Women and minority faculty at ND

By Mike Connolly '02

Five years after the University created diversity officers in each college to help increase the number of women and minority faculty, the results have been mixed, according to the Academic Affirmative Action Committee’s latest report.

The committee is charged with evaluating affirmative action hiring practices and retention rates of the various academic departments and colleges and advising them on how to improve the percentage of women and minorities in each department.…

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Bookstore Basketball: Losing in style

By Mike Connolly '02

The number of teams going for laughs instead of victories in Bookstore Basketball seems to grow each year. Here are some of the more entertaining entries from this past year:

Punky Brewster — Five overdressed sophomores from women’s dorm Pasquerilla East shed one article of clothing for every basket they scored. Their optimistic male opponents played less than stellar defense. By design the young women didn’t get any further than a bikini.…

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Informed heckling

By Mike Connolly '02

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The Leprechaun Legion debuted at men’s basketball games this past season, hurling precision insults in hopes of distracting opposing players and coaches.

Founded by senior Rob Pazornik and numbering about 200 students, the Legion would put in hours of advance work checking websites and message boards for information about opponents. They also gathered material from friends in enemy camps (other Big East schools), who would tip them off to players’ misdeeds. Before each game the accumulated dirt would then be compiled into “jeer cards,” sheets of paper handed out to the student section. The sheets listed phrases to be barked in unison in specific situations. Sometimes these were accompanied by gestures.…

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Redshirting, Notre Dame style

By Mike Connolly '02

Notre Dame has always been a little different when it comes to the common college football practice of redshirting — holding first-year students out of competition to give them experience and time to grow. As long as they don’t appear in games, they retain their full four years of eligibility. Most will eventually enroll in classes for a fifth year so they can play that deferred fourth year.…

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