Seen and Heard

Author: Ed Cohen

Father George Rozum, CSC, may have taken his second-last ride in a coffin. Rozum ‘61, ’80MSA has been rector of Alumni Hall since 1979 and for many years was a central figure in a bizarre ritual associated with the hall’s signature springtime event, the Alumni Wake. Originally a commemoration of the much-disputed 1978 decision banning kegs in dorms, the Wake grew into an annual week-long series of festivities culminating in a dance in the hall’s basement. The rector would arrive at the dance at midnight, carried in from the hall chapel inside a coffin. New rules aimed at curbing abusive drinking have put an end to all in-hall dances, and apparently the coffin ritual also has been laid to rest. Student Affairs officials and Father Rozum agreed that it was time to change the character and demeanor of the event. As of February ideas were still being discussed as to what form this year’s Wake would take and whether to bury the coffin. . . . It was the greatest mile race ever run at Notre Dame, maybe the greatest anywhere. Senior Luke Watson won the Meyo Mile at the annual Meyo Invitational meet in the Loftus Sports Center in early February in a time of 3:57.83. It was only the second sub-four-minute mile ever run by a Notre Dame athlete, breaking Chuck Aragon’s school record of 3:59.9 set in 1981. More amazing, the top five finishers in the race all broke four minutes and posted what were at that date the five fastest indoor mile times in the world in 2003. The times were so good that any one of them would have won last year’s NCAA indoor mile championship race. . . . More than 1,200 hotel and motel rooms have been added to the South Bend’s guest accommodations since 1994, bringing to the total to about 3,800, according to the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau. . . . Father Malloy’s mother, Elizabeth, died in January at age 94. She had been living in a nursing home in Chevy Case, Maryland. As it happened, Monk arrived in Washington for a meeting with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities just after she took ill and was able to be with her in the final hours. . . . Chad DeBolt’s booking photo made him look like a victim of police brutality. An internal investigation by the Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff’s Office cleared officers of any wrongdoing. DeBolt, a special teams player on the football team, was in Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl the week before New Year’s. He was arrested early in the morning of December 27 for refusing to leave a nightclub. In the booking photo, shown on national TV and printed in many newspapers, his eyes were swollen and he appeared to have dried blood on his face. The internal affairs report said DeBolt was highly intoxicated while being processed into the jail and became combative. The investigation report said the student’s injuries were “superficial” and “not proof of excessive force but an indication that force was used to restrain him.” The FBI is reportedly conducting its own independent investigation. In January DeBolt’s attorney entered an innocent plea to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. DeBolt is completing his fifth year of studies. He played both football and lacrosse for three years. This spring he expects to earn a combined engineering and MBA degree. He was studying in London spring semester as part of the MBA program. . . . Hofman Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási was nominated for a 2002 Rave Award from Wired magazine for his book Linked: The New Science of Networks, about recurring patterns in life and the world. He lost the Rave to Stephen Wolfram and his best-seller A New Kind of Science, about how the universe operates. . . . The Boat Club joined the ranks of Bridget McGuire’s Filling Station and Finnigan’s Irish Pub in January when a police raid on the Hill Street bar resulted in citations for more than 200 underage patrons. Like Bridget’s and Finnigan’s, the Boat Club was widely known as the bar underage students could get into with a fake ID. In terms of citations, the Boat Club bust topped both the January 1998 raid of Bridget’s (now a coffee shop) and the October 2000 raid of Finnigan’s (currently operating under new management as The Library). According to authorities, all but 15 to 20 of those cited at the Boat Club were Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s students. The Boat Club’s owners face a $5,000 file and, as with previous bar busts, must give up their liquor license or sell to new owners. . . . A group of students organized a boycott of the downtown dance club Heartland. The movement started after a Puerto Rican student said she was denied admission to the club by a bouncer. The bouncer was checking ID’s at the door to make sure people were of legal drinking age. He thought the student’s Puerto Rican driver’s license might be fake so he asked for a passport. In a letter to The Observer, the student said she explained that Puerto Ricans don’t need a passport to enter the United States and that she doesn’t carry hers with her. She said that as she walked away the bouncer said, “We don’t want Puerto Ricans here anyway.” Friends who were with her corroborated the account. The club’s manager told a reporter that the bouncer denies making the remark. . . . N. John Cannon, a senior from Birmingham, Alabama, was one of 83 undergraduates—out of 460 nominated nationwide —to make USA Today’s 2003 All-USA College Academic Team. He was a second-team selection. A political science and finance major enrolled in the University’s Honors Program, Cannon also is president and co-founder of a foundation that produces the magazine Changing Times, about students and professionals making a positive impact. The magazine is distributed three times a year to students, colleges and universities around the country. . . . Saint Joseph County Council rejected a proposal by a developer to build a permanent tailgating park in a residential area a few blocks east of campus and south of Douglas Road. Go Park Enterprises reportedly wanted to subdivide the site into 576 oversized parking spaces and sell them for $10,000 to $15,000. Neighborhood residents pressured the council to vote down the proposal. . . . For $3,590 (single occupancy) you can live out your dream of playing football for Notre Dame this summer, in a manner of speaking. Former Irish quarterback Patrick Steenberge ‘73 and the Monogram Club are organizing a Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp to be held July 2 through July 6. The package includes on-field workouts and instruction by former Irish coaches and players, authentic Notre Dame game and practice apparel, and a non-contact football game. For more information, visit, write to Steenberge at, or call Anthony Travel at 800-366-3772. . . . Starting this fall, all business majors will be required to take at least a one-credit course in ethics. . . . Women’s boxing debuted at the Bengal Bouts this year. Twelve members of the women’s boxing club, formed in 1997, sparred in six unscored contests before the men’s quarterfinal and semifinal bouts. Before this year the women had only trained and boxed in private, in addition to helping raise money for the tournament’s beneficiary, the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. . . . During football weekends, the new Subway restaurant in the LaFortune Student Center is one of the three busiest in the country, says Dave Prentkowski, director of Food Services. Even during a normal week when school is in session the restaurant ranks No. 1 in its region, he says. . . . The latest addition to LaFortune’s eateries is a taco and burrito takeout in the Huddle Mart called Buen Provecho. . . . Participants in last fall’s inaugural Executive Integral Leadership Program, part of the business college’s executive education programs, received some unconventional help in developing their leadership skills. Among the activities included in the program were poetry writing, portrait sketching and playing an MBA version of Simon Says. Many of the activities were designed to focus on the “interior dimension” of leadership, including emotions, values and morals. Price for the program: $6,750 per person. . . . If you’re a fan of the TV series Survivor, you probably don’t remember the episode in which the stern football coach figures out a way to divide 13 peanuts among 13 tribe members so it seems like a lot more food. The coach was Tyrone Willingham and the episode was Survivor Tyland, a short film parody that raised the curtain on this year’s 14th annual Student Film Festival. The piece was produced by Ted Mandell, associate professional specialist in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre. In the film, the first-year Irish coach plays to his serious, analytical public image as he chops each nut (“I would say I was dicing them finely”) into 13 pieces so they take longer to eat.