- When the unpredictable journey ends (Mike Connolly Editor in Chief)
If life went the way we planned, I would have something profound to say in my last column as editor in chief. I would have a pearl of wisdom; a golden nugget of knowledge; some secret sage advice to pass on to future generations.
- Sexual orientation issues raise controversy Heterosexual parents do not guarantee a (Elizabeth Schlemm senior)
In my four years as a student at Notre Dame, I have never felt compelled to write to The Observer until I finished Charles Rice's Viewpoint column Tuesday.
- Sexual orientation issues raise controversy Biblical evidence offers proof of homosexual immorality (Becket Gremmels freshman)
In describing homosexuality as a moral evil, the Pope does no disservice to the Catholic Church, but instead does her a favor by preserving the tradition and truth that began with the revelation of the Word of God. It is quite easy to spot the transparent attempt to disguise a deep-seated irrationalism in Paul Ranogajec's argument in his letter yesterday entitled, "Homosexuality a categorical good." Scripture makes it quite clear that homosexual acts are not only a moral evil, but are a mortal sin.
- Poverty, American-style (Christine Niles As I See It ...)
I was 12,000 feet up in the Andes. The view was stunning, the air crisp and I had just finished retching from having downed some bad pork. A group of us had arrived in Ecuador that morning, winding through five hours of dusty, unpaved road before reaching Secao, a pinprick of a town nestled in the mountains. On the way we had stopped at the local roadside bar and grill. The daily special, as it was every day, was pig carcass, slung head down from roof beams. We paid, they carved — instant dyspepsia. In Secao, we would spend a week living among the Quechua natives, helping to construct their new church building.
- `Axis of evil' is a coherent idea (Luke Burke Dillon Hall)
Perhaps Derek Vollmer [see "Alienating allies could prove destructive" on Tuesday] is the one confused regarding the Bush Doctrine, unveiled in the president's recent State of the Union speech, a.k.a. the "Axis of Evil" speech, because the president is far from confused. Furthermore, the situation regarding the support of our European allies is far from the "oversimplification of a very complex issue" of which Vollmer writes.
- Quote of the Day (Tom Clancy novelist)
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
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- Spring break is on the way (Joe Muto Livin' On a Prayer)
I'm not in the mood to blast people today. I'm too excited over spring break. In a little more than one week from now, I will be sitting on the beach in lovely Negril, Jamaica, a mango daiquiri firmly in hand.
- Senators approve activity fee increase ( ERIN LaRUFFA Associate News Editor)
After a month of debate and committee work, the Student Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night calling for the University to raise the student activity fee.
- Bishop breaks barriers Second female president-elect reflects on experiences (KATE NAGENGAST Associate News Editor)
At a private Mass presided over by Father Theodore Hesburgh in his library office, Libby Bishop, student body president-elect, sat with Brooke Norton, current student body president and listened the University president emeritus deliver a homily about the importance leading with compassion.
- Classes hold elections (ERIN LaRUFFA Associate News Editor)
The Class of 2003 almost reelected the same four officers who currently represent it. The ticket of Matt Smith, Karen Lysaght, Nick Mastronardi and Josh Gentine received 48 percent of the vote, just under the 50 percent needed to automatically secure office and avoid a runoff.
- Committee proposals affect ND transportation (ANDREW THAGARD Assistant News Editor)
Based on safety concerns, Notre Dame officials have approved a policy requiring the removal of two rows of seats from 15-passenger vans and the eventual phase-out of the vans within University transportation pools.
- Food, freedom call SMC students off campus (SARAH NESTOR News Writer)
Many Saint Mary's students are choosing to live off-campus because of dissatisfaction with their on-campus lifestyle, citing a desire for more freedom unavailable on campus and a dissatisfaction with food provided by the dining halls.
- Brooks-Devita speaks on diversity (NATALIE BAILEY News Writer)
A single family's arrival at Saint Mary's last year ushered in a wave of diversity to the predominantly white campus.
- 'Crave' presented at Washington hall (By AMANDA GRECO Associate Scene Editor)
"If this makes no sense, then you understand perfectly."
- Ten tips for beefing up your DVD collection Movie Scene tells you how to do it cheap and do it right (By JUDE SEYMOUR Scene Movie Critic)
DVD players are rapidly appearing in dorm rooms of college campuses all across the country, replacing the archaic VCR at an alarming rate. While the average college student once brought their parents' VCRs with them to school five years ago, today many students find their slow-to-change elders unwilling to purchase either the players or the titles. This leaves the average movie collector in a bind: What is a cheap and convenient way to accumulate a precious new DVD collection without the help of Mom or Dad? Here are 10 tips to get you started.