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Dorms win Hall of the Fall award

Adam Llorens | Sunday, January 23, 2011

Morrissey Manor and the Wild Women of Walsh Hall stood out during the fall semester and became Halls of the Fall, an award which takes into account various dorm activities put on during the first semester.

“Hall of the Fall is an annual award given by the Hall President’s Council to a male and female dorm who we felt best exhibited the spirit and unity of a Notre Dame dorm during the first semester,” junior Mike Oliver, co-chair of the Hall President’s Council, said.

The Hall President’s Council is a group comprised of commissioners, representatives and an elected Vice President and President of each respective dorm.

“We look at the academic, social, service oriented, liturgical, multicultural and athletic events of each dorm throughout the first semester,” Oliver said. “Then we decide which male and female dorm best accomplished all of these elements, and most importantly, united as one dorm and displayed unparalleled hall pride.”

Being named Hall of the Fall was a definite step in the right direction for Morrissey, said junior and Morrissey Hall president Oliver Chmell.

“We tried to participate in every event and encouraged as much participation as possible from members of our dorm,” Chmell said. “Being named Hall of the Fall means that we as a dorm are doing the job right and having fun while at it.”

Oliver said Morrissey’s president brought a strong sense of unity to the dorm.

“Morrissey was given this honor primarily because they did a fantastic job at making sure they had events in every area,” he said.

Senior and Walsh Hall president Julie Zorb said Walsh residents had “sensational” attendance and participation in the fall semester events.

“Our two signature events, Football 101 and the Mr. ND competition, were a great success,” she said. “This school year has been a time of transition for Walsh, as a new rector was brought in the dorm. With all of the potential roadblocks we could have had this year, it is great to see Walsh being officially recognized.”

Oliver said Walsh’s dorm pride was “unmatched.”

“It seemed like all of the members of Walsh were proud to be a part of their dorm,” he said. “Their events last semester were excellent and well-attended.”

Hall of the Fall is a stepping stone to the annual naming of the men’s and women’s Hall of the Year in April, the most prestigious award given to a dorm.

“Dorms like to know where they stand at the halfway point,” Oliver said. “It will be exciting to see what kind of events dorms put on this semester.”