Guest post by Natalie Fang
I’ve noticed recently that there has been much excitement in the news since….well…the last incident I remember with such high campus participation would be from my freshman year with the gender relations viewpoint article that was submitted on the hook up culture, to be politically correct. This new issue seems to be a very big one because of all the interesting viewpoints that are being written in. It’s very interesting how a mere mention of historical figures (i.e. Stalin and Hitler) suddenly out trumps everything else on campus—especially if we consider that the viewpoint articles reflect what is important to the Notre Dame community.
Apparently, the bishop of the Diocese of Peoria was a rector at Notre Dame a long time ago but is now a member of the board of trustees. Now, many professors are crying in outrage about what the bishop has supposedly said about Obama. It seems like these professors honestly care about Notre Dame and its image. I wonder then if these professors—or us students for that matter—know about Notre Dame’s history or ever notice all the interesting details in the artwork of our campus since it is our “home.” Read more
During the last semester of my college life, I reflected back on the memories I made here at Notre Dame. I mainly reminisced on the happy moments, on how I’ll miss the late night chat sessions with my roommates. But then I also started to remember some of the darker moments I had here. It was not an easy transition from high school to Notre Dame. Read more
Last Wednesday, September 26, 2011, the University of Notre Dame held a forum discussion of four different US leaders in education. The event was open to students, faculty and community members, and its goal was to discuss and raise awareness for issues plaguing the American school system. Read more
I think so! Now before I begin, let me get two things straight: This post is not meant to brainlessly play up Catholicism, nor is it suggesting that not being Catholic somehow makes you less multicultural. However, I sincerely believe that there are some aspects and values of Catholicism, especially at ND, that helps foster authentic multiculturalism on campus.
If you attended the September 11 memorial mass last night, I think you might know what I mean. It’s when we gather together in prayer and spiritual community that diversity at ND is at it’s strongest. Last night I was struck at how my friends from so many different backgrounds took hold of one another’s hands during the Our Father — whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, Catholics, Lutherans, professed atheists, conservatives, liberals, and independents. I was all the more struck by Fr. Malloy’s homily, particularly when he reminded us that 10 years ago on September 11, the Muslim Student Association stood together with the rest of the Notre Dame family in solidarity and prayer. All of us were different, yet we brought together our differences to pray as one for something we all care about.
Ladies and gents, you don’t get this at other universities on such a campus-wide scale. Why is that? It’s because ND is Catholic. Below are a few aspects of Catholic teaching and culture that, I think, makes ND more multicultural. Read more