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Hall Portrait: Alumni

By Katie Neff '04

Hall Portrait: Alumni

Year Built: 1931

Capacity: 269

Male or Female? Always male.

THEY CALL THEMSELVES: Dawgs, in homage to Clashmore Mike, the original Irish terrier mascot of the Irish who is depicted in bas-relief on the east side of the hall. The first Clashmore Mike arrived on campus in 1930, a gift to Knute Rockne. He was so popular that most later dogs were given the same name. The terrier was the official mascot until the leprechaun was introduced in 1965.…

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Seen and Heard

By Liquid error: internal

The ticket office had to refund a record $5.1 million to alumni this year because requests for football tickets overwhelmed the number of tickets available in the annual lottery. The ticket office received 4,000 additional applications for tickets, an increase of 6 percent from last season. Alumni have to donate at least $100 to participate in the lottery. Tickets are $48 apiece this year, up $5 from last season. . . . The Rigney family

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Deaths in the Notre Dame Family

By Notre Dame Magazine

JAMES P. KOHN, a 1951 Notre Dame graduate, believed to have taught chemical engineering at Notre Dame longer than anyone in the department’s history, died in late May at age 78. He was a member of the chemical engineering faculty for 48 years, the last eight in an emeritus capacity. Professor Kohn will long be remembered for his genuine interest in students and his amazing recollection of them. It’s said he could remember names and personal details about students 30 or 40 years after they graduated. The fondness was reciprocated as he was always the first faculty member that chemical engineering alumni sought out when they returned to campus. A devout Catholic whose siblings included three nuns, Kohn loved Notre Dame, especially its athletic traditions, and thought there was no better place to be. One of his closest friends was Leon Hart ‘50, the 1949 Heisman Trophy winner who was a student at Notre Dame the same time as Kohn. Hart was at Kohn’s house the day in September 2002 when the former football star fell ill and later died at a local hospital. Kohn was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and served in the Army in World War II as a medic in the Asia-Pacific theater. He was wounded twice and at one point feigned death to survive on a battlefield taken by the Japanese. In addition to two Purple Hearts, he won a Bronze Star for valor. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1955, advanced to full professor in 1964 and became the department’s first assistant chairman in 1982. He continued in that role until his retirement in 1995 and as an emeritus professor continued to conduct research, mentor students and occasionally fill in for colleagues. He received numerous honors for his teaching, research and service. His research specialty was phase equilibrium, which considers the relative distributions of chemicals when two phases of a material – say a liquid and a gas – are present and in contact inside a closed vessel. He is also believed to have amassed the largest set of data in the United States on solar energy. The information was generated from a study he began in the early 1970s and continued until just a few months before his death.…

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Letter from Campus: Football Fantasy Camp

By Jason Kelly '95


The guys in the first-ever Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp dressed at lockers inside the stadium adorned with their names and jersey numbers. That might have been the coolest part.


That or the way the coaching staff of current Irish assistants and former stars treated them like football players, not just high-rent trespassers who paid $3,590 for the privilege to pretend.…

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What I Learned at Notre Dame about Diversity

By Marc Conklin '91

“African-American History” was the only class I would have at Notre Dame — or any educational institution — with equal numbers of black and white students. Racial tensions ran relatively high at ND in 1991. A group called SUFR (Students United for Respect) had formed, and in a few weeks about 100 of its black and Hispanic members would hold a 12-hour sit-in outside the registrar’s office to demand, among other things, a multicultural center, compulsory black and Latin American studies courses, more minority faculty and an anti-harassment policy.…

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Music: The Lone's Man Path

By Staff writer

The liner notes on this CD are already out of date. James is not, as the notes read, “A two-time All-Ireland Champion on the hammered dulcimer (1986 and 1995).” He is now a three-time champion.

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Bursting with radiation

By Staff writer

When a U.S. spy satellite first detected bursts of gamma radiation in 1967, analysts took the readings to be evidence of Soviet nuclear tests, which is what the satellite was looking for. Today’s astronomers know that gamma ray bursts come from outer space, not Asia. But back then the equipment wasn’t capable of pinpointing the source of the radiation, so suspicion was wrongly cast in the Russians’ direction.…

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Wondering out loud: Who invented the wheel?

By Staff writer

When most people think of the invention of the wheel, the image that comes to mind is a caveman chipping away on a flat block of stone. Actually the earliest evidence comes from Sumeria in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C., where a potter’s wheel is depicted on a clay tablet. About 300 years later a wheeled cart is depicted. The Egyptians of the Pyramid Age (2700-2200 B.C.) didn’t have the wheel. They used sledges (platforms on runners) to drag the great stones over the sand.…

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Letters to the Editor

By Readers

Letters from print issue

Sister Jean’s dream

Beyond the women of Farley Hall, Sister Jean Lenz (“A Room with a View”) also ministered to junior faculty. Many times in my first years of teaching, her gentle humor and model of applied good sense helped me navigate the eddies of administrators and the shoals of undergraduates. And then there were the dreams. My favorite was the one she told me about when I mentioned a room scheduling problem I had encountered. She told me that her regular eve-of-classes dream was that she would be assigned to teach a standard 35-student theology class — in the football stadium. Of course, Sister Jean would have filled the stadium with cheering fans if the registrar had lifted the 35-student limit.…

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Father Joyce suffers stroke

By Staff writer

Father Edmund P. “Ned” Joyce, CSC, ‘37, Father Hesburgh’s right-hand man during Hesburgh’s 35-year presidency, moved to Holy Cross House last fall (2002) after a severe stroke.

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A fix for Huntington's brain clumps?

By Robert Ball

More than a century after Huntington’s disease was clinically identified, there is still no cure available to those who suffer from the disease’s genetically programmed destruction of their brain cells.

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NAZZ battle of bands

By Staff writer

Names of groups that have competed in recent NAZZ battles of campus bands:

Johnny Girth

The Inch Thieves

7 Pounds of Groove


Presto Pine

Qantas Never Crashed

The Skammunists


Sexual Chocolate

No Redeeming Qualities

The Kinky Bootbeasts

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Monumental idea

By Staff writer

This computer-generated collage of images represents the proposal of a pair of Notre Dame architecture faculty for a Pentagon memorial honoring victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Green-shirting yields bonanza

By Staff writer

Given the football team’s phenomenal start, it was no great surprise that the 2002 version of The Shirt sold out its initial production of 44,000 just four games into the season.

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Redshirting, Notre Dame style

By Mike Connolly '02

Notre Dame has always been a little different when it comes to the common college football practice of redshirting — holding first-year students out of competition to give them experience and time to grow. As long as they don’t appear in games, they retain their full four years of eligibility. Most will eventually enroll in classes for a fifth year so they can play that deferred fourth year.…

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Alumni swell band ranks beyond 1,000

By Ed Cohen

The Band of the Fighting Irish normally numbers about 360, but at halftime at the Stanford game October 5, 2002, more than a thousand marching Irish covered the turf.

The extra instrumentalists and drum majors were band alumni who had come from as far away as Hawaii and London to be part of the largest band reunion ever.…

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