Letter from campus: The old and the new

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The alum I called had lost his job last year, about six months after his wife lost hers. His story was far too typical of the knavery occurring in a nation reeling under a recession. One day at work he was told to inform several people in the office that they were being “let go.”
Once he finished that unpleasant task, his boss summarily fired him, too.…

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Paper art a cut above

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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When one of her friends had a baby, Nicky Batill ’96 would produce the perfect gift to hang on the nursery wall: layered paper art scenes depicting the child’s name or initials, or maybe a fanciful depiction of a giraffe, elephant or cow.

After years of giving her paper art as gifts, Batill finally took the advice of those on the receiving end. “I think it was the 100th person who said ‘You really should sell these,’” she says, that finally convinced her to market the original artwork.…

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Unbalanced: Love letters

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

At some level, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse and Joaquin Phoenix, to choose just three primo examples of celebrity wackos, must revel in the jabs about their messy life choices. ’Cause they just keep doing whatever bizarre things they keep doing.

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Domers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Plenty of Domers have made their mark in the world of entertainment. Among all the Domer glitter, however, only two so far have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the entertainment sidewalks of renown along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

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Cafe choice

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

*Notre Dame Lullabies*, The O’Neill Brothers (Shamrock-n-Roll). The piano-playing O’Neill brothers, Tim ’94 and Ryan ’97, blend soothing piano versions of such favorite Notre Dame melodies as “Here Come the Irish” and “Hike, Notre Dame” with classic nursery rhymes to create this collection of lullabies.

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Notre Dame, Indiana, 90 Miles from Chicago

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

One morning I drive past a young man perilously perched on a unicycle. That same afternoon I drive by a man pedaling a recumbent bicycle. "Hmmm," I think. "Must be one of those ride-your-bike-to-work days."

As I head from the parking lot to work, a couple speaking what sounds to be Mandarin Chinese waits with me for the walk light, while shrieks can be heard from the playground of a nearby day-care center. Later that afternoon, a co-worker shows slides of his recent trip to Africa while another recommends a new restaurant that specializes in Jamaican cuisine.…

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Stories of Notre Dame: A Unique Look at Our Lady's Campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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A tour of special places on the Notre Dame campus, from the top of the Golden Dome to the Irish locker room at the stadium to the Log Chapel, is interwoven with stories about the history, legend, traditions and mystique of the University. Features on residence life at Notre Dame, a behind-the-scene look at game-day preparation at the stadium and a journey through the four seasons are included in the 65-minute documentary.

The DVD

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On the laugh track to Somerville

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Women taken by the curly-headed blond Michael Somerville ‘94 because he makes them laugh should be forewarned: He’s not real good at romance—or fixing things. When his girlfriend’s car got a flat tire, he took one look at it and announced: “I think we should see other people.”

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Books in print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Mother Teresa's Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in Service, _Paul A. Wright, M.D., '72_ (Ave Maria Press).When the author's fulfilling personal and professional life still left him feeling empty, he sought out Mother Teresa, whom he considered an expert on living the Christian life. Here he tells the story of his five-year life-transforming friendship with the woman he knew as a living saint and shares the lessons he gleaned from her. The foreword is by Father Ted Hesburgh, CSC. All royalties from his book are being donated to the Missionaries of Charity.

On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir

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Irish quarterbacks star in DVD and website

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Notice: Several readers have been unable to order the DVD because the website and the toll-free ordering number both were out of order. As of early August, the toll-free 800 number and the website are working.

Inside the Irish Huddle: Stories from the Legendary Notre Dame Quarterbacks

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Books by Notre Dame people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Whiteman, Tony D’souza ’00MFA (Harcourt). This widely hailed debut novel follows the questing Jack Diaz, who leaves Chicago to serve as a relief worker on the West African coast. As funding evaporates and civil war looms, Jack seeks an intimate understanding of the culture and his place within it before he must scramble to evacuate. An editor’s choice novel of The New York Times Book Review

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Books by Notre Dame people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Notre Dame Inspirations: The University’s Most Successful Alumni Talk About Life, Spirituality, Football—and Everything Else Under the Dome, Hannah Storm ’83, edited by Sabrina Weill (Doubleday). Why does Notre Dame exert such a powerful hold on its graduates? CBS’s The Early Show co-anchor Storm here presents the reflections of more than 30 alumni, from Rabbi Albert Plotkin ’42 and Regis Philbin ’53 to comedian Jimmy Brogan ’70 and WNBA

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A Passion for the Pipes

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Joe Vitacco ’90 cringes over horror movies. It’s not the gore or the overwrought villains—it’s the ghoulish organ music he despises. “It’s a stereotype that Hollywood has created about the organ,” he says.

Creepy chords are not what you’ll hear on the pipe-organ CDs released by his label, JAV

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Books in print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Defining Dulcie, Paul Acampora ’85 (Dial Books). This debut novel for young adults traces the trips, travails and transformation of 16-year-old Dulcie Morrigan Jones, whose mom moves them from Connecticut to California following the accidental death of Dulcie’s father. Unwilling to leave her old life behind, Dulcie steals her father’s aging pick-up truck and drives across America to her former home. “Offbeat and at times wonderfully funny,” praises the School Library Journal in one of many positive reviews earned by the novel, which will be a Scholastic Book Club selection this year.…

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Web extra: Books in brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

Spearfish Canyon: A Journey Beyond the Rim, text by Paul Higbee ’90M.A., photography by Les Voorhis (Royal Tine Publishing). An intimate view in words and pictures of South Dakota’s canyon tucked in the Black Hills.

A Monastic Vision for the 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Magazine choices: Books and CDs

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Stigma, Philip Hawley Jr. ’74 (HarperTorch). This fast-paced debut thriller moves between Southern California and the rain forests of Central America as Luke McKenna, a doctor with an enigmatic past, searches for the cause of a Mayan boy’s death. What he uncovers instead are signs of a global conspiracy with overtones of medical mayhem and murderous enemies he must evade. The author is a pediatrician in Los Angeles who has done volunteer work among remote Indian tribes in Central America.…

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Books in Brief—web extra

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Cave of Candles: The Story Behind Notre Dame’s Grotto, Dorothy V. Corson (Evangel Publishing House). Along with a history of the grotto and the people, events and stories associated with it, the book also offers tales of the history, spirit, legend and lore of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Photographs and painting illustrate the book. More information can be found at www.nd.edu/~wcawley/corson.htm

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Books by ND people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In the Kitchen with Your Favorite Bands, Kara Zuaro ’01 (Hyperion). It’s clear that mac-and-cheese is a favorite dish of many indie band members, but some prefer to dress up their comfort food with lobsters, truffles or hot sauce. Spiced with behind-the-scenes vignettes of bands from Umphrey’s McGee, whose members are ND graduates, to Ted Leo (’94) and the Pharmacists to Violent Femmes, this cookbook offers more than 100 kitchen-tested recipes, made lively by the musicians’ quirky instructions.…

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Hip new magazine captures niche market

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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ESPN and sports pages across the country are replete with those conversational gems beloved by jocks, whose physical prowess doesn’t always translate to eloquent expression. “Sportswriters too often hear cliches,” says Sean Callahan ’87.

That wasn’t the case, Callahan found, when he and fellow feature writer Steve Boman began interviewing senior athletes for Chicago’s Daily Southtown

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