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Here come the Irish?

Michael Nokes | Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mr. Davis,

There was enough that baffled me in your Viewpoint (“Game weekend anthems,” Oct. 10) that I’m not quite sure where to start in a reply.

So I’ll begin with your beginning and a little note on hyperbolic language. You speak of the “horror” of an objectively reasonable request to tone down the music to which you subject all passers-by. Horror is something caused by grave events, events of importance. This request is not one of them.

Second, you suggest that the crude music you are playing epitomizes an appropriate Notre Dame game weekend song. Can you think of absolutely nothing better? Nothing of the great swath of Notre Dame-related songs, Irish music or typical college rock? Seriously, you have everything from the inspiring “Here Come the Irish” to the more rowdy and fun yet still Irish-tinged Dropkick Murphys at your disposal. Really, not like the absence of one song is going to kill the mood.

Finally, you suggest that the request to not play a vapid and obscene song represents an attack on your individuality. All I can really say to that is if you feel your best outlet for self-expression is to force inappropriate music on the game weekend crowds of families, children and tourists who populate God Quad and very probably don’t want to hear it, then I am really, really concerned for you.


Michael Nokes


Stanford Hall

Oct. 12