Is this wrong? Whenever I see the work of one of those so-called “tag artists” — the stuff most of us call “graffiti” — I sometimes have this fantasy. It usually begins with me finding the guy’s house and, when he’s not there, painting some odd, indecipherable words on his living-room wall in big, bulbous letters.
As life quickens by and the generations pass, stories are handed down like heirlooms, told and retold to help us try to make sense of it all.
Welcome to Molarity Redux, the 24th strip in the updated, continuing adventures of Jim Mole and friends, where a liturgical rap gets approval from on high.
Even as we mourn the death of Steve Jobs and laud his enormous contributions, we must be mindful of the power of his innovations and ensure that, by using them, our humanity is not compromised.
My iPhone is broken and I am eating nonstop, a bona fide bender. Contemplating driving to the nearest Krispy Kreme donut store, but it’s 30 miles away.
Long before technology wrapped its gnarled fingers around man and became its master, Henry David Thoreau wisely said, “Men have become the tools of their tools.” Decades and now five iPhone versions later, we have entered an age where instead of holding our smartphones, our smartphones have a chokehold on us.
You can’t say ND people don’t have wide interests. The fate of Western capitalism, the specter of a drone world war, how to predict stock prices by using Google, and what happens if we meet an unfriendly E.T. are among the issues ND folk weighed in on recently.
Sports fandom is best experienced among others. Because of some terrible travel planning, I was scheduled to experience the Notre Dame-USC game all by myself. But thanks to Twitter, I was not alone.
Strips 96-100 of the popular comic strip Molarity, which previewed in The Observer in 1977, wander around campus, taking in some campus news stories and infamous pop quizzes.
When as an adjunct professor of English in Texas, I taught (or perhaps more accurately exposed) the skill of essay writing to college freshmen, I customarily would assign as my students’ first research project the Authorship Question: Who wrote Shakespeare?
Kate Borkowski says she’s been told “my speaking voice sounds like a kid.” When she actually was a kid, singing around the house, her parents would advise her: “Belt it out!” The singer-songwriter will have none of that.
The projects Stephen McFeely ’91 and Chris Markus have been taking on for the past decade are ripe for potential sermonizing. As the screenwriting team for this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger and for The Chronicles of Narnia movies, McFeely and Markus have resisted many opportunities to swing for the allegorical fences.
Does the thought of merging onto the freeway cause you to break into a cold sweat? When you gun your car, hurtling down the entrance ramp, do you pray fast and furious to Everything Holy, begging for a gap that lets you ease into the flow alive and unscathed?
Yes, it’s only a game, but one fan discovers that a Notre Dame football win can help lighten dark times.
A skinned knee, a skinned elbow, a 4-inch scar, a bee sting in your foot and mosquito bites on your forehead, your neck and your legs. Your father pulled two ticks out of your head yesterday.
The deceased were not the only victims of the mortuary tent in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Even the living are still haunted by the place.
When the women’s soccer team won its third national championship in 2010, it established itself in the pantheon of Notre Dame athletics.
Welcome to Molarity Redux, the 23rd strip in the updated, continuing adventures of Jim Mole and friends. Can Professor Mole make the grade?
How do you know when the vapors have overcome college football? When an official pulls out a yellow handkerchief, not to fan himself over the affront to his sensibilities, but to call a taunting penalty on . . . Navy.
Walking: it can be hard on your soles but good for the soul. This past summer I spent four weeks in Rome, a city that offers ample rewards to hardy visitors willing to walk.
I believe in the healing of story. I think it’s good for people to talk it out. There is something clarifying, curative, restorative in the telling; some would call it “therapeutic.”
Few people in Notre Dame’s history have had such an impact on the place and its students. So why the T-shirts, “Deliver Us from Emil”? It might be those weekly quizzes.
Notre Dame graduate students Matt Barnes, Andy Deines and Sheina Sim are not your average chefs — really they’re not chefs at all — but they are convinced their studies of invasive species can help you put together both an eco-friendly and appetizing menu for your next tailgate.
I don’t know exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way — as with almost all Domers — “Go Irish” became my standard closing.
In theory, the invasivore idea is brilliant: Eat what you want to reduce. But is it reasonable? Should people who don’t frequently peruse edible plant and survival encyclopedias forage in the woods and try to make use of nature’s ingredients? I decided to find out.
Creative work by Notre Dame people
The Spirit of Notre Dame Campaign 2004-2011 final report
Domers in the news
Life owes a lot to origami. Seriously. It’s all about the fold. As with the ancient Japanese paper art form, newly synthesized proteins bend back on themselves to become functional, three-dimensional structures.
Graduates of Protestant Christian schools place a higher value on family matters and are less likely to be engaged politically than their peers attending Catholic or nonreligious private schools, according to a recent study of Christian education in North America conducted by Notre Dame sociologist David Sikkink.