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The consent of the governed

| Thursday, December 2, 2021

“… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” Thomas Jefferson claimed in the Declaration of Independence. This claim, that governments are legitimized by the consent of the governed, is an important one because it is nothing less than the moral justification read more

A right to an education

| Thursday, December 2, 2021

As I have noted in earlier columns, I am back on campus as part of the Inspired Leadership Initiative program (ILI). We study together as a group of Fellows and also take classes in a wide range of fields of study with undergrad and graduate students. Earlier this semester, read more

Everything is a social construct

| Thursday, December 2, 2021

I was in a meeting with my senior comprehensive advisor not too long ago when she pointed out a sticker I have on my laptop: “Everything is a social construct.” When she read it, she couldn’t stop laughing. Then, she proceeded to ask why I would have a sticker read more

Embrace the holiday spirit

| Wednesday, December 1, 2021

My love for the holiday season stems from my excitement at seeing anything bright and shiny: the Christmas tree, the lights on houses in the neighborhood, the gleam off of the little plastic bows that my dogs try to tear off of presents every year. The holiday season is read more

The Notre Dame football paradox

| Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Irish fan and the Irish Catholic are in many ways the same: always striving for an impossible standard, looking eternally forward for days when the peak of earthly joy will come. In the Brian Kelly era, this reality has become palpably plain. Kelly, the winningest coach in school read more

My Notre Dame bucket list

| Wednesday, December 1, 2021

      During the winter break following the first semester of my freshman year, I created a Notre Dame bucket list. Talking with other classmates, this creation is not unusual. A girl in my halls made a check-list of dorms, to make sure she made a friend from read more

Under the influence

| Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Every year, I can never help but notice the stark contrast between the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving break: On Thursday, we gather around the table laughing with loved ones and passing along steaming dishes of homemade foods, going to sleep with our stomachs full and our hearts grateful, read more

The delivery requirement

| Tuesday, November 30, 2021

“For your penance, offer a prayer of gratitude for your Catholic faith.” I was given this task by a priest in the confessional a couple of weeks ago, and after offering that prayer, I kind of fell down a philosophical rabbit hole: what does it mean that the faith read more