Morrissey Manor residents, rector discuss history, community

first_imgRosie LoVoi | The Observer Morrissey Manor stands next to Howard and Lyons halls on South Quad.Morrissey houses around 180 “Manorites” from each year. The dorm hosts signature events such as the Medallion Hunt, essentially a giant scavenger hunt to find a medallion hidden somewhere on Notre Dame’s campus. “The RAs and ARs that create the clues are usually very creative, and lots of people enjoy deciphering the clues and the hunt,” Quigley said. Morrissey also hosted the very first outdoor game watch on South Quad for the Michigan State football game this year. Sophomore and hall president Ryan Doyle said that the game watch was a huge success and that Morrissey plans to continue this tradition in the future. Another treasured tradition among the men of Morrissey is their basement food sales, Doyle said. The restaurant is called “Yaz’s” after Carl Yastrzemski, Hall of Fame baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and one of Morrissey’s more notable former residents. The profits from Yaz’s go to supporting Morrissey’s charity, the Hill School in Uganda. “The food sales in the basement of Morrissey are super effective and raise a lot of money,” Doyle said. “All the profits go to charity.” Morrissey is one of only three dorms on campus to not carry the title “hall,” along with Zahm House and Sorin College. In an email, rector Zack Imfeld shared a story he heard about how the Manor possibly came to be.“An older Holy Cross priest stopped by one day and said he lived in Morrissey during the 1950s and when they decided to call themselves the Manor,” Imfeld said. “He said that the men were getting into a little bit of trouble, so they thought by naming their building a Manor, the men would hold themselves to a higher standard. From my experience, it worked — we have some of the best guys on campus!”Morrissey is known for having the smallest rooms on campus, but Doyle said this is actually a positive quality because it increases fellowship among the residents. To make up for the small room sizes, there are large common rooms in each section that the residents can furnish as they choose.“There’s a great community because very few people are spending the majority of their time in their room because it’s so small,” Doyle said. “People are forced out, and you get to meet pretty much everyone. I don’t know if there’s many people in Morrissey that I don’t know.”Morrissey is the next dorm to be renovated, so its residents will be residing in Pangborn Hall next year. When asked how he felt the Morrissey community would respond to this change, Quigley expressed faith in the camaraderie of the Morrissey men to make it through the year.“While we do love our building and we think it is beautiful and will miss it, we don’t really think that the building identifies us,” Quigley said. “The people in the dorm are what are important, and we will all still be together whether it is in the Manor or Pangborn. Our traditions will continue, and we will adapt in any way that we have to in order to grow our community and events.” Tags: dorm features, Morrissey Manor, yaz’s Established in 1925, Morrissey Manor has been home to Notre Dame men for nearly a century. Part of the “Golden Coast” along with Lyons and Howard Halls on South Quad, the Manor’s elaborate architecture is among the most distinctive at Notre Dame. Junior and incoming RA Brian Quigley explained some of the symbolism behind Morrissey’s iconic exterior in an email. “[Morrissey] was intentionally built slightly asymmetric if you look at it closely, representing the fact that only God is truly perfect,” Quigley said. “It was named after Andrew Morrissey, the school’s seventh president. There is an X-shaped cross on the building that represents the crucifixion of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Fr. Morrissey.”last_img read more

Cut the copy

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Marketers are word people. We like words. After all, that’s why we’re in marketing. But are consumers reading your words? In all honesty, probably not. Why? One reason is because we are writing too much.It’s time we cut the copy.People are consuming their information in small bites. The reality is they don’t have the time or the interest to read everything you are writing.As marketing guru Seth Godin says, “Say what you need to say, then leave. Less is actually more.”Where possible, use bullets, lists, subheads and short paragraphs. If necessary, break a long item into multiple pieces. The key is to make your copy “scannable.” Time how long it takes to read the article, brochure, postcard, web page, etc. If it’s more than 90 seconds, odds are they will go to something else. continue reading »last_img read more

Alan Curtis: Swans have the stomach for relegation scrap

first_img Press Association Swansea manager Alan Curtis insists his “angry” players have the stomach for a relegation fight. It has led to suggestions that Swansea might not be as well equipped as some of their rivals for the dogfight ahead. But Curtis feels his players have the right mentality to scrap and pick up points. “I’ve spoken before about the resilience of the modern-day player and I think they have to be like that because there are so many setbacks they have to contend with,” Curtis said. “They’ll be fine. They are quite a strong group anyway and now we’re looking to the leaders, the likes of Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor. “They are the type of people that will come forward for us.” Swansea continue to scour the January transfer market with former players Jonathan de Guzman and Scott Sinclair, as well as Everton forward Steven Naismith and Roma striker Seydou Doumbia, among those to be linked to the club this week. “We all know there’s a need to bring fresh players in,” Curtis said. “Our league position tells us we are in trouble and that possibly the only way out of it is that we do bring people in. “It’s all quiet at the moment, but that’s not to say there’s no frantic deals being done at the moment. “I’m sure there will be one or two players coming in very soon.” Curtis’ men will find themselves in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League before they kick-off against Watford on Monday night should either Newcastle or Sunderland manage respective victories against West Ham and Tottenham on Saturday. Swansea suffered a huge blow in midweek when Sunderland closed the gap on them to a single point with a controversial 4-2 win at the Liberty Stadium. Jermain Defoe twice scored from seemingly offside positions while Swans defender Kyle Naughton was unjustly sent off in the first half with the score at 1-1. The Football Association withdrew Naughton’s red card and three-match ban on Friday and the former Tottenham full-back is available for the Watford game. “I don’t think there will be a negative reaction to the Sunderland game,” Curtis said. “There was a bit of anger if anything after Wednesday. “The players were angry at what had happened and I would hope they would want to right the wrongs after a couple of decisions went against them. “I hope there will be no long-term affect and certainly I don’t sense anything at the moment.” Now in their fifth season in the Premier League, Swansea have mostly stayed clear of relegation danger during their time in the top flight. They did flirt with relegation two seasons ago but Garry Monk eventually led them to safety after succeeding Michael Laudrup at the start of February. last_img read more