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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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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Abortion and ND, Act 2

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Catholics believe God draws the good from all things, so I wonder: At what other university did an entire student body receive a seminar on the Catholic Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life — and specifically on the “intrinsic evil” of abortion — of the quality that Notre Dame’s students got this spring?

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How the other 28.1 percent lives

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

You are a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. This is your Notre Dame experience. If you’re anything like most of your peers, you hate it sometimes, just a little. Mostly, though, you love it.

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Sunshine on South Bend's foreclosure file

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

On the first day of her Legal Aid & Ethics class, Judith Fox typically hands her students a mortgage file that contains a complicated subprime loan of the kind with which her clients are often saddled. And in five years of doing that,” the ND law professor reports, “I have had only one student, who happened to be a former loan broker, who could read the paperwork and tell me what it said.”

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For some at ND, violence in Lebanon hit home

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Nearly a million people fled the destruction caused this summer by the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon; most were Lebanese civilians who returned to find their homes and lives destroyed. Among the estimated 60,000 who left the country altogether were several people with close ties to the Notre Dame community.…

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Honor exam to put brakes on cheating

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Sad to say, but it’s not hard to find evidence of cheating these days in America’s high schools and colleges. A 2005 study conducted by the Center for Academic Integrity at Duke University polled 50,000 undergraduates on more than 60 campuses and found that 70 percent of the participants had engaged in some form of cheating.…

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Wanted: Catholic scholars

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Why don’t more Catholic scholars apply for faculty positions at Notre Dame?

A Notre Dame student asked historian Brad Gregory that question after a talk last year, and the associate professor recalls going straight, though affably, to the point.

“Because,” Gregory said, “students like you at Notre Dame decide to go to law school or medical school or business school. You guys are the ones who, in numbers, are going to have to commit to scholarship not only as a career but for broader reasons such as serving the faith and a commitment to the truth, to knowledge and the Church.”…

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Civilizing kids sports one Catholic at a time

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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If you’re a red-faced hockey dad in Massachusetts, a high-strung cheerleading mom in Texas or some other species of overzealous sports parent, be warned. A Notre Dame educator is deploying a small army of coaches to change the tone of kids’ sports—starting with Catholic youth leagues—and they agree that you are a big part of the problem.…

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ACE teachers cycle across America

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s harder to bike up the Rocky Mountains after battling the flu or to teach high schoolers for a day, you might ask Tony Hollowell ’04, ’06M.Ed.

“Oh, teaching, any day,” says a laughing Hollowell while standing in a steady rain at the foot of the Main Building’s front steps. “Absolutely. I feel much more tired after a day of teaching than I do after riding a bike.”…

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