An Tostal

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  1. Jason says:

    Why isn’t Notre Dame this cool anymore?

    • Notre Dame does still have pretty cool activities and the folks over at Student Activities do a fantastic job organizing events. There has been grumbling in the past few years that Notre Dame events, particularly the Pep Rallies, do not have the fever-pitch atmosphere of generations past. My guess is that liability issues are always in the minds of the Administration. The millennial generation is a different breed that has different expectations in regards to entertainment. Nostalgia can also color things differently than from what they might have been.

      This year’s An Tostal ( maybe didn’t have as many events in the past, but some of the old standards were there, including mud volleyball on Muddy Sunday (

      • Bernie W. says:

        Well, that, and most of the events just aren’t cool anymore. I understand the liability issues, but overreaction has led to an atmosphere where only official, centrally-planned “fun” is allowed, and students can only consider the limited possibilities within such a constricted zone.

        This is coming from a current student, if that makes any difference to you. I will say that I heartily appreciate all that you at the Archives do, though, especially with this blog. Keep up the good work!