Tagged: student life

Junior Parents’ Weekend

Notre Dame’s Junior Parents Weekend (JPW) first began as Parents-Son Day on April 18,  1953.  As Scholastic reported, Parents-Son Day was “[a] joint project of the Junior Class and the University administration … designed to ‘better acquaint students’ parents with the everyday life their sons lead on campus,’ [Thomas W.] Carroll [Department of...

World War I Memorial Door

On Memorial Day, May 30, 1924, University President Rev. Matthew Walsh dedicated the World War I Memorial at Notre Dame before saying a military field mass in front of it.  The memorial is an addition to the east transept of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart designed by Notre Dame architects Francis...

Lewis Hall

On August 10, 1965, Notre Dame dedicated its first dormitory built specifically for female students.  Lewis Hall was originally built as a residence for the religious women pursuing advanced degrees at Notre Dame, accommodating 143 nuns, all in private rooms.  It would later open to include female lay graduate students as the number...

Bookstore Basketball

Bookstore B-Ball Tournament Finals The Basketball Bible (The King James Brogan Version) lists 3 virtues: faith, hope, and the greatest of these, the charity stripe.  If you like Hoosier Hysteria, you’ll love An Tostal’s Bookstore B-Ball tourney.  It’s a single elimination tourney with the finals being played on Frivolous Friday. ...

The 1916 Streetcar Incident

At the beginning of the 20th century, Notre Dame students, faculty, and administrators would often grumble about the Hill Street Car:  overcrowding, aging equipment, erratic timetables, and rude conductors.  The streetcar operators often complained of the students:  overcrowding the cars, not paying fares, and playing pranks.  In early February 1916,...

Sunny Italy Cafe

“You can’t call yourself a true son of Notre Dame, unless you’ve hopped off the bus at the end of South Bend Ave. on a freezing  winter night, made your way across Hill Street to the shadowy, little alley that leads down over sand and snow to Niles Avenue, and...

The Traveling Father Sorin Statue

In the lobby of Sorin Hall stands a bronze statue of Father Edward Sorin.  Sculpted by Ernesto Biondi, the larger version of this statue greets visitors on Main Quad and was unveiled on May 3, 1906.  Left in the care of the Sorinites, who are no strangers to college pranks,...

Decoration Weekend

A lot of hoopla surrounded Football Homecoming during the 1920s through the 1960s.  Events for the weekend usually included alumni reunions, a dance, a pep rally and bonfire, a parade, and hall decorations.  The decorations were often elaborate, constructed solely by students on a very limited budget.  A healthy dose...

"The Lilacs" - Home of Professor Maurice Francis Egan at 1136 N. Notre Dame Avenue, c1890s

The Lilacs

On the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Napoleon Boulevard stands an old yellow-bricked house.  Located at 1136 N. Notre Dame Avenue, the house was built for Notre Dame professor of English Maurice Francis Egan.  Egan was the first lay professor with a wife and children and the house was...

Mock Political Conventions

From 1932 until 1988, Notre Dame held mock political conventions every four years to pick a presidential candidate.  The mock conventions were held before the national primaries had determined a presumptive candidate, which generated much excitement in the selection process among the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College student delegates. ...