Alyssa Morones’ looks at how her life is buttressed by the dreams of others in her essay, which received an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2016 Young Alumni Essay Contest.
Before moving into his rental house in Seattle last year, Ben Wooley felt he needed to give his future housemates a warning. “Just so you know,” he told them, “I have a lot of instruments, and not all of them are going to fit in my room.”
You are about to begin a big adventure. Here is some advice I’d give to you if I could go back to my freshman year at Notre Dame.
If a person can write songs that stay in your head for 50 years, shouldn’t they be able to write a decent book? Frankly, most musicians’ autobiographies are disappointing. But I can wholeheartedly recommend one: Todd Snider’s I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like.
Sometimes you let the cartoonists speak for themselves. And then you pay for it.
Eight years ago I stood in a corner of the LaFortune main lounge and photographed people watching the swearing-in of President Barack Obama. I recently retrieved that photo from my archive with the thought of re-visiting the same spot as President Donald Trump took the oath of office.
Josh Bradley’s essay about the work he does received an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2016 Young Alumni Essay Contest.
Tomorrow a new president will be inaugurated. And we will have to support him as much as we are able. What common ground can we find?
Revolutions begin with the quiet decision and the small act. So picture this scene of would-be rebellion.
It’s Sunday afternoon of Orientation Weekend, and here you are in front of Knott Hall, arms around your two new roommates.
As he assumes the presidency, will Donald Trump be able to govern the way he campaigned for the nation’s highest office? And what impact could such an approach have on the broken relationships between the legislative and executive branches that so many observers identify today?
After listening to the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a long road trip, a Notre Dame student pinpoints more dreams she believes our culture should achieve.
Reggie Henke’s essay about being in a sensory deprivation chamber received an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2016 Young Alumni Essay Contest.
In 1720, Johann Sebastian Bach, 35 years old and still making a name for himself, still ascending to the heights of his powers as a composer, paid a visit to one of his heroes.
There are a few things I want you to know before you embark on this great journey.
When I picked up a copy of The Girl on the Train from my local library a few weeks ago, I felt like I was the last person to learn what all the fuss was about. The book had been out for more than a year, and everyone I knew, it seemed, had already read it was reading it, or wanted to read it. A movie based on the book had just come out. We had reached peak Girl on the Train.
Welcome to Molarity Redux, the continuing adventures of Jim Mole and friends. To everything there is a season.
I was delighted to learn that the Holy Father is asking the Missionaries of Mercy to continue their “extraordinary ministry” until further notice, “as a concrete sign that the grace of the Jubilee remains alive and effective the world over.”
Try to pin Greg Bahnsen down and you may need to wait a while. When he isn’t casting metal and fashioning it into pipes at Paul Fritts’ organ workshop, he’s often thousands of feet up in the air.
Letters to the editor from readers.
Will the Cleveland Indians, that other team in the 2016 World Series, earn another run at the baseball championship this year? We’re bad at predictions here, but if that were to happen, Jeff Manship ’08 probably will not again be part of it. The right-handed pitcher signed with the Indians in 2014 and was one of the five relievers used by the Tribe in game 3 of its American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. In game 2 of the World Series, he was the fifth pitcher of the night. But Manship, who turns 32 this month and previously played for the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies, was not offered a new contract by the Indians. . . . A house designed by Chicago architect Patricia Craig ’82…
Tom Suddes ’71 died September 26 at age 67. It’s hard to believe. Tom Suddes was a life force not easily extinguished — even with his two-year battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. There’s no way his life story ends there, though.
For one thing, there is the legacy. His lasting impact on generations of Notre Dame students — as a volunteer. Living on in the lives he changed. Hard to imagine anyone else making such tremendous personal contributions to the place as an unpaid volunteer. Few have made such a difference as full-time employees.…
Winners of Notre Dame Magazine’s 2016 Young Alumni Essay Contest
A psychologist studies how we find (and lose) our way.
To Glee Club members, director David Isele was known, to his delight, as “Coach.”
Rev. James J. McGrath, CSC, ’55, whose campus contributions included key roles in the construction of the Galvin Life Science Center and the sandy beach at St. Joseph Lake, died October 24 at age 84.
McGrath, professor emeritus of biology, taught numerous botany courses and also served as a dorm rector, chaplain of the Notre Dame Fire Department and as a parish priest in Dowagiac, Michigan.…
Notre Dame’s Academic Council voted on a new core curriculum in November, approving what University President John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76, called the most significant changes in nearly 50 years. The new core, to be implemented in fall 2018 with the incoming Class of 2022, will continue to require all students to complete two theology and two philosophy courses — although the second philosophy requirement could be met with a course in a new category called “Catholicism and the Disciplines.”…
Imagine your day as an assistant director at a gallery in New York City, where your focus is on photography, perhaps working with Annie Leibovitz or Elliott Erwitt. You feel like you can step into the photos. One day, Erik Rocca ’06 did just that. “A photographer suggested I contact this agency because they thought I could get work as a model,” he says. “I thought, ‘why not?’”
Olivia Godby ’16 once spent four hours pretending to be a cat, meowing as people walked by. Not your typical high school student’s summer activity, but Godby was a counselor at a camp for those with developmental disabilities and that playful diversion was all one camper wanted to do. Volunteering at the camp and with Special Olympics, says Godby, made her passionate about supporting those who might be unable to speak on their own behalf.
My turn came. I spoke about an old and now abandoned Gaelic and English tradition of hiring a sin-eater to be present at the wake of a loved one who died with an endangered soul. After a chunk of bread and bowl of beer or wine were placed on the corpse, the sin-eater ate sacrificially of the offering, absorbing the sins of the dearly departed and thereby allowing the soul a possibility of heavenly immortality.