Student body president Catherine Soler said student government is working with the University to make football pep rallies “shorter but more exciting” due to some student dissatisfaction with last year’s rallies.Student body vice president Andrew Bell said student government worked with Game Day Operations, the Athletic Department, football team representatives and Hall Presidents’ Council co-chairs Alexa Doyle and Mike Oliver.“Our discussion focused on the fact that while all alumni, prospective students and members of the Notre Dame community are welcome to the pep rallies, the students and the football team should be the heart of every rally,” Bell said.Soler added: “We hope everyone is excited for pep rally season. It’s a collaborative process, so while the students and the players are the focus, everyone can have a good time.”Soler said first-year Irish football coach Brian Kelly told her he is also excited about improving the pep rallies. She said Kelly want students more involved in creating successful pep rallies.“We hope that students will see that the pep rally format is different,” Bell said. “Some people were disappointed with pep rallies last year but we hope that they will come to the rallies next year and feel engaged and want to be involved.”“The biggest changes Soler and Bell are introducing are new venues and new traditions to enhance the energy and overall experience of pep rallies.“This is the first time that Notre Dame is actively seeking guest speakers for pep rallies,” Soler said. “We want big, exciting people to come and be a part of the experience.”The first pep rally will be the Dillon Hall pep rally on South Quad. “We’re very excited to be back at Dillon, upholding the longstanding tradition,” Bell said, “Last year’s reception and atmosphere were great, but there are ways that it can improve.”Bell said improvements for the Dillon pep rally would include better visibility, sound quality and a shorter length.The second pep rally will be outdoors at Irish Green for the Michigan game. Students voiced concerns about the Irish Green pep rallies after disappointment from this past year.“All of us, including the athletic department, acknowledge that it needs change, but the outdoor pep rally is conducive to a really great atmosphere, similar to the USC pep rally from last year,” Soler said.She said because of the size of the game and expected crowd attending the pep rally, organizers want to emphasize the students and players.“The pep rally will be focused around the players’ theme for the week to give the public a better glimpse at what the players are experiencing,” Soler said. “It’s time to start new traditions with the Kelly era.”One such new tradition, Bell said, will be a student body entrance onto Irish Green. “Each dorm will have its own walkover, but they will all meet somewhere like the flagpole on South Quad,” Bell said. “Then everyone will walk down to the pep rally together.”For the Stanford game, the pep rally will take place for the first time in Purcell Pavilion, reminiscent of the Joyce Center rallies from two years ago.“We all look back and love the old JACC pep rallies, but they weren’t perfect and students were upset about that,” Bell said.While the exact details of how everyone will be situated for the Purcell Pavilion rally are not yet determined, Bell said, there won’t be players sitting in the middle of an empty basketball court and students just sitting around it.Just like last year, there will be a students-only pep rally at Stepan Center for the away game at Boston College. “Next year, Coach Kelly and the entire football team will be there,” Soler said. “We’re excited to have the full support of the team at the pep rally.”Bell said the format for the Stepan rally wouldn’t change much from last year and will include a rowdy atmosphere, loud marching band and the football team.“We expect that it will be packed,” Bell said. “Stepan didn’t fill up last year, but everyone that went had a great time.”Soler and Bell have only planned the first four pep rallies to be able to take into account student feedback after each one before meeting with their group to plan the rest of the season. “We’re students too, and we went to last year’s pep rallies and see that they need to be improved,” Bell said. “We feel like we are getting the opportunity to discover the best location, length and format to figure out exactly how to get correct focus on the students and the team.”
3:53 The Day We Lost The War Zach Schmidt Back in 2007 – hard to believe it has been nearly ten years – I reviewed Made In The Shade, the first release from The Red Stick Ramblers on the legendary Sugar Hill label. What made the review so fun for me was the true telling of a story about my oldest son absolutely unable to refrain from laughing as I sang along to the Ramblers’ Cajun (and French!) inflected tunes.Sadly, the Ramblers aren’t touring or recording anymore, but from the ashes of that favorite Cajun band has risen The Revelers. Formed by founding members of both The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, two of the most popular Cajun bands of the last fifteen years, The Revelers continue the tradition of zydeco country masters of years past.“Lonely Women,” featured on this month’s Trail Mix, is swamp pop at its finest and, thankfully, sung in plain old English, so I can sing along.From time to time, Trail Mix isn’t afraid to go old school. Really old school. Featured this month are tracks from two new compilations from our good friends at Omnivore Recordings. Both Tim Buckley and Buck Owens have definitive collections of their released singles – all of Buckley’s from 1966 to 1974 and Owens’ work from 1957 to 1966 – out now. Fans of old folk and country would be wise to take notice.Returning to the mix this month is pianist Holly Bowling, one of the more interesting artists I have had the pleasure to profile in recent years. In October of last year, I got to chat with Holly about her passion for Phish and the record she had just released that featured her interpretations of the jam band’s songs on solo piano. Bowling is back this month with a similar project. This time, however, she takes on the Grateful Dead. Take a listen to “Row Jimmy” like you have never heard it before.And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this month the mix features a track from one of my favorite bluegrass bands, Balsam Range, whose tight harmonies and firery pickin’ have pushed them to the forefront of the traditional bluegrass world. Check out “Voodoo Doll,” from their most recent release, Mountain Voodoo.Also listen to new cuts from The Gift, Will Johnson, Hugh Prestwood, A Valley Son, Ian Fitzgerald, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Jordan Burchel, Quarter Horse, Josh Swenson, After Marianne, Zach Schmidt, Katie McNally Trio, and Bravo, Max.Keep your eyes on the Trail Mix blog. Chats with Matthew Olwell, Spitzer Space Telescope. and Daniel Koulack are on tap, as is a revealing (and amusing) expose on some of our favorite artists’ most cherished holiday traditions.And, of course, tis the season for musical gifts. Head out to your local record store or get online – anywhere that sells music is just fine! – and buy a couple records from the great artists featured on this month’s Trail Mix. Spread some holiday cheer through music and, in the meantime, support these great musicians who share their music via Trail Mix.Happy holidays to all! 3:57 Why They Call You Blue Jordan Burchel Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:48 Audio PlayerBuck Owens And The BuckaroosAct NaturallyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:24 4:02 Forget The Address Ian Fitzgerald 4:47 Minnesota Pines Josh Swensen 3:45 2:24 The Glenn Gould Piece Daniel Koulack Lonely Women The Revelers Eliza Quarter Horse 5:12 4:11 3:26 3:36 Corn Holler Spitzer Space Telescope 4:29 Charlie Hugh Prestwood 4:10 Lights In The Sky A Valley Son 2:57 Once I Was Tim Buckley Two Sisters Matthew Olwell 4:20 5:21 4:02 3:59 7:17 The Martlet-Father John Angus Rankin Katie McNally Trio Love Without Violins The Gift The Martlet-Father John Angus Rankin Katie McNally Trio 5:21 Act Naturally Buck Owens And The Buckaroos Row Jimmy Holly Bowling Voodoo Doll Balsam Range Why They Call You Blue Jordan Burchel Embed 3:26 Take Care After Marianne Bullfighter Blues Bravo, Max!