Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lefty's and Common Sense, feels right

Last semester we set out on the ambitious project of Lefty's 2.0, and now this semester we are proud to begin yet another chapter for Lefty's in the form of our partnership with the progressive print publication Common Sense.

Common Sense is a newspaper that, like Lefty's, champions the progressive voice on Notre Dame's campus and that, like Lefty's, was revitalized this academic year after a former incarnation had faltered.

We at Lefty's are excited about the promising potential of this mutually beneficial partnership, and hope that our readers will appreciate it as well.

So, we invite you to read the various articles originally published in Common Sense, as well as a few bonus articles that weren't in the print edition, on our site. Also, know that we will have more information about and more content from Common Sense in the future.

Enjoy!


A dose of Common Sense

This piece was written by Christian Myers and Stephen Hawn, on behalf of the Common Sense editorial staff, and originally published as an editorial in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.

The University of Notre Dame is a world-class, Catholic institution of higher education. The University of Notre Dame is not “conservative,” nor is it “liberal,” nor is it ideologically monolithic in any other way—individuals from other religious traditions are welcomed and valued.

What to do about Putin’s moves in the Ukraine

This piece was written by Notre Dame junior Tyler Bowen and originally published as an article in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.

Over the last month and a half, the crisis in Ukraine has provoked fears of a resurgent Russia, the erosion of American credibility, and the general decline of the United States.

I, too, am writing about race

This piece was written by Notre Dame senior Shelley Kim and originally published as a letter to the editor in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.

After reflecting on criticism of the “I, too, am Notre Dame” project and supporters of Mark Gianfalla’s “The Campus Who Cried Wolf” Viewpoint article, we have concluded that the disagreement over race relations is due to Notre Dame’s cultural organizations. We have proposed some changes that are more constructive for campus race relations.

Silent Demonstration Counters Hate Speech

This piece was written by Notre Dame Senior Christian Myers and originally published as an article in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.

There is always a silver lining.
 
 
Right-wing pundit and author Ann Coulter came to campus this semester at the invitation of Notre Dame College Republicans and followed through on her reputation for insensitive and disparaging comments. Coulter’s visit, however, had the positive effect of sparking a movement among several student groups to counteract hate speech on our campus.
 

Why Notre Dame’s Lawsuit Ought to Fail

This piece was written by Notre Dame junior Emily Flores and originally published as an article in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.
 

The University of Notre Dame has filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for a rehearing of its plea for injunction against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, which requires that employers’ health insurance plans include full coverage of twenty FDA-approved and non-abortifacient types of contraception.

What is 'natural'?

This piece was written by Notre Dame junior Stephen Hawn for Common Sense.

Throughout my conversations with some of the more conservative students in Notre Dame’s community, I so often hear them claim that being gay is unnatural. I hear students claim that being gay defies the natural order of nature, and that it is somehow contrary to our natural purpose as human beings.

Euromaidan protests powered by social media

This piece was written by Notre Dame freshman Alexa Fedynsky and originally published as an article in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.

Back in November, I remember liking the Facebook page “Euromaidan” after student protests broke out in Kyiv, Ukraine in response to the president’s failure to sign a trade agreement with the European Union.

Corporate tax breaks are criminal

This piece was written by Notre Dame freshman Dan DeToro and originally published as an article in Common Sense on April 23, 2014.

Remember when Mitt Romney demonized the 47% of Americans whom he claimed lacked personal responsibility and did not pay income tax? 

A quarter of these people are elderly and don’t work while a further 17% are students or disabled. The rest of the 47% still pay federal payroll tax.

Challenging Tradition is Human

This piece was written by Notre Dame junior Stephen Hawn and originally published as an article in Common Sense on April 23, 2014

Perhaps one of the most unique human qualities is our capacity for change, and one undeniable pattern throughout human history is the rapid pace at which change occurs. Civilizations rise and fall. Cultures come into existence and are lost just as easily. Even the change in the United States in just the last 50 years is remarkable. We declared forced segregation illegal, had a sexual revolution, and are in the midst of a successful gay rights movement.