This weekend I am heading up to Ithaca College, where my sister goes to school, for Family Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Sunday morning performance of the “First-Year Cabaret ” a play that she wrote and directed! Yes, this is a shameless bragging post. Sue me for being a proud sibling.*
The cabaret is a musical parody of the ups and downs of freshman year of college, featuring some of your favorite Disney and Broadway songs. Personally, I’m looking forward to a trip down memory lane…back “inside the bubble,” if you will. And I’m also looking forward to seeing the musical in it’s entirety, after watching my sister sing and dance her way around the living room all summer as she wrote it.
Check out this sneak preview from rehearsals:
Not sure if I have any Ithaca readers on this little blog, but if I do, you should come see “First-Year Cabaret” at 11 am on Sunday in Emerson Suites!
*Please don’t sue me. My credit card bill is due this week.
42 seconds into this video from the Notre Dame Admissions Office, and I was crying…at my desk at work. Whoops.
Psycho alumna alert.
But seriously, watch this. And then understand why Domers everywhere “Love thee Notre Dame!”
An awesome look at the office of Notre Dame President Emeritus Father Hesburgh, who I’ve mentioned on this blog before. Give it a watch and learn about one incredibly exceptional man.
For this Flashback Friday, an article from the latest issue of one of my favorite publications, Notre Dame Magazine, written by a retiring employee about leaving Notre Dame. Confession: I teared up while reading it on the train last night. Here’s hoping nobody noticed, and that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
“To be a leader you must have a vision. It is a vision you must articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You cannot blow an uncertain trumpet.”
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Bringing back Flashback Friday with some wise words from Father Hesbrugh. president emeritus of Notre Dame and influential leader in education, religion, politics, and civil rights for the better part of the last 60 years. I once held the door for him while walking into the library at Notre Dame, which fittingly bears his name. It was quite the moment.
So my first week as an employed grownup has left me pretty exhausted. This real world business is no joke.
Ergo, this week’s Flashback Friday post will be a little short. And posted early so I can go to bed.
Since the Irish are back at home this weekend, here’s a behind the scenes look at the life of the announcer at Notre Dame Stadium:
Fun fact: Mike also happened to be my favorite card swiper at South Dining Hall.
Have a great weekend, and Go Irish!
I thought I’d take a break from the football-related Flashback Friday posts this week (but we still better beat Purdue tomorrow–Go Irish! Beat Boilers!).
But I’m actually not going to stray too far from the world of athletics. This was a big week back on campus, as the Notre Dame hockey team took the ice in the brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar Compton Family Ice Arena for the first time.
Now, as a proud member of the Notre Dame Figure Skating team, my allegiance still lies with them, rather than the hockey team (Sorry…it’s a natural rivalry.). But I still wanted to post this video, because the new arena looks awesome.
It’s so awesome, in fact, that Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalist Brian Boitano is coming to South Bend to present the Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular. And the event will feature two of my personal favorite performers:
Ryan Bradley, 2011 U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion
These beauties, the University of Notre Dame Synchronized Skating Team!
Oops, sorry about that, I couldn’t type because I was seeing red, with jealousy, that my fabulous former team gets to skate with Brian Boitano! I continue to wonder why I didn’t just flunk all my classes and stay at ND for another year…but I’m crossing my fingers that their performance makes it into the TV broadcast that will air in December!
But all jealousy and rivalries aside, the new Compton Family Ice Arena is a great facility, for both hockey and figure skating, for both Notre Dame and the surrounding community. Great news from ND for all ice-related sports and events.
With the Fighting Irish on the road this weekend at Pitt, I thought this video would be fitting for Flashback Friday:
Mike Golic, Jr. (center, #57) and Brandon Newman (nose guard, #99) give a tour of Notre Dame’s new equipment truck, which left for Pittsburgh last night, according to the @NDFBEquipment Twitter feed. (I’ll ponder why the football equipment room has it’s own Twitter feed in another post…good grief.)
Golic certainly has the personality to live up to the TV-hosting genes in his family, but my favorite part was when Newman suggests that the back of the truck should have said “Here came the Irish…even though that’s not grammatically correct.” Not sure what that says about the Notre Dame education…
But regardless, have a great weekend and Go Irish! Let’s go for a win, because I don’t want to think about the reaction to that truck in Pittsburgh if we lose.
Courtesy of a tweet from @NDdotEDU, a video of the homily given by Rev. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, at the 9/11 remembrance mass at Notre Dame this past week.
My Flashback Friday posts have focused on ND football for the past few weeks, but this video seemed fitting for this week. Puts it in perspective that the wins and losses of a football team aren’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t it?
Enjoy, have a great weekend, and Go Irish!
For this week’s edition, I’m going to share some highlights from ND vs. Michigan in 2008.
We play Michigan once again, tomorrow night, in the first night game in the history of The Big House, Michigan Stadium.
So maybe this clip represents my hopes for tomorrow’s game, because the ’08 edition of this rivalry ended in a spectacular win for the Irish. (And after last Saturday, we need a win. Spectacular or not.)
But there was also something about this 2008 game that these NBC highlights didn’t capture. That game in 2008 was one of the best games I witnessed from the student section in Notre Dame Stadium, and not just because it ended in a victory. There was a certain one-ness and a unity in the student section that day. The more it rained, the more we cheered. It didn’t matter that we were soaking wet, or that the team wasn’t playing perfectly.
The students, and the team, stuck it out until the clock read 0:00, and never gave up. To me, that day, that game, was a living testament to the “We are ND” cheer.
I’ll never forget running out of the stadium that day, into a rainstorm, yelling “We are ND” with my friends and classmates. The spirit of Notre Dame was a living and breathing thing that day. And victories or not, that unifying spirit is the best part of Notre Dame.