Financial Aid Growing Faster than Tuition

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The cost of a Notre Dame education continues to rise but at the lowest rate in decades, and increases in financial aid continue to outpace increases in tuition and fees.

Trustees approved an increase of $1,150 in tuition and $290 in room and board for next fall, bringing the average undergraduate student’s bill to $29,100 a year. The combined increase of $1,440 or 5.2 percent is the smallest, percentage-wise, in two decades. Looked at separately, the rise in tuition – an identical 5.2 percent – is the slimmest since 1960, when tuition was $1,000 a year and was left unchanged following a hike of $100 or 11 percent in 1959.…

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Enter Millennium Here

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Notre Dame’s classically oriented School of Architecture is overseeing a contest to design a monumental entrance to the District of Columbia in celebration of the New Millennium.

The competition, limited to students and young professionals, will be conducted in two phases. In the first, entrants will submit designs in line with the gate’s theme, which is to reaffirm “the central role the nation’s capital plays in our civic life.” The Millennium Gate Foundation and School of Architecture, cosponsors of the contest, are looking for a classical style to reinforce the traditions established by architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant in his original 1793 plan for Washington. A jury of American and international architects will select the best submission and name up to 12 architects to collaborate on the final design.…

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That's My Asteroid

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

A five-mile-wide rock floating between Mars and Jupiter has a Notre Dame scientist’s name on it.

The International Astronomical Union recently dubbed the rock, Asteroid Rettig in honor of Terry Rettig, associate professor of physics.

The naming came about on the recommendation of the asteroid’s discoverer, Ted Bowell of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Rettig, who specializes in the chemistry of comets, co-authored the book Completing the Inventory of the Solar System

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Wondering Out Loud

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

What was that Sieg, heil! thing in Nazi Germany all about? And whose job was it to shout sieg?

“Sieg, heil!” was the Nazi victory cry. “Sieg” is German for “victory” and “heil” means “hail,” as in “hail to thee.” But it also means “salvation,” so “sieg heil” meant both “hail to victory” and “victory and salvation.” Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Third Reich refused to say “Heil Hitler” because to them it would have been like saying salvation came from Hitler and they believed salvation could only come from God. “Sieg and “heil” were used in call-and-response fashion at Nazi rallies. Usually the speaker cried “sieg” after his talk and the crowd “heil”-ed back. When Hitler finished speaking, one of his deputies would make the “sieg” call.…

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Business Major shows Wall Street how it's Done

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Junior John C. Lavan lived out every business major’s dream last fall when his name and picture appeared atop the front page of the Money & Investing section of the Wall Street Journal. Lavan won the paper’s periodic Investment Dartboard contest by e-mailing a stock pick to the journal’s interactive edition and seeing it outperform stocks picked by investment professionals and by Journal

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Soccer Senior in Rare Company with Mia Hamm

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Mia Hamm, generally considered the greatest women’s soccer player in history, was the first player ever to record more than 70 goals and 70 assists during a college career.

Now there’s a second: Notre Dame senior Jenny Streiffer.

A two-time athletic as well as a two-time academic All American, Streiffer completed her college career last fall with 70 goals and 71 assists. Hamm recorded 103 goals and 72 assists at North Carolina.…

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Unlikely Endings to Student Elections

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

It was a weird year in student government elections as the student body presidents at both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s took office amid controversy.

The strange happenings started at Saint Mary’s, where the vote for president and vice president ended in an unprecedented tie. Two tickets received 712 votes in a runoff that followed an initial four-ticket balloting. In the third vote, held two days after the deadlocked second, one of the tickets received 51 percent of the ballots.…

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Lost Weekend

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Not every tradition at Notre Dame lasts forever. One that passed into history this spring was Sophomore Sibs Weekend.

Joe Cassidy, director of student activities, said he decided to pull the plug on the weekend – which records indicate began in 1979 but wasn’t a regular event until the 1990s – for a combination of reasons including light participation. Less than 20 percent of sophomores have had their brothers or sisters to campus for this special weekend in recent years. Cassidy said the numbers didn’t justify the disruption in hall social life the weekend entailed.…

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Gates Foundation Grant Targets Elephantiasis

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $5.2 million grant to Notre Dame for a five-year program to research, treat and build resources for eliminating the disease that causes elephantiasis in Haiti.

Rev. Thomas G. Streit, CSC, research assistant professor of biological sciences, will direct the program in collaboration with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The effort focuses on lymphatic filariasis, a disease afflicting some 120 million people in the tropics. Often carried by mosquitoes, the disease is rarely fatal but permanently maims and disfigures its victims. It has been endemic in Haiti since at least the 17th century.…

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Investigation Lands Football Program on First-Ever Probation

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Athletics personnel are now expected to report any situation that even suggests improper conduct or potential rules violations. More than ever before, coaches will be evaluated on the progress their players make off the field. And every official fan club of a Notre Dame team has been disbanded.

Those are some of the actions President Malloy said the University has taken in light of an NCAA

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In Memorium

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Mike Berticelli, men’s soccer coach since 1990, died of a heart attack at his home in January. He was being treated for cardiomyopathy, a condition that enlargens and weakens the heart but was in good health otherwise and his death, at age 48, came as a shock. Survivors include his wife, Cinda, and two sons: Nino, a 1999 ND graduate, and Anthony, a junior. In his 10 seasons at Notre Dame, Beticelli’s teams compiled a record of 104-80-19 and participated in three NCAA

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No More ND Logo Products from Countries that Ban Unions

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Notre Dame has taken the lead again in the anti-sweatshop movement, this time prohibiting the manufacture of any licensed products in countries – including China- that don’t recognize the right of workers to form unions.

The University made the announcement in January along with the University of California system. They were believed to be the first institutions to restrict licensees in this way.…

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Business College Renamed for Donors

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The College of Business Administration has changed its name to the Mendoza College of Business in recognition of the largest single gift in the history of Notre Dame – $35 million from 1973 alumnus Thomas F. Mendoza and his wife, Kathy.

Tom Mendoza, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from ND, is senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Silicon Valley firm Network Appliance, described as the leading provider of network attached data access and management solutions. In 1999 Fortune

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Appleby: Gay Priests No Surprise

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

R. Scott Appleby, director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, said a newspaper report indicating there are significant numbers of gay priests “will come as little or no surprise to most Catholic parishioners,” and it doesn’t necessarily cause Catholics great concern to know or suspect their priest has a homosexual orientation.…

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New AD from Arizona

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

As the search committee’s members listened to advice about who would make the ideal athletic director for Notre Dame, President Edward Malloy said, “one name kept coming up.”

In March 2000 Malloy spoke that name at a press conference in the Main Building when he introduced Arizona State athletic director Kevin White as the 11th athletic director of Notre Dame and the first who will report directly to the president.…

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Seen and Heard

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be the principal speaker at commencement in May. . . . Here’s a sign of progress for those who think Notre Dame’s faculty is too heavily weighted with white males: Women or members of a racial or ethnic minority accounted for 32 of the 63 teaching-and-research faculty hires during the 1998-99 academic year, according to the annual report of the University’s Academic Affirmative Action Committee. But the committee said “the overall number of faculty of color remains unacceptably low” and there’s a “virtual absence” of African Americans. . . . A few years ago in-line skates were all the rage on campus and bicycles passé, but bikes are back. It’s not uncommon to see 200 to 300 parked outside a residence hall, compared with fewer than a hundred two or three years ago. p(image-right). bike The bike boom is borne out in the number of bikes registered with campus police — 259 in 1997, compared with 391 this past fall, although hundreds more bikes never get registered because it isn’t required. The renewed popularity of bikes is probably a consequence of the campus spreading out. With four new residence halls built on the back nine of the golf course and the bookstore relocating from the South Quad to south of the Morris Inn, students face longer commutes. Grounds crews are adding bike racks but can’t keep up with growth in demand at popular locations like the north door of DeBartolo. Which is why you see bikes chained to light and sign poles, railings, even trees. . . . Nine out of 10 Notre Dame freshmen surveyed say they plan to earn an advanced degree. . . . Five years ago, when he was 14 and recovering from surgery for a rare form of bone cancer, Joe Collins of Placentia, California, was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a group that arranges for children facing life-threatening illness to enjoy special adventures. He wished for a trip to Notre Dame to see a football game, and he got it; the Irish beat Air Force. But since then he’s had better news. The cancer is gone. “I am completely better. There’s nothing wrong with me,” Collins tells fellow residents of Zahm Hall; he’s now a Notre Dame sophomore. He hasn’t forgotten his introduction to campus. Last fall he and some buddies helped out with a fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish at a South Bend radio station. He says he plans to get more involved with the organization in the future. . . . In January and February the Snite Museum hosted a traveling exhibit of 100 photographic portraits. The pictures were taken by the authorities at a high school in Cambodia that in the 1970s was converted by the Khmer Rouge into a prison and a way station to an execution site. Of 14,200 people brought to the prison, seven survived. The exhibit held special meaning for Wuy Nem, who works in the North Dining Hall, and his wife, Sal. As reported in The Observer,

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Networthy ND 10

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

With the current unrest in Egypt, Notre Dame Professor Emad Shahin has been called on for his insights countless times in recent days. Here are links to a sampling of his commentary in audio, video and print.

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Chip Master: Gary H. Bernstein

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

In a laboratory buried deep inside Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering, Notre Dame students are fabricating sophisticated computer chips. Not advanced graduate students, but undergraduates. And what they’re fabricating are not just simple logic gates, but a complex microprocessor with as many as 3,000 transistors.…

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Idea Changer : Scott Maxwell

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

For those students who think statistics promises a dreary class filled with mathematical equations, Scott Maxwell offers a bit of a surprise. “Statistics is really a different way of viewing the world,” the Matthew A. Fitzsimon professor of psychology says.

Maxwell thinks that statistics classes are too often taught as a set of formulas. “Ideas get left out,” he says. Statistics can change ways of thinking, he points out, because they offer mathematical “proof” of certain beliefs. “It’s a logical method for changing your ideas,” he says.…

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Mosquito Sleuths: Frank Collins & Nora Besansky

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

One of the deadliest killers on the planet, a tiny vampire known as Anopheles gambiae, is becoming more dangerous. The African mosquito that spreads most of the world’s malaria has developed resistance to chloroquine, the drug traditionally used to treat the disease, and there are signs it is becoming resistant to the insecticide used against it as well. Unless a new strategy is devised to combat malaria, a monstrous public health disaster looms on the horizon. That ominous backdrop underscores the work going on in the lab shared by Frank Collins and Nora Besansky, scientists who joined the ND faculty about two years ago by way of the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control.…

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Solvent Solver: Joan Brennecke

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Joan F. Brennecke’s research interests — supercritical fluid technology and thermodynamics — are not the stuff of everyday conversation, but their implications could make a lot of manufacturing processes safer for workers and more benign to the environment. “In general,” she says, “what I work on is looking for substitutes for the normal solvents used in industry.”…

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The Reformer: Paul Schultz

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

A framed letter of complaint hangs on the wall of Paul Schultz’s office. It chides him for harboring “a fundamental lack of understanding” of the way financial markets work, and it’s signed by the president of Nasdaq (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation system), the world’s second largest stock market.…

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The Utility Infielder: James McAdams

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

James McAdams might be viewed as “the professor who came in from the cold.” Before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, he was one of the first American political scientists to be accepted at East Berlin’s Academy of Sciences. “As a specialist in East Germany,” he says of Communism’s collapse, “I had to deal with the unlikely fact of ‘my’ country disappearing. Some of my contacts in the East went to jail and others turned out to have been spies, people who deceived me.”…

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Catholic Conversationalist: Vince Rougeau

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

In 1990 Vince Rougeau was at a crossroads. He had a bachelor’s degree from Brown and a law degree from Harvard and he had been working for a large law firm in Washington, D.C., for a couple of years — mostly banking law and international trade. “But,” he says, “I realized pretty early that working for a big law firm was not my shtick.”…

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Environmental Protection Agent: Kristin Shrader-Frechette

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The people of Homer, Louisiana, were told they were in for a boon. A multinational business consortium announced plans to build a uranium enrichment plant near the town, and that would mean lots of good-paying jobs. A U.S. senator spoke glowingly of the project; the regional planning commission endorsed it. The only people with any misgivings were the poor African Americans who would live next to the facility. They knew such a health risk would never be allowed near a middle-class suburb, and they didn’t want it in their back yard either.…

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Networker: Laslo Barabasi

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

László Barabási unfolds the sheet of heavy paper across his desk.

It’s a big sheet, bigger than the desk, bigger than many highway maps, and covered with lines and chemical symbols in several colors.

“This represents about the work of several Nobel Prizes,” the associate professor of physics says.

What the document — readily available from a Swiss publisher of teaching aids — shows is scientific shorthand for the world’s accumulated knowledge about how a cell works; it might be called the periodic table of cell biology. Barabási hopes someday to discover the network that undergirds cell development and functioning, making it possible to create a kind of comprehensive schematic diagram of living matter.…

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The Negotiator: Ann Tenbrunsel

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

When she gets some rare time to relax — when her two toddlers are quiet and she’s caught up on her teaching and research projects — Ann Tenbrunsel likes to watch game shows on TV. Shows like Jeopardy and Greed.

“To me, Greed is fascinating,” the associate professor of management says. No surprise that Greed

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Networthy ND 9

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

This edition of Networthy includes links to ND-related films at the Sundance Film Festival, a 1-year anniversary reprise of a music video involving the ND Marching Band and a Grammy-award-winning rock band, and the inside scoop on last year’s Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien feud.

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