Friday, September 14, 2007

Website update

I have this poster hanging in my room, next to my Korean flag and across from my poster of astronauts, my Genesis poster, and my football towel given out last year that says "9-3 Is Not Good Enough".

That is neither here nor there. The poster has absolutely nothing to do with this post except for the fact that I like the poster and I am writing this post.

The real purpose of this post is to say that the last issue of the Rover is finally up on the website. One of the Sports articles does not register as being linked, but my computer is lately increasingly persnickity and is on its way to death. I will check that on a different computer and make sure it works. I apologize for the delay in getting it up. Also, I am aware that there are many little things wrong with the website, like a few articles aren't linked properly and the blog is mislinked in certain places and I am taking inventory of all those little things, in hopes that one day they will be fixed.

Go Irish Beat Michigan!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Penn State weekend

So this past weekend was not a great weekend for Notre Dame football, especially for fans like myself who made the drive east to State College, Pennsylvania. My brother and I left Saturday morning, stayed overnight on Saturday night, and returned to Notre Dame Sunday afternoon. By the way, never stay at an Econolodge, or at least not the one in Clearfield, PA. I decided that was a good rule of thumb after waking up at 6:00 a.m. to cops pushing a battering ram through someone's door only a few rooms away from ours.

Anyway, as we were driving to the game Saturday morning, I thought about other people who might be attending the game at Penn State. Who came to my mind? None other than last year's Rover Editor-in-chief, Tommy Forr, who of course hails from the great state of Pennsylvania. I called Tommy while I was driving and sure enough, he was on his way to the game as well. He offered my brother and me a warm welcome to his tailgate (presumably, I thought, where all the big donors with RVs were located).

When we got to Penn State I gave Tommy a call and he directed us to his tailgate. Tommy was so incredibly generous with his friends' food and drinks! No, seriously, it was a great time as we hung out with Tommy and fellow Rover alum Dan McGowan in the grass parking lots before the game. The game was a disappointment but the atmosphere left me longing for a day when Notre Dame Stadium could be that rowdy. Sigh.

Although we haven't yet been able to celebrate any football victories this season (Joe Lawler is sticking to his 10-2 prediction even after the 0-2 start), we do have things to celebrate. Namely, the friendships that Notre Dame and the Irish Rover in particular bring to our lives for years to come.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fare Thee Well, Greer

In what is for The Rover a bittersweet moment, we bid farewell to editor Greer Hannan, who left yesterday for Notre Dame's study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. There she will be studying at Trinity College Dublin for the rest of the academic year.

We had an official going-away-party for Greer last Friday night at Fiddler's Hearth. More than 30 people came to see her off, and a good time was had by all. At this point, we have not quite figured out how The Rover is going to function without her (although she will be staying on as Dublin Bureau Chief), but I speak for the entire staff in wishing Greer a fantastic year abroad!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

6 Years After

Today my health economics professor asked the class what grade we were in during the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The majority of the class, myself included, were entering sophomore year of high school. I remember that I was in the second day of classes, before any of us had adapted to the daily schedule of school. I received the news from a friend during second period study hall, but his version was so garbled and mistaken that it seemed funny at the time. He informed the class that terrorists had successfully flown two remote control planes into the Pentagon, to minimal effect. We all laughed at the ineptitude of the attackers.

Six years later, we know that the reality was not funny at all, but we are not too much further along in knowing what the ultimate repercussions of 9/11 will be. We waged a war against the engineers of 9/11, but no one seems to understand how that war is progressing – not even the commanding officer, who yesterday gave a remarkably opaque report on the situation in Iraq.
Domestically, however, the impact of 9/11 is more readily understood: the terrorists failed to destroy the American way of life. That much, however, was by no means clear in the aftermath of 9/11. After finding out that the planes that crashed into the Pentagon and Twin Towers were not remote controlled at all, I wondered when the next attacks would come. Would it be on 9/12? Would it be in a month? Would we be living like Israelis in the more troubled areas of Israel, with security guards at the door of every supermarket and a constant, abiding fear of car bombs and suicide attacks?

Now we see that we didn’t have to live through that. Colin Powell, one of the architects of the Iraq war, was quoted yesterday in GQ as remarking,

“What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it's terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No. Can they knock down a building? Yes. Can they kill somebody? Yes. But can they change us? No. Only we can change ourselves. So what is the great threat we are facing?"

Our “way of life” does seem safe. Today I was reading this article, about the Colombians’ capture of the drug lord Diego “Lord of War” Montoya, and marveling at how good we Americans have it. We so often take it for granted that we don’t have to answer to anyone like the Lord of War, who, it is estimated, has killed over 1,500 civilians in his career. We go about our daily business, never worrying once that today our business could be stamped out to make room for more cocaine trafficking. Some, like Colin Powell, might argue that our armed forces are fighting an unnecessary war abroad. I tend to agree, and wish that we could be at peace. But I am thankful that at least we are not fighting a vitally important war against our own citizens on our own soil, as the Colombian army is.

So it is appropriate on the anniversary of 9/11 to pause and give thanks for the perseverance of the American way. Colombians would admonish us that freedom is not something to take for granted, and indeed we should not forget how tenuous it seemed on the morning of 9/11/2001.

My God rest the souls of those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and bring comfort to their families and loved ones.

kicking puppies and hugging chipmunks

True Tales of Rover Kindness:

So this evening Matt Smith and I were sitting at Waddick's in O'Shag chatting, of all things, about The Rover. Suddenly, I spotted a cute little baby chipmunk scurry across the hallway. Yes, inside. He was terrified and confused and hid under one of the long benches in front of the Dean's Office. I leapt to my feet, ready to assist, but opening the door and gesturing at the chipmunk to leave didn't exactly work. And then I saw something that I never thought I would live to see: gruff and grizzly Smiddy very gently and quietly made his way over to our huddled-in-a-ball friend Chip, and *babytalked to him tenderly, calming him down to the point where he allowed Matt simply to pick him up and carry him out of the building, cooing all the way.*

Talk about compassionate conservatism ...

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Case of the Mondays

Today, Keough Hall, my dorm, was very nicely awakened by the screech of fire alarms and the flashing lights which accompany such events. As four hundred sleepy college students left the dorm at 3:30 in the morning, I knew that this Monday was going to be a great day. Turns out, that a sprinkler had broken off right down the hall from my own room, setting of the alarm, and ruining everything in the room. The futon, the clothes, the television, the computers, everything was soaked with water running down the hall and into nearby rooms. The flooding took about an hour to contain and finally we were let back into our rooms. Sleep was hardly elusive, and I managed to squeeze in a couple hours before waking up ten minutes before class started. Running, I made it in time, but didn't look like the most awake or prepared student. The rest of the day, including a failed spanish practice test, passed in a blur into a three hour mini-coma enabled to awaken and write this super interesting post. Just another day, hopefully there won't be any flooding or alarms tonight, but you never can tell. In all seriousness though, I am quite thankful that the sprinkler did and, hopefully, never will break in my room. Keep the fingers crossed.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Two Rover Editors Named ISI Honors Fellows

We are pleased to announce that two of The Rover's finest are among this year's crop of Intercollegiate Studies Institute honors fellows.

Executive Editor Brian Boyd and Culture & Thought Editor Rachel Miller began their year-long fellowships over the summer with a week-long conference in Quebec City, Canada, titled "Law in the Western Tradition: Common, Constitutional, Natural, and Divine," at which they explored questions of contemporary politics, natural justice, natural law and natural rights.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute names 50 honors fellows each year to its highly selective mentoring program, which includes one-on-one guidance from distinguished faculty and several opportunities for the fellows to gather together throughout the year. Congratulations to Brian and Rachel for earning this prestigious award.

For more information about the ISI Honors Program, click here.