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The Strength of Leadership

By Anthony DePalma

Father Hesburgh’s clear vision and moral stance made him one of the most respected voices in American higher education — especially through the turbulence that rocked both campus and culture.

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The Maker of Notre Dame

By Richard Conklin '59M.A.

In his 35 years at the helm, Father Hesburgh transformed Notre Dame into an institution of international distinction, shoving and steering a place smartly described as a university trying to keep up with its president.

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What I’m Reading: The Stargazer’s Sister, Carrie Brown

By Beth Ann Fennelly '93

A proponent of the “Great Man Theory,” which holds that history can be explained by the impact of highly influential men who use their power to effect change, would find confirmation in the life of astronomer William Herschel. A proponent of the “Behind every great man is a great woman” theory would find confirmation in his younger sister, Caroline.

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Soundings: Jake's Pages

By Kerry Temple ’74

Jake Page was good for me. He wrote often and well for this magazine, and that writing not only entertained and informed our readers but also set an example for others — like myself — to emulate as writers, essayists, students of the world.

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The Pond

By Jake Page

Editor’s note: Jake Page contributed dozens of essays to Notre Dame Magazine spanning a period of four decades before his death on February 10. At the time “The Pond” was published, he and his wife, Susanne, lived in Waterford, Virginia.

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Remembering Johnny Lattner, 1932-2016

By John Rossmiller '90

Last Sunday morning, like so many devout Notre Dame football fans, I read with sadness that Johnny Lattner had passed away. My reaction to the news surprised me, because my feelings about Lattner’s death had nothing to do with football — which said everything about him as a person.

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What I’m reading: Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, Grevel Lindop

By Jonathan Ryan

A story from the opening pages of Grevel Lindop’s Charles Williams: The Third Inkling reveals a startling but puzzling truth. Charles Williams, in spite of being called “One of the most gifted and intellectual Christian writers England has produced this [the 20th] century” by Time magazine, has always walked in the shadow of his two famous friends, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Commentary: Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions

By Don Bishop '77

In April, as Notre Dame’s associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, I attended an admitted-students reception in New York City. It was a lovely, blue-sky day, and we stood on a rooftop deck overlooking the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On a rooftop deck across the street, we could see a Stanford gathering for admitted students. At both parties, parents and students seemed almost buoyant — balancing pride in the fact of admission to a chosen college with relief.

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Bare Ruined Choir

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Andrew McShane rounded the corner in front of the altar of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and sized up the cacophony in the choir loft: Drills wheezing. Socket wrenches clicking. Wisecracks flying. Workmen calling down from vanishing tiers of organ pipes that still rose three and four stories above the church floor.

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What hurts

By Kate Zinsmeister Harvey ’10

Battling infertility changes a person, writes Kate Zinsmeister Harvey ’10. Her reflection was awarded an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2015 Young Alumni Essay contest.

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