North vs. South: The Fight of Fine Dining

Author: Andy de la Garza

Many timeless debates have been discussed for generations without reaching a unanimous conclusion: cats versus dogs. Chocolate versus vanilla. Sweet versus savory. But no contention is quite as fierce as the one that rings across the Notre Dame campus at the start of every year: North Dining Hall versus South Dining Hall.…

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The Art of Studying

Author: Andy de la Garza

Sure, the music I listen to and the clothes I wear may not contribute directly to my end-of-semester grades, but for now, I’ll continue to fool myself into thinking that my intricate study strategy is my ticket to academic success.

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Surviving the Snow Game

Author: Andy de la Garza

In a season marked by turbulent results, Nov. 19 marked a special day in the Notre Dame 2022 football season. Fans packed into the stadium bundled in thick socks, hefty gloves, snug hats and enough layers of shirts to numb themselves to the cold. But there was no escaping the unprecedented conditions that the crowd at the Notre Dame and Boston College game endured. The following is my account as one of the many students who braved the weather conditions from the initial fight song to the concluding rendition of the alma mater:

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Thanksgiving

Author: Andy de la Garza

I still recall rising to slivers of sunlight peeking through the blinds of my childhood room. Slowly adjusting to the light, I was brought to life by the wafting smell of comfort food. Engulfed by the scents of savory macaroni and cheese and warm yeast rolls, I would hop out of bed and rush to the kitchen to sneak a taste. Thanksgiving was not the grandest holiday in my family, but the opportunity to gather with family and express our gratitude for one another was always cherished. This time together never failed to reignite our favorite family traditions. From watching Dallas Cowboys games to getting a headstart on our favorite Christmas movies, these simple but nostalgic acts never failed to bring me joy. 

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Beginning School, Again

Author: Andy de la Garza

Chaos ensues across the Notre Dame campus. Clusters of parents carry bags and boxes filled with belongings under the summer sun, helping their children settle into their new home. Freshmen sit cautiously as they meet their roommates for the first time, attempting to maintain a confident facade through the stress and tension brought about by the new environment. And despite the cacophony of confusion and emotion, as a second year, I leisurely arrange my room and furniture, unaffected by the frenzy surrounding me. 

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