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Ending the Streak Irish record 10 wins for third-straight season and end a 12-year losing streak in Palo Alto


Irish senior running back Tony Jones Jr. carries the ball during Notre Dame’s 45-24 win over Stanford on Nov. 30 in Palo Alto, the first win for the Irish at Stanford since 2007. Jones recorded14 carries for 50 yards, ending senior quarterback Ian Book’s four-game stretch of leading the team in rushing, as well as a 16-yard touchdown pass from Book.

Giving thanks for the 2019 ND Football Season Hayden Adams Associate Sports Editor

After Notre Dame’s senior day victory against Boston College, I wrote a column expressing my frustration for the game despite the 40-7 result in Notre Dame’s favor. I’ll be honest, I was looking for a reason to be negative. However, given that is Thanksgiving, I thought I would write this column in the spirit of Thanksgiving as my colleague Ellen Geyer did before the Stanford game. So, with the regular season in the books, here’s a look back at everything I’m thankful for from this season.

Ending the streak in Palo Alto With Saturday’s win, the Irish now have their first victory on the road at Stanford since 2007. Yes, Stanford is not good, as evidenced by their 4-8 record, but regardless it’s promising that Notre Dame could finish the season strong the way they have after a devastating loss to see ADAMS PAGE 2


On a dreary, cold and rainy Palo Alto afternoon, one which held firm expectations of a commanding Irish victory, things began mysteriously for Notre Dame. The defense — the unit which has undergirded this team’s strength all year — gave an underperforming Stanford offense headway which it didn’t particularly deserve. But in the end, it was that very unit which buckled up and worked out the kinks to hand Notre Dame a victory in dominant, albeit somewhat puzzling, fashion. The Cardinal won the toss, electing to receive, and junior quarterback Davis Mills wasted no time taking to the air on the opening drive. He looked composed, picking his spots from the pocket with precision. And then, on second and goal on the fiveyard line, Mills capped the opening drive with a touchdown. But senior quarterback Ian Book came out firing as well for the Irish, looking to match Mills’ flawless opening touchdown drive. After a nine-yard completion to sophomore tight end Tommy Tremble, the Irish were called for a false start, hindering the momentum of the drive. But Book persisted, making a key 24yard completion to senior running back Tony Jones Jr. to put the

Irish in the red zone. He capped the drive with a touchdown on a screen pass to Jones to tie the game at seven with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter. On the ensuing drive, Mills ran into some trouble on his own 36yard line with third down and seven yards to go. But the Irish defense gave him an opening, and the junior kept the ball for a 13-yard rush which handed the Cardinal a first down and the momentum to head into Irish territory. Fifth year running back Cameron Scarlett got Stanford to the goalline, but the Cardinal were eventually pushed back five yards on a false start penalty, so freshman kicker Ryan Sanborn came in to regain the lead with a 24-yard field goal. With just over ten minutes remaining in the half, Mills took over on his own 46 and extended Stanford’s lead with a stellar scoring drive. In just under two minutes, the Cardinal completed five plays for 46 yards, and Mills capped the drive with a perfect 27-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Michael Wilson to take a 17-7 lead. Then, with under five minutes remaining in the half, the Stanford special teams unit lined up to punt, but freshman defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey blocked the punt, and sophomore defensive lineman Justin

Ademilola recovered to give the Irish a scoring chance on the goal line. Book took advantage of the opportunity, finding Tremble in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown to cut it to 17-14 with about three minutes remaining in the half. The Irish took this momentum well, forcing the Cardinal to punt with just under two minutes to go in the half. Book took over on his own 24-yard line, and they went on to score again after Book completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Chase Claypool, which handed the Irish the lead for the first time in the contest with 1:20 to go in the half. The Irish took that lead into the locker room. Notre Dame came out with the ball in the second half, but junior kicker Jonathan Doerer missed a 43-yard field goal. Notre Dame’s defense, ranked sixth in defense efficiency in the nation, began to assume its usual form in the third quarter. The Irish forced Stanford to go three-and-out on the Cardinal’s first two drives of the second half, giving the offense a chance to stretch the lead. Book led the unit down the field and capped the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Claypool to give the Irish a 27-17 lead with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter. see PALO ALTO PAGE 3

Irish defense underlines success at Stanford By CONNOR MULVENA Sports Editor

In a season with some unexpected twists, and probably the same amount of expected narratives, the final game seemed to encapsulate that which Notre Dame is and has been for the past two seasons on the field: a team which builds primarily from its defensive prowess. Stanford’s first offensive drive, the first drive of the contest, cast a gloomy shadow on the high expectations of a Notre Dame squad poised to buck the recent trend of its games in Northern California. Stanford junior quarterback Davis Mills was flawless in the air, going five-for-five with 71 yards and a touchdown pass. The Irish defense appeared lackluster, unable to establish firm coverage over the middle and too slow to close out the corners. And with these shortcomings, others followed. Although the offense responded with a score, it was not until the defense got back on its feet that the offense could really shine.  The defensive special teams unit, specifically freshman defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey, see DEFENSE PAGE 3



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Michigan (can’t be thankful for anything from that game), the one that dashed their playoff hopes.

Finally blocking a punt There have been so many close calls this season where the Irish nearly got to the opposing punter, but they haven’t been able to get those last few inches except for against Michigan (we’re not talking about that play) and finally against Stanford (and they should have gotten another one).

66 points against New Mexico This is more of a moral victory, but it was the most points Notre Dame had scored in a game since scoring 69 in a win over Georgia Tech in 1977. Lobos head coach Bob Davie wasn’t there to receive the full force of his return to South Bend due to health reasons, but it was a fun afternoon nonetheless, especially because of …

Kyle Hamilton ’nuff said. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman safety is an athlete like I’ve never seen. The one mark against him coming into this season is that he was supposed to be a relatively weak tackler given his build, but have you seen the way he’s laid people out? He has 25 solo tackles and 39 total on the season, he leads the team with four interceptions and opened the scoring at Notre Dame stadium this season with a pick-6 against New Mexico

(2-10). He has one tackle for loss on the year, and of all the players it could be against, he tripped up Navy senior quarterback Malcolm Perry before the Midshipman could beat him to the edge. I could go on and on, but I digress.

Putting 52 points up on Brian VanGorder It was only fitting to put up 52 points on a Brian VanGorder defense after his tenure in South Bend, and to make it the first shut out in South Bend since 2014 was particularly satisfying.

by being the first to make three 40+ yard field goals in a game, including a 52-yarder into the wind. Doerer may have hooked a field goal against Stanford and barely made another, but he’s been steady all season. Also, as I write this the morning after the win, ESPN plays highlights of Alabama’s Iron Bowl loss to Auburn and says that since 2007, Nick Saban’s kickers have missed 101 field goals, eight more than any other FBS team in that span. Thank God for Jonathan Doerer (didn’t think you’d see that this season, huh?).

The kicking unit(s) First, I have to give praise to freshman punter Jay Bramblett, who’s taken over admirably in the steed of Tyler Newsome and his mullet. Bramblett doesn’t have a huge leg, but he gives the gunners time to get to the punt returner, and he’s managed to consistently pin opponents within their own 20 by keeping the ball out of the endzone for a touchback. Plus, his “knuckleball,” as Brian Kelly calls it, resulted in a muffed punt by Georgia to let the Irish go up on them 7-0. Now, I gotta hand it to Jonathan Doerer. The junior kicker taking over for Justin Yoon, the leading scorer in the history of the school, and Brian Kelly himself expressed uncertainty as to whether or not he or freshman kicker Harrison Leonard would be the go-to guy this season. Even so, Doerer has done his job this season and then some, knocking four field goals through against Boston College and setting a school record against archrival USC

Cole Kmet coming back If you missed it, junior tight end Cole Kmet said he’d be coming back for his senior season, and Hallelujah is all I can say. After exploding onto the scene in his first game back from a broken collarbone against Georgia, he had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown as the Irish nearly pulled off the upset in the first non-conference top-10 matchup in Sanford Stadium since 1966. It’s especially fantastic that “the Comet” returns next year with the departure we all dread …

Chase Claypool being Chase Claypool Parting is such sweet sorrow. Claypool has always had stud potential, but my word, why couldn’t we capitalize on him earlier in the season? You can thank Claypool arguably more than Kmet for keeping the Georgia game in reach after recovering the aforementioned muffed punt to set up Kmet’s score and for scoring their only

other touchdown to cut the lead to 23-17. You have to feel for a guy playing his best football when it’s too little, too late for his team in terms of a national championship, but he’s been making himself some money over the past few games. 91 receiving yards per game and 8 touchdowns over the last five contests and winning virtually every jump ball thrown his way is definitely the way to finish your career. Fly and be free “Maple Bandit.”

Meeting expectations I know it’s a low bar to set, but let’s be thankful. This team was projected to win 10 games by most, with virtually everyone expecting a loss to Georgia (a likely result) and another to either Michigan (grr) or Stanford. However, while this was expected, the manner in which we got here was a surprise, due to a disappointing offense and …

Clark Lea’s defense Cue the angelic choir and doves flying around. This was a huge question mark coming into the season, especially a linebacker group without Te’Von Coney or Drue Tranquil. It didn’t matter. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea had one dud this season against Michigan (ugh), but other than that the defense has followed the same formula virtually every game: bide your time, limit the opposing offense and make all the necessary adjustments at halftime to shut them down. The only times the defense faltered were when the offense wasn’t able to keep them off the

field for a breather, and when the offense needed a spark, the defense obliged more often than they should have had to (see eight sacks, three forced fumbles and a touchdown against Virginia, plus others).

Miscellaneous shout outs Thank you to senior defensive end Khalid Kareem, and congrats on getting his first career touchdown on the garbage play of all garbage plays against Stanford. The pass rush was disappointing this season, but Kareem never disappointed and refused to let injury slow him down. Also, a big shout out to graduate student linebacker Asmar Bilal for taking a humongous leap and being an irreplaceable piece of the linebackers. Thank you to graduate student slot receiver Chris Finke for your weird bird dance. Thank you to oft-injured graduate students Shaun Crawford and Trevor Ruhland for being the toughest sons of guns we could ever ask for. And thank you to Ian Book, because even though you left a lot to be desired, you powered us to 10 wins and gave us an unforgettable finish against Virginia Tech. My first season covering football for the Observer was a memorable one, and while it had its ups and downs, I’m thankful for it. God bless us, everyone (except Brian VanGorder). Contact Hayden Adams at The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.


Irish senior quarterback Ian Book throws a deep ball during Notre Dame’s 45-24 victory over Stanford on Nov. 30. Book went 17-30 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns, strengthening his record as the only Irish quarterback to throw for at least four touchdowns in four games in a season, with the win over Stanford giving him five such games.

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Isaiah Foskey Blocks a punt and sets up a Notre Dame Touchdown

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Stanford jumped out to a 17-7 lead on the Irish in the first half as the offense struggled to find a rhythm. After the defense forced the Cardinal to punt from their own redzone, freshman defensive end Isaiah Foskey blocked the punt and Irish sophomore defensive lineman Justin Ademilola recovered it, as the offense scored and momentum swung toward the Irish, propelling them to a 45-24 win in Palo Alto.

Senior quarterback Ian Book continued his historic season for the Irish, recording four touchdowns and 255 yards on 17-30 passing. He opened the scoring for the Irish with a 16-yard pass to senior running back Tony Jones Jr. and threw two more score in a two-minute span to put the Irish up 21-17 going into the half. He added a final one in the third quarter to senior wide receiver Chase Claypool to essentially put it away.

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Philosophy professor Mic Detlefsen dies Students, faculty members recall Detlefsen’s spirit of encouragement, numerous prestigious honors

Michael “Mic” Detlefsen received many awards and accolades during his 36 years of teaching at Notre Dame. But those who knew him well knew those awards didn’t matter to him — instead, the McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy made helping people his primary focus. “He didn’t think that all of the awards that he won were all that important,” said Patricia Blanchette, a professor in the philosophy department and Detlefsen’s friend

His work often focused on the history and philosophy of mathematics and logic, but the people who knew him emphasized his work as a McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy

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and colleague. “I think that he thought what was important about his job was that he could help people.” Detlefsen died Oct. 21 at the age of 71, leaving behind a host of admiring and loving family, friends, colleagues and students. Blanchette, who had known Detlefsen since 1993, worked closely with him on many research projects, but soon got to know him as a close friend. Detlefsen attended her wedding, and Blanchette was able to attend his daughter’s wedding during the time the two knew each other. 

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professor. “He went out of his way to help people who had just started their first jobs and were finishing their Ph.D.,

Grief support groups serve as student resources By MIA MARROQUIN News Writer

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in an investigative series on the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health resources available within the tri-campus community. Mourning the loss of a loved one can manifest in many ways, from missing classes for some to skipping meals for others. Grief and loss support groups in the tri-campus community have been established as an extension of mental health services for students during

this time. The Notre Dame grief and loss support group is offered for any student who has recently lost a loved one, a parent, sibling, friend or other family member, in order to help them in whatever way they need to handle their grief.  Tami Schmitz, associate director of pastoral care, said in an email that participants in the group find support from their peers so they can realize they are not alone. The group meets for four sessions over the duration of the semester,

co-facilitated by a campus minister and counselor. Similarly, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, in conjunction with Health and Counseling, hosts a grief and loss support group for students throughout the year. The group is an informal, wide open experience for anybody who wants to come for whatever grief they are experiencing, said Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry and facilitator of the support group. see SUPPORT PAGE 4

Senate discusses senior exclusion policy plans By JACK JERIT News Writer

In its weekly meeting Wednesday, the Notre Dame student senate met to discuss the upcoming changes to residential policies announced last spring by the Division of Student


Affairs — specifically, the “senior exclusion policy” which would prevent seniors living off campus from participating in hall sports teams, hall dances and other events. Daniel Feldmeier, sophomore senator from Siegfried Hall, opened up the


discussion with a question about the exclusion policy. “W hat is the end goal of the senior exclusion policy? ” Feldmeier said. “I just wanted to make that clear.” James Bathon, senior senator from Keough Hall, see SENATE PAGE 4


things like that,” Blanchette said. “I watched him all these years really have a lot to do with the development of many young scholars’ careers. There are many people working in the philosophy of mathematics and logic department now whose careers have been very importantly helped along and shaped by Mic’s generosity with his time and his depth of knowledge in the field.” Blanchette added that Detlefsen tried to get his students to express their own views, not the ones they think they should have.

“I’ve talked to him a great deal about his teaching, and his values of teaching were mainly to help people learn how to think clearly and to help them figure out how to most clearly express their own views,” Blanchette said. “Not so much to learn what other people thought except to the extent that that was important to figuring out what their right view was.” Detlefsen was Matteo Bianchetti’s graduate school advisor. Bianchetti, a second-year graduate student, see DETLEFSEN PAGE 3

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Kenneth Douglas conducts the College’s string ensemble during the band’s 2019 spring concert. Douglas is in his second year as director. By MAEVE FILBIN Saint Mary’s News Writer

The Saint Mary’s concert band and string ensemble will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Brian Balmages, Lauren Barnofsky, Soon Hee Newbold, Alfred Reed and others in their fall concert Tuesday. Kenneth Douglas serves as band director to the students, faculty, staff and communitymember musicians in the band. Douglas, who started as band director last year, said there are currently about 30 band members, mostly coming from the local community.

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“Since we are still relatively new, there aren’t a lot of students that know about it yet,” he said. “In the fall, a lot of students prefer to participate with Notre Dame and their marching band, primarily. So, if we can get those people, I would love to have them.” Though the Saint Mary’s band is dwarfed by the neighboring marching band, the smaller size allows for greater individuality, he said. “That is one of the things that I hope to accomplish is to establish our identity separate from Notre see CONCERT PAGE 4

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Saint Mary’s students, faculty circulate posters inspired by New York Times’ ‘1619 Project’ By GINA TWARDOSZ News Writer

Inspired by the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CW IL) director Mana Derak hshani, along w ith Office of Civ ic & Social Engagement (OCSE) director Rebekah Go and junior Tyler Dav is, organized the circulation of dozens of posters around Saint Mar y’s that feature provocative quotes from the series. “If we do not endeavor to learn about the past, it is harder to make sense of the present and find a way to a better future” said Derak hshani about the necessit y of bringing the posters to campus.   The 1619 Project is a commemoration of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestow n, Virginia, 400 years ago. On its website, The New York Times Magazine describes The 1619 Project as “a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slaver y continues to shape and define life in the United States.” Dav is said she sees the project as a reminder of all the contributions African Americans have made throughout histor y, w ith a focus on the current plight of American Americans in this countr y today.   “The 1619 Project is k ind of li ke a memoria l, or reminder, of t he f irst k now n slave ship hitt ing A merica n shores,” she sa id. “It highlights t he resu lts of A f rica ns being brought to A merica, a nd it discusses capita lism, stereot y pes, music a nd a ll t he cont ribut ions A f rica n people brought to A merica. It ma kes people awa re of t he inf luence [A f rica n

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remembers Detlefsen pushing his students to find their own voice within their work. But beyond their professional relationship, Bianchetti, who is an international student, valued Detlefsen’s patience and kindness when he had struggles with writing in English. “He was very patient. … It wasn’t easy for me to write decently in English for some time, but he was very patient and offered some advice to improve my English,” Bianchetti said. “Some other professors were less supportive. That was not something I received from everybody, but I received it

A merica ns] have in t his count r y today.” In reference to the creators of The 1619 Project, Dav is said she believes the project was created to further educate people on the value of African Americans in America. “I think they put it out there so we can all further know the truth of the African American experience and the contributions they made to this countr y,” she said. “[The 1619 Project] is an attempt to educate people on the value of life and bring more humanit y to us.” Derak hshani said she felt the posters would be an accessible way for students to engage w ith the histor y of slaver y and bring attention to The 1619 Project itself, as Derak hshani believes that “the present has its roots in the past.”  “I thought it would be good to find a way to educate the campus about the significance of the year,” she said. “I believe that it is important to acknowledge the histor y of slaver y in the U.S. and that most people remain quite ignorant, so my purpose was to educate. There are a number of articles on the website that may help to better understand where we are in the U.S. currently in terms of race relations.” Dav is designed the posters, and she said she wanted to make sure they were impactful but not off-putting to some who may still be learning about African American histor y.  “As a black person, I want people to know my histor y w ithout being afraid of it,” she said. “I don’t want people to be afraid to ask questions. I see these posters as a positive resource for people who

are curious and who want to ask questions constructively w ithout fear.” Dav is, an art major w ith a minor in justice studies, said art is akin to advocacy and her interest in studio art has allowed her to pursue various creative avenues while still letting her engage in current political discourse.  “W hen I first came to Saint Mar y’s, I was an anthropolog y major, but I knew that something was missing,” she said. “I wanted to create,

so w ith art I can still pursue all of those things like anthropolog y, global studies, justice and philosophy, yet still be able to create and educate through v isual means.” Dav is said she sees the posters and The 1619 Project itself as “a movement towards education and change.”  “It’s the 400 year anniversar y of 1619, and many things have gotten better for black people, but we know that for so long people wanted

to oppress us and keep us ignorant,” she said. “I want people to ask questions and not to be afraid of sounding ignorant. We know that you don’t know, and we want you to educate yourselves on the matter because our livelihoods are affected by people not know ing about us. Ignorance can be v iolent and harmful, so all we’re asking you is to meet us half way.”

from him.” Bianchetti said Detlefsen’s dedication to his students, even through illness, stuck out to him. “Even when he was in the hospital, he was still sending me comments about my draft,” he said.  Although his days were busy, filled with organizing conferences, traveling to his visiting positions at five different international institutions and working closely with students, Detlefsen made time to work on his research. Detlefsen most recently received the 2016 Research Achievement Award, which is awarded to one professor at the University each year, as well as the James A. Burns, C.S.C Award, for distinction in

and exemplary contributions to graduate education in 2015. After earning his bachelor’s at Wheaton College and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, Detlefsen took a job at Notre Dame in 1983 with his wife, Martha and their three children, Hans, Anna and Sara. There he met Anand Pillay, who arrived in the mathematics department at the same time, and the two edited the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, working together for many years.  “We used to meet regularly … and we’d talk about everything,” Pillay said. “We had a very good relationship, and I miss him a lot.” Pillay, the William J. Hank Family chair in Mathematics at the University, said over

the years Detlefsen became a prominent figure in the philosophy of mathematics and logic world. But still to his colleagues, Detlefsen wanted to talk about his growing family. “Our conversations were primarily about our children more than our work,” Blanchette said, adding that Detlefsen loved being a grandfather.  “He was also personally just a very warm person,” Blanchette said. “He liked getting to know people’s families, like getting to know their children and their dogs, especially. He was a big fan of everybody’s dogs.” Detlefsen, a Nebraska native, came from a farming family and did not have any

roots in the scholarly community prior to his career. “He was very much not the pretentious professor type,” Blanchette said. “He was a very down to Earth guy. He came from a family who farmed and did really sort of straightforward jobs.”  Although Detlefsen was known for a great amount of academic work, those who knew him say he didn’t take himself too seriously. “He enjoyed this job a great deal, but he didn’t take it any more seriously than any other job that he had,” Blanchette said. “He thought it was a really good job to have, and he loved it.”

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Wilson emphasized that the group is not only for students who have had some kind of death in their life, but is also open to anybody who has experienced any kind of grief associated w ith struggle or trauma in their life. Making yourself v ulnerable while griev ing can be a challenge for many, like Madyson McDougal. The sophomore at Notre Dame said she found comfort in the support group while mourning the loss of her father earlier this year.  “Personally, it was kind of hard to first say that I needed help just because of who I am,” McDougal said. “I quick ly got really close to the people there, and I’m

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Dame,” Douglas said. The band practices for two hours once a week, and typically performs once a semester, Douglas said. Members of all skill levels are invited to join and no auditions are required. “We really want to build the program, and we want to be as inclusive as possible,” he said. “If anybody is interested in joining the band, they don’t have to be a music major, and if they’re a communit y member and they’re in retirement, that’s fine. If they used to play an instrument in high school, we have a place for you.” Dr. Carla Youngdahl, an assistant professor of speech language patholog y at Saint Mar y’s, started play ing the double bass in the string ensemble in 2018, follow ing one semester w ith the concert band.

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clarified that the policy is not yet in place, only likely to be enacted at some point in the future. Feldmeier refined his question’s wording after the clarification. “To be more specific, to tell the administration that we w ill not accept these policies,” Feldmeier said, “or that we w ill accept these policies w ith a contingency.” Jordan Theriault, the sophomore class council president, answered Fledmeier’s question by

ver y glad that I did that. I got to talk about what I was feeling and just hear from other people and know that they’re feeling the same things.” McDougal said she talked to many indiv iduals on campus, including her rector and counselors, but found the grief and loss support group to be the most meaningful regarding her mental health. Schmitz said religion and spiritualit y are often used as an anchor to cope w ith mortalit y. “Death and loss are some of the most challenging times, and we are there to accompany each student and give them a space to grieve while also offering the support and comfort that is part of our Catholic faith,” she said. “We know that during times of loss, our faith can be shaken, but we also know

it often times helps us get through those times.”   Being a Catholic universit y, Catholicism is the base of the structure of the groups, but students of all faiths are welcome, Schmitz said. “The underly ing purpose of the group is a belief in the resurrection,” she said. “The motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross is ‘Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.’ W hat that means is that even in our darkest times, we can find hope and meaning.” Wilson said the group at Saint Mar y’s is rooted in an idea that, as a people, we have a lot of things that affect us and our relationship w ith one another and w ith God. One of the more profound experiences that we have that affect our relationships w ith one another and God is death, Wilson said. “It helps us that there is

hope,and that we experience that new stuff, and when we are together, and we can tell our stories, and we know that God is present,” she said. Wilson said she believes the ties bet ween mental health, spiritualit y and grief are prevalent and under-discussed. “Grief is natural,” she said. “There’s a natural response to loss and it affects all aspects of our lives, affects our relationship w ith God.” Wilson said grief affects students’ ability to function physically, and also mentally, as students can have a hard time concentrating when feeling depressed or sad. “This group is a ver y holistic approach in the sense that it really inv ites people to sit together, to pray together to talk together,” she said. “It’s not the full healing

process, but it attempts to be part of the healing process.” Schmitz said the loss of a loved one is among the most devastating things that can happen to people, especially students. “It can be a time of isolation and truly feeling like they are totally alone. Meeting other students who have similar losses prov ides some comfort,” she said. “I have seen beautiful friendships form out of the group. They also give each other practical tips on how to nav igate issues such as going for the holidays or keeping up in classes or dealing w ith roommates. I often find the group space is simply ‘sacred’ and allows for lots of emotions, support and a sense of belonging.”

“I have played [the bass] for years and love it for its diversit y across genres,” Youngdahl said in an email. “I like hav ing the diversit y in being able to play in a full sy mphony orchestra, small string ensemble, ja zz band or sports pep bands. I think it also fits my personalit y that I like to be the ‘supporting’ player for things, but not the solo star.” Youngdahl played in sy mphony orchestras and small chamber ensembles for more than 10 years prior to joining the group at Saint Mar y’s, but said she took a step back from music to pursue her Ph.D. and start a family. She said she was more than ready to start again w ith the string ensemble. “Music has been an important part of my entire life,” she said. “It has always been my go-to form of creativ it y and expression. Rehearsing and performing gives me a balance w ith my work life.”

The level of inclusion w ithin the concert band and string ensemble creates a greater sense of communit y, Youngdahl said. “I really enjoy that ever yone is welcome,” she said. “I have had great experiences getting to know students, other facult y and communit y members in a different setting and dy namic. Being open to all, w ith no auditions, puts the focus of the group on ever yone getting to pursue their interest and passion. We’re there because we want to be there.” Junior Kat Esguerra, entering her fourth semester playing with the concert band, has played the oboe for about 12 years. Esguerra said the band’s structure creates friendships between musicians of varying backgrounds. “The Saint Mar y’s College band surprisingly has a w ide range in terms of generational diversit y,” she said in an email. “A lot of members

are former high school band directors or come from a long musical histor y as well as beginners in universit y, and I think that results in an env ironment w ith a good discussion in terms of music. There are a lot of outside opinions.” Esguerra said she originally enrolled at Saint Mar y’s w ith the intention of furthering her passion for music. “It was important to me know if my college or universit y had a band that I can play in,” Esguerra said. “I enjoy play ing the oboe because it allows me to focus on something other than academics and social life.” Despite the group’s small size and low-commitment schedule, Esguerra said the concert band has become a tight-knit group of music lovers. “We created this awesome family where students, professors and communit y members could bond to

create music,” she said. The concert band and string ensemble enriches the College’s on-campus culture by connecting music from the past and present and inv iting both musicians and audience members to prov ide their ow n interpretations of each piece, Esguerra said. This kind of communit ybuilding experience stems from all forms of music and art, Youngdahl said. “If you go to a good pop concert you feel like you are part of something,” she said. “The same thing happens w ith all music — it can create bonds not just bet ween the members of the group but w ith the audience also. Performing and attending concerts can be a way to hear and experience something new, rela x from studies and make new friends.”

speaking about a planned open forum next week in the Duncan Student Center w ith Heather Rakoczy Russell, the associate v ice president for Residential Life, who met w ith the Senate earlier this year. “We’re tr y ing to figure out what to do next. And basically kind of what you said, it’s just nothing finalized,” Theriault said. “But next Monday, Ms. Russell is going to come to the Duncan Student Center to the Midfield Commons. It’s going to be kind of like a forum. The idea is that we filter questions for basically what the class is feeling. I

don’t think people understand necessarily what the policy is.” Theriault also said he spoke about meeting with rectors and RAs but was unable to get much information on the policy. Senior Quentin Colo, offcampus senator, also commented that the senator’s hands are ultimately tied compared to the power of the University. “I was just gonna say, I don’t know how strong a bargaining chip is here, so the ‘repealing’ might be the wrong word because the best thing we can do,

unfortunately, is send a resolution to Ms. Russell’s desk, but you can read,” he said. “That being said, if anyone is interested in signing a resolution condemning the senior exclusion policy, I’m interested in next session.” Theriault said that the sophomore class council planned to send an email the following morning to inform the student body about the upcoming forum meeting w ith Rakoczy Russell on Monday in Duncan. Earlier in the year, the sophomore class council had discussed sending a proposal to the Universit y

about the senior exclusion policy. Responding to questions about that proposal from senators, Theriault said that the proposal was not sent out due to concerns about students not know ing enough about the policy to prov ide helpful information about the policy. After the discussion, those in attendance broke up into smaller groups of five to plan policy for the spring semester. The senate w ill meet one more time this semester next week.

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Comedian Daniel Sloss strides onto stage in Sydney, Australia, to begin his new comedy special and invites the audience to “get comfortable ... and if you’re not comfortable don’t worry about it too much — I’m about to provide plenty of material that’s going to make most of you very f-----g uncomfortable.” The foul-mouthed, brutally honest, politically minded Scotsman makes good not only on this promise but also on his audience’s expectation of fast-paced, high-quality comedy. Sloss’ new special “Daniel Sloss: X” premiered Nov. 4 on the streaming platforms HBO GO and HBO NOW. Following his two specials on Netflix titled “Dark” and “Jigsaw” respectively, Sloss uses “X” to take a comedic look at toxic masculinity, godfatherhood and sex education. These 90 minutes of hilarity are not for the sensitive of heart: HBO’s “mature” rating applies to almost every full minute of the racy special. Unlike some comedians, often reliant on storytelling and long setups with one major payoff, Sloss barely lets his audience recover joke to joke, slamming punchlines in such quick succession that laughs run together. That is, of course, until the show comes to a screeching halt. Daniel Sloss describes his routine as “about 70 to 75 minutes worth of jokes ... and then at the end once I’ve legally fulfilled my contract of being a comedian

By DESSI GOMEZ Scene Writer

Narrated by a woman dressed in tin foil (Joan Cusack) during a massive snow storm, three love stories converge at a bright yellow Waffle House, which lacks a ‘W’ in its neon sign, until a third of the way through the film. Unfortunately, we never find out why Cusack’s character always wears tin foil. Luke Snellin’s Netflix adaptation of the popular trio of short Christmas stories was released Nov. 8 — 11 years after the book’s release. The novel “Let It Snow” contains three holiday romances: “The Jubilee Express” by Maureen Johnson, “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” by John Green and “The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle. Stuart (Shameik Moore) and Julie (Isabela Merced) star in “The Jubilee Express” thread of the story. Quite different from Johnson’s narrative, Stuart is a famous singer trying to fly under the radar for a day. He and Julie meet on a train. She is on the hunt for a present

... a sad 15-minute TED Talk.” Among other subjects often considered untouchable by comedians, the conclusions to Sloss’ comedy specials have centered around his experiences with grief, toxic relationships and in “X,” sexual assault. Embracing the label his material has branded him with, Sloss is a selfprofessed “dark” comedian, refusing to shy away from life’s most brutal truths in his comedy shows. “I am a f-----g silly moron,” he says in this special, “but sometimes I think about serious things, and it feels disingenuous to not tell you about everything that’s on my mind.” Compared to his more mainstream contemporaries like John Mulaney, Sloss can seem didactic and bleak. What is most unique about Sloss as a comedian, however, is his uncanny ability to turn his darkest experiences into genuinely funny and stirring routines. Unlike many current shock-based comedians and “realist” entertainers, Sloss is not a cynic — he gives his darkness a purpose. Audiences can expect to leave “X” feeling both lighthearted and compelled to action. “You have to actively be good and get involved,” Sloss insists in “X.” “I know how it can be done because I f-----g failed at it.” Sloss’ darkest moments become a message to the audience to take action and make the world a better place. In each special his ultimate message is the same: Laughter brings us up and together. If we can laugh at the things that hurt us the most, we can heal from them.

“X” is Sloss’ most refined comedy special to date; he follows a clear and hilarious narrative, finishing with an especially compelling and universally important closing monologue. Perhaps as an effect of his reputation preceding him, Sloss’ jokes are less shocking (though no less dark) in this special. If you are expecting the Sloss of “Dark,” you will be surprised at the relative convention of “X,” but just as entertained. The strength of this change is that it drives home Sloss’ point at the end; because he is, as he says, “getting [you] on my side with jokes [you] agree with,” you are more likely to leave his show with a changed point of view. If you are looking for a side-splitting and socially relevant evening in, be sure to watch “Daniel Sloss: X” and if you are so inclined, be sure to check out the running “BreakUp Tally” from “Jigsaw” in his Twitter bio. Though you may be uncomfortable, you will undoubtedly be entertained..

for her mother, and he is attempting to be ‘normal’ for just a day. Julie’s narrative becomes more complicated on the screen as she tries to reconcile her admission to Columbia’s school of journalism with her mother’s illness. John Green’s trio of friends present in the literary version of “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” is narrowed down to just the duo of Tobin (Mitchell Hope) and The Duke (Kiernan Shipka) in the film. CJ’s character (Matthew Noszka) becomes a distant, unimportant acquaintance. Keon (Jacob Batalon) still mans his post at the Waffle House. Myracle’s character Tegan is completely omitted from the screen-adapted version of “The Patron Saint of Pigs,” leaving the story to center around Addie (Odeya Rush) and Dorrie (Liv Newson). Rush portrays the perfect pouty friend, oblivious to problems that are larger than her own while she captures the character of Addie. While the film’s adherence to the plot and character development of the book is mediocre at best, the changes made by screenwriters Laura Solon, Victoria Strouse

and Kay Cannon adapt the novel for the better. While the book is certainly a fast and enjoyable read, the onscreen plot benefits greatly from some cleverly tweaked details. The characters’ backstories also came across well on the screen although many of them were significantly altered. One character I missed in the film is Addie’s Christmas angel Mayzie. From her description, she just sounds like a necessary character to include in the film. Additionally, Mayzie constantly gives the spotlight to Addie’s teacup pig, which, as a result of the angel’s absence, does not get as much attention as it deserves in the film. Set on a backdrop of bright colors and a fluid soundtrack — including “Rock the Casbah” by the Clash and “The Whole of the Moon” by The Waterboys — these interconnected tales create the warm, fuzzy feelings that arise around Christmastime. “Let It Snow” is the perfect romantic comedy to watch when choosing which film to watch from all of the classics.

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Reform my forum

Inside Column

An homage to friendship Julianna McKenna News Writer

Walking into my junior year of college, I was prepared to face a lot. I expected to be busy all the time. I expected to be working harder than ever. I expected to be networking, trying to find internships and attempting to maintain some semblance of a social life. What I didn’t expect was the constant feeling that college is starting to pass me by. For whatever reason, this semester, more than ever, has been a time when my roommates and I have often paused to contemplate the moments that solidified our friendships. After reflection, I realized this is only something an inside column can address. If you’ve had the opportunity to acquaint yourselves with the famed columns “Make it a hot girl semester” by Maria Leontaras and “On living with extroverts” by Sara Schlecht, then you might know what to expect next. If you have not, first, you should, but second, brace yourselves for a dramatic documentation about what it’s like to live with your three best friends. In a room full of incredibly different personalities ranging from boisterous to pensive and chaotic to introspective, how we all fit can appear bewildering. There are pages worth of answers why we do, but I will spare all of you. Instead, I will talk about the first and most universal answer — music.  I was once a young, inexperienced freshman trying to find her way before the start of her first semester. I met my first friend and roommate, Emily, and we immediately bonded over our love of Darren Criss (For those of you unfortunate people who do not know him, he is best known for his fantastic portrayal of Blaine Anderson on “Glee.”). If you ever find yourself walking down our hallway and happen to hear the melodious “Glee” covers playing, you will know Emily and I are alone in the room. (This is because my roommate Sara forbids the streaming of these wonderful albums when she’s in the room, and, more importantly, because Emily and I have been, and will always be, nerds.)  Only hours after meeting Emily, I literally stumbled into my friend Maria as our first encounter consisted of her tripping on a stick and (almost) falling over. Evidence of Maria and I consists of blasting Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and general screaming sounds echoing throughout the hall. (Together, Maria and I play some of the most obnoxious music selections, which is only fitting seeing as we have the most obnoxious personalities.) I met my last roommate, Sara, through this wonderful paper. Sara and I are best known for lying on the futon blasting our sad boy music. On any given day, Sara and I can be caught listening to anything from Father John Misty to Lucy Dacus. (Some people liken our great music taste to funeral music, but we both know better.) If you’ve managed to finish reading this column, you might be wondering what was the point. The truth is, there is none. I just really love writing about my friends. Contact Julianna at The views expressed in this Inside Column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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Ashton Weber Welcome to Ashtown

On Nov. 13, I entered the Dahnke Ballroom at 6 p.m. sharp, hoping to claim seats at the second public event of the University’s Rebuild My Church forum. The event was titled “Archbishop Charles Scicluna in Conversation with Students.” When I arrived in the ballroom, it was essentially empty and I was able to snag two chairs in the middle of the third row, very close to the stage. Several rows behind me held “reserved” placards, as did several of the rows in front. I examined the names on the signs and recognized that many of them belonged to professors. I grabbed my phone and jotted a note that was seemingly insignificant at the time, but whose meaning has increased as I’ve unpacked what I witnessed throughout the course of the event. “If this is a conversation for students, why are all of the reserved seats for professors?” I continued to ponder this question as the audience filled in, its demographic appearing much older and educated than advertised. As my friends began to arrive, I expressed how nervous I had been that I would be forced to give up their seats, and that it was frustrating I had to wait an hour to secure seating at an event marketed toward me when professors were able to pre-hold spaces.  Cognizant that my peers may not have wanted to hear my critical commentary for the next one and a half hours, I decided instead to make my phone my confidante. The following account is based on the notes I took.  The evening began with an interesting introduction where moderator John Allen decided to do a heightcomparison between himself and the archbishop to demonstrate that “good things come in small packages.”  Then, for the next 15-or-so minutes, Allen asked the questions and Scicluna provided lengthy answers. After they traded dialogue, two pre-selected students asked questions. One of the students was male and the other female. Both were seniors. Scicluna responses were again lengthy, and Allen took the opportunity to ask his own follow-up questions. While the conversation continued, I began to draft the question I wanted to ask.  In attending so many of these forums, I have realized how similar they are content-wise. As I’ve said in previous writings, it feels like everyone knows what kinds of reform are necessary — transparency and accountability and representation (of women, laypeople and marginalized communities). But, how do we demand these changes? What role can lay people play in bringing about reform when those who have the ultimate power to enact it are the same people whose power and, in some cases, livelihood, rely on the hierarchy? With this conversation directed towards students, I also intended to include a caveat about age. I have noticed in my own archdiocese’s handling of the Fr. Geoff Drew case that much response to crisis is directed at older adults, those whose faiths have already been formed, rather than at the students and young people whose faiths were formed under the close guidance of corrupt spiritual figures. My question was: “I was born in 2000 and the Boston report was released in 2002. Since then, we’ve seen countless examples of abuse and cover-up at the hands of Catholic priests and bishops, and we’ve heard the Church promise to fix itself. But the crisis has been an underlying factor of the Church for most of my life and the lives of many of my peers. How can we, the young people, be expected to trust that the Church will be able to bring about its own reform, when it has failed to do so for almost our entire lifetimes? And what can those of us who do not trust the Church to carry out its own reform do to demand change?” I was never able to ask it. At about 7:40 p.m., it was time to take the first

question from the audience. I raised my hand, but Allen called on a professor instead. He then asked Scicluna a question that was submitted online. It was time for another audience question, and I was determined to be chosen. Their questions felt surface level to me — they asked about the causes of the crisis. We know the causes. I wanted to know the solutions. Allen called on a priest. After asking another online question, it was time to return to the audience. Allen stood in the middle of the room — right where I was sitting. I raised my hand high, but he called on a man from the corner. A grad student. It was then around 8:23 p.m., time for the last question. I swear I made eye contact with Allen as he walked directly past me, to the back of the room, while commenting on how he really wanted to hear from a student. He handed the mic off and the final question was asked. By another male grad student. Tears began to fill my eyes and deep disappointment set in. He hadn’t allowed a single woman (or undergraduate) to ask a question. This event was called a conversation with students. I entered with expectations of a microphone in the front of the room and Scicluna on the stage, students lined up behind the mic to ask him the difficult questions of faith that our generation has to grapple with. Emotional, chaotic, human questions, not just abstract theological and philosophical musings. Instead, a total of eight questions were answered in an hour and a half and the four questions that were asked live came from men, all of whom possessed more education than any Notre Dame undergraduate I know of. As I left the ballroom, I remarked that the event completely missed its purpose. “Should I say something?” I asked my friends. They agreed I should and offered to stand with me for moral support. We walked over to the corner of the room where Allen was standing and waited for those gathered around him to finish offering their praises before I approached him. “Hi, I was just wondering why you chose not to let any woman ask a question.” He stammered and asked with bewilderment if that had really happened. I explained that it had. The only woman who spoke was pre-chosen. He looked uncomfortable and remarked that it was not conscious.  “Okay, I think that you should really be more cognizant of that as a moderator in the future. Thank you,” I said and left the room, furiously typing into my notes: “When pressed at the end (in the presence of Fr. John Jenkins, archbishop and entourage), moderator responded that not taking a question from a single female was ‘unconscious.’ And that is EXACTLY the problem the Church faces today.” Allen’s subconscious choice to only invite educated men into his conversation is a direct reflection of the Church’s inability to include new voices in the dialogue of reform. It is clearly time to do something radical.  Hosting the same conversation with similar participants simply won’t cut it anymore. Before we can “rebuild the Church,” we clearly need to rebuild the image of what its members look like. I have begun dialogue with the administration, asking for more inclusive events, but I am aware that my voice alone will not bring change. I invite you to join me in expressing a desire to be part of the conversation.  Please reach out to me if you’re interested in being a part of this conversation. Every voice matters. Ashton Weber is a sophomore with lots of opinions. She is majoring in economics and film, television and theatre with a journalism, ethics and democracy minor. Making new friends is one of her favorite things, so feel free to contact her at or @awebz01 on Twitter. The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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Rat race of productivity Oliver Ortega News con Fuego

At the start of the semester, I wanted to do everything. and be everything — an A+ grad student, a kick-ass instructor, a student group leader, a superstar columnist, a standout part-time receptionist, an exemplary community volunteer and a jiu-jitsu and weightlifting phenom — all while still having the time and energy to kick it weekend nights. To achieve my goals, I would grind Sunday through Monday, seven days a week. No days off because days off were for the weak. Daily meditation, cold showers and rigorous organization would keep me on the right path. To every email in my inbox, I would respond the same day. I’d meet my professors at least once a month and have a couple of prestigious fellowships and grants under my belt by year’s end. Maybe I’d even pick up one of those instructor of the year awards along the way. Well, August rolled along. Then September. By October, I still couldn’t shake the night sweats and partial insomnia. Bags formed under my eyes. A few more gray hairs peaked out from the side of my head. I was sluggish, unmotivated, cranky and miserable. Real miserable. Fantasies-of-dumping-academiaand-moving-to-Chicago miserable. But then, in late October, the sun broke through the clouds — fall break was here. And for the first time since the semester began, I took a full day off. Three, actually. Gone was the stress. And it felt good. Real good. I was a human being again. By the end of the break, an idea struck: What if I took a day off every week? No work, no thinking

about work, no thinking about thinking about work. I mean, if I was a full-time office worker or service employee instead of an underpaid, overly-educated grad student in my late 20s, that’s exactly what I would be doing. So why should Ph.D. life be any different? I came up with a new plan. Saturdays would be my day off, and I’d step back from my least important commitments. Sure, it was scary at first. But lo and behold, it wasn’t long before my partial insomnia went away and things got better. On the days I did work, I felt more focused and capable. On my free days, I felt happy as I spent hours watching YouTube, flipping through magazines and stuffing my face with all the junk food forbidden during the week. Saturdays weren’t “productive” at all, and it was amazing. This isn’t just my usual crazy talk. There’s a plethora of studies to suggest a lot of us are doing this worklife balance thing wrong. In August, Microsoft tested out a four-day work week in its Japan offices without docking pay. The result was that employees were not only happier after getting Fridays off but more productive — 40% more, in fact. When it comes to sheer number of hours, a Stanford University study debunks the belief that longer hours necessarily means you’ll get more done. According to economics professor John Pencavel, productivity declines sharply after working more than 50 hours a week. People who work 70 hours a week get the same amount of work done as those who work 55 hours. Other studies also support the idea that pushing ourselves to the brink doesn’t pay dividends and instead makes us more prone to mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. This is especially relevant to an elite university like

Notre Dame. As The Observer’s Editorial Board wrote last month, it’s vital for students to take time for themselves in this “anxiety-inducing environment” and realize that we are all on “different paths and timelines.” Understanding this might serve to reduce the high levels of anxiety among Domers and college students in general. A 2018 survey by the American College Health Association found that 63% of college students felt overwhelming anxiety during the past year, a figure that appears to have risen in recent years. First year students are especially susceptible given the sometimes rocky transition from high school to college. When it comes to grad students like myself, we’re actually three times more likely than the average American to experience mental health disorders and depression. Finding that work-life balance is crucial, even life-saving, in some cases. To be honest, I’m still fine-tuning my own system. Some Sundays, what are supposed to be six to eight hour workdays land more in the three hour range. I still procrastinate more than I should during my “work hours.” But I have the confidence I can make it work. If in the end, I don’t, then maybe academia isn’t for me. And that’s fine, too. I’d rather be relatively healthy and happy than a walking wreck with a bevy of diplomas and publications to my name. Oliver Ortega is a Ph.D. student specializing in Latinx Literature and Politics. Originally from Queens, New York, he has called the Midwest home for almost a decade. Through boundless cynicism he keeps trying. Reach him at or @ByOliverOrtega on Twitter. The views expressed int his column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Letter to the editor

Divine Awakening For the past two weeks, saying that it happened hasn’t been enough. For some people involved in the dialogue surrounding recent protests, my personal experience is no justification for any proposed structural change at Notre Dame. In airing out the details of what happened leading to the End Hate at ND movement, I hope our ears and eyes are receptive to the loud and clear message this incident lends to us: There is indeed work to be done. In the late hours of Nov. 15, I went to a party on the first floor of Stanford Hall. In regular Notre Dame party fashion, my friends and I were the only people of color in attendance. Not dissimilar from my experience at other residence hall occasions, I was being stared at and ignored when trying to make conversation with those around me. Despite my suspicion that we were not particularly welcome in the environment, my friends and I decided to stay and enjoy the music in our own little corner. As we were leaving I forgot to shut the door behind me. When we were barely down the hallway, there were three young men who plummeted out of the room, yelling at me for not closing the door and saying the party would get shut down if an RA or rector were to walk by. Being a dark-skinned black woman who grew up in a racially-tense, rural east Texas, I knew what they were when I laid eyes on them. Not by the words they said to us, initially, but by the intent on their faces and in their voices. Given the blatant disrespect in how they approached us, one of my friends went back and forth with them for a moment. Before the situation escalated, my friends walked away, and I decided to stay back to confront this boy’s attitude. But what came out of his mouth next stopped me in my tracks. He stared at me as to make sure I heard him: “You better walk away, you f**king n****rs.”  I walked away. My friends had crossed the lobby to go to Keenan,

so we could stop by to see someone before leaving. We were at the exit facing St. Edward’s Hall, when we saw a young woman crying over her boyfriend. My friend and I went over to console her, and the conversation among us quickly became about feminism. Moments later a group of men came down the stairs. Anyone who knows me understands how much I don’t mind engaging in hard conversations with strangers, so I asked them: “What are you doing for women’s liberation?” At first, the conversations we started having were very productive. Then, as more traffic came down the stairs it became an even bigger scene with more men joining our conversation. That’s where things got out of hand. We started talking about intersections of race, gender and sexuality. I mentioned that I am a lesbian. A man yelled out, “So she’s a d**e?” I responded, “Who said that?” This man and his friend tucked their tails and ran down the stairs. What happened after is where the hall staff stepped in. I sat on the first floor of Keenan and protested to not leave until parietals were over. That was, until my arm was grabbed and I was forcibly removed from Keenan upon Campus Security’s arrival. My intention was not to disrespect Keenan residents as a whole, I was simply voicing my suffering and the suffering of other black and queer students who are subject to these slurs far too often.  These two separate instances in two separate residence halls serve as a divine awakening for the work that needs to be done by several entities across campus. The day after, there was another reported incident in Keenan Hall where guests wrote the N-word on multiple students’ whiteboards. And another incident in which men mockingly screamed homophobic slurs at each other from across the hall. For no investigation or call to action to be made, especially in the wake of events that have brought attention to all of this, is disappointing to say the least. These situations should not be handled as

childish name-calling incidents. These words carry weight. Being called a “n****r” is a threat. Not one of us should be at peace knowing that people who harbor such hateful feelings toward our most vulnerable are lurking our halls every day. There were multiple people present when each of these events occurred. When the response of bystanders is to stare shockingly, laugh or take video instead of looking to hold their neighbors accountable, we should all question what we consider our standard of community to be. Maybe if I weren’t a woman, maybe if I weren’t black, maybe if I weren’t queer, maybe if I weren’t so “different” from the men around me, someone, out of everyone who was there to witness both incidents, would have had called these people out when they saw it. Complicity is just as violent as any word or action.  To all enumerated officials at the University, It is your responsibility to take action against the structures, propagated by University policy and normalities, that enforce gendered and racialized codes empowering and encouraging students to behave this way. At a university where the vast majority of students are white and Catholic, there is 10 times as much work to be done to combat an environment of homogeneity and echo-ed thought. Shipping wealthy white teens around the globe for eight weeks to “examine poverty” has not been cutting it. If we want to see cultural shifts, we must first implement structural shifts that build cultural competency by way of new dorm structures and mandates, new approaches to diversity in academia and continued solidarity with local communities whom Notre Dame’s existence has directly affected. You already have the demands. Let us begin this work toward justice now. Savanna Morgan  senior Dec. 1



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Horoscope | Eugenia Last Happy Birthday: Look back at the changes you have made, and you’ll recognize similar situations unfolding this year. Use experience and intelligence to ensure that you don’t miss out on something you want. Keep your emotions tucked away in a safe place to avoid letting how you feel influence how you move forward. Make each move count. Your numbers are 8, 13, 20, 29, 36, 42, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Align yourself with people trying to accomplish the same thing you are. Ramp up your energy level, and push for the lifestyle changes you want to implement. An encouraging word will help bring you closer to someone you love. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you’re going to make a change, do so silently. Someone will stand in your way if you are too vocal about your plans. Explore the outcome before asking others to enjoy what you have to offer. Selfimprovement is favored. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look at your objective, and consider the best way to reach your goal. Refuse to let your emotions take over, causing unnecessary mistakes. Stay focused on what is important to you. A manipulative situation will lead to unanticipated results but you will prevail with proper preparation. CANCER ( June 21-July 22): Weigh in regarding the importance of something you want to do versus how someone you care about will feel about your actions. It’s essential to have the support of loved ones before you take action. Romance is in the stars. LEO ( July 23-Aug. 22): An unusual situation at home or work will make you rethink your next move. Don’t make a change that isn’t necessary, or it may end up costing you emotionally as well as financially. Take a timeout and focus on personal growth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mingle, ask questions and get involved in events that interest you. Learn all you can, and it will be easier to make positive changes that will encourage a better life. Personal improvements and romance should be your top priorities. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get out with friends or relatives that ground you. Getting a unique perspective on a situation you face will help you sort through the ups and downs of making a change. Reconnecting with someone from your past is best left alone. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Get out and discover what life has to offer. Engage in talks with someone who has more experience than you. Use your charm to get your way, but don’t make promises you cannot keep. Passion should be a priority. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take a serious approach to money, legal and health matters. Look for the best way to move forward without jeopardizing your position, reputation or future. Surround yourself with people who share your values as well as your direction. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can resolve issues if you are willing to compromise. A change you make will end up putting you in a better position. Your ability to listen, make adjustments and carry on will help you gain support. Romance is on the rise. AQUARIUS ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Keep your thoughts to yourself. Someone will use emotional manipulation to persuade you to make a personal change. When in doubt, sit tight and don’t jeopardize your financial security or your reputation. Impulsive decisions will be your downfall. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t mix money and emotions. If you want to make a deal, do so without strings attached. Someone will be impressed with your integrity and desire to do what’s right. A proposal offered will be worth considering. Update your appearance. Birthday Baby: You are free-spirited, innovative and flexible. You are ambitious and thoughtful.

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Brady receives rude awakening Mannion McGinley Sports Writer

On paper the Patriots look so good. Up until Sunday, they were 10-1 w ith arguably the best defense in the league and good enough offense to hold their ow n. Before Sunday, being a Pats fan took little to no effort. And then they went dow n to Houston. Now I know what you’re thinking — “Wasn’t the loss to the Ravens the wakeup call for the Patriots? ” It could have been, but the Ravens have been on fire. Lamar Jackson is hav ing an unbelievable sophomore season, averaging a completion percentage of 66.5% as well as hav ing 2,532 passing yards and 977 rushing yards on the season. Hav ing been thoroughly excited, Baltimore fans have eaten this up, supporting their Ravens through an eight-game w inning streak, blow ing straight through the Patriots in the middle of it w ith Jackson at the helm. Tom Brady and crew just could not go dow n to Baltimore and expect a w in there. Houston, however, should have been different. At 7-4 on the season, the Texans should have been an easy w in for the Patriots even dow n in the Lone Star State, despite Brady’s need to play for the Foxboro fans. This was just not the case. The Patriots didn’t show up, specifically, Brady. It almost looked as though Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Texans, had claimed the nickname “The G.O.A.T.” for the last 10 years and not Brady. W hile Brady ultimately threw for about 100 more yards than Watson, throw ing for 326, he wasn’t efficient w ith those yards, completing barely more than half of

his passes, hitting a 24 out of 47 mark. Watson, although ultimately throw ing for 234, completed 18 out of 25, had three touchdow ns just like Brady, and still left time so that he could receive a touchdow n as well. It’s not so much what the Patriots did do though that cost them. On paper they still look great. In execution however, they weren’t present. The Brady way has always been short, accurate pitches all the way dow n field w ith the occasional long one mixed in or a clean run from the ever patient Sony Michel. This only works, though, if the Patriots can dominate like this on offense and — almost more importantly — on defense. This week, Brady learned it won’t always be enough to chug along and carr y a sort of streamlined success all the way through a game while rely ing on the defense to make quick, frequent stops. He may have to revert to drives that go farther, faster. Instead of throw ing 47, throw those 25 Watson got off his hand to a farther field. Don’t always get the ball off w ithin t wo seconds and learn to rely on your O-line just a bit. Riding a 10-2 record is great and all, don’t get me w rong. It’s just not as great when you know it could be 11-1 or 12-0 w ith just a little more efficiency and a break from the normal pattern… I’m quick ly learning even “G.O.A.T.s” make mistakes.

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a lot because they almost play a man-on-man system,” Jackson said. “It’s like play ing old Pitino basketball the way they have a full court press going. You have to be able to make plays to by pass that pressure in order to get opportunities. We didn’t do it enough tonight, and we gave up goals as a result of it too.” The Friday night matchup in Compton Family Ice Arena started poorly for Notre Dame, w ith Bowling Green senior for ward Casey Linkenheld netting a breakaway goal less than four minutes into the game. The Irish would respond as they usually have thus far w ith senior for ward Cam Morrison evening the game on the power play about half way through the frame. After this close first period, the Falcons put the game out of reach. They scored three goals in the second period, putting four past senior Cale Morris on 17 shots. Morris was lifted for sophomore goalie Ryan Bischel after the second period, and the teams would trade goals in the third to take a 5-2 Friday night w in. Jackson said that despite being pulled, Morris was not the one at fault for most of the goals. “He got [beat on the] backdoor on the power play, he had a couple of breakaways. They had a couple odd man rushes. I don’t put that on him,” Jackson said. “The

last goal they got I thought was a weak goal, but the first three were not.” Unlike all Big Ten series, this was a more traditional college hockey weekend set that saw games played in both teams’ arenas. After failing to defend home ice, Notre Dame took the six hour bus drive ride dow n to Bowling Green to tr y to avenge that loss. The game was more competitive than the first, but y ielded an identical outcome. Senior Mike O’Lear y put the Irish on top early w ith a power play tally, but the Falcons cashed in on a scramble in front of Bischel to tie the game. The Falcons would get one more before the opening period ended, taking a 2-1 lead into the locker room. Morrison had an excellent look at the net late in the first, but was stoned by Falcons junior goaltender Eric Dop. Jackson had praise for Dop, and believed his team had a hard time putting away their chances. “He made some good saves,” Jackson said. “We had some chances we could not finish on early in the game when the game was still w ithin reach. We didn’t finish.” Irish freshman for ward Trevor Janicke was snake bitten in the first matchup, but had the response the Irish needed on an odd man rush to make the game 2-2 in the second period. Just when it appeared the Irish were ready to find another comeback


as they have all year, the Falcons slammed the door shut. They scored t wo goals late in the second, essentially putting the game out of reach. Jackson said he was impressed w ith Bowling Green’s experience and offensive abilit y. “They’re a veteran team; they have a lot of upperclassmen. They have three or four guys on there that could be 100 point guys by the time they graduate,” Jackson said. “Those are rare guys if you think of the guys we’ve had that have been 100 point guys. They have been prett y high-end players.” Bowling Green would once again tack on a third period goal to take a 5-2 w in. Though the losses were not in the Big Ten, they w ill hurt the Irish in getting an at-large bid to the NCA A Tournament if they do not w in the Big Ten tournament title. Jackson said the team needs to improve going for ward. “We have to get our heads straight and recognize the areas we have to get better at. I think our game plan was prett y good. I don’t think we executed it well,” Jackson said. “For whatever reason, because we haven’t played them before or if our guys just weren’t prepared for what they were going to face, I’m not sure they totally brought into what we were telling them but I think they know that now.” Contact Jack Concannon at

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Irish sophomore guard Robby Carmody reaches for the ball while on defense during Notre Dame’s 64-62 win over Toledo in Purcell Pavillion during the 2019 Men Against Breast Cancer Invitational.

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senior guard T.J. Gibbs and recorded 12 of their first 18 points from long-range en route to shooting 12-25 on the night from behind the arc. Brey was equally ecstatic about the 38 points his bench contributed, coming predominantly from Goodw in and Laszewski w ith 31 combined points. “Bench scoring. Look at that, bench scoring,” he said. “But again, those two guys, they’re great weapons. W hen we get them in the game, as you can see, we’ll run stuff for Dane; we screen for him to jumpstart him. We tr y and get Nate isolated in a screen and roll where he can get a look. I like how he’s driv ing the ball. People still hang their hat on his jump shot [but] he’s rebounding, he’s defending and he’s driving the ball. They both just look more like they belong in college basketball after a year.” For Laszewski, his 16-point, three-block performance comes on the heels of a 10-point, six-rebound show ing against Toledo, during which he sunk a fadeaway 3-point buzzer-beater to send the game to overtime where the Irish ultimately prevailed 64-62. Brey said that shot was imperative for Laszewski’s confidence as he and Goodw in both needed to improve their assertiveness from last year. “I texted [Nate] the other day, I said, ‘You’ve arrived

now, it’s official, OK? You banged that one dow n to get us to overtime and carr y yourself a little differently,’ and certainly that’s a confidence-giv ing thing,” Brey said. “I thought Dane’s second half, you know, both of those guys are really gifted guys. Last year it was hard to get them to be aggressive offensively. They were too nice and … they weren’t really physically or mentally ready to do [it], but I think they are now, and we want them to be aggressive. The great thing is our seniors know we need them, so they keep encouraging them to be aggressive offensively.” A lso of note was the play of senior for wards Juwan Durham and John Mooney who each posted a doubledouble w ith a 12-point, 11-rebound performance for Durham and a 13-13 show ing by Mooney. Brey complimented them on the dy namic they prov ide the Irish in the front court and the connection they have as teammates and friends. “Those two guys are just so solid. They love play ing together, they really do love play ing together, and they look for each other. But to go double-doubles w ith your starting front-line guys is really powerful,” Brey said. “They have a neat thing … I think they’re good friends, they’re roommates. They look at themselves a little bit like a tag-team group. They talk and, just like the guards w ill have their little clique, they have their little big-guy clique. [Assistant] Coach


Irish graduate student guard Rex Pfleuger pivots with the ball during Notre Dame’s home win over Toledo in Purcell Pavillion on Nov. 21.

Ryan [Humphrey] gets them dow n there, and they speak a different language. Hump speaks a different big man language to them. I don’t quite understand it but it works.” The game unfolded in t wo stages, w ith the Irish jumping out to a 13-0 lead against the Knights (1-5) thanks to the defense forcing several missed shots. Brey was astounded by the job his defense did early on. “W hat was it, they missed 18 straight shots? Wow,” he said. However, the defense could not maintain that level of dominance as the Knights managed to keep the spread around 15 points from the end of the first half through the better part of the second half. Even so, Brey said it didn’t matter as much to him as seeing the offense’s capabilit y of answering their runs. “We were kinda play ing zone. We weren’t really playing it well, but I could care less because I’m sitting there and I’m watching the offensive possessions and that’s a little bit of how we played in the past, where you can only match us bucket for bucket cause we’re efficient and we’re making shots,” Brey said. “And 24 assists, I mean, and play ing the right way. Hopefully we can get a little confidence cause we’re certainly gonna need it next week w ith the t wo we have.” Brey said the defense would need to improve, but he liked what he saw from their zone defense because

of the advantage it prov ided in terms of energ y conser ved for the offense. “We have been good defensively. We do love to defend, and they talk about it and we did start the game really digging in, and then I thought we let up a little bit,” he said. “We played more zone today but then I’m looking and going, sometimes when we played zone, whereas maybe you’re not digging in manto-man as much, it helps you offensively. It helps you save some legs a little bit because guys aren’t chasing ball screens and stuff, and that may have helped us a bit.” As Brey mentioned the 24 assists against the Knights and the efficiency from his offense, he complimented his team on play ing the Notre Dame brand of basketball: take care of it and share it. “That’s how we play. I look at assist to turnover in the team column throughout the game and how are we taking care of the ball, are we sharing it? ” Brey said. “Even at the end there, there’s guys on the f loor and the game is a 20-point game, guys are still play ing the right way. Like [senior for ward] Nik Djogo’s finding the right guy, [sophomore for ward] Chris Dohert y w ith a great pass. It’s part of the fabric, and it’s something we really hang our hat on is sharing it and taking care of it.” He also talked about how it seems like the tide is turning for the Irish after t wo difficult, injur y-plagued years. “You know, it’s human

nature, after you escape w ith your life the other night, you maybe feel the karma’s sw inging to us a little bit. W hen the ball wedged in the [rim], I’m thinking, ‘Hey, maybe the karma’s coming,’ and then we run the play and Nate [hits the shot] and I’m going, ‘Oh, maybe it’s sw inging back,’” Brey said alluding to the final sequence of regulation against Toledo. “It hadn’t been around in a while; it’s welcome any time. Come on back good karma.” After dropping the seasonopener at North Carolina, the Irish have now run the table on their six-game homestand to open the year. Brey said these six games were important given how the Irish struggled to protect their home court last year. “Well, one of the things we talked about [was] home identit y. You gotta start there,” Brey said. “We lost eight games at home last year, we talked about it when we got off the bus from [the ACC Tournament in] Charlotte. … We have six games in 17 days, and we had a little bit of ever y thing happen, and we had game pressure on us. And to get them, and feel a little better about play ing on this f loor, I think is a start for this group.” The Irish return to the court Wednesday in College Park, Mar yland, to take on the No.3 Terrapins as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game w ill tip off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Contact Hayden Adams at

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Flaherty taking their matchup 14-7. Once again, Flaherty came out with the win, this time however a bit narrower, winning 2019 on Saturday. Finally, in the women’s interhall B-team bracket, Farley Hall dominated Pasquerilla East Hall with a 21-9 victory. This capped off an undefeated season for the Finest, who won their seven games by an average of nearly 32 points. In many ways this matchup was expected, as the Pyros and Finest met at the end of the regular season, with Farley once again claiming the victory but by a narrower margin of 10 points, the closest game Farley saw all season. While Farley boasted a highpower offense, the Pyros were a defensive force throughout the year, holding their opponents to an average of 12 points per game in addition to posting two shutouts.

sets the Irish hit .327 and .347, respectively, and the Blue Dev ils increased their errors from one to four between the opening periods. Were it not for errors on the part of the Irish, they may have swept the Blue Dev ils in three sets, but nine mistakes on the part of Notre Dame compared to only five by Duke allowed the v isitors to get on the board w ith a 25-22 set w in, bringing the overall mark to 2-1 in favor of the Irish. However, the Irish would turn around from that sloppy third set and finish the job in set number four. With Duke fighting desperately to stay in the match, the Irish asserted their dominance by going on an 11-0 stretch to blow open the score and take a


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Irish junior libero Madison Cruzado passes the ball during Notre Dame’s 3-1 home win against Syracuse on Nov. 17 in the Purcell Pavillion. Cruzado recorded 18 digs, five assists and one ace during the match.

15-4 lead. They wouldn’t give the Blue Dev ils an ink ling of hope, as the Irish put their

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foot on Duke’s neck and didn’t let them up, taking the final set 25-10 and leav ing Purcell Pav ilion

on a high note for the year. With the w in over Duke, Notre Dame finished the regular season in fifth place in the ACC, losing a tie breaker w ith Louisv ille but w inning one w ith North Carolina. In addition to the fifthplace finish, the Irish also finished the regular season fourth in the conference in opponent hitting percentage and assists per set, third in kills per set and first in digs per set. On Monday, the ACC announced its conference awards, w ith four Irish players receiv ing accolades. Niego and Nunez were both named to the A ll-ACC First Team, while sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Bent and freshman outside hitter Caroline Meuth both made the A ll-ACC Second Team, w ith Meuth being named to the conference’s A ll-Freshman Team as well. That was not the only good news this week for the Irish, however. Follow ing the match Friday, the Irish found their hard work this season paid off as they were granted a berth in the NCAA Tournament after missing the postseason last year. The Irish were placed in the region of No. 4-seeded Wisconsin, and they w ill take on the Bruins of UCL A in the first round of the tournament Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the road to the championship game in Pittsburgh.

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Irish lose series to Bowling Irish win in Green; both games 5-2 Senior Day match Observer Sports Staff

The Notre Dame volleyball capped off its season in st yle as it rolled to a 3-1 v ictor y over Duke on Senior Day. The Irish were propelled to the w in by sophomore outside hitter Charley Niego, who recorded 20 kills and 20 digs on the afternoon, the first 20-20 performance by a Notre Dame player since outside hitter Kristen Dealy accomplished the feat in 2010 w ith 24 kills and 25 digs in five sets against Delaware. It was a commanding performance by Niego, who posted a season-high .415 hitting percentage, recording only three errors for the contest. The Irish (19-9, 12-6 ACC) also controlled the contest ser v ing the ball, posting nine aces to none for the Blue Dev ils (11-19, 5-13 ACC). A lso of note was sophomore

setter Zoe Nunez, who posted her eighth 50-set performance of the season w ith 50 against the Blue Dev ils. The Irish opened the match w ith authorit y, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first set and forcing a Duke timeout. Notre Dame would not relent, though, as it recorded 19 kills to w in the period 25-17 and take a 1-0 lead over Duke. The second match unfolded in similar fashion, w ith the Irish once more establishing a five-point lead after going up 10-5 and forcing another Blue Dev ils timeout. As it did in the first, that timeout failed to slow dow n the Irish, and they rattled off four more points to cap a 7-0 scoring run. Notre Dame then carried the momentum to yet another 25-17 match w in and a 2-0 lead. Over the first t wo see VOLLEYBALL PAGE 11


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Irish sophomore forward Cam Burke slides to protect the puck during Notre Dame’s 2-1 home win against Ohio State on Nov. 9.

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The Notre Dame men’s basketball team remained perfect at home this season w ith a 91-66 v ictor y over Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday. Head coach Mike Brey began his post-game press conference in high spirits follow ing a strong shooting performance for the Irish (6-1, 0-1 ACC). “A lright, alright. We threw a couple in, threw a couple shots in tonight,” Brey said. “It’s good to see us throw it in there and make some good ones and share the ball. And certainly, [sophomore guard Dane] Goodw in and [sophomore for ward Nate] Laszewski coming off the bench and being aggressive are going be important for us mov ing for ward, so hopefully they’re more confident to do it regularly.” The Irish opened the game w ith two 3-pointers from

The Irish faced a tough weekend against the Bowling Green Falcons. They were beaten once at home and once on the road, a costly sweep that dropped them from No. 4 to No. 9/10 in the rankings. The Falcons (10-5, 5-3 WCH A) surged from No. 15 to No. 11/13 on the strength of the pair of 5-2 w ins. Irish head coach Jeff Jackson said the Irish (84-2, 4-2-2 B1G) did not handle the Falcons’ system well. “We didn’t handle their pressure really well. That’s how they play the game. They’re fast out of their zone, they w rap pucks out of their zone and they chip pucks in and put pressure on you. They don’t give you

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Irish sophomore guard Dane Goodwin squares up to shoot during Notre Dame’s 62-64 win at home against Toledo on Nov. 21.

While 80,000 people may have descended upon Notre Dame Stadium this past Saturday to watch the Irish beat Boston College on Senior Day, the victory celebrations didn’t end that day. On Sunday, Notre Dame Stadium hosted a variety of intramural games, with three dorms — Dunne Hall, Flaherty Hall and Farley Hall — walking away as champions in their respective league. For the men’s bracket, Dunne Hall bested Morrissey Manor to claim the title. The 7-6 victory was made possible by a two-point conversion to give the Sentinels the lead. After losing their first two games of the regular season, Dunne made an impressive comeback, beating Sorin College 8-0 to close out the regular season before winning four straight games to be crowned champions. Similarly, Morrissey Manor was by no means the favorite to make it to the stadium, with their lone regular season victory

coming against none other than Dunne Hall. However, Morrissey too turned it on at the right time and posted a defensive performance for the ages, allowing only one touchdown in the semifinals on the way to the stadium. Meanwhile, the women’s A-team bracket featured a fellow Cinderella story — Badin Hall — against Flaherty Hall. After only winning one game in the regular season, the Bullfrogs were the 11th seed heading into playoffs. However, an upset over sixth-seeded Pasquerilla West, third-seeded Pasquerilla East and finally second-seeded Welsh Family secured Badin’s ticket to the stadium. Led by sophomore quarterback Cam Dowd, the Bullfrogs built a run-first offensive scheme and managed to pull out the wins when it mattered most. However, that streak would come up short against the Bears. Both teams were in the same regular season league, with see INTERHALL PAGE 11


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recorded a key blocked punt in the second quarter which ultimately reversed the momentum in favor of the Irish for the rest of the contest. And, clearly having made half time adjustments, the Irish defense came out in the second half with a new, sleeker look. The unit forced Stanford to go three and out three times in the third quarter, holding Mills and company to no scores, and offering the offense the time it needed to catch its breath, make big plays and run with the momentum for the rest of the contest. After the game, Irish head coach Brian Kelly spoke to those adjustments and to the efficiency of defensive coordinator Clark Lea.  “I think what he really does well is adapt in game to situations. There’s a lot of good teaching that goes on, really good communication,” he said. “And so I think that that is one of his strengths in, as I listen to the communication, I think it’s clear and concise and can be replicated back to the young men. “There’s not a lot of yelling and screaming. There’s a lot of clear communication that can be brought down to the sideline and kids can make those adjustments when necessary and that’s the mark of a really good leader.” | Tuesday, DECEMBER 3, 2019 | The Observer

Specifically, Kelly said the unit adjusted to Mills’ spot passing during halftime, and it came out with a better awareness of its situation. “Defensively, I think what happened for us more than anything else, they were into some spot passing game and we had to really make some adjustments at halftime, which we did, and kept the ball in front of us,” he said. “We went into some more drop eight, and I think that was pretty effective for us in the second half.”  Senior defensive lineman Adetokunbo Ogundeji reaffirmed Kelly’s thoughts after the game, saying that the defense came into the second half with a better plan.  “They made some plays, made some throws down the field on us in the first half,” he said. “And then we had to adjust in the, during the halftime and make some an adjustments. We went out there, we understood the game plan, saw our mistakes and then went out there and played. “Just, we knew they were going to pass the ball a lot. And they were passing it on the perimeter and things like that, so we knew we had to get to the pass, get to the rush, get to the quarterback, make plays and then just get BD’s and that’s what we did in the second half.” Ogundeji also said the defense knew Stanford’s offensive line

was on the younger side, and when the unit made those adjustments, it took advantage of its edge in that respect. “We knew they had some freshmen in there and they had some injury issues like us, but we knew we could take advantage of it,” he said. “So we got some senior guys who stepped up and some younger guys who stepped up and so we knew we had to step up and make some big plays.” Junior linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah also said pressuring the quarterback and a heightened awareness of Stanford’s first half passing tendencies were key in establishing dominance in the second half.  “Well, the key was to just stop them by getting to the quarterback, first and foremost, because it’s third down,” he said. “We were kind of looking at trying to get inside leverage and trying to adjust our leverages and trying to give them different looks to alter our stops.”  In the end, the Irish did what it does best to close the season with 10 wins once again. The offense finished efficiently, but it what happened on the field for the Irish started with the defense, and such a change seems emblematic of Notre Dame’s strengths in recent years.


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10 7

7 14

0 7

7 17

24 45

Stanford 7, nd 0

Brycen Tremayne 5-yard pass from Davis Mills (Ryan Sanborn kick)


remaining Drive: Seven plays, 75 yards, 3:34 elapsed

Stanford 7, ND 7

Tony Jones Jr. 16-yard pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick)


remaining Drive: Five plays, 80 yards, 1:27 elapsed

Stanford 10, ND 7

Zach Charbonnet 1-yard run (Moody kick)


remaining Drive: 16 plays, 82 yards, 8:15 elapsed


Stanford 17, ND 7

Michael Wilson 27-yard pass from Mills (Sanborn kick)


remaining Drive: Five plays, 46 yatds, 1:42 elapsed

Stanford 17, ND 14

Tommy Tremble 6-yard pass from Book (Doerer kick)


remaining Drive: Three plays, one yard, 1:44 elapsed

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ND 21, Stanford 17

Chase Claypool 41-yard pass from Book (Doerer kick)

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After the game, Kelly said that once the offense established a ground game, it was able to turn the tides and gain scoring momentum, which it didn’t do particularly well for most of the first half. “We got the ball to Chase, and [junior tight end Cole] Kmet was big for us. We really didn’t establish much of a running game until the second half, but we started to get the ball on the ground and started to exert ourselves. They tired a little bit and we were able to start to control line of scrimmage. That obviously turned the tables for us,” he said. Kelly also reflected on Book’s performance, especially compared to his return to his home state of California last season against USC, saying that Book has greatly matured as a quarterback. “He’s a different person now. He was really in a great place. He found a stillness to him that he’s never had before,” Kelly said. “And he plays the game differently now. His calmness is really about his confidence now and what he can do.” At the end of the quarter, Notre Dame punted the ball to around the 50-yard line, but Wilson fumbled the punt and senior long snapper John Shannon recovered, giving the Irish the ball on their own 48. Notre Dame carried that drive into the fourth quarter, and Doerer hit a 42yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-17 with 13:36 remaining in

the game. After the Cardinal punted the following possession, Notre Dame’s two-touchdown lead appeared too vast for them to overcome. Sophomore running back C’Bo Flemister ran one in for a touchdown with just over five minutes remaining in the game, extending Notre Dame’s lead to 38-17. After Stanford got a touchdown with just over three minutes to play, Notre Dame was forced to punt after recovering an onside kick. Starting from his own four-yard line, Mills fumbled the ball in the end zone. The ball, knocked loose by senior defensive lineman Adetokunbo Ogundeji, was recovered by fellow senior defensive lineman Khalid Kareem for a touchdown, making the score 45-24, where it would stay. Beyond the rock that is this team’s defense, the special teams unit played exceptionally well, recovering a muffed punt and recording a key blocked punt that reversed the momentum in Notre Dame’s favor. After the game, Kelly lauded the unit and even went on to say that he can’t remember a game in which the special teams played such a crucial role. ”So, [I’ve] been coaching a long time. I don’t remember special teams really impacting a game so significantly in the way it did today. So great win. Great to get to that 10-win plateau for the third time — pretty significant. And our guys are really excited about holding onto the Legends Cup, which is the rivalry trophy that we play for, that now we have all six back again.

So pretty excited about that,” he said. Kelly reflected on the win after the game in light of Notre Dame’s struggles on the road at Stanford as of late. “It’s nice to be able to just move past this now. We have been here twice in the last, but for me, the last two times that we were here felt like we had teams that we could win,” he said. “And maybe earlier when I was here with teams, maybe we didn’t have enough firepower to win some of those games. But the last couple — 2015 in particular, they kicked the field goal late — felt like our team should have won those games or were very capable of winning those games. So these are kind of a bitter taste and so we now we can move on and just say, ‘All right, just prepare your football team, and when you come here you can win football games.’” Overall, Kelly said his team did a lot of things well on Saturday, and the win marks another superb finish for the Irish in November. “Well, it’s obviously a great way to finish November with our fifth win in the month. It’s hard to do that,” Kelly said. “And just, there’s so many things that we did today that I’m really excited about... We had a great first drive and then a couple of penalties here and there. But the special teams was outstanding today, and, when we get the fumble recovery off the punt, obviously, did a lot of really good things.” Contact Connor Mulvena at


remaining Drive: Three plays, 76 yards, 0:21 elapsed


ND 28, Michigan 17

Chase Claypool 8-yard pass from Book (Doerer kick)


remaining Drive: Eight plays, 86 yards, 3:59 elapsed


ND 31, Stanford 17

Doerer 42-yard field goal


remaining Drive: Six plays, 24 yards, 1:34 elapsed

ND 38, Stanford 17

C’Bo Flemister 1-yard run (Doerer kick)


remaining Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 5:55 elapsed

ND 38, Stanford 24

Cameron Scarlett 9-yard run (Sanborn kick)


remaining Drive: Seven plays, 62 yards, 3:12 elapsed

ND 45, stanford 24

Khalid Kareem 0-yard fumble return (Doerer kick)


remaining Drive: One play, -4 yards, 0:07 elapsed



118 190

PASSING yards 276 255



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Irish senior safety Jalen Elliot tackles a Stanford ball carrier during Notre Dame’s 45-24 victory over Stanford on Nov. 30 — the first victory in Palo Alto for Notre Dame since 2007. Elliot recorded three tackles on the game, two of them unassisted, as the Irish secondary surrendered 276 passing yards but held the Cardnal to a 28-47 completion mark.

Double Digit Wins Again

Notre Dame’s offense and defense struggled to find a footing early on against Stanford. However, a blocked punt by freshman defensive end Isaiah Foskey led to an Irish touchdown and turned the tide as they took a 21-17 halftime lead and rolled to a 45-24 victory. The Irish ended a losing streak in Palo Alto dating back to 2007 and recorded 10 wins for the third consecutive year.


Irish sophomore receiver Braden Lenzy celebrates a big gain during Notre Dame’s win over Stanford.


Irish junior running back Jafar Armstrong looks to dodge his defender during Notre Dame’s 45-24 win over Stanford on Nov. 30.


Irish senior running back Tony Jones Jr. carries the ball during Notre Dame’s 45-24 win over Stanford.


Irish senior safety Alohi Gilman reacts to the Stanford offense during Notre Dame’s 45-24 win over the Cardinal on Nov. 30. Gilman recorded three tackles as the irish ended a 12-year losing streak in Palo Alto.

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