Thursday, April 30, 2015

Anchor's away...

Sielski (center) with his 2nd floor freshmen

...for the 13th St. Ed's Yacht Dance! The Gentlemen and their dates enjoyed the last day of classes by having dinner in Chicago followed by a leisurely cruise on Lake Michigan. It was a night of food, dancing, and great views of the Chicago skyline. A magical night was had by all! Of the evening, Neil Sielski, Sted's senior and 2nd floor RA, said, ""The yacht dance is the premiere event for the ‘glitterati’ and socialites of Notre Dame. In recent years many have tried to have knock off events but are unable to match St. Edward's Hall. Why you ask? It is because of the genuine community fostered here in the Hall. The end of the year outing allows us Gentlemen to have some fun and camaraderie in a very premium, yet cost conscious, manner before dispersing for the summer."

Indeed, Neil... indeed, everyone else follows in our wake!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It was because of YOU...

Gentlemen smiles abound!

... Stedsmen, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grand and godparents, friends, people of good will, cats and dogs with major credit cards... and anyone else who I am forgetting... that made St. Edward's be the #1 residence hall (and # 3 overall in votes) this ND Day! THANK YOU!!! As the votes are tallied and certified, St. Edward's received 1794 which equals to MORE THAN $27K. How will the funds be spent? Stay tuned. On the conclusion of ND Day, Fr. Ralph said, "The love and affection for St. Ed's was visible in a big way this ND Day. I am, as are the Gentlemen, truly humbled and grateful."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For ND Day, St Edward's finished...

...your votes will make smiles happen here.

...well, we don't know Why? Since the ND Day website crashed last night (I am blaming China, Russia, and Stanford University), voting has been extended until TODAY. 

ONLY between the hours of 8pm and 11pm EST, tonight, Tuesday, April 28th,  you can give and vote for the best-est of all residence halls, St. Edward's. 


If you haven't given, click HERE.

For our "Instructional Giving Video," click HERE

If you have given but were unable to cast your votes, go to the website, sign in and your available votes will be available.

Everything counts!

All our love,

The Gentlemen and St. Ed

Monday, April 27, 2015

NOW is the time...

...your five votes will put a smile on his face. donate $10 for Notre Dame Day and give your five votes to Notre Dame's oldest and "best-est" residence hall- St. Edward's Hall! When asked about Notre Dame Day, St. Edward's, "We need everyone to do their duty and rise to the occasion for King and Hall." Indeed, St. Edward... indeed!

For information about ND Day, what it is, how it will help St. Ed's,  click HERE.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

What they want for ND Day...

...your five votes will continue the smiles.

It’s on! Voting is open, and YOU have the opportunity make St. Ed’s a better home under the Dome. YOU can support the Gentlemen by going to the Hall’s website. Click HERE. Ten dollars and just ten dollars can really go a long way!

On what he wants for ND Day, Sam Bush said, “I’d love to get air conditioning in the rooms at the Hall so that I'm not so hot all the time.” 


...your five votes will continue the smiles.

...when he was the same question, Parker Mathes, Bush's roommate, said, "I would like the money to go towards bringing in an American icon, Laser, from American Gladiators. You know, as a guest speaker for the 'gentleman ponders' series."


                                                 ...your five votes will continue the smiles.

...when he heard what the other Gentlemen had said, Tim Sherman, friend to Bush and Mathes but a neutral party, said, "Definitely a Burger King King costume to be worn at Steds sports events…we need a mascot! Some new uniforms would be nice too."

Well, there's a few new ideas!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What they want for ND Day...

...your five votes will continue the smiles.

Even though ND Day doesn’t start until Sunday, YOU can give and support NOW to St. Edward’s Hall. Click HERE. Ten dollars and just ten dollars can really go a long way!

When asked what he wanted for ND Day, Alex Schelhorn, said, “With funds from ND Day, Steds could use more filtered water fountains, more study space, and soft 2 ply toilet paper.”


...your five votes will continue the smiles.

…when asked the very same question, Jack Kill, Schelhorn’s roommate said, ”With the ND Day funds, I would like to see the restoration of some of the original artistic architecture of St.Edward's Hall, including the various statues, and even the fountain that was once a focal part of St. Edward's Park. I believe that this would help us to continue to reclaim the land taken from us by those Zahm people, and continue to elevate the grandeur and renown of St. Edward's Hall."

What I can say but sound and reasonable requests!

Friday, April 24, 2015

What they want for ND Day...

...your five votes.

The global celebration that is called Notre Dame Day is almost here… but you can give and vote NOW and make the dreams of so many Gentlemen come true! For more information about the day and ways YOU can support the Gentlemen are on the Hall’s website. Click HERE. Ten dollars and just ten dollars can really go a long way!

When asked what he wanted to for ND Day, Christopher Scott said, “I wish like ND Day funds would help us start various service events in the South Bend area, allowing us to get more involved in the local community and making it a better home for everybody.”


                                                              ...your five votes.

…when he was asked the same question, Brandon Ryan, Scott’s roommate said, “In my humble opinion, I believe that the funds from ND day should be used to benefit and advance the Steds community. Therefore, I believe that a re-annexation of Zahm Hall is in place, not to increase the population of the Stedsmen on campus. No, that would undoubtedly dilute the “chummery” of the Hall. Rather,  it would give the “kids” a much needed retreat from the stresses of everyday college life. Maybe another bowling alley? A second Greg? The possibilities are truly endless. Oh, yes. Of course,  hydration Stations on each floor too.”

May all our dreams come true!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What he wants for ND Day...

...your five votes.

After Moms’ Weekend, Notre Dame Day is my most “favorite-est” day of the year at Notre Dame. Why? Because we CAN make the dreams of so many Gentlemen come true! For more information about the day and ways YOU can support the Gentlemen are on the Hall’s website. Click HERE. Ten dollars can really go a long way!

On what he would like for ND Day, Sam Bradley said, “I’d like to see the Sted's funding from ND Day go towards more hall events. Brotherliness is a defining trait of Sted's, and I think funding will help maintain and create traditions that bring together the Stedsmen.”


...your five votes.

...on what he would want for ND Day, Rancher Larry, Sted’s resident rancher, said, “I like to see some chicken coups for Notre Dame Day. You see, I have all these chickens and no coups. They burnt down but got all the chickens out.”

Say, Rancher Larry, have you ever considered using Zahm Hall for your chicken housing needs? Just saying...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

All they want for ND Day...

...your five votes.

Yes, Notre Dame Day is creeping closer, and for more information about the day and ways you can support the Gentlemen are on the Hall’s website. Click HERE. Ten dollars can really go a long way!

Still, on what he would want for ND Day, John Haley said, "I'd like to see the ND Day funds go towards a rooftop patio for the Hall, as well as a new personal yacht for St. Edward's Yacht Club."


...your five votes.

...on what he would want for ND Day, Jonathan Carr, Haley's roommate, was more reserved saying, “I would definitely like to see a second Yacht Dance. You can never have too much yachting on Lake Michigan.”

Oh, they're like little kids in a candy store...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All we want for ND Day...

...your five votes.

Yes, Notre Dame Day is getting closer, and the anticipation is building like a child waiting for Christmas Day. It will be not only be a “global” celebration of ND but also a “great” way for many to show their love and affection for the greatest and most storied residence hall on campus- St. Edward’s. More information about ND Day and ways you can support the Gentlemen on this day are on the Hall’s website. Click HERE. Ten dollars can really go a long way!

On what he would want for ND Day, Jackson Herrfeldt said, “I feel this Hall would be suited well with more chairs, much like mine… you know…. so we can build the eternal bond that is man and his chair."


...your five votes.

...on what he would want for ND Day, Kurt Roemer, Jackson's roommate, said, "We need a “St. Ed’s Hall of the Year 1882-1888 Banner” that we would proudly hang outside of our lovely Hall. Young halls, like Welsh Fam, Zahm, Duncan, hang banners that flaunt their recent successes, but I am worried that they don't show enough respect for their elders. They need to know of St Edward's Hall's unprecedented 6-peat as Hall of the Year!”

Monday, April 20, 2015

All I want for ND Day... a razor?

Yes, Notre Dame Day is a week away, and it will be not only a “global” celebration of ND but also a “great” way for many to show their love and affection for the greatest and most storied residence hall on campus- St. Edward’s. More information about ND Day and ways you can support the Gentlemen on this day are on the Hall’s website. Click HERE. Ten dollars can really go a long way!

On what he would want for ND Day, Spencer Edman said, “I wish we could get a filtered water fountain like the other halls… or get new pool cues for the billiards room.”

Ah…the innocence of youth.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Your Sunday picture...

                                            *Photo by Tablada

...from Notre Dame. Here's a picture of the tulips that are blooming on campus, and yes. Every now and then, a different colored tulip gets mixed in with others. Can you spot the odd tulip out? Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday's Squirrel.

What's he looking at?

All of our furry friends are out and about campus once again. Still, what is this squirrel looking at? What has captured his attention? The answer is a surprising nothing. How do we know? Well, when asked, this squirrel non-verbaled, "I am smelling spring." 

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Thursday night with...

No worries: They're vegetarians.

... a little spice. Patrick McCormack, Sted's senior, and his girlfriend had a spicier than normal Thursday evening as Frank Soler, Sted's former President and now graduate MSA student, dropped off spicy Korean with noodles. Suffice it to say, it was spicy and a free-for-all.  On enjoying the spicy largesse, McCormack said, "It's spicy, and I think that it's what's going to help my girlfriend to do well in her midterm tomorrow." Okay, but if you ask me, I say, "Better you than me...on both counts!"

Thursday, April 16, 2015

He's busy studying.

"Old Faithful:"  Jackson or the chair?

Yes, Jackson Herrfeldt, Sted's freshman, is a fixture of the 2nd floor Gregorian Mural Room studying away into the wee hours of the morning. Whether it's Plato's Dialogues, Calculus' limits and infinitesimals, or some other enlightening academic pursuit, Herrfeldt is ALWAYS in the same chair. On sitting in the same chair, Herrfeldt said, "Well it began with it's proximity to the plug. Now I've gotten so close, I would feel unfaithful sitting anywhere else."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yes chef!

Chef Wittenberg: it's a labor of love.

Yes, Jake Wittenberg loves being the head chef at Ed's. His demanding and uncompromising standards ultimately results in Wittenberg having a demeanor like that of Chef Gordon Ramsey but also being known as the creator of paninis and smiles of satisfaction.  On seeing Wittenberg work his magic at Ed's, Phineas Andrews, Sted's food worker, said, "Watching Chef Jake work is better than seeing Joe Scollan on the Big Cats field." Still, on seeing Phineas work his magic at Ed's, Chef Wittenberg said, "Phineas's real magic doesn't occur in Engineering, his major. It occurs behind the counter at Ed's, where he makes culinary dreams come true on a once-weekly basis." Yes chef!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mark your...

More information coming soon

...calendars! On April 26th, the University will host Notre Dame Day, "a global celebration of the Notre Dame mission that engages, inform, and inspires people to take action and give back." That is what the Gentlemen are hoping for... that you tune in, take action, and give them in this "global celebration." On Notre Dame Day, Fr. Ralph said, "Just remember, it's for the kids!"

Monday, April 13, 2015

Paintball Sunday.

The masses...the residents.

It was a glorious day to go paint balling, and so, thirty plus Stedsmen took to the paint ball fields of Michigan. On the field, games pitting different floors of the Hall and classes against each other were played while memorable shots and "sore spots" were remembered off field. On paint balling, Sted's sophomore, Matt Owen, said, "Today, the castle was repeatedly stormed and repeatedly infiltrated. But it's okay. In the end, we left the battlefield with minimal injuries, many welts, and a strong sense of camaraderie. That's a win in my book. I think I will be consulting my roommate Tommy Davis (medieval history nerd) on Castle Defense 101. I look forward to using what I learn next year to ensure maximal casualties for hall staff (in a socially acceptable way).  

The hired guns...the staff.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Your Sunday picture...

                                              *Photo by A.J. Tablada

...Notre Dame. Here's a beautiful spring time photo taken from the south side of St. Edward's Park. Enjoy your spring Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Oh, the things...

These guys should write a book of tips.

...the Gentlemen write on their dry erase boards. Here’s an inspirational, uplifting tip from room 331. Indeed, something for us to remember when we have a cloudy day.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The people have...

New sheriffs in town!

...spoken! Yes, the Hall has spoken, and a new leadership team has been tapped to carry on the daily workings and preserve the time honored traditions of the Hall. The Murphy Administration, President Mike Murphy and Vice Presidents Patrick Krauss and Christian Verhamme, has stepped down as the new Hilly Administration, with President Griffin Hilly and Vice President Brandon Ruggles, fills the vacuum. On their first Hall Government meeting, President Hilly said, "I thought it was a wonderful first of many hall councils. How many? Vegas odds have us at 10 but Brandon and I are both Cubs fans, so we're well-practiced in irrational optimism."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A soccer game was scheduled...

Let the kids play!

...and for a change, it was played! Yes, the Big Cats took the pitch in a classic residence hall showdown with its next door neighbors, Zahm Hall. In true Zahm fashion, Zahm failed to show up. Still, the cats enjoyed a pick up game against another residence hall. "Cat Nips", Brandon Ryan, a member of Sted’s soccer A team, said, “If there was one thing I’d say about tonight, it would be that we have a distinct advantage in the disorganization of our starting lineup. Having no set plan of action really opens up the offensive possibilities to things  we cannot even comprehend.”  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A blast from...

All dressed up with some place to go...

...the past. Spring time brings spring flowers and spring fashions. Thanks to Jack Kill's great grandfather's scrapbook we have a glimpse of student life at Notre Dame in the early 1900's. With the Basilica in the back ground, these two students are taking a stroll on God Quad, but a question I have is "Where are they going all dressed up... class, a football game, Mass? I would want to know!" 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Did you know...

Please, stay off the grass.

...that the Monday after Easter is called "Whit Monday?" Regardless of what it is called, the Gentlemen know it as a day off. Yes, the day after Easter, Whit Monday, is known as a day off from classes! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

He is risen; He is truly risen!

Resurrexit sicut dixit... He has risen as he said! Here is a picture of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart resplendent in its Easter joy. Happy Easter to you and your families!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday's Squirrel.

I am smiling!

Was it because of too having many walnuts this past winter or was it simply a bad "tail day", today's furry friend was a little shy about having a picture taken. Whatever the reason may have been, how could we ever turn away from a smile like this one?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Let the...

These cats are playing for keeps...and refunds. play! Yes, let the Sted's Big Cats soccer team play! Time after time, "sports bureaucrats" at RecSports have cancelled the Hall's soccer games. To date, only one game has been played- and that was a victory over Morrissey. Still, with so many games being cancelled the day of the game because of having no referees, no lines on the field, etc., it has been an emotional roller coaster for the pride. On what the pride was considering doing, Andrew Borchert said, "We're going to get the Hall a refund!"

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rancher Larry says...

But will he be getting an Apple watch?'s time for Easter. That's right. It's Easter Break time. As Stedsmen travel here and there for Easter, what will Rancher Larry be doing? On the Easter Break, Rancher Larry said, "This Easter I will be trekking back to the Land of Bison, Buffalo, New York. While we all will be celebrating and engaging in merry activities for Easter Sunday, my kinsfolk and I will be gearing up for the day after Easter- 'Dyngus Day.' It's going to be good old, clean family fun!"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March snows bring...

Spring has sprung.

...April flowers. Yes, there are signs that campus will soon be awash in colors as white crocuses are blooming around St. Joseph's Lake. Small as it is, this explosion of color will be a welcomed change to the drab browns of the dead grass and leafless trees. On spring flowers blooming, an unidentified Stedsman said, "Great, pollen and allergies."