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Daughters trades polarizing politics for sobering dose of reality

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Sexual assault is an exceptionally difficult problem to talk about on the campus of a conscientiously Catholic university. Academic panels and “awareness” weeks have broached the topic in the past but did little to break the culture of silence on sexual matters that, according to many students and some professors, perpetuates some real problems. Then there was the matter of the polarizing play The Vagina Monologues

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Hall portrait: Pasquerilla West

By Laura Vilim ’07

22nd in a series


Hall Portrait: Pasquerilla West
Year Built: 1981
Capacity: 240 (currently overloaded with 264)
Male or Female: Female

They Call Themselves: The Purple Weasels. Before the early 1990s, the women of Pasquerilla West were known as the Plaid Wave and the Pink Wizards.…

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Jilted scholar finds academic home at Oxford

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan resigned his appointment to teach at Notre Dame in December 2004 because the U.S. State Department refused to grant him a work visa, but it did not take him long to find a new job. Two new jobs, in fact.

After an additional year and a half of legal wrangling, the State Department dropped its initial grounds for rejecting Ramadan this past summer.…

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Oasis of hope

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

It’s an odd setting for an interreligious discussion of Christianity and Islam: a barroom on the campus of a Catholic university 11 days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Alcohol, after all, is forbidden to Muslims, and the man whom Campus Ministry has invited to lead this session of its Theology on Tap speaker series is one of Notre Dame’s leading scholars of Islam and an imam at the local mosque.…

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Letter from campus: Weapons Inspection

By Danielle Palkert ’08


No place but Notre Dame. Those commercials during football games are true—once you’ve been here, you never forget it. A Notre Dame education informs the way you respond to the world and the way the world responds to you. It is an education that has taught me that my faith is more than just a part of my identity, it is my identity.…

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Joyce ready for extreme makeover

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

You don’t have to be big to be a great home for college basketball. Take Cameron Indoor Stadium, home to the Duke Blue Devils, which seats 9,314 fans.

That’s about 500 fewer than the projected capacity of the soon-to-be-renovated basketball and volleyball arena in the Joyce Center.

In October, University officials announced a $12.5 million donation from Philip J. Purcell III

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Conference to honor Father John Dunne, CSC

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

“Seeking the Heart’s Desire,” a conference honoring 50 years of John Dunne’s presence on the faculty at Notre Dame will take place March 30–April 1 at McKenna Hall on the Notre Dame campus.

Father Dunne’s career at ND began in the fall of 1957 when he returned from his studies Rome. Thus this event will take place during the 50th year in which he has been a faculty member. This event will gather members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, members of the university community, and Father Dunne’s many friends in a celebration of his contributions to the life of the church and academy.…

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Letters to the editor

By Readers

Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Winter 2006–07 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**)

Moments of Grace

** I enjoyed thoroughly your profile of Grace Hall, except for the suggestion that Grace and Flanner were “anomalies.” I never saw any real evidence for the argument or implication that somehow Grace residents took in less of the Notre Dame experience than occupants of other halls. Notre Dame residential life has always been about the people, not the architecture.…

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Books in print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Defining Dulcie, Paul Acampora ’85 (Dial Books). This debut novel for young adults traces the trips, travails and transformation of 16-year-old Dulcie Morrigan Jones, whose mom moves them from Connecticut to California following the accidental death of Dulcie’s father. Unwilling to leave her old life behind, Dulcie steals her father’s aging pick-up truck and drives across America to her former home. “Offbeat and at times wonderfully funny,” praises the School Library Journal in one of many positive reviews earned by the novel, which will be a Scholastic Book Club selection this year.…

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Web extra: Books in brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

Spearfish Canyon: A Journey Beyond the Rim, text by Paul Higbee ’90M.A., photography by Les Voorhis (Royal Tine Publishing). An intimate view in words and pictures of South Dakota’s canyon tucked in the Black Hills.

A Monastic Vision for the 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Domers in the news

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Michael T. Good ’84, ’86M.S., who joined NASA’s astronaut program in 2000, has been named a member of the space shuttle crew that will be launched in 2008 to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The Air Force colonel is the second Domer astronaut; former astronaut James D. Wetherbee ’74 flew on six shuttle missions. . . . Michael Holston ’84

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Alumni briefs

By the Notre Dame Alumni Association

2006 Alumni Board Election

Candidates are vying for eight seats on the Alumni Board. They are: Region 1—Mary Murphy Moore ’81, Lafayette, California, and Ray Riehle ’84, Orangevale, California; Region 6—Jana Lacera ’96MSA, Highland, Indiana, and Chris Perrin ’83, Springfield, Illinois; Region 8—Darrell Gordon ’88, ’89MSA, Indianapolis, and John G. Leicht ’74, Indianapolis; Region 9—Paul Dillenburger ’71, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lonnie Luna ’78, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Region 13—Catherine Connors ’95MSA, Houston, and Michael McDonald ’97MBA, Mabank, Texas; Region 16—Thomas Lupo ’82, ’85J.D., Chicago, and Mary Ellen Woods ’80, Chicago; and Young Alumni—Katrina Myers ’02, Philadelphia, and Matthew Smith ’03, Boston.…

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Corrections: death listings

By Notre Dame Alumni Association

In the Winter 2006–07 print issue, three people who are still very much alive were listed in the deaths column on page 89. They are:

Stephen M. Batill ’69, ’72Ph.D. (his class year also was listed incorrectly)

Patrick M. Browne ’86

Timothy B. Fagan ’90

The mistakes were the result of a clerical error. The magazine apologizes for the erroneous listings.…

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Where’s Daddy?

By Beth Apone Salamon ’90

My husband called from a business trip, and I asked, “Where are you again?” He laughed, a little unsure of the location. After all, he could be anywhere. Such is the life of a spouse whose partner has achieved airline Elite Status. Jeff even has an Elite Status carpet in his office, a gag gift from a sympathetic colleague.…

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Pick a Star

By Mike Alexander ’72

There is ritual to it, a proper way of doing things. Done wrong, and you will not find your way. Done right, and you may be richly rewarded.

A tripod is set out in the early evening. The telescope is carried out and attached to it, 60 pounds of glass and metal carefully maneuvered over the setscrew as Earth’s shadow passes overhead and the first mothlike stars come glimmering out. I flip a switch, and the device hums to life. An electronic plumb bob in its base responds to the pull of gravity, making it level. A built-in compass senses invisible lines of force, and it turns to magnetic north. A GPS

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Man of Steel

By James McKenzie ’71Ph.D.

When I first came upon the grave I did not understand what I was looking at. The concrete cross flat on the ground bore the raised words “Andrew Posey” on a bronze plate; the sun-bleached little flag in its American Legion shield holder indicated Andrew was a veteran; a tarnished metal disc on a rod with a leaf-encircled star read US World War 1917–1918. A single clay pot of geraniums and the mowed grass told me someone cared for the site, cared for Andrew.…

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Hot August Night

By Kerry Temple ’74

So here you are, up on your feet, standing. You do not remember standing. You do not remember the moment you rose from your seat, rose with the thousands of others, clapping, singing, swept into the rhythmic wave of song and chant and arm-waving joy, the guitar-driven music washing over you, lyrics shouted into the nighttime sky. But here you are—with a full moon glowing softly in the hazy summer sky, out over the river, the trees and fields to the west, Indianapolis skyline to your back, sparkling like a giant, jeweled city—and it feels so very good to be here. Better than you thought it would. Better than you had imagined.…

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The Boss

By Patrick Gallagher ’83

Flipping through channels not long ago, I came upon a PBS pledge drive playing one of those aging-rock-star concerts the network uses to cater to baby boomers. It was a little startling that this time the star was Bruce Springsteen. I still struggle with the idea that Big Bird had conferred Old Fogy status on the Boss.…

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Stuck in a Moment

By Timothy Jacob

Well before Bono and company took the Joyce Center stage on October 10, 2001, the arena was trembling with energy. The crowd on the floor had long since set up camp along both sides of the heart-shaped runways that broke away from the ends of the main stage and rejoined deep within their midst, and as the band struck the opening notes of their upbeat radio anthem “Beautiful Day” from off stage, a sea of indistinguishable murmurs exploded into a wave of screams, whistles and shouts. The capacity crowd, some 12,000 strong, had been awakened, and I couldn’t help but wonder if the Heisman trophies in the upstairs lobby were wiggling their way toward extra yards as the building vibrated with satisfaction.…

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My Kind of Music

By James Seidler ’02

My parents were Deadheads. Sure, they had jobs and a house and drove a Ford Windstar in lieu of a psychedelic bus, but when I was growing up everything was suffused with endless, searching guitar solos and the pot-drenched drone of “Drums in Space.” Summer touring season entailed a weekend spent with my grandparents while my mom, dad, aunts and uncles camped, grooved and lived on grilled cheese sandwiches. The first concert I ever went to was a Grateful Dead show at Chicago’s New World Music Theater—my parents got me the tickets for my 10th birthday—and when Jerry Garcia died, we held a wake at our house, with a T-shirt featuring his face flown up on the flagpole and looping live sets giving us space to mourn.…

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A View from the Classroom

By Donald P. Kommers


The senior undergraduate course in American constitutional law touches a host of moral issues buffeting our country today. This includes abortion, euthanasia, pornography, hate speech, affirmative action, rights of the family, same-sex marriage and the death penalty. Then there are the problems of war and peace, economic justice, environmental protection, church-state relations and the rights of political participation. You might even add stem-cell research and a human cloning to the list.…

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How Catholic the Faculty?

By Richard Conklin ’59M.A.

The Catholic identity of the University depends upon, and is nurtured by, the continuing presence of a predominant number of Catholic intellectuals.

That sentence from Notre Dame’s mission statement is simple to parse grammatically but difficult to parse politically.

The question of just how Catholic are Catholic colleges and universities arose in the 1960s when these institutions moved into the mainstream of American higher education, influenced by the ecclesial “window-opening” of Vatican II. Lay governance became the trend in institutional reorganization, and the key document in defining the contemporary mission of Church-related colleges and universities was the landmark Land O’Lakes Statement orchestrated in 1967 by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC

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The Mission

By John Jenkins, CSC, ’76, ’78M.A.


As a Catholic university, Notre Dame recognizes that it arises “from the heart of the Church"—_ex corde ecclesiae_—and service to the Church is central to its mission. As a Catholic university, we serve the Church in a particular way. This service is multidimensional. It includes the education of students; the advancement of knowledge through research; fostering the integrative role of theology and continuing reflection on faith and reason; and discussion of ethical issues that arise in each discipline.…

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A Way to Stop the Killing

By John Monczunski

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda that killed more than 800,000 people in three months undoubtedly was the most heartrending and frustrating tragedy to occur during Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s tenure as secretary-general of the United Nations. Sadly, that genocide was merely the latest then in a long line of ethnic cleansings and mass murders.…

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A Practicum on Idealistic Theory

By Anthony L. Lang Jr. ’90

In 1978, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a professor of international law at Cairo University, was called to the office of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. While he had some limited experience with political life in Egypt, Boutros-Ghali lived and worked in the world of the academy, far removed from the compromises and conflicts of the “real world.”…

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Global Warning

By Chris Hayes


In May 2003, George Lopez found himself on the phone with an angry Judith Miller of The New York Times. A month earlier, while Lopez was giving an interview on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Miller had been beamed into the show via satellite and proclaimed that the Marines with whom she was embedded in Iraq had found chemical weapons. (This claim later proved to be false.)…

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The Other Side of the Story

By Allert Brown-Gort

At the turn of the last millennium, King Canute of England got his feet wet when the tide insisted on coming in even after he had commanded the sea to stop. Although many people believe that this story proves the extent of the man’s vanity, he was actually trying to prove a point to his courtiers: He could affect the laws of man set by kings but not the laws of nature set by God.…

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America Dreamers

By Jerry Kammer ’71

Bishop Thomas Wenski drew on Catholic social teaching and the Jewish holocaust to put a tight frame around the discussion of illegal immigration during a 2004 conference at Notre Dame on migration and theology.

“I think we can make a summary of Catholic social teaching in one phrase: No human being can ever be considered as a problem,” said Wenski, then chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.…

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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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