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The COVID-19 pandemic is an incredibly complex, historic event, and since it began many historians have been looking back, to learn what they can from similar catastrophic events in our past.

Today we go back to the Middle Ages to learn about the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, to find out what impact it had on labor markets at the time and what it can tell us about what we’re experiencing today.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spoke in defense of the court’s emergency docket at the University of Notre Dame Thursday. 

The U.S. saw more than 400,000 extra deaths in 2020 compared to the previous two years. Much of this excess death was caused by COVID-19. But new research from the University of Notre Dame suggests that around 15 percent of these deaths are not directly related to the virus.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture at the University of Notre Dame Thursday. Thomas is only the second Black justice appointed to the court and is currently its longest-serving justice.


WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the South Bend Symphony - now  presenting Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Plus works by Montgomery and Neiman with two concerts at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Saturday evening September 25th at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon September 26th at 2:30. Find out more and get tickets at   


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A former University of Notre Dame student has filed a lawsuit against the school seeking a refund on tuition and fees for the Spring 2020 semester after classes were moved online due to the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of the Snite Museum of Art.

After being closed to the public since March 2020 due to the pandemic, the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art reopened on June 1. Museum director Joseph Becherer said they had several dozen visitors on the first day.

“There’s nothing like being with a work of art — standing in front of a painting, walking around a sculpture,” he said. “It’s really wonderful to see people in the galleries.”

Notre Dame announced vaccination against the COVID-19 virus will be required of students attending the university in the Fall of 2021. A university spokesman says that faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, but at this time will not be required to do so. 


The University of Notre Dame is hosting one of Indiana’s mass vaccination clinics on campus Friday and Saturday. State health officials expect to administer just under 6,000 doses of the one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Indiana residents who registered ahead of time. They say all appointments are already taken. 

Notre Dame Names 2021 Laetare Medal Recipient

Mar 14, 2021


This weekend Notre Dame announced its latest Laetare Medal recipient. 


Today Notre Dame announced that scheduling changes and a reservation system would be in place as Holy Week and Easter Sunday approaches. Most Holy Week services will not be available to the general public, with the exception of Easter Sunday when a reservation will be required.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say coronavirus vaccine shots were given to more than 16,000 people during Indiana’s first mass vaccination clinic and all appointments have been filled for two similar upcoming clinics. The four-day clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wrapped up Monday with 16,511 getting shots of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All appointments have been taken for the mass vaccination sites set for this Friday and Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg  and March 26-27 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.


Today Notre Dame announced it will be offering a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic later this month at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

UPDATE: Questions Surround Death Of Former NFL & ND Player Louis Nix III

Feb 28, 2021
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NEW (Mar. 1):

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Notre Dame and NFL player Louis Nix III has died after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death. Nix's mother Stephanie Wingfield told multiple news outlets in Jacksonville, Florida, that authorities said her son died but haven't been able to tell her how. Family members say his car was pulled out of a pond near his home on Saturday. In December 2020, he was shot in an armed robbery. Nix had received high praise during his time with the Fighting Irish. He was then drafted by the Houston Texans in 2014 but struggled to make an impact in the NFL due to injuries.

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As of Thursday, Feb. 18, new COVID-19 restrictions are in place for Notre Dame students, including reduced seating in dining facilities and limited visitation in residence halls. The restrictions come as new daily case counts among students are on the rise.

According to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been four days in the last two weeks where the university reported over 45 new positive daily cases. 


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The distribution of ashes at Notre Dame’s Ash Wednesday services will look a little different for this year.

According to the university’s Campus Ministry site, ashes will be sprinkled on the head, rather than marked in the sign of the cross on the forehead.


Notre Dame Women's Basketball Impacted By COVID-19

Feb 13, 2021
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The Notre Dame women's basketball team has been impacted by COVID-19, forcing the postponement of a game on Monday. You can read more below. 

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Today Notre Dame announced plans to hold in-person commencement. 

(You can read more in the release below.) 


In a message today to the University of Notre Dame community, President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., provided updates on the University Commencement Ceremonies in May for the classes of 2020 and 2021, as well as for alumni reunions in June.

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"It's here or will be arriving soon."

That's the word from Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. on his predictions for the presence of variants of COVID-19 showing up in the county. He says people should operate on an assumption that they need to protect themselves from these strains which are more contagious. Although none of the strains have been detected yet in St. Joseph County, some have been detected in Indiana and in Michigan, particularly in the Ann Arbor area. 

Photo Of The Week - Horse On The Horizon

Jan 28, 2021
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January blue skies dominate in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Becky Baxter for this image that she captured on Sat., Jan. 23rd in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park on the Notre Dame campus. Against those blue skies you see a bronze sculpture of a horse that was created by sculptor Deborah Butterfield.

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

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Notre Dame students will be returning to campus at the start of February for the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. Today the university announced its COVID-19 protocols in anticipation of the arrival of the students. 


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's football program is on NCAA probation until next January. The school admitted to recruiting violations in 2019 in which a now-former assistant had an impermissible in-person meeting with one prospect and sent impermissible text messages to another. The NCAA  announced the negotiated resolution after it was reviewed by the Division I Committee on Infractions. Official recruiting visits will be reduced from 56 to 55 to this year and there will be cuts in number of days prospects can make unofficial campus visits.


Former ND Men's Basketball Asst. Coach Faces Charges

Jan 7, 2021
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Alabama Beats Notre Dame In Rose Bowl To Advance To Nat'l Championship And Face Ohio State

Jan 1, 2021
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Notre Dame has lost another playoff semifinal in Texas, falling 31-14 to No. 1 Alabama in the relocated Rose Bowl. It was a better showing for the Irish than their blowout loss to Clemson in the semifinals two years ago. But the fourth-ranked Irish still lost in a playoff or New Year's Six bowl for the seventh straight time since 2000. Notre Dame was a three-touchdown underdog and fell behind quickly 14-0. But the defense improved, and Ian Book had the Irish moving with a chance to get within a touchdown in the second half before throwing an interception.

Photo Of The Week - Fresh Snow

Dec 31, 2020
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WVPE's latest Photo of the Week is entitled "Fresh Snow." The image was taken on December 29th outside Dillon Hall on the campus of Notre Dame by Sam Lima of South Bend. Sam has contributed several great photos here at WVPE since we started our Photo of the Week feature. 

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken.

Rose Bowl Preview: Notre Dame Versus Alabama

Dec 31, 2020

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The College Football Playoff semifinal in Texas will be allowed to call itself the Rose Bowl Game, but Pasadena officials don’t want the New Year’s game relocated in the future. Pasadena officials agreed to allow the Tournament of Roses to move the game to Arlington, Texas, on New Year’s Day. No. 1 Alabama will play fourth-ranked Notre Dame in the first CFP semifinal at AT&T Stadium outside Dallas. The Tournament of Rose will pay the city $2 million to help Pasadena with its expenses and lost revenue as a result of the game being relocated.

Book Leads No. 2 Irish Past Syracuse 45-21; Clemson Next Up

Dec 6, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores in his final home game at Notre Dame, leading the second-ranked Fighting Irish to a 45-21 victory against Syracuse. The fifth-year senior led the Irish to a victory as a starter for the 30th time, the most ever for a Notre Dame quarterback. The Irish ran their winning streak to 16 games, best in the country, and their home winning streak to 24. Next up is the Dec. 19 ACC championship game against Clemson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Photo Of The Week - The Scene On Thanksgiving Day

Dec 3, 2020
Katie Gotfried

With Thanksgiving behind us and the December holidays in the offing during the pandemic, it's a time for reflection. WVPE's Photo of the Week offers a scene of tranquil reflection captured on Thanksgiving Day by Katie Gotfried on the Notre Dame campus. If Katie's name sounds familiar, you may recognize it from some of the previous Michiana Chronicles she has contributed here at WVPE. 

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Trump Awards Presidential Medal Of Freedom To Lou Holtz

Dec 3, 2020

President Donald Trump calls Lou Holtz “one of the greatest coaches in American history” and has honored the college football Hall of Famer and political ally with the nation’s highest civilian honor. Holtz had a 34-year coaching career that included the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame. Holtz received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz led six different programs to bowl games and is an outspoken Trump backer. The 83-year-old Holtz says being honored by Trump makes the award particularly meaningful.


Today Notre Dame announced it is implementing a reservation system for people interested in attending Christmas Mass at the Basilica.