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Memorial mania

By John Monczunski

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.

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Kill bandits or save people?

By Gere Stowe

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.

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‘Spider’ silkworms

By John Monczunski

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.

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Domers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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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All the world over

By Julie Hail Flory

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.

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The real beauty of moments

By Samuel Hazo '49

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.

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The dead among us

By Mary Haug

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.

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The life you save

By Amy Paturel

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.

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Generation Map

By William Schmitt

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.…

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A new president, a new day

By Kerry Temple ’74

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

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Alumni briefs

By Erik Runyon

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

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One of Our Own: Ernest Sandeen (1908-1997)

By Edward Vasta '52


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.…

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Notre Dame alumni caught in the storm

By Mary Pat Dowling

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

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Domers in the news

By John Monczunsk

*Tom Merriman '84,* an investigative reporter with WJW-TV in Cleveland, won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism. The award honored his investigation into the Cleveland Municipal School District's transportation department, which found millions of dollars in waste, mismanagement, and the use of inflated data in state funding reports. . . . A short story by Tony D'Souza '00MFA,…

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Letters to the editor

By Readers

Editor's note: The letters that appeared in the winter 2005-06 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**)

Footing the bill

** "The Village of Notre Dame" in the Autumn 2005 issue failed to address the upwardly spiraling costs of a Notre Dame education. While the wealthy name buildings after themselves, tuition and fees for one year at Notre Dame rapidly approach the median household income in America. Lowering the shamefully excessive cost of a Notre Dame education should be the first priority of the new president, Rev. John Jenkins, CSC. With roughly 75 percent of all Notre Dame students on financial aid, shouldn't this be converted into lower tuition and fees? If you ask any prospective Notre Dame parent what's more important, affordable tuition or a new lacrosse field, you'd better be ready for an earful.…

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