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Julia Douthwaite | Thursday, September 23, 2010

I would like to modify my complaint published in The Observer of Sept. 22 (“Gingrich visit to ND.”) As per correspondence and research with University administration, and the “Correction” published in today’s South Bend Tribune, the facts appear somewhat different today, as follows:

1. No Notre Dame funds were used to bring Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich to town (i.e. travel expenses).

2. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Gingrich made political comments on campus — notwithstanding the unfortunate and misleading juxtaposition of the photo and headline in the South Bend Tribune. (Their presence as special guests and speakers on campus is another issue. Some might say that is symbolic in itself.)

3. The only expenditure of University funds was for the rental of Washington Hall and the cost of a small reception after the screening.

4. The University did not have anything to do with, or was even aware of, other activities that Mr. Gingrich scheduled while he was in town.

5. No University funds went to his travel or lodging, or meals.

I maintain that Mr. Gingrich is not an admirable guest to bring to our campus, as per the views published on his own website.

But it appears that the Notre Dame policy was maintained, and that is good news.


Julia Douthwaite


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