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Local keeps home amidst construction Johnnie Johnson resides in property soon to be surrounded by second phase of Eddy Street development By ALEX DAUGHERTY News Writer

Notre Dame and Indianapolis-based Kite Realty recently broke ground on the second phase of Eddy Street in December 2017. This phase includes the construction of a grocery store, a revamped Robinson Learning Center, 22 single-family houses, 17 “flex” units, more than 400 new apartments and 8,500 square feet designated to restaurant space, according to Notre Dame News. Despite the ongoing transformation of Eddy Street, one original feature will remain: Johnnie Johnson’s house. The property will remain untouched where it sits on the corner of Napoleon Street and North Eddy Street, but his

residence will soon be cushioned by newly constructed townhomes and retail space. “This house stays,” Johnson said. “The plan is to build up to me unless something else happens.” Johnson said he knows better than anyone how desired his property is. “I’ve had cash offers from people in Colorado, Florida, Ohio,” he said. “Some are alumni. Some are just plain developers. Sometimes people just send me a postcard: ‘I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for a month and you don’t even call me back. How can we talk?’ And all this stuff, all mad at me.” Notre Dame has offered to buy his property on “several occasions,” Johnson said. He said see EDDY STREET PAGE 4


When Johnnie Johnson purchased this home in 1982, it was just a single room. In the time since, Johnson built his home to be 2,500 square feet. Johnson’s home will remain despite the Eddy Street construction.

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Five new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2018-2019 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Courtney Becker announced Sunday. The new department editors will join Becker, incoming Managing Editor Tobias Hoonhout and Assistant Managing Editors Elizabeth Greason, Lucas Masin-Moyer and Claire Radler in running the paper’s editorial operations. Juniors Jordan Cockrum, Dominique DeMoe, Joe Everett, Mary Freeman and Nora McGreev y and sophomores Ann Curtis and Natalie Weber will take over their respective departments March 18. Cockrum, a native of Munster, Indiana, is the incoming Saint Mary’s Editor. She began her work with The Observer her freshman year and has covered a variety of topics, most recently the


student health fair and human rights efforts on campus. She is pursuing degrees in humanistic studies and communication studies, and she currently resides in Le Mans Hall. DeMoe, hailing from Clayton, Delaware, and a resident of Flaherty Hall, will take over the role of Graphics Editor. Majoring in industrial design and minoring in computing and digital technologies, DeMoe began working with The Observer’s Graphics department during her sophomore year to develop her graphic-design skills. She also does graphic-design work for Legends and The Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing. Everett, who has been writing for The Observer since his freshman year, will take over as Sports Editor. A native of South Bend and a resident of Stanford Hall, he is currently pursuing a degree in the Program of


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Speaker explores service, passion in business By CIARA HOPKINSON News Writer

Mendoza College of Business kicked off its Ethics Week — which offers lectures from experts in a range of professional fields — Monday afternoon with a talk and panel featuring Bob Burke, founder of Ladder Up, which is a nonprofit tax-assistance program for low-income families and individuals. Throughout his talk, Burke said he sees value in taking chances and forgoing the safest or most comfortable option. The pay cut, he said, is worth it. “You will learn far more doing service than any forprofit job you can find in America,” Burke said. “W hy? Because a nonprofit has limited resources, which means they have to stretch you. They have to have you do 12 different jobs, not one job. My


point is, take a chance. Do something different. There is no risk at your age. There is no risk. The only risk is not taking that chance, doing something different and really doing it.” Burke said he started the tax-assistance program that would become Ladder Up as a young employee at Arthur Andersen in Chicago following his 1994 graduation from Notre Dame. He said he pitched the program as a way to develop young employees’ skills in finding client needs. His business model, Burke said, was based on three corporations: Walmart, CocaCola and McDonald’s. “Walmart in the sense of a superstore: You go into Walmart. You can get Goldfish. You can get clothes. You can get groceries,” he said. “You walk into see ETHICS PAGE 4




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Panelists lead a discussion on national security Monday night in Jenkins Nanovic Halls. Speakers included director of Notre Dame International Security Center Sara Sievers and Lt. General Charles Cleveland, a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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Saint Mary’s club aims to foster inclusivity By SARA SCHLECHT News Writer

After forming last semester, the Saint Mary’s Black Student Association (BSA) continues to look ahead to further success and growth. Senior and president of BSA MaKayla Roberts said she hopes students feel welcome and embraced at Saint Mary’s. “Our goals for this year involves making the students — specifically the new students — feel more comfortable around campus,” Roberts said. Members of the new club find the bi-weekly meetings

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create a space of belonging on campus and offer the opportunity for their presence to be recognized, first year and BSA member Ashanti Leach said. “The fact that we have this club for minority students brings us all together-helps build community,” Leach said. The BSA hopes to continue to foster this community to support one another and to raise awareness about the issues people of color can face, Roberts said. “We want to help students get more acclimated to being on campus and host

multicultural activities,” she said. She said February is Black History Month, a time the BSA has looked forward to observing with the campus community. “We have a couple of events coming up that we hope have the attendance to heighten awareness for the minority community,” Roberts said. Among the planned events for this month is a showing of “Detroit” with a panel about the film’s topic of police brutality to follow. Roberts said she hopes to orchestrate other panels and discussions for later this semester.

“In our mission statement, we talk about developing a liaison to help African-American students fit in,” Roberts said. Also mentioned in the BSA’s mission statement is the desire to foster “community for African-American students during all of their years at Saint Mary’s.” The continuation of this community is an important part of its organization, Roberts said. Having underclassmen involved in the organization gives Roberts hope that the efforts to start the club will pay off, since so many of the members will be returning next year to continue the

group’s mission. “A majority of our club is freshmen, and we have a few sophomores,” Roberts said. “We’d love to see what we’ve talked about get carried on to the following years while they’re here.” The attendance at BSA meetings has been steady for most of the year, Leach said, but she hopes it will continue to grow. “We want to reach out to larger groups,” Leach said. “The goal is to educate the whole campus.”

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one of our Ladder Up organizations, and no matter what your situation is, we can help you — supercenter of service.” The program was immediately successful, Burke said, so he convinced Arthur Andersen’s biggest clients and other accounting firms to get involved. Since then, Ladder Up has expanded into 12 cities across the United States, he said. Through the difficult task of growing a nonprofit, Burke said he learned three skills applicable to any entrepreneurial endeavor. “One, how to motivate people without material incentive,” Burke said. “No. 2, how to be a good steward of people’s money, not only in terms of foundations and contributions, but the clients you’re helping. The poorest of the poor need your help more than any client you’ll serve at any Big Four firm. I repeat, the clients you serve need your money and your advice moreso than any client you’ll serve in the for-profit world.” Another valuable skill, he said, involves properly formatting an organization to allow everyone to contribute. “The third thing is how to build scale through standardized operating procedures,”

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he shifts back and forth between accepting the offers and refusing to lose his home — which he originally purchased as a tiny room in 1982 and managed to transform into a 2,500 square foot home. “Some days I do, and some days I don’t,” he said. “I think about Florida, and I think about somewhere warmer.” A certain price tag could persuade him to sell, Johnson said. “[It’s] in my head,” he said. “I won’t even tell anybody, but if somebody’s not close to where I want to be, I’ll just pass it on to my son and grandson.” Johnson said his property is the largest privately owned piece of land within a half-mile of Notre Dame Stadium, occupied by him and ten-year-old Tibetan Terrier, Sprocket. Johnson said he would not disclose the exact amount the University offered him. “The money is out there,” he said. “It’s a lot of money. It’s up there.” Greg Hakanen, director of the Northeast Neighborhood Redevelopment, said in an email the University’s goal was to “find an arrangement that was acceptable to both parties, including making provision for Mr. Johnson to continue to live in the neighborhood if he wished to do so.” “We made several proposals to build him a new residence in the immediate area, but obviously did not reach agreement,” Hakanen said.

Burke said. ”At Ladder Up, we have defined roles and responsibilities for every single person in the organization.” Those responsibilities include making clients feel welcome and comfortable during the intimate process of relaying financial information, marital status, social security numbers and other highly personal information, he said. To do the job well, Burke said, building relationships and trust is necessary. “The ability to serve somebody is a gift,” Burke said. “You get more out of it than what you’re helping with a family. There’s dignity in service.” Burke said working in nonprofit has been far more rewarding than his work in the for-profit company he also founded. For some of the families Ladder Up serves, Burke said, their tax return is their single largest paycheck of the year. Following Burke’s talk, three seniors involved in Notre Dame’s local tax-assistance program in the South Bend community expressed similar feelings toward their interactions with clients. “When you’re applying specialized knowledge, in this case tax knowledge, to help people ... that can be really empowering and exciting, because you know that if you were not there, if you hadn’t learned those things in

Johnson has demonstrated commitment to serving the community of homes around him, Hakanen said. “Johnnie Johnson is an institution in the northeast neighborhood,” Hanaken said. “He takes meticulous care of both the house and the grounds. Over the years he extended himself to elderly neighbors, helping them with homeowner tasks that were difficult for them to address. In short, he is a wonderful neighbor, and we are glad to have him in

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Director of Ladder Up Bob Burke discusses the importance of passion for one’s work. A panel featuring students followed the lecture on Monday afternoon, opening the Mendoza College of Business Ethics Week.

your classes, if you hadn’t put the time in to learn how to do that stuff, then these people would not be able to accomplish what they’re trying to accomplish,” senior Asher Enciso said. “It’s really gratifying to talk to these people and know

you’re making an impact.” Burke said he advises people to do what they love rather than to do what others perceive to be the smart decision. “To me, if you’re doing something you’re passionate about, you don’t look at it as a job,”

Burke said. “If you’re punching the clock and you have one of these traditional jobs, I think there’s only so much satisfaction you can get.”

the neighborhood.” Johnson said he has witnessed these neighbors gradually disappear in the last decade as Notre Dame bought up the properties in northeast neighborhood one by one to develop Eddy Street Commons. He said he watched as a new demographic moved into sparkling townhouses where familiar sights and people used to be. “The most obvious change is that people who bought property around here, some don’t even live

here in some of those townhouses and just come for the games,” said Johnson, “They’re super, super expensive, so that literally changed the population — the income and the whole bit.” He said he observed a demographic shift. “Basically it’s the money people that moved in,” he said. “We went from literally Rottweilers to fluffy dogs like Sprocket.” Johnson joked that he would consider selling his house in exchange for Maui. He said,

though, it’s impossible to put a price on the love and labor that went into his beloved home of 36 years. Johnson’s decision to stay amidst the expansion of Eddy Street is not about the money, he said. “Some girl came up to me and said, ‘You’re a hero. You didn’t sell to Notre Dame,’” Johnson said. “And I said: ‘No, I’m not a hero, I’m just living.’”

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Joey Burns and John Convertino — the Arizona natives that make up the band Calexico — look to the arid landscape they call home for their ninth album’s inspiration. Recorded in California, “The Thread That Keeps Us” draws on the unique environmental, social and political issues faced by the American Southwest. The result is an album underpinned by a desire to tell stories in a way that’s rooted in humanizing compassion. The impact of the wildfires on the two states the band calls home, Arizona and California, is readily heard across the album, but especially on “Voices in the Field.” The opening guitar riff draws the reader in until Burns’ vocals takeover. The opening lines — “Running thru fields of flowers and smoke / Leaving behind all that we’ve built / The garden now ashes and the roof is caving in” — create a clear picture of the destruction and pain faced by those enduring today’s ecological chaos. The songs conjure up an image of displacement and homelessness, evoking not only those impacted by environmental destruction, but also those forced to leave their home countries, another theme embraced by the band.


After the Super Bowl, 27 million viewers tuned into “This Is Us” to watch Jack Pearson, the show’s beloved patriarch, die. Fans of the show realized the culmination of a season’s worth of emotional groundwork, an episode rooted in grief and guilt, while everyone else probably stared in confusion. “This Is Us” premiered in the fall of 2016 as the nation was embroiled in the ugliest election cycle in decades, emerging as a hopeful antidote to the cynicism of today. It is highly sentimental, shamelessly manipulative and prone to simplicity; this show is, in other words, everything I profess to despise in entertainment. Yet, despite my better judgment, I really like this imperfect, wildly emotional show for reasons I did not anticipate. “This Is Us” follows the Pearson family through the decades, watching Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore, brilliant in a difficult role) raise their children into the complex adults we see in the present. They include Kevin (Justin Hartley), a washed-up sitcom star searching for his next break; Kate (Chrissy Metz), who struggles with weight loss and a new fiance; and Randall (an astonishing Sterling K. Brown), adopted as an infant and always negotiating that disconnect. Since the first season, the family has grappled with addiction, dashed dreams, biological parents and premature deaths, granting audiences access to the twisty, involving story of a single family.

“Under the Wheels” speaks directly to the immigrant experience. Without being explicitly political, it attempts to give voice to the voiceless. The first verse opens, “Walking around with your head bent down / Complacent in a sedated state / I wanted to hear what you had to say / But there was too much talking over each other.” The result is a humanizing sketch of those shut out of the policy debates most likely to impact them, a sad reality of today’s politics. The song is suffused with an impassioned yet brooding energy, as Burns and Convertino stand in solidarity with the disenfranchised. Despite its activist attitude, this song is not necessarily hopeful, and the lyrics go on to introduce the apocalyptic imagery found elsewhere on the album, especially the tracks “End of the World with You” and “Bridge to Nowhere.” On a lighter note, Calexico, true to its name, continues to incorporate influences from across the border into its 2018 sound. On the track “Flores y Tamales,” Jairo Zavala — one of the band’s many multi-instrumentalists — sings in Spanish, mixing a cumbia rhythm with mariachi horns. These genre fusions and experimental sound combinations provide Calexico’s unique, inimitable Southwestern indierock sound.

Calexico — formed in the mid-’90s — hasn’t changed its sound since its last album. Burns and Convertino know how to do indie rock well, and they stick to their strengths. This album’s real novelty comes from its subject matter. Despite regularly writing about transient workers and the struggles they face leaving, creating, and embracing homes (new and old), this album is wholly dedicated to the pains of displacement, whether it be from environmental disasters or political ones. If anything, Calexico’s unchanging sound functions as a comfort in this ever-changing world.

One of the main appeals of “This Is Us” is its structure. Its multiple timelines allow for reveals and reversals, unearthing old wounds and grudges that persist to the present. While this approach may seem better-suited for high-stakes adventures like “Westworld” or “Mr. Robot,” the gimmick — clearly designed to draw audiences back week after week — frequently works. Sometimes, the reversals are annoyingly conceived and induce eye-rolls; but mostly, these episode-ending reveals mimic the secrets of a real family. We have all been blindsided by unacknowledged baggage at family gatherings or leaned in when the grandparents talk about that cousin; “This Is Us” recognizes this desire and deftly amplifies it. However, the structure also indulges a series flaw, an unfortunate tendency to exploit emotional moments for maximum impact, especially the aforementioned death of Jack Pearson. This particular plot dragged for more than an entire season, as every dangerous moment arrived interspersed with notes of foreboding danger. The exact details of his demise were doled out at excruciating length until the recent depiction of his death unfolded. “This Is Us” is not necessarily a soap-y drama, but its focus on hype cheapens the real emotional charge of these moments. When these moments finally arrive, however, “This Is Us” proves exceptionally adept at nuanced depictions of grief and love. The top-notch ensemble is

indispensable, with Hartley, Metz and Ventimiglia all crafting indelible characters. Sterling K. Brown is the clear star, but Mandy Moore has positioned herself as the family’s quiet anchor and deeply-flawed matriarch. The series is well versed in the art of montage, wringing every last tear from its audience as it cuts from the happy past to the complex present. The writing engages with long-term grief and love in ways that few series dare touch, largely through supremely well-acted monologues. “This Is Us” clearly loves its characters, and this affection shows more in small interactions and wordless looks than in the relentlessly promoted big moments. “This Is Us” thrives on life’s in-betweens, the intimate moments left out of scrapbooks but remembered for years nonetheless. Ultimately, I like “This Is Us” because it gives me permission to feel. In fact, I believe this catharsis is behind the show’s ratings success. This weekly hour of warmth and emotion has provided a large cross-section of America a safe space to feel, to grapple with past ghosts through good-looking proxies on television. “This Is Us” will not heal the national divide, and I admit, its cuddly middle-class Americana might largely appeal to those from backgrounds similar to my own. But the next time your mother encourages you to check out this sad family drama everyone’s talking about, give it a shot. It just might surprise you.

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My wakeup call Ciara Hopkinson News Writer

“Hi, my name is Ciara Hopkinson, and I lived in a convent for eight weeks.” I don’t know what I expected when I signed a contract to live in a convent this past summer. My friends thought I was crazy, my parents were skeptical and my brothers had a field day with nun jokes. Somehow, I didn’t think it was a big deal. I’m pretty sure I didn’t think at all; I was participating in a Summer Service Learning Project, or SSLP, and it’s recommended students live on site, so the decision seemed like a nobrainer. The one thing I definitely didn’t expect was that those eight weeks would completely change the way I think. To be fair, I didn’t live in an actual convent, but in a house next to one. The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, or OLA, is home to a young, co-ed Franciscan order dedicated to voluntary poverty and serving the poor in whatever capacity it can. When I lived at the volunteer house, the order consisted of Fr. Bob Lombardo, the founder of the order, and seven sisters. For eight weeks, I worked alongside the sisters in their daily duties, ranging from weeding their vegetable garden to running a food pantry out of the YMCA down the block. The sisters’ way of life was something I had never experienced before; their principal endeavor, beyond serving the vulnerable, is to live deliberately. Everything they do is a form of prayer. Rather than becoming routine and tiresome, all of the small duties of living in community were performed with love and focus, each moment dedicated to God and to one another. Those weeks of chopping potatoes and scrubbing floors were my wakeup call. Living among others who live deliberately made me examine my own actions and acknowledge that I did not always think before I acted or focus on the moment at hand. As a member of their community for the summer, I decided to do my best to adopt the sisters’ selflessness and their focus on living in the moment. To this day, I try to act with the same depth of thought the sisters do. I often fail, but I take comfort in the fact that I am aware of those failures. This barely captures half of what I learned this summer. OLA is located in West Humboldt Park, an impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. I live only four miles away, in one of the first suburbs outside of the city, but it may as well be 100. For five of the eight weeks, I worked as a daycamp counselor at the nearby YMCA, and it was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I can talk for hours about the experience of waking up twice to the sound of domestic violence two houses down or having an 8-year-old camper tell me all the food in her house was rotten. But what truly transformed me was the sisters’ conviction in their faith, their belief in every person’s value, the journeys that led them to leaving everything behind and the profound love that fueled their every action. For that, I’m forever grateful. Contact Ciara Hopkinson at The views expressed in the Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily of The Observer.

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The missing context: a clarification of ‘We deserve better’ On Friday, Feb. 2, the Observer Editorial Board published an editorial titled, “We Deserve Better.” In it, they declared a transcending failure of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of student government in regard to transparency, “the system” and years of precedent. All three of us agree that there is a responsibility of representatives to share as much information with their constituents as possible. However, when void of context, those conversations, much like the editorial, result in misinformation, personal attacks and the falsediscrediting of institutions that exist to help the student body. If you only wish to hear our corrections to “We Deserve Better,” reading this paragraph will be enough. The accusation of multiple closed senate meetings as an affront to transparency is misleading and taken out of context. Only four of this term’s 26 senate meetings have been closed. The most recent closures were as of a result of the election allegation process, which is constitutionally mandated to be confidential. The first two were closed on behalf of the guests that came to senate and bravely shared their personal stories with the senators on the condition of anonymity. The Observer was made aware of the reason for closing the meeting through a statement from the three of us given in between the two weeks. Transparency is a two-way street, so as we continue to increase our methods of communication with the entire student body, we ask that our work not be misrepresented in campus editorials. Shortly after the publishing of the piece, the three of us and Judicial Council president Matthew Ross had a chance to meet with a few members of the current and incoming Observer Editorial Board. In that conversation, we had the opportunity to discuss the inaccuracies and troublesome narrative of their piece. Regardless of our conversation in that moment, a conversation in private cannot compensate for the fact that thousands of readers will have read the editorial by the time this gets published. Without an official statement from The Observer correcting its errors, the personal attacks against student government’s nearly 500 members will continue. The editorial leads students to believe that a transparency smoking gun has been found in the issue of closed Senate meetings. In fact, the Board writes, “The purpose of student government is to represent the students, and the first step in that is to respect the students that elected them. … Yet, nothing in the spirit of that promise was achieved when senate closed its meeting Friday — or the other two times this year.” Rule 13.5(e) of the Student Union Constitution is the clause mandating that all allegations and appeal hearings must be held confidential, so as to protect the anonymity of the accuser. Two of those senates were closed under that rule. If allegations and appeals were not anonymous, then we would likely see a decrease in their number for fear of retaliation. The other two were voluntarily closed by the student senate to protect the anonymity of undocumented students. The notion that we must “respect the students that elected [us]” is absolutely true, and in this case, the best

way to show respect was to protect the identity and safety of those students. Not to mention, the two meetings were followed by a statement emailed to the entire student body that was, in part, informed by the stories shared by the students in those meetings. In all four cases prior to the publishing of “We deserve better,” The Observer was told of the reasons behind the closed senates, and we assumed that the anonymity of our fellow students would be understood as crucial. Transparency has been and will remain a priority for our administration — that’s why we have begun Facebook-living senates and posting their agendas online. Additionally, in the Executive Cabinet, we printed out a giant copy of our platform so that we can be kept visually accountable by any student who enters the office, and we update on our work each month in the Scholastic. Last semester, we visited every dorm through Town Hall Onthe-Go, where we shared our progress and answered questions about campus happenings. We send emails to the student body about ongoing projects and new services to campus, as well as post videos and graphics to our Facebook. While we welcome criticism, we also ask that when made, it is grounded in truth. The editorial has had undue impact on the ongoing student body campaign, but more importantly, the students who devote their time to bettering the student experience for everyone at Notre Dame. We may be speaking from the executive branch in this response, but we do not stand for the insult to all members of the Student Union that this editorial has caused. Every election cycle introduces new problems with the election guidelines. It is the job of the Student Union to address these changes as they are found; however, that cannot be done midelection. The rules cannot be changed in the middle of the game out of fairness to the candidates. After the election cycle ends (including class councils, senators, hall presidents and more), we will begin to work on potential changes to the constitution. We began our own election process and this term with genuine excitement for the impact that students can make. Regardless of how confusing and time-consuming our work may sometimes seem, we will continue to move forward with that drive to make a positive difference. As we work toward improving our process, we simply ask that The Observer keep in mind its promise to “uncover the truth and report it accurately” by providing context, clarifying misinformation and not jumping to conclusions. In Notre Dame, Rebecca Blais student body president senior Sibonay Shewit student body vice president senior Prathm Juneja chief of staff junior Feb. 12

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Vulnerability is not a bad word Peyton Davis Show Some Skin

In a world where we are constantly interacting with and presenting ourselves to others, there is little room for vulnerability. We hide what makes us vulnerable, and sometimes it’s necessary in order to stay sane. Hiding physical and emotional weaknesses is a survival tactic; it has always been and probably always will be. However, our society has gotten to the point where it is nearly impossible to be vulnerable with our loved ones. We hold each other at an arm’s length, often preferring to communicate through text message instead of face-to-face. Don’t get me wrong, I love that technology has helped us connect in ways that haven’t been possible before. But the distance that it creates between us is destroying us as individuals and a society. Here at Notre Dame, we have a culture that precludes talking about our struggles. We’re supposed to be strong, smart and capable. We’re supposed to have internships, experience in research and jobs lined up for after graduation. We’ve been trained since we were very young that we’re supposed to

be phenomenal. When asked how we are, we are expected to respond with an enthusiastic and vague “I’m good!” or “Fantastic!” instead of telling the truth about how we are doing, like this monologue from last year’s Show Some Skin performance points out. At the same time, as young adults, we are at a critical time regarding our mental health. Our brains are not fully developed yet, and many mental illnesses develop at this time in our lives. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five teenagers and young adults live with a mental health condition, with half of these cases developing by age 14. According to the University Counseling Center’s website, about 26 percent of each graduating class since 2015 has accessed its services for help with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, social relationships and many other reasons. We stay silent about our suffering because we believe that no one wants to hear how we truly are. We are at a vulnerable time in our lives. We are choosing what to do for the rest of our lives, and our mental health hangs in the balance. We think that no one wants to hear about our daily challenges, whether that is a failing grade, having a

fight with a friend or struggling to get out of bed. Speaking from my own experience, it’s so hard to admit that you’re having a bad day when everyone else seems to have their lives perfectly together. At the same time, we want our friends to open up to us, to let us share in their bad days and their good. But that is impossible without vulnerability. Relationships are reciprocal; they require a mutual sharing and understanding of personal experiences, which requires us sharing our bad days along with our good ones. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it hurts when the vulnerability is not reciprocated. But vulnerability is also freeing. Peyton Davis is a sophomore. She can be contacted 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.

Why I’m watching the Olympics Patrick McKelvey In Moderation

I don’t particularly care for hockey. I have always thought skiing and snowboarding are a little overrated. The luge absolutely terrifies me. I don’t understand curling, and I have absolutely no idea what ice dancing is. But for the next two weeks, I’m going to watch ever y second of these sports — ever y second of the Oly mpics — that I can. The Oly mpic Games amaze me. They stand as one of the oldest traditions in all of human histor y. They began nearly 3,000 years ago in approx imately 776 BC in Oly mpia, Greece. They included events such as running, jumping, discus throw and box ing. From these beginnings, it has grow n into the world’s largest spectacle of sport, w ith athletes from over 200 nations competing ever y other year to w in gold for their countr y. Though ma ny people may cla im t he Summer Oly mpics a re t he more enterta ining of t he t wo ga mes, I disagree. At t he ver y least, t he Winter Oly mpics have inspired t wo of t he greatest sports f ilms of a ll time. The f irst, “Cool Runnings,” is a hysterica l 1993 mov ie based on t he tr ue stor y of t he 1988 Ja ma ica n nationa l bobsleigh tea m. Though t hey did not w in a meda l (in fact, t hey did not complete t heir race), it’s a hea rt wa rming stor y about a n underdog tea m faced w it h adversit y a nd t heir rema rkable

abilit y to overcome it. The second is one of my persona l favorites — “Miracle.” It’s about t he United States nationa l ice hockey tea m a nd t he 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” a rg uably t he greatest stor y in t he histor y of sports. It a lso conta ins one of t he most-quoted scenes in mov ie histor y: Herb Brooks’ locker-room speech to his tea m before t he meda l-round ga me aga inst t he Sov iet Union. If you haven’t seen “Miracle,” at least watch t his scene on YouTube. The speech is one of t he most inspirationa l t hings I’ve ever hea rd in a mov ie. This year’s Oly mpics are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, giv ing them a special significance. As North Korea continued to test its nuclear missile program and tensions bet ween it, South Korea, and the United States rose throughout 2017, there were fears the International Oly mpic Committee would have to choose a new location for the Games. These fears were forgotten during Friday’s opening ceremony. W hen North and South Korea entered the arena, they did not do so as separate nations. They did not appear as t wo warring states separated by half a centur y of bitter animosit y. No, they came in together, carr y ing the f lag of a unified Korea to the cheers of the thousands in attendance. Sure, it was only a moment. W hen the games conclude, I’m sure relations w ill return to their normally icy state. I’m sure North Korea w ill continue to make less-than-empt y threats that endanger Koreans on both sides of the

peninsula. But the Opening Ceremony proved we may one day see a united Korea. It proved it doesn’t have to be this way. That is what’s so important about the Oly mpics. My patriotism isn’t going to be affected by whether or not America w ins gold in the biathlon. A lot of people balk at the Games’ pageantr y, circumstance and sometimes silly events (let’s be honest, most of you don’t know what ice dancing is, either). But it’s not all about the games. It’s not about the medals. During the Oly mpics, we get to see that the world doesn’t have to be so serious. World leaders don’t issue threats from ostentatious podiums. Nations don’t come to blows over territor y or resources on the f loor of the UN building. Instead, they just have races. They play ice hockey. The Oly mpics allow the world to have some fun. They allow countries to show the world the skills of some of the greatest athletes alive. In an increasingly disunited world, the Oly mpics allow us all to demonstrate that we can have unit y — at least for t wo weeks.   Patrick McKelvey splits his time between being a college sophomore and a grumpy old man. A New Jersey native and American Studies major, he is interested in a legal career after graduating Notre Dame. If you can’t find him at the movies, he can be reached for comment at The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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Thomas can’t catch a break Tobias Hoonhout Associate Sports Editor

Poor Isaiah Thomas. For a season, it looked like he might have finally overcome the host of doubters who have plagued the 5-foot-9 point guard since the beginning. The story seems like it was meant to be. First, it was being named after Hall-of-Fame point guard Isiah Thomas when the Pistons won the 1989 NBA Finals. Then, it was falling in love with basketball, despite oftentimes being the smallest player on the court. Thomas dominated high school, averaging over 30 points per game in his career en-route to becoming a local legend in Tacoma, Washington, but was only a three-star recruit. He then received Nate Robinson’s blessing to wear No. 2 at the University of Washington. Of course, Thomas lit up the Pac-12 over his threeyear career, earning Freshman of the Year and first team allconference twice. But his height was always looming in the background. As a kid, Thomas was obsessed with trying to grow taller — he would cry after doctor’s visits as a kid when told he wouldn’t be 6-feet tall. And even after resigning himself to his diminutive stature and instead focusing on being the best player he could be, people still weren’t convinced. The Sacramento Kings picked him 60th overall — dead last — in the 2011 NBA Draft. And it didn’t stop there. As a rookie, he took over the starting role after just 27 games, was the first-ever last pick in the draft to win a Rookie of the Month award, and in his third season averaged over 20 points a game, one of five players under 6-feet to ever accomplish such a feat. But the Kings let him walk. And then the Suns didn’t want him either. Finally, it seemed like Thomas found a home with the Boston Celtics. Over three seasons, he steadily improved, was named an All-Star twice and averaged 28.9 points per game in his final season, including a franchiserecord 43 straight games of 20plus points. He led the Boston Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference but was ruled out with a hip injury, as LeBron James and the Cleveland


Cavaliers coasted to the Finals. It finally seemed like Thomas had made it. The focal point and bonafide star on an up-andcoming team, an incredible feel-good story — everything the sports world loves. But sports can be cruel, too. In one of the biggest offseason moves in recent history, the Celtics pounced on a disgruntled Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, sending a package that included Thomas the other way. Back to square one. Still recovering from hip surgery, Thomas sat on the sidelines and watched Cleveland struggle to maintain the dominance it has had in the East in recent history. And upon finally returning Jan. 2, the difficulties didn’t go away. Thomas struggled to fit in with the Cavaliers, and 15 games in, Cleveland decided the experiment was over. This past Thursday, Thomas was shipped off to the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles doesn’t care about Thomas. Sure, he’ll be a nice mentor to Lonzo Ball for half a season. And he might fill seats with his scoring ability. But in all likelihood, the Lakers will move on from Thomas and his expiring contract this summer in pursuit of bigger fish. Quite literally bigger. Thomas’ story is a tough one. There’s no doubt the man has worked his absolute tail off to get to where he is today. And his success in the NBA is a testimony to what work ethic and personal belief can do to tackle limitations. But the reality still remains that Thomas is a 5-foot-9 point guard. Offensively, he’s among the best. But basketball is a twoway game. And Thomas simply can’t defend. Can small guys make it in the NBA? Of course they can. In many ways, Thomas has made it. But there’s no denying that he’s never really been the wanted man. It takes a system built around him to make Isaiah Thomas a true star. And as feelgood as his career has been, no team has really committed to that so far. Will one this offseason? I sure hope so.

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Notre Dame surged to a 3-0 start to their season before hitting a pair of roadblocks to finish the weekend with a 3-2 mark at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Offensively, the Irish (32) got solid weekends from infielders sophomore Katie Marino and senior Morgan Reed. Both players boast averages above .438 and combined for five home runs over the course of Notre Dame’s five games. On the mound, freshman Alexis Holloway started the first game of her Irish career with a win against Seattle, while senior Katie Beriont went 2-1 on the weekend.

Day 1 The Irish began their 2018 campaign with a win over Seattle, as Holloway pitched a complete game and held the Redhawks (3-2) to three runs in a 4-3 Notre Dame win. Seattle took an early lead on a solo home run in the fourth inning, but Irish junior infielder MK Bonamy picked up an RBI-double in the bottom of the inning to tie the game heading into its later stages. Holloway allowed a two-run single with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, giving Seattle a 3-1 lead. But the Irish came back in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the game. Junior infielder Cait Brooks hit a solo home run, and sophomore outfielder Alexis Bazos picked up the first RBIs of her career on a single, putting the Irish up

4-3. Holloway closed out the game with a three-up-threedown seventh inning. Notre Dame also picked up a win in the second game of the day versus Saint Mary’s. The Gaels (0-6) survived a few early scoring chances from the Irish, but Notre Dame punched through three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Gaels battled back and tied the score at 3-3, however, as Beriont faltered a bit in the later stages of the game. The game went to extra innings, but the Irish quickly erased any doubt when a Marino home run gave Notre Dame a three-run lead. Junior infielder Melissa Rochford added a two-run single to make it 8-3. Freshman pitcher Morgan Ryan came in to finish the game with a shutout inning to give the Irish the victory.

Day 2 After a 2-0 Day 1, Notre Dame kept the momentum going in its next matchup against South Dakota. As with its first two games, Notre Dame faced an early deficit, trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the second inning. But the Irish responded. Marino knocked in two runs with a double to left field, and senior infielder Sara White finished up the inning with a two-run home run to give the Irish a 5-2 lead. Though she allowed two runs in the top of the fourth inning on the mound, Brooks drove in two runs for the Irish to push the lead back to 7-4. Marino added another home run for an insurance score,

while Beriont and Ryan closed the game out on the mound to take a 9-6 win over the Coyotes (0-6). Later in the day, Notre Dame encountered its first loss of the year to No. 23 Arizona State. The Irish hung with the Sun Devils (5-1) for much of the game, trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning while generating a couple scoring chances. The Sun Devils simply had too much offense on the day for the Irish to handle, however, and in the next two innings, Arizona State turned a 2-1 advantage into a 9-1 blowout.

Day 3 The Irish finished up their trip to Arizona with a 5-4 loss to Fresno State. The game looked to be going Notre Dame’s way following home runs from Reed and Marino to make it 4-0 Irish after two innings. But the Bulldogs (3-2) battled back with timely hitting and strong showings from their relievers to take the win. Fresno State hit solo home runs in each of the game’s final three innings while holding the Irish to four hits in the game’s final five innings. With the game tied going into the seventh inning, Beriont was unable to force extras and allowed a game-winning hit to Fresno State with one out. Notre Dame’s next series of games will take place this weekend in Tallahassee, Florida, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, where the Irish will take on No. 16 Minnesota and No. 18 Michigan.

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outscored the Titans 5-1 in the fourth sealing a 10-7 victory with just one turnover in the game’s final period. Corrigan praised his team’s composure for its ability to pull off a fourth-quarter comeback. “We were going to get beaten if we didn’t go on some sort of run,” Corrigan said. “To the credit of our guys, they didn’t go into a shell. That’s a real concern with a young team. I’m proud of the way they gathered themselves, got their poise and went about making plays when we had to have some.” Corrigan said the biggest differences between the first and second half was better decision-making by his team, as well as minimizing mistakes like turnovers. “It was a matter of handling the ball cleanly, and just making more patient decisions, we were in such a hurry, I think we wanted to score five goals on every possession,” Corrigan said. “So we were in just such a hurry that we weren’t any good in any aspect. We did the same

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was 8: 09.93. On Saturday, the Irish men had two representatives in the 800-meter finals. Graduate student Notre Dame middle-distance specialist Jacob Dumford crossed the line in 1:51.37, w ith senior teammate Kirk Hansen finishing behind him in 1:55.92. On the women’s side, senior distance runner Jessica Harris ran the mile Saturday and secured the second-best finish overall amidst stiff competition, finishing w ith a time of 4:36.46. The bulk of the team attended the Spire D-1 Inv itational in Geneva, Ohio, and many Irish athletes there put themselves in solid position to qualif y for the upcoming championship meets. Notre Dame’s ma le f ield at hletes f inished well across t he board. In t he men’s weight t hrow, sophomore t hrowers Logan Kusk y’s 18.26 meter and Shae Wat k ins’ 16.12 meter t hrows notched t hem f ift h and 10t h place f inishes, respectively. Freshman jumper A ntonio Villegas Jimenez won f irst overa ll in t he long jump w it h a mark of 6.73 meters. Furt her adding to t he Irish men’s success in t he inf ield, sophomore Carter Sorenson pulled out a t hird-place f inish in t he heptat hlon. The Irish women a lso had marked success in t he f ield

thing in our clearing game. We were in a rush. We turned the ball over. We gave a team that thrives on transition too many opportunities.” Costabile led the way for the Irish with a game-high five goals and two assists, with two of his goals coming in the fourth quarter. Wynne added two more goals for the Irish, while Gleason, junior attack Ryder Garnsey and senior midfielder Brendan Collins each contributed one goal apiece. Corrigan was happy with Costabile’s playmaking down the stretch, but also expects more out of the sophomore. “He was good in terms of the plays he made, but he would be the first to tell you there were a lot of plays he didn’t make today that were more invisible, and simple plays we needed him to make,” Corrigan said. “But Br yan is a terrific player, and he stepped up when we needed to have someone step up.” Costabile agreed with Corrigan, and he said he knows he struggled offensively throughout the game, but is thankful his team was able to help him make plays down the stretch.

“Today honestly, I didn’t do ver y well,” Costabile said. “I finished on the back end of some of them. I had some mistakes and my team carried me through a lot of that. [The team] made some really good plays, and I was able to capitalize on the backside. They definitely played better and I have a lot to work on.” A lthough, a shaky start first game of the season, Costabile said he remains optimistic in the team’s capabilities, and cites his team’s perseverance as the reason for the comeback. “Our team has a lot of heart and a lot of strength,” Costabile said. “We’re a ver y good team in general, and I think we’re going to do really good things today is just the first [game]. We made some mistakes, but we’re never going to give up. We’re always going to be there to pick each other up.” The Irish will next take the field against Richmond on Saturday at Loftus Sports Complex at 1 Durham, North Carolina, on Feb. 10 before the postseason begins. Contact Mia Berry at

Irish junior defender Hugh Crace defends the goal during Notre Dame’s 11-10 NCAA Tournament win over Marquette last season.

events. Graduate student t hrower Indi Jackson competed in t he shot put, t hrowing for 14.87 meters and earning t he t hird place spot overa ll. Irish sophomore Kassadee If f t and her teammate freshman McKenna Caskey tied for f ift h overa ll in t he pole vault, bot h clearing t he bar at 3.87 meters. Freshman t hrower Rachel Tanczos placed sevent h in t he weight t hrow w it h a distance of 17.85 meters. On the track, the Irish runners also performed well, especially in the sprint events. In the women’s 200-meter dash, three Notre Dame sprinters placed near the top: senior Jordan Shead earned third, w ith teammates sophomore Naya Sharp and junior Kyla Lew is finishing ninth and eleventh overall, respectively. The Irish women performed well in the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore sprinter Summer Thorpe placed first overall in the event, Sharp earned fourth and sophomore Grace Cronin finished seventh overall. In the 60-meter dash, Lew is and Sharp finished in the top10, placing eighth and ninth, respectively. The third and final first place finish came in the 4 x 400-meter relay. The team of Shead, Thorpe, sophomore Madysen Hunter and senior A llison Bartoszew icz bested the competition w ith a finishing time of 3:41.09. Senior Kaitlin Frei represented the Irish in the 5,000m run, placing eighth

and crossing the line in 17:12.59. The most notable performance on the men’s side came from sophomore sprinter Troy Pride Jr., who

secured third place in the 60-meter dash, finishing third overall in the event. The Irish have one final home meet before the ACC Championship meet

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on May 2. The A lex Wilson Inv itational w ill be taking place at Loftus Sports Complex on Saturday, w ith competition beginning at 11 a.m.


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one, at 58-57 with 9:39 off a three-pointer from sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs. But the Irish ran out of steam—only two days removed from Saturday’s win over Florida State — and the Tar Heels responded in kind, going on a 13-0 run over the final 5:30 to put the game away. “I love how we fought, but they had about a three minute stretch where they were unbelievable offensively and we certainly couldn’t absorb that,” Irish head coach Mike Brey said. “We gave ourselves a chance and I thought they really defended our guards well tonight, our guards have been playing well. They really defended Matt and T.J. well. That was probably a big difference in the game.” Although UNC’s top scorer, junior forward Luke Maye, finished with only eight points, he dished out four assists, and the rest of the rotation stepped up, as senior point guard Joel Berry II scored 21 points and senior forward Theo Pinson added 16. “We didn’t really do anything different,” Brey said. “We had a lot of different guys on [Maye]. Off of their non-shooters we helped a little bit and jammed it up. But he did a good job of not forcing anything and letting | tuesday, february 13, 2018 | The Observer

some other guys get involved.” While the Tar Heels played three games within five days, Brey noted that their tough schedule served them as an advantage. “Sometimes people look like it’s a disadvantage that they played three games in five days,” Brey said. “Players love it and they are in a good rhythm. Sometimes when you are playing well you don’t want to mess with it in practice, you put the uniform on and play again. I think they really found a great rhythm in this stretch.” Accepting the current 15-11 (5-8 ACC) record, Brey said his team is fighting to make eight league wins and bounce back with senior forward Bonzie Colson. “If we can get it to eight league wins and be 8-10, that’s as good as it gets,” Brey said. “Maybe we get Bonzie [Colson] back here, and we should get him back at the end of the month. We get to Brooklyn with him healthy and we will see if we can play our way in. That’s our lot in life. We’re very realistic of who we are.” The Irish remain on the road and travel to Chestnut Hill this weekend to take on Boston College at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Contact Meagan Bens at

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that streak, scoring through a free position shot from senior attack Kaileen Hart to earn their first lead of the game. Junior goalkeeper Samantha Giacolone was the star of the first half for the Irish, recording nine firsthalf saves and helping hold the Eagles to just a 1-of-4 success rate from free position shots in the half with two saves. Giacolone made one of the plays of the game to deny junior midfielder Brooke Troy a goal late in the first half, but the Eagles had a numbers advantage on a breakway, Giacolone was unable to prevent the rebound being picked up and passed to redshirt-senior attack Tess Chandler to make the score 5-5. Halfpenny said Giacolone was one of the main players responsible for keeping the game close. “She had a great game against a very tough Boston College team today,” Halfpenny said. “She has really transformed herself over the offseason and trusts her abilities more. She made extraordinary plays in the crease and kept us close in this game.” Paid Advertisement

In the second half, the Irish tied the score again for the sixth time through sophomore forward Jessi Masinko, but the Eagles soon pulled away. Boston College scored the next five goals, the only run of more than two consecutive scores for the entire game, with a goal and two assists from Eagles junior All-American attack Sam Apuzzo, who had been held to just one first-half point. “In the end they just made a couple more plays than us,” Halfpenny said. “You can look at the shot difference and say they had 12 more shots, but a lot of those were wide shots, I think we took a lot of high-percentage opportunities. It was a close game that I think we almost got something out of, but they just made a few more plays and that was the difference. That run in the second half, they made a couple big plays, then they were winning the draw there and it was just hard for us to get things going again.” The Irish worked to get back into the game and closed the gap slightly through goals from Howe and Buchanan. Hart brought the lead back to four, but a third Howe goal gave the Irish a strong chance of getting back into the game.


However, the Irish would not score for the next seven minutes, only adding an 11th goal of the game through Ortega with just eight seconds remaining and the game out of reach. Halfpenny said that while she was disappointed with the result, she was pleased with the effort her team showed. “We absolutely won’t be satisfied at all with the outcome of this game,” Halfpenny said. “However, with the effort that we put in and the attitude that we brought, we are really excited to sharpen up, continue to grow and get better every day. I am overwhelmingly excited about the culture and character of this team and we will grow from this result.” Howe and Ortega each recorded three goals and an assist for the Irish, while Buchanan scored two goals and added two assists while winning five draw controls and picking up four ground balls. Giacolone finished the game with 15 saves. The Irish will travel to Florida this weekend for t wo games, facing Jacksonv ille on Saturday at 1 p.m. before Stetson on Sunday. Contact Daniel O’Boyle at


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Irish struggle late in game, fall to Tar Heels

Squad recovers from shaky start



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Despite coming within one in the second half, the Irish couldn’t overcome the Tar Heels at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill on Monday night, falling 83-66. Although sophomore forward John Mooney had a career-high 18 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point range, and senior forward Martinas Geben had 18 points and 7 rebounds, Notre Dame (15-11, 5-8 ACC) couldn’t match North Carolina’s (20-8, 9-5 ACC) offense. The Irish struggled to build an offensive rhythm in the first half, only shooting 36 percent, but were only behind four points at the half. Senior point guard Matt Farrell particularly struggled, shooting 0-9 with only two points in the first half. But the early stages of the second half were promising for Notre Dame, who eventually closed a ten point lead to

A fourth quarter scoring run helped propel the No. 6 Irish to a 10-7 v ictor y over Detroit Mercy, giv ing them a w in in their first contest of the season. Despite Notre Dame’s (10) v ictor y, Irish head coach Kev in Corrigan was not pleased w ith his team’s performance against the Titans (0-1). “I don’t think we had a good day at all. I don’t think we had a good week of preparation,” Corrigan said. “And that’s disappointing. We found out today we have an aw ful lot to work on. The one thing I know about our guys is that they w ill go to work.” The Irish struck first in the game, when junior midfielder Brendan Gleason found sophomore midfielder Br yan Costabile w ith 5:58 remaining in the first quarter. A successful clear by the Titans allowed them to even the score at one a minute


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Irish sophomore forward John Mooney protects the ball against a Boston College defender during Notre Dame’s 96-85 win on Feb. 6.

ND drops close match to Eagles Sports Writer

No. 16 Notre Dame opened its season w ith a close game against the national runners-up, but a 5-0 secondhalf run made the difference as the Irish fell to No. 4 Boston College. Notre Dame (0-1, 0-1 ACC) appeared on top early in the game, opening the scoring through freshman midfielder Maddie Howe after just over five minutes of play and doubling its lead w ith a high shot from junior attack Nik ki Ortega just over a minute later, w ith both goals assisted by sophomore midfielder Savannah Buchanan. The Irish held the Eagles scoreless for just over 11 minutes to start the game, but Boston College (1-0, 1-0) finally broke through w ith a goal from sophomore attack Sheila Rietano. With the opening Irish goal coming from a freshman, Halfpenny said she was thrilled w ith

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later, but a goal by senior attack Mikey Wy nne would give the Irish a 2-1 lead at the end of the first. A scoring battle bet ween the t wo teams would ensue in the second quarter before the Irish were able to capture a 4-3 lead off Costabile’s third goal of the game, but w ith t wo seconds remaining in the half the Irish allowed the Titans to score again to tie the game at 4-4. The Irish had 15 first-half turnovers compared to nine from the Titans, and each of the Titans’ four points came off of Irish turnovers. At the start of the third quarter turnovers continue to plague the Irish, while aiding the Titans to a 2-0 run and a 6-4 lead w ith 8: 02 remaining in the third. Another goal by Wy nne w ith 4:25 in the 3rd pulled the Irish to w ithin one, as they trailed heading into the fourth. Spearheaded by t wo Costabile goals the Irish

Team has strong distance showing at Iowa State

the performances of her first-year players. “We are thrilled w ith how the freshmen did today,” Irish head coach Christine Halfpenny said. “We thought they set the tone for themselves and their careers by coming out and giv ing us ever y thing that they had. I think that they really showcased their IQ, their skill, their speed and their effort today. One thing I think you’re going to be hearing a lot from me this season is ‘effort.’ We’re all about effort and the freshmen got that right away” Through almost the entire first half, the t wo teams kept the game close. Starting w ith a Boston College equalizer less than a minute after its first goal, the teams traded a total of nine goals for the follow ing 15 minutes w ithout either team scoring two in succession. Finally, it was the Eagles who ended

Irish athletes competed at both Iowa State Classic and the Spire D-1 Inv itational this weekend. Performing well both on the track and on the infield, Notre Dame netted three indiv idual first place finishes and multiple personal-best marks over the course of the t wo-day meets. The Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, has a reputation for hav ing some of the toughest distance and middle-distance competition of the indoor season. The Irish sent some of their top distance runners there, and they made an impact. On Friday, Notre Dame freshman runners Yared Nuguse and Tyler Keslin competed in the men’s 3,000-meter race, finishing fourth and 14th overall, respectively. Nuguse finished in a time of 8: 04.67, while Keslin’s pace

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Irish senior middle distance runner Jessica Harris competes in the mile competition during the Meyo Invitational at Loftus Center.

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