Carroll Hall

THE HISTORY OF CARROLL HALL

Carroll Hall was constructed in 1906 by Brother Charles Borromeo Harding and christened Dujare after the Holy Cross founder. From then, it was used as a seminary for the Brothers of Holy Cross. For a brief time in 1938, Blessed Brother Andre Bessate lived in this unique building. In 1966, the Brothers sold the property to the University of Notre Dame. The building's name was changed to Carroll Hall, which was borrowed from an old high school wing of the main building. Since that time, Carroll has housed undergraduate male students.

Carroll Hall was named in honor of Charles Carroll, the cousin of Archbishop John Carroll. Charles was the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Today it serves as the only undergraduate dormitory on a lake, and its location over the St. Mary's western shoreline ranks as one of the best views on campus.

Nicknamed the Vermin, Carroll Hall is known for its distance from the rest of campus. It has one of the smallest populations of students and the largest rooms on campus. Vermin men are few, but proud, and the history of this building makes it special at the University.

Carroll Hall is also the 2011-2012 Notre Dame Men's Hall of the year!


ORIGINS

After the Main Building burned down in 1879, it was reconstructed in a T-formation. The western wing was named Carroll Hall, housed only freshmen, and covered parts of four floors. The bathroom was located on the bottom. Each student had a wash bowl and medicine cabinet. The Carroll Study Hall took up the entire west wing. It contained about 70 desks and was considered the hangout for Carroll residents. The exact time the original building closed is unknown, but an old issue of Scholastic says it occurred during 1943.

The current Carroll Hall was once known as the Dujarie institute. Construction began in 1906, but it was not dedicated until 1907. Erected on the southwest shore of St. Mary's Lake, it was used as a house of studies by brothers of Holy Cross. In 1965, the building was sold to the University and housed graduate students in 1966. The residents changed again in 1977, and the dorm began to hold undergraduate students.

HALL GOVERNMENT

Hall Government meetings are a time for Carroll residents to discuss important dorm and campus events. Attendance is not mandatory but is highly suggested in order to keep residents updated with news. Meetings are organized by the Dorm President and are at 10 PM, Tuesday nights

MASS

Mass is celebrated in the chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights at 10 PM. Father Jim or Father Mike usually presides. Weekday masses are followed by relaxation and conversation with Father Jim in his room. Additionally, students may attend mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Times can be found at the Basilica website.

NIGHT PRAYER

Held on Monday nights at 11:30PM throughout the semester, Night Prayer is a great way to reflect and pray with your fellow Vermin.

PARIETALS

In accordance with campus-wide policy, women are not allowed in the living space of Carroll after midnight on Sunday-Thursday or after 2am on Friday and Saturday. They may stay in designated 24-hour space, located primarily on the first floor.

TRADITIONS

CARROLL CHRISTMAS

Held on the first Friday of December, Carroll Christmas is one of Notre Dame’s premiere signature events, and is certainly Carroll’s signature event. It is everything you would want or ever want in a Christmas party. Events include the lighting the giant Christmas tree, performances from on-campus groups like the Glee Club, and Christmas carols from all the Vermin. In recent years, Carroll Christmas has featured an appearance by ESPN College Gameday Analyst Digger Phelps, an extremely competitive cookie contest, and a horse-drawn carriage from LaFortune student center all the way to Carroll. The event is known for the most beautiful ugly Christmas sweaters you’ve ever seen, giant Christmas trees, photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s elves, and just generally being the best event on campus.

CARROLL MASTERS

Right around Masters weekend, the men of Carroll take part in a tournament that rivals the intensity, competition, and fun of the actual Masters with their own Carroll masters. Pairings of 2 are chosen at random for a round of golf on Notre Dame’s Burke Golf Course. Participants compete for the green and maroon jackets in an all-out cage match, or whatever the golf equivalent of that is. No golf experience is needed, or even expected for that matter. It’s just a great chance to lay back and enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon with your fellow Vermin. For golfers out there, work on your short game and get ready to unseat the reigning champions, Dan Wiegandt and Keith Marrero.

CARROLL VOLLEYBALL

In addition to being superior to every other dorm at Notre Dame, Carroll Hall also plays a lot of volleyball. It’s hard to beat volleyball with picturesque views of St. Mary’s Lake and the Dome. In fact, it’s impossible to beat that, which explains why Carroll plays so much volleyball. Carroll plays volleyball so frequently that we’ve even developed our own set of rules, dubbed the Carroll Rules. 1. Unlike normal volleyball, you can touch the net—with some restrictions. 2. There are no other rule changes. Some of the greatest moments in Carroll are made during long volleyball sessions, and it is one of the most common and fun ways that the men of Carroll use to bond and relax. Expect Friday afternoons filled with bumps, sets, spikes, digs, dives, and a whole lot of fun on the court.

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