First four fall pep rallies planned

first_imgStudent 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.”last_img read more

Trail Mix: The Infamous Stringdusters Interview

first_imgOn April 1, The Infamous Stringdusters released their latest record, Let It Go.  It seems almost dichotomous for the band to have given to the world their music – something they take very, very seriously – on a day most often reserved for tomfoolery, hijinks, and devilry.Make no mistake, however — the band isn’t joking around when it comes to the new record, a collection of some their most dynamic, cohesive songwriting to date.  Nor are they foolin’ around when it comes to the tour celebrating the record’s release.  The ‘Dusters just wrapped up the eastern leg of the tour and, after a few days off, will head west to kick off the second leg this weekend.Trail Mix caught up with bass player Travis Book, long time friend of the magazine, to chat about the new record, going home, working with Conservation Alliance, and coffins.  Yes, coffins.BRO – The new record just dropped.  Stoked?TB – Unbelievably.  This record has been a long time coming for us.  It’s a highly distilled project with no filler.  I dig every song and they’re all super fun and challenging to play.  We challenged ourselves to write better and more unique music than ever before and we definitely rose to the occasion.BRO – Describe the partnership between the band and Conservation Alliance on this tour.TB – The Conservation Alliance is a very forward thinking conservation group, led and funded by the premier companies in the outdoor industry.  Our audience is incredibly receptive to outdoor interests and our music appeals to outdoor enthusiasts, so it is a mutually beneficial relationship; we raise awareness for the cause, they help get more people in the door to hear the music and share the experience.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner than the Conservation Alliance.BRO – Two nights in Denver this weekend.  You are a Colorado boy.  How does it feel when you get to come home?TB – Heartbreaking, actually!  I love living in Virginia, especially when I am in Virginia, but there’s something about high elevation and thin air that will always stir the deepest parts of my being and it can be hard to leave my native state.  That said, I am extremely excited for this weekend’s shows and the rest of the western swing of the Let It Go tour.BRO – You guys have covered some contemporary tunes from Lorde and Avicci recently.  How do you go about picking the tunes you want to cover?TB – It happens organically.  I wanted to do “Royals” at New Years because it was such a huge tune in 2013 and I was addicted to it at the time.  Sometimes, these pop tunes just get in the ear and you can’t get them out.  Generally speaking, I think that’s an open invitation for us to make the songs our own.  We’ll also cover a tune if it’s timely, like covering The Band when Levon passed or The Faces on Rod Stewart’s birthday.  I love doing other people’s music and I love seeing other bands cover song I love, so I’m always looking for a good reason to bust out something unique and unexpected.BRO – Finish this statement:  “The best thing about our tour bus is . . . . . ”TB – Coffin time.  We refer to our bunks as our coffins because you can pull the curtain in that little box and sleep like you’re dead.  When I am home, I am on Ruby duty and she runs me ragged, but I hop on the bus and dive into my tomb and sleep like it’s my job.  The second best thing about the bus is waking up in the city we perform in that night.  That gives us time to explore town, run, ride, eat, and generally experience a community, for which there’s little time when you’re in the van all day.BRO – Can you share any Festy secrets?  It’s right around the corner, you know.TB – I cannot divulge anything related to the lineup at this time, but it’s no secrte that we put an immense amount of work into dialing in a great lineup, grooming a beautiful campground, curating great local food and bear, and creating as many opportunities as possible for a well-rounded weekend experience.  The Festy is our main event and we plan to bring the heat to our multiple shows this year.  Tickets are on sale now for $99.  If you need to see the lineup, we release it on June 1st in conjunction with a $25 price hike.  So, if you trust us, you can just save that $25 now and put it towards beers at the festival.After a wildly successful run of shows along the East Coast, Travis and his mates in The Infamous Stringdusters head west this weekend for two shows at The Ogden Theater in Denver.  The western leg of the Let It Go Tour continues on with shows in Utah, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada.Fans of the band in Central Virginia can also catch the ‘Dusters at Rooster Walk, proud sponsors of this month’s Trail Mix.For more information on the band, how to get your hands on a copy of Let It Go, or tickets to an upcoming show, surf over to by Tom DalyPhoto by Tom Dalylast_img read more