Trump vs. Clinton: Round One

Most impartial observers awarded Hillary Clinton a solid victory on points in the first presidential debate on September 26th at Hofstra University, though they conceded that Donald Trump scored points on the economy and national security. Trump, however, spent far too much time focusing on baiting questions, both from Hillary Clinton and also Lester Holt,…

Beer of the Week: Lonely Blonde, Fulton Brewing Co.

I had a chance to drink a Fulton Brewing Company Lonely Blonde American Blonde Ale (a GABF medal winner) at Half Barrel in Rochester, MN today. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I wasn’t familiar with Fulton Brewing Company before tonight. Lonely Blonde is appropriately named, as the beer is a bright golden hue. I’d categorize…

Duke 38 Notre Dame 35: The End of an Era

Today was perhaps the darkest day in the storied history of Notre Dame football, as the Irish lost at home to Duke, 38-35. There have definitely been worse losses (Gerry Faust’s last game against Miami comes to mind), but this loss feels different than others because it feels like the end of an era, one…

Charlotte Riots: Initial Reaction

I wanted to share some initial reactions to the Charlotte riots today. These thoughts aren’t fleshed out completely, but I wanted to get them written down. I’ve been watching coverage of the Charlotte riots on TV tonight, and my initial gut reaction is one of sadness that these race riots still go on in the…

College Football Week 4: Against the Spread

USC @ Utah (-3) USC had possibly the worst week of any football program, with reports surfacing that coach Clay Helton was punched in the face by offensive lineman E.J. Price, and up to eight players plan to transfer or leave for the NFL. While USC will put more talent on the field than Utah, don’t…

The Culture of Mediocrity Surrounding Notre Dame Football

I’m a 2013 Notre Dame alum and it pains me to write this. I realize I don’t have the perspective that comes from someone who has watched Notre Dame football for the past 50 years and lived through the Gerry Faust days, but I can still sense the complacent, almost defeatist culture that is around…

Vision

The posts on this site will help you bring clarity to the tough questions our generation is facing now. The Common Room was born out of conversations we had in our common room in college, and continue to have to this day. The topics of the posts, podcasts, and debates you find here will be familiar, but…