- Driver's License Blues (Pat McElwee )
Okay, so maybe our 21st century, digitized, yuppified, surburbanized, peanut-buttery society has lost most of the hardcore coming-of-age rituals of old. My mom never told me to sit in the woods until I saw visions. My dad never made me kill a bear. I never walked across hot coals in order to symbolically achieve manhood. All I had to do was sign up for the draft ó and pass the driver's test.
- Fighting against abortion through Eucharistic adoration (Charles Rice Right or Wrong?)
As our last column noted, the Supreme Court has made abortion, including even the killing of a partially-delivered baby, a privileged constitutional right. It is easy to be pessimistic about this. But that would be a mistake. John Paul II has told us about one practical and positive thing we can do on the life issue right here at Notre Dame.
- Quote of the Day (Franklin D. Roosevelt former President of the United States)
"Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force."
- Understanding culture through ordinary life (Joanna Mikulski Innsbruck Stimme)
Two weeks ago Thursday, the Innsbruck group, wearied from three endless weeks of intensive German class, boarded a train at the Salzburg main station bound for Vienna. As our rail cars moved forward the landscape of the Austrian countryside fell before us. Small towns lay scattered between the rolling turquoise and yellow-green hills topped by miniature cathedrals. Their white steeples reach for a paradise above the blue cloud dotted sky. The red-roofed houses of the country villages merged gradually into the asphalt streets and linear constructions of the Vienna neighborhoods. At 7:30 in the evening we disembarked in the Austrian capital and cultural center. A half-hour later, after brief jaunts on every type of public transportation we fell into the dormitory style rooms of the Jugendgastehaus. Our home for the weekend held an airborne memory of many lost souls sheltered for a night before moving onward to Budapest or Paris or London. Exhausted I threw my belongings onto the bottom bunk and collapsed into the only bench in the room. I shared a can of Pringles and a Diet Coke with my roommate. We reveled in the American snack and our thoughts that linger in the houses and towns in which we spent 18 ordinary years.
- Gaining support from faculty (Ed Manier class of '53)
Jim Arkedis '99 and Mark Leaheey '01 (chaplain of the Student Senate) think decisions taken by the editorial board of The Observer justify administrative changes in the status of Notre Dame's independent student newspaper.
- Providing a forum to debate (Dan Connolly class of '98)
I found Mr. Arkedis's Sept. 22 letter to display a disturbingly narrow view of what is "relevant to the majority of this campus." Mr. Arkedis seems to be implying that gay rights are not a relevant issue to the heterosexual students that comprise the majority at Notre Dame.
- Responding to Democratic tax plan (John Schirano senior)
In regard to the views expressed by Jeffrey Stuffings in his Sept. 22 column as to the proposed tax plans of each presidential candidate, Mr. Stuffings demonstrates the well known technique (perfected by the Democratic Party) of "spin doctoring," in which the author carefully uses his language to create a false image of the actual facts. Mr. Stuffings accuses Governor Bush's tax cut plan of lacking "compassion" because the wealthy prosper the most. He cites the fact that with Governor Bush's plan, 62 percent of the tax cut benefits goes to the top 10 percent of taxpayers. To quote the article, "The plan is a blessing for the very rich." Mr. Stuffings leads us to believe that Governor Bush's plan treats the poor unfairly. This could not be farther from the truth.
- Students collaborate to plan 24-hour dance (By MYRA McGRIFF News Writer)
Notre Dame and Saint Mary's students may come together next April for a 24-hour dance-a-thon to benefit children living with cancer. Organizers are actively seeking out committee members to aid in planning.
- Mora: Diversity in U.S. a benefit (By KATIE MILLER News Writer)
Author Pat Mora challenged Saint Mary's to realize the importance of diversity in their lives in a Monday lecture.
- ND offers choice of voice mail (By SCOTT BRODFUEHRER News Writer)
Students who are dissatisfied with Notre Dame's new voice mail system now have the power to choose.
- Bush, Gore campaigns tainted with controversy (By ERIN LARUFFA News Writer)
The word "RATS" recently flashed across American television screens, courtesy of the Republican Party.
- Members discuss GALA's complaints (By HELENA PAYNE News Writer)
Faculty Senate professor Edward Manier spoke on behalf of the unrecognized group, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni-Notre Dame/ Saint Mary's (GALA), at Monday's Campus Life Council meeting where members discussed whether recent complaints from GALA are appropriate issues for council discussion.
- Malloy: IOC drug tests don't catch all users (By HELENA PAYNE News Writer)
The Olympic Games need an independent committee to identify athletes' abuse of performance-enhancing substances, said University President Father Edward Malloy, who is also the chair of a commission researching drug abuse in sports.
- Contagious euphoria consumes fans at Phish (By TIM BODONY Scene Music Critic)
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has to wonder how things got this far. Night after night, he presides over an ocean of bobbing heads and flailing limbs, his face displaying a combination of elation and intensity. The band that began by playing "Proud Mary" at a University of Vermont ROTC dance 17 years ago now boasts a cult following that packs arenas and amphitheatres across the country. And they did it by providing listeners with an overall musical experience, not just two hours of loud rock and roll, but an entire subculture based on the pursuit of good grooves and good times.
- Sleater-Kinney revamp punk attitude on All Hands (By SAM DERHEIMER Scene Music Editor)
Ever wonder what Nirvana would have sounded like had Kurt Cobain been born a woman? Sleater-Kinney has an answer to that question ó stop making the comparison.