- Notre Dame suffers first loss of season to Western Michigan By Kerry Smith
Gerick Short gave up his first goal of the season as the Western Michigan Broncos pulled off a close win in overtime against the Notre Dame men's soccer team Tuesday.
- Davie reviews Saturday's close calls By Tim Casey
Following Saturday's 26-22 loss to Michigan, the Irish faithful questioned the validity of the two penalties in the last two minutes that may have cost the Irish the victory.
- Belles seek gains in '99 campaign By Nicole Haddad
Saint Mary's cross country team is looking forward to a strong season this year, as it returns seven runners from last season, including captains Krista Hildebrand and Genny Yavello.
- I did it all for the cookie Mike Romanchek
September 5, 1999, a day that will forever remain etched in my memory as the day I threw the cookie.
- Ads policy Prohibits Capitalists Todd David Whitmore
The University has set forth a new advertising policy with regard to groups holding or espousing positions contrary to the official teaching of the Church. The initial focus of the policy is the group Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's (GALA-ND/SMC). The policy prohibits the placement of ads by any outside groups that, "directly or indirectly, espouse positions contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church." GALA was identified because its positions were considered contrary to Church teaching and its ads were seen as benefitting the group GLND/SMC (Gays and Lesbians of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College), a student group not recognized by the University. The policy is also that unrecognized student groups cannot advertise. The judgement was that if GALA advertised it would in effect be GLND/SMC advertising.
- Notre Dame Spirit Felt Worldwide Letter to the Editor
A week of fruitless searching, which included calls to the American embassy, US Naval base, and ABC offices in London, left Notre Dame London students unable to watch the Notre Dame/Michigan game. Nevertheless, a few industrious students set aside clubbing for a night and huddled around two small speakers in a computer lab.
- Catholic doctrine allows for ad ban Letter to the Editor
I feel embarrassed for the University of Notre Dame, its faculty, and students after the petty complaints introduced by some confused individuals. I had to laugh at the headline of the Letter to the Editor in the August 30 issue of the Observer which blazed, "Ban on gay ads is outrageous and immoral."
- IRA is not the only evil in Northern Ireland Letter to the Editor
I hesitate to write this letter in response to the AP article you printed on the recent unraveling of the peace process in Northern Ireland since I know that my disagreement is with the Associated Press and not really with The Observer. But you did choose to print it, and so I write in an attempt to show that what passes as merely factual reporting is severely slanted. The aforementioned article gives the appearance that the breakdown in the negotiations is the sole responsibility of the Irish Republican movement (Sinn Fein and the IRA). But certainly this is a radical misconstrual of events. First, the Good Friday agreement never set requirements for the IRA to start decommissioning before the formation of a government with Sinn Fein. Indeed, this is why hardliners in the UUP like Jeffery Donaldson objected to the agreement in the first place. And so the "IRA's longstanding refusal to start disarming" is not (as the article implies) the reasons for the deadlock. Instead, the reason for the breakdown is that the hardliners within the Ulster Unionist Party have gotten their way after all. These radical elements wanted decommissioning to be a precondition of the agreement all along, and when Trimble signed the accord without this precondition he was chastised by the rest of the party. But apparently he did the right thing for the hardliners, for now, even though it is not to be found in the Good Friday Peace agreement, the media and the public seem to think that decommissioning is a precondition for the formation of a government. Ergo, it's all the IRA's fault. In reality Sinn Fein and the IRA are abiding by the terms of the agreement and Trimble and the UUP are not. Moreover, not only is the Republican movement not intransigent as is suggested, but Sinn Fein has, by far, made more concessions than any other party. Indeed, they have given up a central doctrine of Irish Republicanism: a rejection of the principle of consent (i.e., the principle that the people of Northern Ireland should be able to determine whether they will remain in the UK by a majority vote). This principle is clearly embodied in the Good Firday agreement and so by signing Sinn Fein has accepted it and compromised their tradition. On the signing of the agreement Trimble could have claimed a similar concession in the elimination of the precondition for decommissioning. But now that this aspect is effectively forgotten by all, this concession is de facto null and void. Second, the article points to the instances of threats and violence perpetrated by the IRA in recent weeks and yet fails to mention similar threats and violence made by loyalist paramilitary organizations. Indeed, since the respective ceasefires, Loyalist violence has killed many more than Republican violence. Moreover, there are continued allegations that the RUC colluded in the deaths of Human Rights lawyers Pat Ficunane and Rosemary Nelson — indeed, Nelson had just filed a complaint that she had received death threats from RUC members just before she died in the loyalist car bomb attack. These allegations are all but ignored by the British Government (the RUC is investigating itself in the Nelson matter!) and the international media while investigations into the IRA intimdation of several drug dealers make every headline and occupy the attention of every government agency. Finally, the article emphasizes and repeats Trimble's view that the IRA is turning Northern Ireland into a Mafia state. Even if this were true it would be of little consequence in a state where the police can issue death threats to Lawyers who defend unpopular defendants, colluding with sectarian assassins.
- Bourgeois: School of the Americas trains criminals Matt Bunda
"Those who have a voice should speak for the voiceless; and I hope that we will speak clearly and boldly," said Father Roy Bour-geois, a human rights activist and leader of the School of Americas Watch.
- AFL-CIO president to speak tonight Kristen Allen
John Sweeney, president of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), will be on campus tonight to discuss the need for unions in the 21st century.
- Advertising policy sparks debate Joshua Bourgeois
The Faculty Senate convened for the first time this academic year Tuesday night in the Center for Continuing Education discussing such topics as the University's ban on advertisements from Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College [GALA] in The Observer and past resolutions concerning the Woman's Resource Center.
- Kohnen: Jubilee 2000 aims to forgive third-world debt Erin LaRuffa
While some American college students might have a hard time sharing one teacher with 400 other students, in Mozambique students face that reality every day.
- ND, SMC change shuttle company Katie Miller
Smaller seats and a different exterior are the first clues to changes that Saint Mary's and Notre Dame students will notice when they board the intercampus shuttles.
- Kachmarik seeks to increase pride Molly McVoy
Lynn Kachmarik began this week as the new athletic director for Saint Mary's full of excitement and expectations.
- ND's first harpist lives life to fullest Mike Vanegas
For the past three years, a unique musician has echoed the willowy sounds of the harp throughout Saint Mary's and Notre Dame, successfully transforming an artistic hobby into a respectable philosophy of happiness.