Seen and Heard, web extra

Author: Ed Cohen

Athletic director Kevin White, now beginning his fourth year on the job, received a two-year contract extension. His original five-year contract had already been extended five years and now reaches to 2012. Notre Dame was the only school last fall to qualify all six of its teams for NCAA tournament play or a football bowl game. After the fall sports the Irish stood third in the standings for the all-sports Directors’ Cup. . . . Women’s volleyball coach Debbie Brown received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes former student athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college athletics careers 25 years ago. She has led her teams to NCAA tournament appearances in 15 of 16 years as a head coach, including 10 straight with Notre Dame. . . . Bishop Joseph R. Crowley, former auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, died in early February at age 88. He retired in 1990. . . . Three Notre Dame faculty received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2003, bringing to 16 the number of NEH fellowships won by the faculty the past four years—the most of any university. The latest winners are Donald Crafton of the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, English professor John Duffy, and art history professor Meredith Gill. . . . The Sporting News listed football coach Tyrone Willingham 39th on the publication’s annual Power 100 list of the most powerful people in sports. The Sporting News earlier named Willingham Sportsman of the Year for 2002. . . . The Snite Museum hosted the provocative photo exhibit “Girl Culture,” by contemporary American photographer Lauren Greenfield. A frank and sometimes disturbing collection of images interspersed with text from interviews, Girl Culture explored the world of showgirls, ballet dancers, athletes, beauty queens and others. The campus showing closed March 9, but future exhibits are planned for Davenport, Iowa; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Ithaca, New York. . . . For a while a tiny penguin appeared in almost every issue of Scholastic magazine. The nearly subliminal image was the idea of a staff member who had taken a picture of his own plastic penguin and began inserting it discreetly into one photo per issue via image-editing software. The penguin-inserter was studying abroad spring semester, so the penguin disappeared. No word yet on whether next year’s staff will revive the idea. . . . A Notre Dame theology professor received the same award as pop singer Ricky Martin at a ceremony last September. Father Virgilio P. Elizondo, visiting professor of theology and associate director of Latino theology and pastoral concerns in the Institute of Latino Studies, was presented a 2002 Hispanic Heritage award during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Other winners included the founder and publisher of People en Espanol and a Mexican-American Olympic gold-medal-winning speed skater. Elizondo was honored for his “worldwide impact upon Hispanic religion.” He served for many years as pastor of a cathedral in San Antonio whose Sunday Spanish Mass became famous throughout Latin America. It was televised and carried via satellite to more than a million households. . . . Project Warmth, which collects new and used coats for people in need of winter clothing, had a record year. People donated more then 4,700 coats between late October and early December. Zahm Hall collected the most—898, nearly four coats per resident. After cleaning at no charge by Saint Michael’s Laundry, the coats are distributed to community service agencies in South Bend. . . . Sophomore Jordan Cornette broke former UCLA star Bill Walton’s Joyce Center record of 10 blocked shots in a game when he swatted 11 in an early season victory over Belmont. . . . In a memorable Week in Distortion column in Scholastic, sophomore Jessica Cisewski analyzed the ups and downs, ins and outs of thong underwear. One of the chief advantages: elimination of the dreaded VPL (Visible Panty Line). “This makes perfect sense —after all, we wouldn’t want anyone walking around behind us thinking we actually wear underwear. That is one of a girls’ best-kept secrets.” . . . A group of Saint Mary’s College students stood outside O’Laughlin Auditorium handing out flyers to people entering to see the Keenan Revue, the annual comedy-variety show put on for free by the men of Keenan Hall. The flyer listed definitions of terms including sexism, misogyny and denigrate, and suggested the Revue perpetuated hateful stereotypes. Particular attention was paid to a skit that said Saint Mary’s was named not for the Virgin Mary but “Saint Mary Magdalene, patron saint of whores.” The flyers didn’t appear to discourage any show-goers—including hundreds of Saint Mary’s students—and the performance drew its usual mix of mostly raucous laughter and occasional groans. The show program was patterned after a baseball program and included a seventh-inning stretch in the second act with a sing-a-long. The revised “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” seemed to speak to critics: “Take me out to the Re-vue/Take me out to the show/Guys with fake titties and jokes about Zahn/Don’t forget the one ‘bout your mom/So let’s laugh, laugh, laugh with old Kee-nan;And if you don’t like what we do/Then it’s/”Up/yours/the tickets were free.“/At the old Re-vue.”. . . . It didn’t get the loudest laughs and it may not have been original, but one of the brainier lines in this year’s show came in a sketch that imagined headlines from the year 3000 (a rip-off of Conan O’Brien’s “In the Year 2000” bit). One millennium hence, the prognosticator announced, the American public will be outraged when Johnson & Johnson discloses that baby powder is, in fact, made out of babies.