Debunking the "Rhetoric of Fear"

Author: Andrea Vale

Walking through the Baobab Refugee Camp in Rome one afternoon last April, I first have to navigate a sea of empty tents filling a parking lot. Many are slightly upended, crammed alongside each other with their flaps hanging open. A few are weighted down with rocks. Some shelters consist of nothing more than rigged up tarps, cardboard boxes and garbage bags.
Save for a few women talking quietly, huddled together on plastic lawn chairs, the only movement comes from a breeze lifting a flimsy sheet hanging on the fence proclaiming, “Refugees welcome.”

As I make my way to the center, however, I come upon an oasis bursting with humanity.

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Research Practicum Students Recount Galapagos Experience

Author: O'Neil, Alison

Nearly two centuries ago, Charles Darwin formulated his famous theory of evolution — a theory with far-reaching implications for medicine, ecology and the social sciences — largely due to the species he witnessed while traveling in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. This volcanic archipelago, home to species found nowhere else in the world, remains the site of many modern-day research studies on everything from micro-evolution to animal behavior. This October break, a 2-credit research practicum offered through the College of Science gave students the opportunity to pursue their own research projects in the “living laboratory” of the Galapagos.…

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Notre Dame Employees and Students Recover Birth Control Coverage

Author: Ashley Lo

Notre Dame’s third-party health plan partners will continue to provide contraceptives to plan members, the university announced on Nov. 7. 

The decision came as a major turnabout after the university notified faculty and staff on Oct. 27 that Notre Dame would act on the Trump Administration overhaul of an Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” mandate that required employers to provide birth control coverage. …

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Letter from the Editor

Author: Tessa Bangs

What happens when the nation’s most pressing social issues come into play on Notre Dame’s campus? How do those in positions of power and authority react to these conflicts? In what ways do the affected students, faculty and staff come to terms with these decisions?

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Just a Thought with Natalie Porter

Author: Christian Abraham-Arega

Professor of anthropology Natalie Porter focuses her research primarily on interactions between humans and animals, and how these interactions affect human and environmental health. Scholastic spoke with Porter to understand her research and learn about her travels.

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#tbt Nuclear Fears: Then and Now

Author: Peter Baltes

In 1984, the world was still gripped by the Cold War. Harsh rhetoric flew back and forth between Washington and Moscow, and fears of nuclear Armageddon would not have been misplaced.

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Four Asks: Countering Changes to Title IX

Author: Andrea Vale

On Sept. 22, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ department announced that the current presidential administration would be rescinding Obama-era guidance on how to handle sexual assault on campuses across the country.

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Opioid Crisis Hits Close to Home

Author: Joe Disipio

A few weeks ago, a family from Granger, Indiana appeared on the “Today” show. In many cases, it would be cause for celebration to see a family from eight miles down the road on national television. 

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Blaze Pizza: On the Hot Seat

Author: Daphne Saloomey

On Oct. 23, Blaze Pizza in the Eddy Street Commons was temporarily closed by the St. Joseph County Health Department for a string of non-critical and critical violations, including vinegar flies in the dining room, nonfunctional food storage cooling equipment and unsealed toilets in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

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