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Molarity Classic 106-110

By Michael Molinelli '82

Strips 106-110 of the popular comic strip Molarity, which previewed in The Observer in 1977, follow the ever-present changes to the ND alcohol policy and the heartbreak of football losses.

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The Sweet Sixteen Solution

By Jason Kelly '95

Every year the Bowl Championship Series recycles one or two of the controversies that illustrate its inherent contradictions. But there is a simple solution to the BCS nonsense.

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Unbalanced: Bad Santas

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Overdosing on too many gooey Hallmark Christmas movies? If you believe this seasonal sugar rush needs a dash of Bad Santas to bring you down, our culture’s Grinches are happy to provide.

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The Four Horsemen against the Bomb

By David Cortright

Military officials and politicians today seem unable to conceive of a future without the Bomb. Old thinking retains its grip at the Pentagon. Yet some of the principal architects of the Cold War have now become advocates of disarmament.

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Mr Borges

By Brian Doyle ’78

This soft and redolent Indiana evening, I walked into Washington Hall, a rickety lovely castle, which that evening was to host a writer from Argentina named Jorge Luis Borges.

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How is the brain wired?

By John Monczunski

How the brain works remains largely a mystery. But physicists at Notre Dame’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), working with neuroscientists in France, have recently shed some new light on the process.

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The Damage Done

By Jason Kelly '95

It may have seemed that time heals the brain after severe blows to the head, but the evidence shows a cumulative effect may cause long-term suffering.

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Walling off noise

By John Monczunski

Driving around, you’ve probably noticed those tall sound barriers erected to minimize highway noise near residential areas and wondered if they work. Notre Dame’s Joe Fernando and those who live near Arizona’s East Loop 101 Freeway answer: “Not always.”

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Networthy ND 21

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

UFOs, dragons and wizards, oh my! What has gotten into Networthy ND? There’s actually much more than “news of the weird” and fantasy. But today that is where we begin. . .

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The sacred and secular at Ground Zero

By Anthony DePalma

In the 10 years since 9/11, the section of Lower Manhattan known as Ground Zero has resonated in the minds and hearts of Americans more than any other place in the nation, not because of what it is — a 16-acre hole in the ground that you can walk around in about 20 minutes — but rather because of what it represents.

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The Playroom: Time to believe

By Maraya Goyer Steadman ’89, ’90MBA

“Believe you can and you are halfway there,” said Theodore Roosevelt. That may be good advice if you are running for president or you’re a little engine trying to bring toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain, but children’s stories don’t always work out that way.

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Molarity Classic 101-105

By Michael Molinelli '82

Strips 101-105 of the popular comic strip Molarity, which previewed in The Observer in 1977, follow the tune-in,drop-out philosophy of Timothy Leary, as well as the importance of laundry.

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Believing: A peculiar feast

By Michael Garvey

This annual holiday is as unsettled as America itself, an utterly secular feast during which we celebrate an indistinct gratitude, expressing our thanks, if we are believers, to God, and if we are not believers, to Whomever or Whatever might receive them … as a castaway might toss a message-bearing bottle into an expressionless ocean.

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An Epilogue for Neil

By Michael Baxter ’83M.Div.

A decade has passed since 9/11 and friends still gather in his memory, laughing at the stories that keep him and his playful soul alive — and celebrate his quest for the “arduous good.”

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TV’s frequent flyer

By Eric Butterman

It’s 2007 and I’m trying to catch a plane from Miami to Newark on Super Bowl Sunday. As I boarded I saw, nestled there in first class among those flying for business or wanting just a little extra comfort, Regis Philbin.

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Pioneers on the Peace Corps frontier

By Liam Farrell '04

Accompanying a priest like an altar boy, Tom Scanlon headed up a mountain made dangerous by man and nature. The Peace Corps volunteer had graduated from Notre Dame in 1960, just two years earlier, and was now on a Chilean mountainside avoided by police and government officials.

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Escorted to eternity

By Kerry Temple ’74

Death came to our house in February 1960. It was a Saturday morning. I was 7, playing alone in my front yard. My sister, four years older than I, came outside and said, “Grandmother died.” Our eyes met, then she turned and went back into the house.

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Believing: A reassurance of purgatory

By Michael Garvey '74

Notre Dame theologian Gary Anderson, an Old Testament scholar, recently wrote about purgatory. I read it late last Saturday night, after a day spent raking up the first autumnal deposit of dead leaves from our front and back yards.

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