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Greatness through sensibility

Letter to the Editor | Sunday, April 27, 2008

As an alumnus of Columbia myself, Andrew Nesi’s recent column (“The best school in the country,” Apr. 24) was a joy to read as it brought back many fond memories of my days in the John Jay Lounge. I am, though, somewhat confused by the logic of his column. He suggests that Notre Dame is a great institution because it mimics the same polarizing debates that are found in the American mainstream media.However, I would counter that what is great about Notre Dame are the people who are shocked and dismayed that in the year 2008, such debates can continue, as if certain questions are still open for discussion. To me it is most appalling, given the numerous documents of the Catholic Church on the dignity of the human person, that any Catholic university would still be arguing over adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause. Nesi is correct in that this is indeed a “mockable conversation” if not for the fact that those who advocate discrimination are so lamentably serious.

John Shekitkagrad studentFischer Graduate ResidenceApr. 24