Voicing support for female on Irish Guard
Guard chosen because skill and talent
Letter to the Editor
Last week a girl made the Irish Guard. A girl. Yesterday, Anthony Farina kept up with a lost, but not forgotten Notre Dame tradition: whining. He felt sorry for the currect Irish Guardpersons, but not for its newest female member. He believed that Notre Dame broke with tradition in order to promote equality. That is what he said and this is why he is wrong.
The most important thing at Notre Dame is not tradition, Anthony the Agitated, it's excellence. I seriously doubt that Dr. Dye or the captains of this heralded team chose this "young lady" simply because she fit the six-foot-two-inch criteria. Did it ever cross your mind that she was the best person for the job? Were you aware that she tried out last year and had to try doubly hard to make it this year? I doubt it, because in your eyes everything must be politically correct.
Dr. Dye will not regret his decision, as you presume, because the excellence will not be lost. The duties and skill of the new Irish Guardpeople will not have changed. They won't attempt to "fit in better with some of the idiotic ideas floating about in our society." There is simply a girl on the Irish Guard. They won't exchange their big fluffy hats for upside-down backwards visors and they won't lead the band into the stadium doing the Roger Rabbit. What they will do, however, is represent the University like those before them.
Every tradition, Mr. Farina, is inevitably broken. I am just glad that this female pioneer was chosen because she is excellent and deserving, not because of her sexuality. This anti-1950s "Oh my God, when did woman leave the kitchen" phenomenon, which "causes feelings of anger and nausea to arise in (yourself) and every Notre Dame alumnus" means only that you are close-minded. Many alumni, most students and even past Irish Guardsmen are happy for the team's prettiest smile.
So when you get a chance to watch the new Guards lead the band into the stadium on any given Saturday, I advise you to look closely. I hope you aren't too proud to notice that nothing has changed. The newest female member will be marching proudly and well. But don't get too close, my new friend, or she will unhesitantly put you in your place. And deservedly so.
August 31, 2000
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