While all of you were enjoying things like sleep over fall break, a group of twelve pilgrims were hiking around the Holy Land retracing the steps of Jesus Christ. In addition to the religious aspects of this trip which focused on Judeo-Christian relations, another main theme of the week was the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. We discussed the issue with both Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides seem to have some valid concerns as well as some slightly ridiculous and very harsh ideas about the other side. What affected me the most was a wall built to divide the West Bank from Israel. This wall was constructed in about 24 hours by the Israeli government. Their reason for putting up the wall without any warning or notice is supposedly security but there are many reasons to doubt this motive. Littered with international support and graffiti, the wall is only 60% completed and of that, only about 6% is actual concrete wall while the rest is a fence. The fact that such a violent and caustic conflict could take place on such holy ground blows my mind. Here are some images of what this wall looks like and the support pouring in for Palestine.
Hey all! These are your two newest full time Dome staffers (Jack Magiera, Boss of the Internet, and Maggie Bowers, copy editor) checkin’ in. We just finished our midterms and we’re getting ready to go home for fall break.
That being said, we thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the first half of our first semester of college life.
Jack: The classes were substantially easier than expected, I guess. It’s definitely a more relaxed environment than high school, and I must admit it took a couple of weeks to get used to the fact that I didn’t have to ask to leave the room or anything. Unlike high school, where I could cruise through classes without doing much work, a sense of work ethic is really necessary here.
Maggie: I always feel like I’m doing something wrong, because I don’t have hours upon hours of homework. The real key is organization. I get all my work done when I come back from classes; I plan theses and outlines for papers ahead of time, and go to TA’s and professors for office hours and advice. Finding people in your classes to study with is also fairly easy. The only problem is that when I get done with my work, everybody else is still working. A big part of why I work so hard is because I did the same in high school; however, I don’t do a million activities like I did in high school, so I find myself with this thing called ‘free time.’ It is slowly being taken over by yearbook, though…
MB: I grew up with three brothers, so the idea of living with only girls all the time scared me at first, but I’m really starting to like it. Someone is always there to offer advice on clothes, paint nails, and there seems to be an abundance of Disney movies and baked goods. Not to mention you can always do laundry together. What I feared would be disastrous is actually turning out to be a teenage chick flick, and it is kind of fun.
Jack: This was actually easier to get used to than I thought it would be. Surviving college dorm life pretty much requires just taking care of the basic necessities of life: hygiene, laundry, having enough Easy Mac… you know, the essentials. It also helps being in the best dorm on campus (Keough) and living so close to the important places on campus: SDH, Reckers, etc.
MB: Alright, so honestly, there’s nothing that great about South Bend. The only time I was off campus was to visit my older brother. Who goes to South Bend?
JM: Okay, so I haven’t really experienced South Bend so much. Everything I really need is on campus, and occasional Meijer runs can get the rest. It’s funny seeing everyone already complaining about the cold weather; as an upstate New York boy, I can’t wait to see what Indiana considers “lake effect snow”.
JM: I went to a high school where tailgating and student sections were huge, but nothing prepared me for the excellence that is Notre Dame football. Leaving your last Friday class early because even your TA is too distracted to care. Cars and grills as far as the eye can see. Alumni slugging back beer and telling hysterical stories about “the good ol’ days”. Cheering until your voice gives out, and then rasping as loud as you can for three more quarters. There’s nothing in the world quite like Notre Dame football, and it’s definitely the best part of my college experience so far.
MB: Go ahead and laugh, but I did not like football until I came to Notre Dame. When you’re here, how can you not love it? Along with our fantastic season so far, the student section is so entertaining. The cheers, the dances, the songs, The Shirt, and singing the Alma Mater at the end of each game…it is so much more than a game.
JM: Parietals weren’t a big deal to me at all, having come from an all-male high school. I’m used to seeing dudes all day and I really don’t have an issue with seeing only dudes after midnight in the dorms. Plus, there’s always Reckers if you want to keep the party going.
MB: Everybody likes to complain about parietals, but they aren’t all that bad. Sure, it can be inconvenient, but mostly it is nice to know that after midnight I don’t have to worry about running into random guys in my hallway. Dorms are about experiencing new things, but it is still nice to know there are times when you can be by yourself.
JM: I was the editor of my high school yearbook, a job that involved a lot less writing and designing and really just required knowing people and not making an ugly book. It was definitely a change when I decided to work for the Dome because there’s suddenly a method to the madness. I’m given assignments to cover and spreads to design, and there are plenty of people to hang out with and free food to eat. It’s a tough job, being Chris Milazzo’s slave, but it sure is rewarding.
MB: I was also editor in chief of my yearbook, as a junior and senior, and I knew I wanted to get involved. The system is different from what I’m used to, but it is all a part of adjusting. The best part is starting over as a freshman. We get stuck with everything the upperclassmen don’t want to do. It really is a lot of fun, I promise!
What we should have done differently:
JM: bought fewer bro tanks from clubs I didn’t end up joining, managed my flex points so I didn’t go through half of them by the third week of classes.
MB: gone to gym class registration early; not stayed up until five am writing my paper for film; learned faster that Starbucks is everybody’s friend.
And we danced with Macklemore back in 2009, letting loose our teenage angst on the dance floor. A few years later and a few years older, we find a slightly more mature Macklemore. After partnering with Ryan Lewis, releasing a few singles, and securing a solid YouTube presence, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have released their first LP, The Heist, leading with “Ten Thousand Hours.”
The album is already on the charts, so tune your ear to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis because you’re sure to hear them among the post-midterm, celebratory blasting of music. Moreover, The Heist may become the Man On the Moon of the next generation, and by next generation I mean the same one -3 yrs. Yeah…no it won’t reach Man On the Moon level, but you can still make the comparison.
I suppose “Ten Thousand Hours” serves its purpose as an intro song while alluding to work ethics or whatever, but I wouldn’t say it’s top charts worthy. I mean, fine, he got a cool tattoo that reads ten thousand hours―wait did I say cool?
Anyways, although Macklemore’s lyrics are sometimes daft or overly preachy, if you play the music loud enough and just focus on dancing you can ignore whatever moral he’s trying to get across (okay, fine, Music for Marriage Equality (“Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)”) is a legit message…and sobriety…I guess #yolo, too―whatever).
While skimming the rest of The Heist you’ll recognize titles whose music videos are already released on YouTube by Ryan Lewis, namely “Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)”―”aaaw, he got the Velcro’s,” see music video below―as well as “Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert),” “My Oh My” and “Victory Lap.” So only like half of tracks are new, but among them you can easily find a favorite to jam with friends to, such as “Thin Line (feat. Buffalo Madonna).”
Rife with feats, rap interludes, and unassumingly good beats, The Heist is host to dance-ables (“Castle”), pump-ups (“Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)”) and some mellow gems (“BomBom (feat. The Teaching)”). Honestly, in the end, The Heist is well done and Macklemore’s raps are solid. So yeah, I’d thrift with Mack & Ryan.
Design director Dagny Nagengast tells the truth about senior year and her life at Notre Dame the last four years.
If any of you follow me on Twitter (which I sincerely hope you don’t. I’m not nearly as funny as I think I am), you’ll notice that I’ve been obsessively using one particular hashtag lately. It, in very few words, describes my philosophy on our last year at Notre Dame: senior slide. Now, I’m not lazy. Well, I am, when I want to be, but I’ve never been the type of person to push off my work. I’m the type of person that will write out a To-Do list for the upcoming three weeks, just so I can start checking things off of it. Apparently not anymore. Cue Senior Year. As some can attest just by scrolling down my tweets, the slide finally got me this year. But let me justify it.
I blame my senior slide entirely on spending 3 years at Notre Dame. Don’t worry; I’m not bashing Our Lady. Instead, after 3 years, I’ve finally started to learn from her. Can I tell you how to solve for some bogus letter in an equation that my freshman calculus professor taught me? No. Can I analyze a Shakespearian poem and then write a 30-page thesis paper on it? Probably, but not by choice. Can I take apart my computer, put it back together again, and actually be able to use it the next day? My CAPP professors would be incredibly disappointed, but no. I’ve broken more computers than I’ve even attempted to fix. These skills aren’t exactly something I spent my freshman, sophomore, and junior years honing, and it turns out that’s just fine.
Instead of learning these things (which, now that I think about it, it would be really cool to be able to take apart my computer), I learned how to be. Notre Dame taught me to walk to class every morning and enjoy the warm weather, because I’m not going to get that for very long. She taught me to put off researching a paper to research what my goals in life are. I learned that, even though I had to wake up five minutes earlier than all of my other friends, a dorm room in Lewis meant that I woke up and saw the Dome every single morning. That’s a view no amount of money will ever be able to buy. But back to my slide.
Let’s not get crazy here and start assuming that I don’t go to class, write papers, and study for exams or whatnot. I do. My mother would drive 9 hours here and drag my butt home if I didn’t. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t do these things on my own schedule. Just because I have a paper due the next morning doesn’t mean I’m not going to sit on the sofa, watch a rom-com with my roommates, and eat a carton of ice cream. In 8 months, I’m going to have to do that with new people, and I’m not wasting this time now. In 8 months, I won’t be able to walk down the street onto the most beautiful college campus, or across it to a bar that holds 100 of my classmates. In 8 months I won’t be able to go to mass with my 10 closest friends, hug them, pray with them, and just be with them. That exam tomorrow will sort itself out. Off my back. I’m learning here.
My senior slide has nothing to do with the fact that I don’t care. I think, as I go through this University, I learn what to care about. Sure, there might be an Orgo exam this week. Go to the library. Study. But pull yourself away for half an hour to watch dumb Youtube videos with your best friend. Go grab coffee and talk about who you want to be in a few years. These will benefit you in the long run, these things you’ll remember. When you get to senior year, you’ll slide into the realization that exams, papers, and homework were only half the battle. The other half really taught us how to be an adult while staying a child with the people who make this place great. We’ve got 8 months left to ditch some of our responsibilities here in order to really learn from each other, let’s do it.
This is my first installment of Senior Slide. Don’t wait around for the next posts though. Who knows, I might get caught up trying to learn to bake an eggless cake so I don’t have to use an EpiPen on one of my best friends or be laying in my bed looking at pictures of how awkward The Shirt was our freshman year. C’est la vie. #SeniorSlide
Catherine Bentzen gives us a little taste of her experiences abroad.
Guess where I am.
I’ll give you a hint: A foreign country known for its laid back attitude.
Another hint? Surfing is a national pastime.
Got it yet? Alright, if I say, kangaroos. There we go! You guessed it; I’m in Australia, “The Great Land Down Under”. That wasn’t so hard, now keep reading.
As you just proved, Australia has a reputation, and before I arrived, that’s mostly what shaped my picture was of the country. Now that I’ve been here for almost 2 months, I have a little clearer picture of the country and how its people are different or not so different from those back home. There is too much on this subject for one post, and I’m writing this for the Dome blog, so maybe I’ll do a few posts. And don’t get too excited I’m not going to get too deep and philosophical. I am an engineer, and I don’t do that, or am even capable of that….
Anyway, I’ll start with the accents. Yep, everyone has an Aussie accent here, and it is awesome. But what I didn’t expect were some of the other phrases. For instance, if someone suggests a fun activity, a perfectly Aussie way to respond would be to say, “I’m so keen.”
“Keen” that word, still kind of gives me shivers, but it is now in my everyday vocabulary. Same goes for the phrase “heaps of”, meaning “a lot of”. Or you can describe something as “hell good” or “hell bad”. Also for a greeting, it’s “how ya goin’?” because “how are you?” is way too formal. Basically every word possible is shortened here, for example “uni” for university to “tutes” for tutorials. It took me a second the first time I heard the latter example used.
“Yeah, I have one tute later.”
“Excuse me, what? You have a what later?”
They also pronounce the letter z as “zed”. Weird. It makes engineering classes just that much more confusing.
Now to me, everyone here definitely has an accent, but it is especially weird to hear my accent described. Most people think I am Canadian, and when I asked someone why, the explained that Americans and Canadians have the same accent. Like whoa. That one blew my mind. It really shouldn’t have, but I had never thought about it.
I could probably go on for a while about the accents, but, well, to be honest, I have better things to do. Next time, we shall delve into the ugly underbelly of Australian society and expose the secrets they have been keeping from the rest of the world…Just kidding, I’ll probably talk about sports or something, maybe drinking. Yeah, drinking. Until then, cheers!
Dome managing editor Chris Palmquist gives us an explanation of some of the problems facing the NFL, why Roger Goodell is to blame, and offers his thoughts on how to fix them.
We’ve all seen it. We’ve all seen the reactions; from players to talking heads to the armchair quarterbacks on Facebook and Twitter. Golden Tate’s controversial (understatement of the year?) touchdown catch last night as time expired to give the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers is THE topic of discussion.
Regardless of where your allegiances lie in the NFL, we can all agree on one thing: Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the league, is tarnishing the Shield. Why is this a big deal though? Commissioners do that all the time, right? Kind of. Bud Selig and David Stern have had issues harming the brands of MLB and the NBA respectively (steroids and Tim Donaghy just to name two). I don’t even need to bring up what Gary Bettman has done to the NHL. But, when Goodell assumed the position from his successor Paul Tagliabue in 2006, his main concern was protecting and building the brand of the NFL; protecting the Shield.
Not only has Goodell failed to protect the shield. He is now actively harming it. To quote a Tweet I saw over the weekend from the Sports Pickle, “In the same week Gary Bettman oversaw his second work stoppage, Roger Goodell is making a case as the worst commissioner in sports.” I’ll take it a step farther, three egregious errors by Goodell do make him the worst commissioner in sports. Let’s take a look at them in order of atrocity.
1-The 2011 Lockout
The NFL is a billion dollar industry. It is, by a wide margin, the most popular sport in America. Before 2011, the last work stoppage in the NFL came back in 1987. While it didn’t cost the league any regular season games, if you watched any of them, you know it affected them. How did this lockout happen? Billionaire owners couldn’t come to an agreement with millionaire players on a fair split of the league revenues (a common theme as we’ll see). Keep in mind, these are the same players who the fans pay to see, whose jerseys the fans pay to wear, and who sacrifice their minds and motor skills to entertain fans in the stadium and across the country–but no the owners deserved more money. But I digress. The fact that the owners-who, keep in mind pay Goodell’s salary-locked out their players is unacceptable and strike one for Roger Goodell.
Here are the facts: NFL referees, who work part-time, receive around $170,000 for a season’s work. They have a fantastic pension. Goodell wanted to change thisfrom a pension, to a contribution (401k). The referees simply want their old pension to continue. Again, the NFL is a billion dollar industry. Why is this an issue?! It’s become blatantly obvious (as if the preseason wasn’t bad enough) that the replacement referees simply are not adept enough to handle the speed of the NFL. The regular referees are far from perfect, but they are used to the size and speed of the NFL as opposed to Division III colleges or even the Lingerie Football League. (I promise this link is a story, nothing inappropriate will pop up on your computer).
Again, this is an argument between billionaires and not millionaires, but rather well compensated men as well. The talking heads across the country have said all season that the NFL would strong-arm the referees (impossible with Ed Hochuli)unless the replacement officials cost a team a game. That officially happened last night. You can make plenty of arguments that the Packers shouldn’t have been in that situation (they shouldn’t have) or that there were plenty of awful calls on both sides (there were) BUT the fact still remains that they blew a 30 yard pass interference call on Seattle’s last drive, a blatant pass interference no-call on Golden Tate, and the fact that this play was clearly not simultaneous possession. (Side note: It was estimated that the Seahawks touchdown caused $150 million to change hands, giving the 3 point underdogs the win. Knowing these refs are far from impartial, how is this not a bigger deal?)
The most egregious thing Roger Goodell has done in his tenure is stress player safety, than blatantly go against it. In a league where the average playing career is 3 years, he wants to expand the regular season to 18 games, because he is a money-grubbing bottom-liner. He drags his feet on medical studies that show the severe head trauma suffered by NFL players, and hesitates to provide more money to help ex-players struggling with the effects of it. Dave Duerson-suicide, 50; Steve McNair-suicide, 36; Junior Seau-suicide, 43; Jim McMahon-early onset dementia, 53; Earl Campbell-barely able to walk, 52. There have been more comprehensive studies done than anything I can write here but here’s the point. These men put their health and lives on the line to protect the Shield and the self-proclaimed protector won’t help them out or the others following in their steps.
Unfortunately, nothing is going to change. The NFL is simply too popular. What the players want doesn’t matter, despite what DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA might do. We have proven it over the years, this year especially. We watch the games no matter what. Concussion issues? So what, let’s have “Jacked Up” on ESPN. Replacement refs? Opening night on NBC was their highest rated ever. There are only one of two solutions to bring about change in the NFL, neither of which are likely. First, the players go on strike. This is unlikely because guys burn through money during their 3-year careers and can’t afford to despite what the issue may be. Secondly, the fans stop turning out. If you hit the NFL where it matters-their bottom line-they’ll listen. For better or worse though, there’s no fighting the popularity of the Shield.
Staff writer Ned D’Arcy gives you the low down on this weekend’s football matchup between our Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the biggest home football weekend of Notre Dame’s season is upon us. For the 40th time, the Fighting Irish will battle the Michigan Wolverines in one of college football’s greatest rivalries. Last season’s defeat in front of the largest crowd in college football history has the Irish eager to win their first game against Michigan since 2008. Led by a senior class that has yet to beat the Wolverines, the 3 and 0 Irish are sure to come out of the gate aggressively, hoping to galvanize the crowd of students and alumni that have clamored for tickets to this showdown for months.
To win, the number one priority will be to contain Denard Robinson, a task easier said than done as seen in the last two meetings of the series. This task will fall mostly on the shoulders of the Notre Dame front seven, one of the best sets of linemen and linebackers in the country. Led by senior linebacker Manti Te’o, the Irish front seven will have to have an excellent pass rush to prevent the sub-par secondary from being exploited. Given that Denard Robinson is Michigan’s best rusher as well, they will need to prevent scrambling that has proven to be a backbreaker for Notre Dame defenses of years past.
On the offensive side of the ball, redshirt freshman Everett Golson must have a better completion percentage than the 43 percent that he put up against Michigan State. Maintaining long drives will be the key to Golson and the Irish offense: the longer the Irish keep the ball, the less time that Denard Robinson is on the field, the better. The experienced offensive line led by Zach Martin will be sure to give him enough time to complete his reads, while hopefully creating running lanes for the Notre Dame backfield.
3 questions marks for the Irish
Will Notre Dame’s depleted secondary be able to stop Denard Robinson?
This past weekend, Notre Dame lost yet another starter from their secondary, seeing Safety Jamoris Slaughter go down for the season with an Achilles Tendon injury. This, combined with the loss of cornerback Lo Wood prior to the start of the season, will leave Notre Dame with a severely thin secondary going into a matchup with a quarterback who has thrown for 582 yards and 5 touchdowns in his two previous starts against the Irish.
Will the Notre Dame ground attack bounce back after two consecutive mediocre games?
Without a dominant performance since the Navy game, the running game is in desperate need of a big game. Between Cierre Wood, Theo Riddick, and George Atkinson III, the Irish have plenty of weapons that bring different dynamics to the offense. This backfield talent combined with a veteran offensive line has to produce better results this weekend.
How will Tyler Eifert respond to his zero catch game against Michigan State?
Given his status as one of the best tight ends in college football, it was surprising to see Eifert end the Michigan State game with zero catches. This performance may be due to a lingering injury from earlier in the season, for there is no logical reason why one of the country’s best “quarterback security blankets” would be left with very few targets.
X factor: Prince Shembo
One of the shining stars of last weekend’s defensive clinic put on against Michigan State, junior linebacker Prince Shembo will have to be a standout player against Denard Robinson, one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. Prince was a disruptive force against the Spartans offense, ending the day with a career high nine tackles and one sack. A repeat performance would surely take stress off of the secondary.
Prediction: Notre Dame 27-Michigan 23
With so much riding on this game for Notre Dame, I cannot see them losing to Michigan. It surely will not be an easy win, most likely a back and forth game, but this year, unlike the past three, the Irish will be the team celebrating a last minute score to secure victory. Notre Dame’s victory this weekend will bring balance back to what has been a fairly one-sided rivalry in recent history.
The moral of the story: watch out Wolverines, because here come the Irish, and it’s time to hunt some wolverines.
The Dome’s budding music critic and established cynic Chris Milazzo runs down some songs that should make the Stadium PA’s playlist this week. According to Chris, this may or may not be a weekly thing.
For more snarky comments, follow him @achtungstation.
Some language, NSFW.
Ye and the G.O.O.D. music crew released their first album this week, Cruel Summer, and much like West’s last collaborative effort, Watch the Throne, Summer is more about style than substance. And while you may deride his music for the more-than-occasional instance of musical vacuity, you can’t knock West’s eye for ear candy; he’s a trend setter. Like Throne, Summer’s production is lush and infectious. You’ll hate that you like these songs, but they’re undeniably catchy. The album’s first track, To the World, is just one example.
While I enjoy the greatest of all university fight songs as much as the next Domer, I always wondered what it would be like if we set the entire game to the Rudy Soundtrack. Nothing is quite as inspiring as reminding yourself that your “five-feet nothing, 100-and-nothing…”
If this world-wide sensation of a song isn’t played at the opening kickoff, I predict post-game rioting on Debart Quad.
For those of you who have ever been to Michigan Stadium, Seven Nation Army is played just about every down. I can imagine an intense moment of awkwardness, as Michigan and Notre Dame fans chant “dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-daah-daahhh” together, only to realize they’re singing with the enemy.
They say that big labels have a stranglehold on the music industry these days, making it almost impossible for an independent band to have any sort of widespread success. It looks like Cincinnati-based indie pop-rock quartet Walk The Moon didn’t get the memo. In the last two years they’ve toured with big name groups such as Panic! at the Disco and Young the Giant, put out a few EP’s, booked hundreds of shows across the country including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and attracted an enormous cult-following all on their own, completely independent.
Now they just signed a lucrative deal with RCA and have put out their self-titled debut album Walk the Moon and it is nothing short of what you would expect coming off of the success of their last EP Anna Sun. It’s clear that their new big-wig record label hasn’t changed the same electrically-charged, rhythmic style that gained them their popularity.
With melodic synth riffs, bouncing baselines, and dance-inducing drums, the album is definitely a lot of fun. The instrumentation is amazing, layering countless different layers of synth, guitar, base, drums, and incredible harmonized vocals to create a overall really unique and intricate sound.
That being said, where the band comes up big on the musical front, lyrically some of the songs come up short. Don’t get me wrong, every song on this album is nothing short of a dance-party inducing fun time, but lyrically some of the tracks fail to live up to the incredible musicality that makes them great.
Overall, Walk The Moon’s self-titled, big record debut is a pretty great album. From the fast-paced dance anthems “Quesadilla”, “Anna Sun”, and “Tightrope”, to the slower but nevertheless fun “Fixin”, and the power-ballad “Iscariot” the album feels really complete and has something for every listener. With the recent trend of indie/alternative songs making transitions from the lonely, hipster coffee-house circles to mainstream Top 40 radio stations, I really think Walk The Moon is a name to look out for. I could see the first single off this single “Anna Sun” (which is already a hit on indie/alternative radio) following in the footsteps of recent indie hits such as Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, and FUN.’s “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” and making a big break into the Billboard charts.
Walk The Moon is currently finishing up a European tour but will be headed back to the States immediately after to start up a continental tour. Make sure to check out their face-painted, strobe-lighted, dance party shows when they come to town.
Check out the video for “Anna Sun” which is nothing short of what you would expect from this band: a one-take, pumped-up dance party.