We all know about the mishap which resulted in the death of Declan Sullivan, who was filming the ND practice on a scissor lift in very windy conditions, and how the AD came out and basically denied that wind was a factor until the one gust which caused the accident.
Well, a female student - Elizabeth Seeberg - at nearby St. Mary's College committed suicide in September. She was a freshman at St. Mary's and was from Northbrook, IL, about 20 minutes from where I live. Apparently, she had filed a report with Notre Dame campus police that a Notre Dame football player sexually assaulted her on 8/31.
From the article linked above:
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, a freshman at neighboring St. Mary's College who had battled depression, apparently overdosed on prescription medication in her own room during the third week of classes in September. The player, meanwhile, has remained on the field.
More than two months later, Notre Dame refuses to publicly acknowledge the case, and what actions university officials have taken to investigate her allegation remain largely unknown.
According to the editorial linked above:
It's time for transparency, a foreign concept on Notre Dame's campus.
No matter what Notre Dame knows about the details in its own police report, officials owe the Seebergs that much. If the family was satisfied with Notre Dame's investigation, it wouldn't have hired Zachary Fardon, the lawyer who took down former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, to dig for the truth.
I don't know what is going on on that campus, but it ain't pretty. These stories strike particularly close to home for me as a parent and as a local resident (Declan Sullivan's family lives in my town and the Seebergs are just 20 min away).
And for the record, ND Nation has put up a notice that discussion is not allowed on the topic because there is no first-hand knowledge, that they are "not in a position to assess the sufficiency of the investigation, and therefore take no position regarding the sufficiency of the investigation." Ironically, this follows a statement that they believe ND was investigating and taking the complaint seriously. Talk about of both sides of your mouth much?