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Banta: Tradition drives Pasquerilla West

Stephanie Banta | Thursday, October 13, 2011

As the Purple Weasels work toward playing in another championship game in Notre Dame Stadium, it is the support of the entire hall that helps the ladies of Pasquerilla West dominate every game … and maybe a bowl of Lucky Charms.

“Before our playoff games, we will have a meal as a team,” junior quarterback Kirsten Danna said. “We pick out Lucky Charm marshmallows and each player eats one for good luck.”

But for a team that has a strong interhall tradition, Lucky Charms are only a small part of what makes Pasquerilla West (4-1) such a threat on the football field.

“There is no team out there that is more dedicated or has more love of the game than [Pasquerilla West],” Danna said. “We are more than just teammates, we are a family. Even our hall rector Sister Mary Jane comes to every single game, rain or shine, with her chair and megaphone yelling for every single player on the field.”

It is with these deep bonds and the feeling of sisterhood among the players that the Purple Weasels are capable of carrying on the standard of interhall football they established since the dorm’s founding.

“The history of the team is extremely important to us,” Danna said. “Every time we take to the field we remind ourselves of what it means to be a Pasquerilla West woman. Through our performance on the field we honor those who have lived in [Pasquerilla West] before us and we carry on the great name of [Pasquerilla West].”

So the next time Pasquerilla West takes the field, the Purple Weasels will not just be focused on gaining a win but also on upholding their reputation as an athletic and service-oriented dorm, carrying on the values of the Purple Weasels who came before them.