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Campus landmarks list

By Ed Cohen

‘Campus landmark’ buildings designated for preservation in perpetuity:
Alumni Hall
Bond Hall
Brownson Hall
Institute for Educational Initiatives (formerly Earth Sciences, originally Sisters Chapel and Novitiate)
Corby Hall
Dillon Hall
Hurley Hall
Law School
Log Chapel
Lyons Hall
Main Building
Old College

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My mission to Darfur

By Brenna Cussen '03M.A.

On my last night in Darfur, Father Denima Emmanuel, a priest at Saint Joseph’s Church in Nyala, celebrated Mass with our Catholic Worker delegation to Sudan. In his homily he related our December 2004 trip to the meaning of Christmas. He explained that God became human to visit with us, to suffer with us, to be with us, adding “Now that you have come so far and have seen the camps, you can better understand why Jesus had to come down from heaven to be with the poor . . . for the closer we come to the poor, the better we know God.”…

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Haiti's troubled past

By Walton Collins

Haiti could be called the country that history cursed. It shares with the Dominican Republic the island of Hispaniola, which Columbus reached in December 1492 on his first voyage. It may have been an ill omen that his flagship, the Santa Maria, struck a reef there on Christmas Eve and sank. Columbus used the wreckage to build a fort on shore and left 40 men there when he returned to Spain.…

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A Gift of Hope

By Walton Collins '51


Peter Yoches needs all the patience he can muster this morning. It’s a little after 8, and his class is slow in settling down. No wonder: It’s Thursday, and in three hours these eighth graders will begin a three-day weekend to celebrate Flag Day, a Haitian holiday. They’d prefer to begin it right now.…

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The Army of Kidnapped Children

By Ed Cohen


In the northern part of Uganda a violent conflict has raged for 19 years that few Americans have heard of and many will find unimaginable.

On one side are the government forces of President Yoweri Museveni, who is credited with stabilizing the country and fostering democracy after his National Resistance Army wrested power from a brutal dictator in 1986.…

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Into Africa

By Ed Cohen


From the second floor of the Holy Cross congregation’s McCauley Formation House in Nairobi, Kenya, visitors have an unobstructed view down into what appears to be a vast and impossibly crowded rail yard. Weather-beaten boxcars extend to the horizon in three directions.

Except they aren’t boxcars.…

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Seen and Heard web extra

By Matt Cashore '94

A report last spring that the new student body president planned to campaign for installation of cable TV in dorm rooms—an enduring fantasy of many students—prompted one alumnus to declare in a letter to The Observer that this would be “the worst thing that could possibly happen to this University.” The letter writer thought additional TV watching (the dorms already have cable in their TV lounges, and many students have rigged up satellite dishes with wires going to several rooms) would distract residents from more worthwhile pursuits. The alumnus’s letter provoked a current student to respond that there are way worse things that could happen to Notre Dame. Included on his list: “A meteor the size of a Volkswagen collides into DeBartolo Hall during peak class time” and “All Notre Dame alumni stop donating money, forever.” . . . After holding out

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