This essay by Will Erickson ‘10 won second place in _Notre Dame Magazine’s_ 2015 Young Alumni Essay Contest.
“He’s right over there,” the receptionist directed after buzzing me into the neonatal intensive care unit. Other than that familiar hospital soundtrack of persistent beeping, the unit was quiet as I walked toward my client’s incubator. “Hi, I’m your lawyer,” I said softly as I peeked at my 15-day-old client.
The bloody fighting between combative Irish nationalists and the British military didn’t escape the attention of students and faculty on the Notre Dame campus.
I was lounging in a bathtub when the police called. Despite the messy relationship between flip-phones and water, I managed to answer.
“Would you like to come down to the barracks?” the state trooper asked.
You don’t hide from the police, especially if you have something to hide. Good liars don’t feel the tremors, the sweat, the Sherman McCoy panic, the overall social ineptitude that plague me in these situations. That evening, as the trooper led me downstairs to the interrogation room, I struggled even to walk. I could go to jail.…
The Keough-Naughton Institute’s Easter Rising documentary chronicles Ireland’s violent declaration of independence and its global reverberations.
Jack Lloyd ’58, who became one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of Notre Dame sports in nearly 50 years as a public address announcer, died in September after a brief illness. He was 79.
During Lloyd’s long tenure, he was known as a consummate professional, an all the more impressive reputation because he was never paid.…
When I was in journalism school 40 years ago, we learned about those factors that went into making news judgments. One was proximity — the value of the hometown story, of localizing news, giving greater weight to events near at hand, looking into the distance (the war in Vietnam, for instance) only as foreign affairs affected us. We were warned not to focus on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring stories closer to home.…
More than 500 Glee Club alumni celebrate the group’s 100th anniversary with a rousing performance and the largest reunion of a student organization in school history.
The Holy Father’s recent visit to America brought back some warm memories from my very Catholic childhood, when the pope was something of a hero in our house. Not only had Paul VI made the post-Vatican II folk Mass in the St. Vincent’s gym possible, he also validated sprawling families like ours (14 kids) when he condemned contraception in his _Humanae Vitae_.…
The Bishop of Rome is shifting the terrain with his pastoral nature, his embrace of dialogue and his concern for the children of God throughout the world.
Father Hesburgh’s signature cocktail was a Manhattan, done his way. Nobody made ’em like Patrick Denis Murphy.
Notre Dame’s consummate bartender does more than serve up drinks. He’s counselor, companion, philosopher, poet, ambassador, storyteller, sweetheart, teacher, diplomat, legend and friend to all who enter there.
Robert Lax went to Patmos to pursue his art and the creative expression of a solitary, spiritual life. I did as well, discovering there his quiet gifts of grace.
If New England cows can jump start Haiti’s energy future, an enlightening couple will make the connection.
Sometimes we launch our creations into the world not knowing where they land. Sometimes they turn up having done some good, having made a difference, and maybe we find out.
How wide a circle and who’s inside? And other questions facing us all, begging better answers.