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Author: Chas Grundy

As is the case at many businesses, to make an outside call from a Notre Dame telephone, you have to dial 9 first. But so many people accidentally dial 9-1-1 (which connects to campus Security/Police emergency) that telephone users are being asked to dial 8 instead of 9. For now both 8 or 9 work, but starting in September, only 8 will. . . . Speaking of numbers, in response to student requests and concerns about identity theft, the University has discontinued using students' Social Security numbers as primary identifiers. Social Security numbers still must be provided for admissions and financial aid applications, but they'll no longer appear on printed lists within the University. . . ._The Observer_ had a rough February on the word-usage front. An inside columnist described her family station wagon's gradual demise as a "dissent to death." (She meant descent.) A front-page headline declared "Study abroad decisions eminent" (Make that imminent.) The sub-headline on a wire service story about Notre Dame Provost Nathan Hatch's future as president of Wake Forest University read, "Wake Forest has previously lead the post-industrial revival for the city of Winston-." Not only was the second-half of Wake Forest's home city, Winston-Salem, cut off, but it should have read "led," not "lead.". . . In May 2005, Bishop John D'Arcy celebrated 20 years as leader of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. It is estimated that 16 percent of the overall population in the area defined as the diocese is Catholic. . . . Seven students who headed to a pub downtown one night this winter saved the life of a woman along the way. According to a newspaper account, after parking their car near the Library Irish Pub on Lakewood Drive, the students spotted a woman lying unconscious on the ground beside a car. One of them realized she was suffering from hypothermia and used his cell phone to call 911. The woman spent four days recuperating in the hospital. . . . Architecture professor Thomas Gordon Smith showed up on PBS's _This Old House_ this past season. An expert on Greek Revival style, he spoke with the show's host about how the style crossed geographic, political and socio-economic boundaries, and how it could affect the program's 25th anniversary project, the restoration of an 1849 farmhouse in Carlisle, Massachusetts. . . . Freshman Adam Boocher competes in National Scrabble Association tournaments, and in April he hosted one of his own, in the Knights of Columbus Hall on campus. The event attracted 58 competitors from across the United States. . . . Students from various residence halls fanned out to neighborhoods in South Bend and Mishawaka one Saturday in April and came back with about 4,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. The drive was the idea of four students who worked with the residence halls and the Center for Social Concerns. . . . The champion women's team in this year's Bookstore Basketball tournament included a pair of freshman roommates—from the 1980s. Jill Bodensteiner '91, associate vice president and counsel, and Sara Liebscher '91, '93MBA, assistant director in athletics advancement and a former varsity basketball player, lived together in Pasquerilla West in 1986 and were Bookstore Basketball teammates as seniors. This year they joined with Christy Yarnell, senior academic counselor for student athletes, the basketball coach at Saint Mary's and a Saint Mary's senior to form team Anthony Travel. In the finals, they beat a team that featured the women's varsity team's starting center, Teresa Borton. . . . Three members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota (one named Adrienne Twohawks) sniffed out an apparent electrical fire in the Perkins restaurant near campus before anyone else noticed it. All three had experience as ambulance emergency workers, and they had stopped at Perkins for dinner while on their way home from a training program in Pennsylvania, according to the account in the _South Bend Tribune_. Stepping outside, the found flames coming from an area above the restaurant entrance. Perkins was evacuated and the fire department called. No one was seriously injured. . . . Ron Powlus '97, the four-year starter at quarterback for the Irish in the 1990s who set positive records but never approached the Heisman-level glory predicted for him, is back with the football program. He was hired to manage the team's recruiting efforts as director of personnel development. . . . Carlos Gutierrez wrote an open letter to the Notre Dame community in December. Not Carlos Gutierrez the former CEO of Kellogg cereals whom President Bush picked as his next secretary of commerce. This was Carlos Gutierrez the senior finance and political science double major. The younger Gutierrez said that after the cereal executive was nominated for the cabinet post, he, the student, received 27 emails of congratulations. His letter to _The Observer_ explained that, unlike his namesake, he's not from Cuba but Mexico City, has never worked for Kellogg's, doesn't have a mustache, and "most importantly, I have yet to find a job." . . . A couple of seniors dressed as ninjas pulled the traditional prank of disrupting a final exam in Stepan Center this spring. But in making their getaway, they managed to break a glass door on the geodesic multipurpose building. The pranksters were quickly apprehended by campus Security/Police, which is now based a stone's throw away from Stepan in the new Hammes Mowbray Hall. . . . With what was once known as the campus infirmary scheduled to undergo a complete renovation, University Health Services moved into the vacated former Security Building (behind the Rock). And the Counseling Center, which was also in the infirmary, relocated to the vacant post office. The new post office shares Hammes Mowbray with Security/Police. The two health operations will remain in their temporary locations for a year. . . . Chandra Johnson, the assistant to Father Malloy who shaved her head last fall in protest of the firing of Tyrone Willingham, moved to a new job when Malloy stepped down June 30. While working in the president's office, Johnson, who remains bald, also held the title of assistant director of Campus Ministry. She'll be returning to Campus Ministry full time as associate director of cross-cultural ministry. . . . The flourishing Keough Institute for Irish Studies hosted a massive conference on campus in April. "Ireland Beyond Borders," the title for this year's annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, lasted five days and featured some 300 speakers participating in nearly 100 discussions. The event attracted nearly 600 people, according to an estimate by a conference organizer. . . . Father Ted traveled to Atlanta in April to receive the inaugural Humanitarian Award at the annual Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Awards ceremony. The awards highlight the accomplishments of African Americans and their champions from all walks of life. Because of failing eyesight and walking difficulty, Hesburgh, 87, rarely travels anymore. He told a reporter he had to go to this event "for various reasons . . . not the least of which being the fact that Atlanta was always the most civil of southern cities during the movement leading to the signing of the Civil Rights Act." Hesburgh was honored for his "pivotal role in helping to achieve equality and justice." He was a charter member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.