Notre Dame's Student Newspaper Apologizes for Joke About Gays

The independent student newspaper for the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College has published a staff editorial apologizing for a cartoon that made a joke about violence against gays.

The editorial Friday says The Observer newspaper created an "egregious" error in judgment when it published the cartoon Wednesday.

The newspaper also ran an apology from the cartoon's writers. They say the cartoon was meant to address intolerance of homosexuality on Notre Dame's campus but was offensive.

The cartoon depicts a conversation that says the "easiest way to turn a fruit into a vegetable" is with "a baseball bat."

Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins issued a statement condemning the cartoon.

Assistant managing editor Aaron Steiner says an internal review is under way.