Seen and heard web extra

By Ed Cohen

On an episode of _Meet the Press_ in early June, Secretary of State Colin Powell was asked about a quote in _The New York Times_ from former Notre Dame basketball standout Danielle Green '99. Green was wounded and lost her left hand earlier this year while serving with the Army in Iraq. She told the _Times_ that the Iraqis "just don't want us there" and that she didn't think the United States should have gone to Iraq. "A lot more people are going to get hurt, and for what?" Powell said he hoped that in time Green would see that her sacrifice was worth it, particularly if a democratic government can be established that serves as a model for the region. . . . . A few days after that exchange…

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Federal funding for ACE program ruled unconstitutional

By Ed Cohen

The Notre Dame program that places recent grads in Catholic schools to teach for two years will have to get along without the support of the federal AmeriCorps program if a court ruling earlier this year stands.

In July a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Corporation for National and Community Service, parent of the AmeriCorps national service program, violated the principal of separation of church and state by financially supporting Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE

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Irish win four golds in Greece

By Ed Cohen

The week before she started taking classes at Notre Dame freshman Mariel Zagunis took gold at the Olympics in Athens.

Zagunis, from Beaverton, Oregon, won the gold medal in the women’s individual sabre competition, becoming the first American woman ever to win a medal in Olympic fencing. The only fencing gold ever won by an American man came 100 years ago.…

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Coed housing, other long-term possibilities

By Ed Cohen

New student residences, possibly co-ed. Study-abroad destinations in China and India. The demolition of Stepan Center. Students expected to speak at least two languages.

Those are all goals laid out in the University’s latest strategic plan, Notre Dame 2010: Fulfilling the Promise, approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this year. The 42-page document, written by Father Malloy with input from a committee of faculty and administrators, describes needs and ambitions in areas ranging from student and faculty recruitment to athletic facilities and business operations.…

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Checkback: Bar lawsuit

By Ed Cohen

What's the latest on the underage students sued by a local bar in connection with a raid that cost the bar its liquor license?

The bar, the Boat Club, hasn't lost its license permanently yet, but it's in danger of doing so.

In September, 2004, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, acting on the recommendation of the Alcoholic Beverage Board of Saint Joseph County, voted to deny a renewal of the Hill Street bar's alcohol sales permit. Appeals may be pending.…

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The Stage Is Set

By Ed Cohen

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John Haynes often reminds people that Notre Dame went the entire 20th century without building a theater or similar arts performance venue.

In what might be called making up for lost time, it’s built five in the 21st century—all in the same enormous building.

The 150,000-square-foot Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts opened this fall at the far south end of campus, almost to Angela Road. It’s the first new performance venue on campus since Washington Hall was completed in 1881.…

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