Keenan Hall hosted their annual Muddy Sunday Volleyball Tournament yesterday at White Fields, just north of campus. Keenan works closely with the Notre Dame chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and annually donates all of the proceeds of Muddy Sunday to the organization. Over 180 teams participated in this years tournament, making for quite the field of competition.
President of Keenan Hall, Dennis Smith, had this to say about the event, “In the morning, it seemed impossible we would ever be able to pull off the event, but by the end of the day everyone was saying what an awesome time it had been. I now am sun burnt and can barely move… totally worth it.”
Fire Truck prepping the fields for play early Sunday Morning
The line wrapped around the block by 9:30 on Saturday night, as Notre Dame students flocked to Legends to see the talented Vanessa Carlton perform live. Her most popular songs, ‘White Houses’ and ‘A Thousand Miles’ were big crowd pleasers as Legends was at full capacity, and left over 100 students turned away at the door.
When asked about the concert, Junior Steve Conway said, “Why didn’t she play ‘Ordinary Day’?? Also, she put both of her best songs at the end of the performance, which I felt was a poor decision. She should’ve opened with one and closed with the other. That’s performing 101.”
While this is certainly a valid complaint, when the signature piano sound of ‘A Thousand Miles’ started to play, the crowd went wild.
All in all, it was a very lovely concert, and I found it very enjoyable and memorable. For more information on Vanessa Carlton, visit her website!
Saturday afternoon, at 5:00, people poured into Arlotta Stadium to witness the #3 ranked Fighting Irish take on perennial powerhouse Syracuse in the final Big East game of the year. The Irish had yet to lose a conference game, and went storming out to a 4-0 lead in front of over 4,500 people. However, Syracuse showed why they are consistently a top ranked squad, and fought back to make it 4-2. After a slow first half, the scoring really ramped up in the second half. While the Orange made a decent run on the Irish, the best team in the Big East proved too strong, and Notre Dame wrapped it up 8-6.
Freshman All-American Defensive End Aaron Lynch has announced his intention to transfer to the University of South Florida after the end of his spring semester at Notre Dame. Lynch was a standout playmaker as a freshman for the Irish this past fall, leading the team in sacks, and immediately making an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Losing Lynch severely damages the Irish front seven, which was shaping into one of the best (if not the very best) in the country.
Aaron Lynch had opposing Quarterbacks on the run all season.
South Florida beat Lynch and the Irish in the season opener last year, but that game has not factored into Lynch’s decision to leave Notre Dame. When discussing his departure from South Bend, Lynch cites a feeling of homesickness from his native Florida. Despite his mother’s pleading to her son and even reaching out via Twitter to former Notre Dame superstar and current NFL World Champion Justin Tuck to try and entice him to stick with the Irish. She really feels that staying with Notre Dame will help her son in the long run with the education he will receive as well as the great exposure he will get to NFL scouts.
Not Even Justin Tuck could persuade Aaron Lynch to stay in South Bend.
While nothing will be official until Lynch actually enrolls at South Florida, it appears as though Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have moved on, and the depth of the defensive line should sustain the Irish through the season. That said, this is still a stinging blow to the fortunes of the Fighting Irish faithful.
In the annual spring football game this Saturday, Notre Dame was able to showcase it’s football talent to the over 30,000 in attendance. Brian Kelly has said on numerous occasions that the battle for the starting quarterback spot would be decided after the summer, but after watching the game, it appears that it has become a three horse race between returning starter Tommy Rees, last season’s surprise talent Andrew Hendrix, and the electrifying redshirt freshman Everett Golson, with early enrollee Gunner Kiel falling behind due to his inability to get a grasp on the offense in such a short amount of time. These names are no surprise for Notre Dame fans, but most are clamoring for a change from last year, where the Irish offense couldn’t seem to get going behind the unsteady and immobile Rees, and even when it did get going, it seemed to be brief and end in a turnover. Kelly is looking for more consistency from his quarterback, as well as fewer turnovers and quicker, smarter decision making.
Even though no decision will be made until the fall, Everett Golson seemingly took the lead for the starting spot with his impressive performance Saturday. He went 11-15 for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to 25 yards on the ground. He certainly brings a dynamic and mobile presence to the Notre Dame quarterback position that hasn’t existed in years.
Over 3,000 people gathered around the entrance of the bookstore to witness the 2012 Shirt Unveiling. With headliners Golden Tate, Robert Hughes, Allen Pinkett, and of course, Brian Kelly, the fanfare was tremendous. Harkening back to the mid 90’s edition of The Shirt, the students in Notre Dame Stadium will be Shaking Down the Thunder once more.
But it wasn’t just football stars and T-Shirts on display Friday afternoon… The Glee Club performed admirably as always, singing the fight song as only they can, and the band trumpeted loudly the tunes of autumn. In addition to those groups, a new and exciting group was also on display, and got the crowd going with the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as some well choreographed kick lines.
All in all, it was a very exciting afternoon, and won’t be soon forgotten by those in the crowd!