Unbalanced: Fear factor

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

My walking partner is deathly afraid of dogs. If a dog is anywhere nearby, she’ll position herself so I am between her and the threat. What? Better that I be attacked than her?

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ND Free Pass: Rowing

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A spectator needs comfort as much as excitement, and I had a great plan for watching the ND rowing team compete against Tulsa. Arrive at Farmer’s Market before the racing start. Buy a sweet treat, then head for the bridge and cheer as the boats passed by.

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ND Free Pass: Women’s soccer

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

As I sweated through their final home game, when the Irish women defeated Rutgers, one Notre Dame sports strategy was clear. The best way to draw spectators to non-revenue sports is to make the events family friendly — and cheap.

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Letter from campus: Football 101

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Football 101, the kick-off event of the Kelly Cares Foundation, promised an inside view of football, a quick course in the hows and the whys and the what-the-hell-is-a-tight-end type of questions the average but not overly schooled female fan might ask.

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Unbalanced: Doctor, doctor

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

After surviving a morning of teeth-rattling chills, I checked WebMD to see what illness my symptoms might indicate. I was expecting a list of flu, strep throat, bronchitis. Normal stuff. Instead, the first thing I saw was: Plague.

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Unbalanced: The left-in-the-middle

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

At the family gathering, I’d been quizzing my cousins about best choices in smartphones, laptops and other techno-gadgets. But from the grief-stricken look my cousin Bob gave me, you would’ve thought I’d announced I had cancer.

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