The Sisters of Summer

By Colleen Ganey '03

Back in the late 1960s, when Sister Josepha Cullen, CSC, stepped to the doorway of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco, she didn’t know what kind of reception she would get. Since it had opened in 1872, the Bohemian Club had observed one steadfast rule: no women allowed.

Sister Josepha, wearing the veil of a woman religious, was seeking entrance because the Notre Dame alumni clubs of San Francisco and San Jose were co-hosting their annual Universal Notre Dame Night there, and she had earned master’s degrees from the University in 1966 and 1968. Most men seeking membership to the Bohemian Club will sit on the waiting list for a decade before joining, but Sister Josepha planned to march right in. And she did — graciously ushered by the unsuspecting doorman and warmly received by the Notre Dame crowd.…

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Hall Portrait: Howard

By Colleen Ganey '03

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Year Built: 1924

Capacity: 164, 2nd smallest women’s dorm after Badin Hall

Male or female? Men 1924-1987; women 1987-present

They Call Themselves: Ducks, after George Lucas’ oddball 1986 film Howard the Duck about a cigar-smoking, beer-chugging comic book character from outer space. The film fizzled at the box office but has since acquired a cult following.…

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Great coach, not-so-great novelist

By Colleen Ganey '03

With a minute and 30 seconds to go and trailing by one point, Dulac University faces fourth-and-10 at the 40-yard line of State University.

Quarterback Elmer Higgins switches out of the punt call and instead shoots a “bullet-like pass” to his wide receiver, who evades the oncoming tackler and darts over the goal line. Dulac has beaten the odds again, and Elmer has proven to his detractors that smarts can transform 135 pounds of heart into an athletic weapon.

So ends The Four Winners—the Head—the Hands—the Foot—the Ball, the first and, as far as anyone knows, only novel written by Knute Rockne.

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