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Dust removal not such an easy chore

By Notre Dame Magazine

While most of us think of dusting as a simple matter of wiping with a damp cloth, Patrick F. Dunn, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame, says removing micro-particles from a surface can be much more difficult because the attraction forces are magnified at small scales. The example he gives is of erasing pencil marks from paper. After rubbing a mistake with an eraser, you can blow away most of the bits of rubber. Smaller pieces may require a wipe of the hand. But to extract the smallest pieces from the paper fibers may require gusts at supersonic speeds.…

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The danger of dust

By Ed Cohen

With all due respect to the ’70s rock band Kansas, it may be time to retire “Dust in the Wind” as a metaphor for things transitory and inconsequential.

Dust particles, in their many organic and inorganic forms, are attracting serious and increasing attention from researchers, especially in the health and legal fields.…

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Biblical tax story rendered implausible

By Ed Cohen

In the Bible, when the high priests and others try to trap Jesus into advocating tax evasion, he has a ready answer: Bring the coin required to pay the Roman tax, he says in Mark 12:13-17, Matthew 22:15-22, and Luke 20:20-26.

He then asks whose image is on the coin.

“Caesar’s,” his inquisitors answer, to which Jesus famously proclaims, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.”…

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September 11: Photos

By Ed Cohen and Richard C. McClure

In the wake of September 11, the Notre Dame community responded with prayers and support for victims and rescue workers. Father Malloy said Mass on South Quad, and campus displayed patriotic and mournful messages. Photos by Ed Cohen and Richard C. McClure show Notre Dame’s reaction to the national tragedy.…

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A farewell to card catalog

By Notre Dame Magazine

Crews were expected to begin hauling the library’s card catalog off to storage in September, 2001. It won’t be coming back. The library hasn’t maintained its paper index of holdings since 1987; instead, new entries have been added to the computerized records.

Holding the cards in storage is a precautionary measure in case something important on them didn’t make it into the computerized records. The area of the first floor where the wooden cabinets used to stand will be taken up by materials coming upstairs form the basement, which is being renovated.…

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Corporate recruiters: We love shopping here

By Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame is the favorite place for corporate recruiters to hunt for new MBA graduates, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of recruiters.

The newspaper asked 1,600 corporate recruiters to rate various aspects of the MBA programs at 188 U.S. and 56 foreign business schools. Notre Dame finished first in terms of how well its career services office aided corporate recruiters and placed graduating students. Overall the newspaper rated the Notre Dame MBA

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We always remember

By Jean Ann Kaufman '75 (SMC), '77MBA

There are events in our lives we never forget. The good events live on, are embellished and sometimes become the memories of those who never truly experienced them. We work very hard at remembering the good events in our lives, we collect them and weave them into stories of who we really are.

The bad events are never forgotten. November 22, 1963, was a day all of us in our middle years remember vividly. I was in Mrs. Barter’s 6th grade math class, which was supposed to be science but never was. Mrs. Barter was called out of the room for several minutes, not even long enough for the class to misbehave. When she returned, she said there had been a horrible event and wrote the word “assassination” in her perfect script, centered on the black board.…

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To Look for America

By Carol Szambelan

“And we walked on to look for America,
we’ve all come to look for America."

—Simon and Garfunkel

September 13, 2001

Today as yesterday, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings describe the scene in New York and the reaction around the world, trying to put their words to an American experience we could never imagine.…

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The Power of One

By Dorothy J. Kozak '90

September 11, 2001, is a day that will forever be etched in the minds of American citizens and of humanity worldwide. That single day, one day in the span of a year, in the course of a lifetime, and in the history of our nation, will never be forgotten.

Each of us has individual images that flash into memory. News stations repeatedly showed on particular image, that of a plane crashing into Tower 2 of World Trade Center, over and over again as if to make it real for us. That powerful, single image said more in an instant that thousands of words could capture. And yet, that was only the beginning. If “One is the loneliest number,” as the song says, then one is also the number that simultaneously describes the positive and negative events of the past week. “One” may stand for loneliness, but it also stands for singular courage and for unity.…

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A Letter from Cambodia

By Michael L. Mara, M.D., '86

I went to dinner the night of September 11 in a little thatch-roofed restaurant on the shore of Lake Boeng Koek. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, swelters through September with temperatures and humidity near the century mark. Boen Koek, on the outskirts of this crowded, polluted city, offers a cool evening breeze and good, cheap food. Though the little restaurant seats only about 20, the world is well represented each evening. Local Khmers (Cambodians) dine with ex-patriots and travelers from Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, England, Wales, Germany, France, Canada and America. Incongruously, this bamboo hut, perched over the shallow water on stilts, with no running water and a wood-fired stove, has a television. People of many nationalities gather here to watch the evening news on the BBC

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Climbing a Stairway to Heaven

By Matthew T. Fitzsimmons '75

I have always been proud to be the son of a retired New York City fireman (Marine Co. 9) and brother of a current New York City fireman (Ladder Co. 77). I was born and raised in the tradition and culture of the New York City Fire Department. I am a lawyer in Cleveland.

On the morning of September 11 at the World Trade Center, New York City firefighters demonstrated to the world, in the most graphic manner imaginable, why they are called New York’s Bravest. As tens of thousands evacuated the Twin Towers in mass hysteria, the firefighters, with complete and utter disregard for their own safety, ran into and up the buildings to rescue the injured and others in need of help. It was an extraordinary act of bravery.…

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Now, We Understand

By Tom Varnum '89

Now, we understand.

If we were fortunate to know our great-grandparents, perhaps we listened with a child’s fascination about the “great war.” Terms such as “trench warfare” and “mustard gas” sounded interesting, but we could not grasp the magnitude of what Gertrude Stein called the “lost generation.” Thousands of young men called to action across the ocean to defend countries we barely even knew existed, much less had seen. Maybe it was a long scar, a slight limp or a raspy cough, which brought these memories to the surface. We listened, but we could not comprehend the sacrifice, horror and confusion they must have felt.…

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A Firefighter Plays like a Champion on September 11

By Gerald M. Costello '52

Those of us who live in New York City have been invited to attend the funerals of firefighters lost in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack, since the sheer number of funerals has made it impossible for the full complement of traditional mourners — other firefighters, city officials, and so forth — to be present. And so I found myself at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Nov. 8 for the funeral of Firefighter Durrell Pearsall of Rescue 4, a big man who, I learned, was known as Bronk.…

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Sept. 11: Painful Losses in the Notre Dame Family

By by David Garner '64

It’s six months since September 11th. On that bright, sunny Washington morning, I was driving to the Pentagon for a meeting, listening to the reports of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. As I was at the south end of the 14th Street Bridge, I saw the exploding fireball on the distant side of the Pentagon. One of my daughters, her husband, and their 4-year son saw the plane as it crashed into the building and exploded. How do you explain to a 4-year what has just happened? How do we explain it to each other? I stopped by church on the way home from the office and prayed. Because many know that I am often at the Pentagon, I received many phone calls that night from friends and family checking to see if I was safe. At such times, we seek solace within our families.…

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Sept. 11: The Notre Dame family

By Bill Nowak


On the one week anniversary of the terrorist attacks, I had two gentlemen visit my office. As we were sitting down, they both noticed my computer screen saver that continually scrolls, “God, Country and Notre Dame.” The first visitor asked if I had done this in response to the attacks. I said no, I had installed it the day I set up my computer. The second visitor asked, given the recent circumstances, if would be more appropriate to change the phrase to, “God, Country and Family.” I replied that if he had seen the outdoor Mass held on campus with 10,000 students and faculty in attendance, or if he had been a graduate of Our Lady’s University, he would understand that Notre Dame truly means Family.…

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A day of comfort and support

By Notre Dame Magazine


An estimated 7,000 students and employees gathered on the South Quad for a special Mass the afternoon of the terrorist suicide hijackings, September 11. By late morning all classes and activities had been canceled and a day of prayer had been declared.

At the Mass, Father Malloy began by telling the crowd, “All I know how to do on these kinds of occasions is simply draw from the well of our faith, that death does not have the final word, that God will make all things new, that we can learn the capacity for love in the hope of faith.” He later said, “This is not a time for recriminations, for misdirected blame, but rather for prayer, sympathy comfort and support.”…

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Get back, scalpers

By Notre Dame Magazine

Angela Road has long been a favorite place for ticket scalpers to wave their inventories on football weekends, but if you see any scalpers crowding the curb this fall they’re breaking the law.

In August the South Bend Common Council passed an ordinance banning ticket selling within 50 feet of the streets bounding any property where an entertainment event is taking place. Violators risk a fine of $100 for the first offense, $250 for subsequent offenses.…

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Monogram Club honors Father Riehle

By Noah Amstadter '02


If this keeps up, Father James L. Riehle, CSC, ’49 is going to get a reputation for being gullible.

Which would be a step up from his previous reputation: cheap-shot artist.

At the end of April, the athletic department surprised its 76-year-old chaplain with an honorary brunch in the Monogram Room. During the meal it was announced that the intramural field behind Stepan Center had been renamed Riehle Playing Field in his honor.…

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Too many star students

By Jill Boruff '02

It used to be that a high grade-point average was all that was needed to make the Dean’s List or graduate with honors at Notre Dame. Not anymore.

Concerned that the honors were losing their meaning because so many students were attaining them — and that it appeared easier to earn honors in some colleges than others — the University has decided to switch to a percentage-based system.…

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Endowment weathers stormy markets

By Notre Dame Magazine

After leading the nation in 1999-2000, Notre Dame’s investments posted impressive returns again in fiscal 2000-2001, even if they were negative.

The endowment finished the 12 months ended June 30 — a brutal period for stocks, especially tech stocks — down 7.56 percent from a year earlier to approximately $3.2 billion. During the same 12 months, the NASDAQ

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Tuition, room and board edge past $30K

By Notre Dame Magazine

The yearly cost of studying and living at Notre Dame as an undergraduate surpassed the $30,000 mark this year for the first time.

Ironically, the price threshold was crossed as a consequence of the smallest increase in tuition and room and board in more than 40 years.

For 2001-02, undergraduate tuition is $24,320 and room and board costs $6,210. Last year’s total was $29,100, a difference of $1,430 or 4.9 percent. Percentage-wise, the increase is the narrowest since 1959-60, when prices were unchanged from the previous year.…

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A new MSA program

By Notre Dame Magazine

The business college launched a revised Master of Science in Administration degree program this past summer.

The MSA degree, a kind of MBA for administrators of nonprofit groups, started out in 1954 as a way for religious brothers, sisters and priests in administrative positions in Catholic education to attain needed business skills. The program later expanded to include religious and lay administrators of hospitals.…

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Library auditorium renamed for landmark benefactor

By Notre Dame Magazine

The renovated Hesburgh Library auditorium has been renamed for William J. Carey ’46 of Dallas, whose $16 million benefaction, received last year, stands as the largest estate gift in Notre Dame history.

Half of the Carey gift is being used to help finance a long-term renovation of the library, beginning with the basement. Other portions of the benefaction have been used to establish a scholarship fund in his memory and to assist the Erasmus Institute, which sponsors scholarship grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition.…

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Hall Portrait: Sorin

By Notre Dame Magazine


Year Built: original section, 1888; wings, 1897; porch, 1905

Named for: Notre Dame founder Father Edward Sorin, CSC.

Capacity: 154 (third-smallest)

Male or Female: Always a men’s dorm

They Call Themselves: Screaming Otters or just Otters

Distinguishing features: Giraffe-friendly ceilings on three upper floors (19 feet on the first) with huge rooms in four corner turrets; large front porch with dual swings, one of them reserved for smokers (as is half the porch); mixed-blessing proximity to Sacred Heart Basilica (bells).…

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The Impact of the Generations Campaign

By Kerry Temple ’74

Salvatore J. LaPilusa ‘41 came to South Bend from Bayonne, New Jersey, as a freshman in the fall of 1937. It was his first time away from home. His father, a bricklayer, had come to America in 1912; his mother, a seamstress, had come in 1914. Young Sal traveled alone by train to the Midwestern city, then took the trolley up the hill from downtown. “Seeing the dome,” he recalls, “made my heart pound faster.” He checked into freshman hall, roomed with a kid from Denver in a hothouse little cubicle with steel bunks and no chairs. Sal wanted to be a doctor. The tuition that year, he figured, was $25 per week — his father’s weekly pay. His two older sisters worked to help get Sal through school.…

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Playing Around: Letter from campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.


It’s a clear July Saturday morning, and on a grassy area just south of the Hesburgh Library reflecting pool, two young men practice the thrust and parry of swordplay. As I watch, a young woman in a long medieval gown accosts me. “Wouldst thou like a potion?” she asks, smiling, “a love potion?” I shake my head no. “Then perhaps,” she says, taking a critical look at me, “a beauty

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine

Mike Ferguson ’91 was elected to Congress for the first time in the November 2000 elections. He represents north-central New Jersey’s 7th District. . . . H. David Prior ’69J.D. was selected by President Bush to be general counsel in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. . . . Ann Laine Combs ’78

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Seen and Heard

By Notre Dame Magazine

Is Notre Dame becoming the place to go? The University had to add instructors and sections of core classes this fall because of a surprise windfall of freshmen. The Class of 2005 was expected to number 2,035 — the largest ever — because a record 61 percent of admitted applicants elected to enroll. All universities admit more applicants than they have room for because they know many will choose to enroll elsewhere (or nowhere). The percentage of admitted students who actually enroll is called the “yield.” Notre Dame’s yield has been climbing gradually the past six years, from 49 percent in 1995 to 57 percent in 2000. A 58 percent yield was forecast for this year. The surprise jump to 61 percent resulted in an unanticipated 100 extra freshmen. Enough dorm space existed to accommodate them all (with study lounges converted to rooms), but some transfer students had to be sent apartment hunting. Only four other universities are known to have yields higher than 60 percent: Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Stanford. . . .…

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Making the Most on Film

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The women and a few men in the line look calm and hopeful. Most of their children, dark brown eyes wide with curiosity, bear signs that the poor of Mexico often believe is punishment for sins past: a cleft lip, an ugly scar, a burn mark.

Gina Vecchione ’97 and her sister, Ané, grew up hearing about these children from their father, Dr. Thomas Vecchione ’63. They also heard about the trips he and other volunteer members of the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team made to correct some of these medical and surgical problems. So in October 1999, the sisters went with the MOST

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