NDAve: Kids must come first

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

This month, Notre Dame began a year-long conversation about equal opportunity in K-12 education, and the four high-profile panelists who conversed from red leather chairs on the Leighton stage said just about everything this parent wanted to hear.

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Lazy I: Signs in the sand

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

I’ll speak for myself: I’ve done a poor job paying attention to North Africa and the Middle East during my lifetime. I suspect this is true of most Americans, but I shouldn’t presume. I know I wasn’t expecting the news from Tunisia last month. Now I can’t look away.

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Lazy I: Where is Baby Jesus?

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

The Great Nativity Question, in any conscientious Catholic household, is whether baby Jesus takes up his position in the stable with the rest of the figurines or stays in the box until 12:01 on Christmas morning.

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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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