All the Slang You'll Ever Need to Know
Bookstore Basketball: ND's very own five-on-five basketball tournament, featuring over five hundred teams every spring. It is the largest five-on-five tournament in the world.
Disco Roll: Keenan’s SYR held in October, it is an event widely praised by all girls that attend (as all Keenan events are). Keenan residents dress up in ridiculous clothes and take a shuttlebus with their dates to a local roller rink.
The Great Pumpkin: Awesome Keenan service project in which we escort local neighborhood children around campus on Halloween for candy and fun. It gives you an excuse to dress up and trick-or-treat like the good old days.
Keenan Revue: The best dorm event.
Muddy Sunday: Keenan Hall’s widely popular, annual mud volleyball tournament. Held in the spring, it raises money for Habitat for Humanity and attracted over 175 teams of 8 players last year.
Reindeer Roast: A Keenan cookout in December that includes a Christmas lighting ceremony, celebrating the Christmas season at the same time.
AR: Assistant Rector. We have two of them. They live on the third and fourth floors of Keenan Hall (rooms 320 and 420, respectively). These guys are awesome and are looking to be your friend, so take the opportunity to get to know them.
Dogbook: This baby will be used time and time again. Formally known as the Freshmen Register, this book is a good way to pick an SYR date, and will be borrowed by upperclassmen on occasion. We seriously don't know if this is still a thing so be sure to bring it by and let us know...
Domerfest: First rule about Domerfest is don't talk about Domerfest.
DuLac: Notre Dame official rulebook covering the rules, violations of and punishments for breaking said rules, and in general how best to get noticed by the administration if you really wanted to. This is the power behind the dreaded ResLife sanctions. DuLac pretty much governs your life at ND.
First Year of Studies (FYS): The study program that you will follow as a freshman. You will have a first-year advisor and he or she is located on the second floor of CoMo.
Flex-14: The most common meal plan. It provides you with fourteen meals at the dining halls to eat each week and $345.00 in "flex points" that can be spent pretty much anywhere on campus each semester. Unused flex points in the fall semester are added to the spring semester allotment; unused flex points in the spring go away. Thus, there is usually a huge rush to spend all your flex points near the end of the year.
Grab 'n Go: When you don't have time for a full meal at the dining hall, Grab 'n Go is there with sandwiches, chips, cereal, and other options for you to grab and be on your way with.
OIT: Notre Dame's Office of Information Technologies. They handle pretty much everything to do with computers at ND. If you have a computer problem and your hallmates and friends are proving useless-- or even if they're not-- they are the place to go.
Parietals: ND student visitation hours (as set down by DuLac) that prohibits members of the fairer sex from visiting most areas of Keenan after a certain time. On weekdays, this is usually midnight; on weekends, this is usually two in the morning. Visiting hours resume at 9am every morning. Certain areas of Keenan are known as "24-Hour Space", in which girls can remain after parietals. However, these are public spaces, so obviously there are certain things you can't do.
Quarter or "Q" Dogs: Hot dogs sold for twenty-five cents in the Huddle Mart after midnight every night. Quarter Dogs are a huge part of some of the most intense hot-dog-eating contests.
RA: Resident Assistant. A senior who lives in your hallway that serves as an authority figure. RA's are the people to go to in times of need. A good relationship with your RA is always helpful for many, many reasons, so do try to get to know your RA. (The RAs can be found in #11 and #32, where # is the floor you want to look on.)
South Shore: A commuter train that runs between the South Bend airport and downtown Chicago. Trains leave every couple of hours and it's less than ten bucks each way. It's a good way to get to and from Chicago. Visit Anthony Travel for schedules and information.
SUB: The Student Union Board; these guys handle many of the activities that happen around campus such as movies that are shown in DeBartolo and speakers who come to campus.
SYR: Screw Your Roommate. These are dances for which you are supposed to set your roommate up. However, the official form of these dances no longer exists because dances within the dorm have been banned. Not to worry, though, because Keenan throws the best out-of-dorm dances ever known to man (seriously), such as the Disco Roll and Revue Dance.