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Quiet Power

By Samuel Hazo '49

The essence of power, most Americans (and indeed most people throughout the world) would say, is strength. And the military might of a nation, they probably would concur, determines how powerful it is.

By this standard, most people regard the United States of America as the most powerful nation on earth for the simple reason that its military assets are second to none.…

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To Redeem the Time

By Daniel Philpott

I have a prayer. It is that my students would become people who would “redeem the time,” in the phrase of the great poet T.S. Eliot.

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The millionaire who lived at the Y

By Ed Cohen

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Orphaned at age 4. Never owned a home. Lived most of his life in a YMCA.

Those biographical details would be unlikely to qualify a person as a hot prospect in the eyes of fund-raisers. So you can imagine the surprise of Notre Dame’s development department when it found out a man fitting just such a description was leaving the University $1.5 million.…

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The Playroom:The Parent Lap

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

Last week I attended a seminar with my daughter, “First Reconciliation Workshop.” The gist was that God has rules just like our parents have rules, and if you break God’s rules He will forgive you and always love you, just as your parents do.

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Our Own Calcutta

By James Foley ’74, ’77J.D.

I still remember the quizzical looks I got in 1974 when I took my newly minted bachelor’s degree in theology and marched naively into law school. The most common reaction was: “So, were you planning on becoming a priest?”

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Joyce Jumble

By Matt Cashore '94

Joyce Jumble

It seemed like the final notes of the Alma Mater had barely stopped echoing after Commencement in the south dome of the Joyce Center before the jackhammers took over. This summer construction crews will transform the Joyce Center Arena into the Purcell Pavilion. In addition to the new name, the arena will get a new main entrance, new seating — no more bleachers — and a general “facelift” for the facility, now in its fifth decade.…

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Abortion and ND, Act 2

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Catholics believe God draws the good from all things, so I wonder: At what other university did an entire student body receive a seminar on the Catholic Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life — and specifically on the “intrinsic evil” of abortion — of the quality that Notre Dame’s students got this spring?

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Dad's quiet lessons

By Dan Murphy ’09

I don’t remember the last time I hugged my father. I don’t remember the last time I told him that I loved him. He’s not a particularly talkative man.

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An Open Hand

By E. Brennan Bollman ’09

In the lingo of work on international poverty, we throw around such catchphrases as implementation strategies, sustainable growth and equitable global partnerships. But in Malis’ room, no catchphrase mattered.

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Blue Skies & Blackboards

By Matt Cashore '94

Blue Skies & Blackboards

Late in every spring semester there is one day when the warming weather becomes irresistible and dozens of classes seem to spontaneously and simultaneously decide to go outside. But what do you do when you need to write equations and calculations on the board? Professor Bill Goodwine and his “Differential Equations, Vibrations & Controls 2” engineering class decided to bring the board with them as they enjoyed the warm weather in the pergola outside Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering.…

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Bookstore Basketball

By Matt Cashore '94

Bookstore Basketball
If you see a butterfly playing basketball, it must be Bookstore Basketball. Just as the NCAA tournament is winding down, Notre Dame launches its own “March Madness” as hundreds of teams compete in the world’s largest 5-on-5 basketball tournament. Some teams take the ‘basketball’ part of the name a little more seriously than others.…

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Producer Walker journeys from stage to screen

By Eric Butterman

You never hear the term “paying your dues” more than in Hollywood. Someone coming off the street and immediately becoming a producer on a major Hollywood picture doesn’t happen too often — unless they’re bankrolling it themselves.

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Sharing our sins

By Andrew Santella

Confession is supposed to be good for the soul, a redemptive change of heart. Public disclosure has also become a hot act in pop culture.

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Can you spare a job?

By Amber L. Travis ’09

How are you surviving the recession? Notre Dame Magazine’s spring intern, Amber Travis, is worried about the job opportunities available to her. Read her remarks (a sneak peek of copy that will be in our spring issue) and share your own recession story in the comments section at the end of the article.

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Bedtime voices

By Anna Nussbaum Keating ’06

Long after I could read on my own, my mother still read aloud to me. My siblings teased me about it, but I was almost in junior high before I stopped climbing the steep stairs to my parents’ attic bedroom every night for an hour of stories about the Holocaust. I would find my mother in a long floral nightgown, her glasses off. She’d have a copy of _Ms._, _The New Yorker_ or _National Review_ pressed close to her face.

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