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Winning isn’t everything

Letter to the Editor | Monday, September 30, 2013

I’m sure that well over half the campus has already written in on this subject, so I’ll keep it short and sweet to bring up a point that probably hasn’t occurred to many people.                    Singing the Alma Mater after wins but not after losses sends the message to students, alumni and fans everywhere that we come together to celebrate our university only when we win, only when the football team plays well. Is that really how we want to be seen by the rest of the country? Notre Dame has the unique identification of being a place where football is a major part of the name, but by no means the only part. In a society where many schools are criticized for putting too much emphasis on athletics, the football experience is only a small part of the Notre Dame community.                        I said I would keep it short, so I will stop here and let other people beat the dead horse. But I’ll end with this. Brian Kelly, you are given so much credit for “connecting with the university” and “understanding Notre Dame” – and I think rightfully so. But this time, you’re wrong, and could stand learn something from Charlie Weis.
Jeremy Vercillo
Alumni Hall
Sept. 30