- Tutors provide role models to kids (By RON SUSTSKO )
Each Monday and Wednesday, I journey with eight or 10 other students to the LaSalle Youth Center on South Bend's West Side. We climb into one of the CSC vans and make the 15-minute ride across the river into an area of run-down factories and other dilapidated buildings. Once the center is near, we can sense the activities and noises of any community center: the laughter of games of tag, the zigzag of touch football and the up-and-down rhythm of swings. As our van lumbers into its parking spot, some of the children excitedly shout, "The tutors are here!" while others flock to their favorite person claiming, "You're my tutor! You're gonna work with me!" As little Rayshaun hugs my legs and tries to jump in my arms, I lead the tutors in, herding the children into their respective classrooms. We set to work with our students, reading spelling lists, rounding numbers and struggling through long division. Invariably, the time flies and our session ends with high-fives, hugs and pleads by the children to be taken back to campus. Once we finally depart, we head back to another contented night at Notre Dame.
- Theo classes need pluralism (LETTER TO THE EDITOR )
The word catholic means, literally, "including or concerning all humankind; universal." Yet it is quite ironic to consider this definition of the term when, in an effort to uphold the "Catholic" tradition of the Church, the University of Notre Dame continually shuts its doors on many fields of learning highly relevant to areas of the universe outside the realm of the Catholic world. This denial of reality is reflected in the limited diversity of courses offered at Notre Dame and the limited perspective from which they are taught. I speak specifically of those courses concerning spirituality and religion.
- DuBose killing was not justified (LETTER TO THE EDITOR )
If you do not think that we are living in a culture of death, ask yourself why Demetrius DuBose had to be shot 12 times by two police officers in order to be subdued. Although there is evidence that DuBose was "coming at" the officers with nunchukas, there has been no suggestion that he even knew how to use them. Had the officers chosen to let him run when they could not subdue him initially, is there any doubt that he eventually he would have been caught? Here, the officers decided to use deadly force — to take a human life — to subdue a man accused of a crime against property. They didn't shoot him once or twice, say in the arm so he would drop the nunchukas, or in the leg so he wouldn't be able to run. They shot him twelve times.
- Giuliani lacks compassion (LETTER TO THE EDITOR )
On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City declared a plan demanding that the city's estimated 26,000 homeless population work in exchange for a bed in a local shelter. Giuliani's proposal is aimed to begin in about 60 days — just in time for another New York winter.
- Wadsworth a cancer at Notre Dame (LETTER TO THE EDITOR )
I feel it is my duty to unveil yet another cancer on the Notre Dame football program. I feel very confident that Moose Krause would never utter the words "Get a life" to a Notre Dame alumnus, yet that is exactly what Michael Wadsworth said to me on Saturday when I confronted him about the lies he has told the Notre Dame community regarding his firings of Lou Holtz and John McLeod. (Lest any of you doubt me, John McLeod confirmed that he "resigned" because he was asked to.) As for Lou Holtz, I'd like to point out that someone does not resign from the only job he ever wanted without giving a reason, have a complete emotional breakdown at his last press conference and take another job two years later unless that resignation was a forced one. Ask yourself what Mr. Wadsworth has accomplished. The only thing I can find is a stadium that reeks of overkill with a press box that can only be described as obscene — all purchased with money that could have been used to bring University support staff up to a competitive wage. He forced the resignation of an outstanding football coach who had a burning love for this university, and we can clearly see what he replaced him with. If I had committed age discrimination and forced my employer into a costly lawsuit and national embarrassment, I would have been fired — yet Bob Davie has his contract EXTENDED. What I saw Saturday was further proof of our coaching staff's ineptitude — 130 yards in penalties, much of which resulted from personal fouls, and not one player was removed from the game and given a talking to. When the winning touchdown was scored, putting us up by a margin that could be overcome with a field goal unless the extra point attempt was made, the head coach could not be found to instruct his team on the conversion. As usual, he was too busy running down the sideline playing cheerleader with his assistants. Is this how we want to be represented?
- `Abortion survivor' tells story (By MAUREEN SMITHE News Writer)
The rights of unborn babies depend on the generation of today and the guidance of God, according to Dawn Kober, who calls herself an "abortion survivor."
- Senate passes two sweatshop resolutions (By FINN PRESSLY Assistant News Editor)
The Student Senate unanimously adopted two measures last night to curb Notre Dame's involvement with the sweatshop industry.
- Sullivan receives '99 ND award (By HELENA RAYAM News Writer)
Last night in the College of Business Administration's Jordan Auditorium, Reverend Leon Sullivan, recipient of the esteemed Notre Dame Award, announced, "I'm preaching now — like a black Baptist preacher."
- Snack bar opens in Madeleva Hall (By NELLIE WILLIAMS News Writer)
Students and professors on the run at Saint Mary's now can slow down and enjoy the convenience of a new snack bar in Madeleva Hall.
- Pfaff lectures on global economics (By SAM DERHEIMER News Writer)
U.S. dominance in the global economic and political spectrum may be fading, and possibly rightly so, William Pfaff said in his lecture Wednesday night.
- Mr. Holland goes ghetto, with violins (By MIKE McMORROW Scene Movie Critic)
"Inspiring teacher" movies have become almost a genre unto themselves. They hit viewers with sentimentality and optimism that will make your best friend accuse you of being a wimp or a cynic. It's a no-win battle.
- Group of teens 'Can't Hardly Wait' (By CHRISTINE KRALY Scene Movie Critic)
People never again need to go to their high school reunions. To return to that time of note-passing and pep rallies, one simply has to watch "Can't Hardly Wait," a comedic look at the last night of freedom for a bunch of graduating seniors.
- It's a not-so-haunting 'house' (By MATT NANIA Scene Movie Critic)
To say that "House on Haunted Hill" is scarier than the other big spookhouse remake of the year — Jan De Bont's "The Haunting" — isn't really saying much. After all, what wouldn't be scarier than "The Haunting?" The upcoming Pokemon movie is probably packed with more thrills and chills.
- A little bit of Italy in Indiana (By AMANDA GRECO Assistant Scene Editor)
So maybe some people are a bit spoiled, perhaps even biased, when it comes to Italian food. Good Italian grandmas make sure their grandkids have nothing but the tastiest traditional foods. With this in mind, some might be a bit skeptical about the quality of a supposed Italian restaurant in this area. However, Samuel Mancino's Italian Eatery, with its quaint title, exceeds expectations.
- Cozy Italian hideaway (By AMBER AGUIAR Scene Writer)
One bite of its signature stuffed pizza, a thick Chicago-style pie packed with mouth-watering mozzarella cheese and dripping with a homemade tomato sauce, and you'll be glad you made the drive.
- Casual balanced with elegant (By JACKIE OSTROWSKI Scene Writer)
Italian restaurants in the South Bend/Mishawaka area are plentiful, but few can boast a unique atmosphere paired with delicious food. Francesco's is one of a few restaurants that can make such a claim.
- Time for dining q & a (By MARY ANNE LEWIS Scene Writer)
Q: What do you get when you mix a bit of little Italy with a diner?