New rectors take charge at seven halls

first_imgThe new academic year brings with it many changes in dorm life. In addition to the opening of Dunne and Flaherty Halls, seven residence halls are welcoming new rectors this year. The seven new rectors, who will oversee and guide residential life, are Allyse Gruslin of Ryan Hall, Fr. Matthew Hovde of Zahm House, Zachary Imfeld of Morrissey Manor, Justin McDevitt of Stanford Hall, Fr. Christopher Rehagen of of O’Neill Hall, Rachelle Simon of Lewis Hall and Eric Styles of Carroll Hall.Gruslin, a native of Rhode Island and the recipient of a Master of Divinity from Notre Dame, said her desire to become a rector came from her experiences as an assistant rector (AR) in Lyons Hall last year.“I moved in Lyons, and I realized it was a wonderful experience, spending time with the women, getting to know them, just hanging out with them,” Gruslin said. “I knew there was something special about this ministry.”This desire to serve as a rector grew throughout Gruslin’s time at Lyons, she said.“It became this thing I felt like I had to try,” Gruslin said. “I knew this was something God was calling me to do.”Hovde, a Holy Cross priest who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Notre Dame, has previously served as an AR for Sorin College and has worked in Campus Ministry and at the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). He was recently ordained a Holy Cross priest in April.Imfeld said becoming a rector was a long-term goal.“Being a rector has been a dream of mine since I was a freshman [at the University of Portland],” Imfeld said. “I just saw what the rector position was and thought it’d be a really cool opportunity for me to serve a great place like Notre Dame.”Imfeld said he hopes to help foster personal growth among the residents of Morrissey Hall.“I think [being a rector] is about getting to know the guys and spend time with them and help them to grow into the men that God is calling them to be,” Imfeld said.McDevitt, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in political science from Notre Dame, worked in places from Mexico, where he served on mission trips, to Iraq, where he served as a government contractor. In his time studying at Notre Dame, McDevitt was involved heavily with chorale. In an email, he said he felt a calling to be a rector after teaching political science at the University and wants to help Stanford Hall men become role models for living a good life. “Working with the incredible students here changed my life and made me understand that my calling is to serve and love and live for students,” he said. “I think a lot of other people knew I was meant to be a rector before I did because I had such a heart for teaching, but instead of politics I’ll just be teaching life. I constantly refer to being a rector as ‘my new life’ because that’s exactly what it is for me.”Rehagen, a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame and a Holy Cross priest, most recently served as a deacon and parochial vicar at Christ the King parish in South Bend.  He said his own experience in Alumni Hall made him want to “pay it forward”, and that he looked forward to working with the men of O’Neill Hall. “I know the guys are full of good ideas and hopefully we’ll put some of those in practice,” he said. Styles has a background in both church service and the arts, graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has served as the parish liturgy coordinator at Saint Benedict the African East Catholic Church in Chicago. He said he was excited to be part of Carroll Hall’s tight-knit community; when he arrived over the summer, he fielded a steady stream of hall residents and alumni visiting to welcome him. “I was greeted by a student from Carroll the first day I got here,” he said. “The rumor mill worked, they found out I was working on campus, and a current student came by looking for me. They continued to come by over the first two weeks and just continued to show up.” Simon spent many years serving in a variety of organizations, including the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Campus Ministry at Boston College and the St. Louis Arc, which helps those with developmental disabilities. Simon did not attend Notre Dame, and said being a newcomer provides unique new challenges.“I think for me, because I’m new to all things Notre Dame, my biggest challenges will be learning at rapid speed, the culture of Notre Dame,” Simon said.  “So everything from the phrases, and the way the people know the campus really well.”Simon said she is excited to become a part of the Notre Dame community. “It just seemed like a great fit,” she said. “I prayed about it a lot, and what it means, in terms of building Christian community, and get[ting] to be a pastoral presence, I’m really excited about it. I think it’s just a really important time in people’s lives, in students lives, it’s a great time to be figuring out who you are and who God is, and about the world and what you’re going to do to contribute.”Associate news editor Emily McConville contributed to this report. Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, new rectors, rectorslast_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff

first_imgConsistency will be a key factor for Goff going into battle against the seasoned Brady. Goff is the 14th youngest quarterback to have at least four fourth-quarter comebacks and four game-winning drives in a season. On the other hand, he had 12 fumbles this season, tied for the most in the league. He had 13 fumbles in the previous two seasons combined.If he can cope with the pressure and get his offense going, Goff could join the likes of Eli Manning and Nick Foles as quarterbacks to best Brady in the big game. Here, we break down their performances to this point and what to expect from the championship showdown Feb. 3 in Atlanta — with the help of our colleagues at Opta. (If you like what you see here, give @OptaJerry, the official Twitter page for Opta’s NFL and NCAA stats-driven football coverage, a follow.)How they stack up2018-19 regular seasonQuarterbackComp. Pct.YardsTDInt.RatingTom Brady65.84,355291197.7Jared Goff64.94,6883212101.12018-19 postseasonQuarterbackComp. Pct.YardsTDInt.RatingTom Brady71.16912291.5Jared Goff58.84831179.5First three seasonsQuarterbackSeasonsComp./GAtt./GYards/GTD/GInt./GTom Brady2000-200219.931.8206.71.40.8Jared Goff2016-201820.332.7252.11.70.7Beyond the numbersBrady, 41, and Goff, 24, are separated by the largest age gap (17 years, 72 days) of any starting quarterback matchup in Super Bowl history, so it’s obvious who has the upper hand when it comes to expertise. Brady is preparing for his NFL-record ninth appearance in the championship game. On the other hand, Goff has never made it this far into the postseason, as the Rams failed to get past the Falcons in the wild-card round of last year’s playoffs.Ironically, Brady’s first Super Bowl win came 17 years ago at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season when the Patriots beat the then-St. Louis Rams on a game-winning field goal. Brady has won four more championships since then, most recently in 2015 and ’17.Brady keeps getting betterAfter a lackluster performance during the regular season, Brady came out guns blazing in the playoffs.An inspiring voice in the locker room, he’s also a prominent leader on the field. Brady has led 12 game-winning drives for the Patriots in the postseason, which is double the next closest quarterback (John Elway). Despite being known as a pocket quarterback, he also has six rushing touchdowns in his playoff career, tied for the 20th most by any player. Only Steve Young (eight) has more postseason rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.Brady’s skill in the backfield also gives him an edge considering he was sacked 21 times this season and Goff was sacked 33 times.Should he continue his momentum and win again, Brady would own the most Super Bowl titles by any player and have the perfect opportunity to hang up his helmet given he began his career by beating the Rams to earn his first ring. Yet, he remains insistent on playing until he’s 45.Goff is finding his grooveIn his third NFL season, Goff is in the mix for MVP along with Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and favorite Patrick Mahomes.But his hot streak cooled down the stretch before igniting once again in the final two weeks ahead of the playoffs. He then had an underwhelming outing at Dallas in the divisional round before rallying his team in New Orleans to win the NFC championship, overcoming a 13-point deficit. It’s old school vs. new school as Patriots veteran Tom Brady and Rams youngster Jared Goff square off under center in Super Bowl 53 as New England chases its sixth Lombardi Trophy and Los Angeles looks to establish itself as a franchise on the rise.Not to mention there’s a redemption theme for the Rams, who fell to the Patriots in Super Bowl 36 as Brady cemented himself as the starter in his second season.last_img read more