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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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The Road Unplanned

By Brenna Decker '10

Sometimes it’s better not to know what you’re getting yourself into, says Brenna Decker ‘10, whose essay received honorable mention in this magazine’s 2015 Young Alumni Essay Contest.

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What I’m reading: Finding True Happiness, Robert Spitzer, S.J.

By William Schmitt

Happiness, or at least the word, was everywhere as 2016 approached — echoing in holiday conversations and in the worldwide shouts of “Happy New Year!” late on Dec. 31. Faced with the emptiness and angst I sensed in much of that happy talk, I’ve confirmed my new year’s resolution: Either it’s time to drop all this fake, escapist merriment . . . or it’s time to get really serious about happiness.

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The Hoop

By Marisa Iati ’14

“Where are you from?” is a question that frequently stumps Marisa Iati, whose article was awarded an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2015 Young Alumni Essay contest.

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Out of the Office: Remembering MLK

By Kit Loughran '16

I stood outside Main Building just before midnight this past Sunday, shivering in the frigid snow, waiting for my candle to be lit. A classmate shared a light; I hurried through the door. A huge gust of below-freezing wind immediately blew out the flame.

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Global Doc: The Ghetto Biennale

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

The Ghetto Biennale is a biannual street art festival in Port-au-Prince that attracts artists, craftspeople and musicians from all over the world. Wending our way down the tiny, irregular alleys, an overwhelming sensation of welcome and warmth emanates from the shacks and workshops.

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Holy Week in Tequepexpan

By Joseph Corpora, CSC, ’76, ’83M.Div.

Father Joe Corpora, CSC, has been named a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis and will travel to Rome on Ash Wednesday this year to formally receive this commission to be a “living sign” of God’s forgiveness. In 2010, he wrote this essay for Notre Dame Magazine about spending Holy Week in the remote Mexican village of Tequepexpan, a place full of unexpected trouble and grace.

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Calling Yaya

By Sara Felsenstein '12

Sara Felsenstein recalls her grandmother in this article, which was awarded an honorable mention in Notre Dame Magazine’s 2015 Young Alumni Essay Contest.

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A marionettist’s artistry in motion

By Tamara Lytle

When Joseph Cashore ’71 came back to Notre Dame to perform his marionette show at reunion festivities, his classmate Tim DiPiero took a pass. DiPiero jokes that the choice between going to see a “puppet show” or hanging out in the beer tent with his buddies wasn’t a difficult decision. But he heard friends who did go rave about it later, so he was determined to see the show at the next reunion. DiPiero, like many who see Cashore’s shows, says he was “blown away.”

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Planting produce, growing jobs

By Jessica Trobaugh Temple '92

Lifting a panel of romaine lettuce, Jan Pilarski ’79, ’96M.A., exposes a tangle of plump roots. Over a year’s time, her social enterprise business, Green Bridge Growers, can produce several hundred pounds of organic vegetables and herbs. The entrepreneurial venture Pilarski began with her son Chris Tidmarsh is an aquaponic farming operation that provides training and jobs for young adults on the autism spectrum.

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Seen & heard

By The editors

Notre Dame has reversed a long-standing policy against manufacturing licensed products in China, where the law prohibits free association for workers. University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76 announced the decision in an October letter to the campus community.

Acting on the recommendation of a Worker Participation Committee made up of students, faculty and administrators, Jenkins instituted a pilot program with selected Chinese factories “to see if they can meet and sustain worker treatment standards in keeping with Catholic social teaching.”…

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The warlock among us

By John Crawford ’01MFA

I once worked with a guy who claimed to be a male witch. A warlock. His name was Stephen. You never called him Steve. This is at Staples, back in my college days. Stephen staffs the copy center and the computer aisle. Those are his domains, and he rules them as if he’s the wise man on the mountaintop, imparting wisdom to customers asking questions about toner cartridges and paper weight.

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