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For custodian who died in the parking lot

| Thursday, October 11, 2018

On Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:34 a.m., Michael Adamek, a 57-year-old custodian at the University of Notre Dame, was found unresponsive in the Hesburgh Library parking lot. Moments later, after the arrival of the Notre Dame Security and Police and Notre Dame Fire Department EMTs, Adamek was pronounced dead. read more

Appalachia

| Thursday, October 11, 2018

She inserted her hands into my pockets. My mind went blank. I stepped back. She picked up a red ball from the floor and threw it directly to my forehead. I thought she must be some kind of rude child, but due to politeness, I asked what her name read more

Ode to the em dash

| Thursday, October 11, 2018

Shall I compare thee to a semicolon? Thou art more lengthy and more versatile — Though oft-sufficed by mere comma or colon, Thou art most beloved by me (and AP Style). My rhyming of “colon” with “semicolon” aside, the verse above surely betrays a passion few punctuation marks could read more

Finding your passion

| Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I have no idea what I want to do with my life. Sometimes, I’m able to think up a possible post-graduate plan and career, but most times I just get lost in my thoughts and end up scrapping every plan. And living in Bangladesh for two months didn’t lay read more

Seeing both sides of the same coin

| Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The past year of my life has been incredibly exciting and eye-opening. In addition to expanding my academic horizon with every other student at Notre Dame, I have also taken medically prescribed hormones each day to physically transition into a woman. I am transgender and have finally been living read more

The value of an ISSLP

| Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I think the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) has probably been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Initially, I participated in the ISSLP because I had never left the country before, and I thought it was a great way to do service — after all, read more

Trump, Kavanaugh embody dominant male culture

| Tuesday, October 9, 2018

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the most pronounced form of government hypocrisy has involved the way we treat women as a whole and those who have been sexually assaulted. I get it, almost every industry has shown some hypocritical actions in how it treats women, but the governmental read more

In search of lost dreams

| Tuesday, October 9, 2018

It looked like a scroll. A picture from a news-clipping at least 30 years old. The paper had yellowed and crumbled and fallen apart at the edges, crinkled in a thousand different ways. At the center was a photograph showing a young, college-aged man in a basketball uniform, rising read more