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Missing the end of senior year is a disappointment, but we don’t have to be on campus to be together — as the far-flung, close-knit Notre Dame family knows. The author (back left) and her classmates never imagined they’d miss the end of their senior year. But they’re still close, from afar. I will be finishing my undergraduate career at home, in front of my computer. And I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. When I left Notre Dame for spring break, I didn’t realize I wouldn’t be coming back.

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ends presidential candidacy ahead of Super Tuesday //

Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, announced at the Century Center on Sunday night that he was dropping out of the presidential race. He discussed the necessity to support the eventual democratic nominee, his gratitude for his supporters and his vision for the future of America. “I urge everyone who supported me to continue with the cause,” Buttigieg said. “ … There is simply too much at stake to retreat to the sidelines at a time like this.” Buttigieg said suspending his campaign wa

Campus Dining unveils new meal plan with Flex Point roll over, more swipes per semester //

This report was updated Feb. 5 at 9:18 p.m. The standard Notre Dame meal plan is getting a facelift. After more than 20 years of using a week-based meal plan, Campus Dining is unveiling a semester-based block meal plan to begin in the fall of 2020. The number of swipes will be allocated at the beginning of the semester for its entirety. Extra meals will not roll over from the first semester to the next, but beginning next fall, Flex Points will roll over to the next semester. The new default

Make 2020 the year you consume news responsibly on social media

Social media is an intrinsic part of news consumption today. As The Observer’s Social Media Editor (and now, one of the Assistant Managing Editors), this reality is not lost on me. Last semester, 15% of our online viewership came directly from clicking a link on social media, and that number continues to increase. My team works to bring you campus news somewhere you’re likely to access it. As a citizen of the world, I think it’s essential to be aware of national and global events. And as a stud

A decade of data: Notre Dame’s 2010s by the numbers //

Notre Dame has seen a number of substantial changes over the last 10 years. Increases in tuition, applications for admission and research spending have impacted the University just as dramatically as other schools around the nation, while other numbers have stayed fairly consistent since the start of the decade. Here is a look at how the University has changed since 2010, focusing on tuition, enrollment, demographics, crime, campus infrastructure, research spending and endowment. The past d

“Students’ safety comes first:” Demonstrations against parietals continue, cautiously //

A few minutes before 11 p.m. Thursday, as rain continued to sprinkle down, 17 students gathered outside Coleman-Morse to prepare for their second demonstration in Sorin College. Some lived on campus, some off. But they were united in a common mission: to rid the University of parietals and end hate speech on campus. “We want this to be peaceful, and we want this to be loving, and unifying, and working towards building community rather than tearing it apart,” senior Anne Jarrett, one of the lea

I Hope to Work in Journalism. Here’s Why I Majored in Anthropology // News // Department of Anthropology // University of Notre Dame

Ever since high school (and perhaps earlier, as a pink spiral notebook from 2005 suggests), I’ve wanted to be a journalist. I love being informed about the community around me, I love talking to a wide range of people, and I love the adrenaline and excitement of pursuing a story. Coming to Notre Dame, I knew that there wasn’t a journalism major. However, it didn’t take me long to land in anthropology. As an aspiring journalist, I think that anthropology is the perfect field to study. In many w

A student at Notre Dame Stadium flashed a disputed hand gesture. A debate about campus rhetoric ensued //

Minutes before the start of the Sept. 28 Virginia-Notre Dame football game, an NBC camera zoomed in on the announcers reporting from the student section. Many students were cheering. One was not. This student stuck out his arm, his thumb and forefinger touching to form an upside down OK sign out to his right side. The gesture was fleeting and may have gone unnoticed by many viewers. In a video of the incident, students nearby did not seem to see it. It is the universal symbol for OK, widely-us

Introducing ’s new social media team //

As a journalist, my mission is to serve the organization’s audience. To do that, I listen to news consumers for the answers to two questions: what do they need to know that I (or my colleagues) can tell them, and how do they want to know it? This year, The Observer is responding to the needs and desires of its audience in a new way, and that’s where I come in. My position — Social Media Editor — has never existed before. Neither have the positions of my nine-person team. The Observer has used

Readers remember the Apollo 11 moon landing, 50 years later

On July 20, 1969, the United States put a person on the moon for the first time, inspiring wonder and amazement in many who witnessed the historic event. We asked our readers what memories stick with them as the moon landing approaches its 50-year anniversary. These are their stories. Regardless of their age or where they were in the world that day, the moon landing left a lasting impression on many of those who followed along as Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the lunar surface. We rec

Where to watch the Women's World Cup in California

The Women’s World Cup final is at an early 8 a.m. Sunday, but have no fear⁠ — bars around the state will be hosting watch parties to cheer on the U.S. Women’s National Team as it faces off against the Netherlands. The USWNT watch party series, hosted by the L.A. Galaxy, will continue this Sunday at Tom’s Urban in Downtown Los Angeles. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the Galaxy Star Squad will be there to keep up the hype. The American Outlaws, an unofficial fan group for the U.S. men’s and women’s

What's open on the 4th of July in L.A.

If you find yourself needing more drinks, ice or hamburger buns this Fourth of July, don’t panic — we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of places in L.A. that’ll be open for at least part of Thursday’s patriotic holiday. Most chain stores and restaurants are open on July 4, but hours may change depending on location, so be sure to call ahead before you make a trip. If we’re missing anything, let us know in the comment section below and we may update this list. • Most banks, plus the New York St

A Glimpse into Le Mandarin, Rabat’s Oldest Asian Restaurant

Rabat’s first Asian restaurant is changing hands for the first time since the 1950s. Rabat – Three generations of two families—one Vietnamese, the other Moroccan—have been in business together for nearly 70 years to keep Rabat’s first Asian restaurant open to the public. The longevity of Le Mandarin has made it a landmark in the L’Ocean neighborhood. But Tuan Le, 41, the grandson of the restaurant’s founder, will be the last member of his family to own and run the establishment. On February 5