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I (don’t) do politics

| Tuesday, September 21, 2021

“I don’t do politics.”  Nowadays, this short sentence sparks fierce backlash from some, seeming like a spineless statement of privilege. In contrast, it garners nods of agreement from others who wish to stay out of the tangles of the political jungle. I used to be a member of the read more

Forgive us our trespasses

| Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sometimes, Notre Dame Law School presents us with an opportunity to engage in the more important questions of life. Among those questions is one I posed to my colleagues throughout the spring semester last year: “What is your favorite common-law writ or form of action?” The possibilities in answering read more

Who owns the world?

| Monday, September 20, 2021

As I followed the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack on the U.S., I was struck by the similarity in outlook of both the U.S. leadership and the al-Qaida leadership. Defense Secretary Gen. Austin’s remarks during the commemoration reiterated the readiness and determination of U.S. read more

Lovesick

| Monday, September 20, 2021

It is that time in the semester where I find myself contemplating my relationships and feelings. I have never had the best of luck with love and my vocal “I hate men” agenda — which is true 90% of the time — doesn’t help. So I thought, what better read more

Not tHERE yet

| Friday, September 17, 2021

We all want this pandemic to be over. We all want to return to normal and experience a regular school year, and we’re so close: Notre Dame has a vaccination rate of 96% and Saint Mary’s is close behind with 91%. Those figures make our campuses two of the read more

A greener Notre Dame

| Friday, September 17, 2021

On Friday, Father Jenkins announced that Notre Dame has pledged to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. While this announcement is encouraging, the university can and should take more immediate action to combat climate change, specifically through shifting its massive $13.3 billion endowment investment portfolio away from the fossil read more

Is Biden’s vaccine mandate constitutional?

| Thursday, September 16, 2021

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a series of policies to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, which has become increasingly complicated due to the delta variant. Among the initiatives, two executive orders mandate the vaccine for federal executive branch employees and the employees of any contractor who does business with read more