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Weighty twist to the game of polo

By Rasmus Jorgensen

When you play the game of elephant polo, as one does, rules must be followed, particularly on the side of the elephants. No elephant can sit down in front of its goal in order to defend it. That’s a foul. No more than two elephants from the same team can be on one half of the field at one time. Foul. And an elephant cannot use its trunk to pick up the ball. They do anyway. “They'll lob it. They'll pick it up and kind of throw it, and it's funny,” says David Partridge ’13EMBA.

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La Cueca Sola

By Nathan Stone ’79

The women of Chile danced alone back then, dancing for the Families of the Disappeared, as a way to denounce the senseless loss of sons and lovers stolen in the dark of night.

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Sample Trivia Questions

By Shayne Bushfield '94

Along with being titled after the first names of their female main characters, the television series FloGloriaTabithaDariaPhyllisRhodaMaude, and Kendra all share, most prominently, what other particular distinction? 1956’s The Adventures of Champion is, arguably, the first series to hold the distinction in question.

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Treasure Hunters

By Kenneth Garcia ’08Ph.D.

About a mile beneath the surface of the Earth, where miners once searched for gold, Notre Dame physicists now dig for unseen secrets of the universe. And Ken Garcia is on their trail.

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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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