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Blue Skies & Blackboards

By Matt Cashore '94

Blue Skies & Blackboards

Late in every spring semester there is one day when the warming weather becomes irresistible and dozens of classes seem to spontaneously and simultaneously decide to go outside. But what do you do when you need to write equations and calculations on the board? Professor Bill Goodwine and his “Differential Equations, Vibrations & Controls 2” engineering class decided to bring the board with them as they enjoyed the warm weather in the pergola outside Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering.…

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Bookstore Basketball

By Matt Cashore '94

Bookstore Basketball
If you see a butterfly playing basketball, it must be Bookstore Basketball. Just as the NCAA tournament is winding down, Notre Dame launches its own “March Madness” as hundreds of teams compete in the world’s largest 5-on-5 basketball tournament. Some teams take the ‘basketball’ part of the name a little more seriously than others.…

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Producer Walker journeys from stage to screen

By Eric Butterman

You never hear the term “paying your dues” more than in Hollywood. Someone coming off the street and immediately becoming a producer on a major Hollywood picture doesn’t happen too often — unless they’re bankrolling it themselves.

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Sharing our sins

By Andrew Santella

Confession is supposed to be good for the soul, a redemptive change of heart. Public disclosure has also become a hot act in pop culture.

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Can you spare a job?

By Amber L. Travis ’09

How are you surviving the recession? Notre Dame Magazine’s spring intern, Amber Travis, is worried about the job opportunities available to her. Read her remarks (a sneak peek of copy that will be in our spring issue) and share your own recession story in the comments section at the end of the article.

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Bedtime voices

By Anna Nussbaum Keating ’06

Long after I could read on my own, my mother still read aloud to me. My siblings teased me about it, but I was almost in junior high before I stopped climbing the steep stairs to my parents’ attic bedroom every night for an hour of stories about the Holocaust.

I would find my mother in a long floral nightgown, her glasses off. She’d have a copy of Ms.

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Born to be mild

By James Patrick Kelly ’72

Every year some 5,000 Americans die on motorcycles. For 57 relatively sane years, I had absolutely no chance of becoming one of them. But last summer I took a detour to the wild side and decided to buy my first bike

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The right people in place

By Julie Hail Flory

Amid years of change at Notre Dame, one principle has remained constant, according to University leaders. Behind every truly great university is an excellent faculty.

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All aboard Flight 103

By Liam Canny ’89

On December 21, 1988, at approximately 1900 GMT, Pan American World Airways Flight 103 pushed back from the gate at Terminal 3 and began its ill-fated journey from London’s Heathrow International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

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The natural goodness of dogs

By Jake Page

Dog lovers have long believed in the virtues of man’s best friend. Now scientists are giving closer attention to the canine’s sense of fair play, empathy, and self-awareness.

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Paper art a cut above

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Batill
When one of her friends had a baby, Nicky Batill ’96 would produce the perfect gift to hang on the nursery wall: layered paper art scenes depicting the child’s name or initials, or maybe a fanciful depiction of a giraffe, elephant or cow.

After years of giving her paper art as gifts, Batill finally took the advice of those on the receiving end. “I think it was the 100th person who said ‘You really should sell these,’” she says, that finally convinced her to market the original artwork.…

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Winter baby woes

By John Monczunski

Social scientists have found that children born during the winter months have a more difficult time in life than those born during the rest of the year. While there are many examples of successful people born in winter, winter children seem to get shortchanged quite a bit.

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The origin of species

By John Monczunski

Somewhere Charles Darwin must be smiling over the article that appeared in the February 6 edition of the journal Science. In it, Notre Dame biologist Jeff Feder and his colleagues present evidence that suggests new species may evolve in response to changes in other species.

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