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The Notre Dame dictionary

| Friday, August 20, 2021

Maggie Klaers | The Observer

And the Saint Mary’s dictionary — and the Holy Cross one, too! 

In honor of Welcome Week, your friends at Scene have compiled a list of words, terms and phrases to know if you intend to survive your first year (heck, all four years) as part of the tri-campus community. By no means is this list exhaustive, but we tried our best to cover the essentials as well as some things more niche. 

After a little Quizlet practice you, too, will be fluent in Notre Dame-ish. Or should I say Irish-ese? Wait, is that just Gaelic?


Notre Dame

DeBartolo Hall vs. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center: The former is a building you’re guaranteed to have classes in, the latter is where you can catch movies, watch plays, listen to live music, etc. Both are located on DeBartolo Quad … that guy must have donated a LOT of money. 

Quarter Dogs: Hot dogs sold for only 25 cents (after midnight, on weekdays) at The Huddle in LaFortune Student Center (LaFun). But be weary — they’re priced so low for a reason.

Double Domer: If a Domer is any graduate of Notre Dame, then a double Domer is someone who loved northern Indiana SO MUCH they completed both their undergraduate and graduate degrees here. 

AcoustiCafé: Jam out to local Notre Dame musicians every Thursday night at Hagerty Family Café (in Duncan Student Center). Sponsored by the Student Union Board (SUB).

Newfs: A bar that we are known to go to. AKA Finnies Next Door. Just don’t go in ze daytime.

Eddy Street: Five Guys, Chipotle and more can be found on this block just south of campus.

Bengal/Baraka Bouts: The men’s and women’s boxing clubs, respectively. Months of training culminate in two charity tournaments, which benefit Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh (Bengal Bouts) and East Africa (Baraka Bouts).

OCS and DuLac: The Office of Community Standards enforces DuLac, which is basically our student handbook. They’ll be in touch with you shortly.

SYR: Themed dances that every dorm hosts once a year. Stands for “Screw Your Roommate,” a reference to the practice of setting your roommate up with a date (historically, a bad one). 

Zahm: A former men’s dorm that was disbanded last year, with a prickly reputation in the campus community. The building currently houses the Sorin community while their dorm undergoes renovations. 

NetID vs. NDID: Your NetID is the thing before the @ in your Notre Dame email; your NDID is the random string of numbers on your Irish1Card. No one knows why we need them both.

AnTostal (PigTostal): A weeklong event to celebrate spring, AnTostal is Gaelic for “the festival.” While it’s officially hosted by SUB, most students just use it as an excuse to throw darties (daytime parties). PigTostal, meanwhile, comes from the rich tradition of chasing pigs through the mud!

Menbroza: Male students in the Mendoza College of Business. Do you enjoy conversations? You won’t after having one with them!

Club Hes: What the cool kids call the Hesburgh Library. Usage of this term increases exponentially as the sun sets. 

Arts & Crafts: A teasing (or mocking, depending on the source) nickname for the College of Arts & Letters. Engineering is just miffed that it’s actually possible to enjoy your classes.


Saint Mary’s 

Smick: Per the Student Government Association (SGA): “A Saint Mary’s College student or alumna who is smart, empowered and cares for their community.” Following the disbandment of Zahm (see the Notre Dame section), Smicks have begun to reclaim this word in a positive light.

Blinkie: Often decked in string lights (hence the name), this is the shuttle van that transports students from Saint Mary’s to Notre Dame and back. 

Cyber: What the upperclassmen will call the 1844 Cafe (the name was recently changed).

Late Night Breakfast: Breakfast for dinner, after hours, the Monday of finals week. Need we say more?

Le Mans: Beloved residence hall and iconic SMC landmark. A little taste of Hogwarts!

Belle Tower: Not to be confused with Le Mans’ bell tower, this is your one-stop shop for upcoming events on campus.

The Island: Situated at the center of the picturesque Lake Marion, The Island is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. 

The Ring: The class ring you’ll get your junior year and the true mark of a Saint Mary’s woman!

Madeleva: One of the main academic buildings on campus, but also the name of the third president of SMC (1934-1961) and founder of the first theology program for women and laypeople. 

Spes: Shorthand for Spes Unica, the other main academic building and Latin for “Our only hope.”


Holy Cross

HoCro: “Holy Cross College” sure has a lot of syllables. Use this abbreviation instead! 

Siggys: AKA Siegfried Dining Hall.

Ave Brew: Another name for the Starbucks located in the main building.

Basil Brotherhood: The men of Basil Hall, known for having one of the best dorm communities on campus.

Spes Unica: Not to be confused with the Spes Unica of Saint Mary’s, this is a hotly anticipated retreat held every semester, open to all faiths.

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