Letters to the editor

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Editor's note: The letters that appeared in the winter 2005-06 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**)

Footing the bill

** "The Village of Notre Dame" in the Autumn 2005 issue failed to address the upwardly spiraling costs of a Notre Dame education. While the wealthy name buildings after themselves, tuition and fees for one year at Notre Dame rapidly approach the median household income in America. Lowering the shamefully excessive cost of a Notre Dame education should be the first priority of the new president, Rev. John Jenkins, CSC. With roughly 75 percent of all Notre Dame students on financial aid, shouldn't this be converted into lower tuition and fees? If you ask any prospective Notre Dame parent what's more important, affordable tuition or a new lacrosse field, you'd better be ready for an earful.…

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Bonus copy: Reflections

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Jerry McKenna ‘62 realized a dream when he was commissioned to create a sculpture of the man he idolized, Notre Dame’s legendary football coach Knute Rockne. He talks about his work and his idol in his Reflection Sculpting Rockne.____

After the November 12 ND-Navy football game, Coach Charlie Weis and his team stood respectfully as the Navy band played its alma mater. Tom Cutler, a retired lieutenant commander in the Navy, recalls how that sight brought him to tears in his Reflection Our Lady Queen of Class,

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Another Bill Toohey story

** As a graduate student, I was a member of a group called the Gay Students of Notre Dame/Saint Mary's. We were not a recognized student group and needed a place to meet. As head of Campus Ministry, Father Bill Toohey, CSC, graciously offered us use of the Bulla Shed, the small meeting house on the edge of campus. Each week one of us would go to the Campus Ministry office in the library and pick up the key. Once when I did this Father Toohey was manning the front desk. He must have sensed I was nervous. With a warm smile he gave me the key, then shook my hand and said he hoped we would have a good meeting. For many of us those meetings were the best part of our experience at Notre Dame, and we were always grateful to Father Toohey for his quiet courage in helping us.…

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My Story, Page 3

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Fighting Irish Legends
by Bob Plain '69
Greensboro, North Carolina
Written in January 1994 for my father, George Plain '39

The game and the athlete have played a prominent role in my life. I have logged untold hours and miles in support of Little League, CYO, recreation, Y, junior high, high school, collegiate and professional sports events. I have been a fan, player, parent, coach, official, sibling rival and sometimes all these. The dilemma of going from player to fan, fan to parent or parent to coach has been juggled by and even fumbled by me. What the heck, you get paid big money to bat .333.…

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My Story, Page 1

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What a feeling
By Lou E. LaGrand '58
Venice, Florida

It has been 48 years since I spent my one calendar year at Notre Dame, and yet it never fails, every time I hear or see the words "Notre Dame" my mind goes positive. I have been given a most welcome treat. Why? I suspect there is a mysterious reason, part of my life script. Perhaps to help keep my inner life vibrant and other-centered. However, what is very clear is that the intangible atmosphere that permeates the Notre Dame experience has penetrated to the deepest core of my being. The physical and spiritual presence of the campus coupled with the people who roam this happy place remind me of the peace and goodwill that every heart seeks.

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My Story, Page 2

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Thank you, Father Ted
by Ron Zier '52
Wyckoff, New Jersey

Fifty eight years ago, Father Ted Hesburgh changed my life.

I arrived at Notre Dameat 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 1948, making the14-hour trip from Manhattan on the New York Central's Pacemaker. I was accompanied by two suitcases and a sense of adventure. Unfortunately, reflecting my status as a late acceptance, I quickly learned that there was no dormitory space available.…

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My Story, Page 2

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Thank you, Father Ted

by Ron Zier ’52
Wyckoff, New Jersey

Fifty eight years ago, Father Ted Hesburgh changed my life.

I arrived at Notre Dame at 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 1948, making the14-hour trip from Manhattan on the New York Central’s Pacemaker. I was accompanied by two suitcases and a sense of adventure. Unfortunately, reflecting my status as a late acceptance, I quickly learned that there was no dormitory space available.…

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My Story, Page 1

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What a feeling

By Lou E. LaGrand ’58
Venice, Florida

It has been 48 years since I spent my one calendar year at Notre Dame, and yet it never fails, every time I hear or see the words “Notre Dame” my mind goes positive. I have been given a most welcome treat. Why? I suspect there is a mysterious reason, part of my life script. Perhaps to help keep my inner life vibrant and other-centered. However, what is very clear is that the intangible atmosphere that permeates the Notre Dame experience has penetrated to the deepest core of my being. The physical and spiritual presence of the campus coupled with the people who roam this happy place remind me of the peace and goodwill that every heart seeks.…

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My Story, Page 3

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Fighting Irish Legends

by Bob Plain ’69
Greensboro, North Carolina

Written in January 1994 for my father, George Plain ’39

The game and the athlete have played a prominent role in my life. I have logged untold hours and miles in support of Little League, CYO

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My Story, Page 4

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A Coat’s Life

by Joseph B. Joyce, ’54
Des Moines, Iowa

In the fall of my junior year of high school I found that I needed a new overcoat for the coming winter. Being a frugal lad, I took my business to the plain, pipe racks of Robert Hall. There a dandy, blue job of a mysterious, fuzzy material drew my admiring glances, and that coat left the low-rent district under my arm.…

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My Story, Page 5

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My Father’s Room

By Kathy (McCarthy) Walsh ’86

When I was dropped off at Notre Dame in August 1982, my mom commented more than once that my new address sounded very familiar. I had come to ND as a late admission; much of my paperwork awaited me when I arrived. I did not learn my final dorm assignment until I arrived for freshman orientation. When my mother and one of my sisters, who had come along for the ride, returned home, they confirmed with my dad that my freshman room in Breen-Phillips was the exact same room my father, John Joseph McCarthy ’58, had occupied a few decades earlier. Since my high school sweetheart-parents corresponded between ND and Trinity College during their college years, the room number, 223, instantly rang a bell in my mother’s ear.…

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Letters to the editor

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the summer 2006 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**)

Those Monologues

** One of the most challenging issues facing Notre Dame is the issue of academic freedom and Catholic values. On one hand there is the argument that Notre Dame’s teaching should be in accord with clearly stated Church positions. On the other is the belief that truth is best reached with an academic freedom that will, at times, diverge from the Church’s magisterium.…

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Letters to the Editor:

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the autumn 2006 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**).

Leader

** I have always disagreed with the sentiment that every alumnus wants to see campus exactly as it was when he graduated, but I must admit that future students will be the poorer for missing one of the sterling advantages my peers and I were afforded—the opportunity to learn from and get to know Professor Robert Leader, who passed away this spring.…

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Letters to the editor

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Winter 2006–07 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**)

Moments of Grace

** I enjoyed thoroughly your profile of Grace Hall, except for the suggestion that Grace and Flanner were “anomalies.” I never saw any real evidence for the argument or implication that somehow Grace residents took in less of the Notre Dame experience than occupants of other halls. Notre Dame residential life has always been about the people, not the architecture.…

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Letters to the editor

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Spring 2007 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (* *).

Religious differences
* *It was nice to read in “Oasis of Hope” (Winter 2006–07) how small groups of Catholic and Islamic students can get along. The expression, “Every journey begins with a single step,” comes to mind.…

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Letters to the editor

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Spring 2007 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**).

Father Hesburgh . . .
**Your “Letter from Campus—Happy 90th” recalled just a few memorable events in which Father Hesburgh played a key role. Whether it was the 1967 Land O’Lakes Statement, the lay board of trustees, the March for Peace (in which he walked with students), service on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the “15-minute Rule,” the enrolling of women undergrads in 1972 and so many other significant events, he remained a person of conviction, values, leadership and vision. His commitment and dedication to Notre Dame was reflected in all he did. As was declared in the 1967 statement: “The Catholic university must be an institution, a community of learners and scholars in which Catholicism is perceptibly present and effectively operative. . . . [T]he Catholic university of the future will be a true modern university but specifically Catholic in profound and creative ways for the service of society and the people of God.”…

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Letters to the editor Autumn 2007

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Autumn 2007 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**).

Children of divorce

**Thank you for publishing the article “Breach of Faith” by Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski. The article presented a compassionate and hopeful perspective on the detrimental effects of divorce and separation on children. I’m glad to see Notre Dame making an effort to address this issue and to be open about the pain caused due to the actions of parents. In many ways, my experience matched the author’s. During my time at Notre Dame my parents underwent a tense time in their marriage, resulting in a separation. The fallout resulted in much emotional upheaval in my life. Unfortunately, the religious individual to whom I turned for counseling refused to listen to my story, which felt like further rejection and isolation. I still carry this experience with me.…

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Letters to the editor (Winter 2007–08)

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the Winter 2007–08 print issue are marked with double asterisks (**). The original, longer versions of some of those letters also are included here.

Thank you back

** I can’t thank everyone enough for the good tidings related to my 90th birthday. Thanks to everyone involved in the August celebration and book Thanking Father Ted: Thirty-Five Years of Notre Dame Coeducation

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Favorite Campus Corners

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Jeremiah, an obscure sculpture located just south of the main door to Grace Hall, with his iron yoke and face of sorrow symbolizes our heavy burdens. And yet hope prevails.

Did Waldemar Otto realize how many thousand of students, faculty and staff would, over the years, walk past and around this statue?…

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Web extra: more favorite campus corners

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The arch in Lyons Hall and the smaller pass-through arch beneath the tower of Howard Hall make graceful transitions to another world, varying by season and time of day. There is the arrival at the top of the stairs leading to Lyons’ arch, set on the diagonal, where one can pause to look back at Saint Mary’s Lake. Passing through reveals the expansive cross-quad, now in full light. The diagonal is aimed almost precisely at South Dining Hall, connecting the lake and dining hall with one another in that brief moment of recognition. I often think at such times of Ralph Adams Cram and especially of Francis Kervick, the professor of architecture in the 1920s whose genius placed these buildings in this relationship in his plan for the campus. Kervick and Vincent Fagan designed Howard, Morrissey and Lyons and were instrumental in securing the internationally famous Cram for the dining hall. I like to think of these men in mutual respect for one another’s abilities to create places of great beauty.…

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