Deaths in the family

By The editors

For her 90th birthday, Helen Hiatt received a white T-shirt that had been hand-painted to say “Mother of the Huddle,” her long-standing nickname.

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Seen & heard

By The editors

“No organ builder worth his salt will build an organ for a space that’s carpeted,” says Father Peter Rocca, CSC, ’70, ’73M.A, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Carpet, apparently a post-Vatican II design move to make churches more inviting, eats sound. So, anticipating the installation by early 2016 of a $3.2 million instrument crafted by acclaimed Tacoma, Washington, designer Paul Fritts, the Basilica closed the day after Christmas for an overhaul of its flooring. Forty-four days later, the last of 25,000 textured, slate-colored porcelain tiles was laid, completing a $500,000 renovation project that has drawn raves for giving the 125-year-old church a more beautiful, European feel. Fritts has also created pipe organs for Notre Dame’s Reyes Organ Recital Hall and the rehearsal room in Coleman-Morse Hall named for the late Basilica organist and choir director Gail Walton. . . .…

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What We've Done

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Rob Nabors, illustration by Emmett Baggett

Rob Nabors ’93 is President Obama’s deputy chief of staff. . . . Thaddeus “T.J.” Jones ’89 serves on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications — he’s the pope’s Twitter guy. #Wow. . . . John Sears ’60 was Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager and Richard Allen ’57, ’58M.A.

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We Are . . . .

By The editors

Theodore M. Hesburgh CSC,
Red Smith,
Jean Lenz OSV,
David Gaus,
Frank O’Malley,
Gustavo Gutierrez,
Steve Bartman,
Ara Parseghian,
Cindy Parseghian,
Molly Kinder,
Bob McDonnell,
Bruce Babbitt,
William H. Dempsey,
Joe Evans,
Mark Shields,
George Dohrmann,
Haley Scott DeMaria,
Tony Bill,
Bill Toohey CSC,
Jane Pitz,
Tom Moe,

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Deaths in the family

By The editors

At age 12, Bill Storey ’54M.A., ’59Ph.D., joined the Catholic Church because he felt haunted by God. His conversion, and his acute thirst for prayer, the Eucharist and truth, would inspire generations of students during his 18-year tenure at Notre Dame. He was 90 when he died on January 16.

When he returned to Notre Dame in 1967, Storey was assigned to teach in the doctoral program in liturgical studies, but he was soon tapped to design a new undergraduate theology major. His classes on church history, which he often taught in his home, overflowed with eager pupils. Decades later former students could be found visiting him at Erasmus Books, the bookstore he and his partner, Philip Schatz ’72, ’74M.A., established and owned in South Bend.…

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Who We Are

By The editors

The stereotype does exist. Catholic. White. Male. The stereotype — like all stereotypes — comes from intelligible truths.

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Seen & heard

By The editors

Photo by Matt Cashore '94

Brownson Abbey may not be playing on PBS anytime soon, but the mock poster did make quite the parting gift for the Nanovic Institute’s interim director, Don Crafton. When he joined the Nanovic staff, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre had the idea to run local television ads for the institute during the popular show Downton Abbey. Playing on Crafton’s concept and love of film, the Nanovic staff, led by events coordinator Melanie Webb and with masterful Photoshopping by Matt Cashore ’94, created a poster starring themselves in period attire in front of their office building, Brownson Hall, as a thank-you for Crafton’s leadership. . . .…

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Deaths in the family

By The editors

Many knew James A. Roemer ’51, ’55J.D. as the dean of students, depicted in a campus comic strip as a helmet-wearing enforcer of rules and regulations, the authoritarian who dispensed creative penalties for various transgressions and who in 1984 confronted a mob that had stormed the Main Building to protest new alcohol policies. Others knew him as a South Bend attorney who would serve Notre Dame as its general counsel from 1972 to 1975. Still others knew him as the University’s director of community relations, actively engaged at the grassroots level to ensure that Notre Dame practiced in South Bend what it pronounced on campus.…

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A place of inspiration

By The editors

But amid the grand and well-known stories of inspiration that have weaved their way into the lore and identity of this University are the smaller strands — the fleeting moments, the unknown people, the little-seen places that change lives.

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From Readers

By The editors

The other side

Having spent 30 years of my academic life studying and writing on Ireland, I couldn’t disagree more with the articles by Liam Farrell and Robert Schmuhl that characterized the struggle in northeast Ireland’s six counties as being based largely on sectarian strife between Catholics and Protestants.…

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An Act of Inclusion

By The editors

A new pastoral plan establishes a student organization for GLBTQ students and others.

The University announced in early December plans to establish a new student organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ) students and their allies.

The new organization was recommended by the Office of Student Affairs after a five-month review process and is part of a comprehensive plan to promote a more welcoming and inclusive environment while remaining consistent with Notre Dame’s mission and heritage as a Catholic university.…

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Seen and heard

By The editors

The campus community mourned the deaths of two students during the autumn semester. Ziqi Zhang, 19, a spirited Saint Mary’s College sophomore from China who took engineering classes at Notre Dame, died October 18 after colliding with a vehicle while riding her bicycle near the Saint Mary’s entrance on Indiana 933. The body of Colorado native Michael Thigpen

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Deaths in the Family

By The editors

Edward A. Goerner

For many years before he died on October 2 at the age of 82, Edward a. Goerner and his family lived in The Lilacs, a pale yellow brick house built in 1889 for a Notre Dame professor at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Napoleon Boulevard, which Goern- er had restored in the late 1960s.…

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A Land of Myth and Legend

By The editors

The legacy is a land of myth and legend. Eleven national championships. Seven Heisman trophies. Win one for the Gipper. Ara, stop the rain. Here come the Irish. Catholics vs. convicts. Play like a champion today. The tunnel. The Shirt. Touchdown Jesus. Fair Catch Corby. No. 1 Moses. The Golden Boy and the Comeback Kid.

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A readership survey thank you

By The editors

From the staff of Notre Dame Magazine

First, we’d like to say thanks. For 35 years Notre Dame Magazine has been produced with its readers foremost in mind. In return, we’re heartily appreciative of your generous financial support as well as the guidance, story ideas and articles you’ve contributed. It’s been a great relationship. We’re even more sure of that now.…

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A note on the contents

By The editors

Homosexuality. It’s a subject whose various dimensions incite tempests of protest and moral indignation. The debate over gay marriage. Arguments over gay clergy. The clash over nature versus nurture. The causes of physical attraction, the expression of affection, love and sexual desire. The normalization of gay lifestyles in popular culture. The need for acceptance, affirmation, intimacy, community, family. The strength of Catholic doctrine. The compassion of Catholic teaching. Volatile issues all.

Issues, in fact, that caused disagreement among the magazine staff even as we planned this edition. Yet while we may not have found agreement on the points debated, we did reach a consensus on what to include in this selection of stories-although few will approve of all that is presented here.…

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