Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's Revue Week!

It's time once again for...THE KEENAN REVUE! Since 1976, the Keenan Knights have been making fun of Notre Dame, college life and American pop culture. This year, the theme of the show is RevUe.S.A. vs. RevUe.S.S.R: A Cold War Revue. The Revue highlights the musical and comedic talents of Keenan's residents and is widely considered one of the most popular dorm events on campus. This year, the free tickets "sold out" in under 12 minutes. I think it's safe to say, it is THE most popular dorm event.

Without question, Revue Week is the best time of the year for us Keenan Knights. The fun starts the weekend prior to the Revue with skit tryouts and callbacks. On Sunday evening, the Revue staff meets to decide which skits make the cut. Then, it's right to work on Monday with the first rehearsal at St. Mary's O'Laughlin Auditorium. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we continue to polish things up, before the big premiere on Thursday. The show starts at 7 p.m. in O'Laughlin, and it runs through Saturday night. Following Saturday's performance is the annual Revue Dance in NDH.

In the past, the Revue has been known to stir up controversy, and oftentimes Keenan is criticized for some of the jokes. The Revue is all in good fun. No one is meant to be offended or hurt by the skits, as they are simply meant to satire life and Notre Dame life in 2010. Revue Week brings out the best in Keenan, it brings the St. Mary's and Notre Dame communities together, and it consistently provides one of the most entertaining shows on campus each year.

This year's Revue covers a wide array of topics, from Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Clausen, to duLac and bad party themes. It's an absolute blast for all of those involved and it's one of the reasons I'm proud to call Keenan home.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Why I Love Sports

Towards the end of 2009, ESPN aired a couple of decade review specials, highlighting the best sports images of the past ten years. The annual 'Sportscenter of the Year' special is one of my favorite things to watch as we count down the days, hours and minutes until the ball drops in NYC. The 'Images of the Decade' montage has special meaning to me because The 00's were the first decade that I really witnessed from start to finish as a sports fan.

The 00's had the good, the bad, and the ugly, in sports and otherwise. Although many incidents, controversies and scandals might suggest that sports are on the downfall, it's video clips like these that let us know there is still hope for the future of athletics. These athletes, coaches and fans have demonstrated passion, emotion and pride amid the triumphs and tragedies of sports and life.