Mid-Year Reviews

By Bella Laufenberg
By Liam Price
By Liam Kelly

Track and Field assistant coach Adam Beltran to be remembered for humor, mentorship

Assistant coach for Notre Dame’s track and field team Adam Beltran passed away at 46 years old Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a University press release said.

“While Beltran’s coaching accolades and fingerprints are all over the pages of the Notre Dame record books, it was his personality and striking humor that will be remembered most,” the press release said. “He was a beloved figure among student-athletes, coaches and anyone who spent time around the Irish program.”

According to the press release, Beltran coached 11 NCAA qualifiers during his time at Notre Dame and mentored three ACC champion throwers throughout his career. 

“[Beltran] also had a knack for developing walk-on athletes into elite coach contributors. A majority of his school record holders and NCAA qualifiers were walk-ons,” Notre Dame track and field and cross country director Matt Sparks said in the press release.

But Beltran was even more well known for his humor and “gentle giant” personality, the press release said.

Mass at the Basilica will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in honor of Adam.

“The Beltran family welcomes any staff, students, friends, alumni and family to be with them during this time,” the press release said.


Notre Dame Law School scraps binding early decision application

Notre Dame Law School has ended binding early applications, the school’s office of admissions announced in a press release Wednesday. The release cited unfair wealth advantages and anxiety as main reasons for the elimination.

“Early decision programs tend to advantage wealthier students and create anxiety for many students when choosing an application program,” the release said.

The early decision application program bound students to Notre Dame Law School before they could weigh financial aid options, sparking the concerns that led to this decision.

Instead of the early decision program, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, according to the press release.

“Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in Sept. and initial admissions decisions will be released in late Nov. or early Dec. While the application will close on March 15, prospective students are encouraged to submit applications early in the admissions cycle,” the law school wrote.

The law school heralded increasing diversity and first-generation law students in its last two classes, and said this latest step would promote further “diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“Our success at enrolling diverse students who have demonstrated excellence will be amplified by this modification of our admissions procedure,” G. Marcus Cole, dean of the law school, said in the statement.

Experts told Reuters, a news agency, that the move was expected, and that other law schools may follow. They cite “ongoing uncertainty about the national applicant pool and concerns about access and equity.”

The press release also said that students are encouraged to show commitment to the program in their “Why Notre Dame?” application essay.