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The "Catholic Character "of Notre Dame
1986 when the US Catholic Bishops issued their statement,
"Economic Justice for All," they wrote that "it is a social
and moral scandal that 1 of every 7 Americans is poor." They
argued that every social policy today should be measured by
how it touches the poor among us; that "the market is limited
by fundamental human rights," and that there is a "prophetic
mandate to speak for those who have no one to speak for them,
to be a defender of the defenseless." Such statements draw
on a long Catholic tradition exemplified by papal encyclicals
such as Rerum Novarum (1891), Quadragesimo Anno (1931), Mater
et Magistra (1961), and Populorum Progressio (1967), which
argue for Christians to become active in supporting social
justice, labor unions, family farms, relief and development
for poor nations, eradication of poverty, and resistance to
concentrations of material resources.
say that Notre Dame has a Catholic character is to say that
it is part of a particular Christian history and way of life,
like that promoted in the documents just mentioned. This way
of life centers on belief in Jesus Christ. Like other Christian
denominations, Catholicism teaches that the world of God is
revealed through the Bible. At the most basic level, as the
Bible teaches, God is love, and love is the hallmark of all
Christian behavior. Christians believe that they should be
recognizable because of the love they show to others.
have a special commitment to at least five core values: social
justice, community, tradition, reason, and universality. Catholic
commitment to social justice arises from the Catholic belief
that all creation, and especially humans, are good because
they all come from God. Humans are made in the image of God,
according to Catholic doctrine, and all humans have dignity
and equal rights. Thus, as the Catholic Church proclaimed
in its Second Vatican Council, in The Church in the Modern
World, the struggle for social justice is part of the human
movement toward God. Loving and serving others is a way of
loving and serving God. As Pope John Paul II put it, our human
work of struggling for peace and for social justice is collaboration
with God's work.
to social justice also is essential to a Catholic way of life
because, as St. Ignatius Loyola put it, the Catholic sees
God in all things. Catholics believe they encounter the invisible
God only through visible reality, like the natural world and
the loving behavior of other people. Committed to the beliefs
that humans are naturally good and naturally oriented to God,
in spite of their tendency to sin and selfishness, Catholics
believe that the kingdom of God is both here and now as well
as forever. They do not share the Lutheran belief in the two
kingdoms, one on earth and one in heaven, one here and one
forever, one natural and one supernatural. Instead Catholics
believe there is one eternal kingdom and that everything that
exists is good. They believe that there is not a realm of
nature and a separate realm of grace, as some other Christians
believe. For Catholics, all nature, all creation, is graced
and is a way of knowing, loving, and serving God. Committed
to the God-given goodness of all nature and to universal human
rights, Notre Dame expresses its social-justice commitments
through the Center for Social Concern, its Hesburgh Center
for International and Peace Studies, and its university-wide
10 percent of each Notre Dame graduating class spends at least
a year in unpaid/nonprofit social-justice work, prior to obtaining
a standard job.
Catholic way of life, emphasizing that we encounter God through
people, events, and objects - all of which are good - is thus
committed to community. Catholics believe that we encounter
God not just through individual conscience, as many other
Christians believe, but also through the people of God, the
Church. The Notre Dame commitment to community is one of its
greatest strengths, and among all US colleges and universities,
national surveys indicate that Notre Dame arguably has the
most cohesive sense of community. Outsiders might conjecture
that football is responsible. Perhaps another factor is that
every Notre Dame residence hall has daily Mass, an optional
community-based worship service - typically late at night
- in which many students voluntarily participate. Holy Cross
priests, living in the dorms, and excellent residence-hall
assistants (Ras) also help to create community at Notre Dame.
Catholic emphasis on community, however, does not jeopardize
the primacy of individual conscience. As the Second Vatican
Council of the Catholic Church (The Church in the Modern World)
affirmed 40 years ago, we are always bound to follow our consciences,
and no one should be forced to act contrary to conscience.
Nevertheless Catholics believe that we ought to try to form
our consciences in the light of church teachings (Vatican
II, Declaration on Religious Freedom).
as Catholics emphasize both community and individual conscience,
so also they emphasize both tradition and scripture. For many
Christian denominations, God speaks only through the Bible.
Consistent with the fact that they believe nature, people,
and events teach us about God, Catholics believe that history
and tradition also teach us about God. As Pope John Paul XXIII
proclaimed, history itself teaches us about God. Moreover,
according to Catholic doctrine, the Bible itself is a product
of tradition and culture. As a consequence, Catholics do not
accept a fundamentalist or literal interpretation of the Bible.
Instead they believe that correct understanding of the Bible
requires understanding the culture and history that produced
it and gave it a context. As a result, some portions of the
Bible are literally true, according to Catholic doctrine,
while other portions are purely metaphorical, poetical, or
its focus on scholarly, rather than literal, understanding
of the Bible, the Catholic tradition also emphasizes reason
and not just faith, as a way of approaching God. Throughout
the Dark Ages and Middle Ages, the Catholic Church, in worldwide
monasteries and convents, kept education and learning alive.
It also has emphasized, at least after Copernicus, that there
is no conflict between authentic science and authentic religion.
Unlike a number of other Christian denominations, Catholics
have long accepted evolution and have long rejected Fideism,
the doctrine that faith alone, independent of reason, is sufficient
to grasp the Revelation of God, including the Bible. The First
Vatican Council condemned both Fideism as well as rationalism,
the belief that reason alone can grasp the mysteries of religious
belief. Instead Catholics maintain that both faith and reason
are essential to theism. This is one reason that Notre Dame
emphasizes both theology (knowledge of God and the world through
faith and Revelation) and philosophy (knowledge of God and
the world through reason alone). The Philosophy Department
has the highest-ranked doctoral program at Notre Dame.
as the Catholic way of life emphasizes both nature and grace,
individual conscience and community, tradition and scripture,
reason and faith, so also it emphasizes a universal, rather
than a sectarian, version of Christianity. By virtue of its
universality, the Catholic tradition emphasizes openness and
its being bound to no particular culture. Catholicism is open
to all truth and value, wherever and whenever it may appear.
Because of this universality, there are strong Catholic traditions
that are more liberal or left, as manifested in The National
Catholic Reporter, a well-known newspaper. Similarly there
is a strong Catholic tradition that is more conservative or
right, as illustrated in The Wanderer, another well-known
Catholic newspaper. The Catholic tradition attempts to make
room for a diversity of points of view in all things that
are not obviously sinful. As Langdon Gilkey, himself a Protestant,
wrote in Catholicism Confronts Modernity (pp. 17-18): "the
love of life, the appreciation of the body in the senses,
of joy and celebration, the tolerance of the sinner, these
natural, worldly, and human virtues are far more clearly and
universally embodied in Catholics and Catholic life than in
Protestants and Protestantism."
its emphasis on openness, scholarship, social justice, and
community, the Catholic character of Notre Dame enriches both
learning and believing. If there is a problem at Notre Dame,
it is that we humans do a poor job of living up to the wise
and demanding traditions, like that of Catholicism, that we
espouse. Catholic traditions are rich, idealistic, and uplifting,
and Notre Dame is a better place because of them.
further information on what it means for Notre Dame to have
a Catholic character, see Father Richard McBrien's volume,
Catholicism. It is available in paperback in the bookstore.
Father McBrien is former Chair of the Notre Dame Theology
African-American faculty at Notre Dame
Dame is completely uninterested in African Americans or women
either. Nor are they interested in our intellectual issues.
We are just below their radar screen. We don't match their
funding base. It took an endowed chair in our department three
solid years to realize that I was also a member of the department.
Thus, African Americans are invisible.
Notre Dame can get whatever it has a real interest in, and
they can get it fast. As long as the absence of one or the
other doesn't cause them bad publicity, they aren't concerned.
So basically, an article on what it's like to be African-American
at Notre Dame doesn't seem like an article for Best Practices.
There are no best practices involved in the issue. I think
you would do well to omit such an article. Any change in that
area has to come from Notre Dame and that will only happen
if they develop a desire to address the situation and why
would they? They could care less. I am not Irish, white, or
male. Thus for Notre Dame, I do not matter.
Asian-American faculty at Notre Dame
are very few Asian-American faculty at Notre Dame, but there
are a handful of Asians (mostly concentrated in the Dept.
of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the College of
Sciences). It is thus more accurate, perhaps, to speak of
our experience as "foreign faculty from Asia". Race and religion
did not seem to have been difficult issues for the Asians
with whom I spoke. Food was a larger concern. So, here is
advice for new Asian hires.
fresh Asian groceries, go to Saigon Market (downtown, at the
corner of La Salle and Main or Michigan, whichever of those
one-way streets that runs south) on Friday afternoons. A truck
comes down from Chicago around 2:30 or 3:00 pm. The selection
is skimpy by Saturday afternoon or Sunday so be sure to get
there early! Saigon has a decent selection of Chinese and
Vietnamese goods. Japanese and Korean goods are more difficult
to come by. Oriental Market on Grape Road, south of Edison,
has fair kim chee and Korean produce. Japanese goods are stale.
the best Asian dry goods, go to Chicago. Mitsuwa and Koyama
Shoten, both on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights, have
Japanese goods. (Mitsuwa has pretty decent ramen and soba
in its food court). There are two Korean markets and quite
a few Korean restaurants in Koreatown on Lawrence and Lincoln
Avenues. Chinatown's markets are not particularly impressive,
but Three Happiness is an excellent Dim Sum place. There's
a stretch of Indian restaurants on Devon Avenue between California
dining out in South Bend, try Toyo Grill (on Edison) for Korean
food and Great Wall (on Rt. 31/33/933) for Chinese. (King's
Buffet, on Cleveland, is all-you-can-eat Chinese, Japanese,
and American; it has decent potstickers and the chefs go surprisingly
easy on the oil in their stir-fries). There is no decent Japanese
restaurant. However, Martin's supermarket at the corner of
Ironwood and Rt. 23, astonishingly enough, has a sushi guy
who makes acceptable makizushi. Siam Thai Cuisine has ok Thai
food - not very nuanced but at least the ingredients are fresh
and flavorful. Two new Indian restaurants opened in 2001:
Star of India (on Edison, in the same mall as Toyo Grill)
and Taste of India (on McKinley east of the Town and Country
mall). They are both good, though Taste makes better naan.
A Vietnamese restaurant also opened in 2001. It is on Christyann
(heading east on McKinley, it's a couple of streets after
Grape and Main) and makes good potstickers and noodle soup.
Catholic faculty at Notre Dame
statue of Dr. Tom Dooley stands near the grotto on campus.
Its inscription reads: "Thomas A. Dooley, M.D. '48: who
as a pre-medical student cherished Our Lady's Grotto and who
as a physician served the afflicted people of Southeast Asia
with uncommon devotion and dedication." That statue captures,
for me, what is the best and worst of being a Catholic at
the best. At Notre Dame, you will meet and become lifelong
friends with people like Dr. Tom Dooley, people who live their
lives with the conviction that there is something bigger than
they are, people of "uncommon devotion and dedication."
For many of them, as for Dooley, this conviction takes the
form of service to the poor and oppressed. There are people
like that at any university, of course, but Notre Dame does
seem to attract enough, Catholics and non-Catholics, to form
a critical mass, enough to make the place just feel different.
Although statistics show that a large percentage of us have
some sort of faith-or are at least interested in discussions
of the meaning of faith, at many universities, the one thing
that people, faculty and students, are reluctant to talk openly
about is their faith. At Notre Dame, such discussion is both
welcome and encouraged, in the classroom and elsewhere. And
because Notre Dame is Catholic, there are spaces and rituals
in which people can pray, mourn and celebrate togther. For
example, after the September 11, 2001 acts of terrorism, 6000
people gathered in the south quad for a mass and every candle
at the grotto was lighted for days afterwards.
the worst. If Dr. Tom Dooley were a student or faculty member
at Notre Dame today, he might not feel welcome. You see, Tom
Dooley was gay - not just by orientation but actively so.
And Notre Dame refuses to join the vast majority of universities
that have included sexual orientation in their non-discrimination
policies, because, university officials claim, it would violate
the "Catholic character" of the university. As a
Catholic, I am embarrassed and feel unwillingly complicitous
in causing pain to my gay friends. Also, I don't believe that
the university has to take that position. When the official
Notre Dame refuses to take a stand for women's ordination,
because the Pope has uttered the "final word" against
it, I am personally pained that my church continues to discriminate
against women. I am a Catholic, yet at times what is held
out to be "Catholic" violates principles I hold
dear - and, yes, it embarrasses me.
is a multi-party system, and you will find Catholics of every
persuasion at Notre Dame. You will find Catholics who use
Catholicism to discriminate and to be intolerant and judgmental.
I often think that at times like these, it must be easier
not to be Catholic so that I could completely disassociate
myself from their positions. You will also find Catholics
like Tom Dooley, who, in his last letter to Father Hesburgh
(also at the statue and definitely worth reading), writes
of his deep love for Notre Dame and how it inspired him and
informed his life. Whatever your own convictions, you will
find groups of like-minded Catholics you can join (for example,
there's an unofficial committee for the ordination of women;
Ken Milani in the Business School is the person to contact).
You may find, as I have, that Notre Dame will challenge your
faith everyday. Whether that's good or bad is finally up to
Jewish faculty at Notre Dame
was written by someone who is Jewish but who neither practices
Judaism on a regular basis nor conforms to any orthodoxies
of the Jewish faith. She is what is sometimes called a "cultural
Jewish at Notre Dame seems to produce very little of interest.
In fact I don't think "being Jewish" here constitutes
a category or class of individuals at all, though there are
more than a few of us here. Just to dispel any paranoia, I
should say that in my nine years here there's been no discrimination
against me, or against any Jewish person, that I'm aware of.
I have been advanced in rank, salary, etc. as well as any
woman here. Neither has anyone tried to hide me: I've been
featured in stories in Notre Dame Magazine, asked to speak
to alumni groups, and even popped up once or twice on the
ND home page - of course, not as Jewish person, but as a professor
of filmmaking, or as a filmmaker, or as a woman. And, no one
has tried to turn me into a Catholic.
is surprising for a Jewish person who comes to teach at Notre
Dame - as I imagine it would be for Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists
or anyone not raised in a Catholic tradition - is how demonstrative
Notre Dame is about being Catholic. The vitality of Notre
Dame's Catholicism crucifixes in every classroom, masses
in every dorm is impressive, and it can be a little
difficult to get used to such public displays and constant
announcements of "what that place where you work believes
in, stands for and takes its legitimacy from." Every
now and then the tone of Notre Dame's pumped up Catholicism
can get to you, or even offend, when it seems to be suggesting
that Catholics have a privileged hold on all moral behavior,
all social justice, all mindfulness, all compassion, etc.
From my observation, Catholics at Notre Dame, or Catholics
anywhere, behave no better or worse than other people They
are compassionate toward others no more and no less than other
people. They are no more or less active caretakers of the
poor than other peoples. And they are no better or worse at
being professors than anyone else. (I have noticed only one
general difference - that our predominantly Catholic students
seem to work more comfortably in groups than students do in
other schools. The amateur sociologist in me speculates that
this is because they come from larger families, for what it's
this Catholic university lacks and I think it is a
serious lack is the wisdom and generosity to make everyone
who comes here feel valued - for who they are. For instance,
there is no interfaith center on this campus, where faculty,
students and pastoral leaders from Jewish, Buddhist, and other
Christian traditions, etc. could worship, and engage regularly
in interfaith dialogue. Such an interfaith space would mark
a mature and confident Catholicism and make many non-Catholic
persons who come here feel welcomed.
speculation: Notre Dame is the flagship American Catholic
university. This means that Notre Dame represents, in capital
letters, for all the world, "American Catholic Higher
Education". Being this highly visible icon for Catholic
higher education produces a great deal of pride for the university,
but it also produces some tensions. Two opposed forces come
into play. The managers of this institution behave as if all
Notre Dame alumni and all parents of future ND Catholic students
are watching every move it makes in order to assess whether
ND is Catholic enough, at least in appearance but also in
practice, for their continuing support: no co-ed dorms, no
safe-sex or birth control counseling, no reproductive services
for woman faculty or staff, no independent gay student groups
on campus and an anti-discrimination clause that does
not include gays.
the other hand, ND is very ambitious and aspires to become
something like a Catholic Harvard, Princeton or Yale. This
produces great anxiety for the managers, who behave as if
the whole academic world were scrutinizing every move they
make to see if ND really is a class-A university... intellectually
vigorous and open to all ideas. It's hard to build a class-A
university out of Catholic (or Protestant, Jewish or Muslim)
faculty, exclusively. Notre Dame knows this well. Jews and
Moslems and Hindus and Buddhists and Mennonites and Quakers
and Jains (who have I left out?) have been hired to come and
teach at Notre Dame. This in turn creates concerns about whether
if so many non-Catholics are teaching here Notre
Dame students will get a "Catholic-enough" education,
whatever that is. It goes round and round, and keeps the managers
devoting much of their time and resources to representation
instead of improving the institution.
was fearful about moving my life from New York City to South
Bend, Indiana, but I got some good advice from a friend as
I set out here for my first semester's teaching. She said,
"Don't worry, it's not you and you won't become it and
it can't hurt you. Go there as an anthropologist goes, as
if you're going to a foreign culture. Observe everything.
Notice patterns, differences, styles. It'll be interesting."
And it truly has been.
here handles their "difference" differently. I'm
more comfortable walking into the classroom, on the first
day of the semester, and, after greetings, announcing that
I am a feminist, a socialist, a vegetarian, born Jewish, but
now a poorly practicing Buddhist. I think our students need
to learn from someone of my various persuasions - and persuade
them I will try to do. I think they can make up their own
minds as to whether I have offered them something valid or
not. I think, deep down - deeper than the public relations
anxiety - this is what Notre Dame wants me to do.
Protestant faculty at Notre Dame
following are a few comments on being a Protestant at Notre
Dame. How you perceive your situation and behave will probably
be related to your perspective on the Catholic religious denomination.
This, in turn, will have something to do with what Pope was
active when you were reading about Catholicism and its activities.
When I came to Notre Dame, no one made a big thing about being
my being Protestant, nor did I. I'm in a department where
religious affiliation is rarely alluded to. Also, the liberating
influence of Pope John XXIII was still affecting Catholic
dogma. At the present time, my Department is about 1/3 Catholic,
1/3 Jewish, and 1/3 Protestant, etc.
Everyone seems to handle certain "Catholic" issues
differently in the classroom. I bend over backwards to talk
about and respect all religious traditions if the subject
comes up. In my Gender Roles class, I invite a Catholic professor
to lecture when the topic is religion and gender. This way
I can feel sure that my own beliefs concerning such hot-button
issues as abortion, homosexuality and freedom of speech do
not alienate my students.
have little difficulty avoiding situations where Catholic
doctrine structures the event and what is being said. I respect
my Catholic colleagues and students' beliefs, even when they
are contrary to mine, but I will gently, where necessary,
explain when my beliefs differ, in faculty meetings or outside
the classroom. I expect others to acknowledge my right to
hold these beliefs and for the most part I think they do.
feel strongly that the institution benefits from having other
voices, since universities, according to the dictionary, are
places where there is the free interchange of ideas. Based
on my observations and experiences, therefore, I would urge
any Protestant, when asked for one's opinion, not to hesitate
to say that one is a Protestant, and that therefore one feels
a certain way about a particular issue. One does not need
to be argumentative, but as a "protest-ant", one
has the privilege of stating one's beliefs and affiliations.
It is, after all, the mix of ideas that leads to intellectual
Gay faculty at Notre Dame
an aging, tenured bi-sexual)
is very hard chapter to write because there are so few out
gay persons at Notre Dame and there are good reasons
for it. In academic 1996-97, after more than a year of meetings,
protests, polite requests, recommendations, and fierce resolutions
by every faculty and student governing group (including the
Academic Council) on the Notre Dame campus, the plea to the
administration to rewrite the University's official anti-discrimination
clause to include "sexual preference" went unheeded.
The university instead disseminated a non-legal document called
"The Spirit of Inclusion", which begins:
University of Notre Dame strives for a spirit of inclusion
among the members of this community for distinct reasons articulated
in our Christian tradition. We prize the uniqueness of all
persons as God's creatures. We welcome all people, regardless
of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation,
social or economic class, and nationality, for example, precisely
because of Christ's calling to treat others as we desire to
be treated. We value gay and lesbian members of this community
as we value all members of this community. We condemn harassment
of any kind, and University policies proscribe it. We consciously
create an environment of mutual respect, hospitality and warmth
in which none are strangers and all may flourish."
an "An Open Letter to the Notre Dame Community",
Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President of the University, explained:
"After considerable reflection, we have decided not to
add sexual orientation to our legal non-discrimination clause.
To make the change requested would mean that our decisions
in this area would be measured by civil courts that may interpret
this change through the lens of the broader societal milieu
in which we live. This, in turn, might jeopardize our ability
to make decisions that we believe necessary to support Church
teaching. We wish to continue to speak to this issue in the
Catholic context that is normative for this community...We
choose not to change our legal non-discrimination clause,
but we call ourselves to act in accordance with what we regard
as a higher standard - Christ's call to inclusiveness, coupled
with the gospels' call to live chaste lives. In some senses
both of these messages are counter-cultural. It is this dual
call that is so deeply rooted in our religious tradition to
which we commit ourselves." (See the complete text of
the University's Non-discrimination statement, the Spirit
of Inclusion and Malloy's "An Open Letter to the Notre
Dame Community" in the appendix, "University Non-discrimination
a non-discrimination clause, the University cannot be held
to any legal standard concerning hiring and firing practices
of gay and lesbian faculty. To date, there has been no reason
to fear that the University will act to dismiss any faculty
member for reasons relating to sexual orientation. There are
respected lesbian faculty members who are relatively comfortable
in the Notre Dame community. But in the past few years, as
the University has begun to intensify its rhetoric about the
Catholic character of Notre Dame, a paranoia is developing
about what aspect of Catholic doctrine will prevail concerning
are the facts fair warning.
displays of homophobia hardly ever occur and yet, most gay
persons here deem it wise to stay in the closet. The general
reason for this is to avoid potential discrimination. Most
gay persons at this university both students and faculty
- are not "out". Many are "selectively out"
out only to friends and maybe a few colleagues. One
colleague wrote, "While those few of us here do not hide
our lives with our partners and generally are accepted as
couples by colleagues, we do not announce or reveal our orientation
to the community at large, nor do we always take our partners
with us to social events sponsored by the University."
It is impossible to know how many gay students or gay faculty
there are on this campus.
it to say, we have no gay or lesbian community at ND. Therefore
there are no "best practices" around the issue at
Notre Dame to speak of. For the most part, those few who are
out have been well treated and well-supported by their departments
but there are so many who can't trust that they would we treated
the last few years there have been several cases of good T
& R jobs being rejected by queer scholars, who don't want
to risk moving their lives into a hostile environment... or
bringing their scholarship to a university that has little
interest in or respect for queer studies. (See Appendix
1995, the administration threw the ad-hoc student organization,
GLNDSMC (Gay and Lesbians at Notre Dame and St.Marys) off
campus They had been caught "illegally" advertising
their meetings in the official campus newspaper. A year of
student and faculty protests followed, and then another year
went by while the university "studied the matter".
Then it created it own, official, gay student group, the Standing
Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs, which it supervises
closely. In 2001, the application by a student gay and lesbian
group to be officially recognized by the university was once
again denied by Student Affairs. The reason given was that
the Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs sufficiently
meets the needs of the gay and lesbian students. The gay and
lesbian students continue to assert, year after year, that
it does not.
Dame is not the most feminist-friendly or gay-friendly place.
Often speakers are brought to campus who lecture about gay
students who have been "saved". When Su Freidrich
and her film, "Hide and Seek" came to campus (with
a poster that announced her as a "lesbian filmmaker"),
a right-wing student newspaper parodied the poster with a
full page ad for a "neo-Nazi" filmmaker. The student-run
Womens Rights Center was all but closed down two years ago
for having a Planned Parenthood brochure in their library,
which suggested to women with unwanted pregnancies that they
consider an abortion, among six other options. In 1994 the
university announced to the press that there were no instances
of AIDS on campus. They were quite wrong. With support from
Romance Languages and Gender Studies, Carlos Jerez-Ferran
offered a course on gay and lesbian literature, called "Out-Spoken
Readings in Literature." Carlos says, "I chose that
title because I thought some students would be afraid of taking
the course if the word "homosexuality" appeared
on their transcript. Later I designed evaluations of my own
and asked how many would have taken the course if its content
had been explicitly figured in the title. 60% said they wouldn't
have taken it."
the good side, many fabulous queer scholars have been welcomed
here: Eve Sedgwick, Lilian Faderman, Yvonne Rainer, Judith
Butler, George Chauncy, David Halperin, Katie King, Joan Scott,
Andrew Sullivan, Judith Bennett, Wendy Brown, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano,
Michael Camille, among them. The mother of Matthew Shepherd
was on campus last semester talking about gay rights.
is also an active gay alumni association, GALA, that is very
supportive of gay students. Nobody bothers us (at least I've
never heard of it) about what books we teach or what films
we show in our courses, though there could easily be some
self-censoring going on. The Gender Studies Program has always
been a haven for GLBT students and faculty, and is eager to
crosslist and support courses that deal with queer issues
of these days, things are going to change on this campus.
WATCH should be part of it but hasn't yet figured out how.
If you've got any ideas, please get in touch.
Cultivating your image
is important... cultivating an image as a competent and even-tempered
team player, confident and optimistic. Avoid sharing self-doubts
with colleagues, especially older males. This discourse is
a common feature of women's conversations and serves to create
intimacy and generate humor, thus relieving tension among
women. But men do not understand. If you tell them, "I'm
such a mess I have no idea how I'll get my act together
[for class, for a conference, etc.]", they are quite
likely to believe you.
Do not be afraid to question service assignments, and to explain
to your chair how much service you have taken on. It is unreasonable
and against university policy for junior faculty to serve
in onerous positions, such as DUS, DGS for large departments.
you are on a committee, arrive for meetings prepared and with
an upbeat attitude about the task at hand. Serving on committees
can be a great way to meet colleagues and have some say on
the intellectual life of your department and the college.
You do not need to volunteer, or allow your name to be out
on the ballot, for university committees before tenure. Chances
are, if you put your name in, you'll get elected.
please consider serving in ways that foster the intellectual
community, through interdisciplinary programs and institutes,
etc. But when you take on service, jot a note to your chair
informing him/her of the level of service you're contributing.
Notre Dame there is an Office for Students with Disabilities
but no parallel office or support system for faculty and staff
with disabilities. In fact, I have not found the issue addressed
in any official description of the university structure, organization
and facilities. For example, the Academic Space Management
Mission Statement omits mention of a commitment to make campus
buildings accessible. Likewise there are no accommodation
programs such as Assistive Listening Devices, Lab and Library
Assistance, Sign Language Interpreting, that are commonly
available at other universities.
a woman faculty member with limited physical mobility I have
not found major difficulties in moving around the campus.
The majority of buildings are wheelchair accessible and have
elevators. Some older buildings present problems. For instance,
the College of Arts and Letters main building, O'Shaughnessy
Hall, which houses all departmental offices for the college
and many classrooms, has only one, very slow, old elevator.
When it is out of service, which happens a couple of times
every year, it leaves three floors inaccessible for people
unable to use the stairs. I have also found obstacles at Rockne
Memorial Building, which houses recreational and sports facilities
as well as an indoor swimming pool. The main entrance has
few big steps and there is no elevator inside to get to the
swimming pool and other facilities. There is a side entrance
with a ramp but the door is locked and I have to use the phone
next to the door to call for somebody to open it for me. Usually
people working there are efficient in attending to the side
entrance, but on some occasions Ive had to wait for
a long time one time they even forgot about me. The
waiting can be very uncomfortable on a cold, winter day and
I always feel angry and discriminated against. Theyve
just installed an electronic device that can automatically
open the door after sliding in your official University ID
card. The newer sport recreation buildings are totally accessible.
major problem I encountered at Notre Dame is related to a
long snowy winter. Grounds keeping personnel are very effective
removing snow and ice from streets and sidewalks. Still there
are many harsh winter snow days in which walking from my car
to my office and classrooms is extremely difficult and unsafe.
I have tried to use the Student with Disabilities service.
With a small cart they will transport you from your car to
your office or classrooms buildings but you have to agree
to meet them at a specific time and place which makes the
whole enterprise very troublesome. Besides, I often do not
feel entitled to this student oriented service.
parking on campus is much easier (and free!!) compared with
many other campuses I have visited. But handicap parking is
a problem. There are a few designated handicapped parking
spaces near many of the buildings but the number is insufficient.
They are in great demand (and often occupied by non-handicap
vehicles), which means that often one cannot find a parking
space near the buildings most often on those dreary
winter days. The over-demand for handicapped parking spaces
proves that the population of people with disabilities is
greater than the official acknowledgment of this group. Once
I complained about this issue to my Department and they told
me to call Security, which I did. For a while the Assistant
Director of Security, was very kind and did not give me any
ticket for parking between Decio and O'Shaughnessy. Later
he decided that I should comply with the rules, like everybody
else, and park in the appropriate spaces. The problem with
all this kindness is that it always places us in the position
of being dependent on others' compassion which undermines
our self value. Well, that is a long story....
semester I request to the Coordinator of Classroom Management
at the Office of the Registrar to have my assigned classrooms
close to my office. As for the use of the library I rely more
and more in the electronic services, which are great. The
College of Arts and Letters has a book delivery service; from
a library website, you can have up to two books a day delivered
to your department's office. Sometimes I ask my department
student aid to return books to the library for me or to do
new Office of Institutional Equity, operational in August,
2001, has the responsibility of making sure ND is compliant
with Federal and State disability laws. Clearly, if there
are future problems and complaints in this area, they should
be filed with this office.
for information on the Americans for Disabilities Act)
Sexual harassment and harassing
is sexual harassment?
There are two ways that sexual harassment can occur: quid
pro quo and hostile environment. Quid pro quo means that someone
explicitly requests or demands sexual favors (or even dates)
in return for a job or school benefit a raise, a promotion,
a grade, etc. Only one such incident constitutes impermissible
(and probably illegal) sexual harassment. Hostile environment
means that the job atmosphere is such that a woman or man
is made uncomfortable by either sexual talk and innuendo (directed
at the person or not) or remarks and actions that are insulting
to ones sex (all women/men are stupid).
Several things are required for a job atmosphere to be considered
a hostile environment: that the actions are based on sex (in
either of its meanings); that the actions occur with some
frequency (usually a single incident does not rise to the
level of hostile environment); and that the job atmosphere
interferes with a persons ability to do his or her job
to do about it
Personally, I think that the first step, except for particularly
egregious quid pro quo situations, is to ask the people involved
to stop, to let them know that it bothers you. If it doesnt
stop or if you cant comfortably handle it informally,
the University has adopted a new (in 2000) policy that makes
reporting easier than it has been. In fact, under the policy,
the University encourages people to report any incident of
sexual harassment (in other words, it disagrees with my first
step advice). You can find the full policy in the Faculty
Information section of the Faculty Handbook (pages 98-104
in the 2000-2001 edition); you can also find it on the Notre
Dame website at http://www.nd.edu/~harassmt
Here, in brief, is what the policy says:
You can report sexual harassment and get any questions about
the policy answered by two campus-wide Sexual Harassment Ombudspersons
(currently Professor Jennifer Warlick from Economics and Sue
Brandt from Financial Aid) and fifteen Contact Persons from
various other university offices. What you say or ask will
be kept confidential until you file a formal report.
You can proceed on a report in two ways: by informal
resolution (spelled out in the policy) or by a formal
report. Faculty make formal reports through Carol Mooney in
the Provosts Office.
Importantly, the policy contains prohibitions about faculty/student
consensual relationships, which are not prohibited by law
but are prohibited by the University.
I think (for what its worth)
In my experience, not much overt, explicit, obvious sexual
harassment occurs at Notre Dame among the faculty (the students
are another story). But, ND is a very male place and the job
atmosphere can sometimes be uncomfortable for women for a
variety of reasons nuanced, subtle sexual harassment
included, sometimes inadvertent, sometimes not. You should
never feel uncomfortable or apologetic because youre
a woman; you should never be treated differently because youre
a woman. If you think thats happening, dont just
live with it. At least talk to others who might be able to
help you sort through whats going on the women
of WATCH are a great resource for this. Dont feel isolated
and alone; there are many women on campus who may have dealt
with similar situations and can help you decide how to handle
it. If you think its sexual harassment and theres
no way for you to handle it informally, report it. Change
will only occur if we each take responsibility for making
our own piece of the turf safe and comfortable for women.
an overwhelming number of Notre Dame students, I'm the product
of an Notre Dame alumnus. My dad graduated in '74, two years
after women were admitted to the university. He still says
that Notre Dame was more fun before the girls got there, but
he claims to have raised me in such a way that I am not an
annoying girl, and thus, he is very proud that I chose to
share his alma mater.
Growing up, I never missed an ND football game on TV. My living
room is, and always has been, littered with ND paraphernalia.
It's not hard to find a baby picture of me decked out in an
ND sweat-suit, and I knew lines and even entire monologue
from the movie Knute Rockne: All American at a very
young age. (Everyone who works on campus should check out
this movie, just to see what you're getting into. Ronald Reagan
stars as George Gipp, which really shouldn't be missed.)
this the blue and gold baby pictures and the power
of the ND legacy is, I believe, rather typical.
I came to Notre Dame with something most students didn't
a suitcase of second thoughts. I chose ND, much to my parents'
urgings, over NYU's highly selective dramatic writing program
and a scholarship to a progressive liberal arts school in
Connecticut. I left behind Long Island and my public schooled
friends, a fast-talking, streetwise, and very artistic clan.
I left rock concerts and multi-colored hairdos and I stepped
onto a campus that looked like a J. Crew catalogue come true.
my black t-shirt, old shorts and high Doc Marten boots, I
was quite horrified.
roommate came to me straight off the varsity cheerleading
squad from a Catholic school in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
I was both fascinated and appalled by her capacity to pound
cheap (and often warm) cans of beer, the patience she had
with her curling iron, the ribbons she wore in her hair (Were
we not 18? Were we not past the schoolgirl look?), and her
genuine love for the sort of music that my mom listened to.
She wasn't like anyone I would have associated with in high
school but she was very sweet and always kind to me,
and she ended up becoming one of my dearest friends.
I didn't come to college looking for kindness. I wanted to
learn something about the world. I wanted to talk about literature
late at night, watch foreign films in the dorm lounge, swap
punk rock CDs and discuss world politics. None of this was
happening around me. Not at all. The dorms (all of which are
single-sex) are the main place to start friendships, and the
only dorm bonding available to me involved talking about boys
or going to church. There is a chapel inside each dorm and
just about everyone goes at 10 p.m. each week (usually in
their pajamas) for an informal version of the Sunday ritual.
Somebody from the dorm bakes the bread for the Eucharist and
the Sign of Peace segment lasts at least 15 minutes because
everybody wants to hug everybody else. It's very cozy if you're
into mass, but if you're from a family that only hits the
local parish on Christmas and Easter, it can seriously freak
I wasn't Catholic enough, I wore way too much black, I didn't
like to drink, and I HATED Celine Dion. I never felt more
alone in my life.
I told my roommate I was going to transfer, she started to
maybe that's part of why I didn't. She was the nicest roommate
anyone could hope for. I never hated the other Notre Dame
kids; I just didn't feel like I had much in common with them.
should add here that my roommate's dad went to ND, too, so
she grew up with the legends just like I did, but she
like most legacy kids fit in right away. She quickly
befriended a bunch of other girls on our floor. Many of them
were fresh out of all-girls Catholic high schools, and all
of them were a bit boy crazy. Every weekend, after a number
of frantic room-to-room phone calls, they'd slip into tank
tops (no matter what the weather was like) and run to the
boys' dorms without coats, clutching each other for warmth.
Since girls' dorms are much more strict about parties, most
social events took place in the boys' dorms and the guys never
had to leave their buildings. When the girls arrived, the
boys would usually be wearing sweats and flip-flops, but the
girls would be heavily made up and dressed to the hilt. I
thought it was the strangest thing in the world, and watched
these scenes the way an anthropologist might scrutinize the
remains of a failed civilization.
matter what, at 2 a.m., the lights would go on and the girls
would be ushered back to their own dorms. I am still amazed
that the student body has not yet forged a revolution against
parietals (the official name for these visiting hours), but
apparently it doesn't bother most people that they must leave
the realm of the opposite sex at midnight on weekdays and
2 a.m. on weekends. A lot of students broke parietals now
and then, but it really wasn't a regular thing to do. And
even for those who did break that rule, well, I'm not sure
if it's relevant to this booklet, but there honestly isn't
much sex going on at ND, as compared to what I've heard about
my friends' colleges be they state schools or ivy leagues.
the dating scene is awful at Notre Dame. I could write a novel
about this (and maybe I will someday), but for now, I can
only say that women and men simply do not relate to one another
well at ND. In general, the girls convince each other that
they need boyfriends, and the boys convince each other that
they need to make out with as many women as they possibly
can. The gender divide is deep and wide.
give you a visual, boys rooms are usually covered with pictures
of semi-nude women, and the girls visiting them are so excited
to be seeing boys that they are somehow not offended by this.
The first time I was in a boys' dorm, I shouted, "What
is this, a porno den?" and the girls with me told me
to shush. I cannot imagine any of the guys I grew up with
hanging soft porn on their walls, but if they did, my female
hometown friends never would have put up with it. I know that
porn magazines and X-rated movies are also very popular in
the boys' dorms. And crying over boys who don't call back
when they say they will is a very popular among the girls.
The single-sex environment, in my humble opinion, is very
unhealthy and dangerous for all involved.
I was never in a seriously dangerous situation myself, I have
heard from many friends and acquaintances about sexual assaults
that have taken place after parietals in boys' dorms. More
often than not, the woman involved is so worried about getting
forced to move off-campus, as a penalty for breaking parietals,
that she does not report the incident. I believe this to be
a grave problem.
do not have space to discuss the issue of gay students at
Notre Dame, but this, too, is a serious and complicated issue.
only thing I can think of that women faculty could do to help
women students at Notre Dame would be to keep the lines of
communication open. If you would be willing to partake in
non-scholarly conversation during your office hours, make
that very clear. Tell students that you're willing to make
appointments to talk about anything. I was always more inclined
to talk to a professor who told us where he or she came from,
or who shared something about his or her life. A professor
who made mention of his young children or who admitted that
her parents thought that she was a big nerd-those are the
teachers I felt most comfortable around. There is no need
to be maternal, but I do think it's important for a professor
to present herself as a whole person, and not just a brainiac
at the blackboard.
also noticed that it was difficult for professors, at times,
to get students to talk as whole people themselves. I think
one of the biggest challenges for a faculty member at ND,
particularly in a discussion class, is to convince all members
of the class to speak confidently and candidly. One of the
best things a professor ever did for me was write on one of
my essay tests, "You have great ideas I would
love to hear you speak more in class." Do not underestimate
the importance of your role as a mediator of in-class discussion.
Since deep conversations do not tend to happen au naturel
in the dorms, I met all of my closest college friends in discussion
classes, and I owe these friendships to professors who really
knew how to work the room.
me, salvation at Notre Dame came from getting a writing job
at Scholastic magazine, and through (however humiliating at
first) going to Cinema @ the Snite by myself. I believe the
location of this film series is changing, but I'm sure the
crowd will remain the same. I was lucky that the projectionist
started to recognize me, and that he turned out to be from
Long Island as well. I was lucky that he introduced me to
his friends older kids who had grown out of the freshman
dorm party scene, which I never managed to grow into.
I was very lucky that it occurred to me to start going to
office hours. I went to see professors that I didn't even
have class with. I usually went to women professors because
they seemed less intimidating to me and perhaps more
inclined to just sit and chat, which was what I needed most.
I visited published authors to ask them about writing, and
filmmakers to talk about getting into production courses.
Why not? I figured that if I were a published author or filmmaker,
stranded in South Bend, dealing with all these sweet-yet-idiotic
kids, I'd want somebody to come talk to me about art. And
I was mostly right.
though, not all the kids at Notre Dame are idiots. There are
a lot of amazing brains drowned in alcohol throughout the
first year, or four, but I managed to find the right people.
And my college friends, though they stick out in their khakis
and combed hair, have come to visit me in New York and mesh
easily with my old high school buddies.
secret I learned is this: You have to dig deep into the student
body to get what you want, but once you find it, you won't
even believe it. You'll never find another place where kids
are so innocently brilliant, so openly optimistic. And though
my search for this was very painful, I did manage to make
Notre Dame my own. I wrote, I drew, I did a radio show, I
edited the literary magazine, I made films. With all the jocks
around, there wasn't much competition in any of these creative
fields, so once I figured out what to get involved with, it
was easy to get involved.
have few regrets about my college experience, and yes, I'll
be back for a football weekend this fall.
Female graduate students
Infuriating. Isolating. Graduate school is hell. You're not
a grown-up but god knows you're not a child.
ND has no idea what to do with you. ND operates under an "in
loco parentis" system with regard to its students that
sometimes seems Kafkaesque. And graduate students are still
students to many of the Powers That Be. For example, graduate
students were told a couple of years ago that they could not/should
not have other jobs outside their departmental responsibilities/departmental
stipends. A number of graduate students had jobs in campus
computer labs and in various places around campus. We had
to get special letters of permission from our graduate advisors
sent to the Graduate School saying that it was ok for us to
work and that our advisors did not foresee these outside responsibilities
interfering with our abilities to get our school work done.
If I'm making this sound like we were high school students
who had to get work permits and/or permission to have extra-curricular
activities, well, that's because that's what it felt like.
we were not mature enough to manage our own time. Graduate
students who are American citizens, of course, can simply
get jobs off campus. Foreign students, many of whom come here
with families, can not get jobs off campus. The cost of living
in South Bend is very reasonable, especially compared to some
places. Nonetheless, $11,000 to $14,000 (average range of
stipends) is not a lot of money.
example concerns housing. Graduate student on-campus housing
is fine for what it is but still includes built-in monitoring
systems with regard to things like cleaning. In addition,
the system of no overnight visitors of the opposite sex is
also on the books with regard to graduate students, although
not enforced as strictly as with undergraduates. And married
student on-campus housing is a ghetto off to one edge of campus,
horrible ticky-tacky boxes of apartments. I've never lived
on-campus because I think having a separate space that isn't
on campus helps keep you sane. But it's grad school so it's
not like you're going to be sane anyway. Therapy's a good
idea. But go off-campus for therapy if you need it: they used
to let the psych grad students "practice" in the
counseling center. I can think of nothing worse than going
for therapy and running into someone you met a party.
Exhilarating. Enlightening. I've been lucky I'm in
one of the "good" departments for women. I get to
learn. I get to teach. There are some stunning role models
here intelligent, committed, caring people who make
it all make sense. I've never been pushed like this. I've
never been asked to be the smart girl that I am in such rewarding
ways. We're competitive but not cutthroat. It's wonderful
to be in a classroom full of smart people and be given the
opportunity to be part of that dialogue.
I were thinking of coming here, I would want someone to tell
me that feminism exists here at a grass-roots level. The good
thing about that is that your work makes an impact, sometimes
visible and immediate. I've had students tell me how wonderful
it is to have a teacher speak openly about the very negative
ways gender politics operate here. I've had other students
tell me that they would never have thought to call themselves
feminists but maybe, after my class, it's no longer such a
pejorative term and maybe they are feminists, even if only
a little. There's an energy attached to the work that is unlike
anything else. And the sad thing is that sometimes it seems
like I never get beyond a basic, basic, basic level. I am
always starting at the beginning again. I always have to define
feminism which offers a great opportunity to ground
myself and be crystal clear about who and what I am. Except
for when that repetition exhausts me. Except for when I realize
the fact that I'm usually surrounded by people/students who
seem to know nothing of the history of the past five years,
twenty years, hundred years, let alone anything that happened
before then. Except for when it drives me crazy that I am
still having to explain why feminism matters. I'd have to
say that's the bad part.
don't regret my choice to come here. I'm smarter and stronger
and better. But it's hard work.
SUMMARY OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BENEFITS
General Rule: The University of Notre Dame health plans do not pay for contraception used to prevent pregnancy but do pay for contraception prescribed for medical reasons.
- Oral contraceptives (i.e., birth control pill) are currently covered for 100+ employees/dependents for medical reasons such as endometriosis and menopause-related conditions
- In such cases, the cost of the oral contraceptives is paid by the University’s pharmacy benefit manager (Medco) and the employee/dependent’s co-pay can be submitted to the Health Flexible Spending Account
- Payment as described above requires an annual letter from the employee/dependent’s treating physician
- Other contraceptives (e.g., IUD and implants) are generally not covered because they are generally not prescribed for medical reasons, but they would be covered under the same circumstances as oral contraceptives if used for medical reason
- Costs associated with removal of such contraceptives are generally not covered
General Rule: The University of Notre Dame health plans do not pay for permanent sterilization for male (vasectomy) or female (tubal ligation) employees/dependents under any circumstances. The University health plans do not pay for medical treatment required as a result of sterilization.
General Rule: The University of Notre Dame health plans pay for fertility drugs and fertility treatment in conjunction with IUI or GIFT when such treatment (1) assists normal reproductive processes to achieve pregnancy and (2) uses sperm collected during normal sexual relations.
Covered Treatments and Related Drugs: IUI and GIFT
- IUI (intratuterine insemination) – sperm is obtained during normal intercourse, technologically prepared (e.g., “washed”) and then injected into the uterus
- GIFT (gamete intra-fallopian transfer) – nearly ripe ova are obtained from woman; one ovum, separated with an air bubble from a prepared seminal fluid sample, is immediately reinserted into the woman’s fallopian tube so that conception occurs within the body.
- If the drugs and/or treatment are covered, the employee/dependent can use health insurance, pharmacy benefit and Health Flexible Spending Account
Not Covered: IVF, PROST/ZIFT,ICSI, AIH or AID
- IVF (in vitro fertilization) – conception occurs outside of the body and then embryos are examined; the “best” embryos are implanted in the woman
- PROST/ZIFT – similar to IVF but the embryos are not examined prior to implant
- ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection) – sperm is obtained by masturbation or needle aspiration; sperm is injected into the ovum and the embryo is cultured in the laboratory for some time prior to insertion in the uterus
- AIH (artificial insemination with husband’s sperm) and AID (artificial insemination with donor’s sperm) – Sperm is placed in a cup which is then placed over the cervix
- If the drugs and/or treatment is not covered, the employee/dependent cannot use health insurance, pharmacy benefit or Health Flexible Spending Account
General Rule: The University of Notre Dame health plans do not pay for Viagra (or similar drugs) used for sexual pleasure but do pay for Viagra (or similar drugs) prescribed for medical reasons.
- Viagra (and similar drugs) are currently covered for men for medical reasons (erectile dysfunction)
- In such cases, the cost of the drugs is paid by the University’s pharmacy provider and the employee/dependent’s co-pay can be submitted to the Health Flexible Spending Account
- Payment as described above requires an annual letter from the employee/dependent’s treating physician
- The University pays for a limited number of such pills per month
- The University has not yet received a request from a female for payment of Viagra (or similar drugs), and such use is not yet approved by the FDA
- However, our pharmacy benefit manager (Medco) has agreed to pay for Viagra (or similar drugs) for females under the same condition stated above for men
Your car at Notre Dame
following are not comprehensive guidelines. For complete parking
regulations and other important security information, see
the Notre Dame Security/Police Department directory web page.
Parking rules you should know
Most faculty are assigned to "B" parking areas.
"B" decals, which are valid in any "B"
lot, also authorize one-hour parking in the central campus
("A" lots) for conducting official business. They
are also valid in central campus lots after 5 p.m. and all
day on weekends.
are special restrictions for home football games. Three and
a half hours before kick-off and one hour after the game ends,
regular faculty parking assignments are not available. Many
lots are restricted beginning at 600 a.m. on game day. According
to the rules, you may park in the north half of B2/Library
Lot or in B16 but be aware that those spaces fill very early.
(See section on what to do if you want to work on campus on
January 1 - March 15, there are also special guidelines in
effect for snow removal. If it snows, vehicles must be removed
from faculty lots by midnight except the B2/C2 lot, which
is open until 230 a.m. If your car is plowed in, call Landscape
Services for assistance.
The first parking ticket is generally considered a warning
and no fine is assessed. Tickets must be paid or appealed
within 10 days of the citation. Contrary to popular belief,
some parking appeals are granted so if you feel you have a
good reason for an appeal, go for it. To appeal a ticket,
either complete an appeal form (available online) or write
to the Traffic and Parking Appeals Board (101 Security Building)
and include your name, address, ID number, decal number, date
of the ticket, date of your appeal, and reason for your appeal.
Be sure to attach the ticket and, above all, be nice, not
belligerent if you want to win. (Remember, the Appeals Board
is made up of faculty, staff and students, not parking/security
officers.) You should get a response in a couple of weeks.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the appeal, you
may re-appeal the citation by appearing in person before the
help from ND Security
In many of the parking lots and at other locations round the
campus there are emergency call boxes that you may use to
call the Notre Dame Security/Police Department if you are
in any kind of trouble.. You may also call campus security
at 1-5555 for non-emergency assistance (911 for emergencies
Security will provide free jump-start or lock-out assistance
at any location on campus. (They have also reportedly helped
with other automotive dilemmas, although it was "above
and beyond the call of duty.")
If you have to walk on campus after dark, you can get an escort
by calling 4-BLUE. A SafeWalk team will meet you and walk
with you to any point on campus. The service is free and confidential.
SafeWalkers are student employees of the Security/Police department
and work in teams of two. They have photo-ID cards and are
in radio contact with the Security/Police Communication Center.
Hours are 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the academic year. After
hours or during breaks, contact Security/Police at 631-5555
for a SafeWalk.
Improving your telephone service
telephone you get in your office, and what bells and whistles
are provided with it, is determined by the chair of your department.
For budget reasons, unless you're a chair, you will probably
be given the basic model. This means no call waiting, which
means that those who call you when you are already on the
phone will get a message asking them to leave you a message.
You won't know they're trying to reach you and they won't
know that you're right there in your office. This can be a
big waste of time. There is a solution. Much to my surprise,
you can get the ND telephone people (1-8101, ask for Jerry
Wray) to switch your given telephone line (digital) to an
analog one. Then you can go buy yourself a unit that combines
phone, answering machine, call waiting and fax (about $250
but entirely worth it if you have the bucks). Then you'll
know when someone's trying to reach you and you can receive
and send your own faxes from your desk, instead of walking
them over to your local secretarial service (which is usually
only open from 8 to 5).
you are not so interested in going to ND home football games
but would like to use your campus office on those days, pay
close attention to what follows. Football is a very serious
affair here at ND and getting 80,000 fans on and off campus
for the game is serious business. Don't take it lightly. All
regular parking regulations go out the window and you can
find yourself, as I did my first year here, screaming at one
of the parking guys in flourescent orange vests and waving
your handicap parking permit to no avail and risking
your life doing so just trying to get near campus to
park your car. The bottom line is, if you want to come onto
campus and park your car there the day of a game, arrive at
campus at least 4 hours before the start of the game. Even
then it can be tricky as almost all entrances are manned with
guards and some get there early. I recommend arriving 4.5
hours before game start. Most lots will be turned into paid
parking lots. The best entrance is the least obvious one:
Bulla Road (coming from the east), then park your car in B2,
across from the Library. You will still need your parking
decal which will get you free parking. Without it, you'll
have to pay. As for leaving, I'd try to get off campus soon
after the third quarter approximately 2.5 hours after
game start, or bring your dinner, for it would be foolish
to try to exit for about 1.5 hours after the game is over.
those of you who hang on to sanity by working out, you've
lucked out. ND and South Bend have lots to offer:
Fitness equipment: There are lots of places to go for fitness
equipment such as stairmasters, ellipticals, treadmills, weights,
if exercise in a stationary spot is your idea of workout nirvana
(no judgements here, to each their own and all that). See
the ND athletics web page for more information :
in particular the Rolf's Sports Center and the Rockne Memorial
(a.k.a. the Rock). If you prefer to sweat with your peers
rather than your students, check out the faculty gym in the
Joyce Center. For a nominal fee ($35) you have a faculty-only
locker room, your own permanent locker, showers, a sauna,
and a small room of fitness machines and weights (including
free weights). Call Joyce Center to arrange access.
If smashing small balls (amazing how you can transform those
little balls into images of your antagonizers while you play)
is more your sport, the Joyce Center and Rockne have many
racquetball and squash courts, while the Eck Center offers
indoor tennis courts. Reserve at the Eck Center. The Joyce
Center, however, is seldom booked. Racquets and balls are
available for rental.
A group of (mostly male) faculty regularly plays basketball
at Rolf's. Ask around and you'll be sure to find them. Other
than that, there are few regular games which faculty organize
and participate in. If you're interested in volleyball, the
City of South Bend runs pick up volleyball throughout the
winter. Pick up a schedule at one of the local libraries,
or call the City of South Bend's recreational office for more
information. Outpost on Grape Road has sand pits for volleyball
in the summer. Ask inside about signing up.
The City of South Bend organizes softball in the spring and
summer call the city's recreational office. There is an informal
group of faculty and staff who play soccer on an irregular
basis. The Kellogg seems to be the place to ask around about
The Rolf's swim center has a bright modern 50 meter pool,
the Rockne Memorial has a 25 meter pool in one of those wonderful
old natatoriums. See the web page for their hours. In the
summer, there's a beach on St. Joseph lake, but don't consider
this a recommendation. Personally, I think about the goose
population there and head for Rolf 's. If you are looking
for outdoor swimming in the summer, the country clubs are
your best option. Let your fingers do the walking, as Ma Bell
The Rockne Memorial has a rock climbing wall, open several
days a week. Even if you ve never climbed, head on over. Someone
there will show you how to put on a harness, climb up, belay,
and all that fun stuff. Go girl!!
From winter until sometime in spring, the ice rink is up in
the Joyce Center. From noon to one or two p.m. on MWF, the
ice is open for skating. The Ice Box on the west side of town
has two rinks and open ice time. If sacrificing ears and limbs
is no deterrent, check out the outdoor rinks run by the city.
If you really want to get aggressive, ice hockey is THE way
to go. There's pick up hockey for faculty and staff on Tuesdays
and Thursdays at noon in the Joyce center. You have to be
able to skate (not well, mind you, you're just not allowed
to crawl your way through the game on the ice), and you need
a helmet. It s mostly men but there are usually a couple of
women who play. All levels are welcome, contact Ed Hums for
more information. There's also a local women's ice hockey
team called The Sting, with weekly practices either at ND
or the Icebox. It also caters to women of all levels. Some
women start out having never skated before. Great women, great
fun. Ask at the Ice Box or Joyce Center when Sting practices
are scheduled and show up at a practice to get more information.
The Loftus Center and Rolf's have indoor tracks to allow you
to mindlessly run in circles in climactic comfort. Rolf's
also has route maps for runs of different distances around
campus and town. There is also a running group that meets
regularly. Ask at ProCycle on South Bend Ave. and Ironwood.
There are a number of local fun runs: ProCycle has a bulletin
board that announces these.
Flat as it is, there is some beautiful bike riding around
Michiana (a horrific name that captures Michigan and Indiana
all in one; surely the person that thought of it is in line
for a McArthur). The Michiana Bicycle Association organizes
several rides a week during the spring, summer, and fall.
Their web page is: http://members.aol.com/recla/mba/mba1.htm
are also several places to mountain bike and are lots of materials
and maps available for free at ProCycle.
Well, I feel like if I include golf, I have to start talking
about bowling and darts and other games that some people like
to call sports. Basically, if you can t find golf at ND without
help from this manual, you're in real trouble. Drive a quarter
mile on campus and you can t help but run into (or better
yet, over) a golfer. (okay, it's just a joke, I'm not advocating
violence against golfers, really).
I like to call this walking in Indiana. But that might just
be my West Coast bias, where hikes usually involve inclines
and paths that extend longer than 4 or 5 miles. Your best
bet is Potato Creek, where there are some nice trails and
nice fall foliage. There are some other parks St. Patrick
s, Rum Village, Bendix Woods, that are nice for short woody
walks. For a beach hike, go to Warren Dunes in Michigan on
the lake. For real hikes: stash away some of that money you're
saving by living in South Bend and fly somewhere. Or drive
up to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan (6-8 hours).
ND has a boathouse on the St. Joe river that is available
for ND employees and students. For about $150 per year, you
can have access to the boathouse and several different one
person sculls (not all sculls in the boathouse are collectively
owned, make sure you do not borrow someone else's private
scull). The contact person changes, so check the boatshed
for contact information. It's between Howard Park and the
Farmer's Market along the river walk, south of downtown.
Indiana and Michigan are rich in river water ways. If you're
interested in canoeing or kayaking, there are books about
canoeing in Indiana that provide information about launch
spots, travel routes, etc. During the summer, the city runs
rafts at the East Race downtown for one or two bucks a ride.
Find the river downtown and you can't miss it.
You can find yoga classes through ND Rec Sports, through the
Healing Arts Center, and through local fitness clubs. The
Garden Patch Health Food Store sometimes has info about less-formally
Rec Sports offers lots of classes and groups for other athletic
interests you might have: yoga, martial arts, sailing, aerobics,
kick-boxing, etc. Go to Rolf s for a listing of classes coming
With the demise of the Oak Room in the South Dining Hall and
the subsequent renovations, the non-student part of the campus
was left without an inexpensive and congenial place to dine
in the evening. However, with a greater investment of both
time and money, there are some very good options. Those aside,
for both breakfast and lunch, there are many accessible and
quick places to eat. Hours of operation are cited here, but
times and menus might change, so check Food Services on the
Notre Dame Home Page.
- at the Morris Inn
The Fall 2001 Unlimited Magazine lists, in its Best Sandwiches
in the Midwest section, cites Sorin's. "What better sandwich
to eat in Indiana than the Hoosier Hot Brown: baked ham and
turkey, topped with melted cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and bacon."
Sorin's is located in the Morris Inn, on campus, and is a
full service restaurant and bar, open to the public, in addition
to accommodating hotel guests. It serves breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Its menu is classic American and Continental fare,
with an emphasis on seasonal entrees. Food, service and ambiance
are very pleasant. (Breakfast ,7 a.m. - 10:30 a. m.; Lunch,
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
In a similar full-service restaurant vein is the University
Club, with membership open to all faculty and staff of Notre
Dame, St. Mary's and Holy Cross. Yearly fees are $50, and
allow members full use of the facilities of the club and the
ability to charge meals. The Club is open for lunch and dinner,
and the Stein Room and Bar are open throughout the day until
closing at 10 p.m. (midnight on Friday and Saturday.) In the
Stein Room, the regular menu is available, as are sandwiches
and snack type foods. The larger restaurant (Stadium Room)
has a full range of regular lunch and dinner and full bar
service. The menu extends from hearty sandwiches and quick
entrees to full course meals some favorites and some
chef's specials and seasonal delights. Prices are moderate.
(No cash is accepted; meals must be put on your account.)
(Lunch, 11:30 - 2 p.m.; Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
The Student Dining Halls, both North and South, offer: continental
breakfast, regular breakfast; brunch, lunch, and dinner. Faculty,
staff, and visitors to campus may purchase a meal at a fixed
price. The food is pleasantly displayed, abundant and varied,
but except for faculty eating with a group of students, the
clientele is primarily students on a meal plan. (Breakfast,
M-F 7 a.m. - 9:30 a. m; Continental Breakfast, (9:30 a.m.
- 11 a.m.; Lunch, M-F, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, M-F 4:30
p.m. - 7 p.m.; Extended hours in South Dining Hall 7 p.m.
- 9 p.m. weekdays. Weekend hours vary slightly.)
addition to the above "full service" eateries, there
are many small cafes, where for breakfast, lunch and break
times, one can get a variety of foods. These are, for the
most part, housed in various academic buildings on campus
and offer limited space, but friendly service and tasty quick
meals at very reasonable prices.
Located in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies,
Greenfield's is a comfortable sit-down restaurant with a light
and airy atmosphere. The menu has approximately six standard
items in both the hot and cold category, and several specials
each day. You order your meal at the counter, and then, when
ready, it is brought to your table. Open to faculty, staff,
students, and the public, it is usually heavily populated
by faculty. In addition to some excellent food, it has a fairly
extensive coffee selection. (Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 2:30
Housed on the first floor of Grace Hall, this is the newest
and the largest in space. It has an intimate atmosphere but
there are plenty of tables and booths. Seating is never a
problem. Daily specials, pasta, hot dogs, sandwiches are complimented
by a very large and varied salad bar. There is also a good
selection of drinks and snack foods. (Monday - Friday 7 a.m.
- 3 p.m.)
On the first floor of Bond Hall (the architecture building),
it features sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and coffees.
(Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
A deli serving bagels, sandwiches, soup, bottled beverages
and gourmet coffee, this is located in the Business School.
(Monday -Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Newly renovated, the Commons (in the Decio Faculty Office
Building) offers a salad bar, hot lunch specials, soups, deli
sandwiches, cold beverages, and cappuccino. (Monday - Friday,
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Specializing in sandwiches and cold drinks, this is on the
lower level of the Law School. (Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. -
Tucked away on the first floor of O'Shaughnessy Hall (the
central Arts and Letters Building), this little nook offers
a place to grab lunch or to read and munch between classes.
It has home style soups, sandwiches, salads, yogurt, baked
potatoes, and beverages. It is also the one of the few places
open past 3:30. (Its hours of operation are 7 a.m. -- 5 p.m.)
In LaFortune Student Center are a number of places to eat
and relax. Times of operation vary with the area. This complex
is frequented by during the day and night by hungry students,
sometimes into the wee hours of the morning.
On a lower level of La Fortune, Allegro is known for freshly
baked bread with huge portions of meat, cheese, and veggies.
Expresso is available to accompany the sandwiches. (9:30 a.m.-
Open until 8 p.m. during the week and weekends, it has a Sunday
night closure of midnight. Here you know what to expect! (Monday
- Thursday. 8:30 a.m. - midnight; Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.;
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - midnight)
Pizza and bread sticks are king here. It is on the first floor
of La Fortune and also offers Campus Delivery to most locations.
The little delivery trucks travel until 1 a.m. during the
week and 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Otherwise known as the little store, the Mart is located on
the first floor of La Fortune. In addition to hot and cold
food, beverages, pastries, soup, and sandwiches, school supplies,
and toiletries are available. This is a convenience store
rather than made-to-order, but it is very convenient with
its 2 a.m. closing time. In addition to all this, it has a
wall of candy which can be bought by the pound.
Reckers is a great late (and late, late) night hangout. Attached
to the back (south side) of the South Dining Hall, it often
is host to entertainment, both planned and otherwise. Wild
modern colors compliment the interestingly shaped furniture
and a lighted up electrical, handheld square announces when
your order is ready. There is an enormous selection of smoothies
and other fruit drinks, along with Starbucks coffee. Made
to order sandwiches and wood fired pizza add to the energy
of the place. It is very popular, and so beware; at times,
especially at night, it is very crowded.
For those of you who play golf, the clubhouse on the course
offers pannini, focaccia sandwiches, gourmet burgers, soups,
and donuts and Danish. While closed until noon on Mondays,
it is otherwise open from 7 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
in most of the buildings on campus, there are vending machines
with cold beverages, coffee, fruit and cookies and snacks.