Last month, over 1,000 Notre Dame students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. That same weekend, a small but mighty group of students gathered in front of Hesburgh Library to protest the lack of homework during syllabus week, calling their event the “March for Strife.”
The leader of the group of 14 students, Andrew “Ace” McGorden, agreed to an exclusive interview with Scholastic as soon as he finishes taking detailed notes of his entire calculus textbook. Luckily, freshman Ethan “Exceeds Expectations” Doyle was “at a good stopping place” in his theology reading to speak to an editor.
“All we want is for syllabus week to be treated the same as the rest of the semester, and everyone should be just as stressed as they are the rest of the year. All weeks matter, you know?” Doyle explained, before immediately returning to his reading.
Grace “Good Marks” Marks, Doyle’s study partner, agreed wholeheartedly with the sentiment. “It is just so ridiculous how little students and professors care about homework during syllabus week. My parents are paying a lot for my education. I want to get their money’s worth!”
The students protested outside the library for several hours Saturday morning, taking turns holding up signs that read, “PRO-TEACHERS, PRO-HOMEWORK, PRO-STRIFE,” and going inside the library to get ahead on next week’s work.
Doyle complained that their event did not receive the amount of attention it deserved. “I mean, we were outside the library for basically all of Saturday morning and we didn’t see anyone! What were they doing? Sleeping in? It’s syllabus week, for Pete’s sake!”