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The Right of a Catholic To Be President

By Jay Dolan

While voters were mulling over the war, the economy and the environment, the presidential primaries also cast light on an entirely different issue: our nation’s religious tolerance. Were too many voters making choices based on stereotypical views or were their concerns legitimate?

People questioned whether Mitt Romney, a Mormon, could be president. Then along came Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, who proudly spoke about his Baptist roots. Soon there was the uproar when Barack Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, embarrassed the candidate with his fiery pulpit rhetoric. And John McCain became entangled in the religion issue because of his association with Rev. John Hagee, a conservative evangelical Protestant known for his anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic views.…

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Once Upon a Rwandan Nightmare

By Rudy Nkinzingabo '08

Rudy NkinzingaboIt is often said that miracles happen; however, only some of us live to experience them. I have come to believe that my journey has been a miracle, one that has led me from war-torn Rwanda to Kenya to the United States and then to Notre Dame. This is the story of my journey, the story of the Notre Dame miracle.…

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Down on the Corner

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Solutions to our global ills can be found in your local neighborhood. Be the first on your block to help.

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Seen and heard on the Notre Dame campus

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Dame briefly led the United States’ gold medal count at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing thanks to Mariel Zagunis ‘08, shown right, who on the first day of competition repeated her best-in-class performance from the 2004 Athens games as part of a U.S. sweep of the women’s individual sabre event. Zagunis, who also earned a bronze medal in the team sabre contest, was one of nine current or former Fighting Irish athletes competing at the games. Junior Kelley Hurley was defeated in the women’s individual epée round of 32 by a South Korean opponent, while incoming freshman Gerek Meinhardt advanced to the round of 16 in the men’s individual foil. . . . In women’s soccer, Candace Chapman ‘06 of Canada scored the first goal of the games in the 27th minute of a match against Argentina, but Chapman and teammate Melissa Tancredi ’05 were stopped in the quarterfinals by the gold-medal U.S. squad that included Shannon Boxx ’99 and Kate Sobrero Markgraf ’98. In the Bird’s Nest stadium, Thomas Chamney ‘07 of Ireland finished fifth in his heat of the 800 meter race. Nigeria’s Selim Nurudeen ‘05 notched a personal best in the first round of the 110 meter hurdles event, but during the next round fell short of qualifying for the semifinals. . . . Director of bands Kenneth W. Dye reprised his own Olympic experience as assistant band director for the 1984 Los Angeles games by composing “Welcome to Beijing.” The Notre Dame Concert Band premiered the five-movement Olympic suite in May at the Beijing Concert Hall, and Dye says it was performed again during the 2008 Olympic Arts Festival by student musicians from Beijing schools. . . . He brought the 2012 Super Bowl, the Final Four and the NCAA

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A death in the family: Joe Yonto

By Notre Dame Magazine

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Robert Yonto remembers going to basketball games at the Joyce Center after the smoking ban was put in place. He’d glance up toward the press box and see two white clouds dispersing into the higher air of the dome. One, he knew, came from the giant cigar of Moose Krause. The other belonged to Krause’s good friend of many years, Robert’s father, Joseph F. Yonto, ND class of 1948.…

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Being Carolyn

By Sally Ann Flecker

The dean of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business defies definition—except to say she is most definitely herself.

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Mother of the Church

By Patrick McGuire

A little more than a year ago, I sat in a familiar pew awaiting the start of the funeral Mass for my mother, Rose Mary McNally McGuire. No doubt, this was one among the scores of pews here at Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, New Jersey, that my mother, in her 92 years, and my father and my 12 brothers and sisters had prayed in.…

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Of Vast Import to the Nation

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Every afternoon around 4, a wiry, bespectacled man wearing a faded blue floppy hat with a faded, interlocking yellow ND on the front emerges from the gap in the chain-link fence that surrounds all but the front steps of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He ambles down the sloped wedge of lawn tethered to a thigh-high German shepherd-mix with a squared jaw whose eyes reassure the stranger, “I won’t hurt you.”…

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Listening to Notre Dame History

By Katie Freddoso

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“When I was in Mexico with Mother Teresa, she taught me that there are 10 keys to finding inner peace and happiness.”

Certainly that is not the kind of thing you hear very often, but that was how the conversation began between Dr. Paul Wright ‘72, who had been one of Mother Teresa’s personal physicians, and me. At the time, I was working at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, and Wright and I were discussing the University’s Medical Ethics Conference, when he blindsided me with the wisdom of the departed saint.…

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Cafe choice in brief: web extra

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

A Fatal Waltz, Tasha Alexander (William Morrow). Publishing under a pen name, Tasha Gutting Tyska ‘92 continues her mystery series set in Victorian England. In this third book in the series, Lady Emily Ashton attempts to intercede when her best friend’s husband is arrested for murder. Her efforts to find the real killer lead to Vienna, where she discovers a dangerous plot.…

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Cafe choice: Creative work by Notre Dame people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

What Though the Odds: Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph, Haley Scott DeMaria ’95 with Bob Schaller (Cross Training Publisher). Haley Scott shares the emotional and physical details of a life that has a before and an after: the January 1992 bus crash that killed two of her Notre Dame swim teammates and almost paralyzed her, followed by her months of surgeries, depression, grief and, finally, spiritual awakening. See www.HaleyBook.com

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The active parishioner

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Founder Ana Villamil Kelly ‘82 calls it a “one-stop shop for finding excellent Catholic resources.” The former associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched ActiveParishioner.com because of requests she frequently received while working at the bishops’ conference. “People wanted to know how to make better sense of specific events in their lives from a faith perspective,” she says. “I realized that there was no central location for Catholics to find the many wonderful resources that exist.”…

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They have an indie jones

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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About the time Erin Trahan (Notre Dame class of ’96) was born, the woman who would one day be her college professor was helping birth a different entity—a group for independent filmmakers and videographers.

“It really was the beginning of the whole independent scene,” says Jill Godmilow of the activist organization AIVF

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Grammy-winner Grunert has 'em covered

By Eric Butterman

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When you think of classic albums, you can’t help but conjure images of their unforgettable covers. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band featuring a crowd of everyone from Albert Einstein to Shirley Temple, the underwater baby in Nirvana’s Nevermind, even AC/DC’s Back in Black

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Letters to the editor (Summer 2008)

By Readers

Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the summer 2008 print issue are marked with double asterisks (**). The original, longer versions of some of those letters also are included here.

Campus politics

**I was pleased to see the mock convention article in the spring issue that gave prominent mention to my father, Professor Paul C. Bartholomew, who not only initiated this outstanding political learning experience but spent countless hours organizing and managing the event.…

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Religious help poor with record giving

By John Monczunski

U.S. religious congregations, regardless of denomination, are supporting relief and development efforts in poor countries with record amounts of money, according to a recent survey conducted jointly by Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity (CGP

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Space station science

By John Monczunski

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Dennis Jacobs’ research is out of this world. Literally. Back in March, astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour installed an experiment devised by the Notre Dame chemistry professor on the outside of the International Space Station. The research, conceived by the ND chemist who also serves the University as a vice president and associate provost, is designed to test how well a variety of materials stand up to the rigors of near-Earth orbit.…

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'Lab on a Chip' goes up a notch

By John Monczunski

In 1975 a Stanford University researcher devised the first “lab on a chip,” essentially a series of incredibly tiny tubes etched in silicon and “seeded” with certain molecules that chemically react with the fluid being analyzed. In effect, the chip brings a super-miniature lab to the sample, rather than the sample to the lab. The result is a tremendous savings in time, expense and complexity.…

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Big stars, small screen

By John Monczunski

Christine Becker has the Baby Boomer couch potato’s dream job. Over the last several years the ND assistant professor of film, television and theatre has watched countless hours of vintage 1950s television shows as she researched her study on the relationship of Hollywood film stars to the fledgling medium.…

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A vaccine from sand fly spit?

By John Monczunski

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Soon after the invasion of Iraq, U.S. troops began reporting strange sores on their bodies that they nicknamed the “Baghdad boil.” Mostly a nuisance, the large skin lesions are caused by the Leishmania parasite spread by sand fly bites. The sores are a source of concern, however, since they can leave large, disfiguring scars. If the parasite invades bone or a vital organ, it can even cause death.…

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