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The Independent Newspaper Serving Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Volume 45: Issue 37 Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Community remembers fifth-year student Murphy loses battle with leukemia; loved ones recall his ‘amazing energy,’ love for University family By SARAH MERVOSH Managing Editor Xavier Murphy, a fifth-year student and former resident of Zahm Hall, died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 22. Z a h m Rector C o r r y Colonna said he and Murphy both j o i n e d Z a h m in 2007 and got Xavier Murphy to know each other well during Murphy’s four years in the dorm. “He had an amazing energy about him, always so positive. He greeted everyone with a big smile,” Colonna said. “He was soft-spoken but confident and always respectful. He had a sensitivity about him that attracted others to him.” see MURPHY/page 5 PAT COVENEY/The Observer Students and residents of Zahm Hall form the “Zahm X” in honor of Xavier Murphy, 22, at the Grotto on Tuesday night. Murphy, a fifth-year student and former resident of Zahm, died Tuesday after a one-month battle with cancer. SMC holds ND builds fourth accelerator B u s i ne s s f irst year competition discussion offers prize By BRIDGET FEENEY By NICOLE TOCZAUER News Writer News Writer Saint Mary’s College’s Common Experience program concluded for the semester Tuesday night with a short film and a student-led panel discussion, both of which focused on diversity and the problem of stereotyping other cultures. The Common Experience, a component of the Cross Currents Program, is designed to educate and mentor first year students at the College, spotlighting issues crucial to the first-year experience. Susan Vanek, associate dean of advising, said the Cross Currents Program helps first years navigate the educational and social landscapes of the College. “The goal and purpose of Common Experience is to introduce students to the importance of their education,” Vanek said. “Liberal arts and diversity are the cornerstone of a first rate college education.” When the accelerator is complete, about 15 undergraduate students will have the opportunity to take part in nuclear research each year, Collon said. Collon said the accelerator will reproduce nuclear reactions that take place in the sun and the stars by colliding particles at extremely high velocities with a fixed object. He compared the process to taking apart a clock. “You take it apart to see what The search is on for the next great idea. Now in its 12th year, the McCloskey Business Plan Competition invites students, alumni and faculty to submit both profit and nonprofit business ventures, competing for a grand prize of $20,000. Laura Hollis, director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, said the competition is on the lookout for unique ventures, especially those geared toward addressing social issues. “There are no impediments and any reason not to enter isn’t good enough as far as I’m concerned,” Hollis said. “If you’ve ever said somebody ‘oughta’ make something, you have an idea. What’s there to risk?” She said the best way to approach the competition, or any business venture, is to consider what problems exist and create see NUCLEAR/page 5 see BUSINESS/page 5 see COLLEGE/page 6 Inside today’s paper ASHLEY DACY/The Observer Construction of Notre Dame’s fourth nuclear accelerator continues on the Niewland Hall of Science. The accelerator is expected to be completed by early March. By EMMA RUSS News Writer Not many universities can boast having a nuclear accelerator right at the center of campus. But when work is complete in the spring, the Niewland Hall of Science will house the University’s fourth and largest nuclear accelerator, providing students with the chance to engage in nuclear research. The new accelerator is part of a $5 million project aim- ing to improve Notre Dame’s research facilities, Philippe Collon, associate professor of physics, said. “The project is unique in that it is the first nuclear accelerator on a college campus that the National Science Foundation has agreed to fund in about 20 or 30 years,” he said. Collon said Notre Dame is providing half of the funding for the project, while the other half comes from the National Science Foundation. Council discusses sexual assault page 4 u Viewpoint page 8 u Umphrey’s McGee comes to Fever page 10 u Men’s soccer prepares for Marquette page 20

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