Spontaneous memorial shrines have become a standard mode of grief expression in modern Western society, says Erika Doss. The Notre Dame professor of American studies notes that the ritual has become commonplace, repeated whenever an unexpected tragedy happens.
You got game? What kind? Choosing your video games, like choosing your friends, may affect the kind of person you become, a study led by Notre Dame Professor Darcia Narvaez with three of her students suggests.
For some students, good grades are an answer to prayer. It turns out that prayer may also be an answer as to why some students get good grades.
As anyone who has ever seen a Spiderman movie knows, spider silk is strong, helpful stuff. The problem is that spiders don’t make enough to be useful.
Most musicians want to share their music but aren’t sure if they can make a living at it. For Anne Heaton ’94, it was curiously the opposite.
Plenty of Domers have made their mark in the world of entertainment. Among all the Domer glitter, however, only two so far have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the entertainment sidewalks of renown along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
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“Endowed undergraduate scholarships continue to be the number-one priority of the current campaign.”
The desire for the comfort of the Grotto, known as one of the most sacred spots on campus, doesn’t fade when students graduate.
You never know where in the world you might find Molly Kinder ’01. For that matter, she’s often not really sure where she’ll turn up at any given time.
One of the qualities that makes a statement unforgettable is that it has the originality of utterance. It seems to spring from necessity, like a scream or an oath, but it is more than that.
Growing up near the Lower Brule and Crow Creek reservations in South Dakota, I heard stories about Native Americans eating meals on family graves. Picnics in cemeteries blurred the line between the living and the dead in ways that seemed dangerously pagan to a little Catholic girl.
I hadn’t learned yet how to stifle my savior tendencies, the compulsive behavior that countered my low self-esteem and made me feel worthy of receiving love.
I am 56 now, and I have come to know that family stories have no endings.
The students I taught when I first entered the classroom almost four decades ago are not all that different from those today, the current crop does possess skills about which I am distinctly disadvantaged.
The poetry of winter at Notre Dame.
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They’re watching Fox News on LaFortune’s big-screen TVs. They’re using cell phones as umbilical cords to double-check decisions with their parents. One professor reports they’re often unnerved about seminar classes, where the goal of lively debate seems to repeal their usual model of avoiding candid disagreements that might hurt someone’s feelings. “They’re deferential, almost to a fault,” says another professor.…
Senior week—those days between the last exam and graduation, when seniors have the run of campus—is an odd time. It is a much anticipated interval of leisure and celebration, but it is shadowed by melancholy. One's undergraduate days are over, never to return.
One day during my senior week, in 1976, I passed up the day's organized activity and went for a final, solitary walk around campus. I ended up on a bench on the "God quad," outside LaFortune. It was a beautiful summer day, and the campus was quiet. As I rested, I asked myself: How had it happened that I had fallen so in love with Notre Dame?…
I came to work at Notre Dame 28 years ago because I believed in the place. I’d had a great undergraduate experience, but it was a document written a few years later by Father Ted Hesburgh, CSC, that got me to commit to a career in South Bend, Indiana.
The statement set the University into its historical context and acknowledged the continuity of institutional life as it had evolved from the vision of its founder, Rev. Edward F. Sorin, CSC…
2006 Alumni Board Election
Candidates will be vying for eight seats on the Alumni Board. They are: Region 3 —Corey Babington ‘94, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Holly Colman ’86, Ventura, California; Region 4—Joseph Pupel ’87, ’90MBA, Plymouth, Minnesota, and Patrick Reis ’85, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Region 7—Patrick McKeever ’61, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and Hugh Sonk ’77, ’79MBA, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Region 10—Patrick Perrella ’90, New York, New York, and Matthew Roy ’88, Sea Girt, New Jersey; Region 14—Paul Christmann ’89, New Orleans, Louisiana, and John O’Brien III…
I knew Ernest Sandeen for almost 50 years, first as a student, then as a faculty colleague. When I came to Notre Dame as a freshman in l948, Professor Sandeen, pictured at right, had been here, in the English Department, for two years. He still wore his World War II Navy crew cut, and he stood straight and square-shouldered, his chin prominent. He chuckled and snuffled a lot in class. My roommate and I had our private nickname for him: Chuckles. Chuckles Sandeen.…
Justin Halls ’05 never expected his career path would depend on which way the winds blew. Newly placed with Teach for America in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, Halls was transferred to Houston in anticipation of a wave of evacuees. Then along came Rita, further displacing students and creating a surplus of teachers. The federally funded Teach for America organization made a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and, five months after graduating from Notre Dame, Halls was managing the FEMA…