The Observer is a Student-run, daily print & online newspaper serving Notre Dame & Saint Mary's. Learn more about us.



SUB explains game watch absence; Shirt president approved

Kathleen McDonnell | Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The lack of an Air Force game watch, record sales of The Shirt and an overview of student government’s role comprised Tuesday’s Council of Representatives (COR) meeting in LaFortune.

Student Union Board (SUB) director Pat Vassel explained to the council that legal issues prevent SUB from hosting a game watch for Saturday’s football game against the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

“Legal issues between Comcast and CSTV (College Sports Television Programming), the station that is broadcasting the game, will not allow us to broadcast the game as of today,” Vassel said. “All questions about not having a game watch should be directed to Comcast.”

Student activities advisor Amy Geist explained that the Comcast cable provider for Chicagoland and Northern Indiana, with whom Notre Dame has a contract, does not offer the possibility of carrying the CSTV channel. As of now, SUB has no way to show the game.

Sophomore class president Lulu Meraz mentioned a link she saw on Facebook.com that would allow students to watch the game by signing up online. Geist offered the possibility of students paying for and downloading the game from CSTV, but “students must be careful to follow the University regulations for broadcasting,” she said. Both Geist and Vassel expressed hope that the situation would improve before kickoff on Saturday.

Along the lines of Irish football, The Shirt president Rich Fox informed the council of this year’s record-breaking sales.

“We sold 152,000 shirts so far, breaking the previous record by 17,000,” Fox said, “so we’re pretty excited with where we are.”

Fox presented his nomination for the 2007 The Shirt President, Brad LeNoir. The council unanimously approved the Dillon sophomore for the post.

LeNoir’s goals include making sales of next year’s The Shirt just as successful as this year’s.

“We’re going to try and take the project a little more national, piggy-backing on Fox’s initiative this year,” LeNoir said. “Otherwise we’re just going to try and live up to the impressive 152,000.”

LeNoir declined to admit a preference for the color of next year’s shirt, diplomatically vowing to abide by the preferences of the entire The Shirt committee.

In other CLC news:

u Tuesday’s meeting featured the second presentation in a series of spotlights on the different organizations COR members represent. This week’s presentation was on student government and Shappell gave an overview of her administration’s work since taking over in the spring.

u Shappell, vice president Bill Andrichik and chief executive assistant Liz Brown each discussed the work of the senate committees they individually oversee. Shappell described the work of the gender issues committee in organizing the Eating Disorder conference, set for Feb. 8-10, as “one of the more ambitious projects of [her] administration.”