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Letter from campus: We Lived and Died with Him

By Laura Rompf '02

We walked from Zahm Hall in silence and stood at the Grotto, the glow of candles lighting the night while a mix of snow and rain drizzled down. We prayed for a miracle for our friend and classmate Conor Murphy.

Conor had been diagnosed a year earlier with leukemia and word had come earlier in the day that he had contracted pneumonia for the second time in two months. Chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant had severely compromised his immune system, and doctors said the treatment for pneumonia would kill him. His family chose to forego the treatment, so without a miracle, the morning was certain to bring grim news.…

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Field trip dries tears, opens eyes

By Notre Dame Magazine

Recent Notre Dame graduate Gareth D. Zehrbach was teaching eighth-grade at Saint Anthony’s Middle School in Texas last March when one of his students collapsed in phys ed class and died of a massive heart attack.

It was especially traumatic because there were only 11 eighth-graders — and 30 students overall — in Saint Anthony’s, which is in Robstown, a small, poor and largely Hispanic town near Corpus Christi. Even before the death, it had been a bad year for the middle school. A month earlier the school’s building had burned down because of a faulty light fixture. No one was hurt, but it forced classes to relocate to portable buildings in the parking lot and backyard of a sister elementary school’s campus.…

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You tell 'em, sister

By Ed Cohen

A 75-year-old Holy Cross nun, Sister Patricia Jean Garver, stole the show at the first football luncheon of the season when she related the advice she’d given the team at practice a few days before.

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New Basilica statue makes abortion statement

By Notre Dame Magazine

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The Notre Dame council of the Knights of Columbus erected this statue of the Blessed Virgin and Child on the east side of the Basilica in early October with the inscription “In Memory Of The Innocent Victims of Abortion.”

The monument is part of a nationwide K of C effort on the abortion issue. Many of the other markers are tombstones or crucifixes.…

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First Cleveland Indian was a Domer first

By Jason Elek

Fans of the Cleveland Indians may have heard that their team was named in honor of one of franchise’s early fan favorites, Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian. But probably not even the most knowledgeable Indians fans know that “Chief” Sockalexis attended Notre Dame, briefly.

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The bookshelf: architecture

By Jane Devine

“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.” These words by French priest Ernest Dimnet in his 1932 book What We Live By invite us to consider the place of architecture in our own lives and how it defines the spaces in which we live, work, study, worship, meet our fellow citizens and entertain ourselves. We often have strong emotions and opinions about these places, expressed, for example, by attachment to the family home or our affection for certain streets. As we move through life, architecture creates the setting for each stage of our passage, from the grade school where we start our education to the place where we eventually retire. Books are one way of contemplating and sometimes recapturing those significant places. With words and images, they prompt us to consider the pervasive presence of architecture in our lives and to recognize the architect’s role in creating the stage for our experiences.…

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One Dome, many dishes

By Lynn Vichick

Visitors to campus this fall may have done a double-take at what one dorm resident termed “the missile defense system we have up outside the hall.”

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Magazines

By Notre Dame Magazine

Robert Sam Anson ‘67, one of the founding editors of The Observer in the 1960s and now a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, compiled an oral history of MTV that ran through 29 pages in the magazine’s November 2000 issue.

Anson interviewed 87 people who played roles in the August 1981 launching of MTV. He traces the station from its early days as just an idea to its fights with cable operators who didn’t want “this crap coming in corrupting our children,” to its broadening influence when such musicians as Brian Setzer and Billy Idol hit it big because their videos aired. Included among those interviewed is Jack Schneider ’48, former chief of the CBS

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WVFI goes global

By Jaclyn Villano

WVFI, the longtime campus radio station with the small and diminishing audience, has been transformed into a worldwide Internet webcaster.

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Tails of rector assistants

By Ed Cohen

Honey was in Stanford, Harley in Pasquerilla West, Kitty in Badin, and Charlie in Walsh. The four were all new residents of their residence halls during the 1999-2000 school year

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Crowd pleaser

By Notre Dame Magazine

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NBC political analyst Tim Russert brought his own erasable marker board – and got a new one as a gift from President Malloy – when he spoke on campus a week after the presidential election. Russert, who used a similar board to sort out electoral college scenarios for viewers on election night, attracted an overflow crowd to McKenna Hall. He talked about his career and his Catholic upbringing in south Buffalo, New York, along with the presidential balloting and recounting, which was then ongoing. “What do I think will happen?” he said. “I don’t have a clue.”…

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A most amazing room

By Lynn Vichick '01

During their sophomore year, roommates Arun Rodrigues and Kevin “Perk” Hennessey covered the entire ceiling of their dorm room with plastic 20-ounce Sprite bottles hanging from their caps.

It was a start.

Junior year they added a waterfall.

This year: American flags, a giant poster for the punk band Dead Kennedys mounted on a motorized roller with remote control, 1,200 Christmas lights, and their crowning achievement — a Chuck E. Cheese-style play pit of colored plastic balls.…

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The residential campus

By Cheever Griffin

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It’s a rainy September evening on Navarre Street about a mile or so south of campus, and the living seems easy. Inside a two-story, rickety-looking house a couple of guys lie stretched on a pair of garage-sale couches watching Dazed and Confused, a decent slacker movie, for about the fifth time. Past them, in what is technically the dining room, a well-worn pool table stands next to a blue chest-high keg refrigerator, with not one but two taps. Deeper inside is a well-lit and spacious kitchen, where a mound of pots, pans, cups and plates rises from the sink. Upstairs, a thinly carpeted hallway separates a series of bedrooms, all of them crammed to the gills with queen-size beds, computer stations, dressers, desks and various knickknacks.…

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine

Joseph A. Cari Jr. ’74, ’78J.D. was appointed national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee for the 2000 elections. . . . NASA’s 17-member astronaut candidate class of 2000 included two Domers from the Air Force: Col. Kevin A. Ford ’82 and Maj. Michael T. Good ’84, ’86M.A. Navy Capt. James Wetherbee ’74

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Seen and Heard Around Campus

By Notre Dame Magazine

At the pep rally the night before the Nebraska game, hyper hoops analyst and Notre Dame enthusiast Dick Vitale predicted a win for the Irish if the team could just give it all they had “for 40 minutes.” That might work for the basketball Irish, but a college football game is 60 minutes long. Then again, 60 minutes wouldn’t have done it either. The Irish lost to the then-top-ranked Cornhuskers 27-24 in overtime. . . . Seemingly more upsetting to students than the loss to Nebraska was seeing acres of red in Notre Dame Stadium. It appeared that many people had sold their tickets to Nebraska supporters, who came decked in the red and white school colors. It was the first regular-season meeting of Notre Dame and Nebraska since 1948, and tickets reportedly were going for as much as a thousand dollars apiece on the Internet auction sites. . . . No connection here, but the Mendoza College of Business has begun offering MBA

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Plans Made Under Stars

By Kathleen Holt

He wants me to join him tonight, when he goes out to kill the slugs. It’s my first hint that such grim duties are part of the landscape of our new marriage.

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I have become the center of the universe

By Elizabeth Apone Salamon

Two pairs of eyes stared intently on me, one set belonging to a large orange feline, the other to a wobbly 6-month old who has recently learned to sit up by herself. Their eyes follow the food from my plate to my mouth with great interest. Even though both cat and baby have been fed first, their greedy gaze seems to begrudge me even this meager lunch of peanut butter and cheese.…

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Driving Miss Saltus

By Sean Vernon

The ad in the paper read: “Driver and companion sought for elderly woman. $150/week and use of car.” I’d just graduated from high school and needed a summer job, so I called and talked to a guy named Jamie, who sounded about my own age and seemed eager to find a replacement. Extremely eager. He’d been on the job for all of three weeks.…

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Websites

By Notre Dame Magazine

Fresh Writing

Winners of the McPartlin Award for Outstanding Writing by a First Year Student have stretched their creative muscles with topics from Plato to popular culture to alcohol use on campus. Those freshmen examples of the write stuff are showcased in Fresh Writing, ( www.nd.edu/~frswrite

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Translating the Dead Sea Scrolls

By John Monczunski

A glance at the periodical rack in any supermarket checkout confirms that the Dead Sea scrolls continue to fascinate the general public 50 years after their initial discovery. Two new books by Notre Dame theology professors and scroll scholars Eugene Ulrich and James Vanderkam make the ancient religious texts more accessible to academics and laymen alike.…

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Books

By Notre Dame Magazine

Filling the Glass: The Skeptic’s Guide to Positive Thinking in Business, Barry Maher ’70, Dearborn Trade. From a hugely successful career in sales to his current niche as a motivational speaking, Mahler has always kept his eyes on the link between a job and personal life. His focus, he writes, “is a sense of wholeness, oneness, relief from the dichotomy between what we believe we should be doing in our careers and our lives, and what we actually find ourselves doing.” Maher was featured in the winter 1999-2000 issue of this magazine.…

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The bookshelf: writers and reading

By Kevin Charles Gibley '89M.A. '95Ph.D.

In the writing classroom, students and I frequently discuss ways to engage readers with what they write. When planning literature classes, I try to choose stories that will connect with student readers. This focus on readership may seem out of step in a world shaped daily by an increasingly digital means of communication. A popular view sees reading books as quaint — an isolated act rather than an engagement in the matrix of the computer age. This view, though, neglects the connection between writer and reader, what Eudora Welty calls “a double act through which [writer and reader] make sense to each other.”…

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DISAPPEARANCE OF AN AUTHOR

By Ralph McInerny

When Ned Doremus cut the Gordian knot and decided to keep his engagement to speak and sign copies of his new book at Notre Dame, reactions were mixed. For two weeks campus bulletin boards had announced the triumphant return of an alumnus who had achieved literary acclaim before turning 30. His biography of Ambrose Bierce was a nominee for the National Book Award, a featured selection of the History Book Club and first alternate of the Book of the Month. Quarter page ads, underwritten by the publisher, had appeared every other day in The Observer announcing a talk on “Disappearance of an Author.” A scheduling conflict and adverse local reaction gave added interest to the prospective event. Professor Petit of the English department who had notoriously been working on Ambrose Bierce for decades accused the former student of stealing his material.…

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A Figure of Speech

By Ed Cohen

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Ask Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly ‘41 how the first TelePrompTer worked and he’ll say, “Barely.”

He should know. He built it. Out of a suitcase. Schlafly was working as director of television research for Twentieth Century Fox in the early 1950s when an actor named Fred Barton walked into the New York office of one of Schlafly’s colleagues at Fox, Irving Berlin Kahn, nephew of the famous songwriter. Barton, who was appearing on Broadway with Henry Fonda at the time in Mister Roberts

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Web extra letters

By Readers

Morrissey mascot

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Sparky, the mascot of the “Dirty Thirty,” resided in the basement of Morrissey Hall from fall 1965 to summer 1967. Here Sparky sits in the lobby of Morrissey with the juniors of the Dirty Thirty in fall 1965.

James T. Barry ’67 sent the picture after reading about the recent change in University policy that allows rectors to keep pets in the residence halls. (See links for story.)…

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From Print Issue

By Notre Dame Magazine

Distant replay

Thanks to Ed Cohen (“Midfielders passing in the night,” Winter 2000-01) for his nostalgic depiction of RecSports soccer. I was the goalkeeper on a law student team that won the faculty-staff-grad tournament at the expense of a previous incarnation of the Illegitimate Sons of Pele. I felt like the author was narrating my own game from several years ago. I can still see the incredulous looks on the faces of those Illegit Sons after they lost to us. It was quite an upset and we were just as stunned at the result. A series of fortuitous forfeits had helped put us through to the championship game that year.…

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