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How to write a love letter

| Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Couples on Valentine’s Day are expected to exchange gifts. I don’t want to spend a lot of space in this column arguing that roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are unnecessary, so here: those cliché roses are unsustainably farmed and shipped in from 3000 miles away, those cliché greeting read more

Lacking golden authenticity

| Wednesday, January 18, 2017

At the heart of Notre Dame’s campus lies one of of the most iconic structures on any college campus in the world: the underwhelmingly-named Main Building, better known as the Golden Dome. If I remember what my tour guide said when I was a prospective student three years ago, read more

The wave of populism continues

| Thursday, December 8, 2016

The wave of populism continues to flood Europe with the Italian referendum held this past weekend. Italians voters were faced with the opportunity to vote yes to a constitutional reform that would alter the division of powers within their legislature and increase control by Italy’s central government. Italy’s Prime read more

Santa is real

| Thursday, December 8, 2016

About 10 years ago, my dad referenced “Yes, Virginia” in an email to me. I didn’t get the reference at the time, so I looked it up. In 1897 Virginia O’Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl, wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking the editors to tell her read more

An Island in the Sea, or Yosemite?

| Thursday, December 8, 2016

“So, which island will it be this year?” “Well, we’ve already been to Aruba, the Dominican Republic and Hawaii, so this year we are hitting up Cancun! What about you?” “We can’t decide. There are simply too many tropical destinations!” As much of a #firstworldproblem this situation is, come read more

A letter to Professor Watchlist

| Thursday, December 8, 2016

Recently, an organization called Turning Point USA unveiled Professor Watchlist, a website listing the names of professors “that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls” of U.S. colleges and universities. Notre Dame professors are among those listed as advancing “leftist propaganda” in their classes. In response, a number of read more

Thank you from Malik Zaire

| Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dear Notre Dame students and staff, My life changed for the better the moment I stepped onto the University of Notre Dame’s beautiful campus. The one goal I had set in my mind to achieve was to become a better man, a Notre Dame man. After growing through many read more

An open letter to Fr. Jenkins

| Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dear Fr. Jenkins, I am very concerned by recent remarks you made insinuating that you might not invite President-elect Donald Trump to speak at the Commencement ceremony in May. As many people know, Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to speak at Notre Dame’s Commencement, and, with the exception of Bill read more

Sanctuary campus walkout

| Wednesday, December 7, 2016

On Nov. 16, Notre Dame students participated in a walkout as part of the nationwide sanctuary campus movement. The purpose of this walkout was to exhibit solidarity and call on our president to publicly acknowledge Notre Dame as a sanctuary campus in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals read more

Reading social media like literature

| Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Students today are reading more than ever before. While they are not necessarily curling up with “War and Peace” in front of a roaring fireplace every night, they are reading. It’s just that what we’re reading isn’t what we’re used to. According to a 2015 Common Sense Media report, read more