On Nov. 2, voters in the 2nd District of Indiana will go to the polls to elect current representative, Democrat Joe Donnelly, or Republican Jackie Walorski to be their congressional representative. Over the next few weeks leading up to Election Day, several Notre Dame students who are interning with either of the congressional campaigns may approach Indiana residents and try to sway them to one candidate or another. One such intern for Donnelly, junior Conor Bolich, said his Notre Dame education armed him with skills that have proven critical in his time working with the campaign. “I feel very prepared working on the campaign,” he said. “Notre Dame has done a really good job with communicating and networking skills that are very important in politics.” Senior Eunice Ikene, also of the Donnelly campaign, said her classroom experiences have challenged her to sharpen her political knowledge. This in turn benefited her work with the campaign. “Notre Dame has helped with being up to date, such as when a voter asks about health care and small businesses,” she said. “It is not specifically in the curriculum, but when it comes up in class you want to know what is going on.” Senior Charlie Nejedly is working with Walorski’s campaign. He said he spends his time interacting with voters over the telephone and in person. “I do phone calls for Jackie Walorski and more broadly the Indiana Republican Party, and I go door to door for Jackie around South Bend and Mishawaka,” he said. Ikene and Bolich said they spend most of their time making phone calls and canvassing as well. Bolich said these pursuits are critical in understanding what voters expect from their candidates. “Just going out and listening to what voters have to say has been so important. Canvassing allows you to understand what the voters have to say,” he said. Ikene said communication is crucial in finding out what voters have to say about the campaigns as well. “One of my primary duties is making calls to voters who have leaned Democrat,” she said. “You can ask if there are any issues they have and a lot of the time voters complain about negative ads.” Ikene said her interest in these aspects of campaigning were the driving force behind her decision to work on a congressional campaign this fall. “I took a class last semester on campaign strategy that focused on polarization and negative ads,” she said. “I wanted to see how it applied to a smaller campaign in north Indiana.” Nejedly said previous political experience and his interest in the democratic process sparked his inspiration for working on the Walorski campaign. “I worked at a political action committee this summer and I thought that getting campaign experience in the field would be fun,” he said. “Those who volunteer represent the hard work of democracy. Things like getting out the vote, regular people might not do, but it is important for the democratic process.” Ikene said one thing that surprised her in her time with the campaign was the lack of basic political knowledge in some voters. “I find it interesting that some people have no idea what is going on. These are people who are registered voters, who do not even know the opposing candidate,” she said. “The fact that you don’t know who is running, that is odd.” Ikene also said that for the most part, voters she has personally interacted with have been receptive and polite. However, she said she had one bad experience with a man at one household in Granger. “This guy took forever to get to the door. When he did, he didn’t even look at me. His dog was yapping and I was scared that it was going to attack me,” she said. “After I was done, he told me he was Republican and to not waste his time.” Nejedly said working on this election has reminded him of the responsibility Indiana voters are tasked with this November. “Just staying updated on these midterm elections in general is important for our economy especially in a district like ours. What happens now could mean a job or not for some people,” he said. “It forces me to stay updated on the current events.”
The Clippers extended their undefeated streak to four games Monday night with a 102-96 win over the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.It is only the fourth time in franchise history that the Clippers have started the season with four wins, the last time being in 2007-08.The Clippers gave up 33 points in the third quarter and relinquished a 14-point lead, but head coach Doc Rivers praised L.A. reserves in holding on for the victory.“Our bench won the game for us tonight,” Rivers said. After missing four straight shots to open the second quarter, the Clippers’ second unit led the way on a 15-0 run. It sank five straight shots during the run, including a DeAndre Jordan reverse dunk on an alley-oop from Austin Rivers.The Clippers finished the half on a 24-7 run and held the Suns to just 16 points in the second quarter. All 10 Clippers who played in the first half scored at least one point, with Griffin leading the way with 10. A three-point play by Lance Stephenson gave the Clippers a 14-point lead, but the Suns (2-2) went on a 22-7 run, including 10 unanswered points, to take a one-point lead. Markieff Morris gave the Suns their lead on a 3-pointer with about three minutes left in the quarter.“We have to defend better,” Paul said. “We can’t have those stretches when we let teams get comfortable and do whatever they want, but we want to figure it out and win at the same time.”Josh Smith buoyed the Clippers in the final minutes of the third quarter, fending off the Suns’ run with back-to-back 3-pointers before tossing up a lob to Wesley Johnson to give L.A. a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Clippers face the only other undefeated team in the Western Conference next, playing at Golden State on Wednesday. The Warriors beat the Grizzlies by 50 points Monday night behind a 30-point performance from Stephen Curry. While the Warriors have routed opponents en route to their unblemished record, the Clippers have needed to survive game likes Monday’s.Differing paths aside, Rivers is looking forward to the early season marquee matchup of Western Conference rivals. “You’re both as good as your record,” Rivers said. “They’re undefeated and we’re undefeated. No matter how many points you win by, you’re both undefeated. But we’ll see, they’re the champs.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers bench scored 41 points, led by guard Jamal Crawford’s 11. The 35-year-old Crawford now has 16,003 for his career. He is the 23rd shooting guard in NBA history to eclipse the 16,000-point mark. Forward Blake Griffin, who entered the game averaging 32 points, finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Chris Paul, the league’s second-leading assist man entering Monday’s game, had only five. He didn’t get an assist in the second half until 3:48 remained in the game. Paul finished with 17 points and five turnovers. Paul’s first assist in the second half came on a much-needed 3-pointer from J.J. Redick that put the Clippers up by five. Griffin scored five of the final 10 points for the Clippers to help keep L.A. undefeated. Redick finished with 10 points, all of his field goals coming from beyond the arc, where he was 3 for 10.