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Notre Dame Students Today: What They're Like

By Ed Cohen

There was a time when a telephone with a bulbous red flashing light on it meant something. The Soviet premier was ringing the White House to inquire about a bomber squadron screaming over Siberia in the direction of Moscow. Or Commissioner Gordon needed Batman’s assistance with an arch villain wielding an amnesia ray.…

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The Creeping Bent Kentucky Blues

By John Monczunski

I am miserable. I have just looked through a window into my backyard and surveyed my domain. The yard is an uneven checkerboard of sickly gray-green turf, alternating with patches of bare dirt and wisps of buff-colored straw. This is hardly the velvet green carpet for which I have yearned, lo these many years. After more than a decade of study, I have reluctantly concluded that the grass is always

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Whose Promised Land?: Suicide Blasts Harm Peace Hopes

By Arie M. Kacowicz

In our neighborhood of Gilo, we were literally sitting at the borderline between the city of Jerusalem and Palestinian territory. Like in a surreal movie, my family and I could watch from our living room the exchange of fire and artillery between the Palestinian snipers and our Israeli armed forces. We learned to identify the sources and caliber of the different weapons that caused more noise than damage but had a tremendous psychological impact upon all of us, especially our children.…

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Spent

By John Monczunski

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I covet my neighbors’ goods and I have engaged in conspicuous consumption numerous times. Here’s a partial list of the things I’ve needed since my last confession: A notebook computer, a cell phone for me, cell phones for my two daughters, an SUV would be nice but I’ll settle for a new station wagon, a DVD

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Whose Promised Land? In South Africa, They Call It Apartheid

By Neve Gordon '97M.A., '99Ph.D.

“It was about 7 in the morning,” Widad Al-Nuajah told us, unable to hide her despair. “Fourteen military jeeps accompanied by two bulldozers arrived. The soldiers instructed us to remove our belongings from the cave, but even before we finished the bulldozers began the demolition.”

Together with a few other Israelis, I had left Jerusalem very early that morning. For security reasons, we drove through Israel around the occupied West Bank, entering the Palestinian territories from the south; instead of a 45-minutes ride, it took us two-and-a-half hours. After meeting our Palestinian friends at the Susya junction, we continued together to their encampment on a dirt road, creating a cloud of dust on the light brown, almost yellow, desert hills. Widad was among several people waiting for us. They had come to apprise us of the situation.…

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After Goodwill, There Is Haiti

By Melissa Musick Nussbaum

The people of Haiti wear the clothes we cannot sell or give away. After Goodwill, after the Disabled American Veterans, after Saint Agatha’s rummage sale, there is Haiti.

My daughter Anna, who recently finished her freshman year at Notre Dame, says Americans are T-shirt literalists. If you see a guy with “Varsity Swim Team—Palmer High School” on his shirt, chances are he’s a teenager a few credits shy of graduation with a decent backstroke. Literalist T-shirts require a context: the big game against State or the protest against the new Wal-Mart out on the highway or the annual race for, not a, but “The,” cure. Haiti is—the whole place—out of context, at least any context with which I am familiar.…

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We Had More With Less

By Jayant Kamicheril

A couple of years back I was watching the Academy Awards ceremony on TV. Roberto Benigni was announced as the best actor for his role in Life Is Beautiful. After his trademark gauche tricks, like walking away from the stage instead of toward it, he finally received the Oscar. Then he started his acceptance speech.…

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Freedom Quotes

By Notre Dame Magazine

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
— Malcolm X

The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states.
— Mahatma Gandhi

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
— John Stuart Mill…

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Freedom: Behind Bars

By LeRon E. Easley

As a male presently confined at the Indiana State Prison, I have spent almost 20 years of my life behinds bars. Since being here, I have seen a large influx of youth between the ages of 14 and 25 coming into the institution with lengthy prison sentences. A large percentage of them will spend the next two or three decades in prison because of bad decisions. The wrong choices in life can ultimately lead to a life of misery and pain.…

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Freedom: When I Have Driven Far Enough

By Kerry Temple ’74

It’s not real clear to me how memory works. Sometimes memories seem to drop right out of the sky. They’ll plop into your head like the first few warning shots of summer rain, when the sky has gone dark and the air has cooled and the first wet drops plunge to earth. Images fall into your head from some place far away. Then a downpour of impressions follows. Sometimes memory is like a landscape you rediscover. It reveals itself as you go back through it, unfolding its secrets as you retrace your steps one turn or corner at a time. That’s how it feels now.…

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Truth That Will Make You Free

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

I met a lady once who described herself as a “recovering Catholic.” She was wrestling with a long series of personal mishaps that more or less coincided in her mind with her upbringing as a Catholic. She felt psychologically traumatized by a broken marriage, unruly children, conflicted views of sexuality, guilt rising from a fear of hell and, finally, a desire to chuck the whole thing. She wanted to be free of her Catholicism the way an alcoholic wants to be free from the craving for drink.…

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Freedom: With Freedom and Justice for All

By Anthony Walton '82

As I viewed the television images of the newly liberated Iraqis cycling through emotions of joy, relief and rage, it underscored once again for me the fundamental importance of the role of freedom in human affairs. Watching the Iraqi celebration also has brought to mind certain ironies concerning our own country: Why, in a society with traditions of economic opportunity and social mobility, do significant portions of the population live as though they are not free? What is to be done?…

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Freedom: Here and Now We Are Walking Together

By Robert Coles

We all dreaded getting Miss Avery for the fifth grade — those of us in the fourth grade, awaiting the next year’s classroom assignment. “She’s tough,” one of us remarked; “real bad tough,” affirmed another.

At the edge of change, we were mulling over our future. In so doing, we were dealing in our own way with larger matters that confront all of us human beings: Luck, both good and bad, chance and circumstance, as they befall us, help shape our destiny.…

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Freedom: A Bird That Burns Like a Luminous Flame

By Chet Raymo '58, '64Ph.D.

All afternoon I have been watching a pair of hummingbirds play about our porch. They live somewhere nearby, though I haven’t found their nest. They are attracted to our hummingbird feeder, which we keep full of sugar water.

What perfect little machines they are! No other bird can perform their tricks of flight—flying backward, hovering in place. Zip. Zip. From perch to perch in a blur of iridescence.…

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Freedom

By Joseph Epstein

“Freedom’s just another word,” a popular song from the 1960s had it, “for nothing left to lose.” The idea behind that line is a very ’60s one: Steer clear of all commitments, personal entanglements and cumbersome possessions, and freedom, that magic land, utopia right here on earth, is yours. In the 1960s, freedom, personal freedom, implied freedom to experiment in all sorts of ways, from sex and drugs to communal living, and included freedom from all responsibilities and constraints. It didn’t, I think it fair to say, quite work out.…

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I Was Abused . . . and 25 Years Later I'm Still Trying to Make Things Right

By John Salveson '77, '78M.A.

Almost 30 of us were at that March meeting in New Jersey. We were sharing our experiences as survivors of clergy abuse and discussing ways we could work together to help the victims of that abuse.

The Attorney General of New Jersey and the Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Child and Youth Protection were there to listen. The five bishops who lead the five dioceses that make up New Jersey also were invited. None of them showed up. The absence of the bishops led me to reflect on how little has changed with the Roman Catholic Church since the clergy abuse scandal erupted just over a year ago.…

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The Party for His People

By Jerry Kammer ’71

The kickoff event for George W. Bush campaign’s at the 2000 Republican convention was a throbbing musical extravaganza whose Spanish-language theme—_Es Un Nuevo Dia_ (It’s a New Day)—trumpeted a message that GOP leaders believed vital to their success at a time of huge demographic change.

With a population that surged nearly 60 percent during the 1990s, fed mostly by immigrants from Mexico, the 35 million Hispanics in the United States were a principal target of Bush’s message that his “compassionate conservatism” was transforming his party and making it a comfortable fit for immigrants.…

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Wham, bam! It's a Poetry Slam

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The one about a kitten in the microwave got loud groans of disbelief. The piece about Emmett Till, the young black man who was attacked and killed in 1955 after talking to a white woman in a southern convenience store, earned sustained applause. And the ditty about dirty laundry drew appreciative shouts of laughter from the Notre Dame students who had braved an icy February wind chill to listen to poetry at Washington Hall.

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Glimpse Recorded by Kevin Fleming '94, '99Ph.D.

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The singer-songwriter practices narrative psychology, and narrative psychology flows from the songs on his second CD. A rare triple Domer, Fleming is director of training at a health-management company, TrestleTree, near Indianapolis. As an undergraduate he played drums in the Notre Dame jazz band and in the eclectic campus band Dissfunktion. As a grad student he switched his focus to singing, acoustic guitars and song writing. On Glimpse he’s joined by, among others, Jimmy Ryan, who is Mary Chapin-Carpenter’s mandolin sideman. The CD is a tuneful mix of folk, acoustic pop and country. The often soul-searching lyrics and Fleming’s soft, earnest vocals sometimes evoke contemporary Christian music of earlier times. As with his psychology specialty, Fleming describes his song-writing style as story-oriented and calls Glimpse “a very intimate recording.” “All We Live” is about a friend who died of cancer. Fleming says he plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hear sample tracks and order through www.cdfreedom.com.…

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In Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

. . . Ask What You Can Do For Your Country: The Memory and Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Dan B. Fleming Jr. (Vandamere Press). More than100 people share their memories of Kennedy, some focusing on that November 1963 day when he was shot, others on his significance in their lives. Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC

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Books in Brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story, Antonia Felix (Newmarket Press). As President Bush’s national security adviser, Rice ‘75M.A. is definitely in the public eye. The author highlights Rice’s passions, which include family, religion, music, education and football, while tracing her path to the White House.…

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

As one of three first-place winners in the Perfect Proposal contest sponsored by Korbel Champagne, Drew Mitchell ’01 received a diamond engagement ring and help setting in motion his dramatic marriage proposal to Denise MacDonald ’02. Mitchell, a Minnetonka, Minnesota, native and current resident of White Plains, New York, returned to his hometown for a visit in early February and took his girlfriend, MacDonald, from Minneapolis, on what she thought was a chartered flight to a ski resort. A few minutes into the flight, he directed her attention outside the window to the frozen Bryant Lake below. Korbel had arranged for 8-foot-tall rose-covered letters to be laid out on the snow asking “Will You Marry Me?” The proposal was shown on The Today Show

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Domers in the News: Web extra

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Humanitarian and plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dennis Nigro ’69 has developed a bioabsorbable screw for use in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery that would replace traditional titanium screws. Nigro is the founder and chair of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit group that assists underprivileged children suffering from congenital birth defects or deformities. . . . The Dallas Morning News

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Alumni Briefs

By Notre Dame Alumni Association

Alumni Association Awards

Joseph A. Russo will receive the James E. Armstrong Award on April 25 at the spring Alumni Senate meeting. Russo, who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in1992, has been the director of Notre Dame’s Office of Student Financial Services since 1978, and is now in his 38th year in his profession. Russo is editor of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Journal of Student Financial Aid

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Ted Leo:
Paying Dues, Paying Rent

By John Fanning '03

Ted Leo ’94 is performing at one of his smaller venues, a coffee shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Despite his role as headliner for the event, Leo hangs out behind the merchandise booth when not on stage, talking and mingling with the audience. “I really liked the songs from the new album,” says an excited fan, while an embarrassed Leo frantically searches for the correct T-shirt size. “They sounded really good.”…

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Letters to the Editor

By Readers

Peace
I was disheartened to read in the winter 2002-2003 issue that students have written sarcastic counterslogans next to the antiwar messages put around campus by the Notre Dame Peace Coalition. That students would resort to ridicule as a means to deal with a call for peace is disturbing. That Notre Dame Magazine

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Spotlights, web extra

By John Monczunski

Malaria mosquito mapped

Researchers now have a blueprint of the genes of the primary mosquito that transmits the malaria parasite to humans, and Notre Dame biologist Frank Collins helped create it.

Collins, the Clark Professor of Biological Sciences, and Robert E. Holt of Celera Genonimcs Inc., the company that mapped the human genome, were the corresponding authors of a study that determined the genetic sequence of the mosquito Anopheles gambiae

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In search of the world's first farmers

By Ed Cohen

Watching Ian Kuijt and his excavation team delicately trowel and sift rock and relics from dust on a lifeless parched plateau next to the Dead Sea, you’d never guess what the archaeologist thinks went on there 11,500 years ago.

Farming.

In fact, the Notre Dame associate professor of anthropology theorizes that this desolate desert locale in eastern Jordan was one of the places where mankind first traded in the hunter-gatherer lifestyle for year-round housing and the food security of cultivated plants. He calls this transition “the most important social and economic event in the history of the world.”…

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Checkback: Jimmy Gurule

By Ed Cohen

The latest on law-professor-on-leave Jimmy Gurulé, who was tracking the money trail of terrorists as undersecretary of Treasury for enforcement: After 18 months on the job Gurulé resigned from the Treasury Department in early February to return to the Law School. The professor, who had been on a two-year leave of absence, said his decision was prompted by the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, which transferred several of his agency responsibilities to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Gurulé said he considered working for the new department but opted to return to Notre Dame. “It wasn’t something I found as interesting or as challenging as the Treasury,” he said. Under Gurulé’s leadership, more than $125 million in financial assets belonging to suspected terrorist financiers was blocked. For his efforts Gurulé was awarded the Treasury Medal, one of the department’s highest honors. Gurulé is currently writing a book about his experiences at the department and the role he played in investigating terrorist financing. He plans to resume teaching in the fall.…

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