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Destination Everest

By John Collins Rudolf

“Gravity never sleeps!” It’s a bright morning in mid-April, high in the Himalayas, when Vern Tejas barks out this Zen-like epigram to the group of would-be Everest summiteers arrayed before him.

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Forward Motion

By Elizabeth Redden

For decades doctors thought nothing could be done about Down syndrome. The latest research promises otherwise, and the Flatley family is working toward that day when research changes lives.

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Good Luck Lake

By Mark Phillips

It swept me like an October windstorm, my sap plummeting and years rattling and ripping loose. Although I was wearing shorts and standing amidst a seesawing cloud of honeybees, I almost expected to glimpse snowflakes.

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Mutually beneficial

By James Wensits

The Potawatomi Park greenhouses east of downtown South Bend house a perfect example of the burgeoning partnership between Notre Dame and the city of South Bend.

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Seven Summits

By John Collins Rudolf

The seven summits are the highest peaks on each continent, and the successful ascent of all seven is considered a unique mountaineering challenge.

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Father Malloy paves the way

By James Wensits

Rev. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, who grew up in Washington, D.C., brought an urban perspective with him to Notre Dame and an appreciation for how important the health of a city is to those people and institutions that inhabit it.

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From Mountaintop to Global Health

By John Collins Rudolf

My father’s quest to scale the seven summits — the highest peak on each continent — began in February 2007 with an ascent of Aconcagua, a 22,000 foot Andean peak that straddles the borders of Chile and Argentina. The climb apparently gave John Curtis Rudolf ’70 the incurable case of summit fever that led him to the slopes of Mount Everest three years later.

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Here and there

By Kerry Temple ’74

Dark storm clouds stretch across the distant horizon to the north. I can see them out my fifth-floor window in Grace Hall. They look like distant mountains. I wish they were.

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New Horizons

By James Wensits

Notre Dame and South Bend have been braided by geography, history and a relationship that has at times been distant and knotty. But real change is coming as these neighbors see how badly they need each other.

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A funny thing happened ...

By John Monczunski

Recently, three very funny Notre Dame alumni, John Garrett ’98, Eric Hunter ’88 and Jim Brogan ’70, aka “The Laughing Irish,” came back to campus to perform their stand-up comedy acts at Legends.

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TV or not TV: USChadenfreude:Boohoohaha

By Christine Becker

My Facebook friends list is filled with Chicagoans and Domers. A week ago Thursday, half the status updates on my feed were celebrations of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory; the other half were celebrations of USC’s impending NCAA sanctions, evidence that justice reckoned can taste as sweet as victory.

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Stirring vocations

By Nancy R. Powers ’95Ph.D.

A Tuesday in May. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart had its usual congregation of students, faculty and staff on a prayerful break. As could only happen at Notre Dame, they walked into an ordinary weekday liturgy and found it concelebrated by six bishops and more than 20 priests. The National Black Catholic Congress was on campus for “Stir into Flame — A Symposium on the Vocation to the Catholic Priesthood in the African American Community.”

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Believing: Mantra for Mary

By Michael Garvey ‘74

“Bourdon” is a rare and splendid word, not the sort of word you use every day, but certainly a word to lift your hat to, as Emily Dickinson once said of the word “phosphorescence.”

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Shovels ready

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

John Nagy, the magazine’s associate editor, won a gold award from CASE for this story on ND civil engineering students and their look at structural problems in New York City.

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Extraterrestrials at Notre Dame

By Michael Crowe ’58

Stephen Hawking’s warning that sending signals into space could lead to extraterrestrials invading our planet has attracted widespread attention.This topic, which has often been seen as the providence of kooks, can be illuminated by serious scholarship.

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