An early photo of Rockne as a new head coach.
Disce Quasi Semper Victurus Vive Quasi Cras
("Study like you will live forever; live like you will die
Starting in the late 1870's, this rather intimidating phrase was the
Scholastic Magazine credo. Ironically, the Scholastic proved to be the
vehicle which has allowed the daily experiences of Notre Dame students
during the past 150 years to truly "live forever". Scholastics
are a virtual gold mine of Notre Dame history, and more importantly, of
insight into the daily lives of its students. These first hand reports of
campus life, written by student reporters, give a candid and personal view
of important (and trivial) events on the Notre Dame campus. Joe Madonia,
an '82 alum and partner in the Chicago law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen
& Dixon, will edit a monthly column of excerpts from his rare and
wonderful collection of original Scholastic Magazines spanning the period
from 1869 - 1931.
While Irish fans recently were welcoming
their new football coach to the family, surely none stopped to think that
more than 80 years ago, new coach Knute Rockne was getting a similiar
welcome: "Congratulations, Knute K. Rockne. No man in the
days of modern intercollegiate athletics ever stepped into a desirable
position better equipped for the job than the inimitable Rock.
Learned, liked, capable, inspiring, courageous and resourceful, no one can
see anything but undiluted success for the great 1913 football captain.
In his own alma mater and in every other school with which Notre Dame
competes he is a favorite. His popularity is in its infancy".
In hindsight, the praise was both understated and prophetic, surely a
credit to the perceptive Scholastic editors.