Game day hasn’t even arrived and Notre Dame has already claimed victory over Wake Forest. No, not in football, but in the Energy Bowl: an energy reduction competition between the two schools. This two week competition started on November 1st and ended two weeks later on the 14th. Notre Dame finished the competition with a 9.6% reduction and Wake Forest reduced their consumption by 8.1%. In addition to the Energy Bowl being a competition between the two universities, it also pit the Notre Dame dorms against each other. In this intra-campus competition, Welsh Family Hall emerged victorious with an impressive 24.3% reduction. Ryan and Knott halls came in second and third place with 21.2% and 17.7% reductions, respectively. For more information on the Energy Bowl and the Office of Sustainability, click here.
The final pep rally of the regular season will be this Friday at 5 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Come out and cheer on the Irish and honor the 2012 seniors before their final home game of the year. On Saturday, the team looks to go a perfect 6-0 at home for the first time since 1998. As always, the pep rally is free and open to the public.
The University of Notre Dame Athletics Department will observe a military recognition weekend in conjunction with the Notre Dame-Wake Forest football game Nov. 17 at Notre Dame Stadium. The Notre Dame-Wake Forest game was selected because its date is the closest to Veterans Day of the six Irish home games in 2012. Various military branches will be represented by their Notre Dame ROTC programs as part of the pre-game flag presentation. Then, all military veterans will be invited to stand and be recognized at the second timeout in the first period of the football game at Notre Dame Stadium. In addition, part of the Notre Dame band halftime performance will feature patriotic-themed music. Over the course of the weekend, the athletics department will play host to 10 Wounded Warrior veterans who will attend various combinations of the Friday luncheon and pep rally and the football game on Saturday. Dot Sheehan, senior associate athletics director at the University of New Hampshire and founder of Operation Hat Trick, will speak at the Nov. 16 Notre Dame Kickoff Luncheon at the Joyce Center. Operation Hat Trick involves dozens of colleges and universities around the country selling hats to help support the recovery of wounded soldiers and veterans through the VA General Post Fund. The national program features three designs and each school can elect to sell one, two or all three styles produced by collegiate headwear manufacturer ’47 Brand. The three styles—adjustable camouflage and team color versions as well as a stretch fit style in team color—feature the Operation Hat Trick logo as well as the logo of the school. Ten percent of all sales go to the VA General Post Fund, which provides money to patients and their caregivers for recovery, comfort kits, travel for family members, etc. All VA medical centers nationwide—152—receive assistance from the fund. An additional 10 percent goes to each participating school. Notre Dame Operation Hat Trick hats will sold next weekend at the Friday’s Football Kickoff Luncheon, at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and at the Varsity Shops at Purcell Pavilion.
Country music due, Montgomery Gentry will be in town on the eve of the Wake Forest game as they headline the Ice Country Music Fest at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday, November 16. Edens Edge and Florida Georgia Line will also take the stage. Get your Ice Country Music Fest tickets at und.com/tickets or by calling (574) 631-7356. Tickets start at $39.50. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Times for several signature football weekend events have changed. Please take note. Pep Rally – Friday night’s pep rally has moved from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m., with gates opening at 4:45 p.m., at Purcell Pavilion. As always the pep rally is free and open to the public. Tunnel Tour – Due to the earlier pep rally, the tunnel tour on Friday will close at 4:30 p.m. It will open at it’s normally time of 10 a.m. Band Step Off – The marching band will step off 10 minutes earlier on Friday at 4:20 p.m. Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game – The men’s basketball game vs. Cardinal Stritch slated for 9 p.m. has been moved up to 8 p.m. Player Walk – Saturday’s player walk will start at 1:15 p.m., from the Gug rather than 1:30 p.m. Glee Club Pregame Concert – Due to the player walk starting earlier, the glee club concert will be from 12:30-1 p.m. on Library Quad.
Following a successful trip to the 2012 London Olympics, twelve Olympians that represented their country and Notre Dame will be honored during this weekend’s festivities. The Olympians brought back five medals from the Games, including Shannon Boxx with a gold in women’s soccer. On Friday, the Olympians will be honored during the pep rally that will be held in Purcell Pavilion at 5 p.m. Saturday morning, the Olympians will be available to meet and sign autographs at the the Notre Dame Fan Experience presented by Ford in the north dome of the Joyce Center from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Commemorative Notre Dame Olympians posters will be handed out during the autograph session. During Saturday’s game, the group will participate in the flag ceremony with Boxx as the official flag bearer. Returning Olympians: Natalie Achonwa – Canada, Basketball Shannon Boxx (gold medal) – USA, Soccer Candace Chapman (bronze medal) – Canada, Soccer Courtney Hurley (bronze medal, team epee) – USA, Fencing (Individual & Team Epee) Kelley Hurley (bronze medal) – USA, Fencing (Team Epee) Lee Kiefer – USA, Fencing (Individual & Team Foil) Gerek Meinhardt – USA, Fencing (Team Foil) Selim Nurudeen – Nigeria, 110-Meter High Hurdles Amanda Polk – USA, Rowing – Alternate Mary Saxer - USA, Pole Vault – Alternate Melissa Tancredi (bronze medal) – Canada , Soccer Mariel Zagunis – USA, Fencing (Individual Sabre) Not able to return: Molly Huddle – USA, 5,000 Meters
For fans heading to Norman to see the Fighting Irish take on the Sooners this weekend there are several events to take part in. The Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City is hosting a pep rally, gameday Mass and tailgate. The pep rally will be on Friday at the great lawn of the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. (CT) and is free and open to the public. On Saturday, Mass will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Norman at 12 p.m. (CT) and is free and open to the public. Following mass, the tailgate will kickoff four hours prior to the game at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $40 per person. Click here for complete information including how to register for the tailgate.
If you are in town this Friday seeing the undefeated and fifth-ranked Fighting Irish at the pep rally is a must. This week’s pep rally will be held in the Purcell Pavilion on Friday at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. The Notre Dame Marching Band, Leprechaun and cheerleaders will also be there to help cheer on the Irish.
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, the Notre Dame football team will be wearing pink adidas apparel during Saturday’s game against Stanford. Coach Kelly is also getting involved, his wife, Paqui, is a two-time cancer survivor and the couple founded the organization Kelly Cares, to fight back. The organization will be selling 15,000 Brian Kelly face masks for the game to raise money for the foundation. The masks will be available to purchase for $5. They’ll be sold at the football Friday luncheon on campus, the Eddy Street concert Friday night, O’Rourke’s Public House. Students will also sell the masks on campus before Saturday’s game. The undefeated and seventh ranked Irish host #17 Stanford at 3:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Stadium.
This weekend, forty members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi will be on campus. They will perform with the Notre Dame Marching Band during the Drummer’s Circle on Friday at Midnight, at the Marching Band Concert at Bond Mall on Saturday at 2 p.m., and culminate with a dual performance during halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Stanford game. All fans are encouraged to attend these events. The group, created by Flávio Pimenta in 1996, consists of adolescents from the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and provides an educational alternative to the drugs and juvenile delinquency prevalent in their city. The Meninos do Morumbi band has performed over 500 concerts in Brazil and in Europe, including a performance for the President of the United States. The Morumbi students have become increasingly popular by playing, dancing, and singing in diverse styles such as samba, maracatu, funk, and aguere among others. This is the second collaboration between Meninos Do Morumbi and the University of Notre Dame Band. In May 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame Concert Band performed with the group in São Paulo as part of their 5-city concert tour of Brazil.
This week’s pep rally will be held in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, and will feature head coach Brian Kelly and the undefeated Fighting Irish along with the Notre Dame Marching Band, the Leprechaun and cheerleaders. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with seating available on a first come, first serve basis. As always, the pep rally is free and open to the public. For fans not able to make the pep rally, it will be streamed live on und.com.
Shortly after Notre Dame’s, 41-3, victory over Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago, College GameDay announced that the next stop on their road trip would be South Bend to cover the #7 Notre Dame vs. #17 Stanford game. Stanford also won on Saturday – 54-48 in overtime over Arizona. This is the first time GameDay has been to campus since 2005 for the Notre Dame vs. USC on October 15, 2005 and eighth time overall. College GameDay will air live at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi.