Letters to the editor (Summer 2008)

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the summer 2008 print issue are marked with double asterisks (**). The original, longer versions of some of those letters also are included here.

Campus politics

**I was pleased to see the mock convention article in the spring issue that gave prominent mention to my father, Professor Paul C. Bartholomew, who not only initiated this outstanding political learning experience but spent countless hours organizing and managing the event.…

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Letters to the editor (Autumn 2008)

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Editor’s note: The letters that appeared in the autumn 2008 print issue are marked with double asterisks (**). The original, longer versions of some of these letters also are included here, although a shorter version may have been used in the print issue.

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Editor’s note*: The letters that appeared in the autumn 2005 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**)

Canceled subscriptions

** It is indeed sad when someone removes themselves from a discussion, but sadder still is that this attitude is symptomatic of the polarization afflicting today’s world. In ever-increasing numbers we are marching into walled encampments flying either the red or blue flag. We choose our candidates, our justices and our leaders because they either never waver from “the cause” or are simply too nondescript to offend or challenge anyone. Today, perhaps like never before, we need intelligent and informed discussion. We face issues with immense complexity that demand to be seriously examined from all points of view. Only through the crucible of reasoned, open debate can we find a common ground and bring the best of all our resources to bear on crafting truly workable solutions.…

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Flag gift

A most important piece of information is missing from Kristin Kramer’s article (“The green of the Union”). The conservation of the 63rd New York’s Second Irish Colors and the research for the book Blue for the Union and Green for Ireland was made possible by a generous gift to the Archives from Jack and Kay Gibbons of Dublin, Ohio (Notre Dame class of 1963 and Saint Mary’s class of 1962). Without their support, these projects would never have been completed.…

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Kung Fu Nonsense

In the Winter 2001-02 issue of Notre Dame Magazine, Mr. John Monczunski highlights the work of Professor Wendy Arons in the article “Kung fu dream girls.” In the profile, and apparently in class and the cited book, Prof. Arons implies that there is a basic message emanating from Hollywood — that women can only be strong if sexualized and that to depict all women that way is, of course, bad. Her contention is that a better characterization (if not THE

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From print issue

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Mistaken Identity

“Kung fu dream girls” (Winter 2001-02) contains several errors. The photo is of Zhang Ziyi, not Michelle Yeoh. Also, the text describes Michelle Yeoh as the central female character of the film. I disagree. The movie has multiple plot lines, but if one had to identify the central female character, it is Jen, as played by Zhang Ziyi. Yeoh is a major supporting cast member.

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Letters to the Editor

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Editor's note: The letters that appeared in the Summer 2005 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**). The passing of Ed Cronin ** While you accurately captured the tribulations Professor Edward J. Cronin '38 put us through with regard to our writing, what he really taught us was how to _read_. One of the great moments for me was the intellectual luxury of spending 75 minutes dissecting four paragraphs, one of which was, of course, "the greatest paragraph ever written." He told us once in class he wanted his epitaph to read: "All his life a student, may he pass his finals." I'm quite certain he has, colors flying.

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Letters to the Editor, part 2

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Editor's note: The letters that appeared in the Summer 2005 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**). Thoughts from other Church members ** Thanks for Mr. Weigel's fine article, "The Work Yet To Be Done." However, he could have included one unfinished job left over from John Paul II. At the risk of sounding provincial, maybe he could address the ugly sex scandal that has shattered a lot of idealism of many lay Catholics—if only a declaration to the effect that priests who are found guilty and convicted of doing ugly things to children will be turned over to authorities and defrocked. With all the eulogies following the pope's death, it may be unseemly to suggest that this great man failed to condemn the clergy responsible for these travesties. But the assigning of Cardinal Law to say the eulogy Mass for the pope further distressed the Catholics I have talked to.

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Letters to the Editor, part 3

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Editor's note: The letters that appeared in the Summer 2005 print issue are marked with a double asterisk (**). And then there's Notre Dame football ** Apart from my family, the most profound influence on my life has been my time at Notre Dame. I learned compassion, honor, tenacity and loyalty while there, and I have tried to make those traits the guiding principles of my life. Most of the Notre Dame graduates I know feel the same way, and we have all tried to make the world a better place "from the bottom up," in the Saint Francis of Assisi mode. Notre Dame, with its recent emphasis on academic achievement and the personal accomplishments of its graduates, seems to me to be trying to make the world a better place "from the top down." There's nothing wrong with that as long as the human qualities of care for the feelings of others, loyalty and the like are not lost.

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Father Malloy's presidency

In "The Pastoral Presidency of Monk Malloy," I believe one line was left out of the sidebar table of information entitled "Measuring Up." That would be the cost of tuition. Even with the increase in financial aid awarded, is Notre Dame still within the reach of the middle class where so many of my classmates came from when I attended the University?…

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On Father Malloy

If you think Father Malloy has preserved our Catholic identity, you lead a very narrow existence—i.e. the ND spokesperson on TV-in-house heretic McBrien and _Vagina Monologues_ for four straight years. He's a scandal and he's embarrassed!

_George Meyer
Concordia, Kansas_

Your article on Father Malloy was very interesting. His long and distinguished career as president of Notre Dame will be long remembered by the students of the University, both past and present.…

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Sister Jean’s dream

Beyond the women of Farley Hall, Sister Jean Lenz (“A Room with a View”) also ministered to junior faculty. Many times in my first years of teaching, her gentle humor and model of applied good sense helped me navigate the eddies of administrators and the shoals of undergraduates. And then there were the dreams. My favorite was the one she told me about when I mentioned a room scheduling problem I had encountered. She told me that her regular eve-of-classes dream was that she would be assigned to teach a standard 35-student theology class — in the football stadium. Of course, Sister Jean would have filled the stadium with cheering fans if the registrar had lifted the 35-student limit.…

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Study abroad

I was pleased with the attention given in the autumn 2004 issue to the University's study abroad aspirations as part of Notre Dame's latest strategic plan, and I am delighted to report that some of the items are now reality. We now have two programs in China—the Shanghai program launched in 2001 and a new program in Beijing. The Beijing program and a new year-long program at the University of Bologna in Italy are precisely designed to address the call for a bilingual student body. And in November, the Association of International Educators recognized Notre Dame for the excellence of its student abroad programs.…

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Latino articles

Re: A Theology of Immigration" by Father Daniel Groody: Living in the San Diego area for over 30 years I have been a witness to an incredible dilemma. Both the Mexican and United States governments are at fault! The _interruptions_ included below are too common events.

Hopefully, either Kerry or Bush will address this "death trap" and issue some sort of ID that will allow all immigrants from our southern borders to enter the USA in a sane and safe manner!…

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Comments on "A Question of Conscience"

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_Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form_. I read with interest the article,"Question of Conscience" and found it very intelligent until the author addressed the issue of pro-choice politicians. Appleby's assertion that such a politician is respecting the priority and inviolability of conscience and that somehow that justifies his voting for laws that allow the taking of human life is really very disingenuous. The only way the inviolability of conscience could be given a higher priority than the protection of the unborn is if such politician really did not believe that before birth human beings are entitled to full human rights. Such a position is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church and could only be explained as being the result of poor catechesis or faulty conscience formation on the part of said individual.

I might also add it shows a profound ignorance of or disregard for basic human biology. Catholic politicians who oppose laws that offer protection for the unborn cannot honestly claim that it is their intention to defend the weak and the and vulnerable. To do so represents glaring hypocrisy of the part of Catholic politicians. I am surprised that Appleby did not recognize such a gaping hole in the integrity of what was otherwise such a well-reasoned argument.…

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Morrissey mascot

sparky

Sparky, the mascot of the “Dirty Thirty,” resided in the basement of Morrissey Hall from fall 1965 to summer 1967. Here Sparky sits in the lobby of Morrissey with the juniors of the Dirty Thirty in fall 1965.

James T. Barry ’67 sent the picture after reading about the recent change in University policy that allows rectors to keep pets in the residence halls. (See links for story.)…

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‘And other things Catholic’ letters disturbing

One of the advantages of being a "senior alumnus" is that you have time to think and explore issues unrelated to earning money and making tuition payments. I just finished reading some of the letters to the editor in the spring issue and was totally amazed by some of the statements. First, I must inform Mr. Burke that priestly celibacy does not date back to Christ or the apostles. The concept started in the fourth century. In fact there is evidence of correspondence between St. Augustine and a married bishop and his wife, who was a daughter of another bishop. If Mr. Burke would do some reading he would discover that the apostles ( including Peter ) were married so there is no historical or scriptural basis for priestly celibacy. Now Mr. Burke gets to "the church’s position on birth control". Before Pope Paul VI wrote Humane Vitae in 1968 Pope John XXIII

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Letters to the editor: from print issue

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The Unseen Notre Dame

Thanks to Ed Cohen and Matt Cashore ‘94 for the compelling photo essay, “The Unseen Notre Dame” (Spring 2003). Cashore’s pictures speak volumes, with unique camera angles, textures that jump off the page and subtle influences of ambient lighting. For me, some of the pictures were quirky and fun, some awe-inspiring, others sentimental. The way Cashore photographs people seems to place one into their presence, capturing heart and spirit, and you feel you’re sharing their stories. Beautiful work.…

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*Peace*
I was disheartened to read in the winter 2002-2003 issue that students have written sarcastic counterslogans next to the antiwar messages put around campus by the Notre Dame Peace Coalition. That students would resort to ridicule as a means to deal with a call for peace is disturbing. That _Notre Dame Magazine_ would appear to legitimize such a response by writing about it in an offhand manner, rather than challenging it, disturbs me as well. Blessed are the peacemakers. Blessed and brave is the work of the Notre Dame Peace Coalition.

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Domers error
I was pleased to see my uncle’s name, Creighton Miller, in the Winter 2002-03 issue under “Domers in the News.” My uncle was a very special person, dear to many Notre Dame alumni. I was saddened, however, to note that the brief mention contained three mistakes. Creighton died in May 2002 (not April) —a small mistake. The other two mistakes are not so small. Creighton’s father, my grandfather, was Harry Miller ‘09 (the 1908 team captain you mentioned). Creighton’s uncle was Don Miller ’25, one of the Four Horsemen. (Three other uncles, Gerald, Walter and Ray also played football and graduated from Notre Dame.) The Four Horsemen are part of Notre Dame lore; in addition, the University markets their image on many items of apparel, sports memorabilia, etc. I do think that you could be expected to check your facts, and so keep their names straight.…

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The Poet President

I read Jacqueline Vaught Brogan’s article on Father Charles L. O’Donnell (“Time and Again,” Autumn) with great interest. Although I am a relative of Father O’Donnell’s (my great-grandmother’s sister was his mother), I didn’t learn very much about him until many years after I graduated in 1968.…

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Affirmative Action

Ed Cohen’s article (“Admit by Numbers”) showcased Notre Dame’s endorsement of Michigan’s automatic point entitlement—one based solely upon race. But it did little to illustrate the irony of a Catholic university joining forces with contemporary, secular liberalism. This is the same socialist bedfellow that would eliminate faith-based education in this country, if not faith itself.…

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Ethical business

The winter edition has a five-page article (“Take Your Conscience to Work”) discussing business ethics and how well Notre Dame has addressed ethics in business. On the very next page there is an article questioning whether Notre Dame has too many business majors. Given the ethical condition of corporate America, shouldn’t the question be whether Notre Dame has enough

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Harsh statement
Surviving in Manhattan makes some people overly defensive and brash, as Christina Conklin describes in her fine article, “Would it kill you to be nice?” If only that struggle were unique to New York. A letter to the editor in the winter issue complains about how “evil” a Notre Dame professor is and that he “should burn in hell for eternity.” I would appreciate never reading such a letter again in this magazine. Even our hardened Manhattan alumni know we are leaven in the modern world, not judges of damnation in the next!…

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React Online: The Soul of a University

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Editor’s note: The following letters were received through the magazine’s React Online form and from those written or emailed to the magazine.

Reading Mr. Anthony DePalma’s article on the “Soul of a University” was both moving and enlightening. As the parent of an only child, who is currently a senior in high school, I am fraught with anxiety about letting go while being concerned whether my child will be well taken care off at the college she selects to attend and still get an excellent education that will help her prepare well for a productive future.…

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*Oh, Those Indulgences*

I just read "Escape From Purgatory" by John M. Nichols in your Spring 2004 issue. Not only was there much truth in the article, but it was also written in such a comical way it was a joy to read. I think you should have Mr. Nichols submit an article for each issue. Rest assured your readers would turn to his writing before reading anything else in each issue.…

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