Sludge in a Notre Dame Viewfinder

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

As oil-sheened water and tar balls first slopped their way onto the barrier-island beaches of the Gulf Coast in the environmental wake of April’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, the federal government came looking for Joannes Westerink and Andrew Kennedy.

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From lab to life

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Notre Dame is learning how to take research innovations to the marketplace, where they can improve lives — or even save them. Two recent graduates are doggedly showing how it’s done.

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Lazy I: The stupid streak

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Like a dog scoping out a cozy, safe place to lie down, I turned three circles in my kitchen this morning, scanning plates, countertops, the toaster oven and even the shelves of our cupboards for the slice of toast I’d just made, only to realize I’d already eaten it.

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Shovels ready

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

John Nagy, the magazine’s associate editor, won a gold award from CASE for this story on ND civil engineering students and their look at structural problems in New York City.

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Haiti: What can we do?

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Reports filtered back to campus in January and February of alumni who made financial and professional sacrifices to join the relief effort in Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

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A pastoral welcome

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

The Notre Dame community officially welcomed its new bishop during a special Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday evening, February 9, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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Gay rights revisited

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Demonstrators gathered in bitterly cold lunchtime temperatures at Notre Dame’s main gate Wednesday, January 27, to advocate for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University’s non-discrimination policy.

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Roe and me

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

My mother hung up the phone one afternoon in 1969, sick with the news shared by a mutual friend about an old roommate. The woman, once so proud of her pregnancy, had flown to the Caribbean for an abortion.

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A ‘massive explosion of joy and music’

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Damian Kulash is absolutely right.

“There are not many people in the world who have the good fortune to be in a position where they can call Dr. Ken Dye and be like, hey, would it be cool if several hundred of your kids came out and made a video with us?”

Chasing down crazy ideas like calling the director of Notre Dame’s marching band and then trying to shoot a coherent short film in one take with the band and a small army of children is the kind of thing he likes to do when the moment presents itself, say Kulash, the OK Go frontman, while attacking a burrito in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall.…

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Fighting . . . for unborn human life

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

A month before the 2008 presidential election and a day after ND students chose Barack Obama over John McCain 52 to 41 percent in a mock election, students flooded into McKenna Hall to hear law professors Gerard Bradley and Vincent Rougeau answer the question, “What constitutes a sufficient ‘proportionate’ reason to justify a vote for a pro-abortion candidate?”…

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Haunt thee, Notre Dame?

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Growing up, Bryce Chung saw things going up and down the stairs of his home in Hawaii. He’d be at the piano and feel a presence, or play a computer game and catch the reflection of someone behind him in the monitor.

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Mission: Financial Aid

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

“Thank you, Notre Dame family.” With five years down on the Spirit of Notre Dame campaign and another two to go, that’s what Daniel Reagan ’76, director of principal gifts, says to the generosity — sustained through these tough times — that has brought his team within a statistical shimmy of reaching the University’s $1.5 billion overall fundraising goal.

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The Time and the Place

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Laughter pulsed outward through the stained glass into the night air May 14, as members of the Class of 2009 observed the traditional Last Visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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