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Campus-wide group chat unites redheads A GroupMe titled ‘Redheads of Notre Dame’ brings ‘gingers’ together for meetups, sun protection By MARIE FAZIO News Writer

At first glance, Ed Sheeran, Lucille Ball, Ms. Frizzle and at least 108 Notre Dame students might appear to have little in common. However, all of them share a rare genetic trait: They are among the less-than 2 percent of the world’s population with red hair. Last year, Teagan Dillon, who graduated from Notre Dame in 2018, created the “Redheads of Notre Dame” GroupMe as a way for campus redheads to communicate and coordinate events surrounding their red hair. The group currently has 108 members, but is open to new applicants. The only admission requirement is the group must reach a consensus on whether applicants have red hair.

This requirement is a source of controversy in the group, as it isn’t always easy to determine if someone’s hair is red. People have been removed from the group after it was determined they were simply strawberry blonde, senior John McGuinness, an early group member, said. Senior Moira Griffith, a member since fall 2017, said strawberry blonde is not purely red. She also classifies a ginger as someone with “highlighter bright” hair, but said a classic redhead’s hair is darker. Group member and senior Emily Dufner disagreed, arguing that a ginger’s hair is “orangey.” For junior Evan Slattery, freckles define a ginger. Griffith said her red hair is an important part of her identity. see REDHEADS PAGE 4

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Members of the “Redheads of Notre Dame” GroupMe gather outside Legends for a photo before the Michigan game Sept. 1. The chat is used to coordinate group meetups and locate sunscreen on game days.

Custodian at ‘The Saint Mary’s re-evaluates Rock’ reflects on College mission statement life before, at ND By MAEVE FILBIN

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Brian Hubbard is not your average Joe. He wakes up before dawn, puts on a pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt — the Notre Dame 2018 Shirt is his favorite — and makes his way to Rockne Memorial to begin a shift that starts at 4 a.m. and ends at noon. He signs in, picks up his supplies and embraces his role as a custodian. Taller than average, he has a sunny disposition and is usually whistling tunes. He is observant, knows those who frequent his work sites and is eager to strike up a conversation or humor a stressed student. Though people on campus might see Hubbard wiping down the tables or throwing away the trash, beyond his run-of-the-mill facade lies a story of basketball championships and altruism. Born in 1962, Hubbard is a South Bend native who attended LaSalle High School, where he played basketball. His love for

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the sport stems from his family, as his uncle taught him soccer, baseball, football and basketball from a very early age. However, he became enamored with shooting hoops, eventually making it to the state all-star high school team. Hubbard said this chapter in his life taught him several lessons that significantly impacted him, and credits his coach with building his character. “I had a coach by the name of George Griffith, who, at the end of my senior year told me … ‘You guys are not working hard,’” Hubbard said. “He said, ‘If you don’t work hard and start working hard, I’m going to cut you.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute,’ and I believed him because I’d seen him cut players. So basically, I give a lot to him because he made me work.” This incident opened Hubbard’s eyes, he said, and he started working hard until he made the Indiana High School see CUSTODIAN PAGE 4

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The future is here, and Saint Mary’s is rising to meet it. Working with student body president and senior Madeleine Corcoran and vice president and senior Kathy Ogden, the administration is reviewing the College’s mission statement. The project will examine what the mission statement does well, what it is missing and

how accurately it portrays Saint Mary’s, Corcoran said in an email. “We are currently in the revision process, which means we are collecting feedback from students, faculty, staff, Sisters of the Holy Cross, administration, alumnae and parents regarding our current mission statement … and what they would like to see in a future [version]” she said. According to the Saint Mary’s website, the current mission

statement reads: “Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s College promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility and social responsibility. Saint Mary’s is a Catholic, residential women’s college in the liberal arts tradition offering undergraduate degrees and coeducational graduate programs. see MISSION PAGE 3

University to use DART for class registration By KELLI SMITH Associate News Editor

Notre Dame will continue using the DART registration system over NOVO for the upcoming class registration period, the Office of the Registrar announced in an email to students Nov. 5. DART and NOVO have been the University’s class

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registration systems for over two years. In 2015, the Office of the Registrar announced NOVO would be replacing DART as the primary system for class registration. Following a NOVO system malfunction during class registration in fall 2017, however, the registrar reverted back to utilizing DART last spring. “The DART registration performs better at higher volumes

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than NOVO does,” Chuck Hurley, the University registrar, said. “So just like last April, we’ll have DART on in class search during the six business days of peak registration there, and then NOVO will be off during those days.” “Peak registration” period will take place Nov. 12-19, when see REGISTRATION PAGE 4

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Nanovic Visiting Scholar Bartosz Józwik of John Paul II Catholic University speaks at Jenkins-Nanovic Halls on Wednesday. The lecture, “Economic Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe: Convergence and European Cohesion Policy,” included lunch.

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Seminar: “Fascist Im/Mobilities: A Decade of Amedeo Nazzari” 102 Hesburgh Library 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Notre Dame Archives Football Friday Tours 607 Hesburgh Library 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. A tour of the University Archives.

Saturday Scholar Lecture: “Was Women’s Suffrage a Failure?” Annenberg Auditorium 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Film: “Big Night” Browning Cinema 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Part of Higgins Labor Program Film Classics series.

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SUB Presents AcoustiCafe Hagerty Family Cafe 10 p.m. Watch students perform musical acts.

Hollywood Comedy Murder Mystery LaFortune Ballroom 10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. An engaging night of mystery and improv.

Football vs. Florida State Notre Dame Stadium 7:30 p.m. The Irish take on the Seminoles.

Opera ND Auditions for “The Pirates of Penzance” LaBar Recital Hall 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. All can audition.

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ND alumni design prayer, meditation app By MORGAN JOHNSON News Writer

Two Notre Dame alumni are fulfilling the mission of a Holy Cross education by providing busy students and working people with convenient access to faith through their new app, Hallow. Hallow offers guided prayer and meditation sessions to allow users to grow in faith in a Catholic online community. Hallow is scheduled for release at the end of the year. “Today’s world is crazy,” Hallow co-founder Erich Kerekes, ’15, said in an email. “Society puts an insane amount of pressure on you and there’s an increased expectation to work harder, study harder and perform better. At the same point in time, young people are falling away from their faith faster than ever before. We believe these two problems can be ad dressed with the same solution:

deepening your relationship with God can allow you to bring Him into your day-to-day life and stress, and live in His peace and joy.” Co-founder and CEO Alex Jones, ’15, created Hallow from his own faith journey. After remaining mostly atheist during college, he grew in faith through prayer as he entered the professional world. As such, he said he wanted to unify contemplative meditation and experience with Christianity. “Prayer always felt like I was just talking to myself and meditation always seemed like it was constraining what felt like a spiritual experience to a secular box,” Jones said in an email. “So we decided to try and build something that brought these [reflective prayers] to people in a new and modern way.” Hallow’s mission is similar to that of other meditation apps such as Headspace or Calm, but is rooted

in Catholic tradition. Hallow users take advantage of prayer methods they may not have prior exposure to, with the goal of uncovering practical and effective methods in strengthening faith. “The goal is for Hallow to be ‘the’ Catholic app,” Kerekes said. “We hope that users who are looking to grow in their faith lives in a specific way know that Hallow will be able to help regardless of what that specific way might be. Whether it’s learning new prayer types, forming prayer groups online or in-person or understanding the history of the Church or saints, Hallow will be a resource to which Catholics can turn for growth.” The name “Hallow” was inspired by Jones’ reflection on the Lord’s prayer through the app, he said. “It was the first word that resonated with me when I tried Lectio Divina on the Lord’s Prayer and I think it has such a beautiful

meaning,” Jones said. “The phrase comes from the line ‘Hallowed be thy name’ and after doing some research we learned that it could mean both that we are praying that God makes holy His own name, and also that we may hallow His name through our lives.” Jones emphasizes Hallow as a way to supplement spiritual growth in addition to practices such as mass and the sacraments. The prayer life Hallow encourages is intended to guide people to pursue these faithful ventures with passion and fervor. Hallow was also designed to align with a student lifestyle so that its resources can support a young Catholic seeking to integrate faith and education. “Transitioning to college is so profoundly different from life in high school that many students report struggling to maintain their faith life with so much going on,”

Kerekes said. “Hallow can provide students with a way to take a step back from the stress of studies and extracurriculars to recollect themselves, reflect and enter a relationship with God.” Seven Notre Dame alumni built Hallow. As such, Jones looks forward to having Notre Dame as Hallow’s first launch market. He also credits his faith and professional development to his studies and friendships formed at Notre Dame. “The friends I met, my rector ... my professors and the beautiful environment all fostered a reconnection with God, and my faith that has changed my life incredibly,” Jones said. “Needless to say, Notre Dame is an incredibly huge reason I have been blessed enough to be on the journey we’re on.” Contact Morgan Johnson at

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“A pioneer in the education of women, the College is an academic community where students develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.” The Division for Mission Council is comprised of Saint Mary’s representatives who assess if the goals and values of the College are known and demonstrated. The Council evaluates the College on a regular basis, which includes the College’s mission statement, Corcoran said. “Last year, there was a slight revision to add the ‘coeducational graduate programs,’ which reflects the addition of our graduate programs as well as the admission of men into those programs,” she said. Corcoran said this project should keep the mission statement loyal to Saint Mary’s character while adjusting to changes in the community. “It is important to continually evaluate the mission statement in order for it to be both accurate and a true reflection of the College,” she said. “The mission statement helps direct all major decisions and initiatives of the College, so it is really important for it to be current.” The process has been long and thorough, Corcoran said. “We are currently in a data collection phase,” she said. “This means many groups are giving their input, which is then collected and evaluated. Following this [phase], the strongest components will be brought to the writing process.” The Mission Council expects a positive reaction, Corcoran said. “Students seem engaged and interested about how [the new mission statement] plays a role in the College’s future,” she said. Contact Maeve Filbin at



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“Over time [being a redhead] has become more of my identity than I think it was when I was younger,” Griffith said. “It’s a fun way to stand out. … It makes me feel a little more unique in the mass.” Red hair is uncommon worldwide. Genetically, the trait comes from a mutation in the MC1R gene. Despite red hair’s rarity, the redheads of Notre Dame agree there is an unusually high number of red heads on campus. “There are definitely more [redheads] here than there would be at other places ... with all the Irish blood,” McGuinness said. However, not all redheads are of exclusively Irish descent, Griffith said. Both Griffith and Slattery said they are at least half Italian. Some members of the group, such as senior Chad Quick, report feeling fellowship with other redheads on campus when they spot them walking around. “You just kind of wave and smile in solidarity,” Quick said. Quick, like many group members, comes from a family of redheads. His dad, mom, sister and dog all have red hair. The GroupMe is used mostly for meet-ups at large events, as members attempt to take exclusively redhead photos. Ultimately, the group hopes to have a social gathering exclusively for redheads. During football season, group members said, the group is used to locate sunscreen. Slattery, who said he has been nicknamed ”Big Red” since childhood, was one of the members to plea for sunscreen during the Sept. 1 football game against the University of Michigan. He said he takes great pride in his red hair. “Last year I grew out my hair to my shoulders and it was who I was. I was that kid with long, red, curly hair,” Slattery said. Griffith said she enjoys her sense of camaraderie with other redheads. “It’s like a secret society,” she said, “I’ve had old men on campus before stop me and go, ‘you just look like Ireland.’“ Griffith hopes to organize a 5k consisting solely of redheads. She said the race could raise funds to fight skin cancer. “There’s so much solidarity in our proneness to skin cancer,” she said. For his part, Quick said his mother told him his red hair was a reason not to commit crimes with the following advice: “You’re a redhead so you’ll never get away with anything.”

all students taking courses at Notre Dame next semester will register for classes according to class level. Seniors register Nov. 12, juniors on Nov. 14, sophomores on Nov. 16 and freshmen the following Monday, Nov. 19. Registration time tickets will remain the same as last semester as well, Hurley said, with the first registration wave at 6:30 a.m. each day and the last at 8:20 a.m., with 10-minute intervals in-between. “Right now we’re pretty standard with the registration practices that the University has been utilizing for the last several years,” Hurley said. “We receive a lot of input on that from the advising deans of the University, and they like the system that we have at this point where we have advising going on for a couple of weeks and then the registration

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Basketball Hall of Fame and became part of the Indiana All-Star team in 1980. Hubbard also received a scholarship to play for Valparaiso. He fondly looks back to his time at “Valpo” and, when prompted to talk about his experience there, grabs his phone to show a photo of him playing against Notre Dame. Though his team lost the game against the Irish, he cherishes the memory of playing against John Paxson, who went on to play for the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan. “That’s one of the things I go back and look at sometimes because it means a lot to me,” Hubbard said. “This was a team I grew up watching and grew up admiring, and to come home and play against them in my first year of my college career was like a dream come true.” After studying at Valparaiso for two years, Hubbard decided to take a break and started working on-call at the University of Chicago hospital. In his free time, he would watch basketball games. Through this hobby, Hubbard suddenly had a revelation that would change his path in life. “I was working at home and watching TV, and I’m looking at a game, and I said, ‘I had 20 on that guy,’” he said. “I’m looking at another game, and I had 25 on that guy. So I said, ‘What am I doing here?’ So I made some phone calls and 10 schools came to look at me.” After 10 different coaches arrived with scholarship offers, Hubbard decided to attend Western New Mexico University. By doing so, Hubbard had the opportunity to play abroad in Glasgow, Scotland.

taking place over about a week and a half.” In Nov. 2017, the Office of the Registrar tested a new class registration planning tool called “ND Academic Planner.” Created collaboratively with student government, the feature allowed students to add entire schedule plans to their official schedules on registration days with two clicks. Though the tool was scheduled to be implemented this fall, Hurley said ND Academic Planner will not be implemented yet because it uses NOVO, which will be turned off during peak registration period. “[The Academic Planner is] a very good tool, but the vendor has to fix the challenges with NOVO first before we could implement the Academic Planner,” he said. “The Academic Planner is something we built here at Notre Dame in-house, but it requires NOVO to function at higher load levels than it is currently.”

Though DART hasn’t brought up any problems, the plan is to eventually transition into using NOVO again, Hurley said. However, that goal is on hold until the vendor for NOVO, Ellucian, provides a fix to the system’s low tolerance for “higher loads.” “The schedule display within NOVO is very nice; you can see a grid schedule across the week kind of like a Google Calendar,” Hurley said. “So the look and feel of it is a little bit better but … the functionality doesn’t operate as well at higher loads.” Coursicle is a third-party vendor providing an additional academic planning tool for Notre Dame students. Even so, Hurley said Coursicle has “nothing to do with” Notre Dame contract-wise and can be a source of potential registration problems. “If students want to utilize that information, then they can, but it’s not up-to-date information, either,” Hurley

said. “We often see a delay — a student will say, ‘Well it looks to me like Coursicle says this about a class.’ Well, it had been changed days before that in our system, and so Coursicle just doesn’t update theirs as much as ours.” Most challenges arise from lack of preparation, Hurley said. He advised students to check their desired classes beforehand for prerequisites and co-requisites and to be on the “eduroam” WiFi network if registering on campus. Should any problems with class registration arise, the Office of the Registrar can be contacted at registrar.1@ or 574-631-7043. “The more prep work that students do beforehand — checking prerequisites, co-requisites, recording the CRNs that they want to register for — the better off they are once they get to the registration time,” Hurley said.

After returning from Scotland and realizing he wanted to start working again, Hubbard decided to renew his career at the University of Chicago hospital because of his desire to help people. There, he was an emergency room clerk, helicopter dispatcher and clerk supervisor. “Working at the hospital, I get the gratification of helping folks, of being there for people,” Hubbard said of this job. After roughly two decades of devoting himself to assisting those in need, Hubbard found himself unemployed. Undiscouraged, though, he decided to come home to look for a job, eventually attaining one at Notre Dame’s Center for Culinary Excellence in 2016. After some months there, he transferred to Building Services and became one of the chattiest custodians at Hesburgh Library. Though he worked late hours, Hubbard enjoyed working at the library. Being able to meet new people and crack jokes to make them smile, he said, was the most rewarding part of the job for him. “I’m a people person,” Hubbard said. “ … I do like what I’m doing, and I’m around good people, friendly people. I like the atmosphere, and I’m also still helping folks.” After various months of cultivating relationships with students and wiping down messes at the library, Hubbard was transferred to Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium. He dislikes that it is quite a bit lonelier than his job at Hesburgh, but appreciates that he is still able to work from 4 a.m. to noon. Though he has to wake up early, he said this shift enables him to spend the rest of the day as he wishes. Though he admits to occasionally sleeping and taking

some time to watch basketball games, Hubbard usually spends the day working on his upcoming grand project: getting his nonprofit off the ground. The Cast the Family Spirit Picnic, an annual festival which will take place in the summer, is Hubbard’s attempt to unify the South Bend community. “It is for every and anybody that’s breathing,” he said. “It is not an African American thing. This is not a white thing. It’s not a Jewish thing, not an Asian thing. … It’s an everybody thing. I’m trying to bring more unity into our community because, you know, there’s a lot of negative and bad things going on, not only here but all over the country. I don’t think there’s enough activity — diverse activities — going on in

South Bend, and that’s what made me come up with this.” Through his nonprofit, Hubbard has coordinated other events in the past aiming to bring back the tight-knit spirit that characterized the South Bend of his childhood. On this occasion, he promises to deliver a nice time, when all citizens — regardless of their race, status or ideology — can come together while listening to music and eating as a family. Hubbard sees a substantial number of students on the sites were he works and makes the effort to put a name and a story to the hundreds of faces that surround him. “If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’ll be here,” he said.

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By RYAN ISRAEL Scene Writer

You don’t hear Vince Staples on the radio, if you even listen to the radio anymore. Staples operates on the fringes of mainstream rap music, rarely making it onto the airwaves but staying consistently popular thanks to streaming technology. His status in the rap ecosystem is partly the product of his refusal to conform and partly due to his indifferent, “I-don’t-give-a-f---” attitude. Despite this status, on his latest release, “FM!,” Staples imagines a world in which his music is the centerpiece of the California radio market. The 11 songs of “FM!” are seamlessly tied together by radio-style interludes provided by the hosts of Los Angeles’ “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” The interludes and radio show concept allow for Staples to introduce creative features, such as a solo appearance from the elusive Earl Sweatshirt on “New earlsweatshirt - Interlude.” The concept also links “FM!” to Staples’ recurring topic, his hometown and the violence that besieges it. The album begins with L.A. radio staple Big Boy celebrating California’s beautiful, summer-allthe-time weather, announcing, “It always feels like summer in the neighborhood, man.” For Staples, however, the summertime means something darker, as the Long Beach native enters the intro track spitting

By SARAH KIKEL Scene Writer

Rock and roll may have left popular music years ago, but its influence still remains. Each year since 1986, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, inducts approximately five to seven musical artists who have influenced and developed the history of rock into the Rock Hall in the Performer category. In addition to musical influence, the induction board examines artists’ “length and depth of career and the body of work,” as well as “innovation and superiority in style and technique,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website. Because of the Rock Hall’s dedication to honoring artists with enduring musical legacies, artists only become eligible 25 years after releasing their first commercial recording. In October, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s nominating committee selected 15 nominees for the class of 2019. Of these, nine have been previously nominated: Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring

“Summertime in the LB wild / We gon’ party ’til the sun or the guns come out.” While California is often painted as an idyllic vacation destination, Staples chooses to paint a harsher picture of the area he knows so well. With expert storytelling and vivid imagery, he captures the constant threats to safety that come along with life in his neighborhood. On “Relay,” there’s the fear of being pulled over by the cops with a weapon, or “hammer,” in the passenger seat. On “Outside!” there’s the pressure of gang violence and being caught on the wrong street at the wrong time. Staples’ lyrics have always been gripping, and “FM!” is no exception. On “Tweakin’,” he weaves in the names of friends who died too young, emotionlessly stating, “When Jibari died was off the porch for homicides.” He mixes deeper ideas — “My black is beautiful but I’ll still shoot at you” — with clever wordplay — “I got Christian Dior, I’m Crippin’ Bior” — to create a tension between every line he delivers. In terms of production, “FM!” is a return to form. While Staples’ 2017 release “Big Fish Theory” was a left-of-center project centered around sleek, electronic production, “FM!” brings back the West Coast production style found on earlier albums. The versatile Kenny Beats lays down upbeat, high-energy arrangements that bounce off the walls and don’t allow for a dull moment to set in. Staples matches the energy of the beats at every

turn, giving the album a rapid pace from start to finish. The runtime of “FM!” is particularly notable. Clocking in at only 22 minutes, the album is easily digestible in one straight-through listen. It’s a refreshing example of brevity in a market teeming with oversized releases from the genre’s biggest stars. But Staples has never been one to conform to what the stars are doing. He’s stayed out of the box, comfortable with the fame he’s accrued and never afraid to make a bold creative decision like switching up styles or making a compelling music video. It’s this boldness and creativity that keeps Staples’ music interesting — and also keeps it off mainstream radio.

Chaka Khan, The Cure and The Zombies. The six firsttime nominees are Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren. Both Kraftwerk and LL Cool J have been on the ballot five times, and both MC5 and The Zombies have been nominated three years in a row. The Zombies have been eligible the longest — since 1989 — and Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine only became eligible in 2017. Of special note is first-time nominee Todd Rundgren, who performed at Notre Dame this September as part of the “Play Like a Champion Concert: Students Play the ’80s,” and was also Notre Dame’s artist-in-residence for 10 days in 2016. Nominees’ bios and their recommended playlists are available at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website. The induction board consists of more than 1,000 rock historians, renowned artists and living Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. However, the Rock Hall also invites the public to participate in the induction process, with the top five artists chosen by fans comprising one ballot that will be included among the others in determining the inductees. You can vote for your

favorite artists once per day at vote until Dec. 9. Other induction categories include the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which recognizes non-performers who significantly impacted rock and roll; Early Influences, which celebrates artists who influenced music prior to rock and roll; the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence, which honors songwriters and producers who have influenced rock and roll throughout their lives by creating timeless music; and, introduced in 2018, The Singles, which acknowledges songs instrumental in the history of rock and roll. Inductees will be announced in December, and typically attend the induction ceremony where they receive their Hall of Fame award from an artist whom they influenced and are honored by speeches detailing their music achievement, in addition to giving an acceptance speech. The 2019 induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in New York City on March 29.

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Lucy Collins

Since I started attending Notre Dame, I haven’t left South Bend for longer than five weeks at a time. I spent my first summer volunteering at the Center for the Homeless and my second interning for an educational non-profit in Elk hart. After so long spent in the communit y, I feel premature pangs of homesickness while anticipating my spring semester “abroad” in Washington D.C. I could spend my entire column extolling the v irtues of the South Bend River Lights. Towers of light and spotlights underneath the Jefferson Street bridge decorate a stretch of the St. Joseph River. A chain link fence near the river is filled w ith combination locks, mimicking similar displays around the world to sy mbolize long-lasting love. During the summer, the cit y puts on a River Lights music festival filled w ith local talent as part of its Best Week Ever festiv ities. I would spend hours sitting by the river during my summers, my books illuminated only by their strange glow. I excitedly recommend a short v isit to my friends’ parents when they v isit. They inev itably return w ith an amused grin, confused as to why I was so excited. Or I could encourage you to v isit the Histor y and Studebaker Museum. You can learn about the region’s histor y spelled out in the language of museum ex hibits. I recommend going into the Oliver Mansion, which is just as extravagantly odd and interesting as you might expect a 1920s-era chilled-plow baron’s house to be. And if you’re a car person, the Studebaker Museum w ing is interesting as well. These neatly encapsulate major parts of South Bend’s industrial past, which is necessar y for understanding its troubled recent past and its optimistic future. But what’s really fascinating is current South Bend politics. Ever yone knows about Mayor Pete, and if you don’t, please rectif y that immediately. But did you know about the South Bend schools and their histor y of disparities in school discipline by race? How about the shockingly high levels of lead poisoning in the Near Northwest Neighborhoods? In Elk hart, two police officers are facing criminal charges for batter y of a suspect in custody. These are social justice issues that sweep the nation, yet they remain intensely important here in South Bend. Any justice-minded student at Notre Dame, Saint Mar y’s or Holy Cross should consider joining local efforts to help their communit y. I did not know much until I reached out, and I am thankful I did. Connecting to communit y activ ists, who are so clearly passionate about South Bend and their neighborhoods, inspired even more affection for my adopted hometow n. Go see the River Lights, or get involved in the communit y. Go v isit the Histor y Museum, or eat dow ntow n. My college experience would not be the same if not for South Bend and its unique brand of culture. Don’t let your time here go to waste. Contact Nick Ottone at The views expressed in this Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Madame’s Musings

Long before HBO started creating some of my favorite shows, like “Game of Thrones” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” they were putting themselves on the map w ith an iconic show that ran for six seasons and morphed into t wo blockbuster hits. That’s right, ladies (and gentlemen, to be sure), I’m talking “Sex and the Cit y” today. I have vague recollections of sitting in our family room while my mom watched the show, and definitely heard the latest plot lines while eavesdropping on the neighborhood Book Club. Suffice it to say, from a young age, I equated that show w ith glamour, womanly w isdom and feminine power. W hen I finally reached a mature enough age to watch the show myself (i.e. was old enough to figure out how to get onto our HBO account in high school), I binge-watched the show and felt myself oozing w ith enlightenment — I wanted to BE these women. Until recently, I might have even considered the show formative to my development. Upon attempting to rewatch the show recently, I was appalled at the fundamental f laws inter woven throughout the plot, and realized the show was far from the feminist showcase I idealized it to be. One need only look at each of the main characters, women who generations of girls have sought to align themselves w ith (I used to think I was “such a Miranda”) to understand the problem inherent w ith the show. Miranda is a H ARVARD-educated law yer who (allegedly) refuses to settle for just any old man. Samantha is a sexually liberated woman who runs her ow n PR firm and can’t be tied dow n. Charlotte ow ns her ow n Manhattan art galler y and Carrie is a prominent author for The New York Times. You’d think these women would have conversation enough to last a lifetime, and would not be too concerned about their dating lives, given their extreme success. And yet, ever y single episode features a lunch or dinner date bet ween the women, where the only topic that is ever breached is their dating lives and the men w ith whom they are involved. Bit of a problematic

idea, that the only thing successful women in their 30s think about and discuss is men. And don’t even get me started on Carrie … “Mr. Big,” the longtime romantic interest for Carrie, is straightfor ward from the beginning — he is not looking to settle dow n. For him, things are little more than physical. W hy then, does Carrie keep going back to him? She let him know that she’d like to have a husband and family one day, and when he said it wasn’t in the cards, she ended it. “Hooray,” you might think. “She’s standing up for herself and what she wants.” This message is quick ly diluted when Carrie returns to Big’s arms and bed after barely four episodes, and is once again trapped in a relationship w ith a man whose future goals do not align w ith hers. Goals, am I right, ladies? The overall hy pe for the show comes from the idea that it allegedly features a bunch of powerful women, embracing their sexualit y and liv ing their best lives together, w ith or w ithout men. However, does this message really stand, if at the end of the day, after each episode, season and the series entirely, our wonder women return to the same fate time and time again, dating and sacrificing for some man or another? Look, I want to find love and get married as much as the next gal, but there are many things I value much more than the validation of any man. A really good slice of pizza, for one. Or the abilit y to have an intense debate about a great film or a political debate w ith my girlfriends. W hen all I see on a show that is championed as a feminist feat is a bunch of successful women, spending all their conversations on failed dates, sexual escapades and fears of spinsterhood, I’m left w ith a bitter taste in my mouth. To be fair, it’s not like there are any shows about powerful men, and their lives and careers, right? And I couldn’t help but wonder — why the heck was I allowed to watch this show as a 12-year-old? Lucy Collins is majoring in economics and history, and continues to write despite knowing no one cares what she’s going to say. She can be reached at The views expressed in this Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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Presenting: Mom If you are a casual consumer of the news, you may have thought the most offensive thing a leader of a major country said about women two weeks ago was when President Trump (somewhat accurately) called a certain adult film star “horseface.” Would that it were. In comments made at a conference about African education, Emmanuel Macron, president of France, said, “I always say, ‘Present to me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children.’” My unfiltered reaction to this is more fit for a Martin Scorsese screenplay than a student newspaper, so I will do my best to filter it. I will also leave aside for the moment the Orwellian notion of a “perfect education.” Mr. Macron, I would to “present to you” my mother. She graduated high school in three years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberalarts, a Master of Arts degree in theolog y and, having been *very well* educated, decided not to complete the dissertation necessary for her Doctorate in Theolog y. Instead, she opted to focus on what

her education led her to understand as important: She is the mother of nine children, and the grandmother of two (so far). She homeschooled us through the eighth grade, and did so so well that all of us thus far entered high school better prepared in every respect than any of our peers. W hen we sit down in the evenings to the delicious meal she prepared, she and my father lead philosophical, theological and literary conversations which rival any theo, philo or lit class I have ever taken. The suggestion that only an uneducated, unintelligent, rube-ish woman would raise a large family is absolutely repulsive. The most incredible thing a woman can do is bring a child into this world. And, lest I am misconstrued, the most incredible thing a man can do is help. How much more incredible it is to raise seven, eight or nine (or 10, or 11 or 17, like my amazing grandmother). Macron seems to believe that some amount of “education” can eliminate the fulfillment that comes with acting in accordance with our nature, and following God’s directive in Genesis 1:28. It’s disgusting, and I pity him.

Even more disgusting is what Macron said with his next breath: “Please present me with the young girl who decided to leave school at 10 in order to be married at 12.” Yes, he compared the decision of my 28-year-old mother to what is essentially the rape of young African women and girls. There is no 10-year-old who “decided” to get married at 12. There are, however, countless amazing, intelligent women who decided to have seven, eight or any number of children God would grant them. And this leads me to the only thing about this speech which is not disgusting: the reaction to it. You have probably heard about Judge Barrett and her seven children, and now you have heard about my mom and her nine. But if you go on Twitter and look at #PostcardsForMacron, you will see a brief CV for thousands of inspiring women, accompanied by pictures of their wonderful families. It is well worth the time. Andrew Lessard senior Oct. 21

Space and silence Theresa Azemar Show Some Skin

At some point much sooner than when the Sun explodes and becomes a white dwarf The Milk y Way w ill collide w ith the Andromeda gala x y. when this happens, there is a ver y small chance almost no chance that the Earth or our sun w ill crash into matter from Andromeda and be destroyed in the collision because the space between stars is significantly larger than stars themselves. and that makes sense. because when you look at pictures of outer space, the only thing more impressive than the bright of the stars is the black of the nothing. the only thing more impressive than the size of the stars is the size of the space that keeps them apart. regardless of their luminosit y, stars can’t unblack the blackness. they can’t wash out the dark. and we like to talk about how we can’t count them, but we never talk about how we can’t count the SPACE between them.

EBLM J0555-57Ab, the smallest-know n star in the Milk y Way has a radius of around 36,184 mi (the radius of Saturn) our sun has a radius of 432,450 mi UY Scuti, a red supergiant and the largestknow n star in the Milk y Way has a radius of around 750,000,000 miles 750,000,000 miles is 0.000127580846267 light years. that’s nothing. the average space bet ween t wo stars is about 5 light years. The space says, “haha. that’s cute, scuti. why don’t you eat a hamburger? ”  because we have grav it y, the gala x ies w ill collide and the stars and planets of both assemblies w ill all shift to avoid each other, sw inging through open spaces and around one another as if they were swapping places and then they w ill stop and charge back around again … shuff ling for perfect open spaces. the gala x ies w ill sw ing into and away from each other, mesh into one another’s grav ities in search of equilibrium. and when they’re satisfied, they’ll decelerate until, finally, they become one. one nation. According to standard proportions of the

average 20-feet-tall American f lag, the diameter of each star should be 1.232 feet under God. the space bet ween each star should be 1.26 feet even then, the space is bigger. indiv isible. and yet, ever y star gets its ow n population, its ow n f lag. w ith libert y. ever y star gets its ow n name. and justice. ever y star gets its ow n square of land. for all. and the space is just blue. I guess we need the blue to keep the stars apart. maybe we need its grav it y to stop us from becoming one. reach our equilibrium. the space says, “don’t think too much about it. Let us pretend we are one.” Theresa Azemar can be reached at Show Some Skin is a student-run initiative committed to giving voice to unspoken narratives about identity and difference. Using the art of storytelling as a catalyst for positive social change across campus, we seek to make Notre Dame a more open and welcoming place for all. If you are interested in breaking the silence and getting involved with Show Some Skin, email 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: Learn as you go and rely on what you know and have experienced to help pull things together. Bring about positive change by drawing on your ability to see the possibilities. Changes at home will help ease stress and give you greater leeway to focus on what’s most important to you. Curb anger and focus on physical fitness and good health. Your numbers are 5, 12, 19, 24, 30, 37, 43. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be receptive to suggestions and ready to act on short notice. Your ability to recognize what needs to be done and your willingness to work alongside others will make a difference to the outcome of a crucial situation that can determine your future. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Share information; it will help you get ahead. A physical change you make will bring greater security as well as add to your experience and proficiency. A partnership can be renegotiated and changes put in place. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Concentrate on personal change that will make you feel and look your best. Ask questions that will help you decipher exactly what you want to do in order to complete unfinished tasks. A passionate attitude will draw attention. CANCER ( June 21-July 22): Don’t look for excuses. Evaluate what needs to be done and get busy. Take the lead and make your position clear. Set a high standard and strive to reach your goal. Follow your heart and do things in your own way. LEO ( July 23-Aug. 22): An even temperament will help you stay out of trouble. If you let someone’s anecdotes get to you, problems will arise. Focus on personal change and being your very best. Let your accomplishments and success be your revenge. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Initiate your plans. Change will do you good. Business trips or meetings will lead to interesting prospects. What you learn will encourage you to expand your knowledge. Share your feelings; the response you get will lead to new developments. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Take your time. Look at all your options and consider the best scenario. Don’t let someone else make decisions for you. It’s up to you to decide what’s in your best interest. Personal changes and protecting your assets are encouraged. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take on a physical challenge to change the way you do things in the future. Strength coupled with ingenuity and creativity will lead to advantages that will outmatch any competition you face. Personal change is favored. SAGIT TARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll find yourself in a difficult situation if you have taken someone’s word as truth or have shared information that isn’t accurate. Choose your words wisely; observe and ask questions if something doesn’t appear to make sense to you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Bring something unique to whatever job you are given. Doing things with a twist will draw attention and give others a better idea of what your capabilities are. It’s your turn to shine, so don’t hold back. Enjoy the moment. AQUARIUS ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Take a moment to relive past experiences before you jump into something that could turn into a repeat performance. Don’t trust anyone who has a habit of overreacting or being excessive. Walk away if you don’t like what you see. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t let someone’s uncertainty make you angry. Be fully prepared to move forward with or without others by your side. Trust in your ability to create the base you need to build a successful future; eventually others will jump on board. Birthday Baby : You are affectionate, caring and kind. You are original and ambitious.


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Schools prioritize athletic facilities Meagan Bens Sports Writer

Leather couches in front of huge television screens? Check. A barber shop in the players lounge? Check. Don’t forget the mini golf course. Athletic constructions across the countr y have set the new standards of what it takes to own a competitive, top-tier college football program. Just take a look at our own school, which is building a new indoor facility, and not to mention Notre Dame Stadium’s facelift. Practice facilities, professional-quality locker rooms and extravagant player lounges are standard, and the college athletics arms race shows few signs of slowing. From the bold additions of video game lounges to the small details such as placing a door for the best f low from the field to the locker room, schools across the nation are pouring millions into football complexes. College football is a multimillion-dollar business. As soon as a prospect walks through the front door, the recruiting pitch begins. College coaches hope young elite players buy with their eyes, drawn to the extraordinar y amenities or the program’s glorified histor y on display. At Clemson, a new, $55 million football facility was completed in 2017, according to the Business Insider. Forget football facility, tr y players’ theme park filled with a basketball court, mini golf course, a whiff le ball field, bowling lanes, arcades games and even a huge metal slide if one doesn’t want to take the stairs. Their 23,000-square-foot weight room outshines their opponents in the ACC, with an extravagant “fuel bar” stocked with necessities to recover after a workout. At a school like Kentucky, which is not as well-known for their football program as Clemson, they poured $45 million into completing a new facility in 2016. Uniforms are on display with a “make-your-ownuniform” screen in front of them when one walks in. Right now across the nation, if a team does not have a football-only facility, they are building one. If a team already has one, it wants to improve it. The University of Georgia had a $ 63 million stadium upgrade before this season,


including an upgraded locker room, new lounge for recruits, new scoreboard, restroom and concession renovations and an expanded upper plaza, showing just how luxurious college football facilities have become. In the locker room, each player has a huge locker — backlit for extra drama — with his name, number and hometown etched above the Georgia “G.” These lockers mimic the ones in the Texas Longhorns’ locker room, which were renovated before last season, each locker costing $ 8,700 for its stainless steel, 37-inch television, anti-bacterial features, custom made racks and pin-pad safes. About 110 miles away, in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern’s football team received a new lakeside practice facility last spring. As the beautiful light filters through the wall of windows near the water, one may believe they are at a restaurant to wine and dine rather than train. The $270 million Ryan Fieldhouse project includes a virtual reality room allowing quarterbacks to watch 3D film and a massive weight room to hold all 110 players, according to the Chicago Tribune. Northwestern will show off this example of college football excess to recruits for years, and it’s all just part of the business and considering the fantasies of their 18-year-old clients. With the price tags of all these new facilities, we are reminded the facilities race is a byproduct of all the money generated through college sports. But as wealthy donors rush to send in checks to Alabama and Clemson so they might out-build the other, schools with fewer resources, such as Mar yland, are financed with millions from the state government and mandator y student fees. And at all schools whose fundraising efforts are turning into multimillion-dollar projects, they all fear one thing: that their upgrades will soon be out of date and they will fall behind their competitors. It’s a neverending race to build and appeal to young athletes, and the trend shows there is no end in sight. Contact Meagan Bens at The views expressed in this Sports Authority are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Caps defeat Pens 2-1; Oshie leaves two times Associated Press

WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie left for the second time after taking Evgeni Malkin’s shoulder to the head but returned to score late and lift the Washington Capitals over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Wednesday night in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions. Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby traded goals, and Oshie got the winner with 1:14 left following a dangerous hit from Malkin. The Penguins star was thrown out of the game for an illegal check to the head and could get a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for his first victory since Oct. 22. The only goal he allowed was Crosby’s eighth of the season, which came on the power play. Pittsburgh’s Casey DeSmith stopped 20 of 22 shots in his first career start against Washington. The

Penguins lost their fifth in a row and could be without Malkin in the near future. Oshie’s rough night began a few minutes in when he took an inadvertent stick to the face from Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and missed the rest of the first period getting stitches on the bridge of his nose. He returned for the second. An offensive-zone tripping penalty by Washington’s Jakub Vrana midway through the first opened the door for the Penguins’ power play. After Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov lost the puck, Jack Johnson swept it over to Crosby for a one-timer that made it 1-0 at the 12:16 mark. With Crosby in the penalty box for hooking, Ovechkin tied it 7:09 into the second period. The power-play goal was the 235th of his career and put him in sole possession of eighth on the NHL’s career list. Pushing and shoving after the whistle was a regularity, and it escalated early in the

third period when Malkin lifted his shoulder into Oshie’s head after giving up the puck. The officials conferred before deciding to eject Malkin from the game with a five-minute major. Pittsburgh survived 1:09 of 4-on-4 and killed off the entire 3:51 of Washington’s power play from Malkin’s match penalty. Oshie returned with about five minutes left in the third and came through with the goal soon after. NOTES: F Zach AstonReese made his season debut and LW Garrett Wilson made his Penguins debut after being called up Tuesday. ... Penguins C Derick Brassard missed his sixth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his fourth game with a lower-body injury. ... Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom was honored before the game for recording his 600th NHL assist. He’s the first player in franchise history to reach that milestone.

epl | Manchester City 6, Shakhtar Donetsk 0

Manchester City shuts out Shakhtar Donetsk Associated Press

M ANCHESTER, England — Raheem Sterling went from the farcical to the sublime in helping Manchester Cit y to a 6-0 w in over Shak htar Donetsk and the brink of qualif y ing for the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday. The England w inger prov ided the main talking point in another conv incing v ictor y for Cit y when he stubbed his toe in the turf as he attempted a shot in the 24th minute and toppled over. Referee Viktor Kassai awarded a penalt y despite there being no contact w ith a defender — much to the amazement of Shak htar’s players, some of whom even laughed at the decision — and Gabriel Jesus converted the spot kick for 2-0 and the first of his three goals on the night. “We don’t like to score a goal in that situation,” Cit y manager Pep Guardiola said. “It was really clear.”

Sterling showed much more poise in scoring Cit y’s third goal, by picking up the ball 40 meters out, powering through t wo would-be tack lers and curling a fierce shot into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 48th. It was the run and finish of a man in form, w ith Sterling hav ing scored t w ice in the Premier League this past weekend as well. Jesus made it 4-0 in the 72nd, again from the penalt y spot after Dav id Silva was tripped by Taras Stepanenko, before Riyad Mahrez and Jesus — w ith a goal that completed his hat trick — w rapped up the scoring. Silva had put Cit y 1-0 ahead w ith a closerange finish in the 13th. Cit y stayed in first place in Group F, but moved three points ahead of Lyon after the French club drew 2-2 against Hoffenheim. The English champions need one more point from their last t wo games to be certain of a top-t wo finish.

After Cit y’s latest attacking masterclass, it was the penalt y decision — given by a referee who has officiated in a Champions League final and in World Cups — that w ill best be remembered. It led to Sterling trending worldw ide on social media. It was so obv ious that Sterling tripped himself over, rather than being fouled by chasing Shak htar defender Mykola Matv yenko, that Guardiola covered his face w ith his hands after the incident before wagging his finger toward his ow n bench , indicating the penalt y should not have been awarded. Sergio Aguero, a substitute sitting just in front of Guardiola, had a smile on his face. The official behind the goal — used in UEFA-run competitions instead of a v ideo assistant referee — appeared to have a good v iew of the trip but somehow didn’t spot it.

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acknowledged the unfamiliarity for the men’s team and noted that they are eager for more success. “It’s our first time going in as a more recognized entity,” he said. “[Assistant] coach [Sean] Carlson does a good job of keeping the guys humble and keeping them focused on the task at hand. There’s still a lot of things to prove. We haven’t qualified for the national meet yet, and the men haven’t qualified for several years, so I know the men still feel like they have a lot to prove.” Sparks said the Irish were happy with their ACC championship, but they won’t be satisfied until they reach the national meet. “Even though they’ve garnered some attention with the conference title, they still haven’t accomplished all the goals of getting to the national meet and performing there,” he said. “I think they still have a chip on their shoulder, which has enabled them to get to where they are now.” Furthermore, Sparks emphasized one of the pillar philosophies of the program: to control what can be controlled. Rather than focusing on the rankings — something they can’t control — they’ve chosen to instead concentrate on improving

their running. “[Carlson] leads [the men’s team], and I don’t think they even address [the rankings],” Sparks said. “They worr y more about what they’re doing that day and what they can control. That’s what the focus is for both programs. If we worr y about ourselves then ever ything else will work out. That’s what’s got ’em to this point now.” Going for ward, the Irish are looking to carr y that same laser-sharp momentum against the regional competition, where they are currently seeded second, only trailing Wisconsin. The Badgers are joining the Irish as the only two teams in the meet to earn conference championships, having recently won the Big Ten title. “In our sport, it’s just us running against ourselves, working together amongst our group. Rankings and those things are things that we can’t control,” Sparks said. “We talk a lot about ‘control the controllable,’ which is you and your team, the way you do things, the way you prepare for things. Don’t worr y about the exterior, if you take care of your things then the results at the end will take care of themselves.” With the Irish already in midseason form, Sparks said the preparation for the team currently involves just tr ying to stay, “healthy and happy.” In addition, Sparks said the

momentum was shifting for the program, as the blueprint for success has been going according to plan. “[Having the men’s team in the top-10] kind of reinforces all of the things that we’ve done as a staff over the last couple of years,” he said. “We had a lot of talks of a vision, and we feel like we’re a couple of years ahead on where the vision was. We’re not done yet, obviously, that’s just a ranking. There’s still work to be done over the next couple of weeks. But [the ranking] just reinforces, to the entire program, the philosophy of what we’re tr ying to do.” On the women’s side, freshman Jacqueline Gaughan has had a standout year for the Irish. The Exeter High School graduate was named ACC Freshman of the Week in September, finished second overall at the National Catholic Invitational, ninth overall at the Joe Piane Invitational, led the Irish at the Pre-Nationals and finished in seventh overall at the ACC Championship. Sparks attributed part of Guaghan’s success to her mentor-mentee relationship with senior Anna Rohrer. “Anna Rohrer is a twotime cross countr y A llAmerican for us. She’s done a great job mentoring Jackie [Gaughan],” he said. “Jackie came in a big high school success stor y, and Anna was a similar success stor y, so

there’s a lot of kinship between those two. They’ve meshed really well, and that’s allowed Jackie to be more confident and see the bigger picture, having someone like Anna to train with ever y day. Seeing the success Anna’s had has bled over to Jackie being successful as well.” Unlike the men’s team, the women’s team will head into the Regionals under familiar circumstances. The women’s side has not placed worse than sixth place in the Regionals since 2007, with a second-place finish two seasons ago. In recent histor y, the women’s team has had more success than the men’s team. With the current accomplishments of the men’s

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Tech. For the men’s team, freshman Marton Barta, juniors Jack Montesi and Aaron Schultz and sophomores Sadler McKeen and Zach Yeadon will swim for Notre Dame. “Of course, Zach Yeadon will certainly be a big part of this meet,” Litzinger said. “He is a premier distance athlete in the ACC.” Yeadon put together a dominant performance last weekend, setting a pool record of 8:58.55 in the 1,000yard freestyle, good for the second-fastest time in the countr y. Yeadon also took first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:20.34, breaking his own pool record that he set last season. Litzinger said Barta has also impressed to this point in the season. Barta, a native of Szombathely, Hungar y, posted a pool record of 3:49.75 in the 400-yard IM last weekend at Rolfs Aquatic center. His 400 IM time currently leads the nation. Litzinger said the best athletes from each conference will participate in the meet. He added that his diver and

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swimmers from Notre Dame are deser ving of their roster spots in this meet, and he expects to see great performances this weekend. “They earn their spot by being an elite athlete in our conference,” Litzinger said. “We’re going to race as hard as we can. … I think we’re in that spot in the season where we’ll see some pretty good times.” Litzinger will ser ve as the men’s team’s assistant coach along with North Carolina State’s Braden Holloway. He said he is excited to see a high level of competition from all the ACC athletes at the meet. “I think it’s going to be really great for the athletes,” Litzinger said. “Instead of being in an adversarial situation, it will be a teambuilding experience. It’s two of the fastest leagues in the countr y, and you’re going to see some great college swimming.” The Irish competitors will look to be part of that greatness this weekend. The team will return Nov. 15 to represent the Irish at the Ohio State Fall Invitational in their final competition of the calendar year.

team, however, the friendly rivalr y between both squads has gained some parity. Sparks commented on the rivalr y between both squads and the uniqueness of having both teams coached by the same staff. “There is a bit of a friendly rivalr y there. It’s a unique thing about our sport, they’re coached by the same staff, we travel together and support each other,” he said. “But you’re still out there tr ying to one-up the other as well.” The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, and the men are set to follow at 12:15 p.m.


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Carolina. It will be the first of five rounds in the consolation bracket, and Sachire believes he will be getting the best out of Lebedev as his play this week in Arizona could be far from over. “I’m hoping to just see him get back to himself, and we trust in what he does on the court. I have full expectation that he’s going to play very well,” Sachire said. “I think as this tournament goes on he has the potential to go very far in this consolation draw if he plays well, so that’s what we’re | thursday, november 8, 2018 | The Observer

looking forward to and expecting to have happen. He’s going to give his best effort every time out there and the vast majority of the time when he does that he’s successful, so that’s what we expect and plan on happening as the week goes on.” The majority of the team wrapped up play for the fall last weekend, and as a whole Sachire has been very impressed with his team’s performance. As play wraps up this week for Lebedev, Sachire feels confident his team is heading in a good direction as they look towards the spring season. “I think when you invest

consistently in anything you do, you’re going to ultimately reap the rewards,” Sachire said. “I look at this as another part of the process and the path that this group is on, and we need to continue to make the same investment over these next two months without the college competition being there weekin and week-out. We need to continue to work hard and make gains in our fitness, and then hopefully prepare ourselves for a successful spring season starting in January.” Ann Curtis | The Observer

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Irish senior Alex Lebedev hits a backhand during Notre Dame’s 6-1 loss to North Carolina on March 23 at Eck Tennis Pavilion.

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the freshmen, the veteran players struggled offensively. Junior T.J. Gibbs, after a season in which he averaged 15.3 points per game, went only 2-for-12 from the field and only made one of his eight three-point attempts. Gibbs is known to get hot offensively, as he scored 28 points in last year’s win against Boston College, countering Jerome Robinson, the 13th-overall pick in the NBA draft, who hung 46 on the Irish in Purcell Pavilion. The entire team struggled to shoot from the three-point line, as they shot a collective 4-of-22 from behind the arc. However, Brey is not worried about their difficulty shooting, as they’ve shown promise driving the ball into the paint. “I think we can shoot the 3-point shot pretty good, and we have some more guys who can do that,” Brey said. “But I like how we’re driving it. We were flying around, driving. We may’ve turned it over a bit, but we were attacking, and I think that’s how we have to play.” Another veteran who struggled to find his offensive rhythm was senior guard Rex Pflueger. The 6-foot-6 California native went 1-for-6 from the field with a team-high four turnovers. Although Pflueger and the

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Irish junior guard T.J. Gibbs dribbles the ball during Notre Dame’s 76-54 victory over Central State on Nov. 1 at Purcell Pavilion.


It was a strong coming-out performance on the part of the Irish freshmen, as guards Dane Goodwin and Robby Carmody each scored in double figures, and forward Nate Laszewski led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds, coming up just short of the double-double. Point guard Prentiss Hubb also held his own defensively and while handling the ball. Head coach Mike Brey praised his newcomers for their immediate success. “They’ve been very good in practice,” he said. “I felt all four of them looked very comfortable and fit in and found their role with us, and I was as excited about Juwan Durham.” Durham anchored the Irish defense with six blocks in his first action in two years. The Connecticut transfer, as well as the other new faces on the roster, is shaping up to be an integral part of the Irish for years to come. “There’s five guys that have never played really major minutes,” Brey said. “All five of those guys, I’m really proud of them. They were really ready to play.” Despite the excellent play of

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other upperclassmen will need to step up offensively once the intensity of conference play kicks in, Brey said he has the utmost confidence in his upperclassmen, and sees the great benefits players such as Pflueger and senior forward Elijah Burns have in less noticeable areas. “I think [Pflueger]’s just forced some plays a little bit, tried to do a little too much offensively for us. … We got other guys that can make plays, and he’s starting to trust them,” Brey said. “But he still does unbelievable stuff for us defensively — and rebounding — and he’s been a great leader, he’s been a great captain.” Pflueger’s defense and leadership will be critical for this young team. Carmody and Hubb showed flashes of defensive skill against UIC with impressive steals and a charge drawn by Carmody, but they are expected to make mistakes as freshmen. Brey said Burns will also be expected to contribute greatly on the interior, as Laszewski and junior forward John Mooney are more perimeter-oriented big men. “[Elijah]’s a guy [in his] fourth year in our program. I want him to be confident, I think he is confident,” Brey said. “He gives us a physicality, he knows who he is, he doesn’t hunt his shot. He [gets] offensive rebounds, he passes. There’s not a better communicator … our offense and defense are better when he’s in there.” Overall, Brey’s message to this team is to take advantage of the low expectations entering this season and enjoy themselves. “We have a lot of serious guys, they really want it,” he said. “The one thing I said before the [UIC] game was, ‘Can we have a little bit of fun with this? Can we smile and enjoy it? Nobody expects anything, what are you protecting?’ I was really pleased that that’s how we started [against UIC].” As this team evolves, they’ll look to take cues from their coach and remain composed, so they’ll be prepared once the standards inevitably rise for this talented roster. For now, Notre Dame returns to action Thursday at 7 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion. Contact Hayden Adams at


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Notre Dame to host Cougars in homestand

ND to compete in Big Ten challenge



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Notre Dame will play the second of a seven-game homestand to open the season, hosting Chicago State — their second-consecutive opponent from the Windy City — on Thursday. The Cougars (0-1) are coming off a down season in which they finished eighth in the Western Athletic Conference and lost multiple seniors. In efforts to rebuild, CSU recently hired a new athletic director, former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears defensive back Chris Zorich, and coach, Lance Irvin. Despite the Cougars’ struggles in their 104-55 drubbing against Indiana, senior Anthony Harris led Chicago State with 14 points while sophomore Travon Bell and senior Delshon Strickland each contributed 11 points. The Irish (1-0) are fresh off a victory Tuesday night against the University of Illinois-Chicago.

This weekend, 10 Notre Dame athletes will split from their team and travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to compete alongside the top performers from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC/Big Ten Swimming and Diving Challenge is a two-day meet that pits the top competition from the ACC against the best from the Big Ten Conference. Irish head coach Mike Litzinger worked with several other ACC coaches to organize a roster of top conference athletes. In the 2018 edition of the ACC/Big Ten challenge, Purdue will host the top athletes from both conferences at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center, with competition opening Saturday. The ACC roster includes 84 swimmers and 20 divers from 12 schools. Ten athletes will represent Notre Dame, five on the men’s side and five


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Irish senior guard Rex Pflueger addresses his team during Notre Dame’s 76-54 win over Central State on Nov. 1 at Purcell Pavilion.

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After a successful fall season that saw senior Alex Lebedev climb to No. 16 in collegiate singles seeding, he found himself in the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships with a first-round matchup against unseeded David Volfson of Cornell. Unfortunately, Lebedev’s road to the finals ended there, as Volfson was able to advance in three sets after a hard-fought match. The match started well for Lebedev, as he was able to break Volfson on serve early and take a 3-0 lead. He went on to hold serve the remainder of the set to secure the first set 6-3. Soon after, however, it was Volfson who raised his level of play to break Lebedev and reverse the outcome of the first set by taking the second 6-3. In the deciding third set, it was all Volfson, who won by a decisive 6-1 score, leaving Lebedev little room for error and ultimately moving on to


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Lebedev falls in NCAA tourney By ALEX BENDER

from the women’s team. In the women’s competition, the Irish have four swimmers competing — senior Nikki Smith, junior Abbie Dolan and sophomores Carly Quast and Lindsay Stone — and sophomore Kelly Straub will dive from the platform for the Irish. “Certainly, Abbie Dolan will be someone to keep your eye on. Lindsay Stone as well,” Litzinger said. Dolan was named the ACC swimmer of the week Nov. 5 after her home performance against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. She strung together seven first-place finishes in the two-day dual meet at Rolfs Aquatic Center as the Irish swept the Hokies and the Panthers. Of her seven top finishes, three came in individual events. Stone, a sophomore from Pittsford, New York, took first in the 500-yard freestyle during the dual meet against Pittsburgh and Virginia

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play August Holmgren of San Diego on Thursday morning. Afterward, head coach Ryan Sachire noted how difficult winning can be once you get to such a high level of tennis. “Alex was disappointed, obviously. He knows he didn’t maybe play his best tennis, but at the same time, as far as what I said to him — and I think every top player realizes this — the margins are thin,” Sachire said. “There’s not much difference in the level of play among all of the competitors here who are the best of the best. On any given day, any one of these guys can beat one another. … Today wasn’t his day, but hopefully tomorrow it’ll be a better level and he can continue to play in this even as the week goes on.” Lebedev will now shift his focus to the consolation bracket, as he is continuing on in the tournament with a match tomorrow, this time taking on Yancy Dennis of South

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Follow ing a dominant show ing at the ACC Championships t wo weekends ago, Notre Dame has begun to shift its focus to the NCA A Great Lakes Regionals competition Friday on the LaVerne Gibson Cross Countr y Course in Terra Haute, Indiana. The No. 10 men’s team and No. 18 women’s team w ill need an impressive show ing at the Regionals, hosted by Indiana State, to qualif y for the NCA A Championships. The Irish are in uncharted waters as they are poised to make their best finish in recent program histor y, w ith the men’s team being ranked for the first time since 2012, in the top-10 for the first time since 2007 and firsttime conference champions. Head coach Matt Sparks


Irish freshman Jacqueline Gaughan runs in the Women’s Championship 5k at the National Catholic Invitational on Sept. 14.

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