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Letter from Campus: The Guide Who Knew Too Much

By Ed Cohen

A group of us staff members were sitting at a table outside the Huddle one day when, loud enough so everyone could hear, Kerry, our editor-in-chief, asked me how long campus tours normally last. An hour and a half, I said, knowing what was coming next.

“Tell them how long yours lasted.”

A short pause. “Two and a half.”…

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The Love We All Need

By Jennifer Moses

I grew up in a big rambling wooden house perched on top of a hill surrounded by woods and streams in McLean, Virginia, the second of four children of assimilated, wealthy, German-Jewish parents.

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Breach of Faith

By Patrick Gaffney, CSC

A few days after the tragic events of 9/11 were seared permanently into our nation’s collective memory, President Bush presented a formal response, standing before the joint houses of Congress, rows of dignitaries and banks of television cameras. With impressive confidence he spoke of the resolve needed in the forceful campaign the United States would undertake against those who were responsible or were abetting this numbing violence. He summoned world leaders to join in an unprecedented global alliance that would uncover, incapacitate and apprehend the agents of such murderous devastation. Then, alluding to the motives underlying this brutality, he asked, “Why do they hate us?”…

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Saving El Salvador

By Michael O. Garvey '74

El Salvador received its unique name when a 16th century conquistador — whether piously or ironically — associated a remote and disappointing Spanish colony with the Savior, the Light that comes into the world whose darkness cannot overcome It.

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Edge of Eternity

By Sonia Gernes

We were not the friendliest of neighbors. When I was introduced to Betty Frost at a neighborhood picnic a few days before I moved into the house next to hers, she struck me as a gray ghost of a woman.

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Stairways to Heaven

By Lawrence Cunningham

As soon as the dust settled at ground zero in New York City and the scope of the 9-11 tragedy became apparent to all, makeshift shrines began to spring up near the site and at adjacent fire houses.

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Khalil F. Matta invesment Q&A

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

He may be a professor of management at Notre Dame, but that didn’t keep Khalil F. Matta ’80M.S., ’82Ph.D. from making what he calls “boneheaded investment decisions.” Although filled with humor, his Thou Shalt Not Invest Foolishly: Confessions of a Business Professor (1st Books) can be almost painful to read, as Matta again and again watches his investments go sour. But out of lemons, he had made lemonade — and investors may profit from a sip.…

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'And Now a Few Words from Our Speaker'

By Richard Conklin '59 M.A.


Last November, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, I gave my 150th or so talk to Notre Dame alumni clubs. I was only 29 years late.

My tardiness that night is one of many stories that grew out of more than three decades of speaking at Universal Notre Dame Nights (later, Notre Dame Celebrations). These annual forays of University staff and faculty to alumni clubs nationwide were started almost 80 years ago as a way of providing some balance to the media-driven football image of the University. In fact, the first Universal Notre Dame Night was broadcast in the early days of radio, emanating on April 24, 1924, from the old Oliver Hotel in South Bend, where the Saint Joseph Valley Club had gathered. Intended for 40 cities in 20 states, the broadcast was marred by weather and by interference from more powerful stations. By 1938, however, the evening was being carried on NBC’s Red Network, introduced by Irish tenor John McCormack.…

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Hornets and Leeches and Frogs,Oh My

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Jeff Morales ’86 is thinking about leeches and maggots. Which is a change from thinking about fearsome frogs or giant hornets. For a guy who loves “being out living in a tent and living in wilderness,” such singular beings are his bread and butter.

Okay, not literally. Morales doesn’t snack on the creatures, he films them. He recently finished his work as producer of Hornets from Hell

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A Life Lived Twice

By Cheever Griffin '90


Chuck Amato Jr. ’70, used to be a lawyer. He used to run marathons. And for no other reason than it was a blast, he used to drop everything he was doing and volunteer at the Olympics. He used to read newspapers. And speak in complete sentences. And not need a roommate to help him get through the day.…

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Prayer books for all occasions

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

While others wake up with a daily blast of caffeine, Father Wilson Miscamble, CSC, relies on the hauntingly familiar Saint Francis prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. “It gets me started in the morning,” says Miscamble ’77M.A., ’80Ph.D., ’87M.Div.

Using the prayers of others, the rector of Moreau seminary says, offers “a powerful instrument for communicating with the Lord.” And prayer books, in his view, can impart an enormous benefit by helping people articulate what may be inchoate thoughts.…

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Spotlights: A Shorter Goliath

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Recently printed Bibles tell us Goliath stood about 6-foot-6 (“four cubits and a span”) — an imposing Philistine, to be sure, but one whose physical existence is easier to accept than the 9-foot-9 (“six cubits and a span”) listed in many earlier translations of 1 Samuel 17:4.

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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

Flag gift

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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