ND students resurrect progressive blog

first_imgWith 247 posts by several regular writers, it was, as Stanton put it, a “liberal voice on campus.” In the next few years, however, the blog declined and became almost inactive, with a total of three posts in 2012, he said. Now, Stanton said Lefty’s, as it is often called, is back with a new staff and an updated design. The site relaunched Sept. 29 with a series of posts about the issues surrounding the recent federal government shutdown. With the reboot, Stanton said the staff hopes to expand the scope of the blog by creating an online forum and posting events and polls as well as regular opinion pieces from a liberal perspective. “We want to make it a resource that progressives across campus can turn to to know what’s going on, to know what’s on people’s minds,” Stanton said.  After interning in Washington D.C., Henry Vasquez, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate, started Lefty’s.  It was, Vasquez said, a reflection of the large amount of support for and discussions about progressive ideas at the time.  “During those years, there was a lot going on, not just on the blog,” Vasquez said.  “There were people getting together; there were social parties, tailgates, people getting involved in other activities. The line kind of blurred between other organizations on campus and Lefty’s as a separate entity. It effectively pulled all those together.”  After the first editors graduated in 2010, other staff members took over. However, Stanton, who worked as an editor briefly in 2011, said in the next two years, Lefty’s could not generate enough content to be sustainable.  “The editors that year sort of kept it alive, but they just didn’t get enough new writers and not enough people who could write on a regular basis,” he said.  In September, Stanton and his co-editor decided to revive Lefty’s in order to bring back a voice for liberal students.   “Among the Democrats, there’s definitely the feeling of not being able to speak your views, and so I think in the College [Democrats], there were some discussions about trying to start something like the blog  because it had been such a great avenue for people to speak their voice and make the progressive voice heard,” Stanton said.  After reworking the site’s design and pulling together a new staff, Stanton and his co-editor, along with writers Adam Newman and Tyler Bowen, began posting regularly for the first time in nearly two years.  During its first week, Lefty’s Last Cry posted new content daily.  According to Stanton, the goal is to post at least once every other day as it regains momentum. Several students have already signed up to write for the blog, and according to Bowen, the staff hopes to reach out to more writers, at Notre Dame and beyond.  “It’s not just limited to the Notre Dame community,” Bowen said. “When [the site] gets going, we could reach out to other people in other colleges.”  Contact Emily  McConville at emccon1@nd.edulast_img read more


first_imgA man who took a taxi from Derry to Letterkenny punched the driver in the face when he asked him for the £30 fair.Michael McDonagh of The Big Isle, Halting Site, Letterkenny appeared in court charged with assault, making off without paying and using threatening language at the Dry Arch on August 12th last.Th 24 year old was one of three passengers in the taxi  but the other two had fled on foot. Gardai arrived on the scene and knew McDonagh who became abusive to them and was subsequently arrested.Solicitor Frank Dorian says his client was quite erratic and he was the first member of the Traveling Community to have become addicted to drugs.He said the father-of-two is now hoping to attend the White Oaks Clinic.Judge Paul Kelly said the accused had been given leniency on previous occasions but said this incident had happened while he was on bail.He said he accepted McDonagh had problems but that his behaviour had resulted in violence for others – twice in the space of just five months.Judge Kelly Kelly sentenced McDonagh to a total of 240 hours community service in lieu of a total of ten months in prison and also fined him a total of €250.And the Judge added “That’s the end of my patience with this gentleman and he can consider himself very fortunate today.”MAN PUNCHED TAXI-DRIVER IN FACE WHEN HE ASKED FOR £30 FARE was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultBig IsledonegalletterkennyMICHAEL MCDONAGHlast_img read more