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Alumni

The 47-year final semester

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

John Kohne dropped out of Notre Dame late in the autumn of 1969, twelve credits shy of his chemical engineering degree. He traveled home to La Porte, Indiana, realizing as he walked in the door that he'd made a life-changing mistake.

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Young Alumni Essay Contest 2017 rules

By The editors

Rules for Notre Dame Magazine’s fifth annual Young Alumni Essay Contest. The magazine’s editors, who will judge the 2017 contest, are looking for original, previously unpublished, creative nonfiction essays. The editors are seeking evocative first-person works that would appeal to a college-educated audience.

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Campus and Community

Symphony of humility

By Rick Becker

Last year, after attending the Notre Dame Summer Band's free concert on the Irish Green, I determined to join up, even though I hadn’t really played concert percussion since high school. After all, how hard could it be?

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Church

See you on the dark side of the moon

By Steve Ruskin '02Ph.D.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, America will witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles. During the “Great American Eclipse,” as it is being called, tens of millions of Americans are projected to make their way into the narrow path of the moon’s shadow to watch the sun disappear completely for nearly three minutes over one section of the country after another.

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Current Affairs

My citizenship, myself

By Selena Ponio '18

I sit beside a large man who is sobbing and wearing a cowboy hat. In the front of the room is a hollow, emerald green statue of Lady Liberty about as tall as I am. This is my American citizenship ceremony. I am 14 years old and irritated that I have to miss a day of school to be “welcomed” into a country that I have already been living in since I was 3.

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Science and Technology

The 47-year final semester

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

John Kohne dropped out of Notre Dame late in the autumn of 1969, twelve credits shy of his chemical engineering degree. He traveled home to La Porte, Indiana, realizing as he walked in the door that he'd made a life-changing mistake.

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Adding chapters

By Alison Macor '88

I stare down at my phone, puzzled by the text. Activity swirls around me as I stand in my good friend Michelle Melland’s kitchen. I check the sender’s name and slowly turn around. Michelle ’88 lies eight feet away in a hospital bed, breathing through a tube inserted into a hole in her trachea and connected to a nearby ventilator.

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See you on the dark side of the moon

By Steve Ruskin '02Ph.D.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, America will witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles. During the “Great American Eclipse,” as it is being called, tens of millions of Americans are projected to make their way into the narrow path of the moon’s shadow to watch the sun disappear completely for nearly three minutes over one section of the country after another.

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Society and Culture

Our shaggy dog story

By Beth Apone Salamon ’90

In between the screams over the phone from my 17-year-old daughter, I could only make out a few actual words. It sounded like she said the dog had been hit. Maybe with a car. Maybe by her. Impossible to say from her unstrung wailing.

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Symphony of humility

By Rick Becker

Last year, after attending the Notre Dame Summer Band's free concert on the Irish Green, I determined to join up, even though I hadn’t really played concert percussion since high school. After all, how hard could it be?

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