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Published: 04/18/11

Notre Dame: No One to Blame in Student Videographer's Death

By  not in system - AOL News
Notre Dame: No One to Blame in Student Videographer's Death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The final investigation into the death of a student videographer who died after a 40-foot-high hydraulic lift he was atop blew over in a 53 mph gust during a University of Notre Dame football practice ended Monday without anyone involved being faulted or punished. The Notre Dame Observer / AP Declan Sullivan, 20, died while videotaping a Notre Dame football practice from a hydraulic lift during a windstorm in October. University officials acknowledged that their procedures and safeguards weren't adequate but said they couldn't find anyone to blame for 20-year-o...

Published: 11/25/10

Notre Dame's Punt in the Probe of Lizzy Seeberg's Sad Death

By  Melinda Henneberger - Politics Daily
Notre Dame's Punt in the Probe of Lizzy Seeberg's Sad Death

LOS ANGELES -- Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg was a college freshman with a wide-open smile – here is a heartbreaking photo of her in spaghetti straps and pearls – who built houses with Habitat for Humanity and hoped to become a nurse. Lizzy also suffered from depression, and 10 days after telling friends and campus cops that she'd been sexually assaulted by a University of Notre Dame football player, rape crisis volunteers who knew she had missed a counseling session found her barely breathing in her dorm room. The 19-year-old daughter of serious Catholics and prominent volunteers in the Chicago...

Published: 11/21/10

Notre Dame Defense Goes From Sour to Suddenly Super

By  John Walters - AOL News
Notre Dame Defense Goes From Sour to Suddenly Super

NEW YORK -- Notre Dame is winning football games in November. Notre Dame is winning football games in November with defense. Notre Dame is winning football games in November with defense and without its "best defensive player," nose tackle Ian Williams. Which of those three sentences is most astounding? Does it matter? Our "Kelly's Believe it Or Not" list ends at three, which coincidentally is the number of points the Irish have allowed in each of their past two games. The Fighting Irish, who silenced Army 27-3 on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, have shed their "November Wane" image in ve...

Published: 11/5/10

Letter From Notre Dame President Addressing Declan Sullivan's Death

By  FanHouse Staff - AOL News
Letter From Notre Dame President Addressing Declan Sullivan's Death

Below is the full letter from Notre Dame president, Rev. John Jenkins, sent to Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni, in which he addresses the school's responsibility in the death of student-manager Declan Sullivan during a Notre Dame football practice on Oct. 27. Dear Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends, The tragic accident that took Declan Sullivan's life just over a week ago, the Mass of Remembrance in the Basilica, and his family's faith-filled funeral for him this week have given each of us the chance to grieve, remember and pray. Declan was a brig...

Published: 11/5/10

Notre Dame President Admits Responsibility in Declan Sullivan's Death

By  FanHouse Newswire - AOL News
Notre Dame President Admits Responsibility in Declan Sullivan's Death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The president of the University of Notre Dame sent an e-mail to students, faculty, staff and alumni Friday saying that the school is responsible for a student videographer's death because it failed to protect him. "Declan Sullivan was entrusted to our care, and we failed to keep him safe," the Rev. John Jenkins wrote. "We at Notre Dame and ultimately I as president are responsible. Words cannot express our sorrow to the Sullivan family and to all involved." Declan Sullivan, 20, a student videographer was killed Oct. 27 when a hydraulic lift he was on toppled over whi...

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Published: 11/5/10

Declan Sullivan Was 'Truly Original'

By  John Walters - AOL News
Declan Sullivan Was 'Truly Original'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- During their freshman year at Notre Dame, Shane Steinberg, Declan Sullivan and three other friends from section 4B in Fisher Hall entered a team in the school's famed Bookstore Basketball tournament. The largest outdoor five-on-five basketball tourney in the world, Bookstore stokes the fires of countless "Domers" who seek to evoke memories of their high school glory days. But not all of them. Sullivan (pictured above, on left, with his sister Gwyneth and brother Mac) was one of the exceptions. "It was a close game late in what you'd consider the second half and Declan was...

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Published: 10/30/10

Somber Day On, Off Field for Notre Dame

By  Tim Prister - AOL News
Somber Day On, Off Field for Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Tragedy off the field, heartbreak on it. Rarely has the Notre Dame football program experienced a more emotional upheaval than the 72-hour span from Wednesday's practice through Saturday's 28-27 loss to Tulsa in Notre Dame Stadium. From the death of student manager Declan Sullivan in a scissor lift accident to the heartbreaking loss to Tulsa (5-3), the Fighting Irish (4-5) finally reached their emotional breaking point. "As a football coach, there have been more difficult weeks relative to the game itself," said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. "But in terms of the tragedy...

Published: 10/29/10

Notre Dame Student Combined Love of Film, Football

By  not in system - AOL News
Notre Dame Student Combined Love of Film, Football

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Oct. 29) -- Tony Michluda and Declan Sullivan lived in the same residence hall at Notre Dame and used to have long talks about their future. Sullivan "was always interested in who you were," Michluda said. He and his sullen classmates gathered Thursday night for a special Mass to remember Sullivan a day after he died in an accident during a Fighting Irish football practice. The 20-year-old junior was videotaping the team from a tower when his hydraulic scissor lift fell over during another windy day in the Midwest. Matt Cashore - Pool / AP Students gather Thursday outside ...

Published: 10/28/10

Declan Sullivan Death Addressed at Notre Dame Press Conference

By  John Walters - AOL News
Declan Sullivan Death Addressed at Notre Dame Press Conference

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- "I turned to the north and experienced a pretty extraordinary burst of wind ... and I heard a crash." Those were the words of Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who was no more than 20 or 30 yards away from the scissor lift on which student Declan Sullivan was perched when it toppled over on Wednesday. On Thursday, Swarbrick addressed media for the first time since Sullivan, a 20 year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., died from injuries he incurred in the fall. "The investigation began immediately," said Swarbrick, fielding questions as to who was responsible f...

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Published: 10/28/10

Notre Dame in Mourning After Student Dies in Tower Collapse

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Notre Dame in Mourning After Student Dies in Tower Collapse

(Oct. 28) -- Declan Sullivan was smart, fun and passionate -- the kind of person whose presence was actually addictive. That's how students at Notre Dame today are remembering Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior at the northern Indiana university who was killed Wednesday filming a football practice when the tower he was standing on collapsed in high winds. Those who knew him say Sullivan, a film marketing and television and theater major from Long Grove, Ill., was buzzing with life. "He was extremely enthusiastic and full of energy," Matt Gramber, the editor of Notre Dame's college paper, The O...

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