Domer Dictionary

Acoustic Café: Event Thursday nights in LaFortune Student Center or Legends of Notre Dame often frequented by students in need of a study break. The café is a great place for students to display their musical talents (or lack thereof)

Administration (Main) Building: Often called the Golden Dome or simply the Dome, the administration building is the most recognizable feature of Notre Dame’s campus. Complete with a statue of Mary, the building is located in the center of campus and can be seen from almost anywhere on campus

An Tostal: Yearly tradition celebrating the final full week of classes, with plenty of free t­shirts, food, games, and events for all to enjoy

Bengal Bouts: Student boxing tournament held every year as a fundraiser for Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. Not only do you get to help out a good cause, but you also get to see your friend take a few swings at the kid who knows all the answers from your calculus class

Bookstore Basketball: Largest 5­on­5 basketball tournament in the world. With over 500 teams competing every year, this tournament held in the spring is truly a sight to see

BP: Breen­Phillips Hall, a female dorm located on North Quad

CoMo: The Coleman­Morse Center. The building on South Quad that houses First Year of Studies, Campus Ministry, a computer cluster, and 24­hour space

CSC: The Center for Social Concerns. The CSC is the place to go if interested in service projects and volunteer opportunities

C.S.C.: Initials to designate members of the Holy Cross Religious Order. Don’t get the two “CSC’s” confused

D6: Student parking lot located behind the Rock

DeBartolo Hall: Classroom building where most freshman classes will be held, often called DeBart DPAC: Short for DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, don’t get the DeBartolo’s confused!  (DeBart vs. DPAC.  Learn it.)

Dog Book: The freshman registry with the names and photos of the entire freshman class. Often used to find last minute date for SYR or …well really that’s all it’s used for. With the advent of Facebook this book has been used even less, although it is fun to pull it out and see what people looked like in high school.

Domer: Any ND student, past or present

du Lac: Student handbook outlining all the rules of regulations at Notre Dame (pronounced just like the name of the town in Shrek.  No, that’s not a coincidence.)

Fall Break: While most schools only get a few days off, the administration rewards us for our hard work with a whole week off during October. This is usually the first time you have the opportunity to return home since August, although some students choose to stay on campus, travel or participate in service projects

Fieldhouse Mall: Open area between Cavanaugh Hall and Stonehenge fountain. Warm weather brings campus bands, barbecues, and other fun things to do instead of studying

Flex Points: The dollars that accompany the Flex 14 meal plan that can be used to buy some tasty snacks and beverages at the Huddle, Burger King, Reckers, and other campus food locations. All you do is swipe your ID, and it comes out of your account

Geddes Hall: Home of the Center for Social Concerns and Coffeehouse; also a great outdoor patio for studying!

God Quad: Home to the Dome, the Basilica, Sorin College, Walsh Hall and the statues of Jesus and Father Sorin

Grab ’N Go: Convenient brown­bag breakfast, lunch, or dinner available from 7am to 7pm when classes are in session

The Grotto: Replica of the Grotto of Lourdes, France where students can come to light a candle and spend some quiet time in reflection and prayer

Hammes­Mowbray Hall: Next to Stepan Center, houses the Notre Dame Post Office, ND Security/Police and lost & found, and some freshman classes

Hesburgh Library: 14 story Library with the mosaic of Touchdown Jesus on its façade. Is a great place to study and has a really nice, new computer lab on the first floor. On the first and second floors you can easily study in a small group but as you move to higher floors make sure you keep quiet.  The legendary Fr. Hesburgh spends his time in the top of this building too

Huddle Mart: Small Convenient store in LaFortune where students can purchase food, drinks, toiletries, notebooks, and other base essentials such as the infamous Quarter Dogs

insideND: Campus Portal which allows you access to Class Registration, Irish Link, etc. This site provides convenient access to Notre Dame Web services for students, faculty, and staff. With more than 100 content channels, the information you need is at your fingertips

Jordan Hall of Science: Jordan houses all of the undergraduate laboratories for biology and chemistry, a planetarium and state­of­the­art lecture halls. Also has a convenient snack shop, aptly named “a la Descartes”

Joyce Center (the JACC): This venue houses numerous campus events such as basketball, volleyball, ice hockey games, pep rallies, concerts, and lectures

JPW: Junior Parents Weekend

LaFun: LaFortune Student Center

Legends: The restaurant, pub and programming venue. Brings in live entertainment and has a nightclub open late nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights

Library Circle: Pick up/drop off spot at the east end of the Hesburgh Library

Main Circle: Pick up/drop off spot between Alumni Hall and the Law school at the main campus entrance on Notre Dame Avenue

Michiana: The name of the region along the border of Michigan and Indiana, including South Bend Mod Quad: Home to Knott, Siegfried, Pasquerilla East, Pasquerilla West, Flaherty, and Dunne Halls Monk: Affectionate nickname of the former University President Father Edward A. Malloy

ndID: Unique number assigned to you by the University (not to be confused with your NetID—see below); can be found on your ID card

NDTV: The cable cast student run TV station that can be seen on channel 53

NetID: A computer ID name that, along with your password, gives you access to the Notre Dame network from almost any computer on campus

North Quad: Home to BP, Cavanaugh, Farley, Lewis, St. Ed’s, Stanford, Keenan, and Zahm Halls

N.O.V.O: New Organization Via Online registration: Registration for next semester’s courses are done online using insideND. NOVO was introduced last year and replaced the old D.A.R.T system, so registering for classes is still often referred to as “dart­ing”

Observer: Campus newspaper you’ll grow to love

O’Shag: O’Shaughnessy Hall, location of many Arts and Letters classes, departmental offices, and Waddick’s Café. O’Shag is also recognizable by the perpetually slow clock on its façade. This clock was also the center of some controversy when the University decided to remove the hands completely, some say to symbolize the timeless nature of the University; others say they did it just to confuse the students

Parietals: du Lac regulation that outlines visitation hours in dorms of the opposite gender. From 12am to 9am on Sunday through Thursday and from 2am to 9am on Friday and Saturday, members of the opposite gender are only allowed in the 24­hour space in the dorms

PE: Pasquerilla East, woman’s dorm located on Mod Quad

PW: Pasquerilla West, women’s dorm located on Mod Quad as well

Pop: Midwestern term for soda

Purcell: The basketball arena and home to Club Naimoli; connected to the JACC

Quarter Dogs: Infamous hot dogs available in LaFortune for a quarter after 12am on weeknights. Although they may only be a quarter, you don’t want to eat too many of them

RA: Resident Assistant, a senior in each section of the dorm who guides the dorm life of the students

RecSports: Intramural sports program at Notre Dame

Rector: Basically the person in charge of each dorm, i.e., the responsible adult

The Rock: The Rockne Memorial Gymnasium located at the foot of the South Quad Rolfs: Newer athletic facility which is open to all students, near the JACC and Jordan Hall Soda: What normal people say when they are referring to soft drinks

The Shirt: Football shirt that students wear to all the football games

SMC: St. Mary’s College; an all­women’s school located adjacent to Notre Dame

South Quad: Home to O’Shag, the Rock, and everything in between (including the Pang!)

Stepan Center: The round, geodesic dome at East Gate. Don’t mix this up with Stepan Chemistry Hall Stonehenge: War Memorial Fountain located at the foot of North Quad; also where students gather to celebrate big football wins

SUB: Student Union Board that organizes activities for students

SYR: Formerly known as “screw your roommate,” now changed to mean “set­up your roommate”, the SYR is a theme dance usually held in the fall

TA: Teaching assistant; most large classes have TAs to assist the professor

Tailgate: Pre­game festivities, usually occurring in the parking lot by the stadium, before all football games

Touchdown Jesus: Nickname of the mosaic on the side of the library facing the stadium. You’ll see why it was so named when you arrive

Tutorial: Discussion session, usually on Fridays, for large classes to discuss topics or difficult problems, often an easy way to guarantee points towards your grade (based on attendance)

West Quad: Home to McGlinn, Welsh Family, Keough, O’Neill, Duncan, and Ryan Halls

The Domer Dictionary was originally written by Student Government in May, 2002. It has been revised in 2003, 2005 and 2008