This summer marked the end of an era at Notre Dame as one of the University’s oldest buildings, Corby Hall, was demolished to make way for a new Corby Hall in its place. The construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020.The original Corby Hall was built around 1895 as a student residence hall and was converted in the 1930s to house the priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross — its current-day function. Construction is being funded by Notre Dame alumni Jay and Mary Flaherty’s (’79) $50 million gift to the University, $20 million of which is being allocated towards the new building, the South Bend Tribune reported in May. Thomas Murphy | The Observer An artist’s rendering shows a new, modern Corby Hall, scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. The old Corby Hall was demolished this summer to replace one of the University’s oldest buildings.Religious superior of Corby Hall and Notre Dame art professor Fr. Austin Collins said Corby housed 28 Holy Cross priests and brothers prior to its demolition and served as the center of the Congregation’s on-campus community.“[For] the Holy Cross brothers and priests at Notre Dame, [Corby was] the place where they came to pray and to eat and to relax, to chill out,” he said. “It was their home.”The residence is named after Fr. William Corby, the third and sixth president of Notre Dame and chaplain to the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.A statue of Fr. Corby has traditionally stood outside of Corby Hall. Known by students as “Fair Catch Corby,” the statue is a replica of another statue that stands in the Gettysburg battlefield, Collins said.“The students actually started to raise the money for the Corby statue to have a duplicate of the one at Gettysburg, and the young development department at that time took that project over and finished the fundraising so that we could have the statue,” Collins said. “We moved [the statue] just across the street. We didn’t want to put it in storage, we wanted Corby to be out there so all can see him.”Corby Hall was home to several famed figures in Notre Dame‘s history including former Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne and University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who lived in the building for 58 years, Collins said.Despite the building’s long history and tradition, Collins said the Congregation ultimately decided the building was in such poor condition that there was no choice but to tear it down and rebuild.“We spent some serious time — six months — meeting with architects [and] with community members to see if we could renovate the old building and put an addition on,” he said. “It ended up being in bad stewardship … because of the shape the building was in.”The need to renovate Corby was never in question, Collins said, due to the structure’s outdated technology and lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a 1990 law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Still, the residents of Corby Hall found it difficult to watch their long-time home be torn down.“There’s close to 70 priests who associate themselves with Corby Hall at the University of Notre Dame … and there’s everything from 95 to 25 [year olds who live there] … so there’s a lot of people,” he said. ”It’s a cross-generational community. It was difficult to see [Corby] come down [and] to move out of it … but I think everyone was very responsible in knowing that it was in bad shape. It was needed a lot. In some areas [the building] was pretty primitive.”Collins said the original structure’s poor condition was made especially obvious as workers began digging out the foundation.“We discovered the building was in much worse shape than we realized once we started getting into the issues of renovation,” he said. “I think what really shocked me was the foundation was really rubble. The brothers and the workers that were hired just brought stones from the field, rubble and concreted it together. The foundation was 4-feet wide all around that building.”One of old Corby’s most beloved features was the building’s mar brick exterior, a low-fired brick made from clay found at the bottom of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Lakes, Collins said. Several buildings in Corby’s vicinity also use the distinct yellow brick, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Administration Building and Sorin College.Salvaging and reusing this famous brick was an important consideration in the Corby reconstruction project, Collins said.“[The mar brick is] going to be used for [renovating] older buildings at Notre Dame, and it’s also going to [be given to] donors and friends of the University that have wanted the brick,” he said. “Some of the residents who have lived there a long time asked for brick too. A lot of brick was saved, but the brick was in bad shape; that’s one of the reasons why the building has been torn down.”The new Corby structure will not have an original mar brick exterior, Collins said. Instead, a modern brick will be used.“The new brick … is very similar in look but is much stronger, higher fired, and is used in the new architecture building,” Collins said. “We took it and put it next to Sorin and put it next to the Basilica and you can’t tell the difference. It’s much better and will last longer.”Mike Daly, senior director of project management for Notre Dame’s facilities design and operations, said the new brick’s close resemblance to the mar brick is one of many efforts to help the new Corby blend in with Notre Dame’s historic quarter of campus.“While the building will be new, our goal is that it will feel as if it has always been there for generations,” Daly said in an email. “The massing of the new Corby Hall will have a similar look and feel to the old Corby Hall. The exterior materials will also have a similar appearance from the color of the brick to the use of slate on the roof. New Corby will also have a new front porch that will also extend to the second floor.”As with any construction on the Notre Dame campus, the Corby reconstruction has generated many reactions from the alumni community, Collins said.“We’re trying to be very transparent,” Collins said. “Everyone cares about what goes at Notre Dame — the landscape, the structures that go up — so everyone should care about this. [Corby] is in the old French quarter of campus, so it has to fit in. People should be concerned and I’m glad they’re concerned.”Daly said the new Corby Hall is an opportunity to contribute to the beauty of Notre Dame’s campus and the welfare of the Congregation for years to come.“It is very exciting for us to be involved in a project that is in this historic and sacred core of campus and will have such a profound and positive impact for the Congregation,” Daly said. “We are most excited for the opportunity to create a new home for the Congregation that will serve their needs for the next 100 plus years.”Tags: Campus Construction, construction update, Corby Hall, Fr. Corby
Justice Harding calls it a career April 15, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News Justice Harding calls it a career Amy K. Brown Assistant EditorKnown for his snappy bow ties, ready smile, and strong religious convictions, Justice Major Best Harding and his slow, Southern drawl will not be heard around the Supreme Court come fall.After 11 years on the high court and 34 total years on the bench, Justice Harding is calling it quits.In late March, Harding announced he would retire from his position on the court as of August 31 — even though his term doesn’t end until 2005.“I look back and consider myself truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve in this way,” Harding said.“When I think of Major Harding, I think of his wit, his wisdom, his intellect, and his courage,” said Bar President Terry Russell. “And I think that all of those qualities, though shared by many other members of the court, will be severely missed.”Harding’s retirement plans include spending time with his wife of 43 years, Jane, his three children, Major, Jr., 42, David, 40, and Alice, 36, and his eight — soon to be nine — grandchildren.But he doesn’t have much else in mind, he said.“That’s part of the plan — to have nothing planned for a while,” Harding joked. “I’ve got a couple of speaking engagements, but other than that I’ve intentionally not made any plans.”A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Harding received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University, where he also met his future wife. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar the year he graduated, 1959, and he became a Florida Bar member one year later.The Harding family then picked up and moved to Ft. Gordon, Georgia, where Harding spent part of his Army tour as assistant staff judge advocate from 1960-62, before finally settling in Jacksonville.After two years as assistant county solicitor in Duval County (1962-63), Harding went into private practice.Harding’s initial ascent to the bench has been told and retold: In 1968, he drove to Jacksonville’s airport to meet then-Gov. Claude Kirk, who suggested the gubernatorial entourage ride into town in Harding’s car.“I was a young father on a budget,” Harding said. “And my car was a Volkswagen beetle that could barely fit two adults comfortably.”The solution? Harding and Kirk chatted comfortably in a Florida Highway Patrol car, while a staff member followed in the famed beetle.Not only a memorable meeting, but a productive one, as well. Kirk appointed Harding to the juvenile bench mere days later. 1976, Harding was elected chief judge of the circuit and soon became the first dean of the Judicial College. In 1991, he was appointed by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles to the Supreme Court.During his tenure on the court, Harding and his fellow justices dealt with such high-profile issues as the election recount and the death penalty, and during Harding’s two-year stint as chief justice from 1998 to 2000, he oversaw initiatives to improve diversity, increase public access, and boost public confidence in the courts.As chief justice in 1999, he presided over a ceremonial session honoring Florida civil rights leader Virgil Hawkins, who in the 1950s was denied admission to the University of Florida law school because of discriminatory opinions issued by the state Supreme Court.“It was crucially important to me that the court formally apologize for our predecessors’ conduct in denying Virgil Hawkins what was his legal right,” Harding said. “And I was deeply honored that members of the Hawkins family came here to accept that apology in the very same courtroom where these events occurred in the 1950s.”Though issues like the election or the Virgil Hawkins ceremony are more newsworthy than many of the court’s typical cases, Harding stressed that he has “always tried to think that each case is very important to the people who are involved.”While it’s easier at the Supreme Court level to detach oneself from the emotional aspects of a case, Harding said there have been cases over the years — especially cases involving children and families — that have tugged at his heart strings.“You can’t get involved in these issues without having some degree of emotion,” he said. “In my 23 years on the trial bench, I can recall any number of cases in which my heart went out to the people, primarily because the resolution of their legal issues was not going to resolve the emotional issues for them.”Harding said he considered his position as “an opportunity to be of service and sometimes maybe a voice of reason in a sea of anxiety.”While he may not miss those emotionally challenging cases, Harding said he will miss the people he’s worked with.“I have had an extraordinary opportunity over the 34 years to work with some neat people,” he said. “And, of course, I’ll miss the day-to-day contact with those folks.”Leaving his life’s work behind may be difficult, but finding a replacement for Harding will be even more difficult.“I, in particular, have always appreciated the balance he brings to the court,” President Russell said. “I’m confident the governor will appoint someone to replace him who will bring that same balance to the court.”Gov. Bush will appoint Harding’s replacement from a list submitted by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The next justice to leave the bench will likely be Justice Leander Shaw, who must retire in early 2003 because of his age. At 71, he has already passed the mandatory retirement age of 70, but can remain on the bench because the retirement age fell in the second half of his six-year term.
Scoop Jardine’s numbers jump off the stat sheet in Syracuse’s 65-59 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday. Twenty-three points. But further down the line, another number is more telling for SU head coach Jim Boeheim of the state of his team — 21 shots. ‘Offensively we have to do better,’ Boeheim said. ‘The only guy that is getting a lot of shots is Scoop, and he has to find people. He probably has to take six or seven fewer shots and give it to people.’ The 23 points, some of which came at clutch moments, marked somewhat of a rebound game for Jardine off his scoreless performance against Cornell that came on 0-for-5 shooting from the floor. But the 21 shots were the other side, somewhat of a continuation of the Cornell game and his performance overall in the four games after his career night against Detroit. In those four games, he shot 9-of-42 (21.4 percent) from the floor. Hitting 7-of-21 from the field Saturday, Jardine shot just 33 percent. And that included just 25 percent (2-of-8) from beyond the 3-point line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I made some shots, and I was just being aggressive,’ Jardine said. ‘Keep trying to make plays. I think I could have settled in a little bit.’ Boeheim, however, defended the number of shots Jardine put up. To Boeheim, it’s just the reality of where his team stands right now. Kris Joseph was 3-of-12 from the floor. Brandon Triche shot the same percentage, going 2-of-8. Overall, Boeheim’s team lacks shooters. That, he said, puts more pressure on Jardine. ‘Scoop is taking a couple because he sees we’re not scoring,’ Boeheim said. ‘He is probably trying to force that action a little bit.’ Like most of the Orange on Saturday, Jardine came out of the gate on fire. He found his big men down low — Rick Jackson and Fab Melo — for easy layups and dunks in the first three-plus minutes. He followed that up later with two 3-pointers to give SU a 19-11 lead. But soon after, the struggles started. Even after his buzzer-beater at the end of the first half to give the Orange a 38-34 lead going into the locker room, he ran over to Boeheim, almost trying to excuse himself from taking a fadeaway jumper. And as Syracuse mounted its comeback down 53-49, Jardine hit two clutch free throws and drove in for a score. He also assisted a Jackson shot that gave SU the lead for good. But even for Jardine, that didn’t complete his performance Saturday. ‘Some of them,’ he said, when asked if he liked most of the shots he put up. ‘Some of them. A lot of them, I think going into the defense, I could have kicked to shooters. I’m going to do that next time.’ Wait… In Jim Boeheim’s words, two consecutive Scott Wood 3-pointers in the first half, which started the N.C. State comeback, came because Dion Waiters didn’t shift over in the zone. ‘Dion can make plays, he just can’t play defense,’ Boeheim said. ‘He left a guy open twice in a row. We had a 12-point lead to make a change and he did not get to the guy twice, and that can’t happen.’ After Wood made the second of those two 3-pointers to, in essence, cut SU’s lead in half, Boeheim was irate on Syracuse’s sideline and called a timeout. His eyes were on Waiters as the freshman guard strolled to the sidelines. But from Waiters’ mouth, Wood wasn’t his responsibility. ‘I didn’t leave him open,’ Waiters said. ‘That wasn’t my position. I take the transition guy.’ Whatever the case, Waiters and the rest of the SU defense shut down Wood after those two 3-pointers. Wood started 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He finished the game 2-of-9. ‘We had to cheat out on him,’ Waiters said. ‘Spread the zone a little bit. We were able to get our big, key stops down the stretch. And we got the ‘W.” [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 3, 2015 at 1:10 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Hendrik Hilpert’s pass found the feet of Boston College forward Simon Enstrom, who blasted a goal into the waiting empty net.The goal put Syracuse down, 2-0, after having secured its spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament just a week prior against North Carolina State. The loss on Oct. 30 is the last one the Orange has suffered, right before it began an historic streak of wins.“We won the N.C. State game, knew we were safe in the tournament, we only needed a tie there, which is a bad thing; you should never play for a tie,” midfielder Julian Buescher said. “You say you don’t, but you keep it in the back of your mind.”That mentality led to what Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre called a “poor, poor” first half. Buescher said Boston College caught SU early as a result. The Orange has won five games since then and tied another before winning in penalty kicks.McIntyre said Syracuse acquitted itself in the second half of its last game against the Eagles. On Saturday, No. 6 seed SU (15-5-3, 3-4-1 ACC) will get its chance to make up for its 2-1 loss and poor outing against unseeded Boston College (11-7-2, 4-4) on Saturday at SU Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It felt like it was just a case of getting that game over with,” midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “… We weren’t up for it … If we showed up for that game with a good mentality, we could have played like we did in the second half of that game and we probably would have won.”The SU head coach said his team deserved to be down and it could have been worse than just 2-0 in the first half in the teams’ last meeting. BC outshot SU, 7-1, in the first half, the lowest total since the Orange played Louisville on Sept. 11.For the most part, the Orange has managed to bury its loss to the Eagles. Since Oct. 30, SU has beaten then-No. 5 North Carolina, then-No. 2 Clemson, then-No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 11 seed Seattle. It won its first conference tournament in 30 years and the Orange moved to the farthest it ever has in the NCAA tournament with its game in the Elite Eight.Hilpert looked down at his feet and out of the Ensley Athletic Center as he racked his brain for a BC forward that gave the defense trouble the last time the two teams met. He couldn’t think of a single one.“I think they are good as a team,” Hilpert said. “I think we are better as a team … they should worry about us, indeed.”Syracuse hasn’t changed anything it’s been doing strategically to shut down Enstrom or forward Trevor Davock, who scored against SU the last time the two teams played. To Hilpert, the team’s focus has fallen solely on itself and how it can improve.In the last month, Hilpert praised the back line’s ability to trust each other more and is confident a mistake like he made against Boston College will not happen again. Alseth said he thinks the back line has gained its confidence back having allowed just three goals in six games. Buescher said he thinks the team has cleared up the play-for-a-tie mentality that burned SU in its first matchup with a Final Four matchup on the line.But until Saturday, all the talk will be put on the field and SU will find out whether it’s worked out the kinks that ended its regular season with a loss.“We got it against Clemson, we got it against UNC,” Buescher said of getting revenge against teams that have beaten SU, “and somehow the Soccer Gods like us and he says, ‘Oh you get another one and you get to play Boston College.’” Comments
Andy Murray has told Maria Sharapova she must accept any ban that is handed out by the International Tennis Federation after the former world No 1 admitted on Monday she had failed a drugs test.“It’s not up to me to decide the punishment, but if you’re taking performance-enhancing drugs and you fail a drugs test, you have to get suspended,” Murray said yesterday in Indian Wells, where he is playing in the BNP Paribas Masters.Sharapova failed a test in January for Meldonium, a drug used to help heart conditions, which went on the proscribed list at the start of the year.Murray said it was ethically wrong to take a drug just for performance. “I think taking a prescription drug that you don’t necessarily need, but just because it’s legal, that’s wrong, clearly. That’s wrong. If you’re taking a prescription drug and you’re not using it for what that drug was meant for, then you don’t need it, so you’re just using it for the performance-enhancing benefits that drug is giving you. And I don’t think that that’s right.”Murray cast doubt on the validity of Sharapova’s statement that she took Meldonium for a series of health reasons. “I read that 55 athletes have failed tests for that substance since 1 January,” he said. “You just don’t expect high-level athletes at the top of many sports to have heart conditions.”Murray also said he was disappointed with a statement by tennis equipment firm Head that it is to stand by Sharapova and even extend her contract. “I think it’s a strange stance, given everything that’s happened the last few days,” he said. “I don’t really know what else to say on that, but that’s not something I believe. At this stage it’s important really to get hold of the facts and let things play out, like more information coming out before making a decision to extend the contract like that, in my view. I wouldn’t have responded like that.” The Scott thought it was good that it was “out in the open” but said Sharapova should have known what she was taking. “Some people put a lot of trust in the team around them so it’s hard to say what’s the right thing for everyone, but it’s almost kind of part of her job to know everything that’s going into her body and not just rely on what a doctor is saying or a physio is saying,” he said. “You check yourself to make sure, double-check to make sure, that anything that’s going into your body is safe.“I think all sports can do more,” he said. “It’s better than it was a few years ago, last year I got tested a lot but this year I’ve been tested twice so far this year, three months into the year, which is clearly not enough.”—