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Group discusses pep rallies, beND

Megan Doyle | Thursday, September 16, 2010

Student Senate discussed feedback from the Michigan pep rally and previewed the events planned for the upcoming beND campaign weekend at its meeting Wednesday.

Several senators said residents of their dorms had positive feelings following the Michigan pep rally Friday.

“A lot of the girls in my dorm were concerned about going back to Irish Green for the pep rallies,” Pasquerilla East senator Julie Doherty said. “But everyone said [the Michigan pep rally] was infinitely better than last year.”

Some girls did complain that they had limited view of the stage, she said, and senators said the dorms participating in the walkover and the pep rally needed to be more organized.

“Our dorm got completely separated,” Walsh Hall senator Hallie Brewster said. “There were some points where I even lost some of my friends.”

University Affairs chair Chase Riddle said many dorms still had to compete for location once they arrived on the grass in front of the stage.

Movement of the dorms is under discussion for the Sept. 24 pep rally before the Stanford game, student body president Catherine Soler said.

The next pep rally will be held in the Purcell Pavilion to gauge which venues students enjoy the most, she said.

Soler also informed Senate members of details for the beND campaign weekend that begins Friday.

The weekend will revolve around four events to engage the community, beginning with a picnic at the Robinson Learning Center in South Bend Friday at 5:30 p.m., Soler said.

Other events include the Eddy Street Commons Block Party at 2 p.m. Saturday to promote Eddy Street vendors, and a presentation from attorney C.L. Lindsay Sunday at 8:30 p.m., she said.

“We will have a panel discussion on Monday called ‘State of Arrest’ with representatives from Notre Dame, NDSP, Excise Police, ResLife, a defense attorney and student government,” Soler said.

The discussion will last 60 minutes and will be followed by questions from student government and students, she said.

Senators said students would be interested in learning what to do when police come to an off-campus party and why police are now arresting for underage drinking rather than issuing citations

Student government will begin the question and answer session with suggestions from the senators before opening the floor to students, Soler said.