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Week of May 18, 2015

The Bulletin is published weekly by the Office of University Communications.

In This Issue

Commencement Activities
Mass Schedule
A Ghost Tour of Baltimore's Riots
NDMU Athletics hosting summer basketball camp

NDMU in the News


Commencement Activities

Please visit the Commencement page on the website for up-to-date information on the week's activities leading up to Saturday's Commencement. After the event, photos, video and text of speeches will be uploaded to the site. And don't forget to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the latest.

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Mass Schedule

The final Sunday Mass for the academic year was celebrated on May 17. Daily Mass will continue during the week in Marikle Chapel until June 12.

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A Ghost Tour of Baltimore's Riots

Shelley Puhak '97, Notre Dame's Sister Maura Eichner Professor of English, wrote an essay on the recent civil unrest in Baltimore that was published in The Weeklings, an online magazine dedicated to the essay:

EVERY CITY HAS SEAMS where the past peeks through, spots especially vulnerable to echoes and reverberations. Take Camden Yards, the iconic retro stadium where drunk baseball fans and splinter groups of protestors clashed in Baltimore. Before Camden Yards was a stadium, it was a B&O railyard; before that, it was the “Frenchtown” neighborhood, and before that, a packed dirt camp for colonial troops.

Baltimore is haunted, but I mean that in the 13th century sense, when to haunt was to frequent, to be familiar with. Baltimore has a habit of brawling and plundering and brick-throwing, with most instances dwarfing the recent destruction. Camden Yards (once Camden Station, before that Camden Street, and before that just an oak tree at the end of what was called Forest Street, and before that a sapling, and before that a seed) is a spot more haunted than most. Like the waterfront Pratt Street, Camden Street was named after Charles Pratt, first Earl of Camden. This Englishman never set foot in Baltimore, but he did side with the Colonies against the Stamp Tax, which had inspired riots of its own.

Two weeks ago Saturday, when police moved in when protesters neared the stadium itself, when some white suburban fans taunted protesters with racial slurs, scuffles erupted. Most of those fans had entered the stadium that afternoon via the pedestrian walkway at the intersection of Camden and Eutaw Streets, right at centerfield. They had milled around the shops and restaurants, treading on brick stacked upon asphalt paving over what was once Donovan’s slave jail. Most of these fans would have no idea they were doing so— there is no plaque or marker. Most of these fans would end up stuck inside the stadium, where beleaguered Union troops barricaded themselves another mild April evening 154 years earlier. Coincidence or convergence?

Read the rest of the essay.

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Athletics hosting a summer basketball camp

NDMU Athletics will host a summer basketball camp from 10 am. to noon, July 6-10 for 6-8th grade girls. Cost is $35 per camper.  We will also be holding an evening session for 3rd-5th grade boys and girls at 5 pm. to 7 p.m. July 6-9. Cost is $30 per camper.  The price includes a camp t-shirt.  Camp will feature instruction and coaching from the Notre Dame basketball coaching staff and current team members, a team that posted the schools best record since 2008-09. 

Any questions can be directed to Head Basketball Coach Allen Dehority, 410-532-5378 or adehority@ndm.edu

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NDMU in the News

WBAL-TV: Program offers rookie teachers support to stay in class (story includes interview with Gary Thrift, Ph.D., of NDMU's School of Education)

The Baltimore Sun: Notre Dame’s ACES program prepares teachers for the future.

The Baltimore Sun: Article on NDMU’s online graduate certificate in Risk Management.

The Baltimore Sun: NDMU grad named Teacher of the Year for Harford County.

The Baltimore Sun: “I’m real about what’s going on,” Harford’s top teacher says.

Capital-Gazette: Glen Burnie teacher gets selected for National Geographic expedition