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To the Notre Dame family

| Monday, November 19, 2018

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Sophomore Class Council, Student Government Executive Cabinet, Junior Class Council and Notre Dame Athletics Marketing co-hosted a viewing of the Shamrock Series game, in which Notre Dame trounced Syracuse by a margin of 36–3. Turnout for the event was high, with conservative estimates putting read more

A response from Father Jenkins

| Monday, November 19, 2018

In a Nov. 12 letter to The Observer, Deion Kathawa was sharply critical of remarks I made in an interview for an online publication, Crux. Although Mr. Kathawa quoted only three of my words from that relatively lengthy interview, he saw my statement that it is unhelpful to cast clerical read more

On the importance of crying

| Monday, November 19, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking on North Quad when I saw two girls approaching me. One of them was sobbing hysterically and talking on the phone about whatever was troubling her. The other girl, presumably her friend, walked next to her, staring straight ahead, as if read more

Conspiracy theories

| Friday, November 16, 2018

Go to YouTube. Search for conspiracy theories. One can spend years sifting through all the videos explaining how the public lives in the dark, oblivious to the truth and inner workings of the world. Search “conspiracy theories moon.” Man landing on the moon in 1969? Fake. It’s been almost read more

15 years of teaching at Notre Dame, five reflections

| Friday, November 16, 2018

With thanks to The Observer for its editorial hospitality this term to a faculty columnist, here are five farewell reflections. 1. Yes, professors procrastinate, too. Just as students procrastinate by looking at next semester’s course descriptions instead of completing work for this term, so do professors put off grading read more

The seven faces of giving thanks

| Friday, November 16, 2018

While on my way to work on Thursday, waiting for a red light to change, I glanced at a lump of blankets piled in a bus stop shelter. A skinny, fragile hand extended from the mound and slowly fed morsels of a candy bar to a partially exposed, thin, read more

Gay marriage? Love loses.

Gay marriage? Love loses.

| Thursday, November 15, 2018

“A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.” – the late-Justice Scalia, in dissent June 26, 2015 should have been one of the greatest days in American history (right behind November 8, 2016). read more