Dillon Hall named 2017 – 2018 ‘Hall of the Year’

first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer From left to right: Representatives from Dillon Hall, Walsh Hall and Dunne Hall accepted their awards at a banquet Tuesday night.Though there was “tight competition” for all of the awards, Ryan said Dillon Hall did an incredible job at being a good candidate throughout the entire year.“A big thing that we like to make sure is that ‘Hall of the Year’ leadership is really catering to everyone in the hall instead of just the easiest people who kind of get involved,” Ryan said. “And [Dillon] just did such a good and natural job of having so many events that were well attended and that hit so many different types of people.”Alongside building strong community through “a diverse and impressive regimen” with events such as monthly multi-cultural discussions, Lyon said Dillon’s commitment to the greater South Bend community was its most noteworthy accomplishment — particularly with its “Red Bag Day,” in which residents send bags of utilities to the homeless, and its partnership with Dismas House of South Bend, which provides support services for individuals returning from incarceration.“In addition to catering to a variety of resident’s needs, [Dillon] also sought to reinvigorate the spirit of its hall’s government by encouraging open forum meetings and empowering all of its residents to be leaders within the community,” she said. “This dorm truly carries out the Notre Dame mission of building selfless, well-rounded residents.”Dillon Hall president junior Danny Crooks said what makes Dillon special is that residents feel welcome in any room and with “any guy of any grade.”“Every guy in Dillon loves Dillon,” Crooks said. “And we had great participation at all of our events and people really get into our dorm events so I think just the spirit throughout the dorm is why we won it.”Sophomore Chris Lehman, Dillon Hall’s vice president, said the great inter-class relationships in Dillon contributed to building that spirit.“We just really went into this year wanting to bring the entire dorm together so our goal was just to plan a bunch of events that catered to everyone in the dorm and we’re really happy that they recognized [that],” Crooks said.As a dorm established in 2016 taking home its first ever ‘Hall of the Year’ award, Dunne Hall president junior Peter Seidner said HPC’s recognition highlights Dunne’s theme — “everything seems impossible until it’s ‘Dunne’” — and end goal of creating a culture.“We had the awesome opportunity of being able to start events that had never been done before compared to other dorms,” Seidner said. “But talking to [other dorms], getting what worked for them and creating, as our dorm, our own ideas and create a platform is really what our administration did.”By inaugurating Dunne’s signature events — the 3k relay race “Dunne Funne Run” and the “Dunne Dance Film Festival” — as well as hosting what Seidner said was the largest retreat on campus in 10 years, Dunne Hall vice presidents juniors Brendan Watts and Wynn Root said Dunne had a goal of establishing itself on the campus map. “I think it was really important for us being a new dorm that we cement ourselves on the campus and I thought this was a great way to do it,” Root said. “We had a lot of signature events that won us the award so I’m really happy about it.”Walsh Hall president senior Katie Santanello and vice president junior Erin Embrey said winning Women’s Hall of the Year wasn’t as much of a priority for Walsh going into the year. “It’s all about making sure that everyone feels included and making sure everyone really feels that they’re involved and I think that that’s goal of Hall President’s Council programming is that we get everyone involved,” Embrey said.As a dorm that moved into a newly-renovated building this year, Santanello said Walsh focused on inclusion as well as improving mental, physical and emotional well-being.“Another one of our goals was re-establishing those old traditions from the old building and then making some new ones because it’s not exactly the same,” Embrey said. “I think we had a unique opportunity to get the sophomores and freshmen who never really lived in the building involved but I think that was just part of our overall thoughts.”As a whole, Lyon said HPC was impressed by all dorms this year but the three dorms that won were especially creative with their events.“These three dorms really listened to what their residents wanted, thought outside the box [and] were consistent throughout the year,” she said. “There were no times of not a lot of events or not really developed events, they were just in total really consistent throughout the whole year in making sure their community is strong and that people weren’t feeling left out of it.”Tags: Dillon Hall, dunne hall, Hall of the year, Men’s Hall of the Year, Walsh Hall, Women’s Hall of the Year The Hall Presidents Council (HPC) designated Dillon Hall the winner of HPC’s overall “Hall of the Year” award Tuesday during the Notre Dame Student Leadership Awards Banquet at Legends. Dunne Hall and Walsh Hall took home the Men’s and Women’s “Hall of the Year” awards, respectively.Co-chairs of HPC seniors Brandon Ryan and Alyssa Lyon emphasized the strong cooperation between dorms that differentiated the competition this year.“Halls are better when they all try to cooperate and do things together,” Ryan said. “We really think it’s not so much about the competition but more about how halls treated each other this year through their dorm presidents — it was a much better year than it has been in the past of inter-dorm cooperation.”last_img read more

Juniors Help Drive Women’s Basketball Team

first_imgJuniors Caitlin Ingle and Lizzy Wendell of the Drake University women’s basketball team each made immediate impacts early in their collegiate careers. Ingle, a classic pass-first point guard, and Wendell, a high-scoring forward, have helped each other climb the program statistical rankings as well as help the Bulldogs win many games. The pair were the first signees for fourth-year Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk and it didn’t take long for the two to form a bond on-and-off the court. Ingle, a local product from Runnells, Iowa, and Wendell from Blue Springs, Mo., had a chance to sit down for an interview as Missouri Valley Conference play was starting in early January. You two came in together in coach Baranczyk’s first recruiting class what made you decide to join her program and be student-athletes at Drake University? Ingle: “What really sold me was meeting Jennie, seeing her passion for the game and for coaching. I saw the up-tempo style of play she likes to run and I knew it was a good fit all around. I think Drake has great people and it was just a great feeling for me when I visited.” Wendell: “I agree with Caitlin on meeting Jennie, hearing her vision for us and the program and what she wanted to accomplish and the style of play she likes. Also her passion and her as a person was really easy to connect to. I had a great feeling when I visited Drake and knew it felt right.” What is it like playing together and being such great friends off the court? Ingle: “Playing together for three years, now we know when we are both feeling pretty good and playing well and have that confidence that the team is going to follow. After playing together for three years I have that feel and complete trust in her when I get her the basketball.” Wendell: “I also have complete trust in her. We are at that point where we can just give each other a look on the court and where we are going to go off that or what is going to happen next. We’ve built that over the last three years and it’s really fun playing together and living together.” Now that MVC play has started what does the team need to do to meet its goals of winning games and the MVC? Ingle: “We came out really confident at the beginning of the season, including our freshmen who we rely on. The South Dakota overtime loss was the first experience losing in college for them and I think we took a step back and lost that confidence. We had to get our confidence back and get our feet back under us and I think we have done that. We are at that point in our culture where we expect to win every game and contend for the conference title and those are our goals. We have to bring that confident mindset everyday now in conference play.” Wendell: “We came out carefree and confident playing our style. Like Caitlin said we had an issue with the confidence, but we have gotten back to ourselves and playing the selfless style of play we want of making the extra passes and setting each other up. I think that is really going to help us now in conference. We have to protect our home court and make it a really hard place to play at. Road trips are tough too and we have to bring that confident mindset every single game.” What is your favorite memory so far at Drake? Ingle: “My best memories are playing at home at the Knapp Center in big games and getting wins. Making big shots and plays. Having great crowds. There is nothing like that feeling and having everyone involved and excited.” Wendell: “Home games, big wins where we hit big shots at the end. Having huge crowds at the Knapp Center like the Iowa State game this year where we they gave us great energy in a close game at the end. I love the big crowds and the energy our fans bring us.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more