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis for this past weekend’s Shamrock Series I couldn’t say read more

On empty classrooms

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Willis Konick retired in 2007 as one of the University of Washington’s most sought-after professors. For Willis, as his students called him, the classroom had changed over the years. According to the Seattle Times, ” said teaching Dostoyevsky novels in the 1960s was easy because he didn’t need read more

I love my taters

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There are many things I missed about Notre Dame this summer: friends, dorm life and of course the golden … crispiness of dining hall tater tots. Staying true to my Irish heritage, potatoes make up a substantial part of my diet. In “Forrest Gump,” Bubba calls shrimp “the fruit read more

Humanity, not the “awkward”

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ingredients: 2-20 teaspoons of uncomfortable situations on any given day 1 cup of humanity Recipe does not call for any “Awkward” I have this horrible tendency to run away from situations that make me uncomfortable. I wish I meant this in a figurative sense, but sadly, it’s quite literal. read more