Campus & Community

Head to toe

By Jason Kelly '95

Hear how Cymbeline cast members wipe their feet to free their minds and the reason they acknowledge their toes when the show's over. 

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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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In character

By Jason Kelly '95

The magazine goes behind the scenes as the actors of the England-bound Robinson Shakespeare Company grow into their roles.

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As herself

By Jason Kelly '95

Precious Parker needed to be persuaded. The idea of performing Shakespeare, whoever that was, did not interest her.

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My lady sweet, arise

By Jason Kelly '95

Forest Wallace, as Cloten, gives Shakespeare's verse a hip-hop update to woo the king's daughter Imogen. Cloten dismisses the music his attending lords play, then asks them give him a beat. Listen:

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By any other name

By Jason Kelly '95

Ophelia Emmons is named after the Ophelia, of Denmark, so Ophelia of Indiana’s place on the Shakespearean stage seems like a matter of destiny. She rejects any stars-aligning interpretation.

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Beyond Walden Pond

By Laura Dassow Walls

Before Henry David Thoreau posed the challenge “to live deliberately” to us, he posed it to himself, writes Notre Dame's William P. and Hazel B. White professor of English — whose new biography of the bearded transcendentalist The Washington Post has called "the masterpiece he deserves."

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Amusing muses

By Jason Kelly '95

Listen in as director Christy Burgess and the cast of Cymbeline find the right personal and cultural references to help them define their characters.

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Through hoops

By Jason Kelly '95

As an actor, Forest Wallace has an "amazing unselfconsciousness about him," Robinson Shakespeare Company director Christy Burgess says. "It’s thrilling to watch."

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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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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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The choreography of love and conflict

By Jason Kelly '95

Eavesdrop as the cast of Cymbeline learns the body language of “folding in” and “verbal boxing” to depict poignant and provocative interactions between characters when emotional passion and physical tension arise in the script.

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En Route

By Jason Kelly '95

The saga of Father Edward Sorin's journey from France across the American frontier to the place called Sainte-Marie-des-Lacs.

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Echoes: The old ND&W

By Tom Burke ’83MBA

Notre Dame once had its own railroad. Tucked behind the University power plant and crossing Douglas Road twice on the northern edge of campus, the Notre Dame & Western or ND&W ran from 1902 into the 1990s.

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Deaths in the family

By The editors

Adam S. Arnold Jr., who came to Notre Dame in 1957 and was its first African-American faculty member and the first African American to receive tenure, died April 14 at age 94.

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Seen & heard

By The editors

Notre Dame philosopher Alvin Plantinga, whose influential arguments for the existence of God helped redefine the academic debate on the subject, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Templeton Prize.

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The life he built

By Jason Kelly '95

Many cockroaches were harmed in the making of Andy Greco’s college education. He killed 60 of them one night in a massacre that Greco ’81 assumes must still be commemorated in the cockroach community.

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Letter from campus: Uncorrected proof

By Kerry Temple ’74

Here is a little-known truth about Notre Dame Magazine: Carol Schaal ’91M.A., the managing editor, would be named the magazine’s Most Valuable Player if the award were put to a vote of the staff. Probably by unanimous decision.

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The Stationmaster

By Sean O'Brien '95, '01J.D., '02LL.M.

Thomas Bulla and Father Sorin were neighbors back when fugitive slaves were riding the Underground Railroad, their flight through South Bend aided by the man who lived about where Flanner Hall stands today — and whose sense of "neighbor" followed biblical ideals.

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Another anniversary

By Kerry Temple ’74

Every year — along about commencement season — the Notre Dame lakefronts become toddler playgrounds for fuzzy little ducks and geese. Waddling in the grass, stumbling and scooting to keep up, trailing mothers single file, they eventually skim the placid waters like little bathtub toys.

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Miss Christy

By Jason Kelly '95

“Costumes don’t define who we are. It’s characters.” That sounds just like something Christy Burgess would say, but she’s not within earshot. Her students are channeling her.

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Armored love

By Video by Ryan Blaske

Director Christy Burgess and actors from the Robinson Shakespeare Company discuss what the ensemble means to them as they prepare for a summer trip to perform in England.

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