Me versus Us

By Kerry Temple ’74

Watching events unfold over the past year has brought into focus what seems to me the central tension in American culture: Me versus Us.

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Soundings: Orientation time

By Kerry Temple ’74

This weekend, a new crop of freshmen — along with their parents and a fleet of overstuffed minivans — will arrive on campus for their meticulously engineered orientation. When I landed alone in South Bend 48 years ago, things were a little different.

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Exodus

By Kerry Temple ’74

This decline of religion has been analyzed by sociologists and scholars, theologians and journalists, parents and priests. In this issue, we discuss it in our pages.

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Tethered dreams

By Kerry Temple ’74

As graduation rolls around, our latest Magazine Classic ponders a big question posed by an optimistic young graduate: How can I best do good?

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Definitely ambivalent

By Kerry Temple ’74

Despite my previous disinterest in tomorrow-land horizons and futuristic scenarios, the awesome yet ominous frontiers of modern technology are shaping our world. We explore three of them in our Spring 2018 issue. 

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Black Domers

By Kerry Temple ’74

To kick off Black History month and our new series, Magazine Classics, read the stories of nine black alumni of Notre Dame, excerpted from the collection Black Domers. 

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Soundings: Thanks to the trail guide

By Kerry Temple ’74

I remember thinking how weird it felt. I was sitting on an airplane in a seat next to my boss, 20 years older than me, and a man with whom I’d had minimal conversations. We were both quiet, introverted, not prone to talking. Plus he was my boss, the magazine’s editor. And I didn’t like flying.

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Out of the Office: Sorin on stage

By Kerry Temple ’74

We all know how the story ends. Many of us know how the story goes. There’s the wintry arrival at the cabin by the lake, the cholera epidemic and other early hardships, and the devastating fire of 1879 — his faithful re-imagining of the university he founded and his mythical “too small a dream” speech.

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Letter from campus: Uncorrected proof

By Kerry Temple ’74

Here is a little-known truth about Notre Dame Magazine: Carol Schaal ’91M.A., the managing editor, would be named the magazine’s Most Valuable Player if the award were put to a vote of the staff. Probably by unanimous decision.

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Another anniversary

By Kerry Temple ’74

Every year — along about commencement season — the Notre Dame lakefronts become toddler playgrounds for fuzzy little ducks and geese. Waddling in the grass, stumbling and scooting to keep up, trailing mothers single file, they eventually skim the placid waters like little bathtub toys.

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A riddle of foxes

By Kerry Temple ’74

Foxes walk on their toes. The female is called a vixen. A group is called a “skulk” or “leash,” although foxes are largely solitary except when nestled as a family with young in their lair. They may weigh 7 to 24 pounds. They are nocturnal. Have vertical slit pupils like cats, see quite well at night. When hunting they stalk and pounce, rarely chasing. Omnivorous, they eat two pounds per day, have a superior sense of smell. They reproduce once a year, have a life span generally of one to four years. These are some of the facts I have gathered about foxes. But it doesn’t mean I know foxes, or understand the fox.

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