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We live in hope

| Friday, May 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published on Feb. 9, 2018. On Wednesday, Sister Mary McNamara — the rector of Breen-Phillips (BP) Hall — was called home to our Lord. This loss is devastating to all who loved this incredible woman –– her community of the Sisters of the read more

A letter from Fr. Jenkins

| Friday, May 17, 2019

Editor’s note: This letter to the editor was originally published on February 18, 2017. Dear members of the Notre Dame community: With the plight of Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) now attracting attention at the highest level of government, it is both timely and urgent that we express unqualified backing read more

Why Notre Dame needs potty talk

| Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Imagine you’re sitting in class and your professor is trying to get out the last points of a lecture amidst a shuffling of papers and backpacks, but you aren’t listening because all you can think about is how badly you need to pee. When the professor finally ends class, read more

The pain of a name

| Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I recently listened to a speech given by a fellow St. Ed’s resident, Charlie Donnelly, on being comfortable in our own skin and using our past to understand our present and using both to shape our future. Charlie, thank you, because it was just the wake-up call I needed. read more

Thank you, Avengers

| Tuesday, April 30, 2019

For 11 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has dominated the movie industry. It started in 2008 with “Iron Man,” an independently-produced feature about a lesser-known superhero that took countless pitch meetings and multiple rounds of financing to get off the ground. Few probably predicted how successful the film read more

Paul Ryan will not educate our students

| Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On April 15, Notre Dame announced former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will serve as a faculty member during the 2019-2020 academic year, namely as guest lecturer in economics and political science. Noted topics include “the fundamentals of American government, the current state of political polarization and Catholicism and read more