first_imgFour political science professors will share the Washington Hall stage April 12 to exchange and debate their opinions about the intersection of Catholicism and politics. HolyVotes, an event seeking to open a pathway for political discussion on campus, will replace the God Debate, held in past years. Senior Malcolm Phelan described HolyVotes as a “lighthearted and rational political debate” that needs to take place at Notre Dame in order to counter the political dialogue currently dominating the media. “Most news outlets and political commentators seem to be acting out some form of grotesque tragedy about the death of reason and discourse,” Phelan said. “That’s exactly why we are hosting HolyVotes. We want to lay out our civic beliefs as Catholics, and then discuss which form of government best helps us to achieve those goals.” HolyVotes will feature professors Sebastian Rosato, Eric Sims, Vincent Munoz and Michael Desch. Junior Arnav Dutt, a coordinator for the event, said he was grateful for the faculty members’ willingness to voice their opinions outside of the classroom. “In a way, these professors chose themselves,” Dutt said. “All three were brave enough to tackle the issue in a public forum.” Rosato, a professor of political science specializing in international relations, said he will represent the Democratic position, which is often considered more controversial because of the Catholic tendency to vote Republican. “It’s a very complex issue, one that many people view as black and white,” Rosato said. “The assumption is if you vote Republican, you are going straight to the pro-life argument, and if you’re Democrat, you are going to run straight to the social justice issues. “I think there is a lot of overlap, and I think that the parties are internally divided, and that therefore, this is a debate that really needs to occur on campus.” Rosato said defending the Democratic stances on abortion and gay marriage represents the most difficult task, but he believes his arguments can counter the opposition if received with an open mind. “In these types of debates, people typically tend to give the party line or the Catholic stance, and there is no one on the other end,” Rosato said. “I think the other professors involved in this debate are well-intentioned, and I believe most people in the room will be able to treat it as a debate, but I fear it may devolve into name calling.” Despite advice not to participate in HolyVotes, Rosato said he believes it is his duty to ask the charged questions and contribute to overturning the paradigm of asserting truths rather than debating issues. “I believe I was put on this earth to make arguments and to make them regardless of what people thought,” Rosato said. “As a privileged professor at Notre Dame, I’m meant to inform and contribute to raising the level of discourse. My job is to think, and that’s why I said yes.” Dutt said the event is meant to encourage contemplation and dialogue. “Students should expect an intellectually stimulating debate conducted at a high volume,” he said. Phelan agreed HolyVotes should make attendees think. “My hope is that we all stumble out of Washington Hall, slightly dazed at the brilliance of Rosato, Munoz, Sims and Desch while considering what duties we owe our country and our fellow citizens.”last_img read more

first_imgOff to its best start since 2004, Wisconsin (4-1) heads east this weekend, traveling to Boston, Mass. to face Harvard (1-2) and Boston University (2-3).The Badgers currently own a four-game winning streak after defeating Cal Poly and Vermont last weekend to win the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. As they look to extend their streak, they also will vie for their first true road win of the season.“Any team playing at home in front of their home crowd is going to be tougher to beat,” senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said. “They’re going to be looking to defend their home turf, so we need to be ready for a tough battle if we want to win.”Despite the records of their upcoming opponents, the Badgers are being careful not to get too confident. They know they need to remain focused on their upcoming matches if they want to maintain their success.“Our mentality going into this weekend is important,” senior forward Taylor Walsh said. “I think we need to just look at this weekend and take each game just one at a time and not think about the past.”For UW head coach Paula Wilkins, the BU Terriers’ last game shows her just how tough they are to beat.“Boston is coming off a great win against Connecticut, which is a continually well-known soccer program,” Wilkins said. “We need to make sure that we don’t get comfortable with what we are doing and we keep looking ahead. I think just staying focused in the moment and the game is going to be a big thing for this weekend.”In the victory, the Terriers shut out the 19th-ranked Huskies en route to a 1-0 win on the road. Freshman Jessica Luscinski netted the game-winning goal for BU in the first half, recording her first collegiate goal.Wisconsin hopes a strong showing in Boston this weekend will help build on its current momentum when the team returns home next week to host Pepperdine and Nevada.Even with the success the Badgers have had over the last two weeks, Klages feels that with this team, they could still use even more of a confidence boost.“We just have to keep building,” Klages said. “We can’t relax because we won a few games; we have to keep focused on the game in front of us and just carry the confidence that we’ve gotten from scoring so many goals and from winning games.”The fact that Wisconsin won the Hoosier Classic last weekend should give the Badgers the confidence they need going into the games against Harvard and Boston University.“It was great for them to actually win something; they won a tournament,” Wilkins said. “So talking about winning something and being in control of your destiny, I think that was important for us as a group this week.”Wilkins added the Badgers’ preparation for this weekend also was aided by the ability to look back at film of their victories in the tournament and see what they did so well.“They’ve been able to see a little of what they can do when they do things right,” Wilkins said. “We want to continue on that pathway and give them new ideas and point out little things they can do better to make them even better than they have been playing so far.”In the end, Wisconsin knows it all comes back to the basics. Regardless of the outcome of their games, the Badgers’ mentality always shows proper execution and determination will lead to their improvement and greater success.“We just need to keep working hard and fix the little things that we need to fix,” Walsh said. “I think our team has the potential to be really successful. If we keep on the path that we’re on, we can accomplish a lot this year.”last_img read more