Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Left behind...

Red couch: Comfortable and with a great view

...in 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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Graduation continued.

Look at all the smiles!

It was a memorable moment for sure. Yes, the taking of post graduation photos with the statue of St. Edward in St. Edward's Park is always a must and a keepsake for any Stedsmen. With graduation delayed an hour, the threat of rain passed, and the sun came out, making the Graduation Day perfect. On the day, Maem, former Steds Housekeeper (pictured above,center) came from Phoenix for the day and said, "The only thing to make the day more perfect was the smiles of these Stedsmen!" 

Congratulations again to all our graduating Stedsmen!

Monday, May 22, 2017


Exit everyone...

... everyone. With graduation ceremonies now over, and seniors and all support staff leaving campus today, St. Edward's had an eerie silence come over this afternoon. Gone is the coming and going of students. Gone are the watchers of TV shows in the Flounge. Gone is the smell of caramelized onions wafting from Ed's. Gone is the oder of "teen spirit" emanating from the gym. Yes, gone are the laughs, yells, slamming of doors,  clicking of the door swipes, and so much more from St. Ed's. On the silence, the only man holding down the fort, Fr. Ralph, said, "And now we have.... peace... for just bit until the summer campers arrive."

Congratulations and good luck to our graduating Stedsmen, and to all returning Stedsmen, don't rush back now... you hear!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday's Squirrel.

They all look innocent, but are they?

Was this the furry friend? Maybe, it was another one. Still yet, maybe it was the one who hangs out all the time at La Fortune's front door, looking for a hand out. In the end, who knows? Yes, who really knows the squirrel that was caught red handed trash diving in the trash can at Plaza St. Edward's (backyard patio)? On trying to identify the culprit, this squirrel non-verbaled, "I am not telling." He very well might not be talking, but we have video!

Finding gold in a trash can, click HERE.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It was a night...

A great staff: Roman, Noble, Cote, Vogel, Kempf, Ruggles, and Barnard (not pictured)

...to remember. Well, not because of the performance of the South Bend Cubs, who lost to the Dayton Dragons in a score of 4 to 2, but rather because of the performance of the Hall Staff, particularly Max Kempf. Invited from the start of the game, Max made an appearance at the sixth ending to play the "Whammy" game. Saying "stop" at the right time, Max avoided the "whammies" and won $30 in gift certificates to Applebee's!  On winning, Kempf said, "All I want to do is get kicked out of an Applebee’s? No, I just want to enjoy what’s good in the neighborhood."

But the real winners were the residents of St. Edward's because they truly had a phenomenal hall staff in the men pictured above. On the hall staff, Fr. Ralph said, "I am poorer because I am in their debt, but at the same time, I am better off for knowing them."

Will Kempf win, click HERE.

Does he, click HERE.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

She did...

Attention: Susan Williams has left Steds...

...her best and more! Yes, Susan Williams did her best in raising TWO outstanding Stedsmen, Jack Ryan '19 and Jay '11, AND she did her part on Move Out Day. Of course, it's always a sad day to leave Notre Dame and St. Edward's, but it's even sadder when a mess is left behind! Thank God for parents, like Susan, whose tutelage and guidance enabled their sons make this year's Move Out Day the smoothest and cleanest one yet! On it being time to hit the road, Susan said, "Mission accomplished." Mission accomplished indeed!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

Summer is here!

...from Notre Dame. Here's my favorite spring view of campus... a view of God Quad. Everything is so green and colorful that you can't help but think that you have a little slice of heaven! Enjoy your Sunday whenever you are!

Still, it's Mother's Day. How could we not remember our moms on this special day? Steds moms, make sure to collect your free hugs and kisses from your Gentlemen today!

Still yet, with move out now over, it means that summer has begun, and so, the Gentlemen's Monthly enters into summer mode, bringing you all the happenings at Steds but at the same time enjoying summer time!

Saturday, May 13, 2017



This furry friend found the Basilica doors shut when he arrived late to Saturday's wedding. Whatever the reason for the delay was, this squirrel discovered that when it's time for the wedding to start , it's time to start... especially at the Basilica. On seeing closed doors, our furry friend said, "Oh, well. I'll see them at the reception!"

Friday, May 12, 2017

Summer starts...

Vogel: One happy senior

...today! Summer starts today because not only is today the last day of finals but also is the day in which the Steds bucket hat arrived. Once again, Steds is keeping it classy with this couture and stylish hat that sports the Steds crown on the front and STEDS in the back. In short, nothing says summer has arrived more than this hat. On the bucket hat's arrival, Ned Vogel, Steds RA and senior, said, "Summer used to be my least favorite time of year. But now, thanks to the St. Edward's Bucket Hat, I have the fashion sense and confidence I need to tackle the season!"

Thursday, May 11, 2017

They can see...

Enjoying a break: Brendan and Gabriel

...the light at the end of the tunnel! Brendan and Gabriel, Steds freshmen, are not done with their finals; however, this didn't prevent them from taking a much needed and well deserved break. Enjoying a good cigar and perfect weather, these two Stedsmen recharged their batteries for the last push... Friday's engineering final. On the secret of a successful Finals Week, Ben Cote, Steds RA and senior, said, "A lack of worry, yet a dash of stress, but a handful of confidence. A recipe for success on finals!" Still, Brendan said, "It's about studying, sleeping, and maintaining an overall healthy being...in some sort of balance."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oh, the things...

A sage for our times now graduating

..the Gentlemen write on their whiteboards! If it's not something witty, financial advice, or political insight, then it must be philosophical. And that's what the resident of 311 has constantly imparted to his fellow Gentlemen throughout the year... something for the mind. Here's his latest offering. 

Thanks Peter!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What is he...

Seth: Student or aspiring radio personality

...doing? A great question. With this being Finals Week, you never know what people are doing to wrap up the semester. Some are writing papers. Others are cracking this or that book open and cramming. Still, others are finishing group projects. But then, you have Seth. What is Seth doing in the Steds Flounge? Who knows, but it looks complicated. On seeing Seth, Steds freshman, an unnamed fellow freshman and friend of Seth said, "I always said he had a face for radio."

Monday, May 8, 2017

A chance...

St. Edward's 2016-2017

... to be immortalized. Yes, today's Hall photo was a chance to be immortalized forever in the hallowed halls of St. Edward's. Taken during Finals' Week, this photo was a great study break, and if it wasn't that, then it was chance to be with fellow Gentlemen for a laugh AND a chance to see Fr. Ralph fall off his ladder. On the taking of the photo Ned Vogel said, "Even though we're not smiling, nothing says what St. Ed's is all about...the kids!"

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Your Sunday picture...

On the way to the Grotto

...from Notre Dame. Even though the temps have fallen back into the mid forties, campus is still a sight to behold. Here is a picture of the dazzling pink tulips that lined the path to the Grotto. Only if the tulips could stay around longer, you might have been able to enjoy them too. Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday's Squirrel.

Can you find the sparrow?

Taking a break from our furry friends, we turn to our feathered friends. With the temperatures rising, so are the number of birds around campus. Some are only passing through while others are building nests and staying. One bird that is staying around campus for the long haul is the sparrow. While out on God Quad, a sparrow was seen rummaging around for something to eat. On trying to find the sparrow in the picture, Fr. Terry said, "I can't... its camouflage is working."

Friday, May 5, 2017

Closing time...

Kempf: shut'er down

...for everyone's beloved Hall eatery, Ed's. Yes, Ed's has closed for the year, but what a run it has had. It is not possible to assess the total "util" that it has brought to the Hall nor is it possible to count the number of smiles it has put on the faces of the Gentlemen. On Ed's closing, Max Kempf, Ed's manager, said, "Ed’s only wants to serve food when it is freshly grown. That is why we must take a break until pizza sticks are back in season this coming August."

Thursday, May 4, 2017

It was a night...

The best view of Chicago... from a yacht!

... to remember! Yes, the three hundred and five Yacht Dance goers had a memorable night with perfect conditions for a cruise on Lake Michigan. With no rain and no wind, not only were there excellent views of the Chicago skyline but also an opportunity to enjoy the open air 4th deck of the Mystic Blue. Without any doubt whatsoever, everyone had an amazing evening. On the Yacht Dance, Christian Kirby said, "I’m just happy our captain was a bit more competent than my fellow Gentlemen who commanded our vessels in the Fisher Regatta.”

Still, Parker Mathes, Steds Junior, said, "On the boat, I heard someone say 'this is fun,' but I threw him and his date overboard because Yacht Dance isn't fun... it's incredible!"

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It can mean only...

No more classes!

...one thing. Yes, the last day of classes can mean only one thing... Yacht Dance Day. Yes, Happy Yacht Dance Day. With classes now over, it's smooth sailing into Finals Week, and what better way to get things started than a cruise on Lake Michigan. On it being Yacht Dance Day, Tom Roman, Assistant Rector and 3rd year law student, said, "Can it get any better?" No Tom, it can't!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

They said it...

STEDS: Happy to be back on land

...couldn't be done, and sadly, they were right. Unfortunately, the St. Ed's entries in the Fisher Regatta this past weekend looked great in the design phase but when that design was executed and put out on the water of St. Mary's Lake, well, let's just say some considerations were not considered. To the surprise of the Steds crews, both STED and Steds2 had leakage issues and had to be abandoned mid race. On the bright side, though both ships were lost and ego severely bruised, everyone returned to land safe and sound. On the adventure, Patrick Yerkes, Steds senior and member of Steds2, said, "They said 4 engineers, 3 eagle scouts, and 1 Gates Cambridge Scholar that we couldn't sink a boat, but we set out to prove them wrong. And we succeeded....Long live Steds!"

Still, President Trzaska of STEDS said, "Our moral uprightness far surpassed the uprightness of the ship."

Still yet, Vice-President Matt Lupo of STEDS said, "The problem was that we let water in."

Finally, Fr. Ralph of neither ship said, "It was like watching the movie Titanic... too soon, too soon!"

Steds2: Buoyed by high spirits, not their ship

More photos...

Lupo, Gayheart and Trzaska

Steds2 is down...

Monday, May 1, 2017

They're getting married!

The future Mr. and Mrs. Kelley

It's official. They're getting married! Greg Kelley ’09, Stedsman, and and Meghan O’Connor ‘09 are to be married this May in Charleston, South Carolina at the historic church of St. Mary of the Annunciation. Congratulations and best wishes to Greg and Meghan respectively. On their wedding, Fr. Ralph said, “It’s been a long time in the making, and we’re all glad that the day is finally here!”