Letter from the Editor

Author: Megan Kelleher

Dear sun-kissed students,

Congrats! You have made it through your first full month back on campus! Hopefully, you have enjoyed the final days of sunny September as we move into Indiana’s true fall filled with colorful leaves and pumpkin spice-flavored foods. This issue of Scholastic recounts some of the finer moments of summer and September, including the first men’s lacrosse championship win, the reopening of St. Joseph’s Beach and our first football game against an HBCU.

Speaking of the weather, two stories cover the ever-changing climate of the Midwest — one a humorous tale of students seeking refuge from the heat in dorm chapels, and another a touching story about how climate change impacts some of society’s most vulnerable in assisted living homes.

Our cover story highlights the Fighting Irish football team “coming home” to Dublin, Ireland, where they played in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic as part of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series. You can even read about one writer’s personal conversation with Lord Mayor of Dublin, councillor Daithí de Róiste, in which he shares his feelings about the Notre Dame-Ireland connection.

In addition to the excitement around football this time of year, there is also the excitement of the opening of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Center on the newly-renovated second floor of LaFortune. Note: Be sure to check out the contactless bathroom doors up there … and also check out our Judgment Calls section for the staff’s hottest takes on campus happenings.

If you’re interested in the legacy of two blonde women that seemingly took America by storm this summer — Barbie and Taylor Swift — head to the Culture and Opinion sections. Soon enough, you will forget about these summer showstoppers, the permacloud will set in, alongside midsemester burnout, and you will wish sundress season never ended.

On those days when you are wishing you could go back, grab this issue of Scholastic, reflect on our first month back, appreciate how far you have come, and get excited about how far you have yet to go.


Meg Kelleher

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