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Red states, blue states, black and white

By Kerry Temple ’74

What’s to be done about the impact of 21st century immigration patterns on the American landscape? What can the United Nations do about keeping peace and averting disasters in today’s world? Why did a couple of Notre Dame professors seek the truth about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and how did they become international experts on the effect of sanctions in policing the world? What does Notre Dame’s Catholic character mean to those who work, study and teach here—even the University’s Islamic community?…

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The Inspired Teacher: Frank O'Malley

By George McClancy '52

On the second day of the events described in Plato’s Symposium, Alcibiades crashes the party and is led to deliver a speech in praise of Socrates as a teacher. Alcibiades warns his audience not to listen to anything Socrates has to say because he will cast a spell that will shame those who hear him away from lives of happy enjoyment and into the austerities recommended by philosophy.

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A Year in Angers

By Phyllis B. Moore

The first and only time I sail for France I am 18 years old, nearly fearless and eager for new adventures. I will have to deal with my shyness around meeting new people, but I am ready to conquer this demon and expand my horizons.

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A Champion of Reform

By Chris Eckl '56

Not too long ago, I noticed a book, A Concise History of the Catholic Church, in the reading room at my parish church—St. Thomas à Becket in Reston, Virginia.

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Calling Home

By Thomas V. Chema ’68

It’s been more than 40 years since my folks dropped me off at Cavanaugh Hall with just two suitcases. I didn’t think much about being a first-generation college student that day. I was just thrilled to be at Notre Dame.

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The Girls of Autumn

By Sheila Sullivan McIntyre

They came from Rosary, Barat, Mundelein, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and a dozen other “satellite” women’s colleges. In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, they were the daughters, sisters, cousins, friends and high school sweethearts of Notre Dame men.

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Notre Dame Alumni Briefs

By Alumni Association

Alumni Association Awards

Rex Rakow ’82MSA, director of the Notre Dame Security Police Department since 1985, was presented the James E. Armstrong Award for distinguished service to the University shortly before his death March 7 after a long illness. He joined the NDSP in 1979 as assistant director, having previously been director of campus safety at Albion College in Michigan. Rakow, 55, served as president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators from 1993 to ’94. He earned his bachelor’s degree in police administration from Indiana University and completed the FBI

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Pirates and Wookies and Orcs, Oh My

By By Eric Butterman


Imagine you find your home in the Alaskan Yukon territory, with a bitter wisp of cold that never seems to end. For Casey Dame ’92, the coldness could be found inside as well. The first five years of his life were spent in a foster home while he dreamed that a kindhearted family might add him to their loving brood. In that time, other dreams emerged—dreams of monsters, dragons and spaceships, the kinds of things numerous children believe in but must eventually put aside in adulthood, when the real world of the 40-hour work week firmly takes hold.…

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Magazine choices: Books and CDs

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.


Stigma, Philip Hawley Jr. ’74 (HarperTorch). This fast-paced debut thriller moves between Southern California and the rain forests of Central America as Luke McKenna, a doctor with an enigmatic past, searches for the cause of a Mayan boy’s death. What he uncovers instead are signs of a global conspiracy with overtones of medical mayhem and murderous enemies he must evade. The author is a pediatrician in Los Angeles who has done volunteer work among remote Indian tribes in Central America.…

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Books in Brief—web extra

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Cave of Candles: The Story Behind Notre Dame’s Grotto, Dorothy V. Corson (Evangel Publishing House). Along with a history of the grotto and the people, events and stories associated with it, the book also offers tales of the history, spirit, legend and lore of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Photographs and painting illustrate the book. More information can be found at

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Domers in the News

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Unknown, a suspense film written by Matthew Waynee ’95 about five men locked in a warehouse with no recollection of who they are or how they got there, was recently released in theaters and is now available as a DVD. The film, whose stars include Greg Kinnear and Jim Caviezel, has been described as Memento

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Letters to the editor

By Readers

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

Religious differences
* *It was nice to read in “Oasis of Hope” (Winter 2006–07) how small groups of Catholic and Islamic students can get along. The expression, “Every journey begins with a single step,” comes to mind.…

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Prayercasts package ND spirituality

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Campus Ministry is good at keeping up with changes in communication technology. Now it is inviting Domers to keep up with the prayer of the Church by visiting

On Ash Wednesday—February 21—Notre Dame spirituality became downloadable from the new website in 20-minute “prayercasts.” The audio-only files, accessible through most computers and MP3 players, include readings, psalms, a homily from a Holy Cross priest and the kind of sacred music many will remember from the 11:45 Sunday Folk Choir Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.…

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Hall Portrait: Pasquerilla East

By Tim Dougherty ’07


23rd in a series

Hall Portrait: Pasquerilla East

Year Built: 1981

Capacity: 250 (currently overloaded at 268)

Male or Female: Female

They call themselves: Pyros. In the 1980s, they called themselves the Purple Elephants to match the hall initials. The name was changed to the Pyros in an effort to claim the title of “hottest dorm on campus.”…

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Student Film Lampoons Roseland Politics

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

A piece of local political circus generated more than the usual buzz around the annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival.

Welcome to Snyderville, which took its name from the greeting on the road sign for Roseland’s Pizza King restaurant, captures the zero-tolerance approach to municipal governance espoused by Roseland Town Council member David Snyder and his wife, former town council president Dorothy Snyder, who works at University libraries.…

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Scrabble Club channels a passion

By John Nagy ’00M.A.


Take your time on this one—up to 25 minutes if you like: What’s a “cooee"?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary online, it’s an attention-getter, a call beckoning others to come, a Down Under colloquialism that out in the bush can take the place of “hello.” Word lovers dazzled by the flexibility of English may like to know that the word derives from the language of the Australian aborigines and found our tongue shortly after James Cook claimed New South Wales for the crown. To Americans, it would mean something like “within shouting distance.”…

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ND ASK: Student coalition targets Indiana’s death row

By Laura Vilim ’07

When Catholics discuss their Church’s commitment to the protection of human life in all its forms, many focus on beginning-of-life issues and neglect the end-of-life ones.

Notre Dame senior Will McAuliffe and junior Andrea Laidman are seeking to bridge this divide through the creation of a student campaign against the death penalty in Indiana. The pair founded Notre Dame Against State Killing (NDASK

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Seen and Heard on the Notre Dame Campus

By Spring 2007

Richard C. Notebaert, the Denver, Colorado-based chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International Inc., was elected the sixth chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees in February. His three-year term begins July 1. An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in business administration, Notebaert is no newcomer to the University. His election follows 10 years of service on the board, for which he chairs the University Relations and Public Affairs and Communications Committee. He is also one of the University’s 12 fellows, the top governing body of the University that consists of six Holy Cross priests and six lay members. The fellows elect the trustees, adopt and amend bylaws and are charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character, a priority Notebaert emphasized in the announcement of his new responsibilities. Notebaert has been widely praised in the telecommunications industry for resurrecting Qwest, then one of the four Regional Bell Operating Companies, from financial ruin since joining the firm as its top executive in 2002. He also serves on President George W. Bush’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He succeeds Patrick F. McCartan, an 18-year veteran of the Board of Trustees who served as its chairman for the past seven years. . . . Notre Dame may have lost

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A Partnership with the Poor

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

In the global fight against extreme poverty, the most important weapon may be humility.

Such is the hypothesis of Father Robert Dowd, CSC, ’87, the political scientist charged with leading Notre Dame’s distinctive involvement in a serious international push to eradicate global poverty by 2025.

Dowd, a scholar of East African political culture, is the director of the Notre Dame Millennium Development Initiative (NDMDI

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My Blooming Bed of Conflict

By Anne Trubek

I started my wildflower garden six years ago. My husband and I bought a house, and it needed a new septic tank. The contractors dug up the east side, tearing up the grass. They left dirt. I decided to cast seeds on top of the sewage. Then, a year later, with the raw dirt, one-year perennial starts and a 2-year-old, my husband left me.…

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Holy Water

By Douglas Stephen Curran ’00MFA

It is my duty to open the lake house this year without my father, my first time without him. It won’t be easy. The challenge is getting the water started after a frigid winter of dormancy during which pipes improperly drained the previous fall may have cracked. Cracks and breaks destroy the vacuum the pump seeks to make in order to draw water from the well. It’s a question of pressure. If a certain measure of pressure cannot be established and then maintained by the system of pump, valves and exposed copper piping, there’s no water.…

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My Enemy Within

By Stephen W. Kelley ’86

The scene could not have been more fitting. As the lights were being turned out on what was a nearly empty gym, there stood 10-year-old Sean Guthrie, looking more prizefighter than point guard, with bloodstained teeth and an upper lip about twice its normal size. I watched as he slowly—reluctantly, really—shuffled off the darkened basketball court. Moments earlier, I had tried in vain to find just the right words to send a ragtag collection of fifth graders off after our season-ending loss. All season I had tried to teach them about sportsmanship, teamwork and maybe a little about basketball. Little did I know what I would receive in return.…

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Leonard Will Go Home

By Melissa Musick Nussbaum

My father-in-law sent four sons to Notre Dame and helped send five grandchildren as well. He did not attend college himself. He went to war, enlisting the day after his high school graduation in 1944. Leonard joined in the Navy and was sent to the Pacific theater. This much we always knew.

Leonard told us he was a cook in the Navy, and so he was. He liked to brag about cooking pancakes and eggs, hundreds of them, flipped and scrambled for the waiting sailors. Mostly, though, he did not talk about the war. He was not one to reminisce, not like my husband’s Great-Uncle John, who sat on his sister’s front porch and told us stories of his time in France during World War I. Uncle John was animated, glad to have an audience, telling us about the trench rats able to detect poisonous gas before the soldiers. He was fine until he mimed taking the gas mask and placing it on his face. Then his hands began to shake and his voice to tremble and he could not go on.…

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Working Hard for a Living

By Hannah Storm ’83

What am I doing here? Sitting breathlessly while listening to Maya Angelou read her poetry while she is seated directly across from me or embracing the sudden onset of emotion after placing a wreath on the tomb of a soldier at Arlington National Cemetery or discussing America’s fight against terrorism with Condoleezza Rice on the anniversary of 9/11. These are some of the moments that I have been lucky to be a part of because of my job as a network news anchor, but it would be disingenuous if I didn’t say that it wasn’t just hard work that got me to the great place where I am now.…

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Musings of a Mormon: Reflections on My Time at Notre Dame

By Alonzo L. Gaskill ’95 M.A.

I recently attended a theological conference in Missouri. As I drove down a residential street near my childhood home I passed a house with a Notre Dame flag in the front yard. I was immediately seized by an almost overwhelming desire to stop the car, walk up to the house and introduce myself. It was as though I had found a long-lost cousin who I knew would be happy to see me. Most Notre Dame alumni will relate to what I was feeling. Once you’ve attended Notre Dame you forever feel a connection with and love for fellow alumni and for this great institution.…

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The Amazing World of Vittorio Hösle

By John Monczunski


So here I am sitting at a table across from Vittorio Hösle in Grace Hall’s Café de Grasta, drinking a cup of coffee, wondering why he doesn’t intimidate me. Clearly he should. Several professors have told me that Hösle is hands down the smartest person they have ever encountered, “an extraordinary intellectual, the kind one meets once or twice in a lifetime,” in the words of Mark Roche, dean of arts and letters.…

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