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Cell phones distracting

Jeffrey Bernel | Monday, November 9, 2009

My wife and I attended the excellent Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra Concert Nov. 5 and found ourselves constantly distracted by the frequent audience use of cell phones for texting and e-mailing during the actual concert. The glow of cell phones was all around us. I could not for the life of me understand why people could not wait until the concert was over to use their cell phones.

I would urge the DeBartolo Center for Performing Arts to adopt a strict policy of insisting that all cell phones be turned completely off during any event. We all pay good money to enjoy the wonderful events available for the Notre Dame and South Bend community. Common sense and simple etiquette should dictate that all electronic devices be turned completely off.  We both found the use of these devices quite rude and distracting; not only for us but the rest of the audience. Turn them off, but if you cannot, leave. Thank you.


Jeffrey Bernel


Nov. 7