Federal Shutdown Hits the Classroom, Limiting Research and Fieldwork

After Wednesday's meeting of his research-methods class, Richard A. Williams, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, told students to light a candle in the university's grotto, an outdoor stone hollow where community members pray, for the government shutdown to end soon. His request was in jest, but Mr. Williams said that the inconveniences brought by the government shutdown are affecting faculty members and students alike.

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