My high school classmates and I had quite different experiences of graduating. While they got ready to visit all their parents on a multi-day road trip, packing the party bus full (per tradition) of whatever cheap alcohol they could find, I had only 45 minutes from the end of my final exam to get myself on the train for Copenhagen Airport.
It has been more than 60 years since the books came out, and about 15 years have passed since Peter Jackson made his movies. Yet, for The Lord of the Rings, the road goes ever on and on. And what I have been listening to when in need of a Frodo-fix is The Tolkien Ensemble.
How often, in the course of a conversation about politics, society, culture, have you heard the phrase “Any reasonable person would say . . .”? We feel that whatever claim we make after it must be true, but the implication is that those who disagree are unreasonable — and maybe worse.
Having spent most of my life in small Danish towns, I’ve only once experienced someone actually wanting to do me harm — and that was in a bar during my teenage years when I made a ‘Your Mama’ joke aimed at someone whose mama was a sore topic. He forgave me, fortunately.
If the hundreds of people who walked into Washington Hall weren’t already chanting “U-S-A!” in their heads last Tuesday, April 18, around noon, the organizers of the “special naturalization oath ceremony” did everything in their power to change that.
The fact that it’s in a forest is only the beginning of how Emil Olesen’s farm is out of the ordinary.
Our need for food, particularly if it’s fast, is a weighty cause of environmental problems. What needs to be done, one Michigan farmer says, is to teach everyone to eat smarter — and that’s why she came down to campus once a week this spring.
The classic guide for realists and dreamers. That’s the subtitle of John Seymour’s classic The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency. I’m a bit of both. My dream is having a small farm, around five acres. On top of that I’d like to build and fix as much as possible on my own, preferably using materials that I don’t need to go to the store to get. Seymour, in this book, covers all of that — and much more.
When Katherine Corcoran graduated from Notre Dame, she chose to join the press and report on the commencement ceremony, which featured Ronald Reagan as the speaker, rather than walking with her classmates. “[I]f you want to be a journalist, that’s your role. . . . Your way of being involved and your service to the society is with the pen and the notebook.”
He admits he grew up mostly reading and playing video games indoors, taking for granted the joys of his family’s tidy, picturesque farm. But a seed was planted during the writer’s boyhood that is sprouting now into an appetite for the self-sufficient life. “Somehow,” he writes, “homesteading is all I can think about.”
Why is there so much unrest in the Middle East? Political scientist Scott Hibbard, a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, points to the fallout from America’s 15-year-old, no-win war on terror.
Now, with British voters’ decision to leave the European Union and the U.S. election of a protectionist president, what will happen to the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom?
Diversity is a big issue on this campus and the president’s office has devoted a lot of time and energy to address it. But just how diverse and inclusive is Notre Dame?
“I think you should vote for Hillary Clinton,” our intern opines. So, do you trust him now? Do you trust that he, as a journalist, is fair in his reporting and that he is going to give you full, accurate stories, presented in a neutral way?
America still does make steel. That was the first piece of news that Binyamin Appelbaum of The New York Times delivered to Notre Dame students last week.
Indiana’s 200th birthday party took a turn through a quiet Notre Dame campus last Saturday afternoon, an unheralded moment on a cool, sunny day that happened to coincide with the television broadcast of a football game played on a wet, windswept field some 575 miles away.
What was the highlight of the September 26 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Was it when Donald said to Hillary, “I want you to be happy”? Or when Hillary said to Donald, “I know you live in your own reality”?
What is a conservative to do this November? Trump? Or, “#NeverTrump”? Those questions drew an estimated 300 people to a packed LaFortune Ballroom last Friday.
“Notre Dame has had so many great legends and great men.” A lot of them are looking down on me as Jim Augustine of Augie’s Locker Room tells me this.
“It is possible that a year ago some of you might have not even heard the term ‘Brexit,’” Notre Dame political science Professor A. James McAdams said last Monday, kicking off a panel discussion of the United Kingdom’s democratic decision in June to leave the European Union. As a matter of fact, I had.
How do you hear the start of another academic year at Notre Dame? After Thursday, I think there’s only one way: The March Out of the Band of the Fighting Irish.