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Trumpism and empire

| Friday, January 20, 2017

On Feb. 15, 1898, the USS Maine sunk in the Havana Harbor. Within the year, the Spanish-American War had begun, and with it America’s path towards global empire. The Treaty of Paris that ended the war ceded vast territories to the United States, to the despair of Mark Twain, read more

Slow down, puzzle more

Slow down, puzzle more

| Friday, January 20, 2017

It’s a common trope, at least in my experience, for reporters to inquire about the downtime hobbies of their celebrity interviewees. You see it all over the internet, in articles and video clips: to unwind, Oprah will occasionally shut herself in her closet in the middle of the work read more

To Walk the Walk of our mission

| Friday, January 20, 2017

The latest rankings are out, and Notre Dame is 105th, far behind rivals Stanford (19), Michigan (48), and USC (85). But this isn’t the latest college football recruiting index, algorithm, or poll. This is the College Access Index, the New York Times’ September 2015 ranking of 179 elite American read more

Jenkins must invite Trump to commencement

| Friday, January 20, 2017

In an early December interview with The Observer, University President Fr. John Jenkins reflected on a myriad of reasons to either ignore or invite incoming President-elect Donald Trump to speak at Commencement in May. Jenkins — University president since 2005, who has personally only invited President Barack Obama in 2009 read more

How to child

| Thursday, January 19, 2017

There are too many books on how to parent and not enough books on how to child. Parents take their job seriously, as reflected by the number of books written and read on the subject. When these parents were kids, why did they not care enough about being a read more

No laughing matter

| Thursday, January 19, 2017

Think of some comedy classics — the type of films that are revered almost universally by young and old alike, staples for any true comedic connoisseur. You know what I’m talking about — “Caddyshack,” “The Big Lebowski,” “The Blues Brothers,” etc. These films are seen as infallible, and why shouldn’t read more

Tuning in to Christmas carols

| Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Catholic Church and I have many things we disagree on. But the intent of this column is not to be some papal bull from the 14th century, only studied in specialized history classes. It’s maybe a month after the fact, but one very accessible complaint I make of read more

Meryl Streep and progressive ignorance

| Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The most notable moment from this year’s Golden Globes was undoubtedly Meryl Streep’s speech. In her speech, Meryl condemned the behavior of Donald Trump — more specifically, criticizing the president-elect for his disgusting mocking of a disabled reporter in November 2015. The speech drew a standing ovation from those read more