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Working Out at Notre Dame

By Andrew McDonnell

Sisyphus and the Universal Hamster Wheel

The concept of the Notre Dame student as the embodiment of the Whole Person is one that the University has long prided itself in. It is expected that by the time students finish their education they will have been educated in mind, spirit and body — the trinity of human composition, separate yet inseparable, salty but with a hint of mango.…

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Seen and Heard

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be the principal speaker at commencement in May. . . . Here’s a sign of progress for those who think Notre Dame’s faculty is too heavily weighted with white males: Women or members of a racial or ethnic minority accounted for 32 of the 63 teaching-and-research faculty hires during the 1998-99 academic year, according to the annual report of the University’s Academic Affirmative Action Committee. But the committee said “the overall number of faculty of color remains unacceptably low” and there’s a “virtual absence” of African Americans. . . . A few years ago in-line skates were all the rage on campus and bicycles passé, but bikes are back. It’s not uncommon to see 200 to 300 parked outside a residence hall, compared with fewer than a hundred two or three years ago. p(image-right). bike The bike boom is borne out in the number of bikes registered with campus police — 259 in 1997, compared with 391 this past fall, although hundreds more bikes never get registered because it isn’t required. The renewed popularity of bikes is probably a consequence of the campus spreading out. With four new residence halls built on the back nine of the golf course and the bookstore relocating from the South Quad to south of the Morris Inn, students face longer commutes. Grounds crews are adding bike racks but can’t keep up with growth in demand at popular locations like the north door of DeBartolo. Which is why you see bikes chained to light and sign poles, railings, even trees. . . . Nine out of 10 Notre Dame freshmen surveyed say they plan to earn an advanced degree. . . . Five years ago, when he was 14 and recovering from surgery for a rare form of bone cancer, Joe Collins of Placentia, California, was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a group that arranges for children facing life-threatening illness to enjoy special adventures. He wished for a trip to Notre Dame to see a football game, and he got it; the Irish beat Air Force. But since then he’s had better news. The cancer is gone. “I am completely better. There’s nothing wrong with me,” Collins tells fellow residents of Zahm Hall; he’s now a Notre Dame sophomore. He hasn’t forgotten his introduction to campus. Last fall he and some buddies helped out with a fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish at a South Bend radio station. He says he plans to get more involved with the organization in the future. . . . In January and February the Snite Museum hosted a traveling exhibit of 100 photographic portraits. The pictures were taken by the authorities at a high school in Cambodia that in the 1970s was converted by the Khmer Rouge into a prison and a way station to an execution site. Of 14,200 people brought to the prison, seven survived. The exhibit held special meaning for Wuy Nem, who works in the North Dining Hall, and his wife, Sal. As reported in The Observer,

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Letter from Campus: Are You Eating All Right, Dear?

By Ed Cohen

As Tam crossed in front of me, I glanced down at what was on her tray: a slice of pizza.

Where’d she get that? I wondered but was too embarrassed to ask. Besides, she wasn’t breaking stride heading back to our table.

It was about 1 o’clock in the afternoon and we were in the North Dining Hall, not my usual place to have lunch. My usual place is at my desk in Grace Hall, eating a spinach salad and trying not to spatter fat-free French dressing on the galleys I’m supposed to be proofreading.…

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Far afield: The appreciation of Mike Brey

By Jason Kelly '95

Among college basketball’s lifer-legends like Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun; among the earnest stewards of regal programs like Roy Williams, Bill Self and Ben Howland; among the slippery, the nomadic and the pugnacious, like John Calipari, Rick Pitino, and Tom Izzo, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey cuts a modest profile.

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The Playroom: Valentine’s Day

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

I am a mother of young children, and I think Valentine’s Day can be annoying. One of the biggest annoyances is the peanut-free school Valentine’s Day party, which necessitates 78 valentines I have to come up with for my kids to distribute at school so other mothers can throw them away.

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ND Free Pass: Women’s basketball

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Yes, I was among the 1,000 or so hardy — or maybe foolhardy — fans who to attended the Feb. 1 ND vs. Syracuse women’s basketball game. The blizzard of 2011 was gearing up, and the icy wind and stinging snow pellets made even a short walk to the Joyce Center’s Purcell Pavilion a winter’s agony.

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ND Free Pass: Fencing

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Irish fencers always duel their way to the top of the NCAA rankings. You will see a live-action game of strategic finesse, what has been called “physical chess,” as competitors chase and withdraw, lunge and run, stab and feint, and display intricate footwork and calculated swordplay.

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Networthy ND 10

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

With the current unrest in Egypt, Notre Dame Professor Emad Shahin has been called on for his insights countless times in recent days. Here are links to a sampling of his commentary in audio, video and print.

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