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The Observer
TypeThriceweekly Newspaper
FormatBerliner[citation needed]
Editor-in-chiefAlysa Guffey
Managing editorAidan O'Malley
Founded1966; 56 years ago (1966)
Headquarters024 South Dining Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Websitendsmcobserver.com

The Observer is a student newspaper the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College. The Observer is distributed in print across the three campuses and is funded by both advertising revenue and a campus fee paid by students attending Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College.[1]

It is ordinarily published in print on weekdays when the university is in session by a staff of students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College.[1] Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the newspaper has moved to publishing three days per week.[2] The newspaper is based in the basement of Notre Dame's South Dining Hall.[1]

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History

The Observer, established in 1966, is the oldest student-run newspaper at Notre Dame. According to its website, The Observer is an independent student-run publication and claims to not have any editorial oversight from the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, nor Holy Cross College.[1] It has won some awards.[3][4] On 21 August 2020, The Observer received press attention when the newspaper ran a front-page editorial entitled "Don't Make Us Write Obituaries".[5][6][7][8]

Controversies

Allegations of editorial bias

In 1987, when some students believed that The Observer began to show a conservative bias, a liberal newspaper, Common Sense was published; which has since folded.[9] In 2003, when other students believed that the paper had a left-leaning bias, they started The Irish Rover,[9] a twice-monthly publication that features regular columns from alumni and faculty in addition to coverage of campus matters. As of 2005, The Observer and The Irish Rover were distributed on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.[9]

On October 15, 2020, The Observer ran a front page in which a talk by former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was placed above a story describing an on-campus event involving Angela Davis.[10] After receiving a single comment[11] on "social media criticizing the page layout for placing greater emphasis on the former speaker’s lecture rather than the legendary Black academic’s."[10] Editor-in-Chief Maria Leontaras and Managing Editor Mariah Rush responded to the criticism in a column dated on October 16, the following day, stating that "[w]hile Ryan’s former position and political stature warrant a top space in a typical newsroom, The Observer is working toward becoming a more socially aware outlet. This means highlighting stories, such as Davis’, that represent historically marginalized communities in our institutions."[10]

"Modern Savagery"

In 1995, The Observer published a letter to the editor by sophomore Nikole Hannah titled "Modern Savagery". In this letter, Hannah wrote that Africans arrived in the New World during the time of the Olmec civilization, a claim which is widely rejected by mainstream anthropologists.[12][13] Tom McLaughlin of The Conway Daily Sun took issue with the letter's accusation that whites are engaged in a conspiracy to pump "drugs and guns into the black community."[14]

"The Legging Problem"

On March 25, 2019, The Observer published a letter to the editor by Maryanne White titled "The Leggings Problem".[15] According to the BBC, White described that "while attending a Mass service at the Catholic university with her family, a group of women in front of her wore 'snug-fitting leggings' and 'short-waisted tops'."[16][17][18][19][20] According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "[s]tudents held pro-leggings protests at the University of Notre Dame after a self-described 'Catholic mother of four sons' wrote [the] letter in the student newspaper saying that 'leggings are so naked, so form-fitting, so exposing.'"[21]

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The Irish Rover (newspaper)

The Irish Rover (newspaper)

The Irish Rover is an independent, conservative, Catholic biweekly student newspaper serving the University of Notre Dame community. The paper was launched in 2003 by Joe Lindlsey, when he and students believed that The Observer, another student publication, was showing a liberal bias in their coverage of events. The paper provides news coverage of campus life and features regular opinion columns from alumni and faculty.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

The speaker of the United States House of Representatives, commonly known as the speaker of the House, is the presiding officer of the United States House of Representatives. The office was established in 1789 by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The speaker is the political and parliamentary leader of the House and is simultaneously its presiding officer, de facto leader of the body's majority party, and the institution's administrative head. Speakers also perform various other administrative and procedural functions. Given these several roles and responsibilities, the speaker usually does not personally preside over debates. That duty is instead delegated to members of the House from the majority party. Nor does the speaker regularly participate in floor debates.

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

Paul Davis Ryan is an American former politician who served as the 54th speaker of the United States House of Representatives from October 2015 to January 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he was the vice presidential nominee in the 2012 election running alongside Mitt Romney, but lost to incumbent president Barack Obama and then-vice president Joe Biden.

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar, and author. She is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A feminist and a Marxist, Davis was a longtime member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and is a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). She is the author of more than ten books on class, gender, race, and the U.S. prison system.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Sheri Hannah-Jones is an American investigative journalist, known for her coverage of civil rights in the United States. In April 2015, she became a staff writer for The New York Times. In 2017 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and in 2020 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on the controversial 1619 Project. Hannah-Jones is the inaugural Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at the Howard University School of Communications, where she also founded the Center for Journalism and Democracy.

Olmec alternative origin speculations

Olmec alternative origin speculations

Olmec alternative origin speculations are non-mainstream theories that have been suggested for the formation of Olmec civilization which contradict generally accepted scholarly consensus. These origin theories typically involve contact with Old World societies. Although these speculations have become somewhat well-known within popular culture, particularly the idea of an African connection to the Olmec, they are not regarded as credible by mainstream researchers of Mesoamerica and are considered fringe theories.

Olmecs

Olmecs

The Olmecs were the earliest known major Mesoamerican civilization. Following a progressive development in Soconusco, they occupied the tropical lowlands of the modern-day Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco. It has been speculated that the Olmecs derived in part from the neighboring Mokaya or Mixe–Zoque cultures.

The Conway Daily Sun

The Conway Daily Sun

The Conway Daily Sun is a five-day free daily newspaper published in North Conway, New Hampshire, United States, covering the Mount Washington Valley. It has been published since 1989 by Country News Club, and was the forerunner of three other Daily Sun newspapers in New Hampshire and Maine.

BBC News

BBC News

BBC News is an operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs in the UK and around the world. The department is the world's largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online news coverage. The service maintains 50 foreign news bureaus with more than 250 correspondents around the world. Fran Unsworth has been director of news and current affairs since January 2018.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is the newspaper of record in the U.S. state of Arkansas, printed in Little Rock with a northwest edition published in Lowell. It is distributed for sale in all 75 of Arkansas' counties.

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References
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  2. ^ Observer Editorial Board (August 12, 2020). "Observer Editorial: Changing with the times". The Observer (Notre Dame).{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Observer staff wins 23 awards at annual ICPAs". The Notre Dame Observer. April 29, 2020. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
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  6. ^ "Boston University, other schools deploy robots so campuses can safely reopen during pandemic". NBC News. August 21, 2020. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
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  9. ^ a b c Cohen, Ed (2005). "The Student Media Frenzy". Notre Dame Magazine. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
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  11. ^ Zeisloft, Benjamin (October 29, 2020). "Notre Dame student newspaper apologizes for placing Paul Ryan article above social justice advocate article". Campus Reform.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Haslip-Viera G, de Montellano BO, Barbour W. Robbing Native American Cultures: Van Sertima's Afrocentricity and the Olmecs. Current Anthropology. 1997 Jun;38(3):419-41.
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  17. ^ Farzan, Antonia (March 28, 2019). "'Think of the mothers of sons': Notre Dame mom begs female students to stop wearing leggings, sparking protests". Washington Post.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (April 2019). "It's Possible Leggings Are the Future. Deal With It". The New York Times.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  20. ^ Hall, Ellie (March 29, 2020). "A Mom Wrote A Letter Against Notre Dame Students Wearing Leggings — So Women Wore Them In Protest". Buzzfeed News.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Krischer, Hayley (November 29, 2020). "Leggings, once derided, now uniform of covid". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  23. ^ Leontaras, Maria; Rush, Mariah (August 12, 2020). "Pulitzer Prize-winning alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her work, representation in journalism and experiences at Notre Dame". The Observer.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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