- COLUMN: Walk-ons play football for the sake of playing (Andrew Soukup Associate Sports Editor)
A couple days ago at practice, Bob Davie looked toward the guys playing opposite the first string.
- MATT SARB: The power of three words Sarb followed family legacy and earned starting spot on kickoff coverage team (By ANDREW SOUKUP Associate Sports Editor)
Three words transformed a dream into a reality. Three words silenced doubters and caused jubilant family celebrations.
- TIMMY O'NEILL: Message from the heart Inspired by letter from Tim Brown, O'Neill's hard (By KERRY SMITH Sports Writer)
When 14-year old Jonathan Heart needed inspiration, he turned to someone he had never met.
- BERNARD AKATU: Nigerian crosses ocean to play football (By JOE LICANDRO Sports Writer)
Although he spent a majority of his youth growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Bernard Akatu dreamed one day that he would strap on the famous gold helmet and play football for the Irish.
- RYAN KRUEGER: Mishawaka product a player of many roles (By NOAH AMSTADTER Sports Editor)
Ryan Krueger is an actor always taking on a new role.
- JEFFREY CAMPBELL: Transfer balances football and ROTC (By KATIE McVOY Associate Sports Editor)
God, Country, Notre Dame.
- JOHN CROWTHER: It's a snap Crowther moves from (By CHRIS FEDERICO Sports Writer)
Think back to the first semester at college. Better yet, think back to the first week there. Remember attending all the meetings, adjusting to classes, going to those crazy parties and dealing with a terrifying roommate. For the average freshman, surviving this new environment is a skill in itself.
- ERIC NELSON: Baseball bat can't stop Nelson's persistence (By MIKE CONNOLLY Sports Writer)
Eric Nelson's chances of playing football at Notre Dame almost ended before they started.
- ADAM TIBBLE: Focused forward (By ANDREW SOUKUP Associate Sports Editor)
People seem know Adam Tibble for only two reasons.
- WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Staying close to home South Bend's Batteast to start at forward for Irish (By NOAH AMSTADTER Sports Editor)
Having lived his whole life in South Bend, Wayne Batteast naturally grew to become a Notre Dame fan. He attended football games during the fall at the nearby University and basketball games during the winter.
- WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Staying close to home Marian star Emily Creachbaum brings Belles size, skill (By KATIE McVOY Associate Sports Editor)
It's a situation where everybody wins. A basketball team gets a promising new star, a player finds the best of both worlds in her new college and her parents can still have the pleasure of her company at Sunday dinner.
- ND WOMEN'S SOCCER: Irish host NCAA tourney game tonight (By JOE LICANDRO Sports Writer)
The Notre Dame women soccer team's season can be divided into three phases: the regular season, the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament. So far the Irish have completed the first two phases in impressive fashion by winning both the Big East Mid-Atlantic Division regular season title and their seventh-straight Big East tournament title with a 2-1 victory against West Virginia last Sunday.
- MEN'S BASKETBALL: Irish open season without senior Humphrey (By KERRY SMITH Sports Writer)
After two dominating exhibition outings led by forward Ryan Humphrey, the Irish are readjusting their game plan for tonight's season opener against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.
- FOOTBALL: Irish ready to sink Midshipmen (By MIKE CONNOLLY Sports Writer)
The Irish are bigger than Navy. They are stronger and they are faster.
- MEN'S SWIMMING: Irish top Ontario University, 136-64 (By NELLIE WILLIAMS Sports Writer)
Continuing traditions does not always have to be extremely competitive. The Notre Dame men's swim team proved that keeping traditions with Western Ontario University is always a guaranteed good time.
- ND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: McGraw inks pair for class of 2006 (By KATIE McVOY Associate Sports Editor)
Two high school seniors have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Notre Dame for the 2002-2003 season, head coach Muffet McGraw announced on Thursday. Point guard Megan Duffy and forward Courtney LaVere committed to the Irish women's basketball program after the signing period began on Wednesday.
- SMC SWIMMING: Petcoff happy with team's performance (By NELLIE WILLIAMS Sports Writer)
Swimming record-breaking wins and season best times, the Belles lost a close race against Western Ontario University, 114 to 88.
- HOCKEY: Irish finally play up to potential (By MATT ORENCHUK Sports Writer)
It has been a long battle, but the Notre Dame hockey team is finally playing good hockey. The season started with chaos with the Irish going 0-4-2 in their first six games.
- MEN'S SOCCER: Irish gear up for Big East tournament (By CHRIS FEDERICO Sports Writer)
The Notre Dame men's soccer team prepares today for what could be one of the most important games in the program's history. The Irish take on the St. John's Red Storm tonight in a semifinal match of the Big East Conference tournament in Storrs, Conn.
- SMC BASKETBALL: Belles open season at Hanover Tip-Off (By JOE LINDSLEY Sports Writer)
Despite an 8-17 record, last season was one of the most successful the Belles basketball team has seen in almost a decade. And the team, under second-year coach Suzanne Smith, is hoping to improve on that and reach at least.500 this season.
- MEN'S INTERHALL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Championship clash features new teams (By PHIL KOESTERER Sports Writer)
A new champion will be crowned Sunday in Notre Dame Stadium, and it may signal the dawn of a new era in men's interhall football.
- MEN'S INERHALL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Title games nothing new for Dillon QB (By JOE HETTLER Sports Writer)
Playing a championship game inside a huge stadium with a perfect season on the line is nothing new for Dillon's senior quarterback Tayt Odom. In fact, he may even be getting used to it.
- WOMEN'S INTERHALL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Lewis, Welsh have different approaches (By MATT LOZAR Sports Writer)
Nobody enjoys it. Musicians, athletes and actors all would prefer to skip it. That's right, the dreaded "p" word.
- WOMEN'S INTERHALL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Schlosser follows in sister's footsteps (By DAVE COOK Sports Writer)
Katie Schlosser put it simply: "I always follow in my sister's footsteps."
- MIKE KLOCKNER: Silent Klockner lets actions speak for him (By JASON McFARLEY Sports Writer)
If only Mike Klockner had let his voice, and not his play, do the talking for the past two seasons, then his teammate and friend Matt Sarb might have concentrated his attention elsewhere.
- DWAYNE FRANCIS: Humble player modest about earning scholarship (By JEFF BALTRUZAK Assistant Sports Editor)
Dwayne Francis has many reasons to be proud.
- CHAD DeBOLT: Greatness personified Special teams (By MIKE CONNOLLY Sports Writer)
Chuck Lennon told Chad DeBolt not to come to Notre Dame.
- CHRIS MAHONEY: Career begins with 3 football roommates (By JOE LICANDRO Sports Writer)
Sometimes life takes an unexpected series of twists and turns for the better.
- BRIAN DIERCKMAN: Biochemistry major balances school, football (By KATIE HUGHES Sports Writer)
One has to wonder about the getting-to-know-you conversations Brian Dierckman has experienced and the utter astonishment his responses must have produced in the last four years. After all, he's both a football walk-on and a biochemistry major.
- 'Til the ushers throw me out (Mike Connolly Editor in Chief)
On Sept. 5, 1998, I awoke at 7:30 a.m. in my Dillon Hall dorm room hung-over but filled with excitement. In a few hours I would watch my first Notre Dame football game inside Notre Dame Stadium as a student.
- Demanding Excellence (Gary Caruso Capitol Comments)
Rarely does this column delve into football, especially Fighting Irish football. However, while in New York City last weekend, I had the most unusual encounter.
- Quote of the Day (Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher)
"The sage never strives himself for the great, and thereby the great is achieved."
- A fitting time for a `War Prayer' (Mark Twain )
It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.
- Respect for Navy (Michael F. Diamond sophomore)
An informal tradition of the student body at home football games is to boo the opposing team as they come out onto the field. Although this helps to create a hostile environment for visiting teams, there are certain situations in which such behavior is inappropriate.
- Evaluating arguments (Mike Chandler sophomore)
Over the past week there have been a number of articles printed in The Observer discussing the topic of sexual relationships. This is a topic that has displayed many different opinions of the student body. I have to say that some have had great arguments to be considered while others, in my opinion have been poorly prepared.
- Dealing with the unexpected Senior facing unplanned pregnancy will embrace motherhood (By MAUREEN SMITHE Associate News Editor)
Rubbing her belly and taking deep breaths, Rachel Jones soothes away another set of Braxton Hicks contractions. Well into the sixth month of her first pregnancy, Jones has learned how to deal with any surprises her body may throw at her, including these pre-labor pains.
- Dealing with the unexpected Notre Dame, Saint Mary's offer support to pregnant students (By MAUREEN SMITHE Associate News Editor)
Farley rector Sister Carrine Etheridge remembers several years ago when one Notre Dame student came back from summer break with one big decision to make.
- Student a finalist for quarter design (By ELIZABETH LEE News Writer)
Freshman Amy Peterson has shown pride in her home state of Alabama by submitting a design for its state commemorative quarter as a part of the "50 States Quarter Program."
- Student spirit suffers with losing season losing football season (By MARIBEL MOREY Assistant News Editor)
Faced with a disappointing football season, student fans seem to be arriving at the stadium after the opening kick-off with a waning sense of spirit.
- Students travel to SOA protest (By MEGHANNE DOWNES News Writer)
This weekend thousands of individuals from across the country will unite to seek the closure of the school that has provided military training for individuals who have gone on to corrupt dictators and military officials in Latin America.
- Revolutionizing Broadway One of several off-Broadway tour groups presents the South Bend debut of "Les Miserables" at the Morris Performing Arts Center (By AMANDA GRECO Associate Scene Editor)
If you will be going to see "Les Miserables" this weekend, be prepared to sacrifice a significant piece of your time. While the musical itself lasts slightly more than three hours, the powerful effect this performance leaves will continue to resonate long after the final bows.