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A skeletal quest

By Ed Cohen

The last thing you expect an assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering to show you is an X-ray, and the one in Ryan Roeder’s binder of overhead transparencies holds surprises of its own.

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Women and minority faculty at ND

By Mike Connolly '02

Five years after the University created diversity officers in each college to help increase the number of women and minority faculty, the results have been mixed, according to the Academic Affirmative Action Committee’s latest report.

The committee is charged with evaluating affirmative action hiring practices and retention rates of the various academic departments and colleges and advising them on how to improve the percentage of women and minorities in each department.…

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A better fight song?

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Every Notre Dame fan knows and loves the Notre Dame Victory March, but if the brothers who wrote it had gotten their way, Irish supporters would literally be singing a different tune today. Different lyrics too.

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Letters to the editor: web extra

By Readers

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A most important piece of information is missing from Kristin Kramer’s article (“The green of the Union”). The conservation of the 63rd New York’s Second Irish Colors and the research for the book Blue for the Union and Green for Ireland was made possible by a generous gift to the Archives from Jack and Kay Gibbons of Dublin, Ohio (Notre Dame class of 1963 and Saint Mary’s class of 1962). Without their support, these projects would never have been completed.…

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Editor's Note: Good deeds

By Kerry Temple ’74

The phone calls, letters and e-mails come pretty regularly these days. They routinely bring good news; it is always a cordial interchange. But they do present a problem, and I find myself dodging, cringing and politely apologizing. They come from Catholic school administrators with young Notre Dame grads having profound effects on wayward youngsters. “You’ve got to do a story!” They come from social workers whose clients are touched deeply by Notre Dame students staffing soup kitchens and homes for unwed mothers. “You’ve got to do a story!” They come from alumni — people hammering and sawing with Habitat for Humanity, doctors performing life-changing surgeries on the least fortunate people in the world, friends telling of lives dedicated to society’s most forgotten. “You really should do a story!”…

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One book to go, please

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Okay, so your name isn’t J.K. Rowling or Stephen King or Shelby Foote. None of your friends or relatives works for Random House. And finding an agent seems as convoluted a process as counting votes in Florida.

Richard H. Rupp ’56, ’57M.A. knows that story. The recently retired Appalachian State University English professor has published several nonfiction books. But when he finished his first novel, the travails began. “I got nowhere with 14 or 16 different publishers,” he says.…

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Web Extra: More letters to the editor

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“The Good Book” a good thing

The Spring 2001 issue contained an article by Richard Shannon 1974 titled The Good Book. It was almost too good to be true and too good not to be true. The article was enlightening and encouraging in a time when the scoffers have seemed to have gained ascendancy. Throughout the years the magazine continues to get better. The Good Book stands as one of the best.…

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Letters: from print issue

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SMC Stereotype

As a Saint Mary’s graduate about to marry a Notre Dame man, I was interested to see your article on ND-SMC marriages in the spring issue. I was horrified, however, at the conclusions. How ridiculous to assume that the declining rate is “at the expense of Saint Mary’s women.” Rather, I find it heartening that since Notre Dame went coed in 1972, Saint Mary’s women have had a broader world available to them upon graduation. These women scatter across the globe for successful careers, challenging graduate programs and generous volunteer work. I would hardly call that a loss. Such articles just foster the stereotype that Saint Mary’s women are there to pursue a husband rather than an education, and it is disappointing that you printed it.…

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Mickey Mouse research

By John Monczunski

Don Crafton won’t be insulted if you call his research “Mickey Mouse.” But more accurately it’s “Mickey Mouse and beyond.”

The chairman of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre is analyzing animated films from the 1930s, when the Disney studio achieved dominance in the industry. The resulting book, funded by a grant from the Motion Picture Academy, is expected to be titled In the Shadow of the Mouse,

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Second-chance sunblock

By Notre Dame Magazine

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A team of chemists at Notre Dame has synthesized an enzyme that they say could undo sun damage to skin — even years after exposure — and prevent the development of skin cancer.

The enzyme targets a cancer-triggering molecule that forms in DNA after exposure to ultraviolet radiation. So far the researchers have evidence that the enzyme can recognize and break up the molecule outside of DNA

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Problems with corrections

By Ed Cohen

Imagine a country where criminals are kept in prisons close to their homes, the inmates have TVs in their rooms, even their sexual partners are allowed to visit them in private.

In such a country, you’d think people might be lining up to get incarcerated. But as a prisoner rights advocate explained at a conference on campus this spring, in the country in question, Sweden, the imprisonment rate is 64 per 100,000 people. In the United States, home of “the slammer,” the rate is more than 10 times greater — 690 per 100,000, the advocate said.…

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Web Extra: Vice squad photos

By Matt Cashore '94

A group of students revived the 1980s TV show Miami Vice Squad when they dressed like squad members during a dance. Photographer Matt Cashore documents their “raid” of a residence hall, as the squad provides an impromptu study break with their bullhorn and boombox.

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Business plan winners

By Notre Dame Magazine

An on-line service for ordering replacement parts for consumer durables like lawnmowers and kitchen appliances won the $20,000 grand prize in the inaugural business plan competition of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The winning entry, PartScope, is the brainchild of student Christopher Ladd ’02, Stephen Colucci ’75Ph.D. and D. Scott Null. Second-place and a $2,000 award went to Smart Surfaces, a patented surface coating for ship and power plants that resists marine organisms like barnacles. Three other finalists received $1,000 each. The plans were judged on their likelihood of success. At least one member of each team had to be a Notre Dame student or alumnus.…

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Vice Squad rocks campus

By Megan Strader '01

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Late evening on a chilly day in March, four students clad in dazzling white suits, sky blue T-shirts and sunglasses stroll incongruously across the winter-dreary South Quad.

“It’s okay,” announces one of them through a bullhorn, “we’re Miami Vice!”

Actually, they’re members of the Notre Dame Vice Squad, on their way to “raid” a female dorm, Lewis Hall, their fourth this year.…

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Nice night for parietals protest

By Notre Dame Magazine

An estimated 300 students spent all or part of the pleasant night of April 30 camped out on the South Quad. They were protesting the adminis- tration’s opposition to extending late-night visiting hours or parietals.

Students organized the protest after the Campus Life Council, composed of student representatives, rectors and a representative from student affairs, approved a resolution to allow visitors of the opposite sex to be in dorm rooms an hour earlier in the morning. But the group narrowly defeated a proposal to extend visiting hours by an hour at night on weekdays.…

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Adidas allegiance

By Ed Cohen

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Adidas, which has been supplying footwear to Notre Dame teams since 1997, will now make their uniforms too.

The University announced it has entered into a five-year agreement under which all 26 varsity men’s and women’s teams will begin wearing both adidas shoes and apparel this fall. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.…

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Irish sports teams rank high

By Notre Dame Magazine

2000-2001 may have been the best year ever for Notre Dame athletics in terms of across-the-board success. In the month of April, Fighting Irish teams went a combined 66-8.

Below are the highest national rankings achieved by this year’s varsity teams at any point during the season:
1 — Women’s basketball* (national champion; senior center Ruth Riley was consensus national Player of the Year)…

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"Rudy" more popular than "Rockne"

By Notre Dame Magazine

Rudy finished in a tie with Raging Bull for 10th place in a USA Today poll of readers’ favorite sports movies.

Nos. 1 through 9: Hoosiers, Field of Dreams, The Natural, Rocky, Bull Durham, Brian’s Song, Caddyshack, Chariots of Fire, Slapshot.

1940’s Knute Rockne, All American didn’t crack the top 25.…

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Devine not the devil "Rudy" suggests

By Ed Cohen

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Anyone who has seen the movie Rudy (and who hasn’t?) knows Dan Devine is a jerk.

You’d think so, anyway, by the way the former coach is portrayed.

In the movie, it is cold-hearted Coach Devine who refuses to let plucky walk-on Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger ’76 live out his dream by dressing for a Notre Dame game. He only relents when faced with a player revolt.…

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University joins workers' rights group

By Notre Dame Magazine

In its latest move to fight sweatshop production of college logo sweatshirts and other apparel, Notre Dame has joined the Worker Rights Consortium.

The WRC, which activist students had urged the University to unite with, is a non-profit group of colleges and universities workers, and nongovernmental organizations that seeks to improve the conditions of workers producing collegiate apparel using the leverage of licensing agreements.…

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Getting the fountain rolling

By Ed Cohen

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Few people can resist touching the Kugel ball fountain on the first floor of the Coleman-Morse building.

The fountain is the centerpiece of the building, which opened earlier this year on the site of the former Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The 30-inch granite sphere rolls continually on a thin layer of water that also keeps the rock shiny and wet. The water is forced upward by one of two jets, which alternate every few minutes to change the ball’s rotation. Though it floats continually, the sphere would be nearly impossible to dislodge from its concave base by hand because it weighs 1,300 pounds, according to Dave Mateja ‘92, one of the building’s architects. He works for the S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Connecticut, headed by James McManus ’66.…

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Hall to be named for Father Malloy

By Notre Dame Magazine

The new philosophy and theology building, between Decio and O’Shaugnessy halls, will be called Edward A. Malloy, CSC, Hall.

Naming the building for President Malloy was the wish of the person whose gift underwrote its construction — Donald R. Keough, chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Keough was among the trustees who selected Malloy as president in 1986. He said he had seen Malloy’s legacy as leader of the University take shape, and he and his family were “pleased that his name will identify the theology and philosophy center at Notre Dame.” The building is scheduled to open this fall.…

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Another president visits campus

By Notre Dame Magazine

Patricio Aylwin Azócar, who became Chile’s first democratically elected president in 1989, received the second Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America. The award, presented to Azócar in a ceremony in the Main Building rotunda in April, was established with support from The Coca-Cola Company. It carries a cash prize of $10,000 with an equal sum given to a Latin American charitable organization of the recipient’s choice.…

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Unique Valedictorian

By Notre Dame Magazine

For the first time in memory, and probably the first time in school history, Notre Dame’s valedictorian was a transfer student.

Carolyn Weir was also unusual in that she was co-valedictorian at Greensburg (Pennsylvania) Central Catholic High School with Brian O’Donoghue ‘01, Notre Dame’s student body president this past year.…

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