Malloy to chair NCAA task force on gambling

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Father Malloy has been named chair of an NCAA task force that will look at how to stop sports wagering by student athletes.

As part of its work the group will analyze results released in May from an NCAA-commissioned national study. Through anonymous surveys, student athletes at programs of all sizes were asked how often they bet on sports. Almost 35 percent of male student athletes said they had engaged in some type of sports wagering behavior in the past year. The figure was 10 percent for female student athletes.…

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New professor is Muslim scholar

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

A Muslim scholar rated by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world joins the Notre Dame faculty this fall.

Tariq Ramadan is expected to teach Islamic philosophy and ethics in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He’ll hold the Luce Chair in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding, a full-time, tenured position.…

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Death in the family: Robert Vacca

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

The campus lost a committed champion of the underdog in June when ROBERT A. VACCA passed away at age 63. Former students will remember Vacca, who joined the classics department faculty in 1969, as a compassionate and inspiring teacher, someone who could gently correct or change one’s way of thinking without criticizing or humiliating. A specialist in classical Greek language, literature and philosophy, he won the Arts and Letters college’s highest teaching honor, the Sheedy Award, in 1973 and a universitywide Kaneb Award for teaching excellence in 2002. He belonged to a vanishing species: faculty who could obtain tenure by virtue of their teaching ability rather than in combination with published research. As it was, he rose only to the rank of assistant professor. As a friend and former colleague explained it, he was a gifted scholar and Socratic thinker, someone who would engage anyone intellectually, “but just like Socrates, he didn’t write it down.” Instead of publishing he focused on teaching and social justice advocacy, which grew out of his admiration for classical democratic ideals. Last fall while on leave because of his illness, he gave an invited lecture on campus about Athenian democracy in which he described the Athenians’ sense of a place they all shared. He noted that in their world, industrial pollution would have been inconceivable because no one would think of damaging the common space. Vacca was among the most influential members of the editorial board of Common Sense,

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Law School director joins United Nations

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Juan Méndez, director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights the past five years, has been appointed United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide.

The action followed a pledge by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by appointing an official to collect data and monitor any serious violations of human rights or international law that have a racial or ethnic dimension and could lead to genocide.…

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