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Black Domers: Jerome Gary Cooper

By Jerome Gary Cooper '58

Jerome Gary Cooper ’58 came to Notre Dame in autumn 1954 from Mobile, Alabama. He majored in finance and was a member of the Naval ROTC program. After graduation, he became a marine Corps officer, retiring with the rank of major general. He served as US ambassador to Jamaica during the Clinton administration. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Mobile.

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Trouble in the Air

By John Rudolf

A pediatrician suspects a connection between pollutants and human health in her community — and her stand becomes a lightning rod for controversy and conflict.

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Campus and Community

Black Domers: Jamie Austin

By Jamie Austin '04

Although I now have such pleasant memories of my alma mater, the truth is that I have not always felt so well-connected to Notre Dame. In fact, there were many times when I wished to be almost anywhere other than South Bend.

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Black Domers: Owen Smith

By Owen Smith ’95

The Black population at Notre Dame is 2 percent. That’s like skim milk. You couldn’t skip class cuz they knew. I’d be walking across campus and white people would pop out the bushes like, “Missed you in class today, Owen.”

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Church

Pope Francis and I

By Florence Flynn Smithe

One cold winter morning, over 20 years ago when the new issue of the Notre Dame Magazine arrived in our mail, I recall that I was stunned by the cover. It was as though the artist who had created it had stepped into a very vivid dream I had recorded in my personal journal in 1983, almost 10 years earlier.

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Mary

By Ashley Sinnott ’06

When I was little, God had a beard. He wore a blue robe, his hair grew thick as jump ropes and he was very, very old. When I learned someone named Mary was God’s mom, she confused this picture, so at first I didn’t care for her much.

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Applause for the Magi

By Mark Phillips

Late in that very rainy autumn the good citizens of the river city of Olean, New York, debated whether to permit a soup kitchen into their downtown business district on North Union Street.

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Current Affairs

Pope Francis and I

By Florence Flynn Smithe

One cold winter morning, over 20 years ago when the new issue of the Notre Dame Magazine arrived in our mail, I recall that I was stunned by the cover. It was as though the artist who had created it had stepped into a very vivid dream I had recorded in my personal journal in 1983, almost 10 years earlier.

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Trouble in the Air

By John Rudolf

A pediatrician suspects a connection between pollutants and human health in her community — and her stand becomes a lightning rod for controversy and conflict.

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Incoming

By Joe Kapitan '87

Every one of the letters that filled those sacks was a dull blade with one of our names on it, and yet we waited like idiots for those planes to land. We waited.

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Science and Technology

Global Doc: Listen

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

In a developing country, a school child who cannot hear cannot learn. They are often placed in schools for mentally retarded children, if they attend school at all. A hearing aid can mean the difference between a child finishing high school and never attending school at all.

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Global Doc: Chikungunya

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

A previously unseen virus is tearing through the Western Hemisphere. A global traveler over the last decade, it has made its way from sub-Saharan Africa into Asia and now into the Caribbean, exploding into eighteen new countries in a matter of months, discovering a multitude of new hosts in this region of the world.

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Society and Culture

Global Doc: Listen

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

In a developing country, a school child who cannot hear cannot learn. They are often placed in schools for mentally retarded children, if they attend school at all. A hearing aid can mean the difference between a child finishing high school and never attending school at all.

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Pope Francis and I

By Florence Flynn Smithe

One cold winter morning, over 20 years ago when the new issue of the Notre Dame Magazine arrived in our mail, I recall that I was stunned by the cover. It was as though the artist who had created it had stepped into a very vivid dream I had recorded in my personal journal in 1983, almost 10 years earlier.

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I stopped going to Sunday Mass

By Joe Bellon '52

My recent chemotherapy for leukemia dropped my germ immunity to near zero. I was advised by my doctor that I would have to isolate myself from visitors and that I should not go to restaurants or church until my immunity was built up to a safe level — and that it might take weeks for that to happen.

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