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The Spirit of Notre Dame campaign

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The University announced in May that it was engaged in the largest fund-raising effort in the history of higher education. The Spirit of Notre Dame campaign, the most comprehensive such effort in school history, seeks $1.5 billion. About 59 percent—$887 million—had been raised toward the goal at the time of the announcement.…

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A Center for Social Concerns sampler

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns supports a breadth of experiential and service-learning opportunities for students. Some of the more visible include:

Urban Plunge—A 48-hour winter seminar that introduces students to problems faced by American cities and their residents. The center currently lists 32 plunge sites in 26 cities from Boston to San Diego.…

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Letter from campus: The news from Blacksburg

By John Nagy ’00M.A.


On a rare, sunny April morning that had followed a lot of unseasonably cold ones, I sat in my office at the magazine thinking about our student advisory board. I had convened them a few evenings before, and, munching pizza and arguing amiably about cover art and feature content, we’d had our usual lively discussion about things Notre Dame.…

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Notre Dame Unplugged

By Andy Burd '62

A few days after commencement and a week after The Spirit of Notre Dame fundraising campaign was announced publicly Notre Dame Magazine brought together the University’s three highest ranking officers for a candid conversation about Notre Dame — its strengths and weaknesses, where it wants to go and how it intends to get there.

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The State of the University

By Kerry Temple ’74

My first job at Notre Dame was as a development writer for the Campaign for Notre Dame. I started on Halloween 1977. In early 1981, the books closed on this fund-raising effort, with $180 million raised toward the $130 million goal. It was a staggering sum to those of us in development in those days, and a stunning achievement we were all proud of. So I was surprised one day when two department heads came to my office and said, “Now that the campaign is over we have no need for a development writer.”…

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There for Each Other

By Jerry Kammer ’71


The June ceremony that marked the induction of Philip S. Gutierrez ‘81 to the federal bench in California’s central district was filled with a round of relaxed remembrance and storytelling by touchstone figures in his life.

There was the federal judge who had hired Philip’s mother, a divorced mother of four, to be his courtroom clerk and had known Philip as a youngster. There was an old law partner, now a judge, who, after noting what she called “a real spark in this man,” had encouraged him to become a judge. Then came others who hailed him for his penetrating legal mind, his devotion to his family and his work as chairman of the California Judges Association’s Committee on Judicial Ethics.…

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Prescription for Aspiring Doctors

By Angela Sienko

On a warm, autumn morning in 2005, as other students joined in the pageantry of a football Saturday on the Notre Dame campus, sophomore biology major Susan Yanik headed to a medical lecture. She was the only student who did.

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Cafe Choice web extra

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Cruel Choices, Charles O’Brien ’51, ’52M.A. (Severn House Publishers). The sixth in the author’s series of historical mysteries featuring Anne Cartier is set in the grim underworld of Parisian prostitution. As Cartier tries to track down a missing country girl in Paris, she discovers a network of brothels, pimps and corrupt policemen who traffic in human flesh. “Fans who have come to expect O’Brien’s well-pitched historical details will not be disappointed,” notes the review in Publisher’s Weekly.…

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One Hundred and Three Steps

By Patrick Hannon, CSC, '88M.Div.

Chapter from The Geography of God’s Mercy: Stories of Compassion and Forgiveness (ACTA Publications)

By Patrick Hannon, CSC, ’88M.Div.

If you were to ask any of my brothers and sisters what they liked most about staying over at Grandma’s house on Trestle Glen in Oakland as kids, they would give you the same answer that I would: sleeping in her bed. Second maybe only to the womb, it was—at least on this side of Paradise—a place of great peace and happiness. Sleeping with Mom and Dad as a child rarely offered such lasting comfort. Dad’s feet were too cold, and he snored with such force that family legend has it that as a boy his own brothers made him sleep out in the barn on warm nights, much to the dismay of the cows and the chickens.…

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Director follows two brothers to war

By Bridget O'Connell Collins '97


Notre Dame alums who returned to campus for reunion this spring got a special screening of a rough cut portion of Brothers at War, a documentary directed by Jake Rademacher ’97. The film depicts the journey of a young filmmaker who immerses himself in one Iraqi and three U.S. combat units.…

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Filmmaking professors mix fright with fun

By Dan Rafter


We all know about bad babysitters. They talk on the phone all night, raid the refrigerator and invite their friends over. What would horror movies and urban legends be without these irresponsible teens?

But what if you had the worst babysitter ever? What if Death itself, the infamous Grim Reaper, showed up on your front porch, scythe and all, and your parents went out to dinner anyway?…

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Comic gets serious about romance

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.


Comedian Michael Somerville ‘94 has a new gig—relationship columnist for Glamour Magazine. "Jake: A Man’s Opinion" has been part of the magazine since the 1950s and has been written by a series of single men over the years, but this is the first time the columnist is not anonymous.…

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Salting Away Greenhouse Gas

By John Monczunski

About 40 percent of all the carbon dioxide pollution produced in the United States today comes from the coal-fired power plants that make half the nation’s electricity. Currently, power companies aren’t required to remove CO2 from their smokestacks. If they were, conventional technology would add about 30 percent to your electric bill.…

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Keeping the Squad Cars Running

By John Monczunski

It’s not a good thing for law enforcement if police cruisers won’t cruise. With increasing regularity, that has been happening at the South Bend Police Department and other departments across the country. All too often squad cars are mysteriously becoming victims of dead batteries.

It turns out the culprit killing the cars is the copious amounts of high-tech crime-fighting gadgetry that have been installed in recent years. The typical police car may be fitted with as much as $20,000 worth of electronic gear, including a laptop computer, video camera, alarm, one or more two-way radios and a global positioning system. All these items cause a colossal drain on the car’s battery.…

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Sizing Up Eating Disorders

By John Monczunski

People naturally wonder how they stack up against the competition. It’s human nature. We do it to evaluate ourselves, and, if we believe we are “better” than others, to affirm ourselves. But if a young woman’s “sizing up” behavior is extensive and excessive, it may be a sign that she has a problem with anorexia or bulimia.…

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Archaeology on Notre Dame Avenue

By John Monczuski


Deb Rotman and her students dig the Irish in South Bend. Literally. The Notre Dame historical anthropologist, who studies Irish immigration, conducted the department’s archaeology field school this summer at 602 N. Notre Dame Avenue, the 19th century homestead of Rose and Edward Fogarty.…

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Paying the Price

By Kerry Temple ’74

Congratulations. You got in. Or your son or daughter got in—one of the 1,985 fortunate ones to enroll at Notre Dame from among the 14,430 applicants. That’s a huge accomplishment. Given the competition and the narrow gateway and the impressive profiles of those who made it and those who didn’t, the achievement is pretty awesome.…

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A hardcover thank-you card

By Angela Sienko


“We’re Glad You’re Here” read the sign draped on the South Dining Hall when the first women undergraduates enrolled at Notre Dame in 1972. Thirty-five years later, almost one hundred of them returned to campus in August to deliver a message of their own: “We’re glad you were there.”…

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O brothers, where art thou?

By Julie Hail Flory


To the uninitiated—and, perhaps, unenlightened—it may seem among the most morbid of vocations. A task best left unconsidered. Brother Clarence Breitenbach, CSC, has his own perspective.

“I dig the graves,” he states quite simply of his service at the Holy Cross community cemetery, where he has worked since 1967. He maneuvers an old backhoe, and at times a shovel, to hollow out the final resting places for members of the religious and academic community who have died during his tenure.…

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How to say 'home run' in Uzbek

By John Monczunski

If you miss the ball, it’s a strike. And if you strike the ball, it’s a hit. And if the pitcher misses the strike zone, it’s a ball.

But isn’t he throwing a ball always?

Ahhh . . . yeah. This is all very confusing, I know.

—Conversation at Coveleski Stadium

While the nuances of baseball may have gotten slightly lost in translation, most of the 55 foreign-language teachers from 20 countries seemed enjoy their foray into American culture at South Bend’s Coveleski Stadium.…

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Irish motor pool toeing green

By John Nagy ’00M.A.


When the British rock band Queen recorded “I’m in Love with My Car”—its sensual, satirical paean to the muscle machines popular in the 1970s—it sure as Shinola wasn’t singing about the Toyota Prius.

Times have changed, and so has the feel most consumers have for their automobile. Pumpin’ pistons are out, energy efficiency and low emissions are in. So in January, Notre Dame took an experimental step toward an all-hybrid motor pool when it took delivery on a Toyota Prius after nine months on a waiting list.…

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Notre Dame Hall Portraits: Knott Hall

By Errin Nekvasil


Knott Hall

Year Built: 1988

Capacity: 240 (currently overloaded with 257)

Male/Female: Female until 1997; male since

They Call Themselves: The Juggerknotts or the “Juggs” for short. The men of the hall first petitioned to be dubbed the “Beavers,” but the administration rejected that request for the preferred—and pithier—Juggerknotts. Their colors are a bold orange and navy blue; at home football games the Juggs don orange beanies. When Knott was a women’s hall, residents called themselves the Knott Angels. Fittingly, their mascot was an angel with a devilish grin who carried a pitchfork but was graced with a halo.…

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Letters to the editor Autumn 2007

By Readers

Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Autumn 2007 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**).

Children of divorce

**Thank you for publishing the article “Breach of Faith” by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski. The article presented a compassionate and hopeful perspective on the detrimental effects of divorce and separation on children. I’m glad to see Notre Dame making an effort to address this issue and to be open about the pain caused due to the actions of parents. In many ways, my experience matched the author’s. During my time at Notre Dame my parents underwent a tense time in their marriage, resulting in a separation. The fallout resulted in much emotional upheaval in my life. Unfortunately, the religious individual to whom I turned for counseling refused to listen to my story, which felt like further rejection and isolation. I still carry this experience with me.…

Read More There's no place like the home page

By John Nagy ’00M.A.


Visitors to the University’s website home page on the morning of August 28 didn’t find the familiar navigation menus, plain white background and images of campus they’ve seen since that basic lineup was first formulated in 1997. Instead, they were greeted by . . . the smiling face of chemistry Professor Olaf Wiest?…

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Letters from Campus: Kids these days

By Robert Schmuhl ’70


The student seemed one discouraging word away from tears. Looming class assignments, snowballing extracurricular demands and a festering bout of homesickness had collided to create a case of First Semester Anxiety.

“I’m not sure I can make it,” she confessed, avoiding direct eye contact.…

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Learning your math lessons too well

By John Monczunski

Okay class, solve this problem: 1+2+3=1+___. Pencils down. When you were 9 years old chances are you ignored the equal sign and added up all the numbers, arriving at the wrong answer of 7, or you added only the numbers to the left of the equal sign, incorrectly giving you 6, says Notre Dame cognitive psychologist Nicole McNeil. The equal sign would have been a mystery.…

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Notre Dame's Media Magnets

By John Nagy ’00M.A.


They take calls about lips on Valentine’s Day, the cross on Easter and gas prices on Memorial Day weekend. They share expertise on solar power and lunar landings, Woody Guthrie and Irish dance, Church politics and selective conscientious objectors. They appear for live interviews on CNN

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