Domers: A Year at Notre Dame

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What is it about Notre Dame that has, since its founding 150 years ago, made it such a mythic place in the American imagination? To find out, Kevin Coyne spent a year there, going to all the football games but staying for all the other days too - from freshmen orientation to graduation. In between he attended classes, masses, pep rallies, and parties; hung out with virtually every group of students on campus - from pre-meds to ardent pro-life activists to varsity football players to budding philosophers. Coyne was also a fly on the wall as the faculty debated "whither Notre Dame?" and its academic future; he sat in on the previously sacrosanct trustee meetings, to which no outsider had ever been admitted; and he spent time with the university's president debating how Notre Dame can uphold, in these cynical times, its belief that a "true education integrates faith and reason."

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Coyne goes back to school, as it were, to delve behind the football-powerhouse reputation and provide a well-rounded portrait of this 150-year-old Midwestern Catholic university. Embarking on his journey with a somewhat skeptical air, Coyne tells of his year spent in research, attending classes, dances, parties, administration meetings, Mass and, of course, football games. Readers will soon sense that the author was won over but not blinded by what he experienced. Coyne divulges that life beneath the glow of the golden dome (hence "domers") is often a paradox in which students, faculty and administration struggle to balance the religious and spiritual traditions of the past with the social, academic and cultural movements of the present. For devotees, biographical information on campus luminaries such as the university's founder, Father Sorin; longtime university president Father Theodore Hesburgh; legendary football coach Knute Rockne and others abounds. For those who have attended Notre Dame, this volume is a walk down memory lane spiked with a few jolts of modern reality; for those who worship from afar, this is an up-close and personal examination of a myth.
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From Library Journal:

Journalist Coyne spent a year on the campus of Notre Dame, interviewing people and observing life at this famous university. The opening chapter describes the gold-domed building on campus that lends the students their nickname, Domers, setting the tone for a study that is wide-ranging yet particular, current yet historical, celebratory yet irreverent. The text as a whole is divided into "Fall" and "Spring," with no chapter titles, indications of chronology, or sequence of events. Chapters consist of vignettes describing a building or a scene or detailing a conversation or professor's lecture. What's missing, however, are the students. Coyne interviewed the occasional student, but his observations lack depth. Instead, Domers looks at the adult world of Notre Dame, touching on issues of religion, abortion, drinking, affluence among Catholics, and political power. An interesting book for both insiders and outsiders; recommended for regional and large education collections.?Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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