LA Minimum Wage Increase: Helping Workers or Hurting Consumers?


By Annika Pearson, ND Knight Magazine Editor For all the frozen yogurt servers, bakery workers and smoothie makers of Notre Dame: your work is paying off a little more, literally. Starting July 1, 2016, Los Angeles’s minimum wage increased from $10 an hour to $10.50 for businesses with over 25 people. Between school, extra curricular activities, and social lives, many […]

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Olympians train at ND days after Rio


By Bridget Gehan, ND Blog Staff Less than two days after the Rio 2016 Olympic Closing Ceremonies, Olympians Joe Kovacs, Darrell Hill, and Whitney Ashley were at Notre Dame High School training for the Tokyo games in 2020. Kovacs brought home the silver medal in the shot put. Hill also had a strong showing in shot put. Whitney Ashley qualified for the Olympic team in discus. Qualifying is no easy task. The odds of going to the Olympics are 314,000,000:1. Olympians dedicate hours of work to their craft­­ early morning workouts, waking up before the sun rises, training in strength, conditioning, and agility to reach this level. Though Ashley, Hill and Kovacs were successful in Rio, there is no time to bask in the glory. Instead, they are preparing for the next Olympics. “[The Olympics] are four years…it doesn’t start the year before… it starts right now, so if you’re going for 2020 it starts today,” Ashley says. They arrived at Notre Dame for a two­ hour work out, beginning with rough and choppy throws. Hill and Kovacs soon evolved to graceful movements, almost ‘pirouetting’ into their throws, releasing the shot put tens of yards into the air. The U.S. Olympic team is called “The Hardest Team to Make.” As Kovacs, Ashley, and Hill train to return to the highest level, they acknowledge that many people will try, but very few have the passion, determination, and skill to do it. “Going into the Olympics is different because that is your plan; it’s your plan to go there… you don’t let things process until you get done… Afterward you can take a breath and really take things in and realize you’re at the highest stage representing […]

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Frank Ocean Back with Blonde

Ocean's album, Blonde, dropped August 20th. (Album cover by Nabil Elderkin and caption by Maria Thomas)

By Maria Thomas, ND Blog Staff After four long years of unexpected hiatus, fans are frustrated with Frank Ocean’s constant date teasing. But now, he finally resurfaces with the release of his 17-track R&B album, Blonde (aka Blond).  Blonde earns Ocean number one on the Billboard 200 and is recognized as the third largest debut of 2016. In 2012 the singer […]

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