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Wishes granted

By Video by Ryan Blaske

Cait Fannin Peel of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust makes a special announcement to the Robinson Shakespeare Company actors during their visit to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Summer Jobs: The intern

By Rasmus Jorgensen

My high school classmates and I had quite different experiences of graduating. While they got ready to visit all their parents on a multi-day road trip, packing the party bus full (per tradition) of whatever cheap alcohol they could find, I had only 45 minutes from the end of my final exam to get myself on the train for Copenhagen Airport.

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Our shaggy dog story

By Beth Apone Salamon ’90

In between the screams over the phone from my 17-year-old daughter, I could only make out a few actual words. It sounded like she said the dog had been hit. Maybe with a car. Maybe by her. Impossible to say from her unstrung wailing.

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Head to toe

By Jason Kelly '95

Hear how Cymbeline cast members wipe their feet to free their minds and the reason they acknowledge their toes when the show's over. 

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Symphony of humility

By Rick Becker

Last year, after attending the Notre Dame Summer Band's free concert on the Irish Green, I determined to join up, even though I hadn’t really played concert percussion since high school. After all, how hard could it be?

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In character

By Jason Kelly '95

The magazine goes behind the scenes as the actors of the England-bound Robinson Shakespeare Company grow into their roles.

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As herself

By Jason Kelly '95

Precious Parker needed to be persuaded. The idea of performing Shakespeare, whoever that was, did not interest her.

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Beyond Walden Pond

By Laura Dassow Walls

Before Henry David Thoreau posed the challenge “to live deliberately” to us, he posed it to himself, writes Notre Dame's William P. and Hazel B. White professor of English — whose new biography of the bearded transcendentalist The Washington Post has called "the masterpiece he deserves."

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Through hoops

By Jason Kelly '95

As an actor, Forest Wallace has an "amazing unselfconsciousness about him," Robinson Shakespeare Company director Christy Burgess says. "It’s thrilling to watch."

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The 47-year final semester

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

John Kohne dropped out of Notre Dame late in the autumn of 1969, twelve credits shy of his chemical engineering degree. He traveled home to La Porte, Indiana, realizing as he walked in the door that he'd made a life-changing mistake.

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My citizenship, myself

By Selena Ponio '18

I sit beside a large man who is sobbing and wearing a cowboy hat. In the front of the room is a hollow, emerald green statue of Lady Liberty about as tall as I am. This is my American citizenship ceremony. I am 14 years old and irritated that I have to miss a day of school to be “welcomed” into a country that I have already been living in since I was 3.

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The choreography of love and conflict

By Jason Kelly '95

Eavesdrop as the cast of Cymbeline learns the body language of “folding in” and “verbal boxing” to depict poignant and provocative interactions between characters when emotional passion and physical tension arise in the script.

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Adding chapters

By Alison Macor '88

I stare down at my phone, puzzled by the text. Activity swirls around me as I stand in my good friend Michelle Melland’s kitchen. I check the sender’s name and slowly turn around. Michelle ’88 lies eight feet away in a hospital bed, breathing through a tube inserted into a hole in her trachea and connected to a nearby ventilator.

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See you on the dark side of the moon

By Steve Ruskin '02Ph.D.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, America will witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles. During the “Great American Eclipse,” as it is being called, tens of millions of Americans are projected to make their way into the narrow path of the moon’s shadow to watch the sun disappear completely for nearly three minutes over one section of the country after another.

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En Route

By Jason Kelly '95

The saga of Father Edward Sorin's journey from France across the American frontier to the place called Sainte-Marie-des-Lacs.

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Young Alumni Essay Contest 2017 rules

By The editors

Rules for Notre Dame Magazine’s fifth annual Young Alumni Essay Contest. The magazine’s editors, who will judge the 2017 contest, are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays. The editors are seeking evocative first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.

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Echoes: The old ND&W

By Tom Burke ’83MBA

Notre Dame once had its own railroad. Tucked behind the University power plant and crossing Douglas Road twice on the northern edge of campus, the Notre Dame & Western or ND&W ran from 1902 into the 1990s.

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