Common Sense is a joint student
and faculty publication at the University of Notre Dame that
began in 1987 when the Observer's editorial board refused
to publish articles supporting gay and lesbian student rights,
or written from a clearly feminist perspective, or criticizing
the University's investments in then-apartheid South Africa.
There was no other campus outlet, so Common Sense was
We are a publication whose fundamental commitment is to social
justice, and also to providing a way for those voices to be
heard that oppose the complacent and self-serving orthodoxies
of State and Church, Media and Corporations. Common Sense
is for the underdog.
We publish articles about campus issues, and much more besides.
By reprinting articles from the national and international
press that would otherwise be unseen here, we hope to promote
a wider sense of the tasks that face persons of intellectual
and moral responsibility than a simply local publication could