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Letter from campus: Undeniably excellent

By Kaitlin Scherzinger

One month before my three-week summer study abroad with Notre Dame’s inaugural creative writing class in Ireland, I was admitted to the hospital for mononucleosis, viral meningitis and encephalitis. I barely remember the week I spent in that bed, too nauseous to eat and being awakened for blood samples every time I managed to fall asleep.…

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The solace of flowing water

By John Gifford

In a world where so much of what we know and how we live is fleeting and ephemeral, it’s comforting to know that our natural waterways are secure in who and what they are. A corporate brand may change to suit the times or the strategy of the month or new leadership, but a creek or stream or river just does what it does, and it doesn’t care what you or I think about it.

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The silence rape imposes

By Jessica Nichols Ringsred ’06

How do you write about a memory that you have willed with every fiber of your body into blackness, into the furthest recesses of your mind, where only you and it live in the silent dark? I tried for years not to write this, I did everything except put these words on paper. How do you start an essay like this? Here is how: When I was 16 years old I was drugged and raped while I fought in and out of consciousness.

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Unspeakable

By Brian Doyle ’78

One time I was at a school near Melbourne, Australia. The school was on the farthest-flung outskirts of the city, and I had noticed the buildings grow sparser and the bush more pronounced as we drove north. My host named the trees for me: ironbark, gum, fig, wattle, beech. I saw two kangaroos, the first two I had ever seen.

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The puzzle of parental approval

By John Nichols '72

My wife and I went to virtually every soccer game, track and gymnastics meet, dance recital, spelling bee, school play — you name it — through a total of 36 years of grade school and high school. We said “good job” whether or not it was true, as did all of the parents who faithfully showed up at each event. We did not reserve our praise only for the praiseworthy.

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The best, times two

By Jason Kelly '95

Seventy years ago this fall, a college football dynasty began that stands as one of the best ever. Andy Panelli ’77, ’83MBA would consider the qualifier superfluous. To Panelli, the son of postwar fullback John “Pep” Panelli ’49, the 1946 and 1947 Notre Dame teams remain unmatched in the history of college football.

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Singer-songwriter arranges a new tune

By Tara Hunt McMullen '12

It started with a broken heart. The broken heart led to wallowing in sad country songs. The sad country songs led Zach DuBois ’11 to write one of his own. And his sad song eventually led to music videos, a record label, opening gigs for country music stars, time on Country Music Television (CMT) and a top hit.

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