Notre Dame ReSources

Author: Dennis Brown

Notre Dame ReSources
Feb. 8-14, 1998

p. Please feel free to call the following Notre Dame faculty for additional comment on these people and events in the news:
p. Iraq: “Air strikes targeted on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities may have strong legal and moral justifications, but they would not eliminate such capabilities,” says Alan Dowty , professor of government and international studies at Notre Dame. “There is little recourse but to remain focused on the inspections program ? with all its shortcomings ? while strengthening it as much as possible with sanctions targeted toward the regime rather than on the overall Iraqi economy. This might include extension of the no-fly zone, limits on military traffic, a cut-off of all foreign travel by Iraqi officials, and destruction of sites to which access is refused. At the same time, limits should be lifted on the sale of Iraqi oil for the supervised import of food, medicine and an expanded list of essential goods. In the long run, the Iraqi case demonstrates that full certainty on the elimination of chemical and biological weaponry is probably impossible, and that the international community must develop a strategy for not only preventing their production but also making the use of any such weapons by any state totally unthinkable.” (219) 631-5098; *
p. *Impeachment
: A president can be impeached for, among other things, “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a term that has a history dating back close to 400 years, says Douglas Kmiec , professor of constitutional law at Notre Dame. “It originated primarily in the British Parliament’s attempt to control King Charles I, who in the mid-1600s disregarded legislative acts and argued instead that he was the embodiment of the law speaking,” Kmiec says. " The English history is instructive because it was well known to our Constitutional framers, and it suggests unequivocally that impeachment is a political remedy, not a criminal one. It is a remedy for injury to the body politic, not for deterring specific crimes or punishing them. Sir William Blackstone, whose 18th century treatise taught Adams, Jefferson and Madison the law, defines high crimes and misdemeanors as neglect of duty, encroachment on the powers of the other branches, and fundamental betrayal of the public trust. Similarly, Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 65, one of the papers written in the late 1780s to explain the new Constitution and urge its ratification, calls impeachment a remedy for ‘abuse or violation of some political trust. " (Professor Kmiec is visiting at Pepperdine University and can be reached at 310-456-4664 .)p. Media and Clinton : The news media’s coverage of allegations against President Clinton “flows directly from the journalistic ethos that developed during Watergate,” says Robert Schmuhl , director of Notre Dame’s Program in Journalism, Democracy and Ethics. “What is strikingly different now is the new environment of information propelling this story,” says Schmuhl, who recently published “Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power.” “With the 24-hour broadcast news operations, the Internet and the traditional news sources, it’s impossible to avoid the most intimate kinds of information. But, given the intensity of the media’s coverage, when all is said and done, it might not only be the presidency that is weakened by these events, but also the public might have an even more jaundiced view of the media.” (219) 631-7316; *
p. *Budget
: President Clinton’s budget proposal “is a good one,” says Jeffrey Bergstrand , associate professor of finance and business economics at Notre Dame. "The near-term projected budget surpluses stem largely from the economy growing stronger ? and, consequently, tax revenues faster ? than most experts predicted. The projected government savings are appropriately used to shore up projected deficits in Social Security and for investment in education. (219) 631-6761; *
p. *Workplace leadership
: A new book edited by Robert Vecchio , the Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management at Notre Dame, examines leadership in the workplace. Published by the University of Notre Dame Press, “Leadership: Understanding the Dynamics of Power and Influence in Organizations” is an anthology of key writings by leading scholars in the field. The 592-page book is composed of 33 chapters, including eight written by Vecchio, and examines six facets of leadership: the myths and facts of what leaders do, power and influence, dysfunctional aspects of leadership, models of leadership, alternative views of leadership, and emerging issues. The book is designed to be both a text for advanced students of business, sociology and psychology and a resource for business professionals, educators, health-care workers, public administrators, law enforcement personnel, and directors of not-for-profit organizations. (219) 631-6073
p. Lowdown on lawyers : The longest serving law school dean in the nation, David Link of Notre Dame, says the legal profession has hit rock bottom and can be saved only by ridding itself of a system that cares only about winning, regardless of the truth. “The adversarial system is not about justice but about winning,” Link says. “Lawyers are perceived as hired guns, greedy and willing to do anything for the money. My solution for restoring the reputation to the legal profession is to scrap adversarial ethics. Let’s see what we can work out to make sure justice is done.” (219) 631-7015
p. Catholics divided : American Catholics born after Vatican II exhibit a statistical lessening of “Catholic identity,” according to “The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans,” a new book written by a team of scholars including Notre Dame’s Richard Lamanna and Kathleen Maas Weigert . “Unless steps are taken,” the authors warn, the church faces “dwindling faithfulness among young Catholics, diminishing awareness of God’s presence in the lives of Catholic adults, further erosion of Catholic identity, and a declining sense that the Church is worth supporting.” The book offers suggestions for reversing these trends, including a renewed emphasis by parents and teachers on prayer and the sacraments, and a commitment to methods of teaching that avoid the disciplinary approach of pre-Vatican II catechization. Lamanna: (219) 631-6568; Weigert: (219) 631-5319
p. Notre Dame notes: With an " $8-million gift ": from a benefactor wishing to remain anonymous, Notre Dame has established the " Edward Frederick Sorin Program for Academic Distinction ": omprising new endowed professorships devoted to areas of excellence in six of the University’s academic units .. " Carolyn Woo ": , Gillen Dean of the College of Business Administration, has been named one of the 40 “young leaders” of American academe by Change magazine, the journal of the American Association for Higher Education … Vanderbilt University has created a chaired professorship in Catholic studies in honor of " Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C. ": , Notre Dame’s president and a graduate of Vanderbilt’s doctoral program in Christian ethics … Father Malloy has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities .

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