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$12.5 million gift ‘admirable’

Matthew Frey | Friday, September 14, 2007

I am writing in response to Kyle Cassily’s article about the anonymous donor (“Unnamed donor pledges $15 million,” Sept. 13). While I do agree that it is great for the unnamed donor to do something so generous without the recognition, I find it unfair of Kyle to chastise Mr. Purcell’s gift. How do we know that Notre Dame did not make him go through the fanfare? Even if it was his idea why does it matter? The man just gave away $12.5 million to help our University’s basketball program and that is admirable no matter whose name is attached.

His conclusion that “it wasn’t just about getting a name on the building” is both unfair and startingly inappropriate. All donors at Notre Dame should be proud of what they have done and what they have given. We should respect the O’Neills, the Keoughs, the DeBartolos and numerous others for giving us the chance to attend this University with top-notch facilities. It’s important not to bite the hand that feeds your mouth. If it bothers you that much, then don’t use the facilities. See how hard it is to graduate then.

Matthew Frey


Class of 2006

Sept. 13