Domenic Canonico reports on the recipient reception of the Evangelium Vitae award by Chris and Marie Smith. The award is given by the Center for Ethics and Culture to honor those who protect the sanctity of human life.
On September 16, 2013, our nation watched in horror as news of yet another mass shooting unfolded.
This time it occurred in a secure military facility in Washington, DC, at the Navy Yard. Now living in the DC area, I was glued to the radio for the minute-by-minute updates provided by local and national news. As the news came in I was seeing images of parts of Southeast DC, where I spend time on the weekends watching the Washington Nationals baseball team, whose stadium is mere walking distance from the Navy Yard. The nation’s collective mind, heart and prayers were with those in the throes of grief that morning.
Living in South Bend, it may not be immediately evident that the federal government has been shut down since October 1. But to 800,000 “non-essential” federal employees, the month of October has seen a few unpleasant changes brought on by the gridlock within the US Congress.
Patrick Deneen, Notre Dame professor of political science, led a September 30 discussion on building a culture of life as part of the Right to Life Club’s seminar series. These seminars are designed to engage undergraduates in conversation with faculty members about pressing contemporary life issues.
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.