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Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

We’ve been told by many readers that the Notre Dame Magazine print issue is a quarterly treat. It doesn’t end there, however. Several times a week, the website,, is home to new features.

Recently, our web columnists offered their thoughts on quality drama on cable TV, love of the rosary, being a Cubs fan, the USC sanctions, cell phones, death panels and raising compassionate kids. Videos and panoramas from Haiti brought the earthquake devastation and the work of ND volunteers to your living room. Alumni shared eulogies for beloved professors, reflections on their activities across the world and thoughts on their post-ND lives.

Stories from the print issues and other audio features are posted at the magazine’s domain on iTunes U, with links available through the magazine home page. The comic strip Molarity gives browsers a fresh start to their week. A Networthy ND column connects readers to various blogs, videos and gems from other sites by ND alumni.

Here’s a look at what you might discover when you visit the online magazine.

Columnists and contributors

Christine Becker: TV or not TV. The Twitter queen offers longer takes on pop culture trends, from the allure of Mad Men and Breaking Bad to the joys of Betty White. She is an ND associate professor of film, television and theatre.

Matt Cashore ’94: Multimedia. The videos, panoramas, slide shows and photographs, whether from campus or points around the globe, let you experience people, places and events through the lens of a skilled artist.

Michael Garvey ’74: Believing. The cradle Catholic on what can be seen through the eyes of belief under one’s nose, around the neighborhood, worldwide and throughout the universe. He is an ND assistant director of public relations and communications.

Jason Kelly ’95: Far Afield. Our newest columnist says he is not related to Coach Brian Kelly. He does, however, like to stand on the sidelines and call ’em as he sees them. His commentary will cover the sporting world field.

Michael Molinelli ’82: Molarity. Get a biweekly fix of the comic strip that satirizes daily life at Notre Dame. Molarity Classic features strips from the cartoon’s early years in The Observer; Molarity Redux reprises the characters, with Jim Mole returning to campus as a professor.

John Monczunski: Hunh? His lawn has more weeds than grass and he’s suffering buyer’s remorse after trading in his old car. Despite such pitfalls, this associate editor of the magazine frequently finds grace in unseen corners.

John Nagy ’00M.A.: Lazy I. Yes, the magazine’s other associate editor does have one blind eye. And yes, he claims to be lazy. So clearly he has a sense of humor. He also offers a keen view of everyday life, from raising six kids to celebrating in the spirit of the Church.

Darcia Narvaez: Good Kids. The ND professor of psychology serves up in-depth looks at moral development and character education in children, from tips on how to read to kids to ideas on getting them to be more cooperative. Magic? No. Helpful? Yes.

Carol Schaal ’91M.A. Unbalanced. With slightly askew takes on stuff that really matters, like baseball, techno-gadgets, foul language and sundry relatives, the magazine’s managing editor hopes to make you laugh but doesn’t mind if you occasionally cry.

Maraya Steadman ’89, ’90MBA: The Playroom. The stay-at-home mother won praise from her one-time boss for her leadership skills, but raising her three children is a whole different story. And she has some stories to tell. Follow her parenting experiences weekly.

Kerry Temple ’74: Soundings. The magazine editor and noted writer offers observations from his corner office about life on campus and beyond, still looking for answers to the questions he had as an undergrad.

Coming soon, we’ll offer columns on politics by David Campbell, on ethics in business by Ann Tenbrunsel, and on family matters from professors in the Center for Children and Families.


Sometimes we run the unexpected. Like the reflection by a priest who recently concelebrated Mass at the border between the United States and Mexico. Or the essay by a Notre Dame professor who had extraterrestrials on his mind. Or a photograph of students enjoying a class outside on a picture-perfect day. We hope you find it worth a look.