Below is a letter I’m sending to Lou Nanni. In case you don’t already know, Lou is in charge of overseeing the fund-raising efforts of the University of Notre Dame. The letter is my response to what I consider unethical treatment of Notre Dame students, alumni, and guests during home football weekends. I’m also CC’ing Fr. Jenkins, president of the university.
Update: At the bottom of the post, I’ve included the address of Mr. Nanni and the address of Fr. Jenkins. Also, I’ve slightly modified the original letter to include mention of the Indiana State Excise Police.
Iâ€™m sure the responsibility of overseeing the fund-raising activities of the University of Notre Dame is a difficult one. I just thought youâ€™d like to know that your job is being made more difficult thanks to the efforts of the NDSP, the South Bend Police Department, and the Indiana State Excise Police, and the inaction of the administration of the University of Notre Dame.
Itâ€™s been brought to my attention, far too often, that students, alumni, and guests of the university, particularly on football weekends, are being abused â€“ thereâ€™s no other word for it â€“ by local law enforcement agencies. Several horror stories have been relayed to me by fellow Notre Dame graduates, and unfortunately Iâ€™ve witnessed some terribly embarrassing activity by the NDSP in the last few years. Luckily, Iâ€™ve never been a victim of either agency. Sadly, I can only consider such a fact to be a bit of luck on my part, despite always behaving in a responsible manner while visiting Notre Dame. The actions of these police squads, whom should better be called â€œbrute squads,â€ have become a real problem for the university, and yet the university seems to be turning a blind-eye. In fact, the University of Notre Dame, through their inaction and lack of response to this problem, seems to be sponsoring the unconscionable, often absurd, activities of the South Bend Police Department, the Indiana State Excise Police, and the NDSP. So long as that sponsorship continues, I will no longer financially sponsor the University of Notre Dame. So long as the Notre Dame administration does not act to resolve the discord between the Notre Dame community and those in charge of serving and protecting that community, I will no longer donate to the University of Notre Dame.
No doubt, if you take this letter and your job seriously, youâ€™ll review my donation records. Hopefully you do not consider me â€œsmall time.â€ As a 2000 graduate of the university, Iâ€™m fairly young, and I have enormous income potential and a real penchant for holding a grudge. Take this matter seriously, Mr. Nanni. Make sure your superiors take this matter seriously and act on resolving these issues, or you wonâ€™t get a dime from me in the future.
As you may gather from the letter, I have not, to this point, donated a ton of money every year to the university. However, I do donate annually, but I will not be doing so this year, even if the problems are resolved immediately. There needs to be some punitive action by alumni for the absurd actions by the South Bend Police Department, the NDSP, and the inaction by the Notre Dame administration. I encourage you to take the same punitive action. Donate the money you’d normally give to the university to a worthy cause, by all means, but not to an organization that sponsors abusive behavior by law enforcement agencies.
Further, if you do choose not to donate this year, be sure to let the university know why. Send your own letters to Mr. Nanni and Fr. Jenkins.
Louis Mario Nanni
405 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
574 631 6122
Rev. John I. Jenkins
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556