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Administrations respond to election Cervelli hosts community discussion forum
Fr. Jenkins speaks at interfaith prayer service By EMILY McCONVILLE
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At an interfaith prayer service Monday night promoting mutual respect after the 2016 election cycle, University president Fr. John Jenkins told Notre Dame students who are undocumented they have the full support of the University. “You accepted our invitation to come to Notre Dame,” he said. “You are part of our family. We will do everything we can to ensure that you complete your education, and you are supported in every way possible.” The message of support comes at an uncertain time for people who are undocumented in the United States. Presidentelect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration included rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
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Fears of not being heard, of experiencing violence, of losing relationships, of being ignored, and silenced by peers and the administration were some of the common fears students wrote on notecards and displayed anonymously on a wall as part of a gathering Monday night hosted by College President Jan Cervelli and Catherine Pittman, professor of psycholog y, to help the Saint Mary’s community reconcile and communicate after a divisive election cycle. Cervelli voiced the College’s support of students. “I am concerned, just like you are,” Cervelli said. “I am concerned with a lot of what’s come out of the election results — I’m concerned because I want to make sure that our campus is a model
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University President Fr. John Jenkins and College President Jan Cervelli hosted an interfaith prayer service and a community gathering at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively, in response to the election.
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Professor examines the ND Food Services intersectionality of assault collaborates with Culinary Center
By AIDAN LEWIS News Writer
Salamishah Tillet, associate professor of English and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed sexual assaults on college campuses and how they relate to race during a presentation titled Rape, Culture and Post-Race America on Monday evening. As a freshman in college, Tillet said she was raped by her boyfriend, a senior fraternity member. “He was a man who I repeatedly said no to when he pressured me to have sex with him,” Tillet said. “One day he stopped listening.” After the rape, Tillet said she initially acted as if it didn’t
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happen. She said it took almost five years for her to realize she “could no longer run from this trauma.” “I finally mustered up enough courage and strength to publicly acknowledge that I had been raped,” Tillet said. “I knew my case would be a long shot because I was just within the five-year statute of limitations, and I knew most rape cases ended in a not-guilty verdict. Nonetheless, I wanted to assert my right to press charges.” Although the prosecutor believed her story, Tillet said at the time of her rape, the “No Means No” rape clause was not yet in place. This meant that there had to be evidence of physical violence for a rape charge, and consequently, her
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case was not brought to court. “My story fell into that no man’s land of believability but not criminality,” Tillet said. “Justice, it seemed, was for another day.” Tillet said “a flood of selfdoubt resurfaced” because of the lack of charges, and she was “faced with the reality of [her] invisibility.” To make matters worse, Tillet said people often “spat words of disbelief in the face” of those attempting to raise awareness for the issue of campus rape, writing them off as “troublemakers and rabble-rousers.” Tillet said the rights of women and African Americans have frequently been infringed see AMERICA PAGE 3
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By NATALIE WEBER News Writer
The soup in North and South Dining Hall doesn’t come from a can, but rather a one-gallon bag. It is one of the many items produced at the Center for Culinary Excellence (CCE) — a facet of Notre Dame Food Services — and then shipped to the dining halls. The CCE, which is located just off campus, provides a centralized location for the production and storage of multiple food items. According to a pamphlet supplied by Executive
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Chef Giuseppe Macerata, the Center for Culinary Excellence was founded in 2014, approximately 170 years after Notre Dame received its charter. Among other services, it includes a protein shop, a bakery and a Cook Chill station where soups and pastas are produced. “This bakery does, on average, about four and a half million to five million products per year,” Macerata said. “We’re a full-line bakery … so croissants and Danish donuts, [and] the breads you get see CULINARY PAGE 3
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upon in the past, which she said contributes to the difficulty of combating rape as an AfricanAmerican woman. “Because African Americans, indigenous communities and women were historically denied access to the rights and rituals of citizenship, they were essentially unprotected by rape laws,” Tillet said. Tillet said African-American women continue to be particularly vulnerable to sexual violence. “Though students experiencing sexual violence on college campuses are diverse, students of color are still disproportionately victims of rape, and they are still less likely to report the assault,” she said. In her experiences, Tillet said a large obstacle in fighting rape culture after her rape was the lack of platforms and programs aimed at combatting sexual violence. “There were no real spaces in which you could talk, in which women could publicly advocate and feel safe,” Tillet said. In response, Tillet and her sister co-founded A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit organization that uses art to empower young people and end violence against women. In addition, Tillet spreads her story through “Story of a Rape Survivor,” a multimedia performance Tillet wrote and produced about her experiences. Tillet said further advocacy and education is necessary to continue the fight against rape culture. “To do anything less is to put our campuses and our country at great risk,” Tillet said. “In other words, we have everything to lose.”
(DACA), an executive order by President Obama that defers deportation for undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children, making it easier to work and go to school. Notre Dame has admitted undocumented students since 2014. Several university administrations over the weekend promised to support undocumented students, and students and faculty at others advocated creating “sanctuary” campuses that protect those students from immigration action. Monday’s prayer service was aimed broadly at bridging divides within the Notre Dame community. In addition to readings from the Bible, professor of Islamic studies Ebrahim Moosa read from the Quran. Songs were sung in English and Spanish, and administrators as well as student leaders of diverse organizations read intentions. In the reflection, Jenkins acknowledged a gulf that the election had “revealed and perhaps deepened,” and he encouraged the community to engage in dialogue and listen to those with opposing views. “We now have elected new leaders, and we should pray for them,” he said. “As far as we can in accord with our principles, we should cooperate with them to serve the common good. We should also pray for those holding opposing positions so that they may continue to be engaged, and that their voices may continue to be heard.” Jenkins said the University community must remember three “pivotal principles.”
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in Grab and Go [are] from out of here. It operates about 18 hours a day.” Soups and pastas are produced in the CCE in the Cook Chill station, which Notre Dame began using in 1997, Marcerata said. The Cook Chill method consists of cooking soups, pumping them into bags in one gallon increments, and super-cooling the portions so they can be stored for up to 14 days. “In one-gallon increments it goes into this machine, which is super cooled water, and it chills it down rapidly — under two hours — to 34 degrees,” Macerata said. “Then
that way it’s ready to go, and then that’s stable for twoweek periods.” According to Macerata, cooks prepare and slice the meats and cheeses for campus dining in the protein shop. “These gentlemen yesterday, before they left work, they smoked a little over a thousand pounds of pork,” Macerata said of the protein shop workers. The protein shop provides products not only to the dining halls, but also other dining options around campus. “Legends might want a unique product [and] they’ll produce that product here,” Macerata said. “Or maybe Decio [Hall] wants to try something different like an Italian sausage. They produce
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“First, we are committed to respecting the dignity and worth of every human person from conception to natural death regardless of national or ethnic group, religious tradition, gender, race, socioeconomic class, immigration status, sexual orientation or anything else,” he said. “Second, we are committed to working together to recognize what is called the common good the conditions that allow each member of this community to flourish and contribute to the flourishing of others. Third, we are committed to solidarity with all people to recognizing that the wellbeing of each person and particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized is a concern for every one of us.” Jenkins closed the reflection with the story of a student who left Notre Dame because he was being harassed for being Jewish. University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh told the two students who had harassed him to convince him to come back or be expelled themselves. They did, and the three graduated together. “This is Notre Dame,” Jenkins said. “Either we walk together in mutual support, or we do not walk at all. Either we are all Notre Dame, or none of us are. Let each of us respond to the challenges at this time by recommitting ourselves to respect for each member of the community, to joining in mutual support and to foster conversations that engage and enlighten rather than tear one another down.”
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for respect and a demonstration of compassion and love, regardless of your background, beliefs, your race, your sexual orientation, your political beliefs, and it begins by hav ing a conversation and getting to know each other and understanding each other.” Cer velli said all students w ill be supported, while any discrimination w ill not be permitted. “I want to make it perfectly clear: we do not tolerate intolerance on this campus,” Cer velli said. “I’ll say it again. We do not tolerate intolerance on this campus. “We w ill support people who are outraged by the election, and we’ll also support people who supported Trump but don’t want to be demonized for doing it.” Pittman said she hopes students can process their emotions and fears through the more open communication w ith people who have different v iews and beliefs. “There’s a lot of an x iet y from people all over the United States right now,” Pittman said. “This campus is no different. People have a lot of fears and concerns and frustrations. So many times, we want some kind of solution for those, and the solution is going to take years to process some of the issues that people are dealing w ith.” In the post-election climate, Pittman said there are actions a person can take to inf luence her feelings. “Putting those feelings in words can be helpful for people,” Pittman said. “Listening — hav ing others
it here.” In order to reduce food waste, Macerata said the CCE uses Lean Path, a program that tracks the amount of uneaten food left over from the dining halls and catered events. The staff meets weekly to discuss the patterns recorded by Lean Path and to brainstorm how to continue to decrease food waste. “Theoretically, we can pattern the eating menu and everything comes into play, from weather to is it a football weekend to is there something happening on campus that’s major versus not major,” Macerata said. Macerata began working as a chef’s apprentice for campus dining in 1996 and is one of 12 or 13 chef apprentices
who have continued to work for Notre Dame after their training finished. He said the program focuses on both culinary training and academics and gives apprentices experience in various sites on campus. “It’s academic as well as on the job training,” Macerata said. “We follow it to a ‘T’, and every apprentice rotates through every single area that we have on campus dining and experiences — The Morris Inn, Legends, here with the protein area, the bakery, the kitchen, every aspect of it.” The CCE offers student groups the opportunity to tour the facilities as well as participate in other activities, such as cake decorating
listen to those words or you listening to other people’s concerns — is a ver y hea ling process. Just being heard can be ver y hea ling for people.” Pittman said recognizing and implementing the College’s, as well as the Sisters’, core values of compassion and communit y are essential to mov ing for ward. “We’re tr y ing to recommit ourselves to the values of the campus and tr y ing to identif y what we are tr y ing to achieve on our campus, t y pically, and then apply that to how we handle this situation,” Pittman said. Cer velli said she plans to take the notecards w ritten by students and display them on campus, urging other students to add their fears and concerns as well. “The communit y needs to learn about what the communit y is feeling on all sides,” Cer velli said. “There were Trump supporters here tonight — we had the other side, the Clinton supporters, and ever y thing in bet ween. I’m really proud of our students.” After students w rote on the notecards that they were targeted for their race or their status as undocumented, Cer velli said she w ill not discriminate in which students she supports, urging students to come for ward w ith more instances — either personally or through more notecards — so she can better understand what experiences students are hav ing. “We w ill do ever y thing we possibly can to support all our students,” Cer velli said. “A ll, all our students.” Contact Nicole Caratas at firstname.lastname@example.org
demonstrations in the bakery. Macerata said the CCE belongs to the students and ultimately exists to serve them. “This is yours,” he said. “We’re here to serve you. Without the students, you don’t need cooks. And it makes sense right? So that’s how we look at it and we take a ton of pride in what we do. “I have three children of my own and one of my goals is for my children to attend Notre Dame. And I think, you know, I’m not going to put anything that I wouldn’t — our entire culinary team and staff believes this — we wouldn’t do anything that we wouldn’t do for our children.” Contact Natalie Weber at email@example.com
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By JACK RIEDY Scene Writer
Kool A.D. has called himself the best rapper in the world so often that it’s hard to tell if he is that passionate or that ironic. He might be right either way. The artist, born Victor Vasquez, has been astonishingly prolific since leaving alt-rap duo Das Racist in 2012. He released eight mixtapes in 2016 alone, their styles ranging from hyphy revival to avant-garde R&B. His debut novel “O.K: A Novel” is out this week, following last year’s 100-song soundtrack of the same name. Vasquez also wrote a parenting advice column for VICE and posted visual art on his Instagram, all while parenting his actual, you know, child. His output reached its creative zenith this summer with the release of the “Prove It” video. The clip is a perfect accompaniment to a highlight of Kool A.D.’s music, combining surrealist wit with evocative emotion. Animated by French cartoonist Ronald Grandpey, it follows a beanie-clad protagonist reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” video. The video juxtaposes this guy’s reflections on a past relationship with the idealized world of Dog & Bunny, a Disneyesque cartoon couple with anatomy too specific for a children’s film. The video’s melancholy originates with the song it supports. The Scoop DeVille production interrupts repeatedly triggered blocks of guitar distortion with an erratic snare drum. Kool A.D. delivers his lyrics in the
By KELLY MCGARRY Associate Scene Editor
Many of us drive through South Bend with the ability to hook up our phones to and listen to the streaming service of our choice. If not, we’re listening to the satellite radio installed in our cars. Though these options allow us to be selective in our listening, we miss out on new music and exposure to local radio personalities and local advertisements to name a few. If your favorite genre is Country or Contemporary Christian, then you won’t have any problem finding a station to cater to your tastes. For others, sorting through these countless stations is a daunting task. That’s why we’ve done it for you, to highlight some of the most listen-worthy stations available on South Bend’s FM waves.
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form of a regretful monologue. Auto-Tune adds a melodic sheen to Vasquez’s conversational vocals, with sporadic harmony. “I could be good to you baby,” he insists on the hook. “Prove it,” the response comes flatly. His rambling makes room for his signature brand of brilliantly stupid lines like “it was looking all pretty when you look at the buildings, all congregated all together that’s a city.” But the hurt at the lyrics’ core is strong enough to grind the track to a halt, leaving the rapper to berate himself under his breath for just a moment. Kool A.D.’s presence is felt in the visuals as well. He is credited with creating the Dog & Bunny characters, originally from the even more graphic “Word” video. And Vasquez himself makes a cameo in “Prove It,” idling in the driver’s seat as his beanie-wearing face taps at his phone. Though the entire video is animated, the world of the main character is realistic, with proportional figures and out-of-focus backgrounds. The guy himself is too cartoonish, caught between the look of his world and the fantasia of Dog & Bunny. As he reflects on a past relationship, tears drip from his too-large eyes. He compares his memories to the romance of cartoons. While his ex ignores his phone call, Dog & Bunny ride a speed-boat through monochrome waters. Dog slides a ring on Bunny’s finger as he remembers meeting her at a party. A brief horn note sounds like an ironic fanfare, a bizarro wedding march. The canine commits in a way that Kool A.D. and the
guy never could. The protagonist lingers in front of a jewelry store. He window-shops. Vasquez acknowledges that she wanted marriage, but “you never said it out loud because if you said it out loud then I might go.” As Kool A.D.’s singing continues long enough to “turn into a four-page letter,” the layers of visual reality collide and ricochet off each other. The exhaust from a rocket launch fills the girlfriend’s hotboxed car. Costumed versions of Dog & Bunny haunt the view out of the guy’s cab window. He grasps his girlfriend’s hand as they stare at the setting sun. Slowly, they turn to stone. The thought of what could have been, no matter how cartoonish, invades the everyday. As the song reaches its raucous instrumental finale, the guy busts into a vault. He sprints from police through an anonymous grey hallway as Dog & Bunny dance vigorously in the pop-up ad foreground. 808s pound like his footsteps under incessant samples. Before long, he’s speaking to his ex on a prison phone through reinforced glass. It’s an outlandish yet utterly devastating conclusion. The final shot of the video is the same as the first, with the guy and his girlfriend cloaked in blankets in front of the TV. The bass drum endures after the other elements have petered out. The figures flicker between human and animal. On a quiet evening at home, in the middle of a romance, they too are cueing up Kool A.D.’s “Prove It” video.
you’ll hear top hits by Drake, Usher and Rihanna, but also fresh tracks from up-and-comers. One of Smokin’ 99.1’s features is “Local Flow” which showcases artists from the area.
new rock music, especially on “Newrock@9 with Brock.” The station’s “OK2Say No to Bullying” campaign sends a positive message to its younger listeners. Though you won’t find it on an FM station, don’t forget to tune in online to Notre Dame’s studentrun radio station W VFI, where you’ll find talk shows hosted by Notre Dame students, and the maximum variety of new music. And finally, if you find yourself missing Ariana Grande, you can tune in to WNDV U93 (92.9), South Bend’s top-40 station. Now you’re armed with some presets to click through on your next car ride. Between songs you’ll catch local political ads and commentary from interesting personalities, some things that are missing from even your best Spotif y playlists.
WRBR 103.9 — The Bear On The Bear you’ll hear classics like Led Zeppelin and more recent semi-classics like Nirvana and The Offspring. This is where you’ll find well-known rock hits spanning multiple decades. Though it has a penchant for crowd-pleasers, the Bear doesn’t shy away from harder rock and metal. Rock bands from the area can be featured on “Local X.”
WIRX 107.1 Though the station is described as “mainstream rock,” stations like this seem to be on the decline, as pure alternative rock is being overtaken by altpop. On WIR X, you’ll hear familiar rockers like Breaking Benjamin, as well as more current bands like Red Sun Rising. WIR X is a good place to find
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Bring the Democrats back Lucas Masin-Moyer News Writer
In his 1966 song, “Love Me, I’m a Liberal,” folk singer Phil Ochs decries what he believes is the elitist attitude of the Democratic Party and many of its higher up members. Ochs, singing from the perspective of the “liberal elite,” says “I vote for the Democratic Party ... and I’ll send all the money you ask for, but don’t ask me to come along.” This scathing critique of the elite of Democratic Party rings as true today as it does 50 years ago, and in no place was more crystal clear than the results of the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump was able to achieve the presidency because the Democratic Party has alienated large swaths of the American working class. Many voters chose to overlook the misogyny, sexism and racism of Trump’s campaign because he, though a billionaire, seemed to more support their economic interests because he wasn’t tied to Wall Street and aggressively campaigned against trade deals that appeared to take away industrial jobs. Now let me preface this by saying that I have worked for the Democratic Party, and hold views that generally tend left of the center. But the principles that the party supposedly stands for, and how they approached this election have been, to say the least, out of sync. Hillary Clinton’s rallies were star studded events, with celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, LeBron James and Bruce Springsteen, amongst others, making appearances at her rallies. While it may be cool for some to see these pop-culture icons appear at rallies, generally speaking on and supporting safe issues, it in many ways creates a system in which there is a rich powerful elite on one side, and everyone else — who don’t identify with these people — on the other. The Democratic Party has transformed from a party of union members, and the working classes, whose richest leaders, like Franklin D. Roosevelt, made attempts to live up to these ideals, to a party of disconnected celebrities and intellectuals who often times belittle the masses as too uneducated, or not well connected enough to understand views on these issues. The Democratic Party has also lost the working class because its economic policies have shifted in such that they have, in some ways, become increasingly indistinguishable from those of Republicans of years gone by. Obamacare, for all its strengths and weaknesses, was an idea proposed by Republicans in the 1980s in an attempt to stop universal healthcare, an idea that was pioneered by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. These neo-liberal economic policies, pioneered by Bill Clinton, have helped deregulate industries and led to economic wealth being concentrated in the hands of a select few. Former President Clinton’s repeal of Glass-Steagall legislation, which separated commercial and investment banking, in part, paved the way for the economic collapse of 2007-08. All these policies have done is reinforced the notion that Democrats are only for half-solutions for working people and that they are just as indebted to monied interests as Republicans. The fact that Donald Trump, the candidate who more than any candidate in recent memory, has used undercurrents of misogyny, racism and xenophobia, was able to defeat any Democrat reflects a complete collapse of the American people’s trust in Democrats to help them. If the Democratic Party wants to defeat President-elect Trump in four years, it needs to be “stronger together” in a way that truly empowers the poor, minorities and women, rather than just offering half solutions meant to appease. If the Democrats spurn the interests of Wall Street, and return to a time when its central pieces of legislation were the Civil Rights Act and the New Deal, then not only will they rescue their party but help to better the American nation. Contact Lucas Masin-Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org The views expressed in the Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.
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Remembering my rapist I would first like to say how shocked and saddened I am by the recent results of our election. I cannot begin to fathom the very real fear these results have inspired in members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, Muslims, immigrants and all other marginalized groups of our society. As a straight, white female, I realize that I undoubtedly cannot ref lect on the fears these individuals are currently experiencing; however, as a woman and a victim of sexual assault, these results have left me tearful and with an unimaginably powerful desire to share my story. I cannot adequately describe the depth of my feelings in the moment I realized that a man who has been accused of sexual assault various times and has spoken explicit, horrific words about assaulting women would be the next president of the United States. I was stunned. I was disturbed. I was horrified. People often wonder why women choose not to report sexual assault. However, after Trump’s election, this reason has become abundantly clear: A man can brag about sexually assaulting women and still be elected to our country’s highest office. Throughout this election, we have been plagued by Donald Trump’s exhaustive list of sexual assault accusations and constant vulgar comments that serve not only to suggest his culpability, but also to perpetuate the dangerous rape culture prevalent in today’s society. Unfortunately, we live in a society where people like Donald Trump have normalized rape culture to a point that it has become engrained in women’s minds that it is their fault before it even happens to them. Not many of my friends or family members are aware of this, but last February, during my junior year in college, I was raped by a stranger. This horrific attack has changed my life forever, but the man who raped me will never be affected by it. The man who did this to me will never spend a single day in jail. And on Wednesday morning, as I watched Donald Trump deliver his acceptance speech, I could not help but imagine the man who raped me standing up there. I stared at Donald Trump standing behind that podium, and I was reminded of how powerless my attacker made me feel in that moment. I remember the look on my best friend’s face when I told her what had happened. I remember the crack in my mother’s voice as I spoke to her on the phone the next morning. I remember sitting in the hospital for almost eight hours straight, crying and scared out of my mind. I remember being prodded with needles. I remember having pictures taken of my naked, bruised body. I remember having to painfully retell the story of my assault over and
over again. I remember the nurse who asked me if I was sure the bruises hadn’t come from “bumping into furniture.” I remember feeling like it was somehow my fault. I remember hating myself. I remember feeling so alone every single day. I remember all the painful counseling visits. I remember how hard it was every weekend to explain to friends why I didn’t want to go out with them. I remember waking up in the middle of the night screaming and lying awake for hours, trying to figure out how I was going to make it through the next day. I remember the violent images that ran through my head all day, and I remember the pain it put my mother through. I remember how scared I was in my own body and how terrified I was to even leave my dorm room. I remember not being able to finish any homework and being too depressed to even go to the dining hall. I remember thinking I was going to have to drop out of college and desperately emailing my professors, trying to explain why I had been missing class. I remember seeing all my friends slowly distancing themselves from me until I truly felt completely alone. I remember replaying that night over and over in my head, wondering if there was something I could have done. I remember wishing he had just killed me instead. Nevertheless, I fought my daily fight, and because of it I am stronger today. I cannot and will not be silent any longer. Sadly, too many women and men will be reminded of their own experiences as they read the ones I have just detailed. It so deeply pains me to think that Donald Trump — a sexist, racist, xenophobic demagogue and constant reminder of the problems regarding sexual assault in our society — will be representing this entire country. The implications of Donald Trump’s recent election further legitimize both sexual assault and rape culture to a point that is undeniably demoralizing, dehumanizing and terrifying for myself and other survivors of sexual assault. But amidst my fear and pain, I know that we can and will get through this. Therefore, as a victim of sexual assault and a victim of Donald Trump’s toxic rhetoric, I stand in solidarity with all minority and marginalized groups that have been victims of systemic discrimination at large, but specifically those who have fallen victim to our new president’s bigotry. I am hopeful that we can still do good as a nation. Kristen Kennelly senior Nov. 9
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Bring him home Devon Chenelle The Gadfly
It is 11 months into 2016, and my only regret is not studying my horoscope more seriously, for what other explanation of this year’s events could there be besides a portentous alignment of the celestial bodies? LeBron brought a championship to The Land, Leo got his Oscar, the Cubs won the World Series and our next president is Donald J. Trump. Despite all this, I am left hoping for one more signal event. As long as the greatest living American hero remains a political refugee, there can be no true justice in the realm. It is far past time Edward Snowden returned to the country he served so well, and not in a cage, but at the head of a parade, with a crown of woven oak leaves about his brow. Edward Snowden entered public service when, at 21, he enlisted in the Army. Although his military career was ended prematurely by a training incident that broke both his legs, Snowden could not be slowed. He was hired by the CIA’s global communications division in 2006, and quickly began climbing the hierarchy. Snowden eventually became the Agency’s “top technical and cybersecurity expert” for Switzerland. In February 2009, Snowden resigned from the CIA and began working for several private contractors, though he remained in regular contact with senior government intelligence officials. Around this time, Snowden began downloading documents regarding the government’s massive and covert illegal spying programs. Snowden’s resolve to act was cemented on March 12, 2013, after watching a hearing of the United States Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence.
During that hearing Senator Ron Wyden asked James Clapper, the American Empire’s king spy, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper paused, looked up and perjured himself in front of the U.S. Senate, repeatedly denying the existence of massive government programs he personally directed. Four months after Clapper’s sedition, while Snowden hid in a Hong Kong hotel, the leaks began. Though it would take several books to fully enumerate Snowden’s revelations, some of the most shocking leaks conveyed information about the government’s warrantless collection of the telephone metadata, indicating who you talk to, where you talk to them and for how long, of hundreds of millions of Americans; and the ability of the NSA to, in the course of surveillance on foreigners, observe and permanently store vast amounts of data about Americans’ personal internet usage, as logged by American companies like Facebook and Google. In Snowden’s own words, the leaks revealed that “the NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.” After the leaks were revealed, Snowden f led to Moscow. As offers of asylum from various regimes withered up in response to extraordinary American diplomatic pressure — the Castros ain’t what they used to be — Snowden settled in for a long stay. For Americans who already distrusted Snowden, his sequestration in Moscow was received less than positively, with some critics even accusing him
of being a Russian agent. This is absurd. Before Snowden departed Hong Kong for Moscow, he transferred every document he had to journalists, placing them all out of his control. I must admit I was long confused why Snowden f led to Moscow, rather than a sunnier, less-threatening, socialist paradise. As it turns out, lasting refuge for Snowden in Latin America had always been dubious. About the only places on planet Earth where — if they really want to — American intelligence agencies can’t grab you off the street are the territories of the Russian Federation. Within the aegis of Mother Russia, the Federal Security Service and its affiliates maintain tactical intelligence superiority over American intelligence forces. Living practically anywhere else, infuriate the wrong people in Washington half as bad as Snowden did and you’ll be extraordinary rendition’d before you can say “CIA black site.” I tend to f lirt with descending into hyperbole when describing Snowden, but I believe a brief overview of his acts provides ample justification for my encomiastic views of the man. He took on mortal personal risk to do what he knew to be right. He knew he would pay great costs for his singular act of heroism, and he has. Snowden has sacrificed his career, forfeited his privacy and now finds himself 5,000 miles from home with no near prospect of return, all for the sake of protecting hallowed American liberties. If that isn’t a hero, I don’t know what is. It’s time to bring Edward Snowden back home. Devon Chenelle is a junior in Keough Hall. He is a history major with an Italian minor. He can be reached at email@example.com The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.
‘Wrong!’ Stephen Raab Let’s Talk Smary
In the aftermath of last week’s presidential election, social media has been abuzz with all sorts of information. Spirited assaults on and defenses of various political ideologies have saturated Facebook and Twitter like never before. And all of that is great; the free flow and exchange of information is essential to a free society. The only problem is that all information flows freely, whether true or false. Further, since fiction is not required to stick to the truth, it can be as salacious and viral as its creator wishes it to be. The result is that many popular stories traveling through “the cyber” are flat-out falsehoods. Just to sample some of the differentially-factual Internet flotsam, let’s look at two pieces of viral content describing reactions to the election’s outcome. One viral video released shortly after the election shows several African-American men pulling a white man from his car and beating him before stealing his vehicle, while an off-camera voice shouts “You voted Trump!” Across the aisle, a Tweet was released alleging that the Ku Klux Klan was spotted celebrating on a bridge in Mebane, North Carolina. Both were shared across multiple media thousands of times within hours. As it turned out, neither of these cases were what they appeared at first glance. Chicago police have stated the carjacking incident was precipitated by a traffic incident, not a political difference. While the
bystander effect is certainly horrifying, the video is hardly evidence of an anti-Trump hate crime. Meanwhile, the persons depicted in the Mebane tweet were Trump supporters but were not affiliated with the Klan. The Klan does intend to hold a victory parade (or “klavalkade” in their idiotic lingo) in North Carolina in early December, but that meeting is separate from the incident that was tweeted out. What made both of these pseudofacts zip halfway around the world before the truth could get its pants on? Simple: both neatly encapsulated the pre-existing assumptions of their target audience. It’s much easier to accept information that agrees with your worldview (though studies show that contradictory information only strengthens one’s beliefs). There’s no need to critically reason or question assumptions when a story like one of the above lands on your news feed. The absence of the second step in “trust, but verify” means that a Netizen can just read, assume and post without interrupting the flow of their browsing. Enough talk about what’s wrong with the Internet — time to talk about what’s right. The Silicon Revolution has spawned a variety of fact-checking services designed to hold Internet culture accountable for its distortions. Snopes focuses on urban legends and chain emails, Politifact has won a Pulitzer for catching Beltway residents with their “Pants on Fire!”, and FactCheck has turned up in multiple Presidential elections to unpack candidates’ claims. Additionally, it’s harder and harder for politicians to bury their records. When Mike Pence says something
like “smoking doesn’t kill,” online archives mean he has to own it forever and can’t memory-hole it away as he might have done last century. Even when the various professional fact-checkers haven’t yet responded to a particular claim, it’s often easy to investigate yourself. Never be satisfied with a Facebook post’s caption or a 140-character assertion; click through to the source. Then click to that site’s source, and so on till you reach the raw information. (While you’re doing this, keep in mind that if you wouldn’t hire a site’s web designer, you shouldn’t trust its journalists.) Investigating a spurious link can uncover anything from unsourced blog ranting to an Onion article; it usually only takes ten seconds or so and can save you a lot of embarrassment. A deep and abiding commitment to fact-checking will become extremely important in the next few years. This election cycle has spawned stories you couldn’t make up if you tried. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the new administration will likely be as reality-impaired as its campaign was. Unless you want to spend the next four years purchasing various pieces of New York’s transportation infrastructure, critically-analyzing the various stories that turn up in your news feed will be an essential skill. Stephen Raab, an MSM Candidate at the Mendoza College of Business, graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering in 2016. He enjoys matching wits with all comers at firstname.lastname@example.org The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.
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Horoscope | Eugenia Last Happy Birthday: Take the high road and do what makes the most sense. Your ability to get things done without a fuss this year will be a springboard for your next act. Don’t try to impress, just do what you do best and let the chips fall where they may. You can’t always please everyone, but if you follow your heart, you will succeed. Your numbers are 3, 13, 22, 25, 29, 33, 48. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Get work responsibilities out of the way so that you can get on with the things you enjoy. A lesson regarding gratitude will be a turning point in the way you move forward. Your strength will come from well-considered actions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Carefully observe the way people react to what you do and use that as your indicator for what to do next. Steady progress will help you inch your way to your destination. Make romance and personal gains your priority. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t leave anything to chance. Dig deep and you’ll discover what is going on behind the scenes. Obtaining information and acting on your findings quickly will ensure that you bring about the changes required to protect your position. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Someone you least expect will offer you help. Before you accept, question why and consider whether you have any means of moving forward on your own. Partnerships will be subject to change and could leave you in a vulnerable position. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take a step back and take a moment to absorb what’s going on around you. Staying calm and keeping your emotions in check will help you avoid missing out on an opportunity that results from networking. Nurture important relationships. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A change at home will turn out better than expected. Follow your heart and pay attention to your intuition. Someone’s motives may not be honorable. Focus on personal changes and gains, not contributing to someone else’s accomplishments. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Assess what you have accumulated and consider what you can discard. If something isn’t going your way, figure out ways to turn things around. It’s up to you to make things happen, so stop waiting for changes to come to you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do whatever it takes to strengthen your relationships with the people who can affect your life personally or professionally. Listen and be willing to discuss ideas and plans openly. A joint effort will lead to positive results. Romance is highlighted. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Stand still and breathe deep. It’s important to digest all the information being thrown your way before you make a decision that can alter the way people think of you. Take precautions and avoid being tempted by persuasive individuals. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sign up for something that will encourage advancement. Self-improvement projects will turn out well as long as you don’t overspend in the process. A chance to discuss your feelings with someone you love will bring about positive changes. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Fire up the engines and turn up the volume. You have plenty to achieve if you stay focused on your goals and refuse to let emotional interference take over. Strive for discipline and fortitude, and you will find success. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Look for alternate ways to bring in extra cash. A skill you have can be developed and used to your advantage. Romance is on the rise, and making plans with someone special will enhance your chances of improving your lifestyle. Birthday Baby: You are creative, determined and impulsive. You are sensitive and reserved.
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Jerry World reigns as best venue R.J. Stempak Sports Writer
Editor’s note: This week, Sports Authority columnists will attempt to answer the question, “What is the best sports venue? ” The best sports venue in the world? Two words: Jerr y World. Not clear enough? The house that Jerr y built, the star of the Lone Star State, home field of A merica’s Team, the field where Zeke runs fast, the most expensive ticket in sports. A ll names of the same wonderland of sporting perfection officia lly k now n as AT&T Stadium. Completed in 2009, AT&T Stadium is not only the greatest sports venue in the world, it is the greatest entertainment venue on the planet. Housing the world’s largest high definition telev ision (at the time of construction, now the 24th largest in the world), Jerr y World has hosted ever y thing from Taylor Sw ift concerts to college footba ll championships. The stadium even hosted one of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series games. The over-a-billion-dollar construction project is the best sports venue simply because that’s what it was made for. Highly adaptable, modern, grossly lu xurious and ver y spacious, AT&T Stadium embodies ever ything that’s great about Texas. Ever y thing is bigger in Texas, after a ll. The structure seats 80,000, but holds world record attendance numbers for footba ll, basketba ll and w restling, a ll of those record events attracting over 100,000 spectators. AT&T Stadium a lso has the record for largest box ing event, w ith over 50,000 attendees huddled around the ring to watch Canelo A lvarez fight Liam Smith this past September.
The perks of the stadium include Wi-Fi, a modern art collection, a specia lized company to run the concessions and did I mention the massive v ideo screen? Even if you have bad seats you have an ama zing v iew of a beautiful v ideo screen. Jerr y commissioned 18 artists to insta ll various insta llations throughout the building, ma k ing the structure more than just a bland industria l venue. The pieces range from wa ll-filling mura ls to large paneled insta llations. One of the most popular events held at the stadium is not a sporting event at a ll: It is simply a tour of the stadium. This venue is so specia l and impressive that people pay money to tour on days when no event is ta king place. W hat other sports venue can say the same? It a lso doesn’t hurt that the resident team Da llas Cowboys are hav ing one of the best seasons in resent franchise histor y. AT&T Stadium has been k now n to attract troves of fans supporting the v isiting team during dow n years, but this year, the Cowboys have not had that issue. Besides, that just shows that people are w illing to travel long distances to experience Jerr y World for themselves. Look ing a head to 2017, the stadium w ill host the Cotton Bowl, Monster Jam, Supercross and then bull riding. Unlike many venues, the end of the footba ll season does not mark the beginning of low usage rates for AT&T Stadium; it marks the beginning of eclectic events that highlight the adaptabilit y of the stadium. The only dow nside is the price, of course, but Jerr y Jones has to pay off the construction fees somehow. Contact R.J. Stempak at email@example.com The views expressed in this Sports Authority are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.
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was greatly diminished on the very first play of the third quarter, when Zidar picked off another pass and returned it deep into Gentlemen territory. The Highlanders flipped that turnover into a touchdown once again on another short run by Kase, which coupled with a twopoint conversion pass, solidified the Highlanders’ position in the lead for good. As the final seconds ticked down in the fourth quarter, the Duncan fans could be heard cheering wildly and banging a drum in celebration of the hall’s first-ever semifinal victory in its first-ever playoff berth and the opportunity to continue its momentum in the championship game at Notre Dame Stadium. “I’ve been wanting to play in the stadium since I was really young,” Kase said. “I think everyone else would agree with me that that was our goal from the very beginning. This is really exciting for our seniors especially — we are playing for them.” For the Gentlemen, it was a disappointing result, but senior captain Phineas Andrews said that this season was a successful one nonetheless. “Just in general, it’s important to have fun,” Andrews said. “We are a small dorm with a talent deficiency, so it’s tough for us every year. We did a great job in the regular season and the first round of the playoffs, and we had a lot of fun today. “It’s just a fun experience for those of us who played football in high school to play a few more years with pads on,” Andrews said. The Highlanders will take on Stanford next week, and Kase said that the previous game between the two teams, a 16-12 Stanford victory, will help the Highlanders better prepare for what Stanford brings to the table. “We are very familiar with them and they are very familiar with us,” Kase said. “That was a really close game, they scored with 30 seconds left to take the lead over us, so we really want to avenge that loss. I think it should be a really exciting game next weekend.” The Highlanders will face off against the No. 3 Griffins (5-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium. Contact Brennan Buhr at firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 3 Stanford def. No. 2 Keenan, 14-12 By Meagan Bens Sports Writer
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Duncan sophomore receiver Micah Rensch runs a route during Duncan’s 15-12 loss to Stanford on Sept. 25 at LaBar Practice Complex.
After an intense game between two of the biggest rivals in the league, Stanford claimed “The Battle for the Chapel” with its 1412 victory over No. 2 Keenan. Although No. 3 Stanford (5-1) left the field with a win and now have the right to refer to their chapel as the “Stanford-Keenan” chapel for the rest of the year, Griffins senior captain Kevin Kohler said No. 2 Keenan (4-1) put up a hard fight. “Keenan’s a tough team; they have been the definition of excellence in interhall football for my four years here,” Kohler said. “They have been so solid, so sharp and so well-groomed. I’m happy we were able to go toe to toe with them today and take them down. I have a lot of respect for them because they are a great team. Honestly it’s just a shame that that game couldn’t have happened in the stadium, that was a championship matchup.” Keenan senior captain Michael Koller said the Knights realized at halftime that they had underestimated the Griffins’ offense and they had to make adjustments to match Stanford’s rigid defense. “I think we realized their quarterback was better than we thought and they had some talented receivers that we did not really account for as much,” Koller said. “We were missing a few of our starters because they went to the Shamrock Series for band, but that’s not an excuse. We were in the game and it was 7-6 Stanford at half. Their offense was just explosive and we came out flat. Defensively they put a lot of pressure on us and we had to make some changes to give our quarterback some more time. Their fast linebackers like to hit and that gave them an edge.” Having a one point lead at halftime, Kohler said his team took
time to settle their nerves and refocus. “We were happy to get that touchdown back at the end of the half and we were happy to get that PAT to take a little bit of the lead going into halftime,” Kohler said. “During halftime, we honestly tried to stay loose as much as possible. We knew it was a big game, a big rival and we just tried to treat it like any other game and not let the pressure build up. There was a huge crowd and we tried to stay insulated from that and not get too high or too low.” Shortly after halftime, Stanford secured another touchdown and extra point, leading 14-6. As the last few minutes of the game were approaching, the Knights had the opportunity to make a comeback, but were shut down by the Griffins’ defense. The Griffins gave up a touchdown, but prevented Keenan from converting the two-point conversion to keep the final score 14-12. “One of the key moments of the second half was when Matt Wolfe, a senior, chased down a Keenan player at the end of the game and tackled him on the six yard-line, avoiding letting up a back-breaking touchdown,” Kohler said. “It gave us a chance to go down and put in our goal line defense. After their touchdown, we were able to hold them off on the two point conversion, which was huge and I am looking forward to playing ... Duncan in the stadium next week.” To end the interhall football season, Stanford will battle No. 5 Duncan (4-1) at 4 p.m. Sunday in Notre Dame Stadium for the championship title. Contact Meagan Bens at email@example.com
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matured and have gotten better obviously later in the season, you know, they’ve gotten more and more playing time. But I think all of that has come together through really good preparation, great morale, and at the end of the day, kids executing the game plan.” Playing the option offenses of Army and Navy allowed players with superior athleticism to see extra time on the field, namely junior defensive lineman Jonathan Bonner and freshman safety Julian Love, Kelly said. Junior linebacker Greer Martini is another player who drew praise from Kelly. “Greer is a very smart football player,” Kelly said. “He has a good sense for finding the football. But he’s a very disciplined player, which you have to have that trait when you’re playing option teams. You know, I think when you look at some of the traits that great players have, very disciplined players are going to find the football, and he does that quite well.” Offensively, junior quarterback DeShone Kizer was the main force behind the decisive Irish victory, Kelly said, with help from the run game. “I think obviously you start with the quarterback,” Kelly said. “I thought his leadership skills, his ability to make plays with his arm and his feet extended plays for us. I thought our running backs ran extremely hard. Any time you have 200 yards, your offensive line has to be doing some good things, and it’s always good to see your tight end catch a couple of touchdown
passes.” Next up for Notre Dame is Virginia Tech at home for senior day. “Two of our seniors are student managers for us, Corey Robinson and Doug Randolph, that have been very helpful for us off the field, and then we have in this class a number of guys that have remaining eligibility,” Kelly said. “We don’t have a huge class that have used up all of their eligibility. It’s kind of an interesting class in that sense that we’re certainly going to be honoring them, but a number of these guys will have eligibility remaining if they choose to come back.” The matchup with the Hokies is a necessary win for the Irish if they want to reach .500 and become bowl-eligible. Kelly said the team’s mentality is as strong and determined as ever as the season winds down. “They know that obviously the season is one week at a time here now, and obviously two weeks is all that’s left in their regular season,” Kelly said. “So from that perspective, you know, everybody tends to ratchet it up and focus a lot more on the day-to-day, especially when you have 18- to 21-year olds. Anything that can stay right in front of them is always a positive. “They’ve been really good at staying in the present all year, regardless of whether they’ve been up or down, so that’s not much of a concern for me. It’s really been about how they’ve played and their execution, and that’s getting better and better each week.” Contact Renee Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Irish sophomore Anna Rohrer competes in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational at Warren Golf Course on Sept. 30. Rohrer finished first in the race and has finished second at NCAA regionals two years in a row .
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Sparks said. “We were third or fourth as a team much of the race, so we really had to make a hard push to secure that secondplace spot. Our top three ran especially well, just like they did at the ACC meet, and [DaDamio] and [Pelletier] are improving — we just need them to continue to close the gap on [Heffernan and Aragon].” The men’s team, on the other hand, recorded a lackluster 14th place finish to end their season, which Sparks noted has been a constant throughout the year. “On the men’s side, as the
status quo of the season, we got off to a rough start and really never got our confidence going like we had a year ago,” Sparks said. “We ran a lot of young guys, so they hopefully gained some experience from the year.” A bright spot on the men’s team is that three freshman participated for the Irish — something that Sparks said he sees as an unfortunate consequence due to a variety of factors, but nevertheless could turn out to be a positive down the road. “We ended up losing, for various reasons, four of our top five from last year,” Sparks said. “Two from graduation and two from injuries, so things look a lot different than they did a year Paid Advertisement
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seasons, the ACC has had a team win the College Cup in 2007 (Wake Forest), 2008 (Maryland), 2009 (Virginia), 2011 (North Carolina), 2013 (Notre Dame) and 2014 (Virginia). “The ACC is arguably the best conference in the country,” Gormley said. “We’ve played teams from other conferences, and nearly every team has some special players, but I think what really sets the ACC apart from many other conferences is the speed of play. The games are so fast-paced and I feel that many teams in the conference function well as a unit, always anticipating offensively and defensively.” The seniors on this year’s team will be the last group of players to be associated with Notre Dame’s College Cup season in 2013. Knowing what it takes to win a title, the seniors will hope to share that experience with the younger players to get another deep playoff run in some of their final seasons, as the team is hoping to get past a late season blunder that saw the Irish go 1-5-1 in their final seven games and make a run towards the College Cup. “Although we lost some games late in our schedule, it’s tournament time now,” Gormley said. “It’s a clean slate. We look back on our performances against top-ranked
teams throughout the season and we know that we can dominate any team when we are at our best.” Notre Dame is led by a handful of players who garnered national awards for their performances in the regular season. For the third time in the four seasons in which the team has been a part of the ACC, Notre Dame had a player win the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Junior forward Jon Gallagher claimed the award after leading the conference with 12 goals and 31 points. He also notched six assists, which ranked tied for second in the ACC. The other two Irish to win the award were Harrison Shipp in 2013 and Patrick Hodan in 2014. Senior defender Brandon Aubrey also earned first-team All-ACC honors. Aubrey scored nine goals, which was the best among ACC defenders. Captain graduate midfielder Evan Panken earned thirdteam All-ACC honors after scoring two goals and adding six assists throughout the season. Freshman midfielder Tommy McCabe made the freshman All-ACC team. If the Irish advance past the second-round matchup on Sunday, the team will travel to another campus site for the third round. Houston, Texas. Notre Dame will compete against the winner of Loyola Chicago and UIC on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Alumni Stadium. Contact Manny De Jesus at email@example.com
ago at this time. The two injuries popped up at the start of the year, so we had a lot of guys that we didn’t expect to have to contribute, have to try to step up and do things out of their comfort zone. It’s a little bit like watching Notre Dame football this year — guys playing in positions they didn’t expect to be playing and contributing in — but they gained experience from it all, and we’ll grow from that.” The Irish women will compete in the NCAA championships at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Contact Joe Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org
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with 13 points, said she tried her best to keep the team focused on defense and not playing frustrated as the shots continued to not drop. “I think it’s definitely frustrating because I think we’re definitely a talented offensive team,” Allen said. “I just kept talking about making sure we’re continuing to play and making sure we didn’t let those missed shots affect what we do on the defensive end and what we do and how we play as a team. At times, we kind of let it affect us on the defensive end and kind of bring our energy down.” The Irish failed to drain a single three-point shot in the entirety of the first half. The dry spell beyond the arc lasted until the final minutes of the fourth quarter when freshman forward Erin Boley drained Notre Dame’s lone threepointer. McGraw said she felt that Notre Dame’s inability to get shots to drop can be attributed to both her team and the Rams’ defense. “I thought it was, maybe a third of it was us,” McGraw said. “I mean, we missed some layups, we missed some easy shots. A third of it was their defense. And a third of it was the
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pace. I think, they wanted to take so much time on offense that by the time we got to offense, we just wanted to shoot it. We were just too anxious to shoot it. I think our shot selection could have been better. We could’ve looked in a lot more.” The Irish were able to stifle Fordham’s offense, holding the Rams (1-1) to just 20 points in the first half. McGraw noted that her team’s defensive communication made significant progress against the Rams. “I thought we communicated well,” McGraw said. “That’s been a little bit of a work in progress for us. I thought we did a good job talking on the screens, we did a lot of switching and I thought we really guarded them really well on the switching. I though the post did a good job of handling the guards and the guards did a good job of handling the post, so I was really pleased with that.” The Irish offensive struggles continued well into the third quarter. The Rams were able to hold the Irish to just two points in the first eight minutes of the third. The momentum swing came with minutes left in the third when Irish senior forward Kristina Nelson re-entered the game. Nelson went on a roll, ending the long Notre Dame scoring drought and picking
up multiple key offensive rebounds. Irish did not look back, increasing their lead to 20. “I thought Kristina Nelson was player of the game,” McGraw said. “I mean, she made some huge plays for us. Just, just huge. At time when we really needed a basket, she was able to get the offensive rebound and put back. She got us started on our stretch to get it to 20. And then, taking the charge … first in her career, I think, so I was excited about that too.” Allen echoed her coach’s sentiments, adding that Nelson’s offensive run re-energized her team. “I think when [Nelson] made that mini-run for us and made those hustle plays, that kind of revved us up a little bit and gave us that energy that we needed,” Allen said. “I thought we were just kind of lethargic at times and I thought that we needed to just get some hustle plays, get some rebounds, kind of get us going. I thought [Nelson] started that out for us and then we just kind of continued it on from there.” With the win over Fordham, the Irish advance to the WNIT semifinal where they will take on Green Bay at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Purcell Pavilion. Contact R.J. Stempak at email@example.com Paid Advertisement
Duncan set to face Stanford No. 5 Duncan def. No. 1 St. Edward’s, 29-0 By BRENNAN BUHR Sports Writer
Duncan resoundingly defeated top seed St. Edward’s 29-0 Sunday, advancing the first-time semifinalists into the interhall football championship in Notre Dame Stadium. The No. 5 Highlanders (4-1) were led offensively by junior quarterback and fill-in captain Matthew Kase, who accounted for three total touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air. On defense, junior safety Declan Zidar, who has previously led Morrissey to two interhall titles in 2014 and 2015, secured two key momentum-swinging interceptions in the game. The Highlanders began the first quarter with a long drive capped off by a short touchdown run. The extra point put them up 7-0. The No. 1 Gentlemen (4-1) played competitively in the first quarter and began the second quarter on a high note with a long drive that brought their offense into the red zone for the first
time in the game. However, Zidar grabbed a momentum-killing interception in his own end zone to extinguish the threat. Zidar described the interception as a major turning point. “We were just relieved,” Zidar said. “They were driving on us and we were up 7-0, and when we got the interception we turned the game around from there.” Soon after, Zidar and the Highlanders would convert the key turnover into another score, this time on a short touchdown run by Kase that pushed the margin to 14-0. Late in the second quarter, the Highlanders forced a Gentlemen punt and quickly marched down the field, adding another touchdown on a long pass from Kase to his Zidar as time expired in the first half. “We had a quick two-minute drill, and I give credit to Matt Kase on that one,” Zidar said. “He threw a perfect ball in the back of the end zone and we went up 21-0.” Any hope that the Gentlemen had of mounting a comeback see INTERHALL PAGE 9
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Kelly praises team’s effort against Army
Irish earn spot in NCAA tourney
By RENEE GRIFFEN
By MANNY DE JESUS
Irish head coach Brian Kelly had many positives to focus on in his Sunday teleconference following the 44-6 win against Army, which brought Notre Dame’s record to 4-6. One particular point of emphasis was the defensive improvement the Irish have displayed in recent games, with the effort against the Black Knights the most clear example yet. “First and foremost, a very detailed, organized plan, wellcoached during the week of practice, a focus on the fundamentals, and in-game adjustments that have been followed through by the players,” Kelly said of what has helped the defense move from 103rd nationally to 39th. “So I think just a coordinated effort that has seen this defense get better and better. “The utilization of some more of the freshmen [who] have really
Despite an early exit in the ACC tournament, No. 20 Notre Dame will prepare to compete in its 19th NCAA Championship tournament on Sunday as it hosts the winner of Loyola Chicago and IllinoisChicago at Alumni Stadium. “It was a hard fought loss [against Wake Forest] and the first game in a long time we came out feeling like we didn’t really control the game,” senior forward Mark Gormley said. “But, ever since the game we’ve been watching film and critiquing our play, finding areas where we could improve. While it was disappointing to go out early in the ACC tournament, our primary goal has always been to win a national championship, and we are still in a great position to do so.” Monday afternoon, the Irish (116-2, 3-3-2 ACC) were selected as the 13th seed of the tournament, which marked the fifth straight season that the team was seeded among the top 16 teams. Since 2013, when Notre Dame won the
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Irish junior linebacker Greer Martini makes a tackle during Notre Dame’s 44-6 victory over Army on Saturday in San Antonio.
ND Cross country | NCAA GREAT Lakes regional
Notre Dame lands NCAA berth By JOE EVERETT Sports Writer
The Notre Dame women’s team secured itself an automatic berth in the NCAA championships w ith a second-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Friday at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. In a pack of 32 teams, the Irish women finished second at regional championships for the second straight year. Their 91 total team points only trailed Michigan, who scored 61. The Irish were led by sophomore Anna Rohrer (19:35.7), who finished runner-up in the regional championships for the second straight season. Last year, Rohrer finished behind teammate Molly Seidel, and this time, she finished behind Michigan senior Erin Finn (19:27.8). Sophomore Annie Heffernan and grad student Danielle A ragon also finished in the Top-25 for Notre Dame at 10th and
13th respectively, and the pair joined Rohrer in receiv ing A ll-Region honors. Sophomore Rachel DaDamio, who finished in 29th, and junior Lex i Pelletier, who finished 37th, rounded out the top-five for the women’s team. Irish associate head coach Matthew Sparks said his team accomplished exactly what it set out to do on Friday. “The women’s team met our expectations,” Sparks said. “Our goal going into the meet was to finish toptwo and secure an automatic qualif y ing spot. You never want to leave the meet not know ing if you’re in or not, and the women did it.” The Irish barely edged out Wisconsin (97), Michigan State (97), and Eastern Michigan (102) for the second automatic qualif y ing spot, and Sparks credits his team’s abilit y to track dow n runners toward the end of the race. “They really closed the door in the last kilometer,” see XC PAGE 10
NCAA College Cup, the squad has advanced past the second round of the tournament and fallen in the third round. All time, the Irish are 17-16-2 in the NCAA tournament. The road to the NCAA College Cup will go through familiar foes if Notre Dame manages to get past the winner of Loyola Chicago and UIC. The teams in their quarter of the bracket consist of No. 12 seed Virginia, who the Irish lost to 1-0 back on Oct. 14; No. 4-seed Louisville, who beat Notre Dame 1-0 on Sept. 16; and No. 5 seed Stanford, who the Irish squeaked by 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 2. Other squads making the tournament field that Notre Dame played in the regular season include Virginia Tech, Michigan State, New Mexico, No. 7 seed Indiana, No. 9 seed North Carolina, No. 8 seed Syracuse, No. 3 seed Clemson and No. 2 seed Wake Forest. As a conference, the ACC dominated the NCAA Championship field this year, getting a record nine teams into the tournament. In the last 10 see M SOCCER PAGE 10
ND Women’s Basketball | nd 67, Fordham 36
Strong defense leads Irish to win versus Fordham By ELIZABETH GREASON Sports Writer
No. 1 Notre Dame took down Fordham, 67-36, in its second game of the year, despite struggling to make shots throughout the game. Irish head coach Muffet McGraw said she felt that the win was a good one and showed that the team has the grit to win, even when things are not going its way. “I think it’s a great thing to learn about this team that we can win ugly,” McGraw said. “I think that we missed a lot of shots, we were frustrated early and we kept our composure.” The Irish (2-0) got off to a slow start offensively, scoring just 34 points in the first half, led by sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who tallied eight points in the half. The Irish were unable to get shots to drop, especially from beyond the three-point arc: Notre Dame converted only 13-of-32 field goal attempts in the first half. Irish senior guard Lindsay Allen, who finished see W BBALL PAGE 11
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Irish senior guard Lindsay Allen dribbles the ball upcourt in Notre Dame’s 67-36 win over Fordham on Monday night at Purcell Pavilion.
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