Dining hall T-shirts espouse rivalry
By MATT BRAMANTI
One entrée and four sides. That's what students can get at Grab `n' Go at the North and South Dining Halls. What some students don't know about is the little chunk of loving rivalry that comes with each brown paper bag.
Notre Dame Food Services employs two couples who work at the dining halls, Mike and Barbara Quigg and Jim and Edna Anspaugh. The gentlemen work at NDH, while their wives are employed at SDH.
Mike Quigg, who describes himself as "basically retired," has been at Notre Dame since 1983, and formerly worked for the maintenance department. Believe it or not, he came to North for the food.
"I asked my wife if she was ever going to cook, and she told me to come to Notre Dame if I wanted something to eat," Mike Quigg laughed. "It's fun, and it lets me play golf all summer."
When their daughter moved from South Bend to Fort Wayne, Ind., the retired Anspaughs found themselves with no grandchildren to dote on, and extra time on their hands. "We needed something to do," Jim Anspaugh said.
"It's a fun job," he added, proudly clad in a T-shirt reading "I Love North." The T-shirts were created last fall as a way to improve morale among dining hall employees, according to NDH general manager John Glon.
But dining hall pride isn't limited to the men. Edna Anspaugh has worked at Notre Dame for 11 years, six more than her husband, and is not one to back down from a challenge.
The Quiggs' niece runs a T-shirt printing business, and the rivalry blossomed as the ladies teamed up to print shirts, emblazoned with "South is Better."
"It started as a joke among the husbands, and it got out of hand," Barbara Quigg joked. She has worked at SDH for six years. After a career as a legal secretary, she "didn't like staying at home."
"Everybody that sees our shirts says `South really is better,'" Barbara Quigg said. "Tell Mike I said so."
All News Stories for Friday, January 31, 2003