Unbalanced: The cold wars

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The men are rolling up their shirt sleeves; the women are putting on sweaters. It’s another winter’s day, another day when our generally agreeable male co-workers can’t agree to the fact that our cube farm is so freaking cold we would be better off working in Siberia.

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Unbalanced: Snooping at Notre Dame

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Should I take off my shoes? I wondered as I opened the rather plain door leading to the Notre Dame Archives, on the sixth floor of the Hesburgh Library. TSA screening was on my mind, since I had recently read the archives’ rules.

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The modernist David Hayes

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

“Reclaiming our nature” is the theme of the new Notre Dame Sculpture Park, and a painted steel sculpture by David Hayes ’53 makes a perfect addition to the site, says Charles R. Loving, director of the Snite Museum of Art.

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Unbalanced: CheerUp with LinkedIn

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

YouTube, you can keep your funny cats; Instagram, I’m bored with your selfies; and Pinterest, enough with all those foodie masterpieces. When I need a pick-me-up — and no, not the stalker type — I need only log on to LinkedIn.

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Having coffee with . . . Tim Judge

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

People judge others all the time, and the Notre Dame professor with the appropriate name of Tim Judge probably thinks “What a klutz” when I inadvertently bump our small table. Coffee splashes across the table’s surface and seeps into his printed biographical sketch just as our “having coffee with” chat in the first-floor student lounge of LaFortune begins.

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Unbalanced: Wine time at the ND Reunion

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Surveying the people seated in the Jordan Auditorium at Mendoza College of Business, John Bargetto ’88 smiled in wonder. “I’m impressed at your dedication to sustainability,” he said. “It had nothing to do with wine tasting, right?

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Unbalanced: Cruising with J. Lo

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

I’m known to my friends as the woman who will drive a car until its wheels fall off. That, unfortunately, is literally true. As I walked to the parking lot one day after work some years ago, I could see that my aging Honda Accord had a strange lean. Yes, one of the wheels had fallen off.

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Unbalanced: The anti-holiday holiday

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

I’m thankful for many things, and I appreciate my sweetheart, my mom, my dad, secretaries, bosses and groundhogs. But we seem to have lots of “holidays” whose biggest significance is keeping florists and greeting-card companies in business. So in the spirit of those made-up celebrations, I hereby propose we institute an anti-holiday holiday.

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Short Stories

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

With his Indiana electoral victory in November, Joe Donnelly ’77, ’81J.D. was able to ascend to the rarified air of the U.S. Senate — and he became just the fourth Notre Dame graduate to serve in that exclusive club.

The records kept by the U.S. Senate provide a glance at the cohort of Domer senators, whose names were culled from history by the University of Notre Dame Archives. All of them, including Donnelly, have been Democrats with backgrounds in law, but only two were popularly elected (one served before the Constitution was amended in 1913 to allow direct election of senators).…

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Where kids go fishin’

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

If only those shadowy monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed or outside the window — a wide-eyed toddler can attest that you never know where they might be lurking — were the only threats kids face. Parents know better.

As do recent grandparents Jean Derbes Ratté ’74 and Geoffrey Ratté ’75. While they know they can’t vanquish the world’s very real dangers, the Rattés are doing what they can to enlist today’s children in safe, wholesome activities.…

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Unbalanced: The football feast

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Carol Schaal

It’s been many years since ND was in the championship conversation. I’d almost forgotten what it feels like to see the Irish ascend the rankings; to care about what those SEC guys are doing; to jeer all those warm-weather teams. But this year, I remember. And what I remember most of all is sitting in front of the TV for a Saturday afternoon football feast with my dad, watching the Ara Parseghian-coached teams win and win and win again.

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Unbalanced: The luck of the Irish

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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The day before the heart-attack Notre Dame-Pitt football game, a Domer visiting from Minnesota told me, “I really think this is the year. Look at the teams that are left. Notre Dame should beat them all. They really could go all the . . .” "Hush!” I told him. “Don’t say it!”

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I got the music in me

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Bagpipes? Yes. Traditional Irish ballad? Yes. Football anthem? Yes. Prayerful meditation? Yes. Rap? Yes.
Rap?
Those musical styles are part of the Spirit of Notre Dame collection,

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Unbalanced: Caffeine high

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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We have no gorgeous mountain views at Notre Dame, but when the Notre Dame Magazine staff meets at the Grace Hall café for coffee on a Thursday morn, we do get an occasional glimpse of unusual student activity.

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Unbalanced: Penn State, sex abuse and me

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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The details are fuzzy now, but not the event. I was 9 years old and had finished my music lesson at a local dance/music studio. With time to spare before Dad picked us up, I went into the studio’s small two-way mirror room so I could watch my sister’s ballet class.

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