Sunday, September 4
The game was great, but...
A girl walks into a church, kneels, crosses herself, and prays. Now not only was this church beautiful like only Hollywood and the Anglicans know how to do (I kid), but there was no visible free-standing altar! The scenes progress with this girl returning to the church, lighting votive candles, etc. The last thing you see is her reaching into the mailbox and seeing her Notre Dame acceptance letter, then the screen reads: "Notre Dame: a higher education."
Nothing about research, or even academics at all; no appeals to diversity or community. The basic message was: students who pray and go to church come to Notre Dame. There was no question who they were after with that ad.
The times, they are a'changin'.
UPDATE: Watch it here.
And there is a freestanding altar, it's just not very noticable.