Mugglenet founder chooses Notre Dame over Hogwarts

By Megan Teigen '07

Freshman Emerson Spartz went on a business trip to Scotland last summer. His business: interviewing Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling—at her invitation—on the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the phenomenally successful series.

How did an 18-year-old from LaPorte in northwest Indiana come to merit such an honor? By heading www.mugglenet.com

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Alternative campus plan from ND architecture students

By Megan Teigen '07

In 2001, 12 fifth-year architecture students spent a semester studying the new campus master plan. Then they developed what they felt was a better alternative, although it was not accepted or used in the official plan.

Their main criticism of the official plan was that it focused too much on classroom and office space at the expense of living and social space. In recent years large numbers of upperclassmen, frustrated with the restrictiveness of dorm life, have been moving to houses and apartments off-campus. Despite this, the residence halls remain filled to capacity and three new dorms are on the drawing board to relieve overcrowding.…

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