Strong bodies fight; strong bonds fight better

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Another hot day in northern Bangladesh, the coming monsoon already heavy in the June air, and Father Leonard Shankar Rozario, CSC, was visiting a school in one of the rural parishes administered by the Congregation of Holy Cross. As a teacher by trade, Father Rozario’s task this day was familiar: Stand in the front of a large room bursting with children who strive daily to survive extreme deprivation, malnourishment, an often hostile climate and inadequate medical care, and present a lesson.…

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Seen and heard on the Notre Dame campus

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Dame briefly led the United States’ gold medal count at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing thanks to Mariel Zagunis ‘08, shown right, who on the first day of competition repeated her best-in-class performance from the 2004 Athens games as part of a U.S. sweep of the women’s individual sabre event. Zagunis, who also earned a bronze medal in the team sabre contest, was one of nine current or former Fighting Irish athletes competing at the games. Junior Kelley Hurley was defeated in the women’s individual epée round of 32 by a South Korean opponent, while incoming freshman Gerek Meinhardt advanced to the round of 16 in the men’s individual foil. . . . In women’s soccer, Candace Chapman ‘06 of Canada scored the first goal of the games in the 27th minute of a match against Argentina, but Chapman and teammate Melissa Tancredi ’05 were stopped in the quarterfinals by the gold-medal U.S. squad that included Shannon Boxx ’99 and Kate Sobrero Markgraf ’98. In the Bird’s Nest stadium, Thomas Chamney ‘07 of Ireland finished fifth in his heat of the 800 meter race. Nigeria’s Selim Nurudeen ‘05 notched a personal best in the first round of the 110 meter hurdles event, but during the next round fell short of qualifying for the semifinals. . . . Director of bands Kenneth W. Dye reprised his own Olympic experience as assistant band director for the 1984 Los Angeles games by composing “Welcome to Beijing.” The Notre Dame Concert Band premiered the five-movement Olympic suite in May at the Beijing Concert Hall, and Dye says it was performed again during the 2008 Olympic Arts Festival by student musicians from Beijing schools. . . . He brought the 2012 Super Bowl, the Final Four and the NCAA

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Of Vast Import to the Nation

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Every afternoon around 4, a wiry, bespectacled man wearing a faded blue floppy hat with a faded, interlocking yellow ND on the front emerges from the gap in the chain-link fence that surrounds all but the front steps of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He ambles down the sloped wedge of lawn tethered to a thigh-high German shepherd-mix with a squared jaw whose eyes reassure the stranger, “I won’t hurt you.”…

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Commencement '08: A beautiful day

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Some 2,900 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates were awarded their Notre Dame degrees on May 18, each with a different story to tell about where their commencement weekend began. For actor Martin Sheen, best known for his role as Notre Dame graduate Josiah Bartlet on NBC’s long-running series, The West Wing

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Notre Dame Class of '08 by the numbers

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

1,980—Seniors in the Class of 2008

1,000+—Pairs of children’s running shoes marathoner Jennifer Korzan will take with her to give to Tanzanian AIDS orphans supported by the charity Hope Runs

438—Master’s degrees awarded by the Mendoza College of Business

358—Master’s and doctoral degree recipients in architecture, engineering, the humanities, sciences and social sciences…

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The community is our business

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

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Just over a year ago, Christopher Rodriguez had a problem with his car—his father’s 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, that is. The CD player was fritzing out, and Rodriguez, then a new driver and a sophomore at South Bend’s Marian High School, was tired of it. So he did what most enterprising teenage boys would do. He bought his dad a “birthday gift,” grabbed some tools and installed it himself.…

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Meet me at the Irish Green

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

To visitors, the open field north of Edison Road between Notre Dame Avenue and Eddy Street has been Notre Dame’s rather plain front lawn. To students, it’s just that area over “behind” the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).

The 16-acre site that opened up when Edison was rerouted in 2005 has served few formal purposes since it was planted in feed clover 100 years ago as part of the University farms. Today it has a new name, a new look and a new purpose. As landscapers complete work this summer on the Irish Green, administrators see it as a gathering spot, an idyllic site for University receptions and an important civic link to the larger South Bend community.…

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Here comes the neighborhood

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

“Something there is,” Robert Frost once wrote about the barriers between places and people, “that doesn’t love a wall.” The virtual walls of space and cultural separation that long divided Notre Dame from the surrounding community, erected largely to protect students from South Bend’s allurements and problems, have been crumbling for decades. What remains is about to come down fast.…

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Eddy Street Commons

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

The University of Minnesota has Minneapolis’ Dinkytown. Harvard has all of Cambridge. Even the University of Pennsylvania has a rehabilitated West Philadelphia it can boast about. And Notre Dame has had, well, not a whole heck of a lot.

The South Bend area is full of colleges, and many thousands of people are proud to call it home. But no one has mistaken the city—or any part of it—for a college town. Even as downtown has rallied around a new generation of coffeehouses and eateries, sightings of Notre Dame students outside of a few bars are rare. Neighboring Mishawaka’s Grape Road corridor pulls the bulk of their business.…

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

The construction off campus is a natural next step, given the growth of the University itself—and the reasons behind it—over the past 20 years. John Affleck-Graves, Notre Dame's executive vice president, presented the numbers below at a May 7, 2008, town hall meeting with faculty and staff, reminding his audience that the goal is to build Notre Dame's research capacity and attract the most talented scholars while continuing to improve the quality of undergraduate education.

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