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Alumni

The Road Unplanned

By Brenna Decker '10

Sometimes it’s better not to know what you’re getting yourself into, says Brenna Decker ‘10, whose essay received honorable mention in this magazine’s 2015 Young Alumni Essay Contest.

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The Hoop

By Marisa Iati ’14

“Where are you from?” is a question that frequently stumps Marisa Iati, whose article was awarded an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2015 Young Alumni Essay contest.

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Campus and Community

Commentary: Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions

By Don Bishop '77

In April, as Notre Dame’s associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, I attended an admitted-students reception in New York City. It was a lovely, blue-sky day, and we stood on a rooftop deck overlooking the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On a rooftop deck across the street, we could see a Stanford gathering for admitted students. At both parties, parents and students seemed almost buoyant — balancing pride in the fact of admission to a chosen college with relief.

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Bare Ruined Choir

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Andrew McShane rounded the corner in front of the altar of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and sized up the cacophony in the choir loft: Drills wheezing. Socket wrenches clicking. Wisecracks flying. Workmen calling down from vanishing tiers of organ pipes that still rose three and four stories above the church floor.

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Out of the Office: Remembering MLK

By Kit Loughran '16

I stood outside Main Building just before midnight this past Sunday, shivering in the frigid snow, waiting for my candle to be lit. A classmate shared a light; I hurried through the door. A huge gust of below-freezing wind immediately blew out the flame.

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Church

Bare Ruined Choir

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Andrew McShane rounded the corner in front of the altar of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and sized up the cacophony in the choir loft: Drills wheezing. Socket wrenches clicking. Wisecracks flying. Workmen calling down from vanishing tiers of organ pipes that still rose three and four stories above the church floor.

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Out of the Office: Remembering MLK

By Kit Loughran '16

I stood outside Main Building just before midnight this past Sunday, shivering in the frigid snow, waiting for my candle to be lit. A classmate shared a light; I hurried through the door. A huge gust of below-freezing wind immediately blew out the flame.

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Holy Week in Tequepexpan

By Joseph Corpora, CSC, ’76, ’83M.Div.

Father Joe Corpora, CSC, has been named a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis and will travel to Rome on Ash Wednesday this year to formally receive this commission to be a “living sign” of God’s forgiveness. In 2010, he wrote this essay for Notre Dame Magazine about spending Holy Week in the remote Mexican village of Tequepexpan, a place full of unexpected trouble and grace.

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Deaths in the family

By The editors

Jack Lloyd ’58, who became one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of Notre Dame sports in nearly 50 years as a public address announcer, died in September after a brief illness. He was 79.

During Lloyd’s long tenure, he was known as a consummate professional, an all the more impressive reputation because he was never paid.…

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Current Affairs

Out of the Office: Remembering MLK

By Kit Loughran '16

I stood outside Main Building just before midnight this past Sunday, shivering in the frigid snow, waiting for my candle to be lit. A classmate shared a light; I hurried through the door. A huge gust of below-freezing wind immediately blew out the flame.

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My Church and Me

By Andrew Barlow '88

The Holy Father’s recent visit to America brought back some warm memories from my very Catholic childhood, when the pope was something of a hero in our house. Not only had Paul VI made the post-Vatican II folk Mass in the St. Vincent’s gym possible, he also validated sprawling families like ours (14 kids) when he condemned contraception in his Humanae Vitae

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Science and Technology

Global Doc: The Blame Game

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

“I want to quit drinking, but it calms me down. Sometimes I drink to numb the pain in my shoulder — old football injury,” my patient John said to me in the hospital last week. “Same with the smoking. It keeps me calm and I don’t think I’ll ever quit smoking. It’s just a part of who I am.”

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Society and Culture

What I’m reading: Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, Grevel Lindop

By Jonathan Ryan

A story from the opening pages of Grevel Lindop’s Charles Williams: The Third Inkling reveals a startling but puzzling truth. Charles Williams, in spite of being called “One of the most gifted and intellectual Christian writers England has produced this [the 20th] century” by Time magazine, has always walked in the shadow of his two famous friends, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Commentary: Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions

By Don Bishop '77

In April, as Notre Dame’s associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, I attended an admitted-students reception in New York City. It was a lovely, blue-sky day, and we stood on a rooftop deck overlooking the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On a rooftop deck across the street, we could see a Stanford gathering for admitted students. At both parties, parents and students seemed almost buoyant — balancing pride in the fact of admission to a chosen college with relief.

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Bare Ruined Choir

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Andrew McShane rounded the corner in front of the altar of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and sized up the cacophony in the choir loft: Drills wheezing. Socket wrenches clicking. Wisecracks flying. Workmen calling down from vanishing tiers of organ pipes that still rose three and four stories above the church floor.

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