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The Notre Dame student body

| Thursday, December 6, 2018

I write today to remind the Notre Dame student body just how special Notre Dame is and how special Notre Dame students are. About two weeks ago a student in one of my classes brought a wallet to me at the end of class — telling me that he found it in the classroom when he arrived for class. I thanked him and as I was walking out of the class room to take the wallet to the building manager, a frantic young man came in the classroom and was looking all over the place. I asked him if he left a wallet and he said yes and he identified himself — his name matched the name of the person on the driver’s license in the wallet. He was quite thankful and immediately opened the wallet to reveal a large amount of cash — he was so happy that the money hadn’t been taken and that his wallet was turned over rather than kept by “finder.”

This experience warmed my heart to see and I realized how easy it was for the “finder” to know right from wrong and to do the right thing rather than to keep what he found. It has been my experience that many, most, or perhaps even all of the ND students have this high level of integrity.
Peace,
Professor Jamie O’Brien
class of ’88 and ’93
Sept. 30

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