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O’Brien embodies commercial success

By Liz Warren

Actor Dan O’Brien ’99 was tailgating before the Notre Dame at Stanford game last Thanksgiving weekend when a fellow tailgater began gesturing wildly in his direction and approached him. As one of the co-stars of Whitney, NBC’s hit ensemble comedy, O’Brien has had to adjust to being recognized — and sometimes accosted — by fans.

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By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

“You are going to die today,” I kept thinking. But I couldn’t get the words out. I’ve never had to say those exact words to a patient before. I’ve told dozens of patients they have an incurable disease that will ultimately claim their life. It’s an abstract concept at that point.

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Sidewalk style

By Michael Rodio ’12

At first glance, Notre Dame in the wintertime isn’t exactly a bastion of fashion. Couture takes a backseat to cozy in the teeth of South Bend’s chilling climate. But take a look past the dull blacks and browns, and ND’s subtle sidewalk style starts to emerge.

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Shopping for me

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

I live in fear of those cable television shows where they videotape some unsuspecting woman, stage a fashion intervention where all her friends and family tell her how awful she dresses, then throw away her entire wardrobe, give her lots of money to go buy new clothes and cut off her hair.

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This Man’s Style Guide

By Liam Farrell '04

Our own Liam Farrell ’04 heads to the Manhattan offices of the iconic GQ and finds some Notre Dame alums helping define and refine the look and good taste of the contemporary male.

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Echoes: Father Sorin’s Velocipede

By David V. Herlihy

On January 14 of 1869, The St. Joseph Valley Register described the dramatic arrival of a promising new invention: “A velocipede, all the way from France, passed through our streets — in an express wagon — on Monday last. Its destination was Notre Dame, where it will, no doubt, become quite a favorite with the exercise-loving students.”

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Believing: Sentenced to Life

By Michael Garvey '74

Years ago I spent Holy Week in the Holy Land. As much of that time as possible, I was within the walls of Jerusalem. An anomaly or a coincidence or perhaps even a miracle of the calendar had aligned the celebrations of three feasts sacred to the sacred city’s three faiths, and the streets of the Old City were redolent with the smells of freshly slaughtered flesh, clouds of incense, burning palm branches and smoldering beeswax.

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Leading Man

By Liam Farrell '04

Thom Browne ’88, one of the pre-eminent names in men’s clothing, certainly did put the “show” into fashion show this year. Models paraded down the runway with exaggerated shoulders or spiked masks, donning pastel pink and green suits, and clothes dotted with ducks, dogs and safety pins.

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Letter from campus: Time to move on

By Dan Reagan ’76

I had thought this would be a healthy, almost cathartic experience but now find myself either too emotional or too scattered to find the right words. I had been asked to write about my leaving Notre Dame after 32 years — four as an undergraduate and 28 as a development officer.

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Live! From New York! It’s Fashion Week!

By Arienne Thompson '04

Twice a year the world’s most stylish people descend on New York for seven days of runway shows, people-watching and elbow-rubbing with many of Hollywood’s fashion icons. But what really happens during Fashion Week? Arienne Thompson ‘04, a fashion and celebrity reporter at USA Today, provides an insider’s look at what it’s like to cover one of the most hectic fashion events of the year.

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Domers by Design

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Sure, a Notre Dame sweatshirt or a leprechaun painted on the garage door displays your true colors. But not everyone wants to be such a show-off. To discreetly cheer the home team, you could grab some items your classmates helped create and quietly let your inner Domer shine.

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A touch of the bubbly

By John Monczunski

We’ve always known bubbles were fun; now it turns out they’re important too. For instance, Notre Dame’s Gretar Tryggvason points out that an understanding of the ephemeral spheres is vital for the safe and efficient operation of nuclear power reactors.

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