Playing Around: Letter from campus

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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It’s a clear July Saturday morning, and on a grassy area just south of the Hesburgh Library reflecting pool, two young men practice the thrust and parry of swordplay. As I watch, a young woman in a long medieval gown accosts me. “Wouldst thou like a potion?” she asks, smiling, “a love potion?” I shake my head no. “Then perhaps,” she says, taking a critical look at me, “a beauty

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Making the Most on Film

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The women and a few men in the line look calm and hopeful. Most of their children, dark brown eyes wide with curiosity, bear signs that the poor of Mexico often believe is punishment for sins past: a cleft lip, an ugly scar, a burn mark.

Gina Vecchione ’97 and her sister, Ané, grew up hearing about these children from their father, Dr. Thomas Vecchione ’63. They also heard about the trips he and other volunteer members of the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team made to correct some of these medical and surgical problems. So in October 1999, the sisters went with the MOST

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Two Authors Champion Women's Basketball

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

On its way to the 2001 NCAA women’s basketball championship, Notre Dame came from behind to beat the University of Connecticut in the semifinal game and then squeaked by Purdue University in the heart-stopping final. In the life-is-full-of-strange-twists category, Notre Dame graduate John Walters ‘88 then published a book on UConn’s team, while Purdue graduate Mark Bradford published a book on Notre Dame’s team.…

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New CDs from ND musicians

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Close Your Eyes, _Josephine Cameron '00MFA_ (Modo Records). Albums of lullabies, Cameron's sister told her, can be boring. The singer's response is her third CD, which she calls "lullabies for young and old." The 13-track album contains such traditional songs as "Bow Down Low" and four original songs written by Cameron and Anthony Walton '82. She accompanies all the songs with solo guitar. Samples and more information are available at www.josephinecameron.com…

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Books in print & books in brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years, _Michael J. Collins, M.D., '71_ (St. Martin's Press). A fast-paced memoir of the fear, heartbreak, humor and triumph of the author's four-year residency in orthopedic surgery. Can that young boy's leg be saved? How do you tell a woman she has widespread cancer? And when do you stop being bone tired? "We were learning that all the training and all the caring in the world were not going to solve every problem," Collins writes. What he also learns is the role he truly plays as a doctor, a role in which compassion is integral to the treatment.

Commander of All Lincoln's Armies: A Life of General Henry W. Halleck

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Music by ND people

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Wonderfall, _wonderfall_. The brothers Bregande—guitarists/vocalists Dave '95 and Joe—and bassist John Fletcher '92 have been playing music together since 1998. Music should make you move, the band members believe, and that pop sensibility comes through in their melodic, energetic CD. The musicians, who released the CD _Monday Morning, Start Again_ in 2000 under the name Elephant, had a setback last year when they agreed to sell their name to the New York-based group Elefant. "We now feel the name change was a blessing in disguise," says Joe. "We're definitely making the most of our fresh start." Now wonderfall, based in Atlanta, is getting some radio play with its single "Not the First." All the songs on the new CD were written by either Dave or Joe. And just to keep things in the family, the band is being managed by brother Paul Bregande '91. Hear sample tracks and order through www.wonderfallmusic.com.

May I Have Your Attention Please

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Letter from Campus: Gung Hay Fat Choy

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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February 9 was the first day of the new year. Oh, perhaps not to most people at Notre Dame, some of whom may have spent January 1 recovering from their celebration of the night before. But for the Asian community on campus, it was the Lunar New Year and it was time to celebrate.

“It’s a big deal,” says Xiaoyue Zhang, a graduate student and outgoing president of the Notre Dame Chinese Friendship Association (NDCFA

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Taking a Leap with Sheldon

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

When Dave Kellett ‘96, drew the Four Food Groups of the Apocalypse comic strip for The Observer, his favorite character was Sheldon, a child prodigy who also was enrolled at Notre Dame. Kellett graduated, and so did 10-year-old Sheldon. Now the title character in Kellett’s online strip, Sheldon has become the second-richest person in America through his own software company. He’s also invented a talking duck.…

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A Man with a Mission

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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He’s known fondly by long-time Notre Dame staffers as “Eddie Freddie.” Whether Father Edward Frederick Sorin, CSC, who lived from 1814 to 1893, would have approved of this lighthearted name is difficult to judge, but the founder of Notre Dame most certainly was an exuberant man who fit in well with the fledgling spirit of the new frontier called America.…

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All About Making Movies

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Forget the red carpet. While working on their first feature film, All About You, writer and director Christine Ashford Swanson’94 and her husband, producer Michael Swanson ’93, quickly gained experience in the realities of Hollywood.

A week before production on the independent film was to begin, the musician/actor cast as the leading man had to drop out. So novice director Christine was forced to re-cast the role. After filming ended, the owner of three songs used in the movie asked for more money. The Swansons couldn’t afford the higher fees, so Christine commissioned three news songs and had to reshoot three scenes. And don’t even ask Michael about agents or unions or distribution.…

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Advent Calendar Offers Campus Windows into Christmas

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Kevin Sandberg, CSC, ‘88, ’04M.Div., wanted to share the story about God’s coming in Christmas with his niece and nephews. He just didn’t want it to sound like a lecture. And so the 2003 Notre Dame Advent calendar was born.

The 30 inset windows of the calendar are on a photograph of Sacred Heart Basilica and the Main Building. Beginning November 30, 2003, a window should be opened each day, revealing a photo and text.…

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A Traditional Irish Twist Added to Notre Dame Songs

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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With the wearing of the green and a two-fisted leprechaun and the shouts of “Go Irish” and a campus phone book filled with Colleens and Seans and Patricks and Meghans, Notre Dame students and fans like to claim a kinship with the Emerald Isle.

Still, something’s missing. “I’m a big traditional Irish music fan,” says Tim O’Neill ‘94. "But you don’t often hear it on campus."…

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Musicians mix it up from New York to California

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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For Joanie Mendenhall ‘00, a career in New York City’s publishing world landed her solidly in the ranks of what she calls “a glorified secretary.” She pursued her passion for music on the side, writing and performing whenever possible. For Matt Curreri ‘99, a career in New York’s education system landed him a job as a high school algebra teacher. During his spare time, he wrote, recorded and performed music.

“I knew Matt at Notre Dame, but we weren’t good friends and weren’t playing music together,” says Mendenhall.…

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Website changes

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

While the magazine you’re holding circled through the presses last month, ink pressing on the white paper, a separate piece also was taking shape. With zeros and ones – the language of computers – the web issue of this magazine was formatted.

Notre Dame Magazine has been on the web almost six years. Until now, it’s followed the format of the print issue closely. Every three months, a selection of stories from the most recent issue was posted on the web for anyone to read. We also offered various services: With one click, viewers could request a sample copy, alumni could send in a change of address, readers could e-mail a letter to the editor, freelance writers could download our writers’ guidelines.…

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Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey dvd

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

“Who are these people, and why are they risking their lives to enter the United States?” the narrator of this documentary asks. In seeking to answer that question, the film provides both a look at the human face of the Mexican immigrant, including scenes of the harrowing journey migrants undertake to cross the U.S. border, and a discussion of the social, economic, political and religious issues involved.

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Lacrosse Pack Rat Showcases Club Years

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Len Niessen ’68, ’69, still has all his copies of The Observer from the 1960s. The self-described “saver” is more of a historian than pack rat, however. A few years ago he sorted through material from his lacrosse-playing days at Notre Dame and sent some pages to Jack Tate ’64, ’66M.A., who founded the first lacrosse team at the University.…

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Bible Geek Speaks to Teens

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Mark Hart ’95 calls the Trinity “the ultimate Three-for-One deal,” notes that “Catholic Christianity is not for wimps” and believes that the platypus is a sure sign that “God has an incredible sense of humor.”

Obviously, Hart also has a sense of humor. And while he says he is not “theologically brilliant,” hundreds of teenage website users clamor for his answer to their scripture questions. They know him as “the Bible Geek” and find his columns online at www.lifeteen.org. The site is a service of LIFE

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John Bellairs: The Spooky Writer Who Cast a Magic Spell

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

When the kids finish the latest Harry Potter, some fans of ghosts and spells and things that go creeeeak in the night have a suggestion: Check out the books by John Bellairs.

Bellairs, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1959, became the talk of juvenile fiction in the 1970s with the publication of The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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Books in print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Love & Other Recreational Sports, John Dearie ’86 (Viking). After breaking up with his cheating fiancee, Wall Street banker Jack reluctantly re-enters the dating game, and readers of this novel enter a male perspective of women, romance, sex and life in general. Jack’s funny, philosophical friend Alex, who watches reruns of Oprah

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Books in Brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Theologian’s Journey, Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P. (Paulist Press). The autobiography of a Dominican priest who has witnessed vast changes in the church and society. O’Meara is an ND emeritus professor of theology.

Chalk Dust: A Teacher’s Marks, David Ellison ’81 (Heinemann). A collection of funny, sad and poignant columns from a seventh-grade teacher who strives to make a difference in his students’ lives.…

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Wham, bam! It's a Poetry Slam

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The one about a kitten in the microwave got loud groans of disbelief. The piece about Emmett Till, the young black man who was attacked and killed in 1955 after talking to a white woman in a southern convenience store, earned sustained applause. And the ditty about dirty laundry drew appreciative shouts of laughter from the Notre Dame students who had braved an icy February wind chill to listen to poetry at Washington Hall.

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In Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

. . . Ask What You Can Do For Your Country: The Memory and Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Dan B. Fleming Jr. (Vandamere Press). More than100 people share their memories of Kennedy, some focusing on that November 1963 day when he was shot, others on his significance in their lives. Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC

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