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Poetry is hard

| Monday, September 25, 2017

I’m getting to the point where I’m OK with calling myself a poet. Yes, I still kind of feel like I’m wrecking the word, and I’m also all too aware that to declare oneself a poet is to sort of proclaim that you’re a Grade-A obnoxious person, but let’s be read more

The planes at JFK

| Monday, September 25, 2017

In the 1970s, my grandfather would go to John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport to film the planes, and my father would go with him to make a small fortune. The planes mesmerized my grandfather. He would pull off to the side of the highway near JFK, take out a read more

America’s own Don Quixote

| Monday, September 25, 2017

Can you imagine what the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia would have looked like if the founding fathers refused to listen to what the other members had to say? Can you imagine what would have happened if James Madison made pronouncements without any foundation and anticipated the potential arguments of read more

In search of hot dog man

| Monday, September 25, 2017

It was fall of my freshman year, a hot autumn night, a Wednesday to be precise. I was in my room when the phone rang. It was my friend who had a rough day and wanted to do something wild. I, being the adventurous and bold person that I read more

The essential truths of ‘Moonlight’

| Friday, September 22, 2017

I got around to watching “Moonlight” at the end of the summer, just before returning to school. The 2016 Best Picture perfectly executed what I hope to find in every film I watch: specificity. If you haven’t seen it, “Moonlight” is a fascinating look into the coming of age read more

Preventing Catholic jihadist judges

| Friday, September 22, 2017

Had Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing to serve as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the seventh circuit been scheduled in the late 1590s, William Shakespeare may have based an entire gossip and rumor-filled chapter on judicial political posturing in his read more

Hope for change at the university I love

| Thursday, September 21, 2017

Over the weekend, I had the privilege to attend a certain conference thanks to the help of the Office of Student Enrichment and their assistance. The conference is called Out 4 Undergrad (O4U) and they had conferences geared towards college students that identified as LGBTQ+ all across the country read more