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At 50, a makeover behind the mural

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Fifty years later, the library holds a fond place in many Domers’ hearts, but students are spending less time there. Patrons use words like “ugly,” “old,” “dark,” “dreary” and “unwelcoming.”

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Lightning Strikes Twice

By John Monczunski

Only three months after returning to Nantucket from the horrific disaster of having his ship sunk by a whale, surviving three months adrift and having to cannibalize his cousin to survive, Captain George Pollard Jr. went back to sea.

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Seen & heard

By The editors

Photo by Matt Cashore '94

Brownson Abbey may not be playing on PBS anytime soon, but the mock poster did make quite the parting gift for the Nanovic Institute’s interim director, Don Crafton. When he joined the Nanovic staff, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre had the idea to run local television ads for the institute during the popular show Downton Abbey. Playing on Crafton’s concept and love of film, the Nanovic staff, led by events coordinator Melanie Webb and with masterful Photoshopping by Matt Cashore ’94, created a poster starring themselves in period attire in front of their office building, Brownson Hall, as a thank-you for Crafton’s leadership. . . .…

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Father John Jenkins' Gettysburg Address

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

This is sacred ground. The men felt it; Lincoln knew it; and Father Corby believed it as an article of faith. We’re here to pray the Mass, to reflect on the legacy of this place and to bless once more the memorial erected a century ago to honor a priest made famous by his courageous work of mercy. For Notre Dame, the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War’s defining battle begins today.

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The Treasures of Hesburgh

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

George Rugg can tell you practically anything you want to know about Notre Dame’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and its growth since he arrived in 1994 to curate the incomparable Joyce Sports Research Collection.

It’s all going up. The number of classes he and his colleagues teach; the research consultations with faculty, students and outside patrons; the sheer number of emailed queries and publishing requests they field from all over the planet; the endowments and budget allocations for new acquisitions, especially unique, unpublished texts and collections of personal papers. The pace in this bibliophile’s heaven is quickening as digitization makes the department’s holdings — more than 175,000 bound volumes, along with 8,000 linear feet of pamphlets, posters, newspapers, letters, private papers, coins, stamps, you name it — ever more accessible.…

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Deaths in the family

By The editors

Many knew James A. Roemer ’51, ’55J.D. as the dean of students, depicted in a campus comic strip as a helmet-wearing enforcer of rules and regulations, the authoritarian who dispensed creative penalties for various transgressions and who in 1984 confronted a mob that had stormed the Main Building to protest new alcohol policies. Others knew him as a South Bend attorney who would serve Notre Dame as its general counsel from 1972 to 1975. Still others knew him as the University’s director of community relations, actively engaged at the grassroots level to ensure that Notre Dame practiced in South Bend what it pronounced on campus.…

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Ace: The Homework of the Holy Spirit

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

He had a Roman collar, a doctorate, a book in the works and tenure on Notre Dame’s political science faculty — all before his 40th birthday. But he wondered if he’d started down the “deadly clear path” of a life too neatly laid out that his fellow Holy Cross priest, the theologian Father John Dunne ’51, warned about.

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Crossing Borders

By Mel Livatino

The boundaries we encounter as we journey through life may divide use from some, but they can also bring us closer to others.

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Global Doc: Tap taps

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Gabrielle was three months pregnant with her first child when she fell off the back of a moving tap tap, one of the garishly decorated trucks that serve as Port-au-Prince’s only public transportation system, and was dragged several blocks after her leg caught on the trailer hitch.

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