Name: Morrissey Manor
We are not Morrissey Hall. We are not Morrissey House, Morrissey Dorm or Morrissey College. We aren’t even Casa de Morrissey, Morrisseyland or the housing facility formerly known as Morrissey. We are Morrissey Manor. For those of you who don’t know, Webster’s defines a manor as “A place inhibited by super masculine, madden-playing lady-charming, cigar-smoking, convertible driving, football-throwing, steak-eating studs who dress like Sinatra and fight like Ali.” Morrissey’s storied tradition of breeding such manly men has earned us the right to call Morrissey a manor. In other words, we put the man in manor. And so do you.
Hall of the Year, 2006-2007
Hall of the Fall, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Inter-Hall Football Semifinalists, 2008, 2009
Inter-Hall Baseball Champs, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Inter-Hall Basketball Champs, 2008-2009
Inter-Hall Ultimate Frisbee Champs, 2008, 2009
Inter-Hall Horse Shoes Champs, 2008, 2009
Inter-hall Champions Football, 2006-2007
Inter-hall Champions Baseball, 2006-2007
Inter-hall Champions Volleyball, 2006-2007
Inter-hall Champions Golf, 2006-2007
Inter-hall Champions Basketball, 2006-2007
Inter-hall Racquetball Champs, 2010-2011
Inter-hall Soccer Champs, 2012
Best Hall Website, 2006-2007
Best Fall Dance, Christmas SYR, 2006
Best Athletic Club Support, Morrissey Maniacs, 2006-2007
Location: South Quad
Tucked majestically in the back corner of South Quad, in an area formerly known as the “Golden Coast”, Morrissey Manor comfortably sits back overlooking Manor Quad, a private playground exclusively owned by Manor Men. Morrissey’s location quite literally the best one could dream of. Across the quad are the pretty young ladies of Pangborn Hall, and to our left are the hott (that’s right, two T’s), young women of Howard Hall, and finally to the right are the lovely ladies of Lyons Hall. These three women’s dorms have pledged an undying allegiance and affection to Morrissey that you will surely reap the benefits of. Speaking of undying allegiance, St. Mary’s lake and college are just behind the Manor, making Morrissey a popular hotspot for the belles across the lagoon. Morrissey is also five minutes away from the grotto, the Rock (a gym including basketball/racquetball courts, pools, a rock wall, and several other amenities), as well as South Dining Hall, home of the best food on campus. This isn’t the appropriate time or venue to mention Fisher Hall in great detail, but just know that down yonder lie the men of Fisher… home of the ugliest, least-athletic girly-men on campus.
Although we are officially known as the Manorites, campus scuttlebutt has given us several unofficial nicknames such as “Those guys who are always beating up on Fisher”, “Those guys always beating up on Zahm”, “The Mighty Ducks” and “The Marauders”.
The genesis of our fraternity was Time magazine’s second most influential event that occurred that year, finishing only behind the creation of some dance called the “Charleston”. The Charleston is gone. The Manor is not… take that Time.
Not too much to say here. The population of the Manor fluctuates on an annual basis depending on the sizes of the freshman and senior classes. Morrissey’s size helps us to be a perennial powerhouse in all campus wide competitions, whether said competitions are in athletics, fund-raising, etc. At the same time, Morrissey never feels too big; you’ll know the majority of your fellow Manorites and great friendships will build Morrissey spirit.
Colors: Black and Gold
The black symbolizes our manliness and the gold symbolizes our greatness.
Chapel: Little Flower Chapel
Faith is a focal point of life in the Manor, with Mass being offered Sunday-Thursday at 10 pm. The rosary is offered immediately after weekday Masses. Mass is always well attended and all Manorites are encouraged to participate in the liturgy as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, choir members and altar servers.
Signature Events: Christmas SYR Formal
One of the most heralded traditions in ND lore are SYR’s. SYR stands for “Screw Your Roommate”, an ode to the mostly forgotten practice in which roommates chose each other’s respective dates. The Manor Christmas SYR is the grand daddy of all dorm SYR’s—it prides itself on being a perennial candidate for “SYR of the Year”. To give you a sense of how exclusive it is, we’ll just let you know that last year, Chuck Norris, Tupac (he’s alive), and Rudy himself were all rejected at the door. Early in the week, Santa hand delivers invitations to dates. Then, on Saturday, the pre-selected womenfolk come over to participate in a Christmas-themed hallway decorating contest. Finally, everyone is served a catered dinner, before the lovely ladies leave to beautify themselves, while the men sit around in their underwear waiting/watching college basketball.
Fr. Andrew Morrissey: Notre Dame’s seventh president, the Manor’s namesake
Famous Alumnus: Carl "Yaz" Yastrzemski, Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox Left Fielder
Current Rector: Rev. Ronald M. Vierling, M.F.C., M.A., M.Ed., M.Div.
All great organizations owe their greatness to their leaders, and Morrissey is no exception. Our rector, Father V, had an illustrious background leading manly initiatives across the globe before he was carefully selected to take charge of the Manor. His first job out of college was the CEO of Taco Bell; So all you Chalupa lovers… V is your man. After turning TB into the world’s most profitable company, he spent a year bear hunting in the Canadian wilderness. From there, he served as a Navy Seal in Somalia. The details surrounding his tenure are well-guarded, but we know that he is responsible for the death of over 7 thousand insurgents. After that, he was named coach of the New England Patriots where he won 3 Superbowls in four years. Finally, the higher-ups at ND figured he was ready to lead the Manor. Joking aside, Father V is a great guy and you will only benefit from building a relationship with him. He will always be an advocate on your behalf and has your best interests at heart.
Air Conditioning: Nope. Air conditioning is for the weak.
Elevator: Nope. Elevators are for the weak.
Named after Carl “Yaz” Yastremski, Yaz’s has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant, with all the same faces ordering all the same food from the same seats at the same time on the same nights. Yaz’s serves the best and cheapest food around. Try the brats, burgers, shakes, pizza and combo’s.
Fight Song: Fight on for Morrissey
The Breakfast Club, Manor Mattress Marathon, Manor Gallon Challenge, Manor Madness Week, Manor Christmas SYR, Manor Film Festival, Last Blast Before the Fast Donut Social, Sports Trivia Bowl, Discernment Dinner, Manor Mayhem, Medallion Hunt, Poker Tournament, Section Basketball
Morrissey residents pay a hall tax in the amount of $75 ($100 for Freshmen). This one fee pays for all activities for the entire year. The tax is collected on move-in day.
Typical Room Size:
The typical room dimensions for a double are 9’-5” x 12’-11”. This number can vary by a few inches, depending on your room location. Also, if you are in a triple or six-man, your room will be larger. Your room is truly your space—feel free to furnish it in any way that makes you feel at home. Be warned: your room will be small, but our sincere belief is that small rooms build more than character. We believe that they build community—a community that is completely yours to make the most of. A sincere congratulations from all of your brothers in Morrissey… we can’t wait to meet you.