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Not the only one

By Patricia Martin ’09

I remember watching an episode of Scrubs one time where the young doctors were racing against the clock on a Friday afternoon to find answers for a patient before the inevitable slowdown of the weekend struck. Before I worked in a hospital, I assumed this was an exaggeration. When I graduated from residency this past summer, though, I could attest: It’s definitely not an exaggeration. You should do your very best to have medical emergencies on Monday mornings, whenever possible.

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Letter from Campus: Notre Dane

By Rasmus Jorgensen

A full year of my four-year education I have spent at Notre Dame Magazine, with people who know how to write. I, on the other hand, didn’t think much of good feature writing. No, writing hard news, that was the thing. Ironically, in this issue you will find my byline thrice: One news story, but also one feature about elephant polo and then this letter, which isn’t exactly investigative journalism.

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My raw and wild new path

By Michael Rodio ’12

Whether you’re deciding on a career path or a calorie-burner, it’s surprisingly easy to just do what everyone else is doing or what everyone else seems to call a smart bet. You pore over The Wall Street Journal charts, you calibrate your career options, you network, and you pick a path — more school, more work, more of both — that seems like a pretty solid way to not go broke. And you go running. But maybe there’s something else out there, something new, something for me.


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The Lunachicks

By Elle Metz Walters ’12

We had the idea because my godmother, Jude, had cancer. Or had had cancer — we were waiting to see. And my sister, Lauren, was heartbroken and had been for the better part of a year. I was unemployed. My mom, being a mom as well as a sister to Jude, felt and suffered from our pain, too. In short, we weren’t in great shape. There was going to be a blood red supermoon total lunar eclipse,  so we devised a moon ceremony, as four women like us are apt to do.

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My last roundup

By Greg Ryan ’77

Pow! We all jump back at the report from Paul’s pistol. He has just launched a .22 bullet deep into the sand. As we catch our breath and push Paul and laugh, his uncle picks up a .22 rifle, pumps it once and begins to lean over the warm hood of his pickup, bracing his belly and arms before firing and pumping the shells in rapid cadence. And so this day has gone, one macho test after another, the joyful annual ritual of riding, roping and branding.

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Analyzing America’s pastime

By Jon Caroulis

John P. Rossi ’60M.A. is a dean of baseball scholarship. But his passion for baseball did not have a promising start. His uncle took him to Shibe Park to see the Phillies when he was 8, and Rossi asked to leave early. The same scenario happened when he was 9. 

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Angelic jazz, holy and cool

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Experience a touch of the rare tingling elation that composer and pianist J.J. Wright ’14MSM, ’17DMA felt this spring when his Easter Vigil-themed sequence of five jazz oratorios, Drama and Devotion, premiered inside a landmark 16th century church in Rome.

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My lady sweet, arise

By Jason Kelly '95

Forest Wallace, as Cloten, gives Shakespeare's verse a hip-hop update to woo the king's daughter Imogen. Cloten dismisses the music his attending lords play, then asks them give him a beat. Listen:

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Out of the Office: Sorin on stage

By Kerry Temple ’74

We all know how the story ends. Many of us know how the story goes. There’s the wintry arrival at the cabin by the lake, the cholera epidemic and other early hardships, and the devastating fire of 1879 — his faithful re-imagining of the university he founded and his mythical “too small a dream” speech.

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What I’m Reading: The Food Lab, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

By Amanda Gray ’12

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science doesn’t have a single recipe within the first 80 pages. Instead, J. Kenji López-Alt takes his time talking about what knives, tools and other kitchen accoutrement you need and why. It’s only after that he turns to breakfast (my personal favorite meal of the day) and spends 44 pages just on eggs.

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Amusing muses

By Jason Kelly '95

Listen in as director Christy Burgess and the cast of Cymbeline find the right personal and cultural references to help them define their characters.

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Global Doc: Neighbors in need

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Practicing medicine in the tropics entails more than its fair share of the unpredictable, a factor that only increases during Atlantic hurricane season. Last month, as Houston was flooded by Hurricane Harvey’s relentless rains, Haiti pitched in to help.

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