In a Michigan minute

By Tom Tiberio '05

Graphic design graduate student Mark Cook wanted to document life in the Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor area of Michigan as best he could.

He set aside a minute.

On March 26, 30 graduate and undergraduate students armed with cameras, audio recorders and notebooks set out to help Cook capture ordinary life in the twin cities, located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Saint Joseph River, about 35 miles north of campus. They did so by training their eyes and recording equipment on various locations for 60 seconds, from 3:26 to 3:27 in the afternoon. Cook then assembled the images into a kind of computerized slide show. The production mingled photographs with text from students and others in the community who agreed to write down what they were thinking about and doing at the designated minute.…

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Students need their bottles

By Tom Tiberio '05

The Nalgene craze has hit Notre Dame.

These virtually indestructible, techy-looking plastic bottles are showing up on campuses across the country and have become almost an extension of the student wardrobe. At Notre Dame they can be seen everywhere—nestled in mesh pouches of backpacks or dangling from a belt loop or backpack strap, often tethered by another trendy accessory, a carabiner, those D-shaped spring-loaded clips originally designed for rappelling.…

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Teaching tact to doctors

By Tom Tiberio '05

Ruth Hillebrand found out she was dying after a physician called her Manhattan apartment late one night.

It was a rare form of cancer—mesothelioma. The disease had no treatment and no cure, the doctor told her bluntly. Then he hung up.

Unbeknownst to the physician, Hillebrand was living alone at the time with no one to talk to and no one to comfort her after receiving the news. She passed away on June 17, 1994, at age 67.…

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