Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday's Squirrel.

Campus trash: dinner buffet

Hard times! Yes, it's hard times. With students away, who is feeding our furry friends? Indeed, who is feeding them, and what are they feeding them? Well, it looks like those around campus are not as generous as students are, and with the times being leaner than normal, it's necessary to swallow one's pride and take dive into the a trash can or two. When spotted in a trash can with a muffin, a furry friend non-verbaled, "Don't worry. It was on top of the trash."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Diaster Zone: Campus

Noooooo....not that tree!

This past Monday afternoon saw damaging and destructive storms pass through campus. The storm, with its rain, wind, and lighting and thunder lasted only a few minutes, but in that short span of time, the damage had been done. Suffice it to say, from the golf course to God Quad, from North Quad to Cedar Grove Cemetery, many, many trees, small and tall, young and old, were felled that afternoon. On the arboreal damage, Fr. Terry said, "We have lost all concept of windfall."

Understanding Fr. Terry. In his quote, Fr. Terry was referencing the ancient practice during the time of King (St.) Edward, where the king owned all trees. Thus, it was illegal to cut down any trees. BUT if the tree fell because of wind.... well, it's fair game. Have at it! Hence the word, windfall.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer thoughts from abroad.

Schelly: pondering if he should cross yonder hill

Even though classes may be over, it does not mean that students are not matriculating during the summer. One such student is Alex "Shelly" Schelhorn who is matriculating at the Notre Dame "Centre" in London. While his summer coursework is demanding, Shelly was able to find the time to take a side trip to a weekend trip to Ireland and visit the Wicklow Mountains. On Schelly's trip, Brandon Ryan, Steds President and travel companion, said,"I could tell, in that moment, that Schelly had truly become one with the land of his ancestors."

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Your Sunday Picture...

...from Notre Dame. Here's a view of the Main Building from St. Joseph's Lake. It's a beautiful summer day, not too hot but with plenty of sunshine. The prefect day indeed. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Exit Western Steds.

The Sun setting on Californian fun

As they say, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, it was time to move the Steds command center back to Notre Dame. Still, these past days have been filled with surf, sun, and fun. It been an opportunity to take in the sights, history, and even an earthquake of Southern California, but first and foremost, it's been an opportunity to see and reestablish the bonds of friendship with current and past Stedsmen and their families. And what fun that was! On saying goodbye, St. Ed said, "I may have to say goodbye... but I'll be back!"

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Something old, something new.

Herrfeldt and Oh in their respective Yacht Dance shirts...

This year marked the graduation of David Oh. Oh, who started matriculating in 2008, left the University after his freshman year to serve in US Air Force as a translator. When his service was over after four years, David returned to the University to complete his studies. 

Yet, before Oh left the University in 2009, he designed that year’s Yacht Dance shirt. Saved after all these years, Oh sported his Yacht Dance shirt and stood next to sophomore Jackson Herrfeldt, who was wearing this shirt, the current shirt, designed by Daara Jalili.

On the Yacht Dance shirt fashion show, Oh said, “The old man is finally graduating, but the legend that is the Yacht Dance lives on. I have witnessed its greatness, and it’s been a pleasure!”

Oh, yes... here's the back of the shirt...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Western Steds continued.

The Gipper

Any trip to California would be incomplete if there wasn't a trip to Simi Valley. Yes, that's right... Simi Valley and see the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. And what a trip it was! Not only could you see memorabilia of the the 40th President of the United States and his wife, Nancy, but you could also take a walk on Air Force One, a Boeing 707 that was in service during Reagan's presidency and only retired by George W. Bush in 2002. Suffice it to say, the trip was well worth fitting the L.A. traffic. On visiting the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, St. Ed said, “They just make presidents like they used to…”

Still yet, Reagan's connection and love of Notre Dame was tangible at the library. Take a gander at the license of plate of Reagan's limousine.

I want a license plate like this!