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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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What I’m Reading, Briery Creek, Harriet Martineau

By Lyn Relph ’61

Harriet Martineau wrote “Briery Creek in the winter of 1833-34 as part of her Illustrations of Political Economy series, tales of everyday life that introduced readers to the principles of economics. Although she was called an infidel from numerous pulpits across the English-speaking world, readers bought her books by the thousands.

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Without further ado

By Video by Ryan Blaske

After months of preparation and anticipation, the Robinson Shakespeare Company travels to England to perform Cymbeline and explore Shakespearean history in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. 

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The globalization of a heart

By Thomas Doran '19

Rome is the epicenter of the Catholic Church, but there is much more to the Eternal City than papal authority and Baroque architecture. It has many of the same problems that cities face the world over. East of the Vatican lies Termini railway station. Here, the train tracks end. So does the hope of the refugee.

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Farewell to center founder McNeill

By Ed Cohen

The Urban Plunge. Summer service projects. The Center for Social Concerns. Father Don McNeill, CSC, ’58, the man whose hunger and thirst for social justice created a culture of service learning inspired by Catholic social teaching that still beckons more than 85 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates toward volunteer work each year, died Thursday, August 24, at Holy Cross House near the Notre Dame campus. "Padre Don" was 81.

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The Stationmaster

By Sean O'Brien '95, '01J.D., '02LL.M.

Thomas Bulla and Father Sorin were neighbors back when fugitive slaves were riding the Underground Railroad, their flight through South Bend aided by the man who lived about where Flanner Hall stands today — and whose sense of "neighbor" followed biblical ideals.

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What I’m Reading: Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

By Ken Bradford '76

Rock ’n’ roll biographies generally aren’t much better than the National Enquirer. You get some growing-up snippets. The rest is about gold records, squabbles with band members or record companies, and romances with women named Britt, Anita or Marianne. The reason you read is you have hope that you might find a worthy book. You win with Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

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By any other name

By Jason Kelly '95

Ophelia Emmons is named after the Ophelia, of Denmark, so Ophelia of Indiana’s place on the Shakespearean stage seems like a matter of destiny. She rejects any stars-aligning interpretation.

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Echoes: When the Irish got their fight back

By Kevin Brennan '07

Ara Parseghian, whose Fighting Irish teams won two national championships during his tenure as head football coach from 1963 to 1974, died early this morning (August 2) at his home in Granger, Indiana. We republish this interview piece written in 2014 by then-alumni editor Kevin Brennan ’07, along with stories about the Parseghian family’s battle against a rare disease and their ongoing contributions to scientific research at Notre Dame, in his honor.

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Soggy London town

By Jason Kelly '95

Everyone has a saturation point. After a rainy walk across London’s Tower Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, facing the prospect of watching a three-hour outdoor performance, members of the Robinson Shakespeare Company approached theirs.

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