- Sophomores become heart of Irish team (By KATHLEEN O'BRIEN Assistant Sports Editor)
The Class of 2002 came to Notre Dame touted as one of the top recruiting classes in the Big East, but unproven as Division I college players. One year later, sophomores Troy Murphy, David Graves and Harold Swanagan have put their talent into play and are three of the go-to players for the Irish basketball team.
- Honors not based on past (Brian Churney )
Too many times, individual yearly awards in sports are given for the wrong reasons. They are given for career achievements, success of the surrounding team or based on the athlete's success that year in relation to the rest of a career.
- Chance of bowl appearance depends on two Irish wins (By KERRY SMITH Assistant Sports Editor)
With the NCAA football season going full throttle into the month of November, teams are racking up wins and losses while keeping an eye on the post-season.
- Belles race to Regionals (By MOLLY MCVOY Assistant Sports Editor)
A happy ending.
- Barger named to All-MIAA team (By SARAH RYKOWSKI Sports Writer)
Senior co-captain Katy Barger was elected to the All-MIAA First Team Nov. 9, becoming the first Belle in Saint Mary's history to be named to either the First or Second Team All-MIAA in soccer.
- Live each day as if it were your last (By GARY J. CARUSO )
The recent death of my friend Father Robert Griffin coupled with such tragic and sudden incidents like the crashes of Egyptair 990 and the Mexican Taesa flight have made this November's Thanksgiving season an introspective one. What must it be like for those who lost entire families in those accidents? What would they say to their lost ones if they had one more chance to speak to them?
- Unjust sentence tests legal system (By CHARLES RICE )
Now that the Middle East is back at the top of the news, we can expect discussion of the case of Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence researcher who pleaded guilty of giving secrets to Israel and was sentenced in 1987 to life in prison. The standard view is that Pollard is a "traitor" who did great damage to the security of the United States; that he got off lightly and should have been shot; and that the proceedings against him were fair. The reality is different. While I wrote part of Pollard's brief in the Court of Appeals, I do not want to rehash the case. But let me note some strange aspects you may not hear about in the media.
- Ahmad misinterprets Pakistan presentation (LETTER TO THE EDITOR )
Under the heading, "Taliban's abuse of women's rights is not peace" columnist Nakasha Ahmad (The Observer, Nov. 11, 1999) gave a wrong picture of what I had said in my presentation on Oct. 28 at the Hesburg Center concerning the coup in Pakistan.
- Follow your heart, reclaim your purity (LETTER TO THE EDITOR )
In Father Jim Lies' Campus Ministry column on Nov. 11, he wrote about chastity and applauded those students who have chosen virginity and proclaim it. I am proud to be one of those students, but I would like to remind Father Lies that virginity is not the only valuable possession young people can lose through immature dating relationships. Purity is just as difficult, if not more difficult, to commit to than virginity is. You can call it "getting action," "booty" or "play." You can say what base you got to. You can use all sorts of crude terms. But we all know what we're talking about — that shady area which occupies virginity but not purity. I'm willing to bet the majority of us have participated in it. And I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who regrets it. "We will not say more with our bodies than we mean with our hearts." It sounds like a good enough prescription. Perhaps it could be a bit better with the reminder tacked on that we don't always know what we mean with our hearts. I was once in a relationship which, at the time, felt wonderful. He was my first boyfriend and he seemed to adore me and everything was sugary-sweet. Was it love? Not even close. It was two immature teenagers who just wanted a relationship for the sake of a relationship. So we went out for five months and did things that we thought a "relationship" entailed — things which I could not, even with my most convoluted logic, describe as pure or even good. Frankly, I am disgusted and ashamed when I look back on it. When I think about the things I did with, and to, my body ... when I think of how shallow and insincere that relationship was ... I still have not forgiven myself. Has he? I don't know. I haven't seen him for almost a year and a half. I don't think I could look him in the eye. I know this story sounds familiar to too many of my fellow students. And the most painful thing about it is that this situation has gone unaddressed so many times. Virginity is, in a way, mainstream. We hear about it relatively often and are encouraged to pursue it and reclaim it. But what about purity? I urge my fellow students to pursue and reclaim that too. I won't draw a line and say a particular amount of physical activity in a relationship is OK, and this amount is wrong. I think we all know in our hearts. If you ever feel like you might be going too far, stop. Stop right there. You may regret it far more than you'd think.
- Taliban's abuse of women's rights is not 'peace' (Nakasha Ahmad, "So what's my point?" )
For those of you who don't follow current events, or who don't care, or who happen to be library rats who never see the light of day and therefore wouldn't have a clue if the outside world was taken over by aliens, there was a coup in the small country of Pakistan about a month ago. The military coup overthrew a democratically elected government that was stealing, looting, and pretty much cheating its citizens. A general is now in charge of the country.
- Diversity issues prompt peer education courses (Iris Outlaw, "So what's my shade?" )
Green and white posters are posted on the bulletin boards inviting first year students to partake in a dialogue on Tuesday evening 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Not much of an option if you can attend or not, since it is mandatory. Rumblings are heard in the hallways. In the session "They knew this was a Catholic university before they came here. So why did they come?" A question posed about students of different sexual orientation. The same question could be asked about non-catholics or students of color, since Notre Dame is 84 percent white.
- Freshmen's letters lack all sense (Ryan S. Davis, letter to the editor )
Maybe it's my liberal California upbringing or maybe it's because I have more common sense than most, but I've been seeing some ridiculous statements in the Observer's Viewpoint section recently. The first and most amazing to me is a letter in today's issue (Nov. 10). A freshman wrote that the cartoonist of "Depraved New World" showed bad taste with a cartoon featuring the recently deceased golfer, Payne Stewart. The cartoon showed Payne in heaven, being courted by a heavenly figure to be on his team for a golf scramble. There was nothing offensive in this cartoon, yet this freshman declares that it is "completely unnecessary to remember him in such a way." If remembering him as a good man and a great golfer is not the way to remember him, then I don't know what is. The cartoonist does not need to apologize for anything; his cartoon was a tasteful, humorous tribute to this man. After living through the student cartoonist "scandals" in past years, I do not want to see another one brought about by a freshman who has nothing better to do than complain and get overly sensitive about a harmless cartoon like this.
- Lay ministry offers education, service (By NICOLE HADDAD News Writer)
Compassionate minds, open hearts, and helping hands are the foundation through which Saint Mary's students are given the opportunity to build a future of lifelong service.
- ACE program mulls expansion (By LIZ ZANONI News Writer)
The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program is considering an expansion into the Los Angeles area, said John Staud, ACE's director.
- Neyrey: Jesus changed traditional views of manhood (By BASIL FARJO News Writer)
What makes a man a man? The traditional Hebrew view of manhood was sexual prowess, insulting enemies and saving face. However, Jesus radically challenged these notions in his Sermon on the Mount, explained Father Jerome Neyrey, a professor of theology who specializes in New Testament Biblical theology, on Tuesday.
- Members dissatisfied with GALA ad ban (By FINN PRESSLY Assistant News Editor)
A tense, 130-minute meeting of Student Senate yielded a resolution and an open letter responding to the ongoing debate regarding the University's relationship with The Observer.
- SMC discusses future of Dalloways, Observer policies (By KATIE MILLER News Writer)
Saint Mary's Board of Governance announced a plan to organize an all-school forum to discuss the administrative ban on The Observer's advertising rights Wednesday night.
- The royal and not-so-royal FLUSH (By ANDREW McDONNELL Scene Writer)
There is one sure-fire way to revive a lagging conversation on this campus, at least among men.
- The female perspective: American pop culture and the woman's lavatory (By SHANNON DOYNE Scene Writer)
Did you ever notice those checklists on the back of restroom doors? Filled with some manager's dutiful check marks at half-hour intervals, you'd swear it was some efficiency boast for that restaurant, shopping mall, whatever.
- 'Being' is believing with John Malkovich (By JOEY LENISKI Scene Movie Critic)
In his "Allegory of the Cave," the Greek philosopher Plato frames the context in which most humans perceive reality using a very simple metaphor. He claims that we define reality as watching our own shadows break upon a stone wall, while the sun and moon travel across the sky behind us in the real world of which we remain blissfully unaware. Only those who turned from their false projections into the light of truth beyond the Cave could overcome their "blindness" and achieve enlightened thought, that for which all men should strive.
- 'Collector' surpasses 'Copycat' with thrills (By CASEY McCLUSKEY Scene Movie Critic)
The newest mystery thriller that has come out of Hollywood is director Philip Noyce's ("The Saint," "Clear and Present Danger," "Patriot Games") latest film, "The Bone Collector." Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is the New York police department's top forensics expert. He has written dozens of books about forensics and crime scenes and has been called as an expert witness in hundreds of court cases.
- Bridges leaves fear behind in 'Fearless' (By JILLIAN DEPAUL Scene Movie Critic)
There is no doubt that most people have, at one time or another, had an experience that opened their eyes to that simple beauty of life they take for granted each day, even though it is always at their fingertips. And then, most likely, after a few days, the pettiness of everyday life creeps back up to draw a veil over their newfound vision. The rhythm of living is so consuming that sometimes it is easy to forget to listen to the music.
- SMC drafts 'A Piece of My Heart' (By MICHAEL VANEGAS Scene Editor)
Forrest Gump went to Vietnam because it was the only place that would take him.