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The treachery of images

| Friday, May 19, 2017

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a column about how I was going into senior year with some diffidence because of how little I took photos of myself enjoying the company of my friends. I may have taken dozens of thousands of photos for The Observer, but read more

Real friends

| Friday, May 19, 2017

This past weekend, the Scene-iors decided to make the trip down to my hometown of Atlanta for the Shaky Knees Music Festival. This past weekend, I made the great decision to get sick right before the trip, effectively ending my festival experience before it even started. I was pretty read more

The art of observing

| Friday, May 19, 2017

I’ve always loved that this paper is called The Observer, because I think “observing” is the most valuable skill I’ll take away from my four years at Notre Dame. This skill goes by other names: “listening,” “reporting,” “eavesdropping,” “being nosy,” “bothering people,” “refusing to mind your own business, you read more

Warm pink lights: A call to remember

| Friday, May 19, 2017

Editor’s note: This letter to the editor was originally published on February 26, 2014. If you drive around my neighborhood in north suburban Chicago around Christmastime, you see a wonderful assortment of lights and decorations. You get the icicles, the beautiful wreaths, the big, bright colored bulbs, but then every read more

Notre Dame in Google folders

| Friday, May 19, 2017

Before my Notre Dame Google account goes away this summer, I need to do some file transfers. At the top of my to-do list is saving my Google Drive. My files are organized by semester, and they are essentially my academic life. Here are some of the ones I’ll read more

Finding unexpected happiness

| Friday, May 19, 2017

“I’m not going here.” My mom and I are sitting in the admissions office, and I am fuming as I page through the “Welcome Home!” view book. “They have Mass every day.” My mom looks at me, exasperated. After touring every college east of Chicago with me, it’s become read more

Not-so minor miracles

| Friday, May 19, 2017

11:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. That was the moment that forever changed how I viewed the work done in the basement of South Dining Hall by the wonderful people who work for The Observer. It started with a simple statement: “People are saying Fr. Ted died on Twitter.” read more

A special thanks to O’Neill 3A

| Friday, May 19, 2017

I like to think of life as a simulation. No, not like “The Matrix.” I actually think the world is real and, well, not some simulated reality. Rather in the way that reality differs based on decisions, ones that are either within or outside of our control. One thing happens read more