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Vagina Monologues stir debate

By Notre Dame Magazine

The first performance of The Vagina Monologues at Notre Dame generated fierce debate along with capacity crowds.

Thirty-five students from Notre Dame and one from Saint Mary’s staged two performances of the much-talked-about show in late February, 2002. The 450-seat auditorium of DeBartolo Hall was filled to overflowing both nights, and the audiences responded enthusiastically. But in the days leading up to the performances, a debate raged over whether the play was appropriate for a Catholic university.…

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The Honorable Domers Presiding

By Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame Law School has long been thought of as a national leader in terms of the percentage of its alumni serving as judges or magistrates. At last count, 31 federal and 144 state and local court judges held a law or other degree from Notre Dame.

This following is a list of Law School and other University of Notre Dame graduates known to be serving as judges or magistrates as of March 2002.…

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Predominantly Irish still

By Notre Dame Magazine

Irish descendants continue to predominate at the home of the Fighting Irish.

For seven years, sociology professor David Klein has been asking students to show him their family trees. Sixty-two percent of respondents have been found to have at least one Irish immigrant among their ancestors, making Ireland the No. 1 country of origin.…

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Starbucks coming; Alumni-Senior Club changing

By Ed Cohen

Starbucks was moving into the LaFortune this spring.

The Alumni-Senior Club will grow into a sports bar and restaurant next fall.

And more space is being created on campus and off for students’ social events and meetings.

Starbucks was expected to be open after spring break in the former Alumni Room on the student center’s main floor. The room had been used mainly for studying. In addition to its usual assortment of coffees and other beverages, the location will offer salads and sandwiches.…

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Spry Hesburgh makes tracks with torch

By Ed Cohen

It was 18 degrees and felt like 3 with the wind chill. The torch weighed 3 ½ pounds. Its bearer was 84½.

Those numbers made it all the more impressive that when Father Hesburgh carried the Olympic torch past campus in January, he covered his fifth of a mile at a jog.

Notre Dame’s president emeritus was one of more than 11,500 people selected to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay, a 65-day, 13,500-mile odyssey that started in Atlanta and finished at the opening ceremonies for the games in Salt Lake City. Each honoree went a fifth of a mile or a lap around a track.…

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Ice age finally dawns for women

By Kristin Kramer '02

Getting up at 7:30 in the morning to go to hockey practice in the dead of a South Bend winter isn’t what most college students have in mind when they think of a good time.

Then again, if you’d had to wait as long as senior Stacie Green to play hockey at Notre Dame, you’d understand why she and the other 17 members of the new women’s ice hockey club team make the sacrifice every Tuesday and Thursday morning.…

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Hall Portrait: Saint Edward's

By Alyson Tomme '02 and Kristin Kramer '02

Year Built: 1882

Capacity: 177

Female or male: always male

They Call Themselves: The Men of Saint Edward’s Hall. Occasionally, this may be shortened to “Stedsmen,” but it is the only dorm that does not have a genuine nickname or mascot.

Named for: Saint Edward the Confessor (1003-1066), patron of Notre Dame founder Father Edward Sorin, CSC

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New homes by the Dome

By Ed Cohen

For the first time in memory, new houses are going up along Notre Dame Avenue.

Three faculty and one staff member are building homes on vacant lots along the gateway road south of campus. The spaces were sold to them by the University.

For more than a decade, Notre Dame has been buying up properties on the road between Angela Boulevard and South Bend Avenue as they’ve come on the market. Some of the houses have been refurbished and rented to faculty and staff. Others, beyond repair, were razed. That’s where the new houses are being built.…

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Seniors Face Tough Job Market

By Ed Cohen

As they walked together between rows of tables of recruiters at the Winter Career and Internship Fair in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse, Lucie Turcotte and fellow senior Courtney Gleason couldn’t help but think back a year. They were at another career fair on campus, this one geared to jobs for science majors like themselves. More than 50 companies and organizations were there recruiting.…

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Deaths in the Family

By Notre Dame Magazine

Many who knew FATHER GEORGE H. MINAMIKI, S.J., ’77Ph.D., will find it hard to believe he’s gone, or that he was 82 years old when he passed away in January. “There was something eternal about him. He didn’t seem to age,” recalls longtime friend and colleague Yusaku Furuhashi, Herrick Foundation Professor of Marketing. The Jesuit priest started the Japanese language program and Japan Club at Notre Dame and guided the University’s Year-in-Japan program for many years. He died of a heart attack January 4 while visiting family in Los Angeles. In addition to his youthful appearance, Minamiki is remembered as someone who never talked about or called attention to himself. But he was a dedicated, able teacher and kind, someone who gave freely of his time to students and colleagues, even strangers. Born in Los Angeles to Japanese parents, Minamiki studied philosophy at UCLA

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine

William Mapother ’87 starred opposite Marisa Tomei as a sinister estranged husband in the Oscar-nominated movie In the Bedroom. He’d had smaller roles in earlier films, including Mission Impossible 2 and Swordfish. . . . Kristy (Zloch) Murphy ’96 plays reporter Katie Witt on NBC’s The West Wing. . . . Dan Kavanaugh ’93

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Seen and Heard: Web Extra

By Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame students usually get four days to study between the end of classes and the start of finals, but last fall they only got two. Finals started on Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, took a break on Sunday, and resumed on Monday for three consecutive days. Why the odd schedule? Because of a late start. The fall semester generally begins the third Tuesday in August, which happened to be August 21 this year. But an Academic Council rule stipulates that the semester can’t begin before August 22, the idea being that students wouldn’t time to finish internships, vacations, and the like. As a result, classes had to begin on the fourth Tuesday, August 28. There was no way to squeeze in enough class sessions during the semester without pushing back finals and cutting the study days. . . . Someone stole

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Seen and Heard Around Campus

By Notre Dame Magazine

The president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, will be the principal speaker at commencement in May 2002. After not having a female student body president for the first 29 years of coeducation, Notre Dame will soon have its second in a row. In February Libby Bishop, a junior majoring in psychology and economics, narrowly defeated a ticket headed by junior Brian Moscona, the vice president to incumbent barrier-breaker Brooke Norton ‘02. Bishop was born in South Bend but now lives in Ithaca, New York. . . . Plans are in the works

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Letter from Campus: Rude, Crude and as Popular as Ever

By Ed Cohen

Standing in the wings, Kevin Carney looked pleased as he watched the Keenan Revue Band and Keenan Revue Dancers rehearse the opening number for this year’s show.

The band pounded out its cover of “Basketcase,” and a dozen residents of the men’s dorm jogged on stage wearing T-shirts and warm-up pants. As part of the customary show-opener, off came the T-shirts, which were then rubbed front to back between their legs like floss between teeth. Several gyrations later, the routine led into pelvic thrusts.…

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A Magazine of Many Parts

By Kerry Temple ’74

The other day I was telling a friend about a person I admire. I summed it up by saying, “He is a man of many rooms.” My friend looked at me quizzically, and I tried to explain a concept that had come to me some years ago.

The idea emerged at a time I lived in a big three-story house and had kids to play with and dinners to cook and the occasional need to be alone. It seemed that different rooms required different roles and that filling those various roles enabled me to inhabit different parts of me.…

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John Riedl: The Power of Suggestion

By Ed Cohen

Your favorite movies are, in order, Freddy Got Fingered, Citizen Kane and The Little Mermaid.

Your favorite TV shows: Washington Week in Review and Championship Bull Riding.

If you could buy just one car, money being no object, it would be either a 2002 Lamborghini Diablo or an ’86 Dodge Caravan.

You probably are one of a kind. But there are others out there who share at least some of your tastes, and if you’re willing to reveal a few of them to John T. Riedl ‘83, he’ll find your soulmates. More importantly from a business standpoint, he’ll help introduce you to products and services your soulmates are buying.…

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Willingham Knows Opportunity Can Mean Everything

By Kelli Anderson

When Tyrone Willingham was playing football for Michigan State in the early 1970s, the team had a pact: so the coaches wouldn’t know they were dogging it in wind sprints, everyone agreed to run together. Well, almost everyone. “Ty wouldn’t do it,” recalls former MSU quarterback Charlie Baggett, now the receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings. “He’d be out in front, and the coaches knew he wasn’t the fastest guy on the team. We’d tell him to slow down, but he wouldn’t. He’d look at us like we were crazy.”…

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An Anxious Reunion

By Ray Hedin


My wife and I had come with the intention of sitting quietly in the back of the chapel. That seemed an accurate reflection of my present stance to the church — neither fully connected nor as completely dismissive as I once had been.

The problem was that there was no “back” to sit in. The old chapel, which had been reconfigured in the late 1960s to reflect Vatican II theology, had been reconfigured again. In the first reconfiguration, a new altar was placed closer to the congregation and faced the people, who sat on pews that stretched all the way to the rear of the chapel. With the second new look, in addition to these two altars, there was a simple wooden table at the center of the chapel, flanked by 50 comfortable, fabric-covered chairs, each half of the congregation facing the other — very good for a sense of intimacy and engagement, not so good for hiding.…

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PEAK: Time to Diversify

By Sean Callahan '87

Under his Holy Trinity High School polo shirt, part of the school’s uniform, freshman Jose often wears a turtleneck. That’s one way the 14-year-old, who recently emigrated from Ecuador, has learned to deal with Chicago winters.

This young man has had to adjust to many things since his arrival on Chicago’s West Side less than two years ago. Jose discovered the turtleneck on his own, but he relies on Miguel Hernandez, his Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK

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PEAK Performance

By Sean Callahan '87

On a late fall day, Eileen Cavanaugh Bender ‘87 rode through Chicago’s West Side. Advertising sales executives like Bender, who works for Entertainment Weekly magazine, are a rare sight in this hardscrabble neighborhood.

The dishwater blonde with eyes that don’t take no for an answer pointed to a barren intersection where prostitutes openly court customers after nightfall. “Chantrelle says she knows some of the girls working there from grade school,” Bender said.…

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Song of Myself

By John Phillip Santos '79


I originally cringed at the idea of calling my book a memoir. Hadn’t that always been the musty old grandfather’s shipping trunk of a genre, the woeful, and usually withering, genre of former heads of states, octogenarian politicians, ambassadors, admirals and assorted OBEs? It brought to mind the ramblings of adventurers and movie stars, capturing the last refracted gleanings of a long, distinguished, or occasionally notorious, life.…

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Strange Bedfellows: Science and Religion

By By Jeremy Manier '92

Hours before President George W. Bush spoke from his Texas ranch last August to explain the administration’s new policy on funding for embryonic stem cell research, his aides told reporters that the momentous decision was comparable to sending troops to war.

The metaphor rang true for a controversy that had bitterly alienated the scientific community from religious leaders. Many people of faith – especially Catholics – held that research which destroys human embryos is always unacceptable. Biologists, who claimed no lesser love for human life, stressed that stem cells from embryos could bring treatments for diseases ranging from diabetes to Parkinson’s. Almost nightly, the two camps hashed out their differences in the primal scream debate format of cable news shows.…

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The Eye of the Beholder

By By Chet Raymo '58, '64Ph.D.


Edward O. Wilson and Wendell Berry are unlikely opponents in the cultural war. Both men have roots in rural America. Both men are motivated by a love of nature. Both men are prolific writers whose work is represented almost side by side in the The Norton Book of Nature Writing

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Oscar Winner Tony Bill Still Flying High

By Eric Butterman

Hollywood hyphenates are common these days: singer-actor J.Lo; writer-director Kevin Smith; director-producer Steven Spielberg; screenwriter-director-actor Woody Allen; and on-and-on-and-on.

When Tony Bill ‘62 broke in as a Hollywood actor in the 1960s, the lines didn’t connect. Directors directed. Producers produced. Actors acted. Maybe starring opposite Frank Sinatra in some of his first few films was an omen—like the Chairman of the Board, Tony Bill did it his way. The 1970s saw him perform the then-rare switch to Oscar-winning producer. In the 1980s, he directed one of the bigger sleeper hits of the decade, My Bodyguard

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Remembering Uncle Father

By Julie Wiskirchen '94


When my mother had a stroke, I was 9,000 miles away. I was living in Sydney and rushed home to Saint. Louis, after saying a tearful and unexpected goodbye to friends I didn’t plan to leave for another month, when my job transfer was to end. I went back in time by crossing the International Date Line, but couldn’t get back far enough.…

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The essence of Notre Dame

By Tom Pierce '03

It was 1997 and my brother’s first Christmas home after the fall of his freshmen year at Notre Dame. Our family was in church, although it was not our parish but one that we went to sometimes because the priest is an old friend of ours. At the end of Mass we began the slow shuffle out of the church when my brother noticed an older gentleman with a weathered blue coat bearing a tiny N, overlapped by an equally tiny D, too small for the hurried passerby to notice, yet just large enough for a Domer.…

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Two Friends and an MG: A remembrance of William G. Millman Jr., ND Class of 1979

By D.A. Narducci III '80

“Do not bring a car to campus.” Signed by James A. Roemer, Notre Dame dean of students. July 1975.

Bill Millman Jr. and I, classmates at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, both got accepted to Notre Dame in the spring of 1975. In high school, we had shared real stuff, like heated arguments about unimportant subjects, basketball and girlfriends. Loyalty and competition marked our friendship. After both settling on ND, we dove into planning our maiden voyage to campus. It wasn’t long before Bill proposed driving out in his 1969 MGB

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A Good Place To Come Home To

By Jim Raper


David Walker ’81 reviews hundreds of appeals from charities each year as vice president for marketing of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. But when a letter from a new charity crossed his desk two years ago, it stirred him like a wake-up call. “We saw its value not as charity so much as duty,” he says.…

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A Group Hug at 50

By Lisa Moore '77

Fifty. It’s an age that used to belong to our parents. Now it belongs to us. For some, it’s a rite of passage we’d rather forget; for others, it’s cause for celebration: We made it! At 50’s cusp, life folds on itself, reflecting on where it’s been and wondering where it’s going. Fifty is full of physical realities: Those faces and figures reflected in the mirrors of Walsh and Farley Halls aren’t quite as perky today. In fact, first thing in the morning, mine can look downright frightening.…

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