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A great bookie, a center found

By Kate Bird ’75M.A.

My most cherished memory of my father is seeing him rush out of his home study, finger in a book, eyes alight, reading a passage that enthralled him. I couldn’t always understand why he was so excited, but his enthusiasm was catching.

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Fighting . . . for unborn human life

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

A month before the 2008 presidential election and a day after ND students chose Barack Obama over John McCain 52 to 41 percent in a mock election, students flooded into McKenna Hall to hear law professors Gerard Bradley and Vincent Rougeau answer the question, “What constitutes a sufficient ‘proportionate’ reason to justify a vote for a pro-abortion candidate?”…

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Haunt thee, Notre Dame?

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Growing up, Bryce Chung saw things going up and down the stairs of his home in Hawaii. He’d be at the piano and feel a presence, or play a computer game and catch the reflection of someone behind him in the monitor.

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Jet lag gene

By John Monczunski

Most people feel exhausted and disoriented after they travel quickly across several time zones. Not a problem for Giles Duffield’s special mice.

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Domers calling

By Walton Collins ’51

Over the last four years, Kevin Gaffney ’09 spent the lion’s share of his evenings in a crowded, noisy, third-floor room in Grace Hall where students sit in carrels and telephone alumni, parents and friends of the University to ask for money.

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Water on the moon

By John Monczunski

They say you can’t squeeze water from a stone, but some rocks securely locked away in a safe in Clive Neal’s office prove otherwise.

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Reunion, reflection, renewal

By Angela Sienko

Reunion 2009 offered Ed Stubbing ’64 much more than a chance to see some of his classmates, although he relished the opportunity. “Meeting classmates I hadn’t seen in 45 years was magnificent,” he says.

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Domers in the news

By John Monczunski

Astronaut Kevin Ford ’82 piloted the space shuttle Discovery in August on a mission to bring supplies to the International Space Station. Among the items delivered were a freezer, storage racks, a new sleeping compartment and the Colbert Treadmill, named after TV comedian Stephen Colbert. . . . Martha Larzelere Campbell ’73M.A

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Setting the stage for success

By Eric Butterman

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It all began with music and admiration. Long before Ryan Cunningham ’02 was writing musicals, he was looking up to his older brothers, Kevin and Thomas, as they played piano and sax at the Saint Joseph Summer Theatre in Needham, Massachusetts. He knew he didn’t quite have their talent for instruments, but he diligently built sets for Kiss Me, Kate

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Divining Rod

By Kerry Temple ’74

A few decades ago, when I began reading seriously about our search for the divine in nature, I ran across a quote from John Stewart Collis in The Triumph of the Tree

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Boys ... ARGHHH!

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

While driving around town in my minivan I stop at many lights, park in lots of parking lots, spend hours waiting for children to finish school or other activities. I have a great deal of time to notice the cars around me and read bumper stickers.

I have noticed, just as matter of interest, that you never see a pro-choice sticker on a minivan. I have also noticed a rather popular bumper sticker that reads “Who would Jesus bomb?”…

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The Seed of Exploration

By J. Lee Jacobson

Santa Cruz, in eastern Bolivia, offered plenty of nearby options for an adventurer. Yet six weeks after arriving to begin a new posting there, I still hadn’t left the city once. Why? I was pregnant.

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The order by which people are admitted to heaven

By Brian Doyle ’78

To be admitted without review by committee: children under the age of 12, sixth-grade teachers, the mothers of triplets, janitors, nuns (all religions), nurses, all other mothers, loggers, policemen with more than 10 years of service, Buddhists (see Appendix A).

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The Holy Moment

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The turning point in my long, bumpy and still-unfinished spiritual journey began on a bright summer day when I exited a busy highway outside Sturgis, South Dakota, and headed north into the seemingly infinite horizon of the Great Plains.

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