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Checkback: Design Laboratory results

By Ed Cohen

How did Notre Dame's art students do representing the United States at the Global Design Laboratory 2004?

Notre Dame was the only North American university chosen to compete at what is known as the Olympics of product design. For the contest, which culminated in New York City in November, 2004, students were challenged to develop concepts for new kitchen and laundry appliances for three distinct client groups: baby boomers, urban dwellers and people living in developing nations.…

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Letters to the editor

By Readers

Father Malloy's presidency

In "The Pastoral Presidency of Monk Malloy," I believe one line was left out of the sidebar table of information entitled "Measuring Up." That would be the cost of tuition. Even with the increase in financial aid awarded, is Notre Dame still within the reach of the middle class where so many of my classmates came from when I attended the University?…

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Letters to the editor: web extra

By Readers

On Father Malloy

If you think Father Malloy has preserved our Catholic identity, you lead a very narrow existence—i.e. the ND spokesperson on TV-in-house heretic McBrien and _Vagina Monologues_ for four straight years. He's a scandal and he's embarrassed!

_George Meyer
Concordia, Kansas_

Your article on Father Malloy was very interesting. His long and distinguished career as president of Notre Dame will be long remembered by the students of the University, both past and present.…

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Music by ND people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Wonderfall, _wonderfall_. The brothers Bregande—guitarists/vocalists Dave '95 and Joe—and bassist John Fletcher '92 have been playing music together since 1998. Music should make you move, the band members believe, and that pop sensibility comes through in their melodic, energetic CD. The musicians, who released the CD _Monday Morning, Start Again_ in 2000 under the name Elephant, had a setback last year when they agreed to sell their name to the New York-based group Elefant. "We now feel the name change was a blessing in disguise," says Joe. "We're definitely making the most of our fresh start." Now wonderfall, based in Atlanta, is getting some radio play with its single "Not the First." All the songs on the new CD were written by either Dave or Joe. And just to keep things in the family, the band is being managed by brother Paul Bregande '91. Hear sample tracks and order through

May I Have Your Attention Please

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

President Bush's chief speech writer during his second term will be former _Wall Street Journal_ editorial-page writer William McGurn '80. . . . John Walker '78 produced the Academy Award-winning animated feature _The Incredibles_. . . . Brett Galley '97 was on the team of doctors at Loyola University Medical Center, west of Chicago, that cared for the world's smallest surviving baby. The infant girl weighed 8.6 ounces at delivery last September. . . . The Illinois Republican Party elected Andrew McKenna '79…

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Alumni Briefs

By the Notre Dame Alumni Association

Alumni Association Awards
The James F. Armstrong Award will be presented to Father Paul F. Doyle, CSC, '65, '75M.Th._,_ at Alumni Senate in April in recognition of his distinguished service to the University. Doyle was a trustee and fellow of the University from 1991 to '97 during his tenure as religious superior of the Holy Cross priests for the Indiana Province. He is associate rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and has been rector of Dillon Hall since 1997.…

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Folk Choir's anniversary concert

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The Folk Choir is planning what figures to be an enormous reunion concert in the Basilica on May 7, 2005, to celebrate the choir’s 25th anniversary (and raise money for the Holy Cross missions). For more information, visit or contact Kelly Kingsbury (, 574-472-1034 or 574-631-7270), the choir’s alumni relations officer.…

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The king of off-campus

By Emily Howald '05


U.S. 31 Business is as far west as he goes. Eddy Street is as far east. He won’t head farther north than Corby Street, and two miles south of campus is his limit.

What, you might wonder, is contained in this geographical block?

Landlord Mark Kramer’s off-campus housing kingdom.…

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Hall Portrait: Keenan

By Emily Howald '05


Year Built: 1957

Capacity: 293

Male or Female: Male

They Call Themselves: Knights

Named For: James Keenan ‘13, who underwrote construction of the hall as a memorial to his son, James, Jr., who died in 1941 just as his college years were about to begin. The Keenans were from Fort Wayne and owned and operated a chain of hotels in the Midwest.…

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Letter from Campus: Gung Hay Fat Choy

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.


February 9 was the first day of the new year. Oh, perhaps not to most people at Notre Dame, some of whom may have spent January 1 recovering from their celebration of the night before. But for the Asian community on campus, it was the Lunar New Year and it was time to celebrate.

“It’s a big deal,” says Xiaoyue Zhang, a graduate student and outgoing president of the Notre Dame Chinese Friendship Association (NDCFA

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A Death in the Family

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

EDWARD J. CRONIN '38, a legendary professor in the Program of Liberal Studies who taught at Notre Dame for nearly 50 years, passed away on Christmas Day at age 88. He so loved what he taught —literature, especially James Joyce's _Ulysses_ — that in class he would often read aloud a line from a book and ask, "Isn't that beautiful?" He said his wish was to die sitting on a bench at the Grotto reading Dickens. He actually was at a local nursing home when he died. The PLS professor was a demanding teacher, nicknamed B-minus Cronin by students because of his high standards and tough grading. As one former student recalls, he would return "themes" in a box labeled "Garbage Out" placed outside his office in the basement of the library. Students were admonished to pick up the papers quickly so as not to violate a city code prohibiting the leaving of garbage in a public place for longer than 48 hours. The devoutly Irish—he referred to Ireland as "the Holy Land" —and Catholic professor was always available to talk with students, though. He referred to these conferences as "confessions." His teaching was so valued that it wasn't unusual to hear a student remark, "I've got to get my Cronin course before I graduate." He was a member of the regular faculty from 1949 until he retired in 1981 but continued to teach one course a semester until 1998, when he suffered a stroke. His focus on teaching rather than published research recalled an earlier age for academia, and he was old-fashioned in many other regards. Women were encouraged to wear skirts in class and men to remove their caps and hold the doors open for women. In 1983 the Program of Liberal Studies established the Edward J. Cronin Award for the best-written paper turned in as part of routine departmental course work. The professor himself would present the award at an annual dinner and make a show out of carefully opening the envelope and reading every word on the page, even the letterhead, to draw out the suspense. This year will be the first that the award is presented without him.

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Domers in the Media

By Mary Kate Castellani '05 and Ed Cohen

Selected alumni working in print and broadcast journalism

Ken Woodward '57 (English), contributing editor, _Newsweek_. As a student: editor and business manager, _Scholastic_; writer, _The Dome_; contributor, _The Juggler_

Mark Shields '59 (Philosophy and History), television political analyst (PBS, CNN), syndicated columnist. As a student: didn't work in the student media.…

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The student media frenzy

By Ed Cohen


The stage manager signals everyone to be quiet, and onto the set of The Mike Peterson Show walks the star himself.

Mike Peterson is lanky sophomore with a youthful, eager face. Wearing a dark suit, white dress shirt and a blue-and-gold Notre Dame tie, he looks more like the bride’s kid brother than the host of a late-night talk show. But this isn’t the NBC

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The Slice of Life

By Mike Alexander '72

There is a refreshing directness to it. DEATHS.

Gathering magazines to recycle, I ended up with a small stack of Notre Dame Magazines, six random issues from Summer 2002 to Summer 2004. I paged through them, wondering if I had missed anything. It turned out that I had: a few of the endpapers from the book of life. Near the back of each issue, simple and straightforward, DEATHS

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Eulogy for the Anonymous Dead

By Paul Hundt '60

I come from a long line of anonymous dead. They led modest, respectable lives. They loved their families, practiced their religion to varying degrees and, after death, were buried in the Catholic cemeteries of the City of New York. They have submerged with barely a trace. It is my fate as well.

When my German-born grandfather died in 1933, he left my grandmother his share of a successful business and a fine house in Hollis, Queens. She said, “My life is over!” and then lived another 40 years. When she finally did die at age 91 after 10 years in a nursing home, the business had passed on to others. Her beloved house was gone. Her fine “things,” her china, her glassware, her furniture, had long been distributed among her children and grandchildren.…

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The Pull of Belonging

By Kimber Lybbert

I recently took my Scout troop to the local fish hatchery. After a trip around the grounds and a turn at feeding the fish boiling in a crowded tank, we watched a short film. It outlined the life of a salmon from its birth through the final heroic journey back to its hatching place. When the lights came back on, several boys looked puzzled. “Why do they go back?” they asked. Our guide just shook his head. “Nobody knows.”…

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The Slippery Meaning of Ice

By Tim McNamara '98

It’s February, and I’m sneaking a pair of skates and a Sherwood into the trunk of my dad’s car. Snow flurries paint the driveway and frost the leafless maple trees in the front yard. I’m in between jobs, and I stare at the flakes twisting earthward, wishing this natural scene would help me gain some insight into the order of things. But this longing recedes when I blink and remember more immediate plans.…

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Notre Dame Student Media

By Ed Cohen


News magazine

Begun: 1867

Frequency: every other week while classes are in session

Size: 28 to 52 pages

Circulation: 7,100 distributed free on campus, 400 mailed subscriptions ($35/year)

Staff: 30-35

Salaries: $300 to $400 per semester for editors

Funding: Student Activities allocation plus some advertising and subscriptions…

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Seen and Heard Around Campus

By Ed Cohen

February brought the second Notre Dame Queer Film Festival and the fourth performance of the _Vagina Monologues_ and plenty of talk about whether either event should take place at a Catholic university. Bishop John D'Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend wrote letters criticizing both. Among those writing to _The Observer,_ some complained that the events promoted behaviors in conflict with Church teaching. Others defended free expression and free academic inquiry. The atmosphere was especially heated when the _Monologues'_ author, Eve Ensler, who was attending the performances at Notre Dame for the first time, went to the South Dining Hall for a luncheon and was reportedly met by about 15 protesters. The _Monologues_ is an episodic play based on the experiences of women interviewed by Ensler. Some of their often- explicit recollections are harrowing, many are intended to be humorous. Benefit performances take place internationally around Valentine's Day as part of efforts to raise awareness of issues like genital mutilation and other forms of violence against women. The film festival screened films by gay and lesbian artists and included two panel discussions with writers and directors. . . . The producers…

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Seen and Heard web extra

By Ed Cohen

Ticket demand was expected to be so great for a February concert in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center by the New York Philharmonic that a hall administrator organized a ticket lottery. Make that lotteries. One lottery was for tickets set aside for faculty and staff, one for students, and one for members of the South Bend community. Tom Barkes, the center's director of audience advancement, said he sent out an e-mail on December 23 announcing the procedures and by Christmas Day had 610 responses. There were ultimately requests for more than 2,000 tickets. The concert hall holds 961. . . . According to a student…

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Domer's Index

By Compiled by Ed Cohen

Number of campus buildings today: 136

Number in 1976: 91

Number in 1844: 5

Number of chapels on campus: 58

Number at Georgetown: 6

Number at Boston College: 5

Tuition and room and board this year: $36,930

Tuition and room and board next year: $39,552.

Tuition and room and board 1985-86: $10,291

Cost of attending an undergraduate course this year for one minute: $1.75…

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Barred scholar resigns post

By Ed Cohen

Tariq Ramadan, the renowned Muslum scholar who was expected to begin teaching about peace at Notre Dame this past fall but couldn’t because the government wouldn’t let him into the country, officially resigned his appointment in December.

In a letter informing the University of his decision he cited stress on him and his family because of the uncertainty of their position. Ramadan, who lives in Switzerland, was hired to teach in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the classics department. But last August, after his furniture had already been shipped to South Bend, his visa was revoked by the State Department acting on a recommendation from the Homeland Security Administration. No specific information was provided to Ramadan or Notre Dame on the reasons for the revocation, except that it involved matters of “national security.”

Ramadan is considered highly influential among Muslims in Europe. He often writes and lectures about how Muslims can remain true to their religion and culture in the modern world.…

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By Notre Dame Magazine

Smart waste

Corn cobs and other throwaway biomass material can rid contaminated wastewater of toxic metals, according to a study by Notre Dame’s Center for Environmental Science and Technology.

A team of investigators found that cobs left over from the production of animal feed and spillage remaining from the manufacture of ethanol from corn can effectively remove copper, lead, zinc and other potentially toxic metals from contaminated water, even in the presence of other metals.…

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Wondering Out Loud

By Notre Dame Magazine

What’s this “envelope” people are always said to be “pushing”?

The first time many of us heard the expression “pushing the envelope” was in the movie The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book about the original NASA astronauts. Test pilot Chuck Yeager was said to be “pushing” or “pushing back” the “outside of the envelope” every time he tried to fly a plane at a record speed or altitude.…

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Grit could be a roadside attraction

By Ed Cohen

When the catalytic converter debuted on automobiles in 1975, people everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Here was a device that transformed exhaust pollutants like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons into something similar to what people exhale — plant-nourishing carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Now comes word that as the converters age, they expel tiny amounts of the very materials that make them work. In high enough concentrations, these elements could pose a health risk. But they’re also so precious that an industry could well develop to sweep up the dirt and grit along roadways to recover trace amounts.…

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Kung fu dream girls

By John Monczunski

Ever since the first “Aiiyeeeeeeeee-hah” echoed through a darkened theater in the 1970s, martial arts films have been wildly popular, especially with adolescent and college-aged males. But what about the way they portray women?

Wendy Arons, assistant professor of communications and theater, surveyed a sampling of kung fu films with an eye toward issues of femininity, violence and power. Her findings, published last year as a chapter of the book Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in Movies

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Can't get enough of campus?

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Next time you have a minute or 90 to spare – and a fast Internet connection – explore the Sights and Sounds section of the Notre Dame website.

Here’s some of what you’ll find:

- Eight 360-degree views of the God Quad, library reflecting pool, inside the Basilica and the Grotto, and other locations (requires a free downloadable browser plug-in).…

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Hall Portrait: Badin

By Alyson Tomme '02


Year Built: original section, 1897; two wings added in 1917.

Named for: Father Stephen Badin, 1768-1853, first Catholic priest ordained in America (1793). In the early 1830s Badin purchased the land that would become Notre Dame from the government and early settlers. He planned to use it as a base for his missionary work in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys. In 1835 he sold the land to the bishop of Vincennes, in southern Indiana, for a modest amount with the expressed hope that a school be established at the location. In 1842 the bishop’s successor deeded the land to Father Edward Sorin, CSC

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Student life focus of gallery exhibition

By Notre Dame Magazine

It wasn’t enough to get kicked out of Notre Dame in the 19th century. For several years expelled students had their foul deeds recorded for posterity in a large book.

That book is now on display at a museum in downtown South Bend as part of an exhibit on student life through the years.
Notre Dame: Reflections of Student Life

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