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The Organ Builders: Erik McLeod, pipe maker

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

When he was ready to start high school in 1993, his family moved across Puget Sound from Tacoma to a tiny logging town called Shelton. It sure didn’t feel like it at the time, but for McLeod, now 37, teenage exile would turn out to be one of the best career moves of his life.

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Under Pressure: Thou Shalt Not Waste Summer

By Lara Dulin '17

In this second of a series of student-written pieces on the stresses and anxieties of college student life, the writer laments the social and professional dismissals that would likely follow a summer spent practicing Spanish and learning to play the mandolin.

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The Unsung Saint of South Vietnam

By William Yaley '63

My wife and I first met Sister Kateri Maureen Koverman in February 1975. She was bringing orphans from Vietnam to adoptive parents in the United States, and we helped babysit some of these children at the San Francisco International Airport while they awaited planes to take them to other states.

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Under Pressure: The Stress Dream

By Jack Rooney '16

In this first of a series of student-written pieces on the stresses and anxieties of college student life, the writer notes that his old coping strategies didn’t quite prepare him for senior year. “My conscious self didn’t know how to process it,” he writes. “So my unconscious self filled in the gaps.”

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What I’m Reading: Collision Low Crossers, Nicholas Dawidoff

By Jason Kelly '95

We don’t care about the assembly-line grind that produced a car, just whether or not it runs. Even though it is whether you win or lose that ultimately matters, how a football team is built provokes more curiosity than the process of tightening the bolts on a new Toyota. Author Nicholas Dawidoff helps satisfy that curiosity in Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, a book based on his total access to the 2011 New York Jets.

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Global Doc: Haiti after the Hurricane

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Another disaster has befallen Haiti in the form of Hurricane Matthew. From outside portrayals, the death and destruction is expected to further cripple the country, our poorest neighbor in the hemisphere. But Haiti is not the sum of a series of disasters, both natural and man-made.

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Electing the President 2016: The View from Abroad

By Robert Schmuhl ’70

Being an American abroad these days provides someone with a perplexing yet recurring experience. Wherever you go, people beyond our shores want to know why the American presidential campaign is approaching its conclusion as a political popularity contest between two historically unpopular candidates.

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What I’m Reading: The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

By Christina Payne '16

Many of us have that friend who recommends the best books to read. My friend’s name is Emma, and whenever she tells me to read something, I do it. Emma is not the kind of person to have a favorite book. But a few years back, when Emma and I were catching up, she told me that she had finally found a favorite: the fantasy novel The Name of the Wind.

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The (Mostly) Part-time Leprechaun

By Jana F. Brown

Sometimes Joe Fennessy ’18 forgets about the beard. He’ll be deep in conversation — not uncommon for the outgoing Notre Dame junior — and put a hand to his chin. That’s when he’ll feel it.

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Indiana Bicentennial Flares Through Campus

By Rasmus Jorgensen

Indiana’s 200th birthday party took a turn through a quiet Notre Dame campus last Saturday afternoon, an unheralded moment on a cool, sunny day that happened to coincide with the television broadcast of a football game played on a wet, windswept field some 575 miles away.

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Deaths in the family

By The editors

Rev. Marvin R. O’Connell ’59Ph.D., professor emeritus of history and author of Edward Sorin, a definitive biography of Notre Dame’s founder, died August 19. He was 86.

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Air apparent

By Julie Hail Flory

Every time a taxi makes a short trip from the Notre Dame campus to Eddy Street Commons, it drops off more than just passengers; it also leaves behind a tiny amount of pollution that lingers in the air, sometimes for years. Freshman Jake Drysdale wants to do something about that.

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Rockin' Red Rocks

By Kevin Brennan '07

At a house on St. Peter, back in ‘98, two Notre Dame students promised to play music together for the rest of their lives. This past July almost 18,000 raucous, cheering, dancing fans celebrated the pact as ND-infused Umphrey’s McGee jammed two Rocky Mountain nights.

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Seen & heard

By The editors

The basilica organ, Colombian peace, bass pros, ND data, an Irish getaway, Hesburgh in sculpture and an endorsement.

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