What does it mean for our generation to live simply? There seem to be a myriad of opposing viewpoints, even concerning one piece of art, such as the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz). The song and its content have become somewhat of a cultural icon; thrift shops are cool and trendy, a cheap and easy way to stand out and be different, which seems to be at odds with the musicians’ original intent. In an interview with MTV News, Macklemore talked about his motivations for the song and why he thinks it has become so popular––it’s something different from the norm.
The words “I have to go to the library” are usually not uttered or met with enthusiasm by students. But beginning last Friday, Notre Dame commenced a year-long opportunity for the students, faculty and the Notre Dame community to celebrate and commemorate the Hesburgh Library and all that for which it stands. Contributing to the celebration were live music, staff handing out various Hesburgh paraphernalia and Au Bon Pain’s distribution of free treats and drinks.