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The Little Things

By Kevin Noonan '14

Unlike 85 percent of my Facebook feed, I didn’t study abroad in Europe, South America, East Asia or Antarctica this past semester. Instead, I jumped on a different kind of escape from South Bend; I took a leave of absence for the spring semester to intern in New York City. For me, New York City may as well have been a foreign country.

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Soundings: Summer's ritual

By Kerry Temple ’74

There is not a time I cut the grass that I do not think of my dad. It was a chore we shared. Looking back, it was also a measure of things and ways and rites of passage. And now when I mow the lawn each week, my idle mind follows those old passageways that always carry me to a smile.

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Global Doc: From scratch

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

We saw nine patients with breast tumors on the first day and performed biopsies on two of them, all with a staff that had no prior oncology experience. In the first week of operations, we infused chemotherapy in eight patients and started another three on outpatient hormone treatments.

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Is College Worth It?

By James M. Lang '91

The cost of a college degree can seem like a staggering sum to most families today. Is it still a wise investment? Or is the price tag changing the game?

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No such thing as closure

By Jody Gormley '77

By late morning on May 17 we were in Kansas near Emporia. Beth Corbin was driving, and seated next to her was Clete and then Boni. I sat behind the driver and in the middle was Mary and next to her Beth Storey. In my memory it is a sunny day.

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Time for reconciliation

By Kerry Temple ’74

This past spring, as the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church was historically passed from Pope Benedict XVI to his successor, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, Vatican analysts and the international media could not help but delve into a trouble that had persisted for two decades — the sex abuse scandal which first erupted in America in 2002 and had haunted the Church in the States and elsewhere ever since.

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The Challenge of Peace

By Patrick Gallagher '83

Commencement at Notre Dame. Pomp. Circumstance. And a little tension, because the speaker was somewhat controversial. But this wasn’t four years ago with President Obama — it was 30 years ago, the commencement of my graduating class.

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Welcoming the departed

By Pat Klepper '77

If you had an 8 a.m. class in the 1973 academic year, my freshman year, and if you lived in North Quad, you knew who was in women’s rowing. As you walked to or from North Dining Hall for breakfast, you would see them returning from their early morning workout, wearily happy and charged with the vitality that comes with fresh air, water and exercise. Women’s Rowing: My first iconic image of women’s athletics at Notre Dame.

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The Human Race

By Heather Treseler ’10Ph.D.

When I was a kid, the Boston Marathon was more important than Christmas. In my pagan pantheon, the legendary marathon — with its parade of sneaker-clad superheroes — trumped Halloween and the Fourth of July combined

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Of putative interest

By Kerry Temple ’74

For decades Dick Conklin ’59M.A., who directed Notre Dame’s news and information operation and was later the associate vice president for University Relations, dispensed memos with “Of Putative Interest” printed across the top. (He relished fancy words.)

So, too, will I suppose this note to be of interest to you. It should be, if you are reading this magazine.…

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Doherty’s net profit

By Michael Rodio ’12

It’s not really fair to say that Ryan Doherty ’09 surprised the professional beach volleyball world with a breakout rookie season. At just over 7 feet tall, he was pretty noticeable from the moment he showed up on the beach.

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This is not about you

By Andrew Santella

My street in Brooklyn is the main pedestrian approach to the ironically misnamed Harmony Playground, a destination for the loudest and most histrionic of the neighborhood’s children.

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Not calling it quits

By Patrick Dunne '60

Just as into each life some rain must fall, so into the life of nearly every parent whose child takes piano lessons eventually comes the plea: “I’m tired of piano. I want to quit.”

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Fishing for love

By Becky Banasiak Code '76

Late one spring when I was 7 or 8 years old, I graduated from fishing on the little lake near my family’s cabin in northeastern Michigan to fishing on the mighty Au Sable River about 15 miles north.

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An island in time

By Richard Duffey, M.D., '79

My kids know icons through their electronic world of iPhones, iPads, iPods and MacBooks. But to me, icons suggest images of revered people, places and objects with meanings deeper than apparent on first glance.

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How to shop with a 3-year-old

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

I read a lot of parenting books. Books about what to expect, what to say, what to buy, how to talk, how to listen, setting limits, setting goals, setting standards, counting blessings, counting costs and counting to three. Now that I’ve been a parent for a while and I’ve read the books, I feel qualified to comment.

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Much more than school

By Kerry Temple ’74

The letter went out in February 2013. Signed by Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, it informed the parents of Notre Dame students that costs were going up again. Even though it pointed out that Notre Dame had kept the annual increase in student charges at 4 percent for the past four years — matching the lowest growth in half a century — the stark numbers were stunning.

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