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

Deadly Household Mold

first_img“Discard porous materials that are wet and can’t be thoroughly cleaned and dried,” shesaid. “They can remain a source of mold growth.” “Stachybotrys atra grows mainly on materials such as wood and wood-based products,paper or other cellulose products that have become and remain wet,” she said. “It isn’tfound in dry or simply humid places.” During the past four years, several infants in Cleveland and Chicago have experiencedbleeding from the lungs. Some have died. “But once a child is infected, it’s a death warrant,” she said. “I don’t want people torun amok with fear over this. But they need to be aware of the problem.” To learn more about pulmonary hemorrhage or for publications about it, call the CDCat (770) 488-7320. “The mold is a black or green-black, slimy species,” said Dale Dorman, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. Don’t expose infants to indoor molds, the CDC advises. Toxins from the indoor moldmay irritate the lining of infants’ lungs. This weakens developing blood vessels, leadingto pulmonary bleeding. Dorman stresses the infant death cases are extremely rare. The CDC also links the condition with exposure to tobacco smoke; allergy to cows’milk; pneumonia; heart, lung, spleen or pancreas problems; and other infections,allergies and immunological diseases. To avoid problems, fix all leaks and get rid of water sources associated with the moldgrowth, Dorman said. Clean hard surfaces with a solution of bleach and water.Ventilate the area when using chlorine bleach. Let the bleach and water mixture sit for15 minutes. Then dry the area thoroughly. “Some experts suggest that people performing the clean-up should wear filter masksand gloves to avoid contact with the mold,” Dorman said. Some recent infant deaths may be tied to a household mold. The Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention have begun checking into a possible connection betweeninfant pulmonary hemorrhage and the indoor mold Stachybotrys atra. CDC investigators haven’t conclusively linked the cases with household molds. Butthey’re concerned enough to join with the Environmental Protection Agency to adviseparents about pulmonary hemorrhage symptoms.last_img read more

Shryock takes off, takes home top cash from Tri-State Kegger

first_imgTenth starting Kelly Shryock was first to the IMCA Modified checkers at Tri-State Speedway’s Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger. The win paid $1,500. (Photo by Fujibayashi Photography)POCOLA, Okla. (April 1) – Kelly Shryock admitted to having some concerns after drawing the outside row five start in Saturday’s Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger IMCA Modified main event at Tri-State Speedway.“There were some pretty good drivers starting ahead of me. I drew 10 and thought the inside row was going to take off,” he said. “They dropped the green, I took off and I think we had the lead by lap five. It turned out to be a pretty cool win for us.”No stranger to the Pocola speedplant, Shryock took home more than a little gas money – $1,500 – for the victory. He was already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate.Defending race winner Jeff James was a distant second and Ken Schrader took third. Rounding out the top five were Cole Traugott and Danny Womack.Traugott had started the 25-lapper from 14th.“We pitted next to Schrader. He’s a hoot,” said Shryock. “We went to Tri-State wanting to race, wanting to try out some new things on the car and wanting some warm weather. It all worked out for us.”Feature – 1. Kelly Shryock; 2. Jeff James; 3. Ken Schrader; 4. Cole Traugott; 5. Danny Womack; 6. Stephen Muilenburg; 7. Mike Hansen; 8. J.J. Andersen; 9. Kayden Menasco; 10. Kris Lloyd; 11. Jason Payton; 12. Toby Lindell; 13. Eric Beshoner; 14. Jake Davis.last_img read more