Saturday, August 19, 2017

Move in day...

Command Central for Move In: Plaza St. Edward's St. Ed's was organized and efficient. Thanks to the direction of Corey Gayheart and Will Connolly, the St. Ed's Welcome Week Staff mobilized, deployed, and assisted the 47 freshmen will now call St. Edward's their "home under the Dome." The old saying of "many hands make light work" rang true as the Welcome Week Crew unloaded cars in roughly two and half minutes. On top of that, they even washed every car's windshield! Suffice it to say, parents had it easy... and they should. On the success of the day, Will Connolly, Steds sophomore and Assistant Captain of Welcome Week, said, "The move in process went smoother then 'I can't believe it's not butter'. I was thrilled with the enthusiasm from both the first years and the Welcome Weekend Staff. I would also like to congratulate the RAs and ARs on handling the entire process with grace and aplomb."

Some of the Welcome Week Crew with Erin Harding and Brian Coughlin...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's going on in...

Even if they have feathers, the more, the merrier!" 310. Indeed, what's going on since we last discovered an unofficial guest making the room its home? Well, I am happy to report that our newest resident of room 310 is doing well. Yes, baby Mourning Dove hatched last week, and it appears to be well- doing whatever baby Mourning Doves do. As you can imagine, mom doesn't like all the attention, and so, she and baby have been afforded a wide berth. The question on everyone's mind is when will baby dove start flying? On the arrival of baby dove, Dan Riley, Seeds senior and 4th floor RA, said, "It was nice to see St. Edwards Hall returning to it's roots and sheltering the young children for the summer."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Taking a break...

Bagwell, Rutherford, Howell, Yerkes, Riley, and Kill

...hall staff training, the Steds Hall Staff did. Yes, after a full day of training, probably more like a half day, the Seeds staff joined other hall staffs at the Four Winds Baseball Field to see the South Bend Cubs take on Dayton Dragons. While the concessions at the stadium were not "enhanced," the game was entertaining, making up for any and all missing "concession enhancement." In the end, with a score of 5 to 2, the Cubs snuffed out any fire the Dragons might have had. On the game, Jack Kill, Steds senior and 3rd floor RA, said, "Amidst the trial of a long and onerous training week, it was a pleasure for us staff members to enjoy the happy marriage of the pastoral and the modern in the game of baseball, cheering on our Cubs, and jeering the dreary Dragons, who were vanquished not only by the play of our team, but also by our heckling and antics. Go Cubs Go!"  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

A perfect 10!

...from Notre Dame. Here's a morning view of God Quad looking South. It's a perfect Sunday morning- cool, low humidity, and puffy white clouds. The only thing that would make it better would be to have students present. Careful what you wish for... you just might get it! Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Another summer that...

Mathes: Keeping it classy, American style in full swing is that of Steds senior Parker Mathes. Working in London this summer, Parker got a taste of international finance and a good dose of long hours. But before you shed a tear for this gentleman, know that he also had the opportunity to take a break, or the locals would say "holiday," every now and then. On one such holiday, Parker, along with his mother Amy, took a break and visited Dover Castle. On the visit Amy said, "Despite the cloudiness, it was a beautiful day. Enjoy the last days of summer wherever you may be!"

Mathes biking around London and keeping it to the left...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Some summers...

Connolly has a bite...

... are not over just yet. While the rector and his staff must be at training, Stedsmen continue to frolic here and there, enjoying the summer days wherever they may be. That's certainly the case for rising Steds sophomores Will Connolly, Eddie Johnson, and Paul Youseff who joined Connolly, the one and only Delwarean at Steds since God knows when, at the beach in Delaware. Without doubt, fun was had as well as some fishing. On the fishing, Connolly said, "It's interesting to gain the perspective of the fisherman when it is usually the Gentlemen of Steds having to dodge the hooks of those interested in the great allure of a Stedsman," while Youseff went on to say, "I really like crabs. They taste good."

Thank God Youseff is there to help Connolly...

...but Johnson takes credit for the assist.

Still, Johnson and Youseff catch something...

...but everyone enjoys a great time!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Farewell to...

All good things must come to an end...

...the summer. With University hall training starting tomorrow, the summer is officially over. Yes, like the wind, the summer came and went, but what a summer it was!  It was a summer where many places were visited, afternoon naps had, and friends visited... but it's all over. It's back to the proverbial grind. On the summer, Fr. Ralph said, "Many thanks to all those who made this summer filled with fun, laughs, and memorable moments. It was a summer to remember. It truly was the 'Summer of Ralph'."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A pilgrim in...

Living on the edge...

... a foreign land Will Kelly was this summer. This Stedsman living in Duncan Hall, with its cinderblock walls and low ceilings, was truly a foreign place for this rising sophomore. Still, leaving the walls and ceiling aside, living in Duncan was a foreign experience as Kelly had to "commute" from the far west side of campus to "downtown" campus. On living in Duncan, Kelly said, "I swear... I only came for the air condition! Steds forever!"

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A new resident...

In a cozy corner...

...has just moved in to St. Edward's. Actually, some time ago, in room 310, a lone morning dove has taken up residence in the window frame. And yes... there are eggs, two to be exact. Will this dove be evicted?  Rest assured, this summer resident will NOT be kicked from her nest, and hopefully, we'll soon see the hatchings. More to come...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

Slow down and notice the flowers!

...from Notre Dame. One thing that we can overlook at Notre Dame is the wildflowers that are all about us. Even though they might cause allergy problems, they are pretty and certainly worth a gander as one shuffles from one campus building to the next. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Again... what's happening at...

Yet another new campus building(s)

...Notre Dame during the summer? The answer... a lot. Here's ANOTHER new building that is going up on campus- the new school of global affairs. The Keough School of Global Affairs, located east of the Hammes Bookstore and North of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, will be housed in the new Jenkins and Nanovic Halls. Construction is all but finished, but if you are curious as to what the finished building will look like, take a gander by clicking HERE. On the new home for the new school, St. Edward said, “With everything being NEW, I must admit, I feel a bit old.”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What's happening at...

Another new campus building

...Notre Dame during the summer? The answer... a lot. Here's the latest building that is going up on campus- the new school of architecture. The Walsh School of Architecture, located south of the stadium and Legend's, will be the new home for the school of architecture. Hopefully, construction is ahead of schedule, but if you are curious as to what the finished building will look like, take a gander by clicking HERE. On the new home for the school of architecture, St. Edward said, "Seeing it makes we wish I majored in architecture..."

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

Looking good...

... from Notre Dame. Here's a beautiful view of the Main Building and Mary from St. Edward's. Once again, this proves that there are no bad views... or rooms... at St. Ed's. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, July 21, 2017

A rare moment...

All's quiet on North Quad

...occurred on campus this Monday. There was no one out and about on North Quad. Now, many will say, "Well, that's par for the course... it's North Quad." But before one causally dismisses this phenomena, remember the number of visiting summer camps and summer school students! On seeing no persons on North Quad, Fr. Ralph said, "Finally, some peace and quiet."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's happening at...

The west building- the Duncan Student Center

...Notre Dame during the summer? The answer... a lot. Here's another building that is going up on campus- the Crossroads Project. The Crossroads Project, located around the stadium, will be a cluster of three buildings which will contain a new student center, student gym, music and psychology departments and much more. Still yet, there are improvements to the stadium too. Construction is ahead of schedule, and everything will be ready for the start of the football stadium. BUT... everything else will be not open until December.  On the December opening, St. Edward said, "Sorry students."

Monday, July 17, 2017

Best of...

...the Gentlemen's Monthly. Yes, three years ago today, here was today's posting. Enjoy this blast from the past!

Renovation Update.

Almost done

With most of the new windows in place, the roof has been receiving some attention. Damaged slate roof tiles were replaced, new copper finishings added, and a new coat paint given. While the color looks grey in the photo, the final color will be a dark brown that matches the Main Building. On the recent improvements to the roof, Fr. Ralph said, "It looks great, but are we getting a rooftop patio?"

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Squirrel.

It's all mine!

It's slim pickings for our furry friends during the summer. Oh, there the occasional school groups that blow in and out of campus, but so long as students are gone... so is the stable and steady supply of handouts. Still, every now and then, a campus squirrel hits the proverbial jackpot... like the squirrel pictured above. During these lean times, A Steds dad, visiting campus, Gavin Ryan, wondering if this squirrel share a bit or two of that tasty doughnut? On sharing, this squirrel non-verballed to Gavin, "No, I am not sharing! And by the way, do you happen to have a cappuccino?"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Best of...

...the Gentlemen's Monthly. Yes, three years ago today, here was today's posting. Enjoy this blast from the past!

Your Sunday...

They don't make them like they used to...

...picture from Notre Dame. A view from from the nave in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart... a view that never fails to capture our attention and inspire us to raise our minds and hearts to God. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



With housing assignments now complete, the fifty new residents of Notre Dame's oldest and most storied residence hall have been chosen. Receiving their assignments on the 7th of July, the new Steds residents will arrive in late August for Welcome Week and orientation. On rooming assignments, Fr. Ralph said, "To our newest residents, welcome, and to all returning residents, get in your rooms and shut the door!"

NEW RESIDENTS, for important information about your new home and move in, click HERE.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

Happy Sunday

from Notre Dame. Here's a picturesque view of campus from the north side of St. Joseph's Lake. With a pair of ducks meandering about and the setting summer sun upon the the Dome and Basilica steeple, this picture communicates that it was a beautiful Sunday at Notre Dame! Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, July 7, 2017

It's official...

The happy couple with Fr. Ralph

...they're married! With Fr. Ralph witnessing and with fellow Stedsmen present, Krista Ury’ 14 of St. Mary’s and Patrick Wall ’14 of Steds were married at St. Kilian’s in Mission Viejo, California this past Friday. It was a beautiful Californian day, and it was only made more beautiful by this beaming and radiant couple… so much so one would need sunglasses! On Krista becoming a part of the Steds family, the Stedsmen said, ”Welcome to the family!” 

Best wishes and congratulations Krista and Patrick!

Here’s a picture of the Stedsmen attending in a serious photo…

…and one where they are showing their sillier side.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America!

Stars and Stripes forever!

For being 241 years old, you look marvelous! Wherever you may be this 4th, from sea to shining sea, enjoy your day of family, fireworks, and freedom!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Western Steds continued...

Fr. Ralph, Tim Bossidy '11 and Andy O'Connor '11 Steds gathering was convened on Balboa Island. Not surprisingly, the Steds gathering had a distinctive West Coast, Californian vibe to it. Suffice it to say, it was very chill event. Yes, it was chill up until the moment the corn hole set was brought out. The chill vibe dissipated as competitive spirits came out. Still, the vibe rolled back in like the tide as dinner and drinks were had. On the evening, Andrew O'Connor '11, 6th native generation Californian and Stedsman, said, "It's always fun to reconnect with college friends, but getting together with Notre Dame friends is something special. It was a joy to host Father Ralph and fellow Stedsmen for a Saturday night BBQ. Games, good food, and great company made for an awesome night. Looking forward to doing it again next year Father Ralph!!"

I am sure Fr. Ralph is too.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

154 years ago...

Fr. Corby outside Corby Hall

...on July 2nd, 1863, the future President of Notre Dame, Fr. William Corby, CSC, gave General Absolution to the Union's Irish Brigade on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. One of only three persons having a statue at the actual battlefield AND be a general, Fr. Corby has yet another statue commemorating his actions at Notre Dame. This campus statue of Fr. Corby is a copy of the one at Gettysburg. And there's your Notre Dame history lesson... a day early too!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Western Steds Continued.

Haag: Practicing his Nixon wave

In the Orange County / L.A. area there is much to do and see, but one thing people often overlook is the fact that you can go to not one BUT two presidential libraries! Of course, everyone remembers the library for the 40th president in Simi Vally, Ronald Reagan, but many forget about the library for the 37th president in Yorba Linda, Richard Nixon! Having gone to the Reagan Library last year, Fr. Ralph went to the Nixon's Library with Stedsman, Mike Flynn '12, and suffice it to say, they learned much from their visit to the library in "Beautiful Yorba." On this unique summer learning opportunity, Fr. Ralph said, "One thing that I walked away with from the library was a greater appreciation of something called 'executive privilege.' This year, I aiming to wrap up a lot of things at Steds in it."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Western Steds...

A view of Balboa Island from the ferry Newport Beach, California is up and running. Leaving campus behind, operations have moved west to a warmer, sunnier location- and with less humidity too! In addition to great weather, Newport Beach and local environs have many sights to see and foods to taste. Oh, only if there was more time! On moving operations, St. Ed said, “I STILL wish we ALL could be Californian!"

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday's Squirrel.

Enjoying the Corby porch

Porches aren't just for us to enjoy beverages, certain tobacco products-cigars, and other summer time treats. No, not at all! Porches are also for our furry friends. Yes, they too need a place, a sanctuary if you will, to pause, take in their surroundings, and have a tasty treat or two. On taking up a spot on the Corby porch, this squirrel non-verbaled, "I need a break... I am exhausted from being exhausted!"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Patrons of...

Ryan, Fr. Ralph, Wenzel and Vogel at Moreau Seminary

the Arts the Gentlemen of St. Edward's Hall are. During Graduation Week, a concert was held at Moreau Seminary's Guardian Angels Chapel where Our Lady's Consort, under the direction of Caleb Wenzel and assistant direction Ned Vogel, a Stedsman, gave concert goers to one last treat for the ears. Amid the singing of Bach's Magnificat and other pieces for Eastertide, a piece entitled "Constitution" was sung. Based on the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross- the rules for religious life, Constitution was a piece of music that was commissioned by St. Edward's Hall in celebration of the University's 175th anniversary. On hearing the piece, Johnny Ryan, Stedsman, said, "I wish we commissioned more music!"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Some times vacation...

Summer well

... gets the best of us. Yes, vacations and the season of summer induces a certain carefreeness, nay, a real insouciance, that, at times, gets the better of us. As a result, we forget responsibilities, but maybe that's what's needed- a break, a putting down of our labors, so that we might recreate and refresh ourselves. On forgetting to post on the blog, Fr. Ralph said, "Where's my blog posting for Monday? Summer ate it?" 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday's Squirrel.


Our furry friends are friendly. Whether we realize it or not, they want to be our friends. Yes, they want our friendship because it leads to handouts of muffins, nuts, and whatever foodstuffs we might have as we walk about campus. On seeing this furry friend on God quad and offering him the hand of fellowship, he non-verbaled, "Let's be friends... shake on it!"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A family visit...

The Scotts and their Irish kin Notre Dame and St. Edward's Hall was what made an American vacation perfect. Yes, Chris Scott's '18 family from Ireland made a day trip to campus and its oldest residence hall during their recent trip to the United States. With spring rains holding off, a tour campus was had with a special Mass celebrated in the most beautiful chapel on campus- the Chapel of Sts. Edward and John- following. Still yet, a light reception was had in the Flounge. On their visit, Fr. Ralph said, "I am delighted that they came all this way AND took the time to make a special visit to St. Ed's. I think that I NOW need to make a visit to Ireland!" Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

They got married!

One happy couple!

It's official.  Douglas “Dougie” Barnard ’15 and St. Ed’s AR and Olivia Mogaka ’17 were married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. With Fr. Ralph officiating and surrounded by family and friends, Olivia and Dougie tied the proverbial knot with much emotion and joy. Suffice it to say, there were smiles all around. On their their marriage, Tom Roman, ’14 and JD ’17 and St. Ed’s outgoing AR, said, “Seeing them together, how can you not smile!”

Congratulations and best wishes to Dougie and Olivia!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

A quiet and beautiful campus scene

...from Notre Dame. Here's a look the Clarke Memorial Fountain, remembering all Notre Dame graduates who died in foreign wars. Usually the meeting place for students for away football wins, suffice it to say, today is is quiet and peaceful. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Best of...

…the Gentlemen’s Monthly. Yes, three years ago today, here was today’s posting. Enjoy this blast from the past!

They got married!

Mr. and Mrs. Peter McCormick

Yes, they got married! With Fr. Ralph presiding and in the company of family, friends, and many Stedsmen, Learose and Peter were married this past weekend at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. As Learose and Peter danced the traditional “couple’s first dance” to a classic 70’s song, Corey Fitzpatrick, Stedsman, said, “They’re dancing well, but that kiss at the Basilica…wow! I thought she was going to dip Peter!” I did too Corey…I did too!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A blast...

Oh there's more... a lot more

...from the past continues.Thanks to Neil Sielski '15, we have an insight into Notre Dame's past. Through a patient, Sielski came into possession of the Notre Dame Student Manual from 1941.

This week's installment from the 1941 Notre Dame Student Manual, page 28:

"UNDESIRABILITY: The University reserves the right of requesting any student to withdraw from school at any time and without giving any reason for such request, expect that the student is generally undesirable."

Monday, June 5, 2017

A forgotten Easter...

Happy Easter!

...egg has been found! Yes, the budding artist at Steds known as Bensky has gifted us with another drawing. Wether this sublime and thought provoking work was left at Eastertide or done just before the artist left for the summer who knows? Still yet, who really knows what the artist was trying to communicate to his audience? On the meaning of this work, an unnamed Stedsman hazarded a guess and said, “The secularism of Easter has devolved to such a low point that when considering the holiday, this artist's first concept was a caricature of an obese rabbit. However, this does not detract from the significance of Easter in that it is a time for worship, family, celebration, and good food.” Yes... that's sounds convincing to me.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday's Squirrel.

Fr. Terry: Not having it

Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., wasn't having any of it. Some times our furry friends get the message that we're sending, but other times, well, they just don't. Fed up with the antics of this squirrel on God Quad, Fr. Terry told him where he could go... over there. On the being told to take a hike, our furry friend non-verbaled, "And I thought that we were friends!"

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Best of...

..the Gentlemen's Monthly. Yes, three years ago today, here was today's posting. Enjoy this blast from the past!

Your Sunday... of Notre Dame. A great view of the Notre Dame skyline from St. Joseph's Lake. Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Left behind...

Red couch: Comfortable and with a great view the exodus from campus was this couch. Walking around St. Mary's Lake, Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., theologian and biologist, stumbled across this rare spotting of a gently used, red couch on the south side of the lake. Never captured before, Fr. Terry was able to snap this sublime photo. On the lakeside red couch, Fr. Ralph said, "I always did want an office with a view."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

"Monet-quese" Irises

...from Notre Dame. Here's are some very purple irises located on the south side of the Gavin Life Sciences Building. With a rainy spring, flowers and blooming trees have not only made campus colorful but also a sea of pollen. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oh, the things...

Grateful for the wisdom and laughs provided by Fink

...that the Gentlemen write on their whiteboards. During post-graduation move out, there was one last message from the Sage of 311, Peter Fink. I think that Cicero got it right when he said that... still, on Fink's whiteboard contributions, outgoing Assistant Rector, Tom Roman, said, "It was his special ministry, brining wisdom and laughs to the minds and hearts of his fellow Gentlemen." Indeed, it was... and we all were better for it! Many, many thanks Peter.