Echoes: When the Irish got their fight back

By Kevin Brennan '07

Ara Parseghian, whose Fighting Irish teams won two national championships during his tenure as head football coach from 1963 to 1974, died early this morning (August 2) at his home in Granger, Indiana. We republish this interview piece written in 2014 by then-alumni editor Kevin Brennan ’07, along with stories about the Parseghian family’s battle against a rare disease and their ongoing contributions to scientific research at Notre Dame, in his honor.

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Rockin' Red Rocks

By Kevin Brennan '07

At a house on St. Peter, back in ‘98, two Notre Dame students promised to play music together for the rest of their lives. This past July almost 18,000 raucous, cheering, dancing fans celebrated the pact as ND-infused Umphrey’s McGee jammed two Rocky Mountain nights.

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Distinguished chair

By Kevin Brennan '07

Frank Franco hasn’t changed much, and neither has his one-chair shop in LaFortune. The walls are still lined with pictures of campus and past football glories, and the calendar book and No. 2 pencil remain out on the table for customers to sign up for an appointment.

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What I’m Reading: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

By Kevin Brennan '07

I’m writing this piece under the threat of public humiliation. A few months ago, I told a fellow editor I had purchased a book that would make a great subject for a “What I’m Reading” post. A week or so later, my wife and I moved into a new house. When I unpacked the boxes marked “Books,” my new book was nowhere to be found. I assured myself it would turn up. It didn’t, and my editor jokingly said she’d take to this website to publicly expose my welching if I didn’t submit the story soon.

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Out of the Office: Man of the Times

By Kevin Brennan '07

More than most events on campus, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s talk last week on religious liberty seemed to draw a thorough cross-section of the Notre Dame community. And Douthat knew how to play to this crowd.

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