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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
Presbytery

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Third Age

By Walton Collins '51

Passing into the twilight of life does not have to be the beginning of the end. But it does require some cheerful adaptation.

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Picturing Dad

By Christine McCormick Schuermann

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Sixty years ago our dad, John F. McCormick, began his freshmen year at Notre Dame as a 24- year-old, newly discharged veteran from World War II. Dad had not originally planned to attend Notre Dame because, as he put it, “a Notre Dame education was not an option for a poor kid from Lima, Ohio.” However, he landed at Notre Dame after hitchhiking with a childhood schoolmate and fellow war veteran, Virgil Cassidy, who wanted a traveling companion.…

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Several news organizations speculated that Emilio Garza ’69, ’70M.A., a former Texas state judge who currently sits on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, might be nominated to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement. He wasn’t. . . . The New York Times

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Domers in the News: web extra

By John Monczunski

Investment management firm Franklin Street Partners named Craig Lewis ’86 as chief investment officer. . . . In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Mike Turzai ’81 is running for re-election to the state house. . . . John Donahue ’85J.D. is running for Berrien County, Michigan, Circuit Court judge. . . . Joan Biever ’79M.A., ’81Ph.D.

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Alumni Briefs

By Mary Pat Dowling

Florida Fling

Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves will be the guest speaker at the Florida Fling, February 17-18, 2006. The new location for the annual winter reunion will be the Registry Resort & Club in Naples, Florida. The registration brochure will be mailed in early December to all alumni residing in Florida or who have a seasonal address in Florida. Visit alumni.nd.edu/reunion

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Books in Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The Spirit of Notre Dame: Legends, Traditions, and Inspiration from One of America’s Most Beloved Universities, Jim Langford ’59 and Jeremy Langford ’92 (Doubleday). A foreword by Regis Philbin ’53 kicks off this gathering of the stories about the people and events that personify the spirit of the University, from Mario Tonelli ’39, who survived the Bataan Death March, to Tim McCarthy, whose puns delight home football crowds. The numerous anecdotes of visionary leaders, dedicated teachers, celebrated coaches, and hard-working students and staff all give testimony to the “optimism and possibility” of Notre Dame.…

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Music by Notre Dame alumni

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Celebrate America: A Collection of 35 Patriotic Songs, The O’Neill Brothers (Shamrock-n-Roll).

The piano-playing O’Neill Brothers—Tim ‘94 and Ryan ’97—offer arrangements of such classics as “America the Beautiful,” " Amazing Grace," “My Old Kentucky Home,” “We Shall Overcome” and “Morning Has Broken” on this two-CD set. The brothers have stripped the songs of fanfare, says Tim O’Neill, to “let people hear them the way they were originally intended to be heard—as moving, emotional and absolutely beautiful reflections of a truly great nation.”…

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ND Award to peace group's founder

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

This year’s winner of the Notre Dame Award for international humanitarian service is Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Saint’Egidio, a pacifist conflict-resolution and relief organization.

In 1968 Riccardi and classmates from his high school in Rome founded the Community of Sant’Egidio (“Saint Giles” in English), named for a Carmelite convent where the friends first gathered to pray, run a soup kitchen and tutor poor children.…

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A Time to Celebrate

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The Inauguration of Father John I. Jenkins, CSC

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It was a celebration unlike any in University history. The occasion was the inauguration of Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, as Notre Dame’s 17th president. But the two-day observance included fun and formalities, fireworks, a dance, and a two-hour panel discussion hosted by Tom Brokaw that explored the tensions between faith and politics in a pluralistic world.…

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine

Matt Schlapp ’90 is the new White House deputy assistant to the president and director of political affairs. He reports to President Bush’s chief strategist, Karl Rove. . . . The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino ’70M.A. was named bishop of the 267,000-member Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. He had been bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana. . . . James V. Strauss ’92MBA

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Gateway to Social Action

By Ed Cohen

The half-curtains and spider plants and ferns hanging in the front window of the low brick building give it the look of a coffee house. You actually can get a meal in there sometimes, when a group is sponsoring an open dinner to talk about race relations, for instance.

For nearly two decades, however, activity in the former WNDU

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Book-CD combo scores

By Notre Dame Magazine

Some combinations are magical — strawberries and cream, sun and sand, kittens and string. Author Joe Garner and Sourcebooks, Inc., have hit on another one — books and CDs.

It started in 1998 with We Interrupt This Broadcast, a coffee table book and two CDs that detail in words, pictures and audio, 38 events that became defining moments of the 20th century. The best-seller was followed in 1999 by And The Crowd Goes Wild, which features such moments as Lou Gehrig’s good-bye, Wilma Rudolph’s sprint to Olympic gold and Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record hit. That sold so well that it was quickly followed by And The Fans Roared.…

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An original musical

By Jill Boruff '02

The adventure began during their freshman year with a simple conversation about writing a musical.

Two years later, in late March, Ryan Cunningham and Thomas Curtin’s original musical comedy Chance at Love debuted before a packed house in the ballroom of the LaFortune Student Center. The success encouraged the Farley Hall Players to produce a CD of the music, and most of the same cast and crew took the show on tour this summer.…

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Sunday Mass from Basilica now on TV

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Cable TV viewers can now watch the Mass at the Basilica every Sunday morning.

On July 7, 2002, the Hallmark Channel began broadcasting the Basilica’s midmorning Mass at 11 a.m. Eastern time as part of a three-hour block of Sunday morning religious programming. Depending on time of year and region, viewers either see the Mass live or on a tape delay of one to a few hours. During seven weekends when conflicts with the University calendar, such as graduation weekend, interrupt normal schedules, services taped from other Sunday mornings will be shown.…

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The Priesthood in Peril

By John Monczunski

The theme of the April 2002 annual meeting of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils was “evangelization,” but whenever two or more gathered during breaks the topic of conversation inevitably turned to the ever-unraveling clerical sexual abuse/coverup scandal.

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