Tara Hunt '12 | Winter 2013-14 | Notre Dame Magazine
In the summer of 2013, the team had flown into the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, on assignment to shoot the ad, “Fighting to Build Bridges,” to air during the 2013 Notre Dame-USC game. The ad would focus on Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development (ND SEED), a group that has partnered with the nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity, which sends students to build bridges in rural, impoverished communities. The bridges provide better access to health care, education and markets, and permit easier travel during wet seasons.
But the bridge between Notre Dame and Nicaraguan customs had been neglected, leaving all but one camera on the other side of the bureaucratic wall. Though the team had been told it had fulfilled all the necessary procedures, the cranky customs official claimed otherwise. At first she alleged inadequate paperwork, then insufficient signatures, then typos on Nicaraguan documents that rendered them useless.