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The Shirt Project elects president

Ann-Marie Woods | Wednesday, November 18, 2009

With football season almost over, preparations are already underway for the 2010 Shirt Project, with the nomination and selection of junior Christian Gigante for the position of the president. 

President of The Shirt 2009, senior Matthew Barloh, asked the Council of Representatives (COR) to approve his nomination of Gigante for the responsibility of planning the largest student-run fundraiser at the University. COR voted unanimously in approval.

“I am here to do great things and I am very passionate about the Project,” Gigante said. 

Gigante served as the Director of Special Projects for The Shirt 2009, gaining valuable experience of the day-to-day operations of the project and the challenges of designing a shirt that will appeal to students, alumni and fans, Barloh said.

One of the main difficulties facing Gigante as president of The Shirt 2010 is to create a shirt with greater appeal to the student body.

“Our goal is to create something that we know everybody in the student body will love and wear,” Gigante said.  “We’re always going to have critics though.”

In addition, The Shirt has to appeal to alumni and the Notre Dame fan base throughout the country, since it is the largest fundraiser for the student body.

“The Shirt 2009 was one of the most appealing to alumni,” Gigante said. 

In order to improve the marketing for The Shirt, however, The Shirt Committee hopes to appeal to more Notre Dame alumni clubs, urging the presidents to buy shirts at a lower cost so that their community can understand and be a part of the Project, Gigante said.

The Shirt Project, which raises money for the Notre Dame student body, helps students suffering from serious illnesses or in need financial support.

In other COR news:
u COR discussed possible revisions to the IRISHLINK listserv, the means by which various campus organizations, academic offices and student groups publicize information to the student body e-mail system.

In response to complaints about a barrage of e-mails sent to the student body at midnight each night from varying sources, COR is planning changes to the system in order to create policies for who can send e-emails, what merits an e-mail sent to the entire student body and how best to publicize campus information.