A Song for Mom

By Patrick Madden '66

My life at Notre Dame began in the fall of 1962. My parents and I were met by an upperclassman who pointed out a few sites, described what ND was like and explained the undergraduate tradition of not ascending the front steps of the administration building until after graduation. Although it was thoroughly discouraged by the administration, the penalty for being caught on those steps was to be thrown into Saint Mary’s Lake by the rest of the student body. I embraced the tradition immediately. As far as I know, I was the last member of my class to climb those steps.…

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