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The University of Notre Dame stopped burning coal at its power plant Monday, more than a year ahead of schedule. 

Notre Dame President, Father John Jenkins delivered the last load of coal to the University in efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Notre Dame Unloads Final Batch Of Coal On Campus

Oct 14, 2019
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Today Notre Dame unloaded it's last load of coal on campus.

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke to a room of more than 200 Notre Dame law school students and faculty about religious liberty on Friday. He expressed opposition to the rise of secular culture while avoiding any talk of the impeachment inquiry surrounding the president.

Attorney General Barr presented his views on the constitutional rights to religious freedom and bemoaned increasing secularism in society and government. He says religious rights are especially in danger when states impose secular laws on religious education. 

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A large crowd of activists gathered near Notre Dame Friday evening to protest while U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at a private event at the university. 

Protestors stood in the rain outside Notre Dame’s gates holding signs which read ‘no one is above the law’ and ‘disbar Barr.’ They blew whistles to voice their unhappiness in the way Barr handled a whistleblower complaint which prompted an impeachment inquiry.

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In spite of Friday afternoon's rain, some protestors still turned out for what they call a "Whistle for Whistleblowers' protest against U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Barr is speaking Friday at the Notre Dame Law School. 

More than 200 people are attending Barr's talk with another two overflow rooms watching on a live feed. Barr's talk is not open to the public. Media are covering it. But media will be ushered out of the room when students ask questions of Barr. 

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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For the first time in the university's history, Notre Dame will host a presidential debate. It will be in Purcell Pavilion Sept. 29, 2020.

Notre Dame President Elected To Another Term

Oct 11, 2019
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Today Notre Dame announced that Fr. Jenkins has been elected to a fourth 5-year term as the university's president. 

The university's Board of Trustees held the election at its fall meeting on campus. 

Jenkins was elected in 2005 as Notre Dame's 17th president. 

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Six sculptures by University of Notre Dame professor, Rev. Austin Collins, have been installed in roundabouts in South Bend. 

The university says it's a pilot public art program to add color and vibrancy to the city. 

The sculptures are along Michigan Street at Bartlett and Marion streets on the north side and at Chippewa Avenue on the south side.

According to the university, the sculptures were installed by the city with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. 

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Notre Dame announced that musician Billy Joel will perform at a concert in the Notre Dame Stadium next summer. 

Billy Joel, also known as “The Piano Man,” has performed on Notre Dame’s campus three times before - but never at the stadium.

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Notre Dame has announced that Billy Joel will perform at a concert in Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, June 20, 220 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, October 18 at 10am.   


Students and activists are planning a protest in response to U-S Attorney General William Barr speaking at a private event at Notre Dame Law School on Friday.

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Scientists from around the country were in Indianapolis this week to learn more about technological innovations in the state.  The first Indiana National Lab Day hosted federal science and technology leaders and Indiana researchers to highlight quantum science and engineering work being done in the state. 

Much of that work comes out of the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana Innovation Institute and Indiana University. 

IU Interim Vice Provost of Research Jeff Zaleski says the state is well positioned to become a leader in certain research areas.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Northeastern Indiana's University of Saint Francis is getting a male president for the first time in its nearly 130-year history.

School officials announced Monday that the Rev. Eric Albert Zimmer will become the Fort Wayne school's president on July 1, 2020, after Sister Elise Kriss retires following 27 years at the school.

Zimmer, who's a Jesuit priest, will become the first male president of the school, which was founded in 1890.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Two women have been sworn in as the University of Notre Dame Fire Department's first full-time female firefighters.

42-year-old Michelle Woolverton and 37-year-old Christi Shibata started as firefighters over the summer with the department, which got its start 140 years ago.

The department's Fire Chief Bruce Harrison said they have passion for the job, empathy and a determination to serve others.