What's So Great About Notre Dame?

Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

_A list of ingredients—from then and now—that have made Notre Dame_ _the special place it is_. The Golden Dome Monk Malloy, the president, living in a single room in one of the oldest residence halls on campus The band marching through campus, playing "The Victory March" late afternoon on a football Friday Coeducation A morning run around the lakes in autumn Knute Rockne Bookstore Basketball Tom Dooley Touchdown Jesus The Congregation of Holy Cross Interhall football in full pads Screw Your Roommate dances Junior Parents Weekend The chariot race at An Tostal Christmas in April Neckties at dinner The abolition of Saturday classes Student shows at the Snite A midnight walk across a hushed campus in January when big flakes of snow are falling, turning everything serenely white The stay hall system Single sex dorms Parietals _In loco parentis_ UNDERC, LOBUND and the Medieval Institute The Center for Tropical Disease Research and Training Rad Lab John Houck's ethics class Meeting your favorite teacher at the Pay Caf Oak Room to talk The Keenan Revue Freshman mixers A Long John and Mello Yello at food sales in the basement of Farley Sister Jean The Bun Run The Dog Book The Milk Riots of 1951 The Beer Riots of 1984 The season's first big snowball fight The hall chapels and dorm Masses SUFR, GLAND, the PSA and ROTC Notre Dame Encounter retreat weekends Kegs 'n' eggs Quarter dogs Notre Dame and Yale cited as the nation's top two programs for the study of philosophy of religion Notre Dame 71, UCLA 70, January 19, 1974 Vetville The bachelor dons The Prefect of Discipline Going to class Getting out of class Basketball at the Rock Basketball games at the old Fieldhouse "Badin Bog Ball" Burning caloreis while watching TV at Rolfs SMC chicks The squirrels Kellogg, Kroc, Cushwa, Keough and the Institute for Latino Studies Regis, Phil and Condoleezza The Folk Choir singing at Mass in Sacred Heart Basilica The Glee Club caroling in the women's halls during finals
Marshmallow wars at halftime Architecture grads "styling" their mortarboards at commencement The Center for Social Concerns Eighty percent of all students doing volunteer service The Collegiate Jazz Festival, Blues Festival and Sophomore Literary Festival Seventy percent of all undergrads lettering in at least one varsity high school sport, with 38 percent having been team captain The leprechaun The shirt Stonehenge The sprinklers watering the sidewalks The 1960 Conference on Pornography and Censorship Seven Heisman Trophy winners and 11 National Championships Driving up Notre Dame Avenue when the dome is shining and the trees are orange, red and brilliant gold A catholic Catholicism Lights out at 10 6 a.m. sign-in at chapel Frankie's, Corby's, Rosie's, Nickie's, Simeri's, Louie's, Rocco's, Sweeney's, Bridget's, Coach's, Boat Club, and the 'Backer Sneaking in after midnight Black Mack The naked swim at freshman P.E. Tackle football in a foot of snow Circus lunch The graffiti dance Notre Dame 68, Purdue 66, April 1, 2001 _Rudy_ King Kersten Ronald Reagan as The Gipper Martin Sheen as Josiah Bartlet The abduction and travels of the Sorin statue Julian Samora Playing flag football under the lights on the fields by Stepan Studying on the 10th floor of the library Study breaks on the second floor George Craig, Morris Pollard and Laszlo Barabasi The South Shore to Chicago 250 Notre Dame clubs throughout the world Tyrone Willingham CILA, ACE and the Andrews Summer Service Projects Al Sondej Monogrammed waffles at the South Dining Hall The Huddle Angiers, London, Innsbruck, Rome, Tantur, Australia . . . Notre Dame first among major research universities in the percentage of students studying abroad The road to Saint Mary's Father Griffin and Darby O'Gill Joe Evans Frasier Thompson The Gipper column in _Scholastic_ _The Observer_ at lunch Ara, Leahy, Lou and Muffet Meeting the team buses at the Circle The ducks A funeral ceremony for an alligator, complete with chants, hymns and burial behind Sorin Hall (and the subsequent sermonizing in _The Religious Bulletin_ against the sacrilege of mocking Catholic rituals, which should not be made fun of under any circumstances) _The Religious Bulletin_ Clashmore Mike The fencing team The Bengal Bouts Wind tunnels, atom smashers and low-energy nuclear physics Expert advice on the Dead Sea Scrolls Notre Dame 1, Portland 0, December 3, 1995 John O'Hara, CSC Moose Krause The Irish Guard The Fisher Regatta Pep rallies in Stepan Pep rallies in the Old Fieldhouse with its balcony and beams, dirt floors and aging brick walls Hot Chili Is Groovy The Naked Kahuna Terry Buck Ranking in the top 20 both academically (_U.S. News & World Report_) and athletically (the NACDA Directors Cup standings) "Molarity" by Michael Molinelli daily in _The Observer_ Maid service Laundry service Roommates The Basilica bells tolling the hours Siegfried freshmen getting their horns The NBC contract Alan Page, Chris Zorich and Ruth Riley Nobel Laureate Eric Wieschaus Dennis Jacobs, the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year Late-night coffee and conversation at Reckers "You can talk about God here and no one snickers."—Norman Mailer Watching _Knute Rockne All American_ in Washington Hall Ralph McInerny and Dick McBrien, Charles Rice and Michael Baxter, CSC "One of America's most wired campuses" The sitting U.S. president coming to campus to speak Moratorium Day, 1969 Fifteen minutes to cease and desist Notre Dame graduates getting accepted into med school at a rate twice the national average The accounting department always in the top 10 The law school among the top four in teaching quality Springtime on the south quad, lying on a blanket reading _One Hundred Years of Solitude_ with music and Frisbees flying through the air The 9/11 outdoor Mass The look on the face of a freshman moving her stuff into Lyons The look on the faces of her parents during commencement The Grotto in springtime, when the western sky is rosy with sunlight at dusk The Grotto in autumn, when the canopy trees are radiant and leaves are underfoot The Grotto in winter, when the candles glow and snow blankets the night The seniors singing _Notre Dame, Our Mother_ at the end of the final home game Emil T. Hofman Frank O'Malley Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC