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    Hear It From a Student - We Are ND

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    studentsection.jpg We are ND.

    For such a short sentence, there is so much power behind these words. Standing in the student section and shouting this cheer in unison gives me goose bumps every time.

    However, after last weekend's performance there is a feeling of skepticism about what this season will bring ... if Notre Dame will be able to live up to its tradition and its history.

    My answer to his question is a simple but resounding "no".

    Even though players like Manti Te'o, Tommy Rees, and Kapron Lewis-Moore perhaps did not know much about Notre Dame's tradition coming into the school, they are now certainly aware of the legacy and honor of playing for Our Lady. 

    Cherishing Notre Dame's tradition is part of the experience of attending the school and can be seen in the students singing the Victory March at games and fans attending the drummer's circle at midnight in front of the Golden Dome.

    Notre Dame has claimed 11 national titles and boasts seven Heisman winners. The legacy of Notre Dame's football team is unrivaled. Yet here we are today, focusing on the "glory days" of the past and praying that we can find that winning formula again.

    Brian Kelly understands and respects the importance Notre Dame's traditions, but he knows that his team can't live or dwell on past accomplishments if it wants to succeed this season. The team needs to focus on where it is right now, not on what the team did 23 years ago, or what the team will do five years in the future. By focusing on the present, the football team can address its current struggles and work to improve and progress.

    Couch questions whether or not our reliance on tradition will help us moving forward. Our devotion and passion for the football team has stemmed out of Notre Dame's tradition. Notre Dame's tradition unites us, but we cannot let it strictly define us.

    Couch states it perfectly when he writes, "On his walk at Notre Dame, he (Kelly) has to invent a new history while keeping one foot planted firmly in the past."

    While cherishing what we know about Notre Dame football, we need to also embrace the new future of the team and the tradition that our football team can create. We are capable of winning a national championship as long as we continue to support and believe.

    We are the Fighting Irish.

    We are ND.

    - Briana Coyne ('12)

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