Seen and heard on campus

By Matt Cashore '94

Mary McAleese, president of the Republic of Ireland, will be the commencement speaker at graduation exercises on May 21, 2006. An attorney, journalist and scholar, McAleese was elected to the largely ceremonial office of president in 1997 and re-elected unopposed in 2004. She is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Cafe Choice Creative Work by Notre Dame People

By Matt Cashore '94

Compiled by Carol Schaal ’91M.A.

Americas, Kevin McCormick ’90 (Mirabilis Records). The musician’s second solo guitar release focuses on classical music with a Latin touch. The 15-track CD also includes some of the guitarist’s original compositions. Visit kevin-mccormick.com/ for more information.

American Songs, volume 2

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Letters to the Editor (Spring 2008)

By Matt Cashore '94

Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the spring 2008 print issue are marked with double asterisks (**). The original, longer versions of some of those letters also are included here.

Living Green

**The biggest hurdle environmentalists face in this country (“A New Climate of Cooperation”) is not technological but sociological. An overwhelming majority of Americans think of energy conservation, recycling and carbon dioxide footprints as something someone else needs to worry about. Only a grassroots approach will solve this problem.…

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Seen and heard on campus (Summer 2008)

By Matt Cashore '94

_Compiled by John Nagy '00M.A._ *The Fighting Irish hockey team* nearly delivered its own Miracle on Ice in April, skating its way into the NCAA title game as the lowest-seeded squad in the 16-team tournament before falling 4-1 to heavily favored Boston College. It was the program's first appearance in the Frozen Four, where the team played like it had been there before and beat No. 1 seed Michigan in the semifinal, 5-4. Credit Coach Jeff Jackson, who took his Lake Superior State teams to college hockey's big dance three straight years from 1992 to 1994 and inherited a Notre Dame team that won just five games three seasons ago. . . . *Now regarded as a national power*, the Notre Dame icers will skate at home on the Charles W. "Lefty" Smith Jr. Rink in the Joyce Center's new hockey arena. Smith was the first coach in the modern Notre Dame hockey program, compiling a 307-320-30 record during a 19-year stint that began with the opening of the ACC in 1968. . . . *The eight-year Kevin White era* in Fighting Irish athletics ended May 31 with the athletic director's swift transition to the same post at Duke University. White oversaw dramatic improvements to the school's facilities and its method of paying coaches during his years at Notre Dame. He helped secure an extension of the football rights deal with NBC and a guaranteed revenue stream from the Bowl Championship Series, and supported the expansion of scholarship offerings and pathbreaking on-the-field successes in nonrevenue sports. Turbulence in the football program throughout his tenure occasioned intense fan criticism, but White received the highest professional and personal praise from everyone from University President Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, to legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Jenkins tapped Missy Conboy '82, deputy athletic director, to serve as interim AD. At press time, no timetable had been set for finding White's permanent successor. . . . *Coming soon to a science museum* near you may be _Invasive Species_, a documentary filmed at UNDERC-East, the University's environmental studies facility in northern Michigan. The eight-minute movie showcases the high-profile research of biological sciences Professor David Lodge, director of Notre Dame's Center for Aquatic Conservation. It will run for six months at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and at museums and science centers that subscribe to the museum's film service. It also can temporarily be viewed online as a "Bio Feature" at "www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/":http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/. . . . *Harper, Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Devine*: Lou Holtz brings to six the number of Notre Dame coaches honored in the College Football Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined next summer as one of 15 members of the hall's Class of 2008. Holtz's singular achievement was taking six different programs to bowl games, but Notre Dame fans remember him as second only to Knute Rockne in wins and the last coach to lead the Fighting Irish to a national championship (1988) and bowl victory (1993). Now a motivational speaker and ESPN college football analyst who flirts with the idea of a return to coaching, the 71-year-old Holtz delivered a pep talk to University staff in the Leighton Concert Hall in April and got his biggest laugh when he said he would have "to get a restraining order" against fellow analyst and Notre Dame scourge Mark May. . . . *The Physics Department gained international stature* for its research in relativistic atomic structure theory based in no small part on the work of Walter R. Johnson, 79, the Frank M. Freimann chair of physics since 1992. Retiring from teaching after 50 years on the Notre Dame faculty, he has published more than 250 papers, directed 21 doctoral dissertations and has twice won the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's prestigious awards for senior American scientists. In April, a gathering of some of the world's most respected physicists paid tribute to Johnson at a symposium in the Jordan Hall of Science. But Johnson says he is proudest of his research collaborations at Notre Dame and his contact with more than 10,000 "very bright undergraduate and graduate physics majors in courses on electromagnetism, classical mechanics, atomic physics, and numerical methods." . . . *Global positioning devices* are one beneficiary of technological applications emerging from Johnson's research. So are the golfers who use such devices to navigate challenging courses such as Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course, which, along with the on-campus Notre Dame Golf Course installed a GPS system in its carts in April. . . . Police are still investigating the abduction and beating of Keough Hall sophomore Timothy Clarke on April 20. Clarke, 20, had left a sports bar on Ironwood Road around 3 a.m. and got into a car with two or three men. Police responded to a 911 call and found Clarke at 6:45 a.m. lying on the side of Primrose Road, seven miles northwest of campus. He was taken to South Bend's Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a concussion, a broken right hand and lacerations on his head, chest and elbow. . . . *A bus crash in Thailand* that killed seven passengers and injured 31 also claimed the life of Zahm Hall junior Andrew Bunikis, 20, in April. The accountancy major from Phoenix had spent last summer teaching English to local children in a service program coordinated by Notre Dame's Student International Business Council. He had taken a leave of absence during the spring semester to resume his volunteer work in the southeast Asian nation. . . . *The magic fingers* of an earthquake centered in southern Illinois gently shook students' beds for several seconds in the early morning of April 18. The 5.2-magnitude quake nearly matched the most powerful on record for the region but caused no damage on or near campus. . . . *Victory in the first Battle of the Bend* went to the South Bend Silver Hawks, the city's minor league baseball team, which defeated the Fighting Irish 5-3 in a preseason exhibition game downtown at The Cove on April 2. A portion of the proceeds were donated to research on Niemann-Pick disease, a metabolic disorder. The two teams fielded a total of 50 players, including former Indiana governor and Silver Hawks owner Joe Kernan '68, who, according to the team's website, had been signed to a one-day player contract. The former Irish catcher played second base and struck out on four pitches in the third. . . . "Honk if you're against _The Vagina Monologues!_"…

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Environment, image, and Notre Dame

By Matt Cashore '94

Notre Dame has entered a new era of environmental stewardship, signaled by a new Office of Sustainability, the recent Forum on that topic and a serious recycling program energized by student participation.

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Seen and Heard web extra

By Matt Cashore '94

A report last spring that the new student body president planned to campaign for installation of cable TV in dorm rooms—an enduring fantasy of many students—prompted one alumnus to declare in a letter to The Observer that this would be “the worst thing that could possibly happen to this University.” The letter writer thought additional TV watching (the dorms already have cable in their TV lounges, and many students have rigged up satellite dishes with wires going to several rooms) would distract residents from more worthwhile pursuits. The alumnus’s letter provoked a current student to respond that there are way worse things that could happen to Notre Dame. Included on his list: “A meteor the size of a Volkswagen collides into DeBartolo Hall during peak class time” and “All Notre Dame alumni stop donating money, forever.” . . . After holding out

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Web Extra: Vice squad photos

By Matt Cashore '94

A group of students revived the 1980s TV show Miami Vice Squad when they dressed like squad members during a dance. Photographer Matt Cashore documents their “raid” of a residence hall, as the squad provides an impromptu study break with their bullhorn and boombox.

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