TIP OF THE WEEK: Parking!

parking-lot-full-of-durangosAs you all know, parking at the Center is not the best thing, and guess what, in the near future it will get even worse! In the fall the school is breaking ground on a new Architecture building (what’s with all this learning going on around here?). The building will be near where the parking lot across from the east side of the building is (across Eddy St.). The University’s building plans will happen no matter what, but we need them to hear about how important it is for our patrons to be able to park near the Center.

Our staff will be giving our feedback to the parking committee. The committee welcomes feedback to help form and recommend constructive and implementable solutions to parking on campus. Please feel free to join in on the conversation too and make your voice heard as an usher (and patron) for the Center. If you’d like, you can email them your concerns or offer any helpful suggestions and hopefully we can get some positive results.

The email to send feedback to is parkingfeedback@nd.edu

Thanks for your help!

TIP OF THE WEEK: DeBartolo Re-keying

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Just wanted to let everyone know that this week was the start of re-keying the entire building. Most of the locks are done but there may be some doors that could give difficulty. Please bear with us throughout this changeover as you may have to wait a little longer for a door to open.  Most of you don’t have to handle keys, but if you do please don’t lose them, or they’ll have to go through this whole process again! Thanks!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: The Poem Liam Neeson Read in the Leighton

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Easter 1916

by William Butler Yeats

I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

That woman’s days were spent
In ignorant good will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our winged horse.
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vain-glorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter, seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road,
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute change.
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim;
And a horse plashes within it
Where long-legged moor-hens dive
And hens to moor-cocks call.
Minute by minute they live:
The stone’s in the midst of all.

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is heaven’s part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death.
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead.
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse —
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

 

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Hollywood Comes To DeBartolo!

Last night we hosted the American premiere of the documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion and a little bit of Hollywood came to our building! The film, which was produced by the University’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, brought to the Center the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States: Anne Anderson, the film’s production team, which includes its writer: Notre Dame Professor of Irish Studies Briona NicDhiarmada, its executive producer: Keough-Naughton director Christopher Fox and its narrator: world-renowned film star Liam Neeson.

Yes, the one and only Liam Neeson was in our building! He walked the red carpet and hammed it up for the “paparazzi”.

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Our red carpet was no doubt a little different from the ones he’s used to walking. Our red carpet comes with a light snowstorm! Student Usher Kevin, who was lucky enough to be on Snow Removal duty, swept snow off the carpet several times, getting it ready for our guests. He even made the front page of today’s South Bend Tribute for his efforts!

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A few fortunate ushers held the front doors for Mr. Neeson and he entertained guests as soon as he entered by pretending to smash his face into the pole between the two front doors. I’m glad he was just pretending or our evening might have ended a little abruptly!

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He then went to the Founder’s Room and mingled with some of the Notre Dame dignitaries that were in attendance. I was told that many people at the event have buildings named after them!

At the start of the program President Jenkins shared a few words, followed by remarks from Ambassador Anderson, Professor Fox, Professor NicDhiarmada, and finally Mr. Neeson. He ended his speech with a beautiful reading of the poem “Easter, 1916” by William Butler Yeats, which led right into the start of the film.

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Following the screening was a wonderful reception catered by the Matterhorn with design by MichaelAngelos (who also set up the red carpet for us). Mr. Neeson spent time in the Founder’s Room with more dignitaries (like Ted!)

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and then much to everyone’s surprise he went down to the reception and posed for pictures and signed autographs for many students and other guests. He stayed for a while before he was whisked off back to Hollywood…or whatever magical place he may actually live.

A very special thanks to all of the ushers who helped make this event a success. We received high praise from our clients for the event and a great amount of that praise is due to your hard work. So thank you very, very much from all of us!

For more info:

South Bend Tribune’s coverage:

http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/irish-film-sees-gala-debut-at-notre-dame-with-actor/article_37fd43c1-cd78-5084-9d9b-03bc22e4e071.html

WNDU’s coverage:

http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Liam-Neeson-attends-premiere-of-Notre-Dames-1916-The-Irish-Rebellion-371010531.html

WSBT’s coverage:

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/hollywood-comes-to-notre-dame-for-documentary-premier/38332636

For all of those interested in seeing the documentary, it will be screening again on campus in the Leighton on Thursday March 31st. Also a longer, three-part version of the documentary will be airing on PBS (WNIT) on April 7th (Part 1), April 14th (Part 2) and April 21st (Part 3) all at 9:00 PM and encores on April 10th April 17th and April 24th all at 5:30 PM.