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Free Trade Agreements,
Any Democrat opposing TPP on the basis of NAFTA isn't offering a trade policy for America's future, but rather guaranteeing that the jobs we have now are the best ones Americans can expect.
It is a critical time for liberal arts institutions that serve this student body to engage in better publicity about the vocational value of the liberal arts. Now, there's a message worthy of a commencement address.
For Notre Dame's memorial service, President Obama sent a video reflecting his two visits to Notre Dame. When he came the second time, as President, in his speech he saluted Father Hesburgh and TV cameras caught Father Ted smiling in the front row.
Class Of 2015,
While Commencement is a time of celebration and achievement, it is also a time when we can impart a final nugget of wisdom to all of our graduates. Here is what I would like to tell them.
When I first went to visit Notre Dame in 1957, I learned that there was a common joke about Father Ted. In good humor, the joke was: "What's the difference between God and Father Hesburgh?" to which the answer is "God is everywhere; Father Hesburgh is everywhere but Notre Dame."
Another drinking holiday, another douchebag. The Cinco de Mayo douches might seem similar in nature to our St. Patrick's Day Dicks, but there are few differences to make note of. Here are five DB's to look out for on the fifth!
As much as we are learning to accept different kinds of beauty in others, the weight loss industry is still making billions of dollars a year and "how to lose weight fast" is one of the most searched for terms on Google. Like so many of the most important things in life, self-love is an inside job.
It may sound cheesy, but I am who I am today because of awesome (and some not-so-awesome) teachers. My second-grade teacher taught me how to be excited about learning. My high school journalism teacher taught me more than I could ever write in a blog post.
From mugs to sweatshirts, asking for this kind of graduation present means whoever buys something for you doesn't have to break the bank but can still get you something that you'll like.
Find out which products you should stock up on so you're not regretting a second of your adventures abroad.
When the media writes about rape allegations as merely an "off-field distraction," or refers to Jameis Winston only as a "controversial player," it's minimizing the impact of sexual violence. Rape is more than an off-field distraction, and to define it as such does an injustice to survivors.
I am certainly not alone in my experience with mental illness, and it pains me to think about how many other college students are forced to come up with fake stories of their time abroad for fear of being labeled "unappreciative."
Climate Change Denial,
Soul is about human connection. Soul is about deep feeling, about self-knowledge and empathy. As my Songhay friends in West Africa like to say, a soulful quality makes life sweet, which, in turn, sweetens the quality of life in the world. My students remind me that without soul, there is no social contract and no social harmony.
While you have just completed all your coursework towards your degree, in the school of life, there is no end to learning -- it's a continuum. Stay open to novel and innovative ideas and experiences, and resolve to learn something new each day.
HBCUs offer opportunity where none typically exists for students and families seeking higher education. If black institutions don't matter, it won't be long before the black lives they were designed to serve also fall into the abyss of perceived irrelevance.
To be successful in college about working out, you've got to pause that Netflix and get out of bed.
Universities are positioned as institutions devoted to the research and discovery of innovations for the benefit of the public that supports them.
Class Of 2015,
For millennial aged graduates entering the career world, you must be armed with tools and strategies to distinguish yourselves from the pack.
Some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The Brookings Institution looked at colleges and universities in Illinois to determine their "value-added" -- how useful it is for a student to attend a particular school over a similar school.
One of the benefits of a Harvard fellowship is the opportunity to reflect upon the higher purposes of our country's civic institutions, and how those who serve within them can make meaningful progress for the American public.