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Don’t give up on the Voting Rights Act

| Thursday, August 27, 2015

An extremely fine line exists between proper federal authority and an imposition upon states’ Constitutional rights, especially when it comes to voting laws. While voter ID and absentee voting laws dominate the media, these are all propelled by one piece of legislation — one that was recently changed: the read more

Art

What even is art, anyway?

| Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throughout my time at Notre Dame, I’ve been saying I want to take an art class, just for fun. Just, you know, like an English major might take an engineering class for kicks. I have no real business taking an art class, first because I have no training and read more

Work together, not apart

| Thursday, August 27, 2015

Toward the end of the spring semester, I watched from afar as Saint Mary’s students and alumnae signed a petition to get President Mooney’s attention about sexual assaults at Saint Mary’s in the wake of the viewing of “The Hunting Ground.” When students sat down with her for a meeting read more

Combat alcohol abuse to stop sexual assault

| Wednesday, August 26, 2015

At the end of the school year, we received an email message from Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, delivering her State of the Campus address concerning sexual assault. Every student has received emails like this, from the mandatory reporting emails sent out by Notre Dame Security read more

Time to make friends

| Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Last night, the hallowed 2B section of Pangborn Hall gathered, like all on-campus Notre Dame students do every year, to go over the hall and University community standards and discuss what is expected of us as residents and students. While I, as an RA, was excited to share with read more

Theo class: A backwards history

| Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It was the last day of my sophomore year and I was sitting in my Introduction to Theology professor’s office. It had been a tradition for two years: his office is always the last stop before I leave campus. The conversation went like this: “April, have you heard that read more

Seeds on a crooked path

| Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It is insultingly obvious that your college experience is likely the most important educational event of your life; what may not be so obvious is why that is so. At a major university, and especially one that has attracted top national faculty and students such as Notre Dame, the read more

Heeding Pope Francis’ call

| Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical is a game changer that brings the urgency of the climate movement to a new level. The popular Pope does not mince words: Humans have caused climate change and it is our responsibility to fix it. He frames this fight for climate justice as a read more