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The Way of All Irish

By Patrick Gallagher '83

After my mother’s funeral and, perhaps more urgently, with the onset of my 50s, I’ve thought about my own sendoff, and my thinking includes Notre Dame. I’m hardly alone and I have wondered how Domers include ND in their final bow.

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Laetare letters

By Readers

_Editor’s note:_ By time-honored policy, _Notre Dame Magazine_ prints in each quarterly issue only those letters referring to an article in the most recent edition. This spring, after putting our latest edition to bed, we received letters commenting on the 2016 Laetare Medal recipients.
Understanding your practice regarding publishing of letters is limited to those referencing articles in your most recent publication, I nonetheless write in anticipation of the upcoming visit of the U.S. vice president to campus. And I refer you to a related editorial by William McGurn in the April 5, 2016, edition of _The Wall Street Journal_ entitled "The Little Sisters vs. Notre Dame.": The article points to the fact that the University, once joined with the Little Sisters in their legal action to avoid Affordable Care Act requirements to fund abortifacients and other life-ending methods of birth control for employees, has caved to the law’s opt-out provision, which allows an employer’s insurer to provide the objectionable service. The Little Sisters have held firm.

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Why I Take Architecture Students to Flanders

By Philip Bess

I awoke in South Bend on Tuesday, March 22, to the dismaying news of the terrorist attack in Belgium, sobered all the more by my calculation that one week earlier, at the same time, my five urban design students, a colleague and I were in the exact place where the two suicide bombers detonated themselves in Brussels Airport.

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Flying Fish

By The editors

Craig Counsell ’92 scored the winning run of Game Seven in the bottom of the 11th inning, going airborne in exultation to do so.

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Don't Forget Now

By Alex Beam

It happens every so often. You are perusing the obituary section of a newspaper or magazine — the “Irish sports pages,” as we call them in Boston — and you read a person’s life story from beginning to end. Instead of feeling sad, you feel uplifted. Gosh, you say to yourself, Poppa Neutrino had a fun life!…

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Virologist at Play

By Charles H. Calisher '61M.S.

My parents were pleased when I graduated from a small college in Philadelphia with a degree in bacteriology, but they never seemed to understand why anyone would want to study bacteria.

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Primarily New Hampshire

By Megan Doyle '13

My hairdresser plucked the gray hair right out of my scalp and held it up for me to see. I am 24 years old. “How many days until the primary?” she asked, eyebrows raised.

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What Are We Working For?

By James Scofield O'Rourke IV '68

Most of us work in order to earn a living, to provide shelter, food, clothing, a high-speed Internet connection — all of life’s basic needs. But that doesn’t answer the question of why people work; nor does it explain whether it’s possible to have fun doing so.

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