A veteran journalist and former Notre Dame administrator on the importance of rigorous student journalism
The National Football League draws a lot of negative attention when it comes to concussions and player safety, but I would argue the NFL is better equipped to deal with these issues than the college game. Two controversies within four days in the early season make the point.
At least 48 former Notre Dame football players have joined in lawsuits against the NFL.
Scientists investigate the impact on brains, while educators, players and football watchers question the long-term health of the game itself.
Author Jon Krakauer describes Missoula, Montana, home of the University of Montana, as “congenial and picturesque.” In the past decade the city experienced a rash of sexual assaults and many of the accused were players on the college’s football team.
In September 2012, about a month after I assumed the position of chief communications executive for Notre Dame, we were trying to keep the lid on a big secret: Notre Dame was hoping to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports but football and hockey.
My years in communications at Notre Dame drew me instantly to the latest dissection of the infamous Duke lacrosse scandal, that last word having two inferences — first, the deeds of which three lacrosse players were wrongly accused and, second, the travesty of the justice system that pursued them.
In the summer of 1960 I found at my local library in Springfield, Massachusetts, a book on Notre Dame. Now, almost 54 years later, I’ve been a student, a parent, a faculty member, an administrator, an advisory council member and, of course, an alumnus. So when I happened across another copy of the book, Notre Dame: the story of a great university by Richard T. Sullivan (Henry Holt and Company, 1951), I wanted to read it from that perspective.
If Bezos can bring his golden touch to the Post, many other publishers will launch the same strategies. If he fails, the others will certainly be no better off — in fact pessimism may reign — but they’ll suffer no direct hits.
Recently I told two of my granddaughters, ages 13 and 11, that Winston Churchill was perhaps the most important man in the history of the world we know today.
It’s Commencement time at Notre Dame, several days of celebration, satisfaction and pride for graduates and their families. But how is it experienced by the faculty and staff, many of whom have seen a good number of these events come and go, year after year?
Do the news media love or hate Notre Dame? That might seem like a timely question after the embarrassment — however temporary — of the Manti Te’o controversy.
When the women’s soccer team won its third national championship in 2010, it established itself in the pantheon of Notre Dame athletics.
The day had started early at the Charles River Square townhouse, which was then the Boston home of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
From spring through fall, the beauty of the Notre Dame campus can stun first-time visitors. In January, well . . . it ain’t necessarily so.
It was about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2004. I was at a meeting on the 5th floor of Grace Hall, when my cell phone came to life. On the other end of the line was then-Provost Nathan Hatch, asking, “How soon can you extricate yourself from whatever you’re doing and come over here?”
As I walked across the Notre Dame campus to the Main Building, I had a hunch, based on a casual conversation with Father Jenkins, president-elect, a few weeks earlier, plus the debacle in Los Angeles vs. USC the previous weekend, that this might concern Coach Tyrone Willingham’s tenure.