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Pro-life faculty launch national group chapter By MEGAN DOYLE News Writer

University Faculty for Life (UFL), a national organization, approved a chapter on Notre Dame’s campus this fall, the University announced last week. Notre Dame faculty and staff can now join the newly-formed group to engage in academic conversation about pro-life issues. Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble will serve as the president of the Notre Dame chapter, and Daniel Philpott, a political science professor, will serve as vice president. Miscamble said the group would give faculty the opportunity to participate in moral issues and affirm

the right to life at all stages. The national organization of UFL was founded in 1989 to promote research and dialogue among faculty and staff who “respect the value of human life from its inception to natural death,” according to a University press release. “Our goal is to foster research and put forth a pro-life position to educate the community about life issues,” Miscamble said. Notre Dame will host the national conference for UFL on campus in June 2011, Miscamble said. “For this particular year I see it as a year of getting the chapter firmly established,” Miscamble said. “We will focus on meeting on a regular basis and doing the preparatory work for holding the

UFL national conference.” Miscamble said the UFL chapter at Notre Dame would work on spiritual, academic and social levels. Members will support each o t h e r through prayer, invite speakers and academic discussion on life questions and host events that bring the m e m b e rs Miscamble together to talk about issues related to their pro-life stance. “Many of us have been individual members of the national organiza-

tion for some time,” Miscamble said. “What this marks is an effort for us to collaborate on campus.” The Notre Dame UFL chapter currently includes 25 formal memb e r s , Miscamble said. “One of my major objectives for the year is to increase members h i p , ” Miscamble Philpott said. “This organization is multidisciplinary so we can bring faculty together from multiple colleges.” Miscamble currently serves as

the chaplain for Notre Dame Right to Life, the student pro-life group on campus. He said events between the faculty and student pro-life groups will hopefully bring even more visibility to the pro-life cause at Notre Dame. “I think students will gain encouragement and support for their own efforts when they see that their faculty who might be a little bit older are still deeply committed to this cause,” Miscamble said. “What I see occurring is indeed a close and cooperative relationship between the University Faculty for Life and the Notre Dame Right to Life, the student organization involved in the

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Game weekend attendance increases University By SAM STRYKER News Writer

The number of visitors on campus during football games this season has been much greater than it was in 2009, and the Pittsburgh game weekend was no exception, Director of Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said. “The numbers are up because of the new energy with Coach Kelly and the team combined with being hospitable and opening the campus,” he said. Director of Notre Dame Security Police Phil Johnson said three people were

arrested outside the stadium and two people inside for public intoxication. In addition, 35 people who were removed for violating stadium rules, mostly for impairment or possession of alcohol. “There were no citations issued by police for under age alcohol violation outside the stadium,” Johnson said. Factors such as the roughly 5,800 people who walked through the Notre Dame Stadium tunnel on Friday led Game Day Operations to believe that the weekend w a s g o i n g t o b e b u s y,

Sophomore John Hough remembers a time when The Huddle always sold hot dogs for a quarter after midnight. Those times are over, but this week, thanks to the Student Union Board, he can relive them. At the beginning of this school year, The Huddle raised the price of these midnight hot dogs, nicknamed “quarter dogs,” from 25 cents to 33 cents. “There was a lot of drama about it [the price change], and it was something students seemed to care about,” junior Kevin DeLaMontaigne said.



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Student Union Board (SUB) services programmers DeLaMontaigne and sophomore Jenny Yi arranged to subsidize hot dog prices from Sunday through Thursday and provide students such as Hough an opportunity to pay only one quarter for “quarter dogs” during midterms week. Yi said it was relatively easy to provide this service; it required approval from Huddle Management and a commitment on the part of SUB to pay the difference in price for all hot dogs sold. “We figured there’d be lots of students in LaFortune this week,


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Senior Martin Colianni purchases a “quarter dog” for 25 cents from The Huddle Sunday night.

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In an effort to explore new sustainable energy options, the University added an electric car to its fleet of vehicles this semester. The Mitsubishi iMiev, an electric car that seats four people, will be on loan from Mitsubishi Motors North America to Notre Dame this semester. Eaton Corporation is also providing three charging stations on campus, according to a Notre Dame Office of Sustainability press release. “This is just the beginning of something good for campus,” said Erin Hafner, the Sustainability Program Manager for the Office of Sustainability. “It’s opening some doors for us to bring electric cars to campus. It really wasn’t an option before.” This initial car is acting as a pilot test program, Hafner said. If successful, the University will look at adding electric cars to its fleet. “We’d like to integrate these into the fleet for travel,” she said. “We’d also like to integrate these into our maintenance fleet. There’s a wide array of uses.” The iMiev gets 100 miles to every charge, according to Mitsubishi’s website. It is also

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Junior Kevin DeLaMontaigne kicks off Quarter Dog Week dressed as a hot dog on Monday in LaFortune Hall. SUB is sponsoring Quarter Dog Week, which goes through Thursday night.

OFFBEAT Ambulance stolen while paramedics treat patient CHICAGO – Bond was set at $50,000 for a 27-yearold Chicago man accused of stealing an ambulance over the weekend while two paramedics treated someone he apparently knew in the back. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said Jimmy McCoy allegedly jumped into the stopped ambulance and drove off with the emergency lights on. The paramedics then radioed that they’re ambulance had been stolen with them inside. Prosecutors told a hearing Sunday McCoy seemed to think he was driving his


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diabetic friend to the hospital. In the Saturday incident, McCoy only made it a few blocks before a fire truck blocked the road. Police surrounded the ambulance and McCoy was arrested.

Drunk man rescued after chasing goose into river WA U S A U , Wis. – Wa u s a u r e s c u e d a n d arrested a drunken man who plunged into the Wisconsin River while chasing a one-legged goose. The 40-year-old Wausau man told officers he wanted to catch the bird and roast it. He said he took off his shirt and shoes Thursday afternoon and jumped into the




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frigid water. Authorities said he was overcome by the cold water and had to be rescued by firefighters. Police said the man had been drinking heavily before the stunt. The man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for bail jumping. Wi t n e s s S e r g i o L o p e z w o r k s b y t h e r i v e r. H e said he often sees people jump in the water during hot summer days but rarely in October. Police told the Wausau Daily Herald that as far as they know, the goose is still on the loose. Information compiled from the Associated Press.



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The College of Science will sponsor Astronomy Night today at 7:30 p.m. on Fieldhouse Mall. All Notre Dame students are invited to see Jupiter, the closest it has been to the earth in 50 years. The first 300 Notre Dame students will receive free tshirts and doughnuts. The Center for Social Concerns will sponsor and International Summer Service Learning Program Information Session today at 8 p.m. in the McNeill Library of Geddes Hall. The information session will cover the application and selection processes and their timeframes, academic requirements, orientation and followup requirements and a brief description of work sites. Past participants will also be available to answer questions. To submit information to be included in this section of The Observer, e-mail detailed information about an event to




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ND grad competes Army ROTC trains in Michigan for acting award By MIKE BOCK News Writer


Tyler Langdon, a 2008 Notre Dame graduate, hopes that w i n n i n g a 2 0 1 0 Ya h o o Hollywood Movie Award will jumpstart his acting career. Langdon is currently one of 10 nominees for Yahoo’s Hollywood Discover Aw a r d , i n w h i c h aspiring actors subLangdon mit monologues for voters to view and vote on the Hollywood Movie Award website. “The award is for up-andcoming talent in Hollywood,” Langdon said. A resident of Dillon Hall while at Notre Dame, Langdon studied business and thought his performing career was over. “I did a lot of acting before I came to Notre Dame.” Langdon said, “I absolutely loved speech, but as fun as it was, I had to be practical, so I went to business school.” However, Langdon couldn’t shake the acting bug. After graduation, he moved to California to attend a management program through Hillstone Restaurant Group. “All the servers and cooks in the restaurant were actors and they were always talking about auditions and roles they had,” Langdon said. “Everything I had done before rushed back.” Langdon decided to pursue his dream and quit his restaurant job after two months to begin auditioning for acting roles. “It takes a very long time to make it in this industry,” he said. “Most actors you recognize have been doing this for seven or eight years.” Even though his career has not followed a traditional path, Langdon said his parents

support his decision to try and make it in the acting business. “My parents always support whatever I do that makes me happy as long as it brings respect to myself and my family,” Langdon said. “They just don’t want me to compromise myself for Hollywood.” His film credits include roles in “Pushing Daisies” and “The Pacific,” according to his website. He also hosted two different shows about Thai food. Langdon eventually hopes to act on a sitcom and work in both comedic and dramatic films. “I love the comedy on ‘The Office’ and ‘30 Rock,’ with more subtle humor and good writing and natural actors,” he said. Langdon recently landed a role for an upcoming movie about a man suffering from social anxiety disorder and his relationship with a female friend who studies his disorder for her graduate work. “He’s just a really dynamic character,” Langdon said. The transition from acting on stage and for speech competitions was different and a challenge for Langdon. “The speech and debate gave me confidence, but it’s just so big,” Langdon said, “Acting teachers kept telling me to relax my face and think and play my emotions.” Langdon hopes that someday he could work with Leonardo DiCaprio, his favorite actor. “He’s a fantastic actor and has had some amazing roles,” Langdon said. While still in the restaurant business, DiCaprio came into the restaurant Langdon managed and the servers sent him out on the floor acting like a bus boy so he could see him. “I was nervous just cleaning the table next to him,” Langdon said. Online voting for the Yahoo H o l l y w o o d M o v i e Aw a r d s started on Oct. 5 and closes Thursday.

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The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobao was expected, according to Peter Wallensteen, the University of Notre Dame’s Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies. Liu, a professor of literature, is one of China’s most prominent human rights activists. He has been in prison since 2008 for publishing a political reform petition. According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Liu is the first person in China to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and he is recognized for his sustained and nonviolent struggle for human rights in China. The Dalai Lama also received it, but for his peaceful struggle for Tibet, while outside the country.

“This continues a tradition where the prize has been used to highlight peaceful struggles for human rights in authoritarian societies,” Wallensteen said. “For example, it went to Shirin Ebadi from Iran in 2003, Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma in 1991, Andrei Sakharov from the Soviet Union in 1975, Albert Lutuli from South Africa in 1960, and Carl von Ossietzky in Nazi-Germany in 1935. “Several times, this use of the award resulted in crises between the Nobel committee and the regimes, most seriously perhaps with Nazi Germany,” Wallensteen said. The Chinese government reportedly is outraged over the award to Liu and has issued a statement saying that the award will damage Chinese relations with Norway.

While their fellow students attended events on campus such as the pep rally and football game last w e e k e n d , N o t r e D a m e ’s Army Reserve Officers’ Tr a i n i n g C o r p s ( R O T C ) members participated in a weekend of training exercise s a t M i c h i g a n ’s F o r t Cluster. The weekend was a valuable experience for all members of the ROTC, especially for the juniors as they prepare to attend “Leadership Development Photo courtesy of Jim Hasson Assessment Course,” the R O T C ’s b i g g e s t s u m m e r Junior cadets Patrick Gleason, second from right, and Griffin evaluation, said Jim Hasson, Bonnema, right, participate in ROTC training last weekend. a Notre Dame senior and tactics that were to be used a t 1 0 p . m . F o r t h e n e x t ROTC cadet. “The purpose of the train- in the field. To build their three hours, each cadet was l e a d e r s h i p expected to navigate to five ing was to skills, the junior d i f f e r e n t g r i d l o c a t i o n s build basic c l a s s l e d t h e using only a compass and m i l i t a r y “The purpose of the on field map. attributes training was to build squads Hasson said the students missions. The among the basic military sophomores and also completed squad level underclassmen and to attributes among the t h e f r e s h m e n t a c t i c s t r a i n i n g , w h i c h took part in the involved groups of 11 or 12 f u r t h e r underclassmen and program led by cadets working together on develop the to further develop the the upperclass- skills such as movement and leadership leadership attributes m e n t o l e a r n c o n t a c t , s q u a d a t t a c k , attributes of important skills reconnaissance operations upperclassof upperclassmen, and ambush attacks. and leadership. men, particparticularly the Hasson said the training Hasson said ularly the the weekend weekend was successful juniors.” juniors,” he included train- overall. said. “Over the course of the ing exercises Each grade Jim Hasson with individual w e e k e n d , a l l p a r t i c i p a n t s level of Army ROTC cadet missions f o r showed great developments ROTC partice a c h c a d e t t o in both their tactical skills ipants was complete, such and leadership styles while assigned a d i f f e r e n t r o l e w i t h i n t h e as day and night navigation. k e e p i n g a p o s i t i v e a t t i During the night naviga- tudes,” he said. training session, Hasson tion operation, Hasson said said. Contact Mike Bock at T h e s e n i o r c l a s s t a u g h t each ROTC cadet received classes on basic skills and an eight-digit grid location

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SMC pushes gift campaign By ALICIA SMITH Associate Saint Mary’s Editor

To encourage students to make their class gift and educate them about the benefits of donating to Saint Mary’s College, the Class Gift Campaign (CGC) hosted its second annual launch party Monday. The event was held in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall during dinner hours. Molly Gorszczyk, CGC co-chair, said the event was created to draw attention to the mission of the CGC as well as allow students to meet and get to know members of the campaign. “The launch party is pretty much just a way for us to get publicity up of who we are and what we do,” Gorszczyk said. “It’s the first chance all of our girls get for the year to make their donation of class gift. It’s pretty much the starting of our season of campaigning and fundraising and trying to get the class gifts.” Gorszczyk said the event invited students to enjoy themselves while learning about the CGC. Students were also encouraged to make their donation to the CGC for their class. According to Gorszczyk, the campaign works during the academic year to earn money for each class’ senior gift. Each class decides which gift it would like to donate to the College. “The class gift campaign is a student organization, and we are the ones that encourage

raising all the money to give Saint Mary’s that each class gives when they graduate,” she said. “Along with that we encourage the importance of philanthropy and giving back to Saint Mary’s. [Saint Mary’s College] just [relies] on giving back so much and they encourage it so much that we try to encourage our students to give back as well.” According to Gorszczyk, during the launch party, students had the opportunity to break open a piñata, play corn hole, listen to music and meet with members of the CGC. “People can come make their class gift, they can ask us questions, they can get to know us,” Gorszczyk said. “[The Launch Party is] kind of like a meet and greet type deal so they [students] can actually get to know what the Class Gift Campaign is.” The CGC also plans to offer other events throughout the academic year. Gorszczyk said the CGC will offer Give Back Night at Hacienda on Oct. 25. Karaoke Idol, an event that allows students to sing karaoke in front of faculty and staff judges, will also be held on Nov. 18. Gorszczyk said she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of the CGC. “I think it’s really important just because we have a tradition that part of our gift to give back is a scholarship of some form or scholarship money,” she said. “That’s really important just because so many girls are on

scholarship. Ninety- four percent of the student body right now is on scholarship. So if we can encourage girls to give back now that would also encourage them to give back after they graduate.” The CGC doesn’t just ask for donations from juniors and seniors, instead, they encourage first-year students to donate money as well. “We work really hard and start looking freshman year to raise a gift so you can give something amazing back to Saint Mary’s to thank them for the amazing time you had here,” Gorszczyk said. “Also, you try to raise the pride of Saint Mary’s that you have in your four years and beyond after you graduate and so you’re always proud to be a Saint Mary’s girl and you’re so proud of your school.” The CGC asks that students donate whatever amount they feel comfortable giving, but also encourages each student to donate the amount of their class year, Gorszczyk said. “We are encouraging all students to try to at least give their class year, so a senior would give $20.11, juniors would give $20.12,” Gorszczyk said. “But they are free to give as much as they want, and we appreciate everything they give and we understand that everybody’s situation is a little different so what they can give might not be the same as others.”

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proceeding on an issue that can be polarizing and rancorous in national conversation.” continued from page 1 Other faculty members Philpott, who joined UFL in s e r v i n g i n t h e N o t r e D a m e July 2010 and will serve as UFL chapter include Program t h e v i c e p r e s i d e n t o f t h e of Liberal Studies professor Notre Dame chapter, said his Wa l t e r N i c g o r s k i a s s e c r e tary-treasurer. work with the Engineering Human Rights “As scholars, we professor Craig Defense Fund share a very strong Lent and moved him to Elizabeth Kirk, work for commitment to associate direchuman dignity reasoning and to tor of the and the proteccool, careful thought Center for tion of the Ethics and unborn. in dialogue.” Culture, will “Notre Dame serve as memis a university Daniel Philpott bers of the that has a professor chapter’s execstrong commitutive board. ment to teachpolitical science UFL membering social jusship also tice in the c l a s s r o o m , ” P h i l p o t t s a i d . includes non-Catholic institu“ A n d t h e k i l l i n g o f t h e tions and faculty members, but Philpott unborn is the said Notre largest human Dame, as a rights violation “The UFL itself does Catholic uniin the world not have a religious v e r s i t y, n a t u today.” affiliation, but rally fit into The UFL the organizadefends the obviously there is a right to life very close resonance tion. “The UFL from concepwith the mission of a itself does not tion to natural Catholic university have a relideath and pargious affiliaticularly works and protecting the tion,” Philpott on the issues of right to life.” said. “But obviabortion, infanously there is a ticide and very close resoeuthanasia, Daniel Philpott nance with the Philpott said. professor mission of a “As scholars, political science Catholic uniwe share a very versity and strong commitm e n t t o r e a s o n i n g a n d t o protecting the right to life.” cool, careful thought in dialogue,” Philpott said. “This is Contact Megan Doyle at t h e s p i r i t i n w h i c h w e a r e


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tial of electric vehicles as we strive to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint on campus,” Executive continued from page 1 Vice President John Affleckinto account, the iMiev still Graves said in the press releases only 30 percent as release. The car will be on display at much carbon dioxide as do its public events gasoline-powand promotions ered mini-car for the Office of counterparts. “The project will help Sustainability, “Through our us to further Hafner said. collaboration These promowith Notre understand the tions include Dame, Eaton is potential of electric football Friday paving the way vehicles as we strive afternoons at for the development of the to reduce our energy Irish Green, where the car infrastructure consumption and is stationed leading to the carbon footprint on next to a table adoption and with informaexpanded use campus.” tion about elecof electric vehitric cars. cles,” Jerry John Affleck-Graves Different Whitaker, presExecutive Vice President U n i v e r s i t y ident of Eaton’s departments Electrical will also drive S e c t o r , Americas Region, said in the the car, so students will see it around campus, Hafner said. It press release. This is not the first time the will have a Notre DameUniversity has partnered with themed car design similar to Eaton Corporation; the corpo- the three Smart cars that the ration helped the University University purchased this year. with Stinson-Remick Hall. “The project will help us to Contact Amanda Gray at further understand the poten-

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Green was held. Seamon said ticipation also continued this t h e f e e d b a c k f r o m c a m p u s weekend with on-site transhas been positive in regards p o r t a t i o n , S e a m o n s a i d . Student clubs to this new tracontinued from page 1 raised money dition, which “With the big nature by giving 1,400 started the Seamon said. of the Pitt game and golf cart rides “When people could fore- weekend of the cast the weather earlier in Michigan game. the weather, it was a and 220 pedal cab rides. “I thought it the week, coming off a big hugely succesful “We had a lot win against Boston College, was a successweekend.” of people using and Pittsburgh being a big ful evening,” he the pedal cabs game, you could tell it would said. “It seems and the golf be an exciting weekend,” he we have gotten Mike Seamon carts, which a good said. director shows that a S e a m o n a l s o s a i d a t t e n - response from Game Day Operations lot of people dance at the pep rally got a the students.” were here Attendance boost, with 14,214 fans w a t c h i n g f o r m e r r e c e i v e r and energy on campus during enjoying game day,” he said. Seamon said Game Day the actual game G o l d e n Ta t e d a y w a s a l s o Operations has been working provide some “It was a perfect very encourag- hard to consistently deliver a inspiration for evening in terms of ing, S e a m o n special experience for visithe team’s vics a i d , a n d c o n - tors to Fighting Irish football tory. weather. There was t r i b u t e d t o t h e games by providing unique “It was a just a great spirit. It v i c t o r y o f t h e opportunities on campus that p e r f e c t [the pep rally] was a w e e k e n d a s a only Notre Dame can offer. evening in “Our goal for everyone who whole. terms of good way to kick off is visiting campus is for them “People had a w e a t h e r, ” h e the weekend.” good spirit and to experience everything that said. “There attitude,” he is wonderful about Notre was just a Mike Seamon said. “With the Dame, be it the athletics, the great spirit. It b i g n a t u r e o f academics, faith or the social was a good director t h e P i t t g a m e life,” he said. “These are sigway to kick off Game Day Operations and the weath- nature weekends for us.” the weekend.” e r, i t w a s a This was the second pep rally in which a hugely successful weekend.” Contact Sam Stryker at The theme of high fan par- student walkover to Irish


Quarter continued from page 1 and this would brighten up their days and give them something to look forward to,” Yi said. DeLaMontaigne said he hoped that by specifically choosing a week when many students have midterm exams, the low-priced hot dogs might serve as a “stress reliever.” Both Yi and DeLaMontaigne were optimistic about the weeklong event, and hope to repeat it sometime in the future. When and if this would occur depends in large part on student response. “If people are into it and if the number of hot dogs sold goes up, then it shows people like it,” DeLaMontaigne said. Hough is supportive of the subsidy and was disappointed when the price was raised, he said. He purchased the hot dogs approximately twice per week last year, but Sunday was his first time back after the price increase. Another student taking advantage of the reduced price, sophomore Jessie Bretl, echoed Hough’s sentiments. “A quarter is easy, but who has 33 cents in their pocket?” said Bretl. Adam Hill, The Huddle manager on duty Sunday night, said the price decrease did not seem to yield a greater number of hot dog purchases Sunday night. “The volume is about the same as any other night. There doesn’t seem to be a real difference,” Hill said.

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NYC police arrest ninth suspect in anti-gay beatings outraged responses from city with a box cutter, prosecutors and state leaders and gay advo- said. David Rivera hit him in NEW YORK — Police on cates. the head with a shaving can Monday arrested the ninth and Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ringleader Idelfonzo final suspect in the brutal called Mendez shoved the attacks on four people that attacks “comthe wooden hanauthorities believe were pletely unacceptdle of a plunger touched off because gang mem- able” in preinto the teen’s bers thought one of their pared remarks rectum, prose“A lot of these gang recruits was gay. cutors said. “Do before a Monday subcultures are Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was night dinner for you like this?” pretty homophobic” arrested by members of the P a r e n t s , he asked, Bronx violent felony squad at a Families according to the and relative’s house after his attor- Friends criminal comof David C. Brotherton ney had told authorities he Lesbians and plaint. sociology chair would be surrendering to police Gays. Through their John Jay College of on Tuesday. He previously interrogation, He added: “As Criminal Justice failed to show up as promised. they discovered I said over the Vargas-Perez and eight others weekend, the another 17-yearwere accused of robbery, perpetrators of old they knew harassment and sexual abuse the abuse and also had an after the Oct. 3 attacks. Police torture in the encounter with say he participated in at least Bronx will be spared no mercy,” the man, police said. When he one of the attacks along with he said. came to the apartment around the others from his street gang, Three of the gang members 8:30 the next evening, they the Latin King Goonies. saw their 17-year-old recruit pounced, attacking him as well, Vargas-Perez was in custody coming out of an apartment officials said. at a police precinct Monday. His occupied by a 30-year-old man While the other teen was attorney’s name known through- there, Mendez invited the 30wasn’t known. out the neighbor- year-old over, claiming there “He’s innocent hood as “La was a party and asking him to “As I said over the of all the Reina.” It was bring alcohol, authorities said. weekend, the charges,” his well-known that The man met up with Mendez perpetrators of the aunt, Nancy the man was gay, at the corner bodega and he Perez, said in and the three walked with him, unsuspecting, abuse and torture in Spanish when wanted to know into the apartment where he’d the Bronx will be reached by why the teen was be tortured for hours by all spared no mercy.” phone on at his apartment, nine suspects, who forced the Monday night. malt liquor down his throat, authorities said. “He was raised prosecutors said. They took the Michael Bloomberg in a loving famiProsecutors said Rivera tied teen to a nearby mayor ly.” a b a n d o n e d the man to a chair with a metal New York City She denied he apartment they chain and blindfolded him. was a member From there, he was beaten used as a hangof a gang and out and for par- and sodomized with a small said her nephew works in con- ties at about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 3 baseball bat, according to the struction. and beat him until he confessed criminal complaint. The beatings in the Bronx, he had a sexual encounter with During the attack, they took and the recent string of anti- the man, police said. the man’s keys and went to his gay attacks and teen suicides “You crazy, you lost your home, where they beat up and elsewhere attributed to homo- mind,” gang member Nelson bound his older brother and phobic bullying, have drawn Falu said, as he sliced the teen stole $1,000 in cash and a TV Associated Press

Study says students drink more when abroad Associated Press

SEATTLE — Students who go abroad while in college are likely to increase or even double their alcohol intake while they’re away, a new study has found. Drinking increased most dramatically in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the study by researchers at the University of Washington found. Students reported drinking more when they perceived their fellow travelers were drinking more heavily, and those who planned to make drinking part of their cultural immersion did so. The study published in the current issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors looked only at drinking habits of students who went abroad from the University of Washington, but UW graduate student Eric Pedersen said he would expect to get similar results at other universities. “I don’t think this is just a UW problem,” said the psychology student, who noted, however, that his study sample included more women than the national average for studying abroad and the students he looked at were more diverse ethnically than the national average. His research did not pinpoint why students drink more while they study abroad, but

the results don’t necessarily indicate binge drinking. Pedersen says a drink or so each night with dinner could add up to the 10 drinks a week European visitors reported on average. “In general drinking is an issue on college campuses. When you take that and put it in a foreign country there’s potential for more consequences,” Pedersen said. He noted, however, that most students who study overseas, including those who drink, do not get in trouble while they’re abroad. Of the several thousand University of Washington students who study abroad each year, 177 answered a questionnaire before they went away and when they returned. On average, those students doubled their drinking while abroad, but most returned to an average of three to five drinks a week when they returned to Seattle. A subset of students who traveled to the Middle East and other places where drinking is not as prevalent reported their intake decreased while abroad. Students who were less than the legal drinking age in the United States increased their drinking while abroad by about 170 percent, the study found. The overall increase was about 105 percent.

from their apartment, prosecutors said. Eight of the suspects were arraigned Sunday but didn’t enter pleas. Two attorneys, Paul Horowitz and Fred Bittlingmeyer, represented the eight at the hearing but didn’t expect to represent all of them through the legal process. Their families have said they are innocent. The attacks, while vicious, aren’t surprising in the world of outlaw machismo, where being gay is a powerful taboo and broken rules can have violent

consequences, experts on gang culture said. Experts said it’s likely the 30-year-old would never have been attacked if he hadn’t been in contact with their recruit. “A lot of these gang subcultures are pretty homophobic,” said David C. Brotherton, a youth gang expert and chairman of the sociology department at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “And some of them, they definitely have, the proper gangs have rules that don’t permit anybody in the group to be gay.”

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Democrats criticize Paladino Senior citizens prepare for Social Security freeze Dawson will buy cheap whiskey instead of his beloved BOCA RATON, Fla. — Seniors Canadian Club. prepared to cut back on every“For people who have thing from food to charitable worked their whole life and donations to whiskey as word tried to scrimp and save and spread Monday that they will try to provide for themselves,” have to wait until at least 2012 said Baldwin, a 63-year-old to see their Social Security retired teacher, “it’s difficult to checks increase. see that support system might The government is expected not sustain you.” to announce this week that Baldwin and her husband more than 58 million Social mapped out their retirements, Security recipients will go carefully calculating their through a second straight year income based on their penwithout an increase in monthly s i o n s a n d S o c i a l S e c u r i t y benefits. This year was the c h e c k s . Tr o u b l e i s , t h e y first without expected an an increase annual costsince automatof-living ic adjustments increase. “They’ve got this idea for inflation “When we started in cut back, that they’ve got to save 1975. we’re cutting “I think it’s money and basically they b a c k on want to take it out of the n i c e t i e s , ” disgusting,” said Paul Baldwin said. people that will give McNeil, 69, a “But there them the least retired state are other resistance.” worker from people that Warwick, R.I., d o n ’t h a v e who said his anything to Paul McNeil food and utilicut back on. Retired State Worker ty costs have They’re cutgone up, but ting back on his income has food and not. He shelter.” lamented decisions by lawMany at St. Andrews said the makers that he said do not cost-of-living decision won’t favor seniors. affect who they vote for next “They’ve got this idea that month. But seniors tied the Social they’ve got to save money and Security issue to what they see as basically they want to take it a larger societal problem with out of the people that will give debt, entitlements and hopefulthem the least resistance,” he ness for the future. said. “I’m kind of glad in a way,” Cost-of-living adjustments are Stella Wehrly, an 86-year-old automatically set by a measure retired secretary, said of the adopted by Congress in the freeze. “One thing depends on 1970s that orders raises based the other and when people aren’t on the Consumer Price Index, working there’s not enough peowhich measures inflation. If ple feeding into the Social inflation is negative, as in 2009 Security system.” and 2010, payments remain Wehrly and her husband, unchanged. Hank, said curtailing government Still, seniors like McNeil said spending is necessary to mainthey’ll be thinking about the tain the Social Security system. issue when they go to vote, “We have a generation now a n d e x p e r t s s a i d t h e n e w s that we’re not going to leave a c o m e s a t a b a d t i m e f o r very good legacy for,” she said. Democrats already facing Jack Dawson, 77, said the p o t e n t i a l l y b i g l o s s e s i n freeze is the right move considerN o v e m b e r. S e n i o r s a r e t h e ing the state of the government most loyal of and the voters, and American their support economy. is especially “Who would important durbe surprised “One thing depends on ing midterm what’s hapthe other and when elections, pened?” he when turnout asked. “I feel people aren’t working is generally there’s not enough people this is the lower. right decision feeding into the Social “If you’re in light of the the ruling malaise.” Security system.” p a r t y, t h i s i s More than not the sort of 58.7 million Stella Wehrly thing you want people rely Retired Secretary to have hapon Social pening two S e c u r i t y weeks before checks that an election,” a v e r a g e said Andrew $ 1 , 0 7 2 Biggs, a former deputy com- monthly. It was the primary m i s s i o n e r a t t h e S o c i a l source of income for 64 perSecurity Administration and cent of retirees who got benenow a resident scholar at the fits in 2008; one-third relied American Enterprise Institute. on Social Security for at least A t S t . A n d r e w s E s t a t e s 90 percent of their income. North, a Boca Raton retireAt the Phoenix Knits yarn m e n t c o m m u n i t y, s e n i o r s shop in Phoenix, 73-year-old largely took the news in stride, owner Pat McCartney said she s a y i n g t h e y d o n ’t b l a m e already worries about paying Washington for the lack of an for utilities, groceries and gas. increase. Most are also collect- Not having the increase makes ing pensions or other income, her worry even more. but even so, they prepared to “If I have any major tighten their belts. expense, I don’t know what I’ll Bette Baldwin won’t be able d o , ” M c C a r t n e y s a i d w h i l e to travel or help her children helping customers with their as much. Dorcas Eppright will k n i t t i n g . “ I l i v e o n S o c i a l g i v e l e s s t o c h a r i t y. J a c k Security.” Associated Press


Republican New York gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino marches in the Columbus Day Parade in New York City Monday. Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — The tea party movement was born in anger over the recession and the Obama administration’s bailouts, and built largely on a platform of lower taxes and sm all e r g o v e r n m e n t . B u t some of its candidates are getting tripped up on social issues. In New York, Carl Paladino, the tea party-backed Republican candidate for governor, caused a furor among Democrats when he said over the weekend that children shouldn’t be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is acceptable. In Colorado, GOP Senate nominee Ken Buck has tried to deflect questions about his stance against abortion rights. In Delaware, Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has come under fire over the conservative religious views she espoused as a TV commentator, including preaching against the evils of masturbation. And in Nevada, Senate candidate Sharron Angle, a Southern Baptist, has called herself a faith-based politician. She opposes abortion in all circumstances, including rape and incest, and doesn’t believe the Constitution requires the separation of church and state. Her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, seeks to portray her as outside mainstream America. One by one, tea party challengers have veered away from the issues of taxes and spending - or in some cases were pushed off message, either by the media or by the Democrats, who have tried to portray the insurgents not as populist alternatives to the mainstream GOP but as Republican regulars. “It is clear that the Democrats and many of their allies in the media will attack the Republicans for being ‘too extreme,’” William Mayer, an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University, wrote in a position paper this month. Alan Abramowitz, a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta,

said his research shows tea party activists are overwhelmingly conservative Republicans. Rather than an outside alternative to the GOP, he said, the tea party is a movement from within the R e p u b l i c a n P a r t y ’s m o s t active members. “My feeling has been that social issues were always an important component of the tea party movement all along,” Abramowitz said. H e s a i d c a n d ida tes ha ve b e e n q u e s t i o n ed on their social views by reporters and by Democrats more now that they emerged as GOP nominees: “There’s more attention to it now, now that they are actually running their general election campaigns.” Some tea party candidates are trying to moderate their social views or deflect attention from them back to the economy. In Denver, Buck is challenging first-term Sen. Michael Bennet and opposes abortion e v e n i n c a s e s of rape and incest. He endorsed a state c o n s t i t u t i o n a l a m endm ent that would give fetuses constitutional rights, then withdrew his support after doctors and lawyers pointed out it would also ban some types of fertility treatments and emergency contraception. “Democrats see this as an opportunity to discredit Ken Buck, but I think most people are smart enough to know one person isn’t going to be able to do away with Roe v. Wade,” said Bobbie Chiles, president of the South Platte Republican Women’s Club. I n K e n t u c k y, t e a p a r t y Republican Rand Paul, a candidate for Senate, opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and a proposed mosque near ground zero in New York City. But he doesn’t talk about it much. “I say the top three issues of the tea party movement are the debt, the debt and the debt,” Paul said in a recent campaign stop to a group dedicated to smaller government. But in May, just hours after the political novice won a landslide primary victory, he took heat for a rambling interview in which he

expressed misgivings about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and appeared to suggest that businesses be allowed to deny service to blacks without fear of federal interference. Paul scrambled for damage control, issuing a statement saying, “I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person.” In Alaska, tea party candidate Joe Miller says he is “unequivocally pro-life,” and also opposes hate crime laws as violations of free-speech and equal protection under the Constitution. In New York, Paladino spent M o n d a y ’s C o l u m b u s D a y Parade, a staple for politicians seeking votes in New Yo r k C i t y, f e n d i n g o f f a stream of criticism from Democrats for his comments the night before to a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders. “That’s not how God created us,” Paladino said Sunday of homosexuality, “and that’s not the example that we should be showing our children.” He added that children who later in life choose to marry people of the opposite sex and raise families would be “much better off and much more successful.” “I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option,” he said. P a l a d i n o ’s Democratic opponent for governor, New Yo r k Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, called Paladino’s comments “reckless and divisive ... (the) worst cynical politics,” especially since they come as New York City police investigate reports that three men were tortured in a night of anti-gay bias in the Bronx. “It is repugnant to the concept of what New York is,” Cuomo said Monday at the parade. “We celebrate our diversity.” State Sen. Thomas Duane, an openly gay Democrat, said he was “enraged” by Paladino’s “despicable rhetoric, which does cause people to hate themselves and commit suicide.”

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The new Civil War


Cravin’ more... I recently picked up a copy of Scholastic, partially out of pity for seeing them idle in the dining hall for so long. Of the few articles I read, there was one discussing the University of Notre Dame Class of 2014 Facebook group, Ankur Chawla expressing the writer’s qualms Assistant with one particuScene Editor lar upperclassman. This column is a defense of that man, the myth, the legend. Enter Cravin Moorehed. Although Cravin is a fictional being, as far as the masterminds behind Facebook are concerned he’s just as real as you and your friends. He is just another array of data, a picture, a name, a list of friends, activities and most importantly, groups. During finals week last semester, Cravin and his creators joined the Notre Dame Class of 2014 Facebook group. The group was full of young freshmen, eager to form the Facebook bond with other future Domers. A freshman advice column was created on the discussion board by these devious upperclassmen as a Steven Colbert-esque guide to life at Notre Dame. (If you’re bored while studying for midterms, I suggest reading through it for a good laugh.) The freshmen were naive at first and asked legitimate questions. The upperclassmen treated these questions with as much respect as Simon Cowell treated William Hung and that guy who sang “Pants on the Ground.” After Cravin posted a few clever comments, the freshmen indeed began “lookin’ like fools with their pants on the ground.” The playful banter and antics of Cravin and his gang were welcomed and praised by those more down to earth, though some felt the need to tell everyone that Cravin was a big phony. This fact was undoubtedly obvious to everyone other than those who tried pointing it out. Cravin was just providing a funny environment for the freshmen to get to know what life at Notre Dame might be like; he wasn’t doing any real harm, at least not initially. The Facebook fanatics took the real blow when the upperclassmen managed to weasel their way into making Cravin the sole administrator of the group. At this point he began sending distasteful, albeit funny messages and videos to 1,858 members of the freshman class. To anyone who was offended by Cravin’s antics, maybe you should take a step back and re-evaluate your frequented websites. Heaven forbid anyone attack your Facebook fundamentals, it might disrupt who and what you are as a human. We spend hours displaying our every move to people we hardly know. How many of your Facebook friends do you actually talk to regularly or even at all? Who cares if the kid you met at Domerfest likes when he accomplishes something before the microwave hits :00? I can guarantee you that he doesn’t pause for a moment when you ask for help with Fast Money on Family Feud. The problem is that Facebook has become how we define ourselves. What would you be without your seven albums from freshman year? Now that I’m done ranting, I’ve got to go update my Twitter. I’m up to 20 followers ... OK, only 18. But still I am eagerly waiting for the unsuspecting class of 2015’s group to be formed because I am indeed cravin’ more Cravin Moorehed. The views expressed in the Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer. Contact Ankur Chawla at

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There are, in the perpetual war over abortion, two myths. The first myth is that told by the prochoice camp: Pro-life partisans, they insist, seek to control women. Without access to legal abortion, they reason, women will Dan Sportiello be forced to actually bear their chilBound dren — who will, of Variables course, need care for decades to come. In becoming mothers, therefore, women will become housewives — kept from meaningful careers so that they can bear their men many sons: Their lives will be, as were the lives of their mothers, spent utterly in vacuuming rugs, pressing shirts and cooking pot roasts. To respect women as our equals, insist pro-choice partisans, requires correcting the systematic injustice inherited from our forefathers — indeed, inherited from nature. To do otherwise is crass manipulation. The second myth is that told by the prolife camp: Pro-choice partisans, they insist, seek to control women. With access to legal abortion, they reason, women have no claim on the fathers of their children — who will, of course, suggest termination. In not becoming mothers, therefore, women will effectively become concubines — kept from meaningful relationships so that they can remain sexually available to their men: Their lives will be, as the lives of their mothers were not, spent utterly in exploitive relationships that grant them nothing in social or economic legitimacy. To respect women as our equals, insist pro-life partisans, requires taking them seriously as our partners in parenthood — indeed, as our partners in life. To do otherwise is crass manipulation. It is tempting to reject both myths as hysterical propaganda — tempting, but too quick. Of course, those of us who are mere foot soldiers in the perpetual war do not think in these terms: those who stage protests, hold marches and write newspaper columns — for whichever side — commit themselves to the freedom, not the enslavement, of women. The motivations of the wealthy and powerful elites behind each movement are less clear — though it is perhaps paranoia to attribute their

actions to calculating misogyny. But motivations do not tell the entire story. During the American Civil War, Northerners took themselves to be fighting for the integrity of their nation and the freedom of all men to live on their own terms; Southerners took themselves to be fighting for the integrity of their way of life and the freedom of all states to order themselves as they saw best. And indeed, this perspective — the motivational one — is legitimate. But also legitimate is the sociological perspective: The American Civil War was, in the end, a conflict about how elites could best manipulate the masses — how labor could be most efficiently extracted from laborers and put to the service of society. Northerners held — or might as well have held — that the most efficient way to extract this labor was by the system of wage slavery — that is, of industry; Southerners held — or might as well have held — that the most efficient way to extract this labor was by the system of chattel slavery — that is, of agriculture. The American Civil War was, in this sense, a war regarding the future economic ordering of American society, a war over the most efficient way to wring sweat from the brow — and, in asking this question, the war also answered it: The North defeated the South precisely because its economic ordering was the more productive by far. It is not coincidence that the newly industrial United States was able, over the next century, to dominate merely agricultural nations around the world. The perpetual war between pro-choice and pro-life camps differs from the American Civil War only in its matter and its duration, not in its structure: It is, from a sociological perspective, a debate about how men can best manipulate women — how fertility and labor can be most efficiently extracted from women and put to the service of society. It is tempting to reject both the pro-choice and pro-life myths as hysterical propaganda — but, from a sociological perspective, both are true. This does not mean, again, that anyone on either side of the perpetual war actually thinks in these terms: Women are numerous in both camps, and it verges on absurdity to think that they are advocating their own manipulation. This does not

change, however, what that society has witnessed the triumph of both camps — first, before 1973, the pro-life, and then, after 1973, the pro-choice: Under the former regime, women were indeed often housewives, forced by the necessity of motherhood into lifetimes of cleaning, laundering, cooking and child-rearing; under the latter regime, women are indeed free to look significantly beyond homemaking for employment — but, at the same time, they fall into cycles of empty, exploitative relationships that prevent many of them from realizing marriage and family — goods that their mothers obtained as a matter of course. Neither the pro-choice nor the pro-life camps think in terms of how to best manipulate women into offering more of their resources to society, but this does not change the fact that this is — from a sociological perspective — exactly what they are debating. It goes without saying that the liberation of women is linked to the sexual revolution, the rise of abortion and the contraceptive pill, and the breakdown of marriage and the family. This point has been made before. The problem, it seems, is the social framework that establishes this link — the same social framework that establishes the link between the liberation of slaves from the farm and their re-enslavement on the assembly line. In choosing between the industrial and the agrarian economic orders, one should not have to make the choice between two varieties — and rather sinister varieties at that — of enslavement. Similarly, in choosing between the prochoice and the pro-choice regimes, one should not have to make the choice between two varieties — and rather sinister varieties at that — of sexual manipulation. If some social framework forces this choice upon one, one ought to reject the choice — that is, one ought to reject the framework. Daniel John Sportiello is in his third year in the philosophy Ph.D. program. Listen to his radio show on Thursdays at 2 p.m. on WVFI. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.








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A quiet sacred place As I watched the Notre Dame claim a victory, I could not help but think of Coach Weis and his wife Maura, Charlie Jr. and sweet Hannah. I was watching the game with my precious son and his wonderful neighbors at Hannah and Friends Farm in the beautiful Eck Rec Facility. My son just recently became a resident there this summer. My autistic son will never graduate from Notre Dame like I did, but he graduated to becoming independent at the Jon Bon Jovi home with support from Mosaic staff and Hannah and Friends staff. Having autism, a communication disorder and auditory processing difficulties, he greets each new day with enthusiasm and hope. My son is my champion. I am proud of his many accomplishments at his ripe age of 22. He has become a leader, and helps his friends at the Day programs at Hannah and Friends — a quiet sacred place not far from campus, where miracles happen daily. This is one place every student needs to visit before they graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Come and see the legacy the Weis family left. A place where angels walking the earth are respected, celebrated and loved unconditionally. Come and say hello to the welcoming residents — they will make your heart smile. When you leave, you can say a prayer at the grotto of Mother Mary donated by the Golic family. I will never forget the legacy the Weis family left us, and when my time comes to meet my Almighty Maker, I know my son will be taken care of. Until then, it’s just 2.8 miles away to visit my favorite hero.

Katherine Robinson Coleman alumna Class of 1978 Oct. 11

Cemetery of the unborn My thanks to the students responsible for the white crosses on South Quad commemorating the unborn children who are killed each day in our nation by abortion. You are to be commended for reminding us all what a tragedy abortion is. It’s deeply inspiring to those of my generation to witness student-initiated efforts to make our culture aware that the right to life is the human and civil rights issue of our age. You of your generation are now entrusted with steering our nation to more selfless values than did our generation. “A child shall lead us ... “ A building dedication brought me to campus where I saw the crosses and the little pink and blue flags representing the 3,500 girls and boys aborted each day in our country — more human lives taken every day than were taken by the terrorists on 9/11. Attending the building dedication was a justice of the United States Supreme Court, who also walked past your Cemetery of the Unborn. When you have the courage to stand up for eternal values, you never know whom you might influence. While some actions cause scandal, you, by your faithfulness, have given us an edifying example of what our Creator calls us to be: light, in a world of darkness. Your witness to the Notre Dame community, and to the world beyond, distilled the abortion issue to its essence: each abortion kills a child, a little girl or boy waiting to be born. Thank you for reminding us of this immutable truth.

Anthony J. Lauinger Notre Dame parent Oct. 11

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Friends of Aaron Martinuzzi Dear Notre Dame community, On Aug. 20, 2010, Aaron Martinuzzi, my good friend, former roommate and classmate at Notre Dame, suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. I visited Aaron this weekend, and he is approaching his recovery with incredible strength, courage and determination. To that end, I am confident that he will achieve his goal of resuming his studies at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he recently enrolled as a first-year medical student. But he needs our help. As such, I am writing to ask everyone in the Notre Dame community to do anything they can to assist Aaron and his family in battling the daunting emotional and financial costs of his recovery. A foundation has been setup in his honor for this purpose, the stated objectives of which are: • To provide support for Aaron during his rehabilitation and assist with the lifestyle needs his spinal cord injury will require;

• To purchase the necessary equipment (bed, wheelchair, transportation, technology) to sustain progress towards full engagement in the pursuit of independence and education; [and] • To connect friends and family from … around the country, wh[o] have rallied to inspire Aaron and give him strength and encouragement. Aaron and his family would greatly appreciate any support you can provide. Please rally around a fellow member of the Notre Dame family. Donations can be made payable to “Friends of Aaron Martinuzzi” and mailed to PO Box 324, Milford, MI, 48381. More information can be found at In Notre Dame,

Chris Lepore alumnus Class of 2008 Oct. 11


The freedom to ignore speech There is now a case before the Supreme Court of paramount importance to testing the limits of free speech. The case refers to the radical hate group, Westboro Baptist Church, who will be visiting Eastern Washington soon. The case deals with the group’s protest at the funeral of Lance Cpl Matthew A. Snyder, who died in William Stetson Iraq. The group stood outside the church during his funeral, carrying The Daily such banners as “Thank God for Evergreen dead soldiers.” The reason the church protested the funeral was simple. To them, many of the nation’s problems, including the Iraq War, are because God hates gay people. According to the group, everything from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina to the Gulf Oil Spill can be blamed on gay people and nonbelievers. Westboro has also called Jewish people the “real Nazis” and protested against a diverse group of individuals from Ronald Reagan to Coretta Scott King. To put it bluntly, there are very few people in this country in agreement with the Westboro Baptist Church. For many of the Supreme Court justices, the case will not be a question of right and wrong, but how to issue an opinion upholding American values without triggering an Orwellian scenario where the government can restrict any speech they deem unacceptable. The American Civil Liberties Union unsurprisingly took the other side of the issue. To them, speech should be nearly unrestricted regardless of the message. However, if the ACLU’s fight in the court prevails, other messages such as cyberbullying could also be deemed legal. Cyberbullying is the latest of free speech controversies where people have been charged with bullying others, usually teens, via social networks. Many of these cases have ended in suicide. If the justices make too broad of a ruling, this harassment could certainly fall under the guise of free speech because all speech would be unrestricted and bullying,


though hateful, is not always physically violent. Fortunately, there are options to ban groups such as Westboro from funerals while upholding the right to protest. The Westboro Church did a few things at the funeral protests to set it apart from others. By protesting during a funeral, Westboro made their message unavoidable. Unlike a standard pamphlet, or a protest on any other day of the year, they forced the funeral attendees to see and hear their message no matter any reasonable effort to avoid it. That is not free speech, it is harassment. Whenever someone is forced to listen, freedom of speech no longer applies. Inherent in any freedom should be the right to change channels, to put down the paper or avoid the protest. Our freedom of speech must also have a freedom to avoid speech built in. Without that guarantee, protests at funerals, cyberbullying and other forms of harassment become perfectly legal. With the advent of online media, the opportunity to harass people for a cause becomes exceptionally easy. Some basic preventative measures are needed to preserve American freedoms. The justices now have an opportunity to help define these rights for all Americans so freedom of speech is legal, but harassment through the actions of individuals and groups such as Westboro remains illegal. Westboro followers will be protesting at Gonzaga U. and Eastern Washington U. on Oct. 21. Hopefully, the students at these fine institutions will just leave the morons of Westboro alone to be hoisted on their own petard. If anyone present at these rallies is deserving of the eternal consequences the group is likely to describe during those protests, it is the Westboro congregates. This article first appeared in the Oct. 11 edition of The Daily Evergreen, the daily publication serving Wasington State University. The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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Suzanne Vega First of all, let us raise a glass to the woman who gave us the nearly ubiquitous late-eighties/early-nineties hit, “Tom’s Diner,” which you may know better as the song that goes, “Duh duh DUH duh, duh duh DUH duh…” as it chronicles her view from the diner stool pedestal. Nothing makes one feel “cultured” and “coffee-haus sheik” quite like this radio-friendly jam. But this was certainly not her only contribution to the popular realm, as the song “Luka” gained much status when it was released (in 1987). Though her sound is decidedly dated, there is something engrossing about listening to a full album of then cool “urban-folk.” It’s possible to imagine that Vega walked around with a tune in her head, plucking lyrics from whatever happened to pass by. Her deadpan alto, dripping with sarcasm and irony, is particularly pleasing on days when you want to chuck your chemistry textbook out the library window. At least Suzanne understands. Tracks to Tap: “Blood Makes Noise,” “Left of Center,” “Marlene on the Wall”

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The Situation: Music hunters seek, read, blog and cull music from radio, print and, most often, the interwebs. Music gatherers collect mix CD’s, free digital downloads and whatever their friends happen to be listening to. If you are a gatherer, this space is for you. If you are a hunter, email me your latest find, and I promise you’ll find it written up here. (Seriously. Email. Even if you’re not a student.) Today’s radio stations are dotted with the Gagalicious and your iPods are proudly packing the Gleeful. Today, however, I challenge you to delve into a genre Stephanie DePrez that’s not just becoming “novel,” but is dangerously close to extinction (which of course just means reinScene Writer vention). That would be the proud position of the independent folk-rock woman. Now I do not begrudge Sarah Bareilles or her place in the acoustic-pop realm, but she is just that — pop music. Today we’re talking exploratory, two feet out of the mainstream women who plotted their own paths, and whose music may help you find your own (path, that is).

Let’s get past it: she’s married to Paul Simon. All right, we’re past it. This woman is worthy of our praise in her own right, especially since she gave us the opening chords to “What I Am,” which demands leaning back into the driver’s seat and hanging your wrist over the steering wheel. She also proclaimed, “Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box. Religion is a smile on a dog.” (Try using that on your Theo midterm.) Her pre-Sheryl Crow sound is cathartically unassuming and far less Santa Monica than her Lance-loving follower. The lightly-whammied guitars and sliding vocals will compel you to sit back for a few minutes and think about something other than the narrative implications of Hitchcock’s cinematography. Tracks to Tap: “What I Am,” “Stranger Things,” “Love Like We Do”

Lisa Loeb This more recent chanteuse has graced our ears on soundtracks such as “Reality Bites” and “Legally Blonde,” and pretty much every other romantic comedy/girl power/family holiday film since. Her roots, however, are firmly in nineties folk-pop. With the hit “Stay,” she became the first artist ever to reach No. 1 without a label. She kept that art/lit/original-indie image up through many albums (and later a reality TV show) as a mainstay in what became “Adult Alternative.” And she makes wearing glasses cool, so we can forgive her for lines like, “School school swimming pool, I walk barefoot home from school.” Tracks to Tap: “Stay,” “I Do,” “We Could Still Belong Together” The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer. Contact Stephanie DePrez at


With Papa Roach’s concert at Club Fever a few weeks ago came Trapt, the band formed by high school students in California with a love of hard rock. Today marks the release of their fourth studio album, “No Apologies,” released under the Eleven Seven label and produced by John Karkazis. The album was originally scheduled for release on Sept. 14, but several singles from the album have been available on iTunes and the band’s official site between July and September. The band’s four current members include Chris Taylor Brown (lead singer), Peter Charell (bass guitarist), Aaron “Monty” Montgomery (drums), and Robb Torres (lead guitarist). The album’s 12 new songs cover variations of heavy and alter-

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native metal, with many songs that rock fans out of their chairs. Trapt explores the mellower side would be tame enough for mainof metal in both music and lyrics in stream. Despite the heavy bass and guitar “Are You With Me,” “Beautiful Scar” and somewhat in the characterisalbum’s title song, tics of the “No Apologies” “No Apologies.” g e n r e , Brown’s solid vocals Brown’s Trapt make the lyrics easy s i n g i n g to follow, and perremains Label: Eleven Seven haps surprising to clear with those not fans of very little of Best Tracks: “Sound Off,” “Drama heavy metal, the the gruffer, Queen” lyrics are rather rougher m e a n i n g f u l . and louder Particularly applying vocalizing to their teenage and normally young adult audineeded to ence, behind all the keep up songs are messages with the instrumentalists. Though maybe a of acceptance of others and one’s bit predictable musically and main- own identity. “Get Up,” “Head Up” and “Rope,” stream sounding rock for dedicated heavy metal fans, the album overall are all songs about keeping at it doesn’t blast the more milder of when the going gets rough, and are

each slightly different from “Sound Off” and “Overloaded,” which sound and are written like one might expect from the average heavy metal band. With some exceptions, the music generally begins to sound the same, with songs tending not only to sound the same but also to have the same themes. It is not a bad purchase, but not a must have either; a better option would be to download the singles one likes individually instead of buying the whole album. A balance between the blasting, energetic, screaming sounds of very heavy metal and the familiar sounds of more popular, conventional rock make it a decent listen for someone seeking a bit of edge in their regular rock or a metal fan seeking a more watered down alternative metal.

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Every morning when I awake I am besieged by many thoughts — what is Felicia my schedule again, Caponigri where am I going, what am I doing, etc, etc. All these Scene Writer questions I affront with ease: with my trusty agenda by my side I laugh in the face of disorganization. However, without fail every morning there arrives that one moment when I must draw upon every ounce of zeal I posses to answer that one question which trounces all the others in its complexity — how in the world am I going to fit all of today’s precious necessities into one fashionable, style-worthy bag? I know I am not alone in this style challenge. Everywhere I go I see

By ANKUR CHAWLA Scene Writer

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is an adaptation of the book by Ned Vi z z i n i , f o l l o w i n g t h e s t o r y o f a depressed teenager, Craig, who gets admitted to the psychiatric ward of a hospital after having suicidal thoughts. However, it fails to live up to its title by treading the line between dark comedy and teen drama. Craig, played by the young actor Keir Gilchrist, is a typical Domer in the making at the Executive PreProfessional High School in Brooklyn. A combination of loving but pushy parents, excessive expectations and severe shyness leads to his depression and culminates with him seeking medical help. Not to belittle his condition, depression and suicidal thoughts are very significant prob-


enormous backpacks, purses bursting at the seams, ready to give in at a m o m e n t ’s notice to the physical pressure of that allimportant Calculus b o o k stuffed in between notebooks a n d binders ( k n o w that I Leather Sachel, Topshop, m y s e l f $65.00 have been the victim of the bagbreaking scenario, and let me just say, one does not know the meaning

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of mortification until one sees the its fabric counterparts, has a natural contents of one’s purse fall in an give which allows the bag to contour awesome heap down the steps of the itself to fit all those indispensable Louvre, obscuring the movements of daily necessities, allowing one also to fit the various wallet some very large and/or makeup bag groups of Japanese into its nooks and crantourists and eliciting nies. Ingeniously, the the French tirades of satchel can be worn by some very persnickety both men and women museum personnel). — a truly democratic However, I have yet to fashion statement. The see one of our satchel comes in a variEuropean counterparts ety of styles, but the fall prey to this daily shape remains the accessory dilemma. same: a large, roomy And yet, I know they sack with comfortable have just as much handles and strap to work as we do: they accommodate every accomplish the same possible manner of things we do in a day portability. Note that (all right, perhaps with while you might spend more coffee breaks a bit more for a leather and long leisurely satchel, the daily lunches, but still). How return on it is more do they do it — how do than worth it — just they write that ask the many students research paper, presreturning from Study ent that thesis, for Abroad Programs with h e a v e n ’s s a k e e v e n said satchel in hand. run errands, without a n o v e r s i z e d , h e a v y, Junior Catherine Hackbarth No more mid-morning panic as you try to arm-numbing bag? models a leather sachel stuff that last notebook The answer I have discovered lies in the all-forgiving into an un-pliable purse, no more leather satchel. I have seen countless awkward niceties when you try to P a r i s i a n w o m e n b i k i n g o n t h e i r explain why your backpack keeps Velibs (that wonderful chic public bumping people behind you in line at bike system) with this accessory in Subway! Topshop currently has the the front basket. I’ve seen self-pos- answer for an investment of $65.00: sessed Italian businessmen carrying all hail freedom from the stress of it with pride to their board meetings, books! Well, at least until one reachand students effortlessly lifting the es the sanctuary of the library. hallmarks of their trade — those previously pesky books — on their way Contact Felicia Caponigri at to class. The leather satchel, unlike

The one exception to this is Bobby lems. But this is an unoriginal baseline for a movie and the only thing (Zach Galifianakis, “The Hangover”) that could make it more cliché would who quickly becomes Craig’s friend and mentor during his be if Michael stay in the psych Cera played ward. He is without a Craig’s character. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” d o u b t t h e d e e p e s t character and the While in the unsung hero of “It’s hospital Craig Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Kind of a Funny meets a plethoStarring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Story” as he battles ra of patients, with self-esteem each with their Zach Galifianakis issues and being an distinct condiabsentee father to an tions trying to 8 - y e a r- o l d girl. get a cheap G a l i f i a n a k i s ’s p e r laugh from the formance is praiseaudience. A worthy and he shows schizophrenic that he can be much makes candid remarks such as “My bed is on fire,” more than a one-man wolf pack and Craig’s Egyptian roommate Muktada can play a serious role (despite his hides in his bed under his covers all traditional beard and scruffy hair). day and a Hasidic Jewish man polite- A l s o , a f e l l o w t e e n a g e r, N o e l l e ly asks other patients to quiet down (Emma Roberts, “Valentines Day,” “Nancy Drew”) plays a serious role every single time they use the phone.

and serves as Craig’s confidant. Still, she remains a static character with little depth. Despite the overdone story of a teenager with the typical three problems (parents, school, girls), “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” did have its high points. At one point the entire ward did a rendition of “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, which was both entertaining and well done. In addition the main character was relatable and fairly well acted. He showed that the pressures surrounding anyone can be undoubtedly daunting. Still, if you’re expecting more than a few cheap laughs from a movie named “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” the film fails to deliver and instead presents an unoriginal, overdone tale of teen drama.

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Rowing club places at meet Rugby club rebounds Special to The Observer

The men’s rowing club competed in its first regatta of the season Sunday at the Head of the Rock Regatta in Rockford, Ill. Featuring three varsity eight boats, three varsity four boats, four varsity doubles, two novice eight boats, and one novice four boat, the club finished second overall in team points behind Michigan. Five Irish boats placed in the top three of their respective events and medaled at the regatta. To begin the day, the collegiate four coxed by Lauren Mach,

with Garrett Campbell, Greg Flood, Charlie Janini and Michael Wagner placed third behind Michigan’s two fours. In the men’s open doubles event, Mark Kettler and Sean Gibbons placed second with Kurt Krautmann and Michael Maggart right behind with a third place finish. In the afternoon, the novice eight competed in its first race of the season. Coxed by Kate von Hoffman and rowed by Sean Armbruster, John Cotter, Nick Prevete, Zach Weber, Alec McDonnell, Matt Rhodes, Cal Belden and David Murphy, the crew finished third in their event behind the University of

Minnesota and University of Illinois. In the men’s collegiate eight event, the club’s top eight finished second behind the University of Michigan. Rebecca Holmberg coxed the eight, with Michael Wagner, Michael Maggart, Greg Flood, Zach Stackhouse, Graham Boechler, Kurt Krautmann, Tim Parks and Garrett Campbell sitting stoke to bow. The club will be travelling to Boston, MA during the second half of fall break for the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 23rd and 24th, racing in the collegiate eight, collegiate four, and club four events.


Burnett to start in ALCS Associated Press

NEW YORK — A.J. Burnett will start Game 4 of the AL championship series for the N e w Yor k Ya n k ee s o n 2 ½ weeks’ rest. G ene r a l m a nag er B r ia n Cashman said Monday that N e w Yor k d ec i ded a g a i n s t using a three-man rotation against Texas or Tampa Bay, which would have required CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and P hi l Hu gh e s to al l s t a r t on three days’ rest in the latter

p ar t o f th e b es t- o f -s ev e n series. “We hope he pitches well for us,” Cashman said. “We believe in him every time he takes the mound, but he has struggled, no question about it, here in the second half. But that was then. This is now. He’s a very competitive person. We believe that competitive nature will allow him to step up and do a great job for us. We look forward to that. But you can’t run away from how he pitched in the second half. He didn’t pitch

well.” In the second season of an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett did not appear against Minnesota in the division series and has not pitched in a game since Oct. 2. He was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA during the regular season, including 4-13 with a 6.48 ERA over the final four months and 1-7 from Aug. 1 on. “He’s got a very complicated delivery,” Cashman said. “But when he’s on, he’s as tough as they come.”

to defeat Boilermakers By SAM GANS Sports Writer

After a bit of a slow start, the Notre Dame rugby team turned it on and dominated Purdue with a 49-7 win on Saturday. Notre Dame (5-2) raced off to a 6-0 lead after Irish sophomore Sean Peterson kicked two penalty goals through the uprights. Purdue then took a 7-6 lead when the Irish turned the ball over deep in their end, leading to a Boilermaker try and conversion, but the Irish responded with 43 unanswered points to bury the Boilermakers. “We played about 60 minutes of good rugby,” Irish senior forward Nick Civetta said. “The 20 minutes there at the beginning we were not really making good passes, but we buckled down.” After Irish senior back and captain Andy O’Connor ran in the first try of the match for the Irish to make the score 13-7, the Irish earned a scrum at the 5-meter line after tackling Purdue in their own try zone. Civetta picked up the ball from the scrum and touched it down for a try, putting the Irish up 20-7, the first of his three tries on the day. While the Irish took a com-

fortable 20-7 lead into the half, they kept didn’t let up in the second half, exploding for 29 points in the final 40 minutes. “The first half was dedicated to setting up our structure and bringing the defense in to allow us in the second half to exploit that for all the points that we did,” O’Connor said. O’Connor had two tries and senior forward John Lalor added another. Peterson was successful kicking all day, making all three of his penalty attempts and going fivefor-six on conversions. Despite the success, the Irish know they can get better. “We were a little bit undisciplined,” Lalor said. “We cleaned it up in the second half, but there’s always room to improve.” The schedule now gets tougher for the Irish with Bowling Green up next. “[Bowling Green] has dominated this league for a bunch of years,” Irish sophomore back David Penberthy said. “We’d like to get that win for our seniors.” The Irish take on the Falcons this Saturday at McGlinn Fields.

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Favre apologizes to teammates for being a distraction Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brett Favre has apologized to the Minnesota Vikings for the distraction caused by an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a Jets game hostess in 2008. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Favre spoke to his teammates Monday while they were preparing to play the New Yo r k Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the conversation.

ESPN first reported on Favre’s apology. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the league is looking to “find out all the facts” regarding the Favre allegations and that once the investigation is finished “then we’ll determine what the next step is from there, if any.” Goodell spoke in Chicago, where he is attending league meetings. There was no indication from the NFL when the investigation would be complete or when the league would talk to the quarterback. The NFL is trying to determine if Favre, a three-time M V P, v i o l a t e d i t s p e r s o n a l c o n d u c t p o l i c y. S h o u l d t h e

league find he did, Favre could be fined or suspended. “The first thing you want to do is find out the facts, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Goodell said. “We’re trying to find out all the facts around it and then once we determine those facts, then we’ll determine what the next step is from there, if any.” After a long stretch with Green Bay, where he won a Super Bowl, Favre played for New York in 2008 and then signed with the Vikings last year. Last week, the website Deadspin posted a story which included several voicemails allegedly sent by Favre to Jenn Sterger, who worked for the Jets while Favre was


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Cronin continued from page 24 Cronin said. The Dawgs attributed much of their success to their offensive line, especially junior center Tim Curran. “Our offensive line led us to victory,” Dansdill said. “Tim is the cornerstone.” The Ramblers’ offense, on the other hand, was seriously hampered when senior quarterback Matt Meinert was injured in the first quarter and sat out for the remainder of the game. Siegfried struggled to p ut d rives to ge th er, a nd although sophomore replacement quarterback David Whitmore and sophomore running back Bryce Burton made a few significant gains, Alumni’s defense held tough. “[Meinert getting hurt] obviously hurt their game offensively but our defense was awesome today,” Dansdill said. “We had a couple of guys playing positions they had never played before and everyone stepped up.” While Alumni will seek its fourth win against Knott, Siegfried will take on Morrissey, both at 7:30 p.m. at LaBar Field Thursday.

Morrissey 6, Duncan 0 Both Morrissey and Duncan battled for the full 60 minutes on Sunday, but in the end, it was the Manor (2-1) that triumphed over the Highlanders (1-3). The game was a defensive struggle from the outset and neither team scored a touchdown. With the momentum on his side, Morrissey freshman quarterback Nick Conrad settled into his own game and was able to find his open receivers. One of the most spectacular plays of the game occurred on third down with Morrisey out of field goal range when Morissey sophomore tight end Taylor Stein hauled in a 20yard halfback pass to put the Manor in position to put points on the board. “In the heat of the moment, Conrad saw freshman wide receiver Andrew Gastelum open,” Stein said. “Instead of catching the ball, Gastelum tipped it right to me. It was one of the best passes we have completed all season.” Morrissey junior kicker Rory Carroll nailed a 39-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to put his team up 3-0. “I was a little nervous at first, as it was my first field goal attempt this season,” Carroll said. “I just kept a cool head and hit it through the uprights.” In the second half, the Manor defense came up strong and forced a quick three-and-out for the Highlanders on their first possession. Morrissey then drove down the field, allowing Carroll again came up big as he nailed his second field goal of the game from 25 yards out. “ We c a m e i n t o t h i s g a m e wanting to get more completions so we have the option of throwing the ball more,” Conrad said. “I completed at least one pass to all four of my wide receivers, so I’d call this game a success.” As for Duncan, their hopes of becoming the first team in dorm history to make the playoffs are slim to none. Although the Highlanders were able to move the ball through the air at times, the Morrissey defense proved to be too much for them.

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The motto of the 2010 Morrissey team is “No Coaches, No Seniors, No Problem.” That motto will be tested like never before this Thursday as the Manor faces perennial championship contender Siegfried.

Carroll 10, Zahm 0 Despite a slow start, Carroll defeated Zahm to extend its win streak and move one step closer to their ultimate goal of a championship. Both Carroll (3-0) and Zahm (0-3) failed to execute on offense during the first half. The Vermin offense, precise and powerful for much of the season, was plagued by penalties throughout the half. The tough, spirited Zahm defense held Carroll to only a few first downs in the half. Zahm’s offense, led by sophomore quarterback Alex Bowman, showed improvement from previous games but failed to move effectively up the field. Relying heavily on the passing game, Bowman had problems connecting with receivers. “We felt we played well,” Zahm freshman offensive tackle Scott Aufderheide said. “Our defense is strong and our offense is getting better. Our offense is clicking well, but isn’t there yet.” Led by freshman quarterback Jack Gardner, the Vermin offense came out stronger and more determined in the second half. “We started off slow,” junior running back Nick Tammerine said. “Our coach talked to us at halftime and we got our act together for the rest of the game.” Carroll finally got on the scoreboard with a field goal to open the fourth quarter. From t h a t p o i n t o n , t h e Ve r m i n looked much more like a dominant, undefeated team. With just under three minutes remaining in the game, Carroll added to its lead as Ta m m e r i n e r a n f o r a l o n g t o u c h d o w n . T h e Ve r m i n defense held Zahm back and refused to give them the opportunity to score. T h e Ve r m i n w o n a t o u g h game to remain undefeated and realize how important it is to keep working on their game. “We feel ready for the rest of our games” Tammerine said. “We will work on tackling and staying positive.” While Carroll looks to continue its winning ways, Zahm is still searching for its first win. After showing a marked improvement on offense, the team remains positive. Carroll looks to keep its win streak alive this week against Sorin while Zahm looks to break through for its first win against St. Ed’s on Thursday night.

O’Neill 26, Keenan 12 I n S u n d a y ’s s h o w d o w n between Keenan and O’Neill, the Angry Mob’s aerial attack made the difference in the O’Neill win. The Knights (1-3) took an early lead in the opening minutes of the game when senior quarterback Jamie Koepsel threw a long touchdown pass. After missing the extra point, O’Neill (2-2) took over and took only eight plays to punch the ball into the opposite endzone and tie the score at six. Just four plays later, O’Neill had possession of the ball again, and a 20-yard touchdown pass b y j u n i o r q u a r t e r b a c k J . P. McCabe gave the Mob a 14-6 lead. Keenan answered with a methodical drive toward the


Alumni freshman quarterback Will Cronin pitches the ball during Sunday’s 6-0 victory over Siegfried. Cronin and the Dawgs are 3-0 on the season after defeating the Ramblers. end zone. Just before halftime, h o w e v e r, K e e n a n t h r e w a n interception that O’Neill returned to 40-yard line, effectively ending the half with the score 14-6. Although the Keenan offense opened the second half with the ball, O’Neill quickly regained possession and tossed a 35-yard touchdown that helped O’Neill open up a 20-6 l e a d . S o o n a f t e r, t h e M o b scored again on a long touchdown pass by McCabe. In the closing minutes of the game, Keenan narrowed the defecit with a 30-yard touchdown pass to make the final score to 26-12. “ We d o m i n a t e d i n e v e r y aspect of the game,” O’Neill junior captain Guy Schwartz said. “But they didn’t have their starting quarterback today. You could tell it really hurt them that he didn’t play.” Keenan was hampered by injuries on the day, as sophom o r e q u a r t e r b a c k Tr e v o r Yerrick was out with an injury, forcing Koepsel into the starting lineup. He was later replaced by sophomore Alex Green. “We were disappointed, but I'm very proud of the effort and dedication from everyone on the team,” Keenan senior captain Bart Dear said. Despite the win, O’Neill needed to win big to help its playoff chances and was left underwhelmed by the result. “ We d i d r e a l l y g r e a t , ” Schwartz said, “But I’m a little frustrated because the point differential really does matter so it leaves a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.” O’Neill will try to earn a playoff berth against Stanford on Thursday at 9:30 at LaBar Field, while Keenan wrapped up its regular season.

Dillon 27, Stanford 8 The battle of unbeatens quickly became a defensive clinic by the Big Red as Dillon dominated in their win over Stanford. The Big Red (3-0) defense recorded three takeaways on the day with two fumble recoveries and an interception by freshman safety Ben Diaz on the first play of the second half. “ I t w a s a g o o d p l a y. T h e defensive line gave a lot of

good pressure on the quarterback. We were looking for the trick play all game and then we were ready for it,” Diaz said. “I went up, got the ball and came down with it. It worked out for us.” Stanford (2-1) senior quarterback Tony Rizzo said there were two reasons for the turnovers. “ We h a d w a y t o o m a n y [turnovers],” Rizzo said. “I think it can be attributed to two things- we played really sloppy, but mostly Dillon just played a really good game. They played aggressive on defense, and it looked like they knew what we were going to do, and they played well against it.” Dillon opened the game with a touchdown and kicked two field goals later in the first half to take the lead at halftime, 13-0. “We came out a lot better in the first half. We started off strong,” Dillon sophomore coach Lee Haruno said. “Our defense played great. Our captain worked hard to come up with schemes to contain them.” With the victory, the Big Red wins the Green League title and have secured an automatic bid in the 2010 playoffs. “Give credit to Stanford. They played hard, they played well. Their offense is very explosive, and we’re just happy to get away with the victory,” Haruno said. “They’ve got a lot of good playmakers on S t a n f o r d ’s o f f e n s e , a n d w e were just happy to contain them.” For Stanford, a win on Thursday would qualify the Griffins for the 2010 playoffs as well. “ We ’ v e g o t a g a m e o n Thursday. We are excited to bounce back and play well in that,” Rizzo said. “I feel like we can match up with anybody. We had a tough game today but we know what we need to work on.” The Big Red will play Keough Thursday, while the Griffins will face O’Neill.

Fisher 28, St. Edward’s 12 Fisher found its offense and bolstered its playoff chances with a rout over St. Edward’s. The Fisher offense started strong on its first drive, pounding the ball down the field with

freshman fullback Joe Paggi. Once the Green Wave (2-2) crossed into St. Edward’s territory, they switched up their attack and junior quarterback Pat Hertinstein hit senior halfback and team captain Michael McMahon for a 40-yard touchdown completion. Fisher then completed a two-point conversion attempt to take an 8-0 lead. St. Edward’s (1-2) quickly responded, marching down the field behind senior quarterback Matt Abeling to get on the scoreboard. The St. Edward’s defense seemed to be slowing down the Fisher attack until the third play of the ensuing possession, McMahon took a pitch left and sprinted down the sideline 73yard Fisher touchdown. As the first half drew to a close with St. Edward’s looking f o r a ra ll y, A be li ng le d the Gentlemen through the air down to the Green Wave’s 3yard line before scampering into the end zone to put St. Edward’s within two points at halftime. The two teams butted heads for the entire third quarter, with neither team gaining much ground as physical play ruled the action. In the fourth, an Abeling interception halted a Gentlemen drive, and Fisher began to run out the clock with their signature bruising style. The Green Wave continued to hand the ball to McMahon, and he eventually found the end zone for a final time on a 45yard run to put the final score at 28-12. Fisher felt it was their hard work that got them the victory. “We had some good practices this week and tried to liven up the guys’ imaginations with our play calling,” McMahon said. “Whether we get to the playoffs is out of our hands now but that would be great.” The Green Wave wrapped up their regular season Sunday while the Gentlemen play their final game this Thursday.

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Stahl looks to finish career on high note

Favre fires 500th TD in loss to Jets

By ANDREW OWENS Sports Writer

With many college athletes, everything is about being flashy and making the headlines while academics take a backseat. Irish senior Dan Stahl, however, quietly goes about his business on and off the court and continues to excel for Notre Dame. The senior from Bethesda, Md., is looking to put together his strongest effort since his Irish career began in 2007 and lead the team deep into postseason play. Stahl was recruited by the Irish after an outstanding run in high school. He led his team to the 2005 Maryland state championship and advanced to the finals of the singles bracket in 2007. Despite his distinguished high school career, he flew under the radar when he came to campus as a freshman. “Dan is a guy that wasn’t recruited as heavily as he should have been,” Irish assistant coach Ryan Sachire said. “He wasn’t ranked as highly as others, but he entered the starting lineup as a freshman and has progressed every year.” As a freshman, Stahl was named to the Big East AllTournament team after going 27-8 during the regular season. In his sophomore season, he was listed as the 112th best player in the nation. Despite the early success, Stahl has never stopped working to improve his game.

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Irish senior Dan Stahl prepares to receive a serve during Notre Dame’s match against Louisville April 10. He has developed into an elite tennis player with strong serves and intimidating net play to compliment the impressive groundstrokes he had coming in as a freshman. Sachire noted that Stahl’s impact on the team cannot be overvalued. “He’s a great embodiment of who we are and is one of the hardest workers on the team,” he said. “He is a leader by example and really believes in himself.” Stahl continues to focus on reaching team goals over individual ones. “I think that individual goals are good to have as long as they do not take


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ATLANTA — The San Francisco Giants celebrated their first playoff win in eight years, then paused to honor the man whose career they had just ended. As Bobby Cox came out of the Braves dugout to tip his cap to the chanting crowd one last time Monday night, the Giants stopped what they were doing on the other side of the field. They began clapping, too, and tipped their caps in Cox’s direction. The Atlanta manager waved back. Then the Giants headed off to savor a 3-2 victory that sent them to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2002. Twenty-one-year-old rookie Madison Bumgarner pitched six strong innings, late-season pickup Cody Ross homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the seventh, and the San Francisco bullpen closed it out. For Cox, there are no more games, only the reality of what he’s going to do with the rest of his life without a group of ballplayers to manage. He can put away that familiar No. 6 uniform for good. “It doesn’t feel like the last

time I’m putting it on, but it certainly is,” Cox said, his voice cracking. “I won’t put it on again.” The series was tight and tense to the very last out. Giants closer Brian Wilson walked two in the ninth, giving the Braves one more shot to extend Cox’s career. But Omar Infante struck out attempting to check his swing on a nasty slider, and Melky Cabrera grounded out to third. “This series had everything,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Just the intensity and excitement of the series, it had to be thrilling for the fans. There was never an easy moment for Bobby or myself, because these games could have gone either way.” Indeed, every game was decided by one run, but the Giants won three of them to take the best-of-five series and earn a shot against the two-time defending NL champion Phillies. Game 1 is Saturday at Philadelphia and features a marquee matchup: Tim Lincecum vs. Roy Halladay. After the final out, the crowd of 44,532 chanted “Bobby! Bobby! Bobby!” to lure the retiring skipper out of the dugout for a well-deserved curtain call.

precedence over team goals,” Stahl said. “I would really like to make it into the NCAA singles tournament at the end of the season, and in doing so, maintaining a solid ranking. I can strive for that goal, but ultimately I will keep it in the back of my mind and focus on the team. I really want us to win the Big East tournament this year after losing to Louisville in the finals last year.” Stahl has already left a mark on the program and is looking to take the Irish program to a new high before graduating this spring.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brett Favre was at his dazzling best after a miserable start that put the Minnesota Vikings in a hole. There would be no classic comeback this time, though, for the record-breaking quarterback. Hit hard early and often by Rex Ryan’s physical defense, Favre nearly led the Vikings back with a milestone night, but Dwight Lowery returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left as the New York Jets beat the Vikings 29-20 on Monday night in a game that was delayed 45 minutes at the start by lightning. Lacking fireworks early, Nick Folk kicked five field goals for the Jets (4-1), two after fumbles by Favre, and now the 41-year-old quarterback is left wondering if an even bigger punishment is in store from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Favre finished 14 for 34 for 264 yards for the Vikings (13) hours after he apologized to teammates for the distraction caused by an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a Jets game hostess in 2008. He became the first NFL player to throw 500 touchdown passes and for 70,000 yards, but two early fumbles against his former team

helped put the Vikings in a 12-0 hole. Favre threw three touchdowns, including two to Percy Harvin — the second bringing the Vikings within two points with 3:09 left in the game. Favre and the Vikings offense had the ball with 1:43 remaining and poised for a winning drive — until Favre’s last big mistake. He connected with new teammate Randy Moss from 37 yards out late in the third quarter to cut the Jets’ lead to 12-7. Favre zipped down the field and jumped into Moss’ arms in the end zone to celebrate the score. Less than 5 minutes later, Favre hit Harvin for a 34yard touchdown that made it 15-13 with 12:47 left. But Favre’s tying 2-point conversion try was intercepted by Antonio Cromartie in the end zone. Shonn Greene’s 23-yard touchdown run with 4:30 left gave the Jets a 22-13 lead that appeared to seal the victory, but Favre still had plenty of time to try for a comeback victory. The game marked the Vikings debut for Moss, who finished with four catches for 81 yards, including the touchdown, while being defended mostly by Cromartie despite the return of Darrelle Revis from a hamstring injury. Adrian Peterson had 88 yards on 18 carries for Minnesota.

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Ruekert continued from page 20 their second drive as Ruekert made it a two-score game with a 50-yard rushing touchdown. The Chicks countered on their next drive with a 65-yard catch and run by freshman wide receiver Colleen Haller, setting up a short rushing touchdown by sophomore quarterback Connaught Blood. On Lewis’ next drive, however, Blood was intercepted, leading to the first of two rushing touchdowns by Tate. The Chicks offense came out stronger in the second half. On their first drive, Blood was hipchecked out of bounds by a Pangborn defender as she streaked to the end zone, forcing a penalty that led to firstand-goal. Blood then ran it in for the Chicks’ second touchdown. The Lewis defense, led by senior cornerback Mary McKeever, then forced a threeand-out, giving the Chicks an opportunity to tie the game. However, the Lewis receivers dropped three straight passes on the next drive. There was only time for one more Lewis possession, and Blood connected with Haller to squeeze out one last touchdown. The Phoxes were thrilled with the win and are excited for the playoffs. “We knew we had to come into this game and win,” Ruekert said. “Gabby was really patient and waited for good opportunities to score.” Looking ahead, the Pangborn squad is prepared to face stiff competition in the postseason. “We’re going to take the playoffs one game at a time,” Ruekert said. “The coaches do a good job of figuring out what the other team is going to do,” Tate

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added. “Then we adapt to each opponent.” Lewis’s fate was left unclear after the loss as they have to wait to see whether they will receive a wild card spot. Ceponis, however, is content either way. “Lewis football has had the most fun out of all the dorms,” Ceponis said. “If this was the last game, we left a legacy.”

Howard 26, Pasquerilla East 0 Howard blitzed the Pasquerilla East defense for touchdowns on each of itsthree first half possessions en route to a victory at LaBar Field Sunday. The Ducks (4-0) were led by senior captain and quarterback Kayla Bishop, who completed 11 of 21 passes on the day for three touchdowns. Bishop spread the ball around evenly among multiple receivers, who had big games themselves, showing quick strike capabilities that allowed Howard to score twice on drives lasting just three plays. “Our game continues to improve as our receivers get better at reading defenses,” Bishop said. “They did a great job today.” The Howard defense excelled as well, allowing only six Pasquerilla East (1-3) first downs in the game. With excellent containment and flagpulling, For the most part, Howard contained the Pyros running game, led by senior Maggie Waller. Howard also returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half. Though the result was disappointing, Pasquerilla East junior captain Kristin Mannion saw improvement in her team in the second half. Through a muchimproved defense and an increasing reliance on the running of Waller after completing only one of seven passes in the first half, the Pyros played much better in the second half. “In the first half we had the


A Welsh Family wide receiver pulls in a pass during the Whirlwinds’ 20-12 victory over Ryan Sunday. The win put Welsh Family at 2-2 on the season and kept its playoff hopes alive. same issues that we’ve had all year, not connecting on plays and getting in our own way,” Mannion said. “But in the second half we let go of our fear of making mistakes a little bit and lit a little fire under our butts.” Despite the better play, the Pyros were still stifled by a Howard defense that pitched its second shutout of the year and has its sights on a defending its championship from la year ago. “The key, as it has been all year, was our team chemistry,” Bishop said. “Especially on defense.” The Ducks will head to the playoffs after Fall Break.

Walsh 13, McGlinn 7 Walsh played spoiler this

Sunday as they upset a McGlinn squad that needed a win to advance to the playoffs, as everything finally came together for the Wild Women (1-3) as they got their first win of the season in a victory over the Shamrocks (2-2). Walsh struck first early in the opening half when senior quarterback Amy Langnecker completed a long pass up the left side of the field to set up a goal line situation. Senior receiver Lindsey Schanzer hauled in a short pass from Langnecker on the next play for the touchdown. The Wild Women missed the extra point, which allowed McGlinn to take the lead just after halftime. After several strong defensive plays on Walsh’s part, the Shamrocks were able to break through when junior quarterback Lauren Miller lofted a pass to junior receiver Kate Miller in the left corner of the end zone. A sharp pass to the right corner of the end zone that was barely kept in bounds got the Shamrocks the extra point and put them ahead 7-6. Walsh answered on the very next drive, when Langnecker found Schanzer deep in the right corner of the end zone for their second score. The Wild Women held on for the win during McGlinn’s final drive of the game and sealed the deal with an interception. The win meant a lot to the Wild Women, as they avoided a winless season. “We came together as a team after three losses in a row,” Langnecker said. “We wanted to end the season on a good note. We wanted the seniors to go out with a win.” Langnecker credited her team’s tough defense for keeping them in the game. “Our defense rocked today. [Senior] Allison Vicenzi especially did a great job knocking down passes left and right,” she said. While the loss for the Shamrocks eliminated them from the playoffs, Miller still has a positive outlook for the future of McGlinn’s program. “I think that we had a good season,” Miller said. “We had a handful of veterans and a handful of young kids, who can now build on experience.”

Welsh Family 20, Ryan 12 Both Welsh Family’s and

Ryan’s seasons were on the line as the teams battled in the hope that a win would contribute to a potential playoff berth. In the end, the Whirlwinds (2-2) bolstered their playoff chances with a win over the Wildcats (13). The Whirlwinds strong passing attack produced multiple long touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Vicky Moreno to junior wide receiver Natalie Baldasari. The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after sophomore quarterback Maya Pillai found junior wide receiver Brianna Curtis in traffic across the middle for 70-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing Whirlwinds possession, Moreno tossed an 80-yard touchdown to Baldasari, which was followed by a successful conversion to give the Whirlwinds a 7-6 lead. The game-changing drive for the Whirlwinds came with less than ten seconds left in the first half. Moreno threw a 25-yard completion to junior wide receiver Charlotte Seasly, which placed the ball at 35-yard line with only three seconds left. A beautifully designed play was created to free up Baldasari for the touchdown as time expired, and Welsh Family took a 14-6 lead into the half. “That play was huge,” Moreno said. “We knew that we needed points for the point differentials to get into the playoffs. [Baldasari] made a great catch.” The Whirlwinds scored on their first possession of the second half when Moreno capped off the opening drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to junior Grace Johnson to increase Welsh Family’s lead to 20-6. The Wildcats scored late in the second half on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Pillai to senior wide receiver Kelly O’Brien to narrow the deficit to 20-12, but it wasn’t enough as the Whirlwind won a do-or-die game. “This was a must win,” Baldasari said. “We’re hoping we’re a wild card for the playoffs. We came out and played our hardest and did what we needed to do.”

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Irish tied for first after day one at Firestone By CORY BERNARD Sports Writer

The Irish started off their third tournament of the year with a bang, finishing the first two rounds of the Firestone Invitational in a tie for first place with Indiana University. Both teams finished with a 12-under-par 564 and have distanced themselves from the field. With tournaments so far at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and Notre Dame’s own Warren Course, the Irish have played on some nationallyrenowned courses. According to Irish coach Jim Kubinski, F i r e s t o n e C o u n t r y C l u b ’s North Course in Akron, Ohio, is no different. “It’s right in line with the first two,” Kubinski said. Kubinski acknowledged that for his team has to earn the right to play in invitationals on such prestigious courses. “That’s the neat thing about college golf,” Kubinski said.

“You don’t have your schedule set in advance. We have to get invitations.” Integral to these invitations is his team’s body of work, and Kubinski noted that only two quality schools have gotten the better of Notre Dame this year. “The only two teams to beat u s t h i s y e a r, I o w a a n d N C State, finished one-two in D u k e ’s t o u r n a m e n t , s o i t shows you how good they are,” Kubinski said. N o t r e D a m e ’s p l a y o n Monday lived up to the expectations set forth so far this season, and freshman Niall Platt in particular helped the Irish keep up with the field in the first round. “We were lucky this morning, Niall really kept us in it,” Kubinski said. “He shot that 65, one of the top three or four (scores) in Notre Dame history.” After a first round 284, Notre Dame stepped up to d e l i v e r a n e i g h t - u n d e r- p a r 280 in the afternoon. Kubinski

credited the improved play of the rest of his squad, particularly juniors Max Scodro and Chris Walker. “Max had two eagles, Chris shot a 69,” Kubinski said of the juniors’ second round efforts. “They really did a great job taking advantage of the par fives and putted really well.” Another positive for the Irish after the first day at Firestone was the debut of freshman Andrew Lane. Although not competing for the team, he entered as an individual and finished with a seven-over-par 157 for two rounds. Kubinski expects the talented first-year golfer to eventually contribute to the team score this season. “He would tell you he didn’t play real well,” Kubinski said. “ H e ’s v e r y t a l e n t e d , a n d I would expect him to break into the top five at some point this season.” MATT SAAD/The Observer

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Irish junior golfer Max Scodro competes in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic on Sept. 28. Scodro had two eagles Monday.


Junior Allare leads Irish on and off the golf course tackling an equilibrium that many athletes struggle to Sports Writer maintain. “It’s made keeping up with I n c o l l e g e g o l f t o u r n a - g r a d e s m u c h h a r d e r, b u t I m e n t s , t h e t o p f i v e s c o r e s love being able to compete c o m p o s e t h e t o t a l t e a m f o r t h e u n i v e r s i t y, ” A l l a r e score. While the sixth score said. Strong family ties pushed may not count in terms of Allare to numbers, for Notre Dame, the Irish, who is surnumber six rounded by counts for a “I love the team trips stories of her whole lot — it’s just so much fun d a d and more. Junior Katie to spend time with the u n c l e , b o t h Notre Dame Allare, from team.” graduates. Phoenix, Ariz., Her younger has been playKatie Allare brother is ing golf since here as well, a very young Irish golfer which makes age. What Phoenix seem began as a far closer pastime quickl y b e c a m e m u c h m o r e f o r than a map may show. “The best experience outAllare at an age when most p e o p l e h a v e b a r e l y p l a y e d side of golf has been tailgatmore than a game of minia- i n g w i t h m y f a m i l y e v e r y home football game,” Allare ture golf. “I began playing golf when said. “We throw great tailI w a s r e a l l y y o u n g , b u t I gates, and I love hanging out started taking it seriously with my family and my w h e n I w a s a b o u t t w e l v e friends at the same time.” In her most recent compebecause I started compettition, Allare competed indeing,” Allare said. F r o m t h e n o n , t h e g a m e p e n d e n t l y, b u t s h e p u s h e d became a large part of her h e r t e a m m a t e s t h e e n t i r e way. She finlife, as she left ished tied for high school 68th with a with four varsi“The best experience score of 235 ty letters. But outside of golf has in 54 holes, when she was just three not golfing, she been tailgating with s t r o k e s hit the books, my family every home b e h i n d I r i s h remaining an football game.” senior Katie honor roll stuConway. dent throughLast year out high school, Katie Allare Allare comsomething she Irish golfer peted in the has continued Big East since enrolling at Notre Dame “After college I think I’m Championship as a member going to law school,” Allare o f t h e s t a r t i n g f i v e , w h i c h she remembers as her best said. As a political science individual college experimajor, she has managed to e n c e t h u s f a r. H o w e v e r, balance the two worlds of when it comes to her a t h l e t i c s a n d a c a d e m i c s , favorite part about playing


for Notre Dame, the answer is easy. “I love the team trips — i t ’s j u s t s o m u c h f u n t o spend time with the team,”

Allare said. While her score may not count in the record books, that is not what counts when it comes to Allare’s partici-

pation and memories with the Irish.

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Jackson gets back on track By MAIJA GUSTIN Sports Writer

After two-and-a-half years of what he calls “very little success,” senior Dan Jackson is in top form and is ready to lead the Irish to the 2010 NCAA Championships. “Last fall I had a dismal cross-country season and I came nowhere near accomplishing my goals,” Jackson said. “I believe this was due to a lack of commitment to the sport. I didn’t realize just how much work it took to compete at the highest level.” After a year of training hard, Jackson has been a top runner for the No. 28 Notre Dame men’s cross country team. He led the Irish to a victory at the National Catholic Invitational in September, finishing second overall in 24:10. Jackson again finished first for the Irish at the Notre Dame Invitational, running in 24:13. The Irish finished seventh overall, facing tough competition from No. 3 Oregon, No. 10 New Mexico, No. 15 Florida State, No. 21 Tulsa, No. 23 Penn State and No. 26 UCLA. “I’m very optimistic about the season after our two tuneup races at the National Catholic Meet and the Notre Dame Invitational.” Jackson said. “I was able to compete well even while training very hard in the days and weeks leading right up to the meet. Once I begin to rest more and let my legs and body recover I will be able to run even faster.”

The Irish have several races in the upcoming month, including the Pre-National Meet and the Big East Championship, but Jackson is only thinking about the biggest stage. “I have my eyes set on only one race this season and that is the NCAA National Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, on November 22,” he said. Jackson is confident in his ability to make it to the championships. “I believe my greatest strength as a runner is my body’s ability to withstand week after week of very hard training,” he said. “Durability is a great asset in a runner because consistency in training is arguably the most important predictor of success in distance running. While most people have trouble running 80 or 90 miles per week, I can easily run more than 100 for many weeks in a row.” After what he referred to as a “dismal” past, Jackson believes he is on the right track. “I ended the spring track season on a high note, finishing 20th in the country in the 10k at the National Championships,” Jackson said. “I now have the confidence and focus it takes to compete with the best in the NCAA.” In the time leading up to the NCAA Championships, Jackson will look to befriend and fellow runner Greg Meyer for inspiration. Meyer is the last American male to win the Boston Marathon. He finished the marathon in 2:09 in 1983.

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“Greg was a Boston Marathon champion in his day and was one of the greatest runners of his era,” Jackson said. “But more importantly, I look up to Greg because he is the toughest person I know. When he raced, he raced to win and wasn’t scared or intimidated by anyone he went up against.” Jackson plans to lead the Irish to the Championships in November and says they are ready to do just that. “Our team is improving every week right now,” Jackson said. “We are really going to surprise some people. We have some extremely talented runners on the team that have had a lot of success in the 1500, Mile, and Steeplechase in the past, but who are now expanding that talent to the 8k cross-country course. It’s going to be exciting.” Beyond November, Jackson is looking forward to his favorite spring races. “I really enjoy running the 5k and 10k in the spring when we travel out to California,” he said. “The races there are always held at night under the lights. The cool evening weather and still air provide for very fast times, and the competition is always very good.” Jackson has high hopes for himself and for his team for the rest of the season. “I want to be the best possible leader I can for this team,” he said.

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McGraw continued from page 20 ly a great practice team, we had a lot of days where we felt that we didn’t get enough accomplished. I feel like since we had such a veteran team they were the type of team that knew they were going to get it done in the game. But this is a group that really wants to get it right.” Losing five seniors from last season might slow down some teams, but not this one. With a summer full of pick-up games, weight training, three freshmen and a finally healthy Devereaux Peters, these Irish players have come back stronger and faster than ever before. The driving force behind the increased Irish f o c u s , h o w e v e r, s e e m s t o s t e m f r o m N o t r e D a m e ’s doubters. “ I t h i n k i t ’s p e o p l e w h o don’t believe,” senior guard Brittany Mallory said. “I mean, we believe in ourselves, we believe we can get far and I think it’s just, we’re so excited about this season. “You know we lost five good players, and we’re kind of a whole different team so we’ve just kind of got to prove ourselves, prove we can hang with everybody. We’re just a different team, different look, we have the same goals and everything. We just have to show everybody who we are.” Proving themselves means everything for this young Notre Dame team that McGraw feels is beginning to come together the return of two freshmen to practice. Natalie Achonwa, a Guelph, Ont., native and the first international player ever in the program’s history, competed with the Canadian Senior National Team in the 2010 FIBA Wo r l d Championships for Women in the Czech Republic Sept. 23Oct. 3. It was Achonwa’s second year being chosen for the team. Classmate Kayla McBride was busy this summer competing for the USA U 1 8 N a t i o n a l Te a m t h a t earned a gold medal at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Colorado Springs, where she started in all five games. With those two back on the court, McGraw sees a change in the chemistry on the court. “Now, I really think they’re starting to gel as a unit, I think they’re really starting to have fun together, which is important,” McGraw said.

“They’re pushing each other. They’re a competitive group, and I love that.” A prime example of this team’s attitude can be seen in senior forward Peters, who has missed time in all of her first three seasons due to two ACL tears. McGraw referred to her development from last season to be like “night and day.” “I think when you see her, you’re going to be really surprised,” she said. “Just looki n g a t h e r, s h e ’s i n g r e a t shape, she has really worked hard in the weight room this summer, she is running the floor extremely well.” Peters also feels like she is in a better position than ever before and that she’s more prepared than she ever has been. “I’m just glad I can participate in everything with them this year,” Peters said. “It’s really hard to come back in the middle of the season. A lot of times last year, [Coach McGraw] was on me because I wasn’t really an offensive presence, but I didn’t have the confidence that everyone else did. Now I’ll have more confidence to actually take s o m e b o d y, o r s h o o t i f I ’ m open, or on defense, little things.” Having something to prove also plays a lot into what Peters knows her team is ready to do. “I think we’re just a young, fresh team,” she said. “A lot of people think that’s a bad thing, because we graduated five people, and they think we’re young, we don’t really k n o w a n y b e t t e r. I t h i n k everybody’s just really excited for this year.” Sophomore guard Skylar Diggins, who will be taking over as the lead point guard this year, is extra anxious to start the season as well, especially after a successful summer of learning one another’s playing style. “I’m just anxious. I’m ready to get out there,” she said. “I’m excited to get out there with this squad because I know that they want to win, they’re willing to learn, and they work hard in practice. You know, the cohesiveness of this team is amazing.” Notre Dame will begin its p r e s e a s o n N o v. 3 w h e n i t h o s t s M i c h i g a n Te c h i n a n exhibition game and will start the regular season against New Hampshire on Nov. 12 at the Purcell Pavilion.

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Irish freshman Natalie Achonwa and senior Becca Bruszewski, both forwards, run a play at practice on Sunday.

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Empty continued from page 20 Although the Irish have generally received strong support from the local South Bend community, the contingent of students who lent their support in the early part of the season has been missing in recent games. Waldrum said that his players feed off the energy brought by the students, which can be the difference in a tight game. “I think it’s important that they know that it’s difficult to come out here and not get supported,” he said. “We’ll keep plugging away, and see what we can do, but if the students have ideas, let us know.” The Rakes of Mallow, the newly formed student-run soccer support group that serves as the equivalent of the Leprechaun Legion, mobilized students earlier in the year to great success. The Irish took down thenNo.8 Santa Clara in front of a nearly sold-out crowd of 2,229 on Sep. 3. Notre Dame battled the elements and emerged with a 1-0 victory. “That Santa Clara game, w e c o u l d n ’t h a v e t h a n k e d them enough,” Waldrum said. “I think that’s one of the reasons we won — the players had goose bumps to see all the students out behind the

The Observer ◆ goals, and the bagpipes, and a packed stadium. It’s that twelfth man that you need.” Since then, attendance has declined steadily, especially among student supporters. Attendance for Notre Dame’s 3-0 shutout of Syracuse reached 820, and only 1,166 f a n s w e r e o n ha nd S unda y for a thrilling 3-2 win over Rutgers on Senior Day. “I’m disappointed more for our kids who to come out here and play in an empty stadium,” Waldrum said. “I hope they start realizing that we’ve got one of the best teams in the country here, and we’re fun to watch. Along with Marquette, the Irish have clinched a playoff berth and are undefeated through 7 games in conference play. Although the Irish will play four consecutive road games to close out the season, Waldrum expects a strong fan contingent present when the Irish return to host the first round of the Big East championship. “It’s equally as hard on our players to play in front of a big crowd if they’re not used t o i t , ” Wa l d r u m s a i d . “ We need to see [200] or 300 students turning out regularly. Maybe they’re saving it, and realizing that we’re always good, and [thinking] ‘we’ll be there to support you in the playoffs.’ ”

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ball pretty well and takes the pressure off just one guy being the ball-handler.” Yet, Brey’s track-record hints continued from page 20 at Atkins taking on the load changeable parts, because early in the season. Twice in that’s tricky to defend and hard Brey’s 10 seasons at Notre Dame he has handed the reigns to scout.” Joining the five seniors on over to a freshman: Chris the court, in some variety, will Thomas in 2001 and Jackson in 2006. Both most frequently Thomas and be sophomore Jackson then forward Jack “I do apprach it like brought the Cooley, sophomore forward [I’ll be the primary ball ball up the handler].” court for the M i k e Irish for the Broghammer next four years. and freshman Eric Atkins Atkins said he guard Eric Irish guard anticipates Atkins. such a role in Atkins played his future. point guard in “I do approach it like [I’ll be high school, and thus is the only player on Notre Dame’s the primary ball handler],” roster to have experience Atkins said. “That is what exclusively at that position. But coach is telling me right now. I Brey hesitated to say Atkins just have to be ready for it would serve as the team’s pri- when I step into the game.” Atkins will get his first mary ball-handler from day chance to take the court on one. “[Atkins] certainly needs to Nov. 1 against Marian be a big part of things, because University in an exhibition he’s the one true guy who has game. Notre Dame’s first reguplayed that position,” Brey lar season game is on Nov. 12 said. “With the five old guys, against Georgia Southern. any young guy playing with them has a little cushion. … We Contact Douglas Farmer at have a group that handles the



Senior Tim Abromaitis fights for a rebound in a Dec. 9, 2009 game last season. Abromaitis and the Irish begin play on Nov. 1.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010



Sanders adjusts without twin By MEGAN FINNERAN Sports Writer

Over a decade ago, a father took his twin daughters out on a court and started feeding them tennis balls. At five years old, neither girl could hit a single one, but the dad never gave up. Now, both of these girls are college athletes on full tennis scholarships, and one of them calls Notre Dame home. Irish freshman Britney Sanders remembers many occasions of not wanting to play the sport that had taken over her life. “Tennis took up all my time and I never got to hang out with my friends. The only dance I went to in high school was my senior prom. I had practice six days a week,” Sanders recalls. “All I wanted was to be normal and not have tennis be my life.” Sanders and her twin sister, Nikki, began playing at a tennis academy as high school freshmen, so when they joined the high school team sophomore year, they caught the school by surprise. Sanders remembers the semifinal game that year as her most memorable tennis moment thus far. After the sisters brought their underdog team to a winning level, they lost the first game in the semifinals. “It was one of the hardest moments in our season. We couldn’t believe that it was over. We cried with each other and it was then that we all realized how close we grew together,” she said. After that season, Sanders’ negative feelings about tennis changed as she realized her love for the sport. As she traveled to


Freshman Britney Sanders takes warm up before the Eck Classic on Oct. 3. Sanders has played in one tournament with the Irish. tournaments and played against athletes from all over the world, tennis transformed more than a stressful waste of time to something that kept her fit and healthy. “I love pushing myself and having people push me, and I loved the fact that I had something going for myself,” Sanders said. “I was doing something with my life.” Just as her dad pushed her as a little girl, a small push later on in life led Sanders to the place she is now. One day he came home with Rudy, the classic Notre Dame pull, and after putting off the old movie for days, she gave in. “I ended up crying at the end and falling in love with the movie,” Sanders said. “As soon as I watched it I wanted to go to Notre Dame.”

Although her twin sister, Nikki is at Texas Tech, the two still hold a special bond. “I look up to my sister a lot. She will give it her all in matches and she won’t go down without a fight,” Sanders said. Although her sister did not join her with the Irish, Sanders has found plenty of sisters at heart. “I have seven other girls playing next to me wearing the same uniform I am and cheering me on. I’m not just representing myself anymore on the court,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team.” With only one college tournament under her belt to date, the future is not set in stone, but Sanders is ready to take whatever comes her way.

Contact Megan Finneran

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Atkins ready to take over reins from Jackson at point guard By DOUGLAS FARMER Sports Editor

A picture of Tory Jackson celebrating and smiling still hangs in the Joyce Center Auditorium, but, make no mistake, the fouryear starter at point guard will no longer serve as Notre Dame’s floor general. Instead, Irish coach Mike Brey heads into this season not knowing who will serve as his

primary ball-handler in the season-opener on Nov. 12, or if he will even have the luxury of a primary ball-handler. “You lost the winningest class in school history, so certainly you’ve got challenges there,” Brey said during a press conference Monday. “I don’t know if there’s one guy that will replace [Jackson]. I think we have to replace that, and certainly [graduated forward] Luke Harangody’s production

— that has to be a group effort. But the ball handling and the leadership stuff is a concern.” Fortunately for Brey, while Jackson, Harangody — Notre Dame’s second all-time scorer — and guard Jonathan Peoples graduated, he now has the luxury of a five-member senior class, and that doesn’t even count walk-on senior guard Tom Kopko. “You’ve got five guys who are in their fourth or fifth years of

college basketball,” he said. “We have a nucleus of guys back that have had some success together. We have five guys who are technically seniors who have been around a little bit, and so it’s a great group to try to build with and grow with.” Among those five seniors, four are listed at 6-foot-8: guard Scott Martin and forwards Tyrone Nash, Carleton Scott and Tim Abromaitis.

Guard Ben Hansbrough, at 6foot-2, rounds out the class. Brey said this group of “old guys” will lead to match-up problems for Notre Dame’s opponents all season long. “If you look at the old guys, we have a bunch of them who are all the same size,” he said. “My theme is a lot of interchangeable parts. … I would hope that we have some inter-

see ATKINS/page 18



Pangborn runs into playoffs

Narrow focus Irish, McGraw increase intensity for new season By MEAGHAN VESELIK


Sports Writer

The Irish were all excited smiles as they sported new uniforms Monday afternoon while taking team pictures during the Notre Dame B a s k e t b a l l M e d i a D a y, b u t there is much more going on behind the scenes with this team. They have something to prove, and with an intensity that Irish coach Muffet M c G r a w h a s n ’t s e e n i n a while, Notre Dame isn’t about to let any team stand in their way. “I’m really excited about this team because of their intensity and focus,” McGraw said. “This is a team that loves to come to practice, and I’m really looking forward to it. Last year we weren’t real-

see MCGRAW/page 17

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After a high-scoring, highenergy contest between two teams vying for playoff spots, Pangborn emerged with a 2820 win over Lewis and proved that it deserves to move on to the postseason. The Phoxes (3-1) scored on the first possession of the game and never looked back. After getting sacked on the game’s first play by Lewis (2-2) senior defender Sarah Ceponis, who finished with three sacks on the day, Pangborn senior quarterback Gabby Tate marched the offense down the field to set up a touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Kristin Ruekert. The Phoxes didn’t let up on

Irish sophomore guard Skylar Diggins brings the ball upcourt at a Notre Dame practice Friday. Diggins and the Irish begin play on Nov. 3 as they host Michigan Tech in an exhibition.

see RUEKERT/page 15



Coach wants more attendance Defending champions fall to unbeaten Dawgs

By CHRIS MASOUD Sports Writer

With an NCAA Division Irecord unbeaten streak of 73 conse c u t i v e g a m e s a g a i n s t Big East opponents, Irish c o a c h R a n d y Wa l d r u m h a s figured out what it takes to build up one of the strongest programs in the nation. However, he admits he still hasn’t mastered one of the final pieces to the puzzle — how to attract more students to the games. “Around the country, teams like Portland are drawing 4,000 and 5,000 [fans],” Waldrum said. “We have big recruits coming in here and they see an empty stadium — it’s demoralizing.”

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see EMPTY/page 18

Members of the Irish women’s soccer team line up to sing the Alma Mater with the fans at Alumni Stadium on Oct. 1.


It was a defensive battle on Sunday as Alumni kept its perfect season intact by dethroning powerhouse Siegfried 6-0. Siegfried (2-1), the twotime defending champions, was frustrated by Alumni’s steady run game from the outset. On the Dawgs’ first drive of the game junior running back and captain Dan Dansdill put Alumni (3-0) in the red zone with a pair of

long rushes. Dansdill accumulated 60 yards rushing on the day. On fourth-and-goal, freshman quarterback Will Cronin ran it up the middle for a touchdown and sophomore kicker Dan Finan missed the extra point, giving the Dawgs a 6-0 lead that they would never relinquish. Alumni relied heavily on their run game with a total of 130 yards rushing to just 20 passing. “[The run game] is what’s been working for us in the past few weeks and we are very confident in it so that was our game plan today,”

see CRONIN/page 13

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