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Not the prettiest Brandon Wimbush, Irish offense struggle to put away the Cardinals in 24-16 win

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Irish junior safety Jalen Elliott, right, tackles a Ball State reciever in the air on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium during Notre Dame’s 24-16 win over the Cardinals. Elliott picked off two passes to record his first career interceptions to return for 21 yards. Elliott also recorded a career-high seven tackles during the victory over the Cardinals.

Don’t just blame Wimbush for close game Connor Mulvena Associate Sports Editor

What a whirlwind. From victory over then-No. 14 Michigan under the bright lights of prime time to the dreary chill of a grey Saturday afternoon against Ball State in a game that was almost a little too interesting, it’s hard to tell where the Irish stand right now. After my column in this week’s Irish Insider, in which I said Notre Dame didn’t really prove itself against Michigan, my mother chided me for my general negativity in a lengthy phone call. Well, I hate to say “I told you so,” but we all saw a very different Notre Dame team against a much inferior Ball State. There were a number of areas that simply did not align with the performance the Irish put on in Week 1. Senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush did not have a good see MULVENA PAGE 3

By PETER BALTES Sports Writer

It was never easy, but No. 8 Notre Dame was able to get a win this weekend. The Irish overcame miscues and fended off a difficult challenge from Ball State on Saturday afternoon, outlasting the visiting Cardinals (1-1) by a score of 24-16. In a matchup widely anticipated to be a blowout, Ball State stayed within striking distance of the Irish, who never seemed to be able to fully put the Cardinals away. While acknowledging areas to improve, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was ultimately satisfied to pick up the team’s second win in as many games this season. “You can never apologize for winning,” he said. “Winning is hard. So understand that, that first and foremost you won a football game.” The Irish (2-0) appeared appeared strong on the game’s opening possession, picking up large chunks of yardage and 7 points in a five-play, 74yard drive. Sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong

capped the possession off with a one-yard touchdown run, his third of the season, and Notre Dame seemed the more prepared squad. “We’ve got to keep up the same level of energy that we came out with for the whole game,” Irish graduate student guard Alex Bars said. The Cardinals struck back on the next possession, driving 85 yards and converting on three third downs before eventually settling for a 25yard field goal. Ball State held the ball for nearly seven minutes on this drive and won the possession battle overall, running 97 offensive plays and keeping the ball for 34:22 of the game’s 60 minutes. “They ate up clock,” Kelly said. “They did the things necessary to be in a position to compete. They did a great job. Their preparation was great. Their coaching was better.” Neither offense was able to get into a rhythm after the initial round of scoring. The teams traded punts after three-and-outs on fourconsecutive possessions, the score remaining 7-3 in favor of the Irish by quarter’s end.

The Irish nearly scored early in the second quarter, driving all the way down to the Cardinals 10 yard-line on a combination of rushes from Armstrong and long passes from senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush. On thirdand-14, Wimbush was sacked for a 10-yard loss, setting up a 45-yard field goal attempt from senior kicker Justin Yoon that sailed wide right. The Irish defense held firm, though, again restricting Ball State to three plays and a punt. Notre Dame responded by marching down the field once more, this time sputtering at the opponent’s 26-yardline after Wimbush’s pass to junior wide receiver Chase Claypool landed incomplete on fourth-and-8. As before, the Cardinals were then limited to three offensive plays, this time the drive ending when junior Irish safety Jalen Elliott intercepted a third-down pass from redshirt-junior Ball State quarterback Riley Neal, giving Notre Dame the ball 31 yards from the end zone. see ENERGY PAGE 3

Irish secondary the difference maker against Ball State By MIA BERRY Sports Writer

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon in South Bend, where temperatures barely rose beyond 65 degrees, there was still one ray of light in Notre Dame Stadium. Despite lackluster weather and offensive play for the Irish, the defensive secondary of juniors Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman and Julian Love were dynamic in Notre Dame’s 24-16 win over Ball State. The Irish defensive line propelled the team to a 24-17 win over then-No. 14 Michigan, but against the Cardinals (1-1), the defensive secondary made the loudest noise and was the difference maker for the Irish (2-0). “We’re just trying to do our jobs. It wasn’t just the mindset of ‘Let’s go get a pick.’ It was the mindset of ‘Let’s go do our jobs and the plays will come.’ see SECONDARY PAGE 2



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We all stuck to that. We did our jobs and the plays came today,” Elliott, who had two interceptions for the Irish, said. Early in the second quarter with the Irish narrowly leading the Cardinals 7-3, senior Nick Coleman was able to tip Ball State redshirt-junior quarterback Riley Neal’s pass, and Elliott came away with the ball returning the ball 11 yards to give the Irish strong field position at the Ball State 31-yard line. One play later, junior running back Tony Jones Jr. ran the ball all the way to extend the Irish lead to 14-3, right before the half. “He had a great game. It was really great to see him [do that],” Kelly said of Jones. “Obviously the biggest thing was for him to grow relative to when the ball’s

in the air tracking it and coming down with it.” Jones’s touchdown got the defense back on the field, allowing it to complete its primary goal: getting back off the field. “We know we have a dynamic offense and once we get the ball back to them we know they’re going to make a play, so we’re just trying to get off the field and give the ball back to the [offense],” Elliott said. In the third quarter, Elliott continued where he left off in the first half grabbing his second interception of the game and second of his career. Jones once again capitalized on Elliott’s second takeaway, which earned Jones his first-career game with multiple touchdowns. The Irish also increased their lead to 21-6 with 10:37 remaining in the third. Despite receiving the game ball from Kelly, Elliott refused to take any personal credit.

“First one I had was on a great play by Nick Coleman on the slant. He read it perfectly got his hand in there and tipped the ball out,” he said. “I was just standing there in the right place at the right time. The second one I was just playing post and helping out over the top. Just try to make a play on the ball. You hope with the game plan you’re able to make some plays. Our coaches put us in great position. We have to do is go out and just make the play.” In addition to Elliott’s seven tackles and two interceptions, Julian Love added eight tackles and four pass break ups for the Irish. While Gilman, the transfer from Navy, added nine tackles, including a tackle for loss in his second game with the Irish. “Alohi is a great competitor. Whenever you add somebody who competes as hard as he does to your room, you’re always going to get better he

pushed all of us and he’s upped everyone’s game. And we’re all competing at the highest level,” Elliott said. “All those guys work hard, and to see those guys come out here and contribute and make plays for us to win football games, it’s amazing,” senior linebacker Te’von Coney said of the junior secondary trio. This year may be the charm for the secondary, as Elliott attributes its success so far this season to experience. “We have a lot of guys that [are returning] that are juniors. We’ve just really been in those big games and big moments where its been tough for us and younger players to understand ‘What’s really going on,’” Elliott said. “Now [the game] is moving slower for us and we’re [starting] to get it. We just have to keep going at it every week. “We have to come together. Coach Kelly said it best ‘We play

nameless and faceless opponents week to week. Everybody is going to bring their best game so we have to respect our opponents to the fullest. We just have to learn how to continue to push and stick to our traits.” Despite the closer-thanexpected result for the Irish, Elliott, Love and Gilman learned firsthand the type of competition to expect from all opponents. “We play a tough schedule. Everybody that we’re going to play is going to be good,” Elliott said. “We just have to continue to push each other and push each week. We know every time somebody comes into this Stadium and to play us in general we’re going to get there best shot. We have to step up and continue to do so. A win is a win. That’s all there is to it.” Contact Mia Berry at


Irish junior running back Tony Jones Jr. races into the end zone to score Notre Dame’s second touchdown of the afternoon during the 24-16 Irish win over Ball State on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. After scoring on a 31-yard run in the middle of the second quarter, Jones would go on to record another touchdown on a 1-yard run to open the second half.

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Tony Jones Jr. runs 31 yards to the house to put the irish up 14-3


Almost halfway through the second quarter, Ball State quarterback Riley Neal threw a pass that was tipped and subsequently intercepted by Irish junior safety Jalen Elliott to give the Irish great field position and a chance to push the lead to two scores. On the very next play, junior running back Tony Jones Jr. accelerated through a hole in the line and broke several tackles on his way to the end zone.

Last year’s safety position was a weak point for the Notre Dame defense, as the unit failed to cause any turnovers all season. But after a solid display against Michigan, Elliott went a long way to change the narrative with two key interceptions against the Cardinals on Saturday, both of which resulted in Irish touchdowns. The junior also had seven tackles to complement a career day.

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SMC appoints diversity director President Cervelli selects professor Leslie Wang as interim director of inclusion By GINA TWARDOSZ News Writer

Saint Mary’s professor Leslie Wang was appointed interim director of diversity and inclusion in August by College President Jan Cervelli. Wang’s appointment is a temporary installment that involves creating and assisting a task force in its search for a full-time director of diversity and inclusion. President Cervelli said in an email that instituting an interim director of diversity and inclusion and then a full-time director is an “intentional” effort on behalf of the College. “Diversity and inclusivity is a collective responsibility to which we are all accountable, and we want students, faculty and staff to understand our

values and commitment coming in the door,” she said. “We cannot overstate the importance of a diverse community, the need to increase it, support it and respect it. We know we have work to do, for example in increasing diversity of our student body and faculty. Engaging Dr. Wang as Saint Mary’s interim director of diversity and inclusion moves us closer towards that goal.” An interim director of diversity and inclusion “is just the beginning” for Saint Mary’s, Cervelli said in the email. “We are not stopping here, and we continue to talk about what we can do to improve,” she said. “We are always looking at what we do in our programming and if there is anything that needs to be changed, we

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change it. I think that openness and willingness to work together and explore new ideas really has brought us here.” Wang has a Ph.D. in educational sociology with a focus on class, race and gender, and equities in education. He has spent 13 years at Saint Mary’s and, previously, 15 years at the University of Toledo. As interim director, he said his duty is to create a task force to help identify the roles of the full-time director of diversity and inclusion. “Since President Cervelli’s arrival on campus, she and I have had a few formal and informal discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion on campus,” he said. “What she has charged me of doing for this semester, and probably academic year, is to create a task force and chair

the task force to define the roles and responsibilities of the director.” Cervelli’s mission for Saint Mary’s has always revolved around the inclusion of diversity, and Wang said his new position is in conjunction with that philosophy. “The reason that this is really important on our campus is because diversity and inclusion is about everyone — every staff member, every faculty member, every student and administrator,” Wang said. “It is also something that all of us can benefit learning more about, especially people who are different from us, people who might not share our life experiences and perspectives.”

An artist’s rendering shows a modern Corby Hall, to be completed in 2020 in order to replace one of Notre Dame’s oldest buildings. By THOMAS MURPHY News Writer

This summer marked the end of an era at Notre Dame as one of the University‘s oldest buildings, Corby Hall, was demolished to make way for a new Corby Hall in its place. The construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020. The original Corby Hall was built around 1895 as a student residence hall and was converted in the 1930s

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to house the priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Construction is being funded by Notre Dame alumni Jay and Mary Flaherty’s (’79) $50 million gift to the University, $20 million of which is being allocated towards the new building, the South Bend Tribune reported in May. Religious superior of Corby Hall and Notre Dame art professor Fr. Austin Collins said Corby housed see CORBY PAGE 3

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into a possible violation of aircraft separation standards during the Notre Dame Stadium flyover Sept. 1, a WNDU report said. An aircraft was beginning to land at the South Bend airport at around 7:30 p.m. when the four F-15s “came in for a flyover” for the Notre DameMichigan football game, the report states. Officials are working to determine the exact distance between the aircraft for an investigation that could last multiple weeks, the report said.

Cervelli to host office hours, facilitate discussion By MAEVE FILBIN and DEANNA LOFTON News Writers

Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli, known for her annual residence hall sleepovers and appearances at the Midnight Breakfasts during final exams, announced in an email Aug. 30 she will be further opening her door to students by implementing scheduled office hours

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throughout the fall semester. These ten-minute, one-on-one meetings with Cervelli will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. According to the email sent to the College community detailing the office hours, the administration hopes that this opportunity will encourage students to speak directly with President Cervelli about issues and concerns. President Cervelli said she

decided to host office hours in order to foster dialogue and strengthen relationships with the student body. “We take seriously the idea that this campus community is a family and, in the busy rush of administrative responsibilities and academic schedules, I want to ensure that we make time for that essential part see CERVELLI PAGE 4

NDVotes promotes midterm voter registration By NATALIE WEBER News Editor

Editor‘s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this first installment, News Editor Natalie Weber speaks

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The Irish hockey team lifts Rudy Chapman, a young Irish hockey fan suffering from cancer, into the air during Notre Dame’s 24-16 win over Ball State on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. The team was recognized for its national runner-up finish last season.

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McDowell said. “So I think as … a lot of political scientists have reported, this midterms season seems especially important … maybe not unique to our campus or students in general, but I think there’s a lot of energy and engagement in the political process right now [and] in the voting process right now.” With the approach of midterm elections, the group plans to focus on voter registration and education both at the University and in South Bend, NDVotes co-chair and senior Kylie Ruscheinski said. Alongside the Center for Social Concerns, NDVotes is sponsored by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the constitutional studies minor. “A big part of the NDVotes mission is it’s not just registration — it’s being active throughout,” Ruscheinski said. “So that’s why the midterms season is also good to push this. It’s not just a big election every four years. It’s constant engagement.” The organization will continue its Pizza, Pop and Politics series throughout the semester, in addition to engagement events such as a midterm results watch party. It also plans to facilitate voter registration in both South Bend and at Notre Dame through tabling at local events. “We’re really trying to get every dorm represented so there’s a point of contact in every dorm that is well-versed in how to | monday, september 10, 2018 | The Observer

register, how to get your absentee ballot and I think that’s a big push this year,” sophomore Rachel Sabnani, chair for dorm liaisons, said. The organization also includes representatives from several student organizations, including student government, the Notre Dame Right to Life Club and GreeND, amongst others. “I would say a powerful thing about the task force and a lot of student organizations on campus is that no matter what beliefs have been brought to the table by that wide spectrum of beliefs, we’re all sitting at the table because we believe Notre Dame students can and should make an impact on politics through their vote and in being informed,” Ruscheinski said. “So yes, the views might be different, but they’re all in the room together and we’re all working on getting certain topics out to the entire student body.” By representing and bringing together various political organizations, members of NDVotes share a common goal of promoting political engagement amongst younger generations, sophomore and co-chair Michael Marotta said. “We feel that the work we’re doing is really important because as of right now, our generation and the generation before us are the ones who are going to be the most impacted by decisions that politicians are making today,” he said. “And as we’re growing in number, our generation is becoming the driving force in the electorate — in the present Paid Advertisement

and in the future.” Disenchanted by the current political climate, many young people disengage from the political process, junior Sheila Gregory, chair for community outreach, said. “A lot of young people feel like voting isn’t a way to have their voice heard, so they’ve just kind of sworn off the political process altogether because they’re like ‘These people don’t represent me,’” she said. “And then I think what you saw in 2016 with several close races, all over the country, within the presidential itself and several states was within a percent, people can really see how voting impacts elections.” As a senior and task force member, Prathm Juneja shares Gregory’s concerns. A member since his freshman year, Juneja said he sees a connection between the work of NDVotes and the University’s mission. “I think it’s fair to say that people in our generation seem to be growing more distant from political issues, and that really concerns me,” he said. “And I think that’s a real concern on an elite college campus like Notre Dame, where our mission as a university is to raise students who will do good for the world. “If you’re not thinking about politics, if you’re not thinking about world issues, or American issues or the issues of people who weren’t nearly as lucky as us to get here then all that work is for nothing.” Contact Natalie Weber at

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28 Holy Cross priests and brothers prior to its demolition and served as the center of the Congregation’s on-campus community. “[For] the Holy Cross brothers and priests at Notre Dame, [Corby was] the place where they came to pray and to eat and to relax, to chill out,” he said. “It was their home.” The residence is named after Fr. William Corby, the third and sixth president of Notre Dame and chaplain to the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. A statue of Fr. Corby has traditionally stood outside of Corby Hall. Known by students as “Fair Catch Corby,” the statue is a replica of another statue that stands in the Gettysburg battlefield, Collins said. “The students actually started to raise the money for the Corby statue to have a duplicate of the one at Gettysburg, and the young development department at that time took that project over and finished the fundraising so that we could have the statue,” Collins said. “We moved [the statue] just across the street. We didn’t want to put it in storage, we wanted Corby to be out there so all can see him.” Corby Hall was home to several figures in Notre Dame‘s history including former Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne and University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Collins said. Despite the building’s history and tradition, Collins said the Congregation decided the building was in such poor condition that there was no choice but to rebuild. “We spent some serious time — six months — meeting with architects [and] with community members to see if we could renovate the old building and put an addition on,” he said. “It ended up being in bad stewardship … because of the shape the building was in.” The need to renovate Corby was never in question, Collins said, due to the structure’s outdated technology and lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a 1990 law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Still, the residents of Corby Hall found it difficult to watch their long-time home be torn down. “There’s close to 70 priests who associate themselves with Corby Hall at the University of Notre Dame … and there’s everything from 95 to 25 [year olds who live there] … so there’s a lot of people,” he said. ”It’s a cross-generational community. It was difficult to see [Corby] come down [and] to move out of it … but I think everyone was very responsible in knowing that it was in bad shape. It was needed a lot. In some areas [the building] was pretty primitive.” Collins said the original structure’s poor condition was made especially obvious as workers began digging out the foundation. “We discovered the building was in much worse shape than we realized once we started getting into the issues of renovation,” he said. “I think what really shocked


me was the foundation was really rubble. The brothers and the workers that were hired just brought stones from the field, rubble and concreted it together. The foundation was 4-feet wide all around that building.” One of Corby’s most beloved features was the building’s mar brick exterior, a low-fired brick made from clay found at the bottom of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Lakes, Collins said. Several buildings in Corby’s vicinity also use the brick. Salvaging and reusing this famous brick was an important consideration, Collins said. “[The mar brick is] going to be used for [renovating] older buildings at Notre Dame, and it’s also going to [be given to] donors and friends of the University that have wanted the brick,” he said. “Some of the residents who have lived there a long time asked for brick too. A lot of brick was saved, but the brick was in bad shape; that’s one of the reasons why the building has been torn down.” The new Corby structure will not have an original mar brick exterior, Collins said. Instead, a modern brick will be used. “The new brick … is very similar in look but is much stronger, higher fired, and is used in the new architecture building,” Collins said. “We took it and put it next to Sorin and put it next to the Basilica and you can’t tell the difference. It’s much better and will last longer.” Mike Daly, senior director of project management for Notre Dame’s facilities design and operations, said the new brick’s resemblance to the mar brick is an effort to help the new Corby blend in with the historic quarter of campus. “While the building will be new, our goal is that it will feel as if it has always been there for generations,” Daly said in an email. “The massing of the new Corby Hall will have a similar look and feel to the old Corby Hall. The exterior materials will also have a similar appearance from the color of the brick to the use of slate on the roof. New Corby will also have a new front porch that will also extend to the second floor.” The Corby reconstruction has generated many reactions from the alumni community, Collins said. “We’re trying to be very transparent,” Collins said. “Everyone cares about what goes at Notre Dame — the landscape, the structures that go up — so everyone should care about this. [Corby] is in the old French quarter of campus, so it has to fit in.” Daly said the new Corby Hall is an opportunity to contribute to the beauty of campus and the welfare of the Congregation for years to come. “It is very exciting for us to be involved in a project that is in this historic and sacred core of campus and will have such a profound and positive impact for the Congregation,” Daly said. “We are most excited for the opportunity to create a new home for the Congregation that will serve their needs for the next 100 plus years.” Contact Thomas Murphy at



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The goal of the proposed task force, Wang said, is to not only welcome more diversity to campus but to actively foster a diverse environment on campus. “During the academic year, the task force will define much more what the position and office actually does,” he said. “The recruitment of students, faculty, staff and administrators from various backgrounds is important, but just as important is the retention. Retention is often tied to satisfaction, how happy they are and also what is important is professional development so that we can learn much more about groups that are different from us.” This retention is aided through creating an environment that addresses issues of diversity and facilitates an open dialogue about certain institutional and systemic issues, Wang said. “I think, like many campuses across the country, and like our society, there are many aspects of institutional racism, institutional sexism and even institutional elitism,” he said. “And when I talk about institutional racism, institutional sexism, and institutional elitism, some of it is very intentional, very direct, but I also think that a large amount of the racism, sexism and elitism is not necessarily so direct. It’s part of our system,

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of what makes a family: open communications that lead to trust and understanding,” Cervelli said in an email. The goal of these ten-minute meetings is to increase accessibility to the administration while addressing the issues and concerns of students, Cervelli said. “I like to hear directly from students,” she said. “It’s why I often go to the dining hall at lunch and drop into Angela [Athletic & Wellness Complex] on the weekends. It’s important to stay in touch with what’s on students’ minds. Establishing a regular opportunity to have those conversations will be beneficial in strengthening the lines of communication and will deepen my understandings of the issues that most concern them. Students are at the center of all that we do, and listening to them one-onone tells me what additional support they need, who they are and what sparks their curiosity.” Sophomore Grace Maher said she heard about the office hours through the campuswide email, and will be attending an office hour session with other students from the Saint Mary’s gender and women’s studies department. “A small group of gender

our culture and our belief system. It’s part of our institutional structure that has been built over the decades and centuries, and that’s the harder part to understand.” The ideal director would look to address issues that concern the oppression of all minority groups, Wang said. “I’d look at the future director or office and want this person or persons to assist in terms of addressing issues that devalue groups,” he said. “In terms of students, we often think of diversity as mainly relating to race and ethnicity, but in reality we have first-generation college students, we have graduates students, we have non-traditional age students, LGBT community, etc., so when we talk about historically underrepresented groups, we’re including all those in terms of welcoming them to our campus. Everyone has a right to an education.” Wang said those in the majority should try and “recognize one’s privilege, not in terms of just the individual but also societal and cultural privileges.” “As a male, as someone who is relatively educated in the middle class, as a heterosexual, I realize that, despite the fact that I am a person of color, I have certain privileges,” he said. “There are certain privileges that are granted to me by society, not because I’ve necessarily achieved every single one of them, some of them may be achieved such as my education, but also there

are certain advantages based on my ascribed status by being born a male, or the fact that I was born from parents who are middle-class.” Wang said once people recognize their privileges, they can utilize them for good and help make change. “Recognizing one’s privilege means that one is also in a position to slowly and gradually help change society so that groups that do not have the same advantages historically can ‘share in a piece of the pie’ in terms of the benefits,” he said. “It’s like using one’s privilege to work for groups that are oppressed because when members who have privileges voice their opinions or when they speak, their perspectives are viewed as legitimate. People take their perspectives, or ‘what they have to say’ seriously. People are less likely to criticize the life experiences and perspectives of groups that are oppressed when they are supported by the groups that are in power historically.” But recognizing one’s privilege is not always easy, Wang said, so he understands that a student may not overcome their inherent biases right away. “Part of higher education is to learn about perspectives and viewpoints that we may disagree with,” he said. “In terms of taking a class, I don’t expect that students who have taken a class on something relating to diversity will immediately change their views, but I would hope

that the student would take different types of classes and learn about perspectives that are different than their own. I wouldn’t say that one’s perspectives are necessarily wrong, but they’re not the only perspectives that are out there and different groups have different experiences or may have lenses that are very different from one’s own.” The goal of the director, Wang said, should be to allow discussion of different perspectives and experiences. “One of the goals [of the director of diversity and inclusion] is to allow for these different experiences and perspectives to be valued as long as the perspectives are not offensive to any groups,” he said. Giving space for minority groups on campus to voice their opinions is only half the battle, Wang said, as those part of the tri-campus community may be seen as having inherent privileges that hinder the inclusion of those outside the tri-campus community. “The campuses of Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, and Holy Cross are probably seen by many who live in South Bend and Mishawaka as gated communities in many ways — we are private, Catholic, liberal arts, and probably seen as elitist from the community perspective,” he said. “I also think that colleges and universities should have an interest in supporting the community in which it is located.

This also means ‘breaking down the barriers’ as there has to be a lot of learning, growing and working together between the campuses and the community.” Wang said that learning to co-exist with those who are different and engaging in open dialogue in a multicultural environment is a necessary part of becoming a well-rounded, global citizen. “The reason that learning about various life experiences and perspectives different from our own is really important, for everyone, because we need this knowledge and the skills in order to interact and work in a multicultural society, in a global society,” he said. And, Cervelli said, living in a multicultural society requires a great deal of empathy that can be achieved through listening to and learning from others. “It’s really hard to tell someone you don’t believe in racism when you have a student, faculty or staff member of color sitting in front of you telling you how it has impacted their entire life,” she said. Addressing diversity opens the door to fairness and equality, Wang said. “I always think that, without diverse life experiences and perspectives, we really cannot talk about equity — fairness really doesn’t exist without diversity,” he said.

and women’s studies students have noticed that Saint Mary’s doesn’t have any statement of any kind in their admissions policy regarding transgender students, and while we understand that it’s a controversial issue, especially considering we’re a Catholic college, there are other women’s colleges who at least state a support statement regarding diversity, social justice or supporting students of various backgrounds applying to the colleges,” Maher said. Maher said she feels it is important to talk about these controversial topics in a personal setting to guarantee that the subject is being heard. The conversation, she said, will be extraordinarily helpful in creating further dialogue. “[The office hours are] a good opportunity to encourage oneon-one student-to-president conversation, especially if it’s an issue you feel needs direct attention from the president, rather than going through the various levels of administration,” Maher said. “The ten minutes can allow for a base level, a foundation to be set without needing to feel that we need to come fully prepared with a solution to whatever we’re bringing to President Cervelli.” Maher said she hopes her meeting with President Cervelli will lead to lasting changes on campus.

“I hope that out of these conversations, we can start to enact some small changes that students feel personally affect them and affect other people that they know, and that they can really bring some big changes to the college,” Maher said. Senior Regan Hattersley, a theater and communications double major minoring in studio art, said she received the email containing details on President Cervelli’s office hours in the middle of her class. “I was so excited, I immediately pulled up my calendar and was reading the [office hour] times,” Hattersley said. “That night I sent an email to her office requesting the first slot.” Having signed up for a time during one of her classes, Hattersley said she was intent on meeting with President Cervelli, and arranged with her professor to leave early so she could attend. “I’m personally interested in speaking with President Cervelli about my personal experiences being a student at Saint Mary’s that does not come from a lot of privilege,” Hattersley said. President Cervelli’s “friendly, personable” reputation shows that she is willing to listen to the stories of students, Hattersley said, especially those with stories like hers,

something she felt was lacking in other presidents and administration. “I am a first-generation college student, and I have had several small interactions on this campus throughout my three years here … that I think she might be shocked to hear have happened to me,” Hattersley said. ”Like things that faculty and staff have said to me that I feel shouldn’t be the default way to interact with students. I don’t think there’s a lot of understanding on this campus beyond ‘college students are poor.’” Hattersley said she hopes her story as a first-generation college student helps President Cervelli learn more about the experiences of Saint Mary’s students with various backgrounds, and enact progress towards inclusivity and diversity. “I’m not interested in going to her with an agenda — I’m interested in going to her with my story,” Hattersley said. “It seems to me that my experience is not the norm, and I am aware of that. But I also know that I cannot be the only student that has these additional difficulties and challenges placed before them. I know that other students must have similar situations.” Hattersley said she wants President Cervelli to be aware of the things happening on campus even if her meeting does not result in instant change,

and hopes that students are better accommodated on an individual level. She is especially interested in sharing stories that illustrate several instances of Saint Mary’s staff and students misunderstanding her financial situation, she said. “‘Can’t you just ask your parents to cover it? Can’t you pay them back? Can’t you get a loan or something?’ For someone like me coming from a first generation family, I do appreciate all that my parents do for me, but they don’t have that to give,” Hattersley said. “It can be incredibly demoralizing. When that rhetoric is consistently used … it makes you feel like you’re never doing enough, or that you’re somehow wrong for not having.” Her meeting with President Cervelli will give the president a better understanding of the struggles faced by some Saint Mary’s students, Hattersley said, and hopefully improve the lives of future generations of Belles. “How can [Saint Mary’s] help students like me?,” Hattersley said. “How can they prepare students like me? When it comes down to the individual student, what is being done? My story might inform [President Cervelli] in those respects.”

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What do you get when you combine 1980s classic rock with a talented group of college students? You are given Todd Rundgren’s “Play Like a Champion Concert: Students Play the 80s.” Serving as an opening for the Debartolo Performing Arts Center’s “Presenting Series,” which will hosts artists such as Kristin Chenoweth and Raul Midon, Todd Rundgren and his band members, alongside Notre Dame students, gave a powerful performance. The concert consisted of 18 songs which included duets, acapella performances and drum solos that had attendees in the Leighton Concert Hall up and out of their seats. While Todd Rundgren is a rockstar, he was not the focal point of his own show. Rather it was the 30 or so students who performed alongside him. Students of all different musical backgrounds came forward onstage and put their own spin on hit songs from the 1980s. Senior Kay Bontempo gave excellent renditions of “Bye Bye Love” and “Just What I Needed.” “[It was] especially cool to be chosen for this performance because Bon Tempo, my band, is used to playing in local bars,” she said. “I am really passionate about rock music and being able to perform with classic rock legends during my senior year was a cool opportunity.” Bontempo was not the only multi-talented performer at the concert. Ronnie Mansour, a sophomore, shocked the audience with her beautiful singing voice and melodic cello in “Prime Time” and “Pretending to Care,” two

By ETHAN UTLEY Scene Writer

For anyone who has never heard Car Seat Headrest before, they can be summed up fairly easily in one word; angst. Really poignant, loud, indie angst. If you are dealing with relationship troubles, drug problems or are simply pissed off at the world, Car Seat Headrest would be a pretty good prescription — lead singer Will Toledo has seen it all. His personal struggles and his written music are basically one in the same, creating a passionate relationship when he plays. In fact, the vocals of the first few albums were recorded in the back of a car for privacy (hence, Car Seat Headrest.) They craft dynamic songs, with commanding guitar riffs. The structures are very ambitious, spiraling up and down through different emotions and events from Will’s life. This band is definitely ahead of the pack when it comes to indie and punk rock. Will and his supporting members are originally from Leesburg, Virginia, but now reside in Seattle. On Sept. 7, a few friends and I were lucky enough to see them at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. They are currently touring for their latest release, “Twin

songs which she performed with her brother, senior Alex Mansour, on piano. This is the second time senior Alex has played with Rundgren — he also performed with Rundgren when the musician visited campus in 2016. A classical cello major, Mansour performed as the keyboardist for the band on Friday, which he says was “a blast.” Compared to a class lecture, performing with another professional musician is an impressive learning opportunity. “The opportunity to perform side by side with the people they bring, that’s pretty unique,” Alex said. “I think you learn a lot.” For fans of Todd Rundgren, it was particularly interesting to witness the fusion of old and new school. An unexpected rap performance by Bree Connor, which was complemented by Todd Rundgren’s raspy voice, shocked the audience. Shock factor seemed to be theme of the night as a countless number of surprising collaborations were introduced. For instance, lacrosse players Mitch Olinger and Justin Cheng, joined Todd Rundgren with their guitars for a performance of “Bang the Drum.” Another interesting surprise was a duet of “A Dream Goes on Forever” by Todd Rundgren and voice actress and professional Broadway performer Brigid Harrington. In comparison with her other performances, Harrington said this show was “different, because I have collaborated with other Broadway performers on galas and other professional performances, but this was my first time working with a rockstar.” Student singer-songwriter Felix Rabito, a junior, said that “It had come to the point where I knew it was happening,

but it wasn’t until I was on stage with [the band] that it really hit me.” “[It] was one of the coolest things,” Rabito said. “It was an abundantly joyful response from the crowd.” Alvaro del Campo, a senior, said that he appreciated the opportunity. “I learned so much about how to hold my own with people who have had decades of experience playing music,” del Campo said.  The performances were important not only for the students but Todd Rundgren as well. Rundgren founded an organization called the Spirit of Harmony Foundation, which promotes the benefit of a musical education in the lives of children. Rundgren said believes that the “Spirit of Harmony Foundation exists to make sure new hands are learning to play music, new ears are learning to appreciate it and new hearts are learning to love it.”  These performances were not only impressive from the perspective of a student but also to the fans in the audience. Jean D. Lachowicz, the Executive Director of the Spirits of Harmony Foundation, said she appreciated the fans’ response. “What struck me and what the struck the fans that were there was how happy Todd was in showcasing the students and their talents,” she said. Through music, Todd Rundgren was able to help bridge a generational gap — bringing together different sounds and perspectives. 

Fantasy (Face to Face).” This album was initially recorded in 2011, and the new version has slight musical changes and a significant improvement in production. The album revolves around a relationship Will was in and the overall struggles he faced growing up gay. It contains ten songs, with lengths ranging from 1:29 to 16:11. Highlights from the album include “My Boy (Twin Fantasy),” “Beach LifeIn-Death” and “Bodys.” The tone of the entire album is despairing; Will wants nothing more than for this relationship to work, but it’s indicative that it won’t. You can really hear the pain in this album. I find it is best to belt out the album on an hour-long car ride alone. The opener for the concert was “Naked Giants,” which included three touring members of Car Seat Headrest. They played a few lousy songs at the beginning of the set list, but by the end they had earned their share of head bopping from the crowd. They have a song called “Slow Dance II” from their album “Sluff” that is worth a listen. Car Seat Headrest opened with a cover of Lou Reed’s “Waves of Fear.” Although the crowd did not know the song all too well, the ranting verses and intense bass were pretty close to the band’s own style, and the catharsis of the song set the mood that would remain for that night.

The band launched directly into “Bodys” — one of their more popular songs — directly after finishing the Lou Reed cover. The lights went wild, as did the crowd. People rushed the stage jumping and yelling and pushing like any punk concert. Will sang without his guitar, as he has done throughout this tour. The members were wearing t-shirts and jeans and Will was dressed in all black. They were all relaxed; not unenergetic, but cool. Will’s clenched fists and rocking torso showed how passionate he was about this music, even when he had to stop to fix his glasses. It was greatly entertaining, and a must see if you are even the slightest of a fan. The rest of the set was as follows: 1. “Waves of Fear” (Lou Reed Cover) 2. “Bodys” 3. “Fill in the Blank” 4. “(Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t a Problem)” 5. “Cute Thing” 6. “Sober to Death / Powderfinger” (Neil Young and Crazy Horse cover) 7. “America (Never Been)” 8. “Drunk Driver/Killer Whales” 9. “Destroyed by Hippie Powers” 10. “Something Soon” Encore: “Beach Life-In-Death.”

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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’: A review Dominique DeMoe Graphics Editor

Hi. To everyone who has already seen this movie or heard me talk about it, I’m sorry for bringing it up again — but also not really. To everyone who has not seen or heard of this movie before, you’re welcome for introducing you to something you will never forget. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a Netflix original starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. Who are these actors, you ask? Well, I too asked something like this when I began watching the movie. But, what I was mainly asking myself was why have I never heard of Noah Centineo, because honestly his smile could light up a room and, in this perma-cloud state we live in, I could use the light. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter if you have never heard of these actors before because once you watch this movie, you won’t forget. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was first a book. Have I read this book? No. Am I the worst for that? Absolutely. However, some books are better as movies — I can’t currently think of one — but not having read this book, I’m going to say this is one of them. If you haven’t read the book, then you probably have no idea what this movie is about and when you find out, you’ll really be skeptical of my judgement. That’s totally fine, I feel you because I was skeptical at first too. This is a movie about a teenage girl who wrote love letters to several boys who she had feelings for in the past and then put them in envelopes and addressed them but never meant to send them. In short it is a teen romance movie and about as predictable as can be. Right now, you may be thinking, “this girl really isn’t selling the movie to me.” However, the predictability of the story and the fact that it is probably aimed for a younger audience does not stop you from becoming hooked to the movie and falling in love with the quirks of the characters. From Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor’s character in the movie) obsession with romance novels to Peter’s (Noah Centineo) “woah woah woah woah.” The movie is a recipe for success that will have you wondering what would happen if you sent love letters to anyone you’ve ever had strong feelings for (but really, shoot your shot amirite, it’s 2018, you got this). Also,you become a huge Noah Centineo fan as I have after watching this movie. I must tell you that he is in another Netflix original movie that recently came out called “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” and honestly that was the worst movie I have ever taken the time to watch — 10/10 would not recommend. But, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?” Great movie. Forget studying for your Gen Chem test for a little and go watch it.

To my fellow seniors, with love To my fellow seniors, with love

Under the Golden dome,

The year of lasts is upon us.

Its gilded shadow brilliant, like our lives.

The year of

There we will stand once more,

One last Irish jig

transformed in our heart of hearts

One last Victory March

To something more

One last Alma Mater

More than gold and more than words

This year of

More than anything.

The last dorm mass

This blissful divinity, our legacy

The last finals prayer

In this hallowed place,

The last Grotto candle

Will shadow our futures

This, the year of

As this home will tint our past.

Final tailgates and marshmallow fights

When this year,

Last love thees and candle light dinners

Like our time all together,

This is the year of one last first

Is done and deeded to dust,

Of walking up those sacred stairs

When our holy circle of friendship

for the first time in life

Is consigned to memory

And the last time as a student

And the four winds of our fates

This is the year of the harvest

blow to the four corners of our lives,

When our brief, tumultuous, glorious domerhoods

Then I will smile through our parting tears.

Will transcend into memory —

The world has seldom seen any so great

four years made full

as the likes of us, the us we have forged

With friends, family and friends who are family.

In the fire of transforming vulnerability And how lucky we are, I am

So here’s to us, to love and live and light the world Chosen by fate, By God, Through this, Our Golden Hour To make merry and mirth

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Ten reasons why you should bike to school Joe Nolan Inversions

According to the Oxford dictionary, ‘universal’ is defined as “the quality of involving or being shared by all people or things in the world; the quality of being true in all situations.” Nowadays, everyone thinks that society is marching toward universal progress. The advances of science, democracy and, they claim, are making more liberty and happiness available to all people in all situations. Are they really? If the words of St. Mother Teresa are worth any consideration, she sees our culture headed in a different direction: “The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” It’s called the universal fallacy: narratives of progress and modernization, rather than elevating all of humanity to its universal ideal, levels culture to a particular flavor of mediocrity. So the other day I felt an unspoken camaraderie with the lowly, loveable bike mechanics of ProForm, a local bike shop. The meek, neighborly affect that spread across my face seemed to say “if I am a wealthy university student, it’s also true that I wear Chacos.” As they repaired my punctured tire, I felt at home in a place that seemed to, like myself, value people and locale over cold, universal money. A “buy where you bike” sticker was stuck playfully on a computer’s back. I shivered in ecstasy. But my world darkened as the clerk took my credit card and stuck it in the chip reader: a banner hanging in the shop window advertised the latest bike machine whose apt homophony is only one letter off. “TacX” is an indoor bike resistance machine that clips your street bike in, liberating bikers from the age-old obstacle, winter. The ad pictured a man of contented exertion biking in his own living room. What is he smiling so smugly at? Not the snow

out his window, but the laptop screen in front of his “TacX” that transports his mind to whatever climate in the universe he fancies. We should all start riding bicycles as a concrete practice to re-educate a modern American lifestyle that wreaks of existential hubris. The automobile is probably a perfect illustration of the universal fallacy and its bankrupt promises of progress. The ability to traverse miles in minutes flattens the value of geographic locales for the traveling human psyche. Everything is five minutes away. Nothing is special. The difference between grandma’s house and that suburban strip mall is no longer felt in the journey to get there: both require slamming car doors, gas and federally regulated street dimensions. And we let this experience open and close our working days. As a strategy of resistance, I started biking to school. And you should, too. The wind in my face, the red lights I trespass, the local shops I must acknowledge — these contingent particulars constantly remind me that I am a specific human in a particular space, whose every expression presupposes the flaws and features of my body. I am not a universal man, with a universal perspective. If I may edit a phrase of my college to make my point, “Study everything. Marry a single spouse.” Recent research has affirmed the bicycle’s status as a counter-practice to the woes of modernization. According to Picker Joyce, a sociologist from Harvard, after reaching its zenith in Western cities following the second World War, the popularity of bicycles “wane[d] with the advent of the automobile.” The bicycle became obsolete as a method of private transportation: the engine of modernization had perfected the combustion engine for private use. However, by the mid-1970s, the bicycle began to make “a comeback.” Already experiencing some of the undesired effects of modernization’s rapacious transformation of rapidly

growing urban landscapes, western cities began encouraging bicycle use to stem problems like traffic and social stratification. Cities like Seattle led the avantgarde toward biker-friendliness, so that today, even our own South Bend boasts generous, bikeable downtown streets. Lime Bikes make this conscientious provision available to all. Bicycle use and modernization, Joyce maintains, are inversely proportional. But Choyce doesn’t stop there. The renowned French-born researcher (to say nothing of his profound opinions on contemporary matters) brilliantly unearths the previous symbolic weight that the bicycle bore for the West. The bicycle as we know it today first entered the scene around the 1880s, at the advent of the studio apartment. As the century turned, hailing modern conveniences like packaged cereal and the war plane, the bicycle became emblematic of the new atomized, economized individuality of life in modern cities. Modern man no longer needed to bother family or horses to travel: he could rely on his own power to get on to where he needed to be. When your tire pops, where do you go? Do you order a new one off Amazon, playing into the false universality of modernization that promises you whatever, wherever, so long as you isolate yourself from others? I go to ProForm. As I walked out of that local shop the other day, I tried to erase the image of that man biking in his white-washed living room and focus on the integrated pura vida I would soon be living. I threw my repaired bike on the rack, slammed the car door behind me and drove out of the parking lot. I winced only a little at the receipt in my hand: the new tire was just a little more expensive than a tank of gas. Joe Nolan is a struggling writer. If you have an extra meal swipe, please contact him at The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Let us not pretend to be the church Christian Santa Maria Campus Ministry

I came of age in a church that has consistently been marred with scandal. I was 14 when the stories of systematic child abuse and the subsequent cover-ups in Boston made headlines in 2002. My parish pastor was accused of sexually assaulting a minor in the year that followed. In 2012, the bishop who confirmed me admitted to a 14-year-old secret that he had fathered two boys while he was a priest. The horrific reports of sexual abuse and assault in the Catholic Church that came from the Pennsylvania grand jury just a few weeks ago left my heart, again, feeling heavy. I know this feeling of being disappointed with the church all too well. These days, when the topic of the church scandal arises, I am consistently met with shrugs that communicate a sense of helplessness stemming from the question, “What can I do about it.” No pastoral response to this tragedy seems at all satisfying or adequate, nor would it be safe to assume that we have reached the bottom of this crisis in the church. In the midst of this daunting reality, there is a temptation to do nothing, for the messiness that comes with doing something can be deeply overwhelming. When I entertain this temptation for myself, it allows me to remain a critic rather than an active participant in my own spiritual home. There is no time for this. To try and call out the church’s sacramentality, its

capacity to be a vessel of God’s grace, can seem like a tacky way of glossing over the evil in front of us, but, now more than ever, we must do so. A truly sacramental church is one that is open to its own need for conversion. Its ability to be a vessel of grace is not rooted in its immunity from sinfulness or a naive ignorance of the amount of pain the church is capable of causing, but in its willingness to act upon the grace it has received from God that makes reconciliation a lived reality. Reconciliation is neither a quick return to a previous normal state nor a hasty sense of forgiveness, but a movement toward a new existence — one that God’s grace brings about. We may not know exactly where reconciling the church’s actions may lead, but it is certainly not an invitation for us to be passive participants. I urge you to ask questions and to pray for the courage to ask your questions again and again. Any attempt to navigate such confusing times by failing to demand transparency from our church leaders, scapegoating LGBTQ Catholics and dispensing optimism disguised as hope is dangerous. Rather, engage your church leaders. Participate in dialogue about sexuality, clericalism, celibacy, church leadership and the church’s mission with your peers, priests, religious and church leaders. Listen to the stories of survivors. Do not be afraid when God’s Spirit points us to recognize truths our imaginations have yet the capacity to fathom. Allow the truth to animate your soul and take action. Like Christ, be courageous, loving and just. To be like Christ is to be the church.

For me, it comes down to this: if we are a church that continues to avoid courageous dialogue accompanied by timely, corrective action that addresses the detrimental evil in our own ranks, we are either pretending that this is what it looks like to be a sacramental church, or we are aware of the Spirit’s invitation to bring justice into the church, but choose not to respond. Although I am hopeful in our church’s future, our actions today will indicate if we pass on to future generations our unwillingness to face our own hidden sin. We can no longer afford to be silent, for to sin is to have the opportunity to love and to simply not bother. The kingdom of God is justice and peace. No justice, no peace. We have to bother. The pain of sin and abuse is real, but so is love and reconciliation. On September 11 from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m., all students are invited to a conversation on the clergy abuse crisis in the Coleman-Morse lounge.  Additionally, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., MondayThursday we have ministers in 113 CoMo who are here to listen and discern with you. We in Campus Ministry, your ministers who share with you a common baptismal call, are committed to doing our part to help the church heal and discern a way forward. Christian Santa Maria serves in Campus Ministry as the Assistant Director of Retreats and Pilgrimages and can be reached at Learn more about Campus Ministry at 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: Step up your game and make things happen. Turn this into a memorable year filled with positive change, excitement and exceptional prospects. Reconnecting with old friends and colleagues will bring about unique options that will lead to travel, educational pursuits and new beginnings. Love and romance will enhance your life. Take charge, and don’t stop until you reach your destination. Your numbers are 6, 19, 23, 28, 33, 42, 44. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t act in haste. Look at what’s being said and offered before you make a snap decision that could leave you at a loss. Bide your time, ask questions and consider every angle before you say yea or nay. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take a stance and follow through. Trust in your ability to know what’s best for yourself. Personal relationships will take a favorable turn if you share your concerns and intentions, as well as a romantic gesture. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Play it safe. Check every detail and verify what you’ve been told. It’s better to be safe than sorry when dealing with settlements, joint finances or feelings. Don’t neglect your responsibilities or your loved ones. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Spend more time with friends and family. Discuss your plans and see who is interested in tagging along. Don’t feel you have to pay for others. You cannot buy love. Offer kindness and understanding; you’ll win respect and affection. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Look at what you can do to make personal and physical improvements at home. Whether it’s doing something nice for someone you love or moving things around to clear a space for one of your pursuits, it will be time well spent. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Look for any opportunity to make a move. Changing things up a bit will inspire you to be more adventuresome and to share your feelings, intentions and plans with someone special. Make romance and physical improvements priorities. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Think twice before making a move. Listen carefully to what’s being said or offered. If someone shows anger or tends to be pushy, keep your distance. Don’t take part in gossip or share private information about someone else. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take part in a social event or lend a helping hand. What you do for others and how you interact will open up a window of opportunity. Traveling, sharing creative ideas and collaborating with unusual individuals will spark your imagination. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll come up against someone with ulterior motives. Don’t be gullible or too eager to please. A story that sounds magnificent is probably fabricated. A false sense of security will result if you allow someone to manipulate you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Buying and selling, a joint venture or making a move or change that will boost your assets or lower your overhead should be considered. An important relationship should be highlighted and changes should be implemented that will bring you closer together. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t get all worked up over something you have no control over. Settle down and use common sense to come up with a solution that will help you deal with anyone or anything that’s troubling you. Be good to yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll have all sorts of options to consider. It’s time to bring about change and to focus on getting ahead financially. A physical change to your appearance will give you the confidence you need to forge ahead with your plans. Birthday Baby: You are unique, intuitive, and a visionary. You are influential and proactive.


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SPORTS | monday, september 10, 2018 | The Observer

nfl | panthers 16, cowboys 8

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Williams deserves same standard Courtney Becker Editor-in-Chief

I was sitting in the student sec­ tion on Saturday when I got a push alert: “Naomi Osaka of Japan upsets Serena Williams in the U.S. Open to win her first Grand Slam in her first appearance in a major final.” I was disappointed, but I didn’t think about the U.S. Open again until I got home. I’m not a huge tennis fan, and I really only be­ come a casual viewer during major competitions, so even though I’d wanted Williams to win, it wasn’t the first thing on my mind and it wasn’t something about which I was planning on writing. Then I saw the headlines. The top story on ESPN’s website at the time read, “Serena umpire spat mars Osaka’s U.S. Open win.” I wish I could’ve written this about Williams capping off one of the greatest returns in sports by winning her 24th Grand Slam singles title, tying Margaret Court for the record, just a year after she fought through life-threatening complications while giving birth. Although I’m not an avid tennis watcher, I can’t help but be mes­ merized by Williams when she plays. Despite this loss, she is still the best in the world right now and arguably the greatest of all time. The next natural option to ad­ dressing Osaka’s upset of Williams would have been just as worthy. Osaka is 20 years old. She is the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam and she did it by beat­ ing her hero. That is a pretty amaz­ ing story. But to simply write about that version of events and block out everything else that happened during and following the match would be naive. The highlights from the match don’t show as much of Osaka’s dominance — she won 6-2, 6-4 — as they do of the “umpire spat” from Williams. In the second game of the second set, chair um­ pire Carlos Ramos called a coach­ ing violation on Williams. Later, in the fifth game of the set, Williams smashed her racket, resulting in a second violation and a point against her. That’s when things took a turn. Williams confronted Ramos about the violation call again, this time expressing outrage that he would say she was “cheating” and demanding an apology from him. This continued later in the match, when Williams called Ramos a “thief” for costing her a point. The comment cost her one more. Ramos issued another pen­ alty against Williams for “verbal abuse,” resulting in Osaka being given a game near the end of the second set. At this point, it didn’t matter how well Osaka was playing. The home crowd was against Ramos,


and Osaka by extension, in their indignation on behalf of Williams. When Osaka won, she pulled her visor down over her face as she walked to the net, crying, to hug Williams. Still crying, fans booed her at the start of the trophy pre­ sentation. Williams reached over to comfort her and subsequently told the crowd to stop booing, but the damage was done. Osaka’s vic­ tory was ruined. I’ve already admitted I don’t follow tennis too closely, so I’ll leave debate about the coaching violation to others (the racket one is pretty cut and dry). But to me, two things about the way this final turned out are very clear. The first is that Serena Williams is held to different standards than other athletes, in tennis or other­ wise. There is not a doubt in my mind that many are scoffing at Williams’ accusations of sexism influencing the final penalty (I’m already seeing people do so on Twitter), but there is an inherent double standard in society and in sports when women argue a call. Beyond that, Williams is the best right now, and that unfortunately comes with being held to a differ­ ent standard. She faces pushback from officials frequently, both on and off the court. The fact that this isn’t the first time Williams has made headlines for arguing with an umpire probably doesn’t help her case, even though it should have no bearing on the match. So yes, whether by virtue of her gender or her status in the sport, Williams is officiated differently. The second, more important point is that the crowd’s treatment of Osaka was horrible. She may have just beaten the GOAT, but she is still younger than the vast ma­ jority of the people booing at that event. Colloquially, she’s still a kid, and the fact that she felt bad about her accomplishment because it upset the home crowd, the fact that I know more about Williams’ fight with an umpire than the performance of the 2018 U.S. Open champion, is devastating. It’s impossible to know what would’ve happened in the match without the drama of the second set, but Osaka had already set herself up in a pretty good posi­ tion and was playing well enough to achieve the same outcome either way. Fans need to do bet­ ter, be more mature and leave any frustrations with officials out of a deserving winner’s moment. So congratulations to Osaka. But the United States Tennis Association and tennis fans should take a good look at this mess and ensure that what happened to her moment never happens again. Contact Courtney Becker at The views expressed in this Sports Authority are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Newton, defense lead Carolina over Dallas Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pan­ thers defensive tackle Kawann Short stood smiling at his lock­ er sporting a new black golf shirt with three letters stitched on that read: G2X. It was a present to the defen­ sive linemen from new coor­ dinator Eric Washington — a reminder of the motto of this year’s unit. “Getting to the spot, man; getting to the quarterback,” Short said. “It’s the mentality for everybody on defense.” The Panthers defense did just that plenty of that Sunday, sacking quarterback Dak Prescott six times and limiting Dallas to 232 yards in a 16-8 victory over the Cowboys in the season opener. Cam Newton ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Luke Kuechly had 13 tackles to lead the Panthers. Short had two sacks and Mario Addison add­ ed a game-clinching strip-sack of the Cowboys quarterback with 1:23 left. “They’re great,” Prescott said of Carolina’s defense. “Luke

Kuechly is the quarterback of that defense and does a great job of putting them in good position. And they are a suretackling team.” The Cowboys, who entered the season looking to replace Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, couldn’t do much against a stingy Carolina defense in the first half. The Panthers limited the Cowboys to 60 yards and four first downs to take a 10-0 lead into the locker room. Prescott finished with just 170 yards passing and Ezekiel Elliott was held to 69 yards rushing and didn’t score un­ til the fourth quarter. Dallas’ leading receiver was Cole Beasley, who had seven catches for 73 yards. Prescott refused to blame the team’s struggles on adjusting to new players — or on the of­ fense’s lack of reps together in preseason. “We have a lot of great play­ ers on this team,” Prescott said. “We’re not talking about guys we used to have or guys that are missing. It’s about the guys on the field and we gave it our all. I promise we will have a better

performance next week.” The Panthers seemed in com­ plete control when fullback Alex Armah scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter to make it 16-0. But Carolina botched the extra point, keep­ ing it a two-possession game and turning the momentum to the Cowboys. Elliott scored on a 4-yard touchdown run on the next drive and Prescott added the 2-point conversion to cut the lead in half. But Carolina stopped Dallas on its final two drives and Addison — who had 11 sacks last season — stripped Prescott of the ball and Captain Munnerlyn recovered. “Kawann can’t get a sack without me; I can’t get a sack without him, can’t get one without (Julius) Peppers,” Addison said. “Everybody’s got to do their job.” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys did a better job of spreading the Panthers out late in the game, but add­ ed that penalties were a killer. Dallas was penalized 10 times for 85 yards.

nfl | packers 24, bears 23

Rogers returns, Packers overcome 20-point deficit Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers’ knee hurt. His arm was just fine. The hobbling two-time NFL MVP threw three touchdown passes in the second half after returning from a knee injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. Rodgers, who was carted off in the first half, connected with receiver Randall Cobb for a catch-and-run through the secondary for a 75-yard touch­ down and the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game. “Aaron Rodgers was remark­ able. I just can’t tell you how proud I am with him,” coach Mike McCarthy said. Nick Perry sacked the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky on fourthand-10 with 58 seconds to complete the comeback. A Chicago defense featuring newly acquired star linebacker Khalil Mack dominated until

the third quarter. Mack had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against backup quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second quarter. A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears. He also found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touch­ down passes. “Felt something in it. I had a hard time putting weight on it. (The doctor) and I had a con­ versation,” Rodgers said of his knee. “We did the tests. I told him I was going back.” The Packers plan to run more tests on their QB on Monday, though Rodgers seems to think his availability for next week’s game against Minnesota is a foregone conclusion. “No, I’m planning on play­ ing,” Rodgers said. Add the win over the Bears to Rodgers’ already lengthy career highlight reel. He fin­ ished 20 of 30 for 286 yards. “Obviously, that’s a tough one for us. It stings,” coach

Matt Nagy said after his Bears debut. It was Rodgers’ first regularseason home game since Sept. 28 against the Bears. He was limited to seven games in 2017 because of a collarbone injury. Mack nearly stole the show. He also stripped the ball for a turnover in the red zone off Kizer in the second quarter. Mack made an immediate im­ pact in his first game since the Bears acquired the premier pass rusher in a blockbuster deal with the Oakland Raiders. The Bears led 20-0 at one point and their defense domi­ nated until the second half. Then Rodgers returned, and the Packers’ defense held the Bears in check. Green Bay scored 17 unan­ swered points at one point. “You know we talked about finishing and we didn’t do that,” Nagy said. An offensive-minded coach, Nagy had the aggressive Bears’ offense pushing the Packers around the field in the first half.

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with a 15-10 set and game victory. Senior libero Ryann Dejarld and senior middle blocker Meg Morningstar each led the team season highs with 23 digs and 10 blocks, respectively. Junior Outside Hitter Jemma Yeadon had 14 kills, tying her seasonhigh in the season-opener versus Weber State, and freshman setter Zoe Nunez tallied 39 assists. Despite the duration of the first match, the Irish responded only a few hours later with two strong performances. The first of their two Saturday games came against Miami (Ohio) (6-4). Notre Dame jumped on the Redhawks early in the first set, carrying the momentum throughout to win 25-19. Jemma Yeadon emerged as the dominant figure in the second set, posting six kills in that frame alone to give the Irish a 25-16 victory and 2-0 lead on the match. Despite an attempted rally, Notre Dame handled business and swept Miami. Yeadon tallied 12 kills on the game, but freshman right side hitter Sydney Bent also stood out with a career-high 6 aces. Morningstar contributed 4 blocks and Nunez another 31 assists. In the final game of their

schedule, the Irish maintained their wave of dominance, sweeping their match against Chattanooga (4-6). It was an impressive performance over the Mocs as the Irish posted another 3-0 victory. Notre Dame controlled the first set, tying a season low of 10 points allowed. The Mocs gained their footing and were more competitive in the following sets, but Notre Dame handled business to win the second set 25-18 and the third 25-22. Bench players played a key role in Notre Dame’s success. Bent continued her impactful day with a career-high seven kills, tying Morningstar’s seven kills to lead the team in that category. Nunez had a seasonlow 19 assists, which can be attributed to sophomore setter Monroe Olsen’s season-high nine assists. Junior outside hitter Lauren Woodard also was a factor, providing six kills in the win. Morningstar and Nunez were both named to the all-tournament team. Morningstar had a team-leading 15 blocks for the weekend as well as 19 kills. Nunez supplied 89 assists, 22 digs and three blocks for the team. The Irish travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the opening of a home-and-home series with Michigan on Friday.


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Irish freshman setter Zoe Nunez sets the ball during Notre Dame’s 3-0 victory over Oakland on Aug. 31 at Purcell Pavilion. Nunez was named to the All-Tournament Team this weekend, with 89 assists and 22 digs. Paid Advertisement

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kick. Freshman midfielder Mohamed Omar was called for a hand ball after a challenge that resulted in the ball popping up and hitting his arm. Syracuse converted the penalty kick to bring the score to 2-1. Just ten minutes later, the Irish extended their lead to 3-1 when Dumas stepped up to take a free kick in the 76th minute. His kick soared over the wall of Syracuse defenders, bending into the top right corner for his first goal of the season. “Feli [Dumas] is great on both sides of the ball,” Riley said. “There are not many people who can shoot a set piece like him. He had a really good game over all and he also dealt with a very direct team and handled their long balls.” In an attempt to get back into the game, the Orange sent attackers down the field to put pressure on the defense and found a chance to slip a ball into the net. In the 84th minute Syracuse was able to score its second goal, but Notre Dame held out the rest of the match for the final score of 3-2. “Anytime we win we are excited, and we’re happy to start off like this,” Riley said. “[The] only way we can be successful is to take it a day at a time. We have a few hours to enjoy this win. The team is good at doing that and then mentally moving on to prepare ourselves for the next match.” Observer File Photo

Irish senior defender Felicien Dumas, left, prepares to make a throw-in while former midfielder Blake Townes scans the field during Notre Dame’s 3-1 win over Michigan on Oct. 10 at Alumni Stadium. During Friday’s win, Dumas scored and provided his fourth assist of the season.

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Sanchez recovered a rebounded shot to earn the unassisted goal in the 30th minute. The 1-0 score would remain unchanged until the half’s end. Despite failing to score, the Irish found numerous offensive opportunities in the first half. Notre Dame earned a corner kick and took four shots over the game’s first 45 minutes, including three from Flores. Santa Clara managed six shots and a corner before halftime. Westendorf came out after halftime focused, as she tied the game in the 49th minute with an unassisted goal, firing a successful shot from the top of the box. The forward finished the match with three shots. Santa Clara regained the lead in the 57th minute with another unassisted rebound goal, this time from freshman midfielder Skylar Smith. The Broncos continued their offensive strike, extending the score to 3-1 two minutes

later when sophomore forward Kelsey Turnbow connected on a shot. The Irish tried battling out of the two-goal deficit, bringing the lead back within one by the 73rd minute. Sophomore midfielder Sammi Fisher hit the back of the net on a long shot from several yards beyond the box, making the score 3-2. Fisher took three total shots in the match, two of which were on goal. This goal — her third of the season — made Fisher the leading goal scorer on the season for the Irish. Despite a concerted effort to score again, the Irish were unable to close the gap, and the score remained unaltered as time expired. Notre Dame outshot Santa Clara 9-8 in the second half. The Irish tallied 13 shots (six on goal) overall, just one short of Santa Clara’s 14 (five on goal). The Irish will face another challenge in its first ACC matchup of the year this Sunday against No. 13 North Carolina State (6-1-1). Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium.

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Irish junior forward Jennifer Westendorf kicks the ball during Notre Dame’s 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Aug. 30 at Alumni Stadium. Westendorf scored a goal Sunday and picked up an assist Friday.


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ND women’s soccer | stanford 3, nd 1; santa clara 3, nd 2

Notre Dame drops pair to ranked opponents Observer Sports Staff

Notre Dame dropped a pair of matches against highly ranked teams on a road trip in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend. On Friday, the Irish fell to No. 1 Stanford (6-0-0) 3-1, and were beaten by No. 12 Santa Clara (6-1-0) 3-2 on Sunday. Though Notre Dame (4-4-0) was bested in both games, the Irish put on impressive defensive displays in each game. Facing Stanford, the Irish were able to hold the defending national champions scoreless for a significant portion of the first half. The Cardinal earned the match’s first goal in the 32nd minute when senior midfielder Jordan DiBiasi’s shot past Irish junior goalkeeper Brooke Littman into the bottom right corner. The score would remain 1-0 in Stanford’s favor until the half. The Irish offense had been quiet in the first half, with Notre Dame’s only shot coming from senior midfielder Sabrina Flores. Barely a minute into the second half, the Cardinal took a

2-0 lead on a goal from freshman forward Abby Greubel. Notre Dame responded about 13 minutes later with a goal of its own. Assisted by junior forward Jennifer Westendorf, fifth-year forward Karin Muya curved the ball past Stanford’s keeper to make the score 2-1. Stanford responded quickly, securing the win with one more goal with 25:16 to play. Cardinal freshman forward Sophia Smith found the back of the net to make it 3-1, a score that would hold until the final whistle. Notre Dame had managed six shots in the second half, three of which ended up on goal. In comparison, the Cardinal dominated the same 45-minute period, taking 13 shots. W hile Stanford fired 20 shots throughout the match, the Irish defense allowed only six of those shots to end up on goal. Sunday’s match against Santa Clara would prove closer. The Broncos struck first when senior forward Maria see W SOCCER PAGE 11


Irish sophomore midfielder Sammi Fisher, right, changes direction during Notre Dame’s 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Aug. 30 at Alumni Stadium. Fisher scored her first goal of the season during Sunday’s loss.

ND volleyball | WKU 3, nd 2; nd 3, miami (OH) 0; nd 3, ChattanoogA 0

ND posts fifth and sixth sweeps of season Observer Sports Staff

In a busy weekend, Notre Dame completed three games in a span of less than 24 hours. The Irish traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to face Western Kentucky, Miami (Ohio) and Chattanooga in the Holiday Inn– University Plaza Invitational. Friday night’s contest pitted the Irish against Western Kentucky (6-4), the team that knocked them out of the NCAA tournament last season. The Lady Toppers got off to a strong start to the match, gaining early leads and winning the first two sets 25-17 each. The Irish, however, would not go down quietly. In the midst of another early deficit, Notre Dame rallied to win the second set 2523. They then topped that performance in the fourth set, down 24-20 and facing defeat, the Irish stormed back to win 27-25 and take the fourth set. In the fifth and final set, Western Kentucky again grabbed an early lead, but this time were able to stave off another Irish comeback see VOLLEYBALL PAGE 10

nd men’s soccer | nd 3, syracuse 2

Irish beat Orange, stay undefeated By MEAGAN BENS Sports Writer

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Irish senior middle blocker Meg Morningstar, right, leaps to make a block during Notre Dame’s 3-0 victory over Oakland on Aug. 31.

Notre Dame scored its first ACC victory of the season with a 3-2 victory over Syracuse on the road Friday to remain undefeated. All the goals were scored during the second half of the game. Fifth-year defender Patrick Berneski, senior forward Thomas Ueland and senior defender Felicien Dumas each scored a goal to overcome the Orange (2-2-0, 0-0-1 ACC). Neither Notre Dame (3-0-1, 1-0-0 ACC) or Syracuse were able to capitalize on the two shots each had on target during the first half. The game remained scoreless until Notre Dame came back refueled after halftime. “Up on the road against a quality opponent, 0-0 is a good spot to be in after the first half,” Irish head coach Chad Riley said. “We made adjustments and we had 45 minutes to win the game and do some things we needed to fix

defensively. And the guys just came back out focused and energetic.” Taking the Irish’s first corner, Dumas floated a cross towards the near post and Berneski, surrounded by three defenders, was able to get a head on the ball to send it past the keeper for the first goal. “We score a mixture of goals, generally speaking from run of play and from set pieces,” Riley said. “You need to have a balance to win, and we also know that set pieces are going to be the key to winning college soccer games.” Notre Dame added to their lead six minutes later when Ueland picked up the ball right outside the box. Syracuse cleared Dumas’ free kick, but the ball ended up at Ueland’s left foot which sent the ball just under the bar and over the hands of the keeper, putting the Irish ahead 2-0 in the 59th minute. The Orange crept back in the game after a penalty see M SOCCER PAGE 11


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The next play, junior Irish running back Tony Jones Jr. broke multiple tackles and scampered all 31 of those yards to put Notre Dame up 14-3. Jones’s touchdown amounted to the longest offensive rush of his career. Kelly expressed his satisfaction in his team’s ability to cause turnovers and capitalize from them. “Neal did a great job,” he said. “He got outside, contained, kept some plays alive. We needed those interceptions, and we cashed them in for scores.” Following a Ball State punt and a Notre Dame interception, the Cardinals threaded together a 36-yard drive that ended in 3 points, making the score 146, a mark that would hold until halftime. The Cardinals started the second half with the ball, driving 21 yards before Elliott came away with his second interception of the game. Wimbush then connected with senior receivers

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Chris Finke and Miles Boykin to set up a second touchdown run for Jones, this time for one yard to stretch Notre Dame’s lead to 21-6. Kelly praised Elliott’s ability to positively shift momentum and set up opportunities for the Irish. “He had a great game,” he said. “One of the things was for him to grow relative to the ball in the air, tracking the ball, coming down with it, all those kinds of things. ... He got the game ball, too.” Four more possessions would come and go before more points showed up on the board. With just over two minutes to go in the third quarter, Yoon connected on a 46-yard field goal attempt for the Irish, making the score 24-6. Ball State opened the fourth with a scoring drive of their own, taking the ball 79 yards in five minutes and finishing with a 10-yard touchdown reception for redshirt-sophomore tight end Nolan Givan. Wimbush threw his third interception of the game on the next possession, setting Ball

State up for a 41-yard drive that ultimately ended in a missed field goal attempt of 46 yards. The Irish failed to respond, punting after three plays on the next drive, and the Cardinals then drove into field goal range again, this time connecting on a 49-yarder with 1:30 remaining. Time was scarce, but Ball State was now only a score away, down 24-16. However, the Irish were able to recover the Cardinals’ onside kick attempt, subsequently running out the clock and taking the 8-point lead to the locker room. Kelly said he did not expect the game to go as it did, but he sees avenues for the team to continue growing. “Our players have to bring a little bit more energy to the game,” he said. “So we go into a game like this with we’re happy to win, but I’ve got to prepare our team better, we’ve got to coach them better, and our guys have to come with more energy into this kind of game.” Contact Peter Baltes at

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3 7

3 7

0 10

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Notre Dame 7, ball state 0

Jafar Armstrong 1-yard run (Justin Yoon kick)


remaining Drive: Five plays, 74 yards 1:54 elapsed

NOTRE DAME 7, ball State 3

Morgan Hagee 25-yard field goal


remaining Drive: 19 plays, 85 yards, 6:49 elapsed


NOTRE DAME 14, ball state 3

Tony Jones Jr. 31-yard run (Yoon kick)


remaining Drive: One play, 31 yards 0:09 elapsed

Notre Dame 14, ball state 6 Hagee 23-yard field goal


remaining Drive: 13 plays, 36 yards, 2:55 elapsed


Notre dame 21, Ball state 6 Jones Jr. 1-yard run (Yoon kick)


remaining Drive: Six plays, 56 yards, 1:55 elapsed

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game, but he is absolutely not the reason Notre Dame almost dropped Saturday’s contest. “I think what we want to do is for Brandon Wimbush to continue to lead our offense. Brandon Wimbush wasn’t the reason that we were ineffective offensively,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said after the game. “I don’t think we coached very well this week. I don’t believe I prepared him the way we should have, now that I see the way they played. We didn’t protect him at the highest level, there’s a lot of things.” Wimbush could have passed more efficiently from the pocket, and three interceptions (one of which ought to fall on senior wide receiver Miles Boykin) are not ideal. But instead of jumping straight to criticizing him for his pocket-passing efficiency, which is simply tiring at this point, let’s look at some alternative explanations for Wimbush’s line of 17-of-31 with three interceptions and the loss as a whole. First, the Irish offensive line was puzzlingly bad. Wimbush took a lot of pressure throughout the game — he once scrambled for about 30 yards just for a 2-yard gain — and although at least one of those interceptions could have been avoided by throwing the ball away, much of the blame falls on the offensive line. You can’t call for anyone to be comfortable in the pocket if they don’t have enough time. Graduate student offensive lineman Sam Mustipher spoke about the challenge Ball State’s front posed for the Irish offensive line. “They were physical, they were moving — blitzing us, pressuring us,” Mustipher said.

“They played well. They had a good front, a good seven that gave us problems.” Mustipher clearly had a far better look than I at the Ball State defensive line, but it seems odd that an offensive line that had no problem paving the way for Wimbush against Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary, two of the best defensive players in college football, would struggle with the Cardinals. Maybe all of that falls on Chip Long, or maybe even on Kelly, who himself admitted must do a better job of preparing his guys. But either way, Wimbush ought not be blamed for offensive blocking struggles. Secondly, the Notre Dame defensive unit was, in large part, inconsistent. Junior safety Jalen Elliot’s two picks were high points of the contest, and without them, this game could have gotten away from the Irish. But if Notre Dame must rely on two interceptions from a safety against a team who struggled in MAC conference play last year, how will it fare against Bryce Love and Stanford? That aspect of Saturday’s game is difficult because it’s clear, on paper, that the Irish have the defensive pieces to build one of the strongest units in the country. But for some reason, Ball State quarterback Riley Neal had just a little too much room to breathe on Saturday. With little slant passes and a high tempo, Neal and his unit managed to carry drives above the five-minute mark, and the Cardinals’ time of possession more than doubled that of the Irish after the first quarter. Of course, in the red zone the Irish defense was very solid, but against a different team, those field goals could certainly add up. Thirdly, whereas Notre

Dame’s wide receivers seemed to grab every 50/50 ball in sight against Michigan, they struggled mightily on Saturday. Sophomore running back Avery Davis dropped a certain touchdown in the second quarter. Boykin bobbled a pass from Wimbush that was right in his hands, which resulted in a pick. The pass was tipped at the line, but Boykin still could have easily made the catch. Things just seemed out of sync at times with the wide receivers. When Wimbush threw his third interception of the game in the fourth quarter, it went right into the hands of Ball State’s Ray Wilborn, as senior wide receiver Chris Finke and Boykin watched. That was certainly more than an errant throw. The point is, Notre Dame was inconsistent on virtually all fronts Saturday afternoon. One minute, the offense was shredding through Ball State’s secondary in seconds, and the next, the Irish were dropping touchdown passes. The defense would allow Neal to prance into the red zone, and then shut him down once he was there. The Irish would take one step forward and two steps backward. And all of this cannot fall on Wimbush, even though he too needs to be much better if Notre Dame is intent on making the playoff. If Wimbush becomes the center of blame, it becomes easy to forget how much it truly takes to build a championship football team. Saturday ought to be a humbling, and more importantly an awakening experience for the Irish. Contact Connor Mulvena at The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Notre Dame 24, Ball State 6 Yoon 46-yard field goal


remaining Drive: Eight plays, 33 yards, 2:30 elapsed


NOTRE DAME 24, Ball state 13

Nolan Givan 10-yard pass from Riley Neal (Hagee kick)


remaining Drive: 13 plays, 79 yards, 5:00 elapsed

NOTRE DAME 24, Ball State 16 Hagee 49-yard field goal


remaining Drive: Eight plays, 26 yards, 2:21 elapsed

statistics RUSHING yards 117 169

PASSING yards 297 180

total yards 414 349

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Irish senior linebacker Asmar Bilal tackles a Ball State opponent during Notre Dame’s 24-16 win over the Cardinals on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Bilal recorded five tackles against the Cardinals, four of which were solo tackles. The Irish tallied 84 tackles over the course of the game, led by senior linebacker Te’von Coney who notched 14 of his own.

grinding out the win

Despite jumping out to a 24-6 lead, the Irish struggled to put the Cardinals to bed on Saturday, as the Cardinals blanked Notre Dame in the fourth quarter and kicked a field goal to cut the gap to 24-16 with 1:30 left. But the Irish managed to hold on for the win, thanks in large part to the secondary and Jalen Elliott, who had two key interceptions that both led to touchdowns.


Irish junior defensive lineman Julian Okwara prepares to take off the line of scrimmage.

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Irish junior defensive lineman Julian Okwara sprints towards the Ball State quarterback during Notre Dame’s 24-16 win on Saturday.


Irish senior linebacker Te’von Coney celebrates during Notre Dame’s win over Ball State.

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Irish sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong sprints between two defenders on Saturday.

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Irish sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong battles three Ball State defenders on Saturday.

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