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Group honors late lacrosse coach

Sarah Mervosh | Thursday, September 24, 2009

Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution that honored lacrosse coach Rich O’Leary for his contributions to Notre Dame as well as gave updates on Eddy’s Street Commons at its meeting Wednesday.

O’Leary helped begin the intramural program at the University, advanced the Bengal Bouts boxing club and was the first varsity men’s lacrosse coach, Oversight Chair Kevin Kimberly said.

O’Leary recently passed away at the age of 62 after a battle with cancer, the resolution said.

“Rich was really a great man and a true Notre Dame man, in terms of what he did for student life on this campus. I can’t think of very many people that have had the impact on students and student life as an individual as Rich did,” assistant vice president for Student Affairs Brian Coughlin said.

“I consider him a mentor personally and someone to aspire to in the way he dealt with students. Truly, I am pleased that you guys are doing this and I know that it would mean a lot to Rich’s family,” he said. “He was a special person.”

O’Leary’s involvement in intramural sports led Notre Dame to be given the distinction of best intramural program in the nation twice by “Sports Illustrated,” the resolution said.

It also said that in O’Leary’s eight-year term as varsity men’s lacrosse coach, he won five division titles. He also served as head coach of the club lacrosse team.

“This is kind of our way of honoring what he did for Notre Dame,” Kimberly said.

Student body president Grant Schmidt also updated Senators about the progress of Eddy Street Commons.

“Eddy Street Commons is really shaping up,” he said. “I think it looks really sharp and it will be a really cool area.”

In an e-mail to the student body Tuesday, Schmidt said the following businesses will be open by the middle of October: Hot Box Pizza, Chipotle, Hammes Bookstore and Café, Outpost Sports, Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Anytime Fitness.

“It’s really nice. They went to town on it,” Keough representative Marc Anthony Rosa said. “When you get there you just feel dirty because everything is so nice.”

All retail spots have not been filled, however, and Eddy Street Commons will be open to suggestions from students, Schmidt said. He said they are looking for retail suggestions, not restaurant suggestions.

Current suggestions include Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and J. Crew. A beauty store that would sell popular makeup brands like Smashbox and Bare Essentials was also suggested, student body vice president Cynthia Weber said.

“I think it’s nice that students can have a sense of a little bit of ownership,” Schmidt said. “I think that’s important.”

Schmidt said that Eddy Street Commons does not plan to accept Domer Dollars.

“If we were to do that we’d have to get just the concept of Domer Dollars off campus approved,” he said. “You couldn’t just open it up to Eddy Street Commons without opening it up to other businesses.”

Although Schmidt said Eddy Street Commons was open to the idea of accepting Domer Dollars, it was not possible because the University did not approve the idea.

“That idea was not accepted last year when we proposed it,” he said.

Senators concluded their meeting by taking a group trip to visit Eddy Street Commons and eat dinner at Chipotle.