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Seen and Heard

By Ed Cohen

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies started fall semester without its star faculty recruit, a Muslim scholar named by _Time_ magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. In August, the State Department, acting on a request from the Department of Homeland Security, revoked the work visa of Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss citizen. No reason was given to Ramadan of the Kroc Institute. But various federal agency spokespeople quoted by news organizations said the reversal was made under a provision of the USA Patriot Act and related to federal law provisions that apply to foreigners who have used a "position of prominence within any country to endorse or espouse terrorist activity." Ramadan is a widely known scholar and considered a moderate by many in the Muslim world, but some Jewish groups have called him anti-Semitic, and there have been unsubstantiated accusations connecting him to terrorist groups. In a statement issued in late August, the University said it knew of no reason for the problem and that it was hopeful that the State Department would reconsider. . . . The Notre Dame Concert Band…

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Seen and heard web extra

By Ed Cohen

On an episode of _Meet the Press_ in early June, Secretary of State Colin Powell was asked about a quote in _The New York Times_ from former Notre Dame basketball standout Danielle Green '99. Green was wounded and lost her left hand earlier this year while serving with the Army in Iraq. She told the _Times_ that the Iraqis "just don't want us there" and that she didn't think the United States should have gone to Iraq. "A lot more people are going to get hurt, and for what?" Powell said he hoped that in time Green would see that her sacrifice was worth it, particularly if a democratic government can be established that serves as a model for the region. . . . . A few days after that exchange…

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Federal funding for ACE program ruled unconstitutional

By Ed Cohen

The Notre Dame program that places recent grads in Catholic schools to teach for two years will have to get along without the support of the federal AmeriCorps program if a court ruling earlier this year stands.

In July a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Corporation for National and Community Service, parent of the AmeriCorps national service program, violated the principal of separation of church and state by financially supporting Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE

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Irish win four golds in Greece

By Ed Cohen

The week before she started taking classes at Notre Dame freshman Mariel Zagunis took gold at the Olympics in Athens.

Zagunis, from Beaverton, Oregon, won the gold medal in the women’s individual sabre competition, becoming the first American woman ever to win a medal in Olympic fencing. The only fencing gold ever won by an American man came 100 years ago.…

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Law School director joins United Nations

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Juan Méndez, director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights the past five years, has been appointed United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide.

The action followed a pledge by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by appointing an official to collect data and monitor any serious violations of human rights or international law that have a racial or ethnic dimension and could lead to genocide.…

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Coed housing, other long-term possibilities

By Ed Cohen

New student residences, possibly co-ed. Study-abroad destinations in China and India. The demolition of Stepan Center. Students expected to speak at least two languages.

Those are all goals laid out in the University’s latest strategic plan, Notre Dame 2010: Fulfilling the Promise, approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this year. The 42-page document, written by Father Malloy with input from a committee of faculty and administrators, describes needs and ambitions in areas ranging from student and faculty recruitment to athletic facilities and business operations.…

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Checkback: Bar lawsuit

By Ed Cohen

What's the latest on the underage students sued by a local bar in connection with a raid that cost the bar its liquor license?

The bar, the Boat Club, hasn't lost its license permanently yet, but it's in danger of doing so.

In September, 2004, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, acting on the recommendation of the Alcoholic Beverage Board of Saint Joseph County, voted to deny a renewal of the Hill Street bar's alcohol sales permit. Appeals may be pending.…

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A Portrait of Dorothy Day

By Mia Nussbaum '01

In college I painted a portrait of Dorothy Day. Working from a black-and-white photo, I drew her as I saw her—an old woman with a child’s expression on her mouth, her eyes large behind round glasses, her shoulders curled forward, as though to better listen. My assignment was to underpaint the shadows with vivid colors, then to smooth over it all with muted skin tones. But the assignment became a meditation, and the plywood portrait came out loud: Day with blue streaks in her hair, a maroon mouth, black-violet eyes, the light high-yellow on her cheeks.…

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My Communion of Saints

By Michael Garvey '74

With the whimsical mordancy that only an Irishman can get exactly right, a mutual friend of Denny Moore's and mine recently spoke of Denny's being "dead at the moment." I'd heard that arresting usage before—in Ireland, of course—and knew exactly what was meant. It was the sort of thing Denny would say.

The phrase came up in a conversation about what had happened a few hours after Denny's funeral. When Denny, Notre Dame's associate vice president for public affairs and communications, died last December, he had been the University's principal spokesperson for a decade and a half. His funeral, not surprisingly, overflowed the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, but it was a somewhat quieter and less formal occasion when several of us surrounded his grave in Cedar Grove cemetery to raise a few glasses of whiskey in gratitude for him, to honor our friendship, to share our love for him, to pray with him and to wish him God speed. The memory of that session is among the many reasons I find it awkward to speak of Denny in the past tense. It reinforces my conviction that he is dead only "at the moment," as you and I and everyone we love will some day be.…

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A Stadium for the Arts

By James M. Collins

Anyone who has even just driven by the Notre Dame campus along Edison Road in South Bend knows that the new Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts is a striking addition to the local landscape. Given its dramatic roofline and elaborate façade, this is clearly a serious building that makes its presence known in no uncertain terms to both the Notre Dame and South Bend communities.…

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The Stage Is Set

By Ed Cohen

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John Haynes often reminds people that Notre Dame went the entire 20th century without building a theater or similar arts performance venue.

In what might be called making up for lost time, it’s built five in the 21st century—all in the same enormous building.

The 150,000-square-foot Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts opened this fall at the far south end of campus, almost to Angela Road. It’s the first new performance venue on campus since Washington Hall was completed in 1881.…

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Questions of Conscience

By Scott Appleby '78

John Q. Allman here for RADIO USA; _welcome to_ Let's Talk. _Today my guest is Senator Paul Church. Senator Church is running for president of the United States and has some issues he'd like to discuss with you. Before we open the phone lines, Senator, I'd like you to say a word about the flap over your standing as a Roman Catholic. Senator Church, welcome_.

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A Theology of Immigration

By Daniel Groody, CSC, '86

In November 2003, I attended a Mass in El Paso, Texas, along the United States/Mexican border. We celebrated Mass in the dry, rugged and sun-scorched terrain where the United States meets Mexico. In this liturgy we remembered all the saints and all the souls who have gone before us. We also remembered the thousands of Mexican immigrants who died crossing over the border in the last 10 years. Unlike other liturgies, however, a 16-foot iron fence divided this community of believers in half, one side in Mexico and the other side in the United States.…

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Something Like His Father's Grocery Store

By John Shaughnessy '77

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Rev. Virgilio Elizondo starts with a love story when he talks about the relationship between Latinos and the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. In the story, Elizondo’s father saved money to buy a small grocery store, but his future wife dreamed of wearing a beautiful wedding gown. So he gave her his savings, wanting to make her happy.…

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Taking It to the Streets

By Cheever Griffin '90

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The Metropolitan Chicago Initiative (MCI) occupies a spacious office above a bank in the heart of a small, blue-collar and increasingly Hispanic suburb just west of Chicago called Berwyn.

The MCI is an arm of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, which was created in 1999 to study critical issues facing Latinos in the United States. If you think of the institute as an earnest academic entity, then consider the MCI

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Reactions to Question of Conscience

By Readers

Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form. *I read with interest the article,"Question of Conscience"* and found it very intelligent until the author addressed the issue of pro-choice politicians. Appleby's assertion that such a politician is respecting the priority and inviolability of conscience and that somehow that justifies his voting for laws that allow the taking of human life is really very disingenuous. The only way the inviolability of conscience could be given a higher priority than the protection of the unborn is if such politician really did not believe that before birth human beings are entitled to full human rights. Such a position is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church and could only be explained as being the result of poor catechesis or faulty conscience formation on the part of said individual.

I might also add it shows a profound ignorance of or disregard for basic human biology. Catholic politicians who oppose laws that offer protection for the unborn cannot honestly claim that it is their intention to defend the weak and the and vulnerable. To do so represents glaring hypocrisy of the part of Catholic politicians. I am surprised that Appleby did not recognize such a gaping hole in the integrity of what was otherwise such a well-reasoned argument.…

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Americanos Nuevos

By Roberto Suro

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It began in the 1970s, unnoticed.

As baby boomers came of age, they put off having children; many never had any.

A flow of immigrants from Latin America, especially Mexico, began to grow.

Two trends, entirely unrelated in their origins, gathered momentum across decades.

One created a dearth of people.…

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It really is in the mail

By Kerry Temple ’74

A bad thing happened with our summer issue, and it had nothing to do with the content.

The first clue came soon after the issue was mailed from Willard, Ohio, where it is printed. One morning we got four, large, brown envelopes full of back covers. That’s how we learn a magazine won’t make it to its destination. A postal worker rips off and returns the back cover (it holds the mailing label) and discards the rest of the issue. And we had four, big, thick envelopes full of “returns.”…

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A Year in Jerusalem

By Marie C.S. Feilmeyer '01

The year 2000 was the last time Notre Dame sent a group of students to its study abroad program in Jerusalem. I was a member of this 15-student group directed by Father David Burrell, CSC, a ND professor of theology and philosophy, and Mary Ellen Sheehan, academic coordinator. We called ourselves “J2K” and were disappointed when the program went on hiatus the year after our stay. We understood the reasons for this, and we just relieved that we were able to go.…

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