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Rock star?

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, September 7, 2006

I have read (in other places) of the “rock star” treatment Brady Quinn gets on campus. First, is that accurate or a vast exaggeration?

If it is true, is any conversation being held among students about what ought to be the student-athlete culture at Notre Dame?

If the football team continues to improve, as we all hope it will, students can expect more and more stars on campus. But will they not still be Notre Dame students first? And should they not be treated first as Notre Dame students?

As a track star from track country (Oregon), I appreciated the support I received from students when I was at Notre Dame. I have great memories. But guys like John Huarte and Jack Snow and Allan Paige, who were huge stars, were treated on campus pretty much like other students, and most of all were afforded considerable privacy. I wonder if students and athletes today would consider that kind of treatment a worthy student culture goal?

Pat Conroy


class of 1965

Sept. 6