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Domers: A Year at Notre Dame
     

Domers: A Year at Notre Dame

by Kevin Coyne
 

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Journalist Kevin Coyle spent a year at Notre Dame, from freshman orientation to graduation. He attended classes, masses, pep rallies, parties, faculty meetings and trustee meetings. He hung out with virtually every group of students on campus, from pre-meds to football players. Coyle emerges with a rich and complex portrait of a univeristy unlike any other in America.

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Journalist Kevin Coyle spent a year at Notre Dame, from freshman orientation to graduation. He attended classes, masses, pep rallies, parties, faculty meetings and trustee meetings. He hung out with virtually every group of students on campus, from pre-meds to football players. Coyle emerges with a rich and complex portrait of a univeristy unlike any other in America.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Sept.)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140178982
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.94(d)

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Freehold, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
May 5, 1959
Place of Birth:
Freehold, New Jersey
Education:
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1981

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