Dillon Hall Rector Fr. Paul Doyle shocked residents Sunday when he announced the residence hall’s pep rally, held every year before the first home football game of the season, was cancelled.
The pep rally, a series of skits mocking aspects of Notre Dame life, has been a Dillon Hall tradition since the late 1970s, lead pep rally scriptwriter Ryan O’Connor said.
Fr. Doyle cited two reasons for his decision.
“I failed to provide the necessary direction and support,” he said.
The rector also told his residents the pep rally “was not coming together in a timely fashion.”
Though this year’s event is not intended be rescheduled, Fr. Doyle expressed his intent to hold a pep rally in the future.
“I hope we can have a pep rally next year that is the sort of pep rally the Dillon men and campus community have come to expect,” he said.
We know Fr. Doyle. We know the sort of man Fr. Doyle is. We know (all too well) that Fr. Doyle will do everything in his power to protect “his men.” So we say with great certainty that this decision was not his.
It’s not that if, say, Notre Dame were to run the table and win the National Championship that the absence of the Dillon Hall Pep Rally would ruin the season for us. It’s just that, well, it would make winning a national championship fall under the “pizza and sex rule.” Even if it’s not as great as it could be, it’s still pretty good.