Columns

What I’m Reading: Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, John David Anderson

By Kerry Temple ’74

I picked up Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day when looking for a book for my kids to read. They weren’t interested in it and, because the book’s premise is a middle-school teacher who has cancer and not long to live. Still, my kids are in middle school and death is something worth thinking about and one of the cover blurbs said, “Kids won’t just love this book. They need it.” It’s been a hit.

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Concussions, continued

By Matt Storin ’64

The National Football League draws a lot of negative attention when it comes to concussions and player safety, but I would argue the NFL is better equipped to deal with these issues than the college game. Two controversies within four days in the early season make the point.

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Out of the Office: A Supreme Speaker

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Parade magazine reported in its September 9th issue that 10 percent of college grads polled thought Judge Judy was on the U.S. Supreme Court, but it was an actual Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who showed up on campus on September 12th to address Notre Dame students and members of the public.

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Grand Entrance: The Murdy Organ Installation in 130 Seconds

It took 12 days to unpack it into Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart and assemble the Murdy Family Organ out of 10,000-plus pieces. All the while, university photographer Barbara Johnston’s cameras continued to snap, snap, once every two minutes, capturing every step of the process from the altar, the center aisle, the arches high above.

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Electing the President 2016: The Evil of Two Lessers

By Robert Schmuhl ’70

At the beginning of class the other day, I circulated a questionnaire for the 26 duly-enrolled Millennial Domers in my course on American Political and Media Culture. Besides wanting to know their partisan and ideological preferences, their pushing-70 teacher wanted to gauge student opinion about contemporary political figures and this year’s presidential free-for-all from the anonymous surveys.

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