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Born to be mild

By James Patrick Kelly ’72

Every year some 5,000 Americans die on motorcycles. For 57 relatively sane years, I had absolutely no chance of becoming one of them. But last summer I took a detour to the wild side and decided to buy my first bike

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The right people in place

By Julie Hail Flory

Amid years of change at Notre Dame, one principle has remained constant, according to University leaders. Behind every truly great university is an excellent faculty.

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All aboard Flight 103

By Liam Canny ’89

On December 21, 1988, at approximately 1900 GMT, Pan American World Airways Flight 103 pushed back from the gate at Terminal 3 and began its ill-fated journey from London’s Heathrow International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

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Paper art a cut above

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Batill
When one of her friends had a baby, Nicky Batill ’96 would produce the perfect gift to hang on the nursery wall: layered paper art scenes depicting the child’s name or initials, or maybe a fanciful depiction of a giraffe, elephant or cow.

After years of giving her paper art as gifts, Batill finally took the advice of those on the receiving end. “I think it was the 100th person who said ‘You really should sell these,’” she says, that finally convinced her to market the original artwork.…

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The natural goodness of dogs

By Jake Page

Dog lovers have long believed in the virtues of man’s best friend. Now scientists are giving closer attention to the canine’s sense of fair play, empathy, and self-awareness.

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Winter baby woes

By John Monczunski

Social scientists have found that children born during the winter months have a more difficult time in life than those born during the rest of the year. While there are many examples of successful people born in winter, winter children seem to get shortchanged quite a bit.

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The origin of species

By John Monczunski

Somewhere Charles Darwin must be smiling over the article that appeared in the February 6 edition of the journal Science. In it, Notre Dame biologist Jeff Feder and his colleagues present evidence that suggests new species may evolve in response to changes in other species.

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Molecular movies combat AIDS

By John Monczunski

Notre Dame’s Jeffrey Peng is a filmmaker of sorts, but you won’t see his work at your local multiplex theater any time soon. The biggest fans of the assistant professor of biochemistry’s work are pharmaceutical chemists who design drugs.

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What’s behind a giving heart?

By John Monczunski

“Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,” the _Gospel of Mark_ reports Jesus said to a would-be disciple. Over the millennia, however, despite at least 99 other biblical verses encouraging generosity, the vast majority of Christians historically have fallen far short of that ideal. So why don’t Christians follow this teaching more faithfully? The discrepancy between stated belief and behavior intrigues Notre Dame sociologist of religion Christian Smith and led him, with Michael Emerson and Patricia Snell, to explore the phenomenon. They write about it in their recent book, _Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give More_.

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Beyond Roe reversal

By John Monczunski

As important as reversing _Roe v. Wade_ may be to ending abortion in the United States, overturning the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made the procedure legal throughout the country would probably have a smaller effect than most people realize. Consequently, a much broader political strategy is needed, argues Joseph Wright, a Kellogg Institute visiting fellow.

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The Mayor of Notre Dame

By Bill Moors

Chris Paladino is especially known for his hugs, even though he resisted touch and demonstrated some autistic-like behavior as a child.

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Opening Day

By Matt Cashore '94

Opening Day, Eck Stadium
Play ball! The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ball State Cardinals line up for the national anthem at Eck Stadium. The baseball team opened its home season on St. Patrick’s Day under sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures.
Photo by Matt Cashore…

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Rylie, Age 5-1/2

By Walton Collins ’51

She twirls and pirouettes, flinging her arms wide, face tipped to the sky. An ocean breaker rolls in, flattening as it bumps its way up the beach but sending her scrambling backward with a squeal. She grasps my hand and we chase the retreating water back to the sea.

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Unbalanced: Love letters

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

At some level, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse and Joaquin Phoenix, to choose just three primo examples of celebrity wackos, must revel in the jabs about their messy life choices. ’Cause they just keep doing whatever bizarre things they keep doing.

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Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

By John Monczunski

Ash Wednesday has always been my least favorite holy day. I’ve disliked it from the time I was a kid, growing up in the 1950s in a Polish-Italian-Irish parish on Chicago’s far northwest side.

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Re-reading The Moviegoer

By Andrew Santella

Each year around this time, during the run-up to Ash Wednesday, I go to Mass with Binx Bolling, the philosopher-rake who narrates Walker Percy’s 1961 novel, The Moviegoer.

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The 2008 Autograph Bowl

By Mark and Maria Easley

My wife, Maria, and I were on a mission. We had been assigned by the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Eastern North Carolina to get autographs from members of the 2008 Irish Football team on an ND football.

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